Monthly Archives: June 2014

Father’s Day 2014

Daddy canceled most of his Sunday meetings on Father’s Day so the kids actually got to see him. It was great!


Raine gave him a tie that she picked out herself — purple, of course.


Carter gave him some neon-green superman socks that he picked out!



I am pretty sure that this was his favorite part of the day!


Raine’s test scores and kindergarten report card


The first week of June, Raine had a week-long camp with her new first-grade teacher. After the first day, Mrs Gwinner told me what a great reader Raine is. I just nodded, thinking “Yeah, she knows how to read.” But not fully comprehending it . . . until I went over to the front office on the final day of her camp and picked up Raine’s Stanford Achievement Test scores. Then I realized how good she really is! She scored in the 99%-ile in the nation on the reading section. Her grade level equivalent is 3.5. Apparently she’s a little advanced for her age!


I laughed looking back at the school year, remembering how I used to ask DJ, “why aren’t the books they’re sending home getting any harder? She can read them without even trying.” I guess the books were grade-level appropriate, it was just our little reader who wasn’t! But without anyone to compare her to, we had no idea that kindergartners don’t normally read Magic Tree House chapter books.

Seeing her reading score also reminded me of all the comments I got about her not crawling when she was a baby. “She is going to struggle with reading because she didn’t crawl” they told me. “She won’t be a good speller.” “Crawling develops the neck muscles and [blah, blah, blah] she will struggle in school.” I didn’t buy into it then and now I’m VERY glad that I didn’t. I could have done a lot of worrying . . . for nothing!

The score that didn’t surprise me . . . listening! Apparently I’m not the only one she doesn’t listen to!!

I also picked up her final report card:


All I can think is, “thank heaven we started her a year early!” She loved school this year and would have been bored out of her mind if she would have waited until she was 5 to start.

Primary Temple Trip 2014


Saturday, May 31 was our annual Primary Temple Trip — we sure love this little outing! The kids sit on the lobby steps, across from the recommend desk, while a member of the temple presidency and a temple matron talk to them. After that, they sing “I love to see the Temple” and the divide between earth and heaven almost seems to disappear. Then we turn them loose outside in what is supposed to be a self-guided tour, but always devolves into chaos before we’ve even gotten half-way. By the time we reach the water fountains it is pure pandemonium! But it is a great experience every time.


Raine always loves to touch the temple because “when you touch the temple, the temple touches you” (President Monson).


Carter DID NOT want his picture taken. But I got some anyway!




At one point, I was taking Carter to the restroom by the waiting room and he looked at all the doors (showers, closets, etc) and asked, “Is Jesus in one of these doors?” I told him that Jesus wasn’t behind one of those, but when we got back out front I showed him the big ornate doors and told him that Jesus was behind those. I’m pretty sure that Carter was expecting to meet Jesus while we were there — it is His house, after all.





Someone told us about the secret garden, so we slipped away from the group to find it.