Sunday, November 28, 2010


Sully got his own table favor.

We thought he'd be happier, since the menu was mainly meat.

Nate and Grandpa Goodrich getting ready to play a game.

Sylvia lost her first tooth!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Quote

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you!"
~Dr. Seuss

Kindergarten Fun

The kiddos with Sully
Sully is Sylvia's special Kindergarten Class Friend. Each kid gets to take Sully home for the night, and then they have their parent help write down all of the fun things they did with him. We are so lucky--we get Sully over the entire Thanksgiving break! Sometimes I think that Sylvia may be the teacher's pet.
Another reason for my teacher's pet suspicion-we received a post card in the mail from Mrs. Lowe, Kindergarten teacher extraordinaire. This is what it said:
Dear Sylvia,
I love having you in my Kindergarten class. You are like a wind maiden of happiness. Thank you for being kind to everyone and learning how to treat everyone well. I hope we will always be good friends.
Mrs. Lowe
We think Mrs. Lowe sent this to Sylvia because she is working very hard on keeping her hands and feet to herself. (A difficult feat for her!) Anyway, I really just love Mrs. Lowe. At our last parent-teacher conference, she exclaimed, "Sylvia and I really understand each other." How awesome is that?
(P.S.-Wind Maiden? This week every kid in class received a Native American name. Sylvia is definitely a Wind Maiden of happiness!)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Malta Show

Sylvia and I singing "Broadway Baby"

I am related to all of these singing cowboys!

Janie leading the family (on stools) and a regional choir.

Look at that singing girl! So cute!

This weekend we traveled up to Malta Idaho to sing in a centennial celebration program. The town invited Aunt Janie to put together a large portion of the show, and she put in a LOT of hard work. As usual, we had a wonderful time singing as a family, and it was a lot of fun watching Sylvia sing a little solo for the very first time. She's sung with us in ensemble stuff before, but this time she was old enough for her own little part. She and I sang "Broadway Baby" together, and it turned out ADORABLE! Sylvia really enjoys performing, and this was a great opportunity for her to sing in front of a supportive crowd. Nate and I are so proud of how well she did!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween 2010

Sylvia just before the Halloween Parade at her elementary school

Ben and Grandpa Goodrich playing Crocodile Dentist

Ben & Sylvia with Grandma & Grandpa G

Ben & Sylvia with Papa Tom

Ben with Grandpa Orme

Yeah, I don't remember having such bad weather as we did this Halloween. I have no pictures of Trunk or Treat, because it was pouring rain and then switched to sleet. By the time Trunk or Treat was over, it started to hail! By then, we had already had a full day with Sylvia's piano recital, not to mention we were all feeling under the weather. So, instead of going house to house this year, we went trick or treating to Grandparents houses instead! Also, I think I am allowed to feel bummed for two reasons: one, Sylvia didn't have kindergarten on the day of the Halloween Parade at her school, so she didn't get to really walk around with her class. I just tossed her into the jumble and picked her up at the end. Two, since Halloween fell on a Sunday, and there was no school on Friday, Ben's elementary school didn't even DO a Halloween Parade. What??????? So, yeah, lame. Here's to hoping our Halloween holiday is a little more awesome next year.

Halloween Piano Recital

On Saturday, Sylvia played in her fall piano recital. This fall, she graduated to playing a more difficult piece, and she did so well! All of Amy's students dressed up for the recital (even the adult students), so we dressed up Ben as well. After the recital, we had lots of yummy Halloween treats. A perfect warm up to the trick or treating that lay ahead of us that evening!