Fisher Family

Fisher Family

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

                Parenting is hard but at the end of the day I am so glad to be a mom.  At the quiet moments in my life I reflect on raising good kids.  My children try very hard to do what is required of them.  McCabe and Jacinda have the most responsibility.  They have homework, chores, piano, and tae kwon do to fill their schedules.  They also have activities to fit in between those requirements such as activity days and cub scouts.  Most days they are very cooperative.  I use kindle time as leverage to make sure things get done.  It is great as they get older because they are so capable of doing a lot.  This past Saturday they helped clean the house.  All the bathrooms got done and I only had to clean one.
                I am pleased with Jacinda and how hard she is working at school.  Her spelling is coming along.  She is a whiz at math and she is the kindest most helpful student I have ever seen.  I have the opportunity to tutor some of her classmates and at the same time observe Jacinda.  It is a blessing to see how my child thrives in the classroom.
                McCabe is also doing well in his school work.  He is in SEM for math.  His teacher raves about how delightful McCabe is in class and how she wishes she had a whole classroom full of “McCabe students.”  I am glad my children are behaving well.  Tomorrow is McCabe’s 9th birthday.  I like who is becoming.  For his birthday he wants a game for his Nintendo 3DS so that is what he is going to get along with whatever else he receives from his party.
                Xadia and Teagan are still in the learning phases of doing chores.  This past Saturday, Xadia and I cleaned the basement bathroom.  It was so nice that she was so willing to help without complaining.  Xadia is at a cross road in her life.  She wants to be big like her older siblings and she also wants to constantly play like Teagan.  Xaida currently does tae kwon do.  She has asked me a few times to start piano.  That will happen later this year.  As a mom, I can only do so much.  I have realized that when the kids want to do something that means I will become part of it too whether it is teaching them or driving them to their activities so I need to make sure my schedule is open.  Xadia is working on her speech and her reading.  It is fun to do her homework packet with her each day.  She loves school and her teacher Mrs. Holbrook.
                Teagan is my bundle of energy.  Let’s face it; I cannot keep up with him.  I am glad he is pretty obedient except when it comes to treats, he loses all control.  Just this morning he was hiding a back of marshmallows and snacking on them when I was not looking.  I accidently caught him eating them when I walked into the room. Teagan is also becoming very self-sufficient.  He now entertains himself with his kindle or blocks.  Just the other day he was building windows and an elevator out of blocks.  I am still getting used to the fact that when it is quiet he is not getting into trouble he is just in his room playing.  I guess I am learning too.  It is so weird having to adjust as the kids grow into the next phases in life.

                My favorite part of being a parent is the end of the day when we have scripture study and prayer time.  We gather as a family and immediately after the prayer I give each child a kiss and a hug and tell them how much I love them.  Then if there is time I will read a book to them.  We are currently reading the Ever After School series.  When I am done reading it seems like all the kids need me at once.  They want me to lay down with them and visit.  So to be fair, I have assigned each child a night.  It was worked well and a lot of hurt feelings have been avoided.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

                I am so proud of Xadia.  She finally jumped off the diving board at the rec. center and swam to the side all by herself.  Of course I wanted to take pictures but I did not bring my camera swimming so I thought I might as well document it with words.  The first time she tried, she was too scared so she had to walk back down the ladder.  However, before we left for home, she wanted one more try.  That first jump alleviated all fear.  When she got out of the pool she asked, “can I do it again?”  So she went another 3 times.  I am so grateful she has learned to swim.  This is my baby girl I almost lost in a drowning accident nearly 3 years ago.
                McCabe’s birthday is coming.  He wants a laptop.  I know that is not happening.  In the meantime I keep asking him what he wants to do for his birthday and he says, “I don’t know.”  He is so happy just playing with friends and his Nintendo 3DS.  I don’t think life can get much better for him.
                Jacinda is doing much better with her spelling.  I am so grateful she is getting it.  I am also very impressed with her ability to play the piano.  I like how she will play music that is not assigned to her.  Christmas music really caught her attention and she just started playing a random song from a piano book.  She basically taught herself.  I love it.

                Teagan is my treat monster.  He is always climbing chairs to look into the cupboards to find something to eat.  He loves to eat treats and asks for them daily.  I also have to admit he is my best eater when it comes to vegetables.  He always tries the salads at each meal.  I don’t know if it because he really likes salad or if he likes to squirt the dressing on his plate.  Either way at least he eats it.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

     A new year has started and we are running.  I took a lot of videos of Christmas and New Years to show what we did.  Christmas was spent in Utah, but New Years took place in California.  We had our annual Caga Tio on Christmas Eve.  This is a Spanish tradition that we decided to adopt because each year for Christmas Eve we highlight a country and have food from their culture.  Two years ago we did Spain.  The Caga Tio was such a big hit (no pun intended) we decided to do it again.  This year we did a Jewish/Israeli dinner.  It was super fun.  Below is a video.

