Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Three Valentine's Parties

Parents are invited to attend Valentine's Day parties at our kids' school, so Todd and I went to three different parties today.

Our first stop was Anna's class, where we watched the kids use conversation hearts to do a sorting assignment.  Anna was too focused on finishing her schoolwork to dig into all of the party-related sugar next to her.  I admire her dedication.

Todd was a different story (Valentine cookie!  Nom, nom, nom!).

Next we visited Daniel's class party, which had cookies AND candy.

Our last stop was Joy's class.  After eating tons of sugar today . . .

. . . Todd was very grateful that our last party offered strawberries in addition to the usual sweet treats.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Eve

How did you spend your Valentine's Eve?

Joy made a valentine box for school.

It's a rocket ship, with her little Minecraft toys holding a Valentine's Day party inside.

Meanwhile, Daniel and Anna played make-believe . . .

. . . Todd jumped on the couch . . .

. . . and Mama untangled yet another Slinky knot.

Fun times. :)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Valentines

The three big kids decided that making valentines for their classmates would be a good way to spend a Sabbath afternoon.

I found some fun, printable valentines for Daniel and Anna to stamp and sign.  Joy preferred to do her own thing, as usual.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Daniel Turns 8

Daniel turned 8 years old today.  He's excited to be baptized in a couple weeks . . .

. . . and to open his presents and eat the chocolate cake Joy baked for him tonight.

May your birthday wish come true, Daniel Man.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Visiting Apostle

We drove to stake conference nearly an hour early today (my dad would be proud), because we wanted good seats to hear a visiting apostle speak.  I always feel a unique peace and joy when I listen to an apostle bear witness of God and His plan and love for us.  That was the case again today as Elder Neil L. Anderson shared his conviction that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died for us so that we can live again after death.

Once the meeting ended, we and the three oldest kids shook Elder Anderson's hand.  Daniel and Anna were content with a handshake, but of course, Joy wanted to talk a bit.  Elder Anderson commented that Joy will be very articulate when she grows up.  She was delighted by the compliment, once I explained what "articulate" meant.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Hundredth Day Flower Shirt

Anna attended her hundredth day of kindergarten today.  At our old school the kindergartners were assigned to make a poster with 100 things on it (pennies, fishy crackers, etc.), but at our new school they are encouraged to wear something with one hundred items.

Anna and I decided to collaborate on a hundred-item shirt.  Yesterday I used green fabric paint to create grass and flower stalks . . . 

. . . then Anna used other colors to make 20 flowers with 5 fingerprints each.

Here's Anna modeling her hundred-fingerprint flower shirt, and the hundredth day crown she made at school today. (Cousin Rachel, is it just me or does Anna look like your daughter Hannah in this picture?)

OK--enough of that.  Time to put on superhero capes and be awesome.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Random Fun in January

Here are a few random Hendrickson January pictures for your enjoyment:

Mario Kart is enjoying a resurgence in our family lately.  Looks like everyone is turning right in this picture.

We recently received a Christmas package from my friend Siobhan in Hawaii.  I have no objection whatsoever to late Christmas presents, especially when they include chocolate mushroom cookies and coconut balls.  Phillip preferred the garlic and onion macadamia nuts.

Yay!  Daddy's home!  Good thing he's a strong guy.

Oh, and Steve from Minecraft is apparently a fan of strawberries, just in case you're wondering what to serve when he visits your house.