     We have been covered in snow this year and it is great.  We love to ride the giant sled with the blueberry.  See the video to watch how the Fishers go sledding.



New years was spent in California with friends and family.  I took a lot of pictures and put together a movie for everyone to enjoy.



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Well what can I say?  It is that time again....time for family pictures.  The best way to describe it is voluntary torture.  We had a few winners but for the most part trying to get kids to be normal and smiling is not an easy task.  I do love my family and feel very blessed to have them near.





Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

      Let me start this post by saying the Lord is very good to us.  Many things are shifting in our lives and we do not need to move for Tim's job.  I am very grateful we are able to stay rooted.  The kids are doing well in school.  We had SEP conferences this past week and I am very proud at how hard my kids are working.  They may not be the best in their classes but they are putting forth a good and honest effort and that makes me very happy. 
      This past week was veteran's day.  I love the heroes of this country who sacrifice so that I can enjoy the freedoms of living in a great country.  I truly appreciate their service.  McCabe got to meet with 2 veterans this past week for cub scouts.  One of the individuals served in world war 2 and told the scouts about his war experience.  It made a great impression on him.  I hope as he grows he will realized how blessed he his to have people fighting for his freedom.
    
     Teagan is only 3 but he has his own schedule.  He loves to eat popcorn and watch t.v.  At the moment his favorite t.v. show is "Team Umizoomi."  This is a great show because it teaches the kids about shapes and numbers.  His favorite character is Bot.  Dad happen to walk into the room when Teagan was watching and decided to join him for part of the show and some popcorn, like father like son.  I love these 2 boys.

     
     Last Saturday Tim and I went on a date to the "Dinner Detective."  It was a lot of fun.  Tim got to be part of the show because he had a letter taped under his chair.  We did not solve the mystery correctly but we sure were entertained.  When you are there, you get to choose a name.  It can be anyone.  I chose Blanche from the Golden Girls and Tim chose Silas (one of his ancestors) but people thought he meant Silas from the t.v. show "Heroes." It was a fun and different activity from our normal date of exercising and then eating out.



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

     It is the close of the day.  I finally get to rest and watch the news.  But before I do, I just have to say, "oh my babies."  That is the phrase I use to let off steam.  We had a very busy day.  I got to tutor math today at school for 5th graders.  We had Izzy and Cade McPheters over to play with Xadia and Teagan.  When the older kids got home, they did piano, spelling, chores, and reading while I supervised and assisted where needed.  By the time 6:00 came, we were heading out the door for family night.  We went to the library and found some great books and movies.  We got to hear 2 stories from the story teller.  After the library we stopped at Wendy's for dinner and frosties.  It was a fun night but very busy.  Everybody is already asleep....not me.  This is my time to enjoy the quiet.
      Let me play catch up with a few events.  Halloween was great.  We trick-or-treated for 3.5 hours.  I kept telling the kids, "you've got to burn it to earn it."  The kids did not complain at all, they just kept running house to house like it was some timed event.  Everybody went to bed exhausted that night.  The next day Teagan said, "I want to go trick-or-treating tonight." I had to tell him that halloween only came once a year (thank goodness).  Now I am finding candy wrappers everywhere in my house and every time I turn around some kid is shoving junk in their mouths.  Tim and I try to keep the bags out of their sight and limit the amount they get each day but some how they keep getting into it.  As you can see from the pictures below, Teagan was Spider Man, Xadia was Elsa, Beth Rose was a cat, Jacinda was a vampire and McCabe was an army special ops guy.



I got to attend a sweet little performance from Teagan's pre-school class.  They sang some halloween songs.  Teagan is the Spider Man in the middle.  Cute little Clara kept walking right in front of him and blocking my view.  I did my best to get him on camera along with his other classmates.  
The other day Teagan told me the cutest thing.  He said, "mom carry me up."  That means pick me up and carry me.  I said, "you are getting too big for me to carry."  He said, "mom when I am big like you I will carry you up."  My heart just about melted.  "Ok buddy, when you are big you are going to carry me?"  "Yes."  "Ok Teagan, I will hold you to that promise."  I just love my kids.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015

      I just love October.  We have opened the costume bin and the kids are playing dress up everyday.  McCabe has taken a liking to an army combat person costume.  Teagan is spiderman and Xadia likes the witch costume.  Jacinda wants to wear papa McCabe's clown shoes, but that is not going to happen because they don't fit her and Tim is going to be a clown.
     October is a fun month.  We had Xadia's birthday and she planned out the party.  We made graham cracker haunted houses, played bingo, did a ring toss, had a treasure hunt, had a pinata, opened presents, and then ate cupcakes and ice cream.  It was so fun because she so many friends celebrating her special day.
      We also got to celebrate my birthday.  I love living to see another year.  It was so great.  I got a new glass bowl and measuring cups.  I also got to eat lunch in the park with Kerianne and Leslie.  It was so fun to catch up with good friends.
Sasha, Leslie, and Kerianne