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Monday, May 22, 2017

Max Baseball 2017

Spring baseball is officially over for Max.  This was his first season of kid pitch baseball and I would say all things considering it went pretty well.  Max improved in the areas that he wanted to, had fun, and in the end that is all that matters.  There definitely is a learning curve to moving up a division and playing in a league that we are still learning but we are all getting the hang of things and will do some things differently next year for sure!

Max's favorite positions this season were pitching, catching, and playing 3rd base.  He does great behind the plate, he moves well and does an awesome job of blocking the ball, he also has a pretty good arm and threw a couple kids out at 2nd this year when they tried to steal on him.  He had a great time with the kids on his team and made a few new friends which is always a bonus.

Charlee and Christian enjoyed going to the games as well, even though we had some really, really cold and wet games this season!  Charlee loved playing on the playground, eating suckers, and finding new friends each week.  The only times during the games that I saw Christian was when he was asking for money for the concession stand.  He had some friends from school that were always at the fields too and they had a blast running wild together.  It actually wasn't as crazy as I thought it would be having both the kids at the games, especially since Clint was seriously out of town for most of the season, I think we only went to 2 games where both of us were there.  Now we are on to t-ball for Mr. Christian (heaven help me!) hopefully we will have better weather for his season!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Idaho Falls Temple Open House and Pat's Retirement

 Last Tuesday night Christian and I drove over to Blackfoot for a quick trip to go to the Idaho Falls Temple Open House and to attend Pat's Retirement party from her job as the Snake River School District Speech Pathologist.  It was a quick trip up and back but we had such a great time and were so glad we were able to go and be there.  Thankfully my mom and brother Kody were nice enough to help me out with Charlee and Max since Clint was on a business trip.  
Christian opted to stay on the farm with Kim while us girls went to the open house.  The temple was beautiful and we had great weather. The sun was super bright in front of the temple so it was hard to get a picture where our eyes aren't squinting.

After the temple we went to lunch and then got pedicures and then headed to Pat's party.  We walked around the school with Kristen and the kids took the opportunity to get a picture with the panther, ha ha. 

Selfishly, I think all of us kids are excited that Pat is retiring at the end of this year so we can spend more time with her during the school year, but we are also so proud of her and how hard she works.  Pat is always willing to learn new things and attacks everything with determination and excitement.  It was easy to see that everyone there loved her and that she has had a big impact on a lot of peoples lives in the 30 plus years she has been teaching.
 Happy Retirement Pat!

Kim sent me this picture of Christian during the day.  He was one happy boy to have grandpa all to himself and help out on the farm.  


Monday, May 1, 2017

Boise Zoo and Baseball


 This past week Christian had a field trip with his pre-school to the Boise Zoo.  He was so excited for this field trip, and had been talking about it all month.  His buddy Luke got to walk around the zoo with us and they were so funny together.  Charlee also got to tag along because that's just what happens when you are the younger sibling, you get the perks of doing what the older siblings do.  It was a little cold, but overall the kids had a great time.  Their favorite animals were the Sloth Bear, Lions, Tigers, and this huge bird that sounded like a Velociraptor on Jurassic Park that I can't remember the name of.  It is really fun for me to see Christian interact with his peers.  A lot of the time Max is usually with us and Christian will try to keep up with him, so it was nice to see Christian do his own thing.

On Saturday we went and watched Jeff and Kade play baseball.  This was the first Saturday in probably 4 months we didn't have something going on or a wrestling tournament.  It was nice to get out in the sunshine, spend time with cousins, and watch some ball.  The boys played really great and the kids had a blast riding their scooters, playing on play grounds, and sweet talking their moms into money for candy at the snack shack.  It is days like this that remind me how nice it is to live closer to more family.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rain and Neighbors



We keep having teaser weather and it is getting a little frustrating.  We will have a pretty warm day with sunshine and then the next will be freezing and we've had SO.MUCH.RAIN!  It's hard to complain about the rain because I know we need the moisture but I am ready for some warmer temps and sunshine.  We have been working on making our backyard somewhere that our kids want to hang out, especially Charlee because I can't have her roaming out front now that the irrigation canals are full again.  So we took the plunge and bought the swing set at Costco and my kids are loving it.  Another perk of it is the neighbor kids who live behind us have been coming over and playing too and it is awesome!  I love looking out the kitchen windows and seeing the kids sitting on the fence talking to each other or climbing over to come play.  Our neighbors have kids that range from 10 to a baby and they match up pretty well with our kids and they play so good together, it makes my momma heart happy to see them running and laughing in the backyard.  I have always wanted the house that all of the kids come over to play and even though we don't live in a neighborhood there are kids close enough to do so.

Five minutes before I took this picture the kids were outside playing and the sun was shining.  Dark clouds rolled in and rain was pouring outside!  One of the great things about all of the rain is everything is really green and this past week our trees have finally gotten some of their leaves.  Hopefully it will warm up enough that we can get the rest of our garden planted this weekend and start working on our flower beds.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tubes and Adenoids

 Christian had been getting a lot of ear infections again over the last 6 months so we finally got a referral to an ENT here in Boise and went in to see him.  It was decided that Christian should have another set of tubes put in and his adenoids removed.  Thankfully, his tonsils looked really good so we didn't have to have those taken out as well.
Well, surgery day was last Tuesday and Christian did great.  All of the nursing staff and anesthesiologist thought he was the cutest little guy ever, those baby blues are his secret weapon I swear.  This go around was a little more involved than the last time he had tubes put in because he had to be under general anesthesia and admitted to the hospital as an out patient procedure.  They were really sweet and patient with Christian and walked him through the whole procedure.  They had a nurse come in and help him decorate his mask and explain to him that he would have to go to the operating room by himself and they would have him breath air through the mask and then he would go to sleep.  Once he was asleep they put his I.V. in.  The nurses who came to get him asked if he wanted to race down the hall or walk slow, of course he chose to race and asked if they could drift as well.  Ha, ha the nurse thought that was hilarious.  Thankfully, Christian wasn't emotional and went back happily, it was hard enough for me to send him off with strangers, I can't imagine what it would have been like if he had been upset and crying.
The surgery itself only took about 30 minutes, but it took Christian about an hour to wake up from the anesthesia.  They let me come in to his recovery room right as he was waking up.  He was pretty out of it, but enjoyed drinking blue Powerade and getting a blue Popsicle.  When it was time to get up and get dressed his face went super white and his eyes starting rolling back in his head, he almost passed out but recovered pretty quickly.  I think his blood pressure was a little low and he was hungry from not eating all day.  We wheeled him to the car and then he slept the entire way home.  Once he woke up from his 2 hour nap he was feeling pretty good!
His recovery has been awesome.  He hasn't complained of pain once, and we haven't had any nasty discharge from his ears.  We've all felt pretty happy about that.  He even wrestled in the State Tournament over the weekend.  Hopefully, we can avoid more ear infections now and we can have happy Christian back!

Monday, April 24, 2017

These Are The Days

I keep having to remind myself that these are the days!  The days I will look back and miss one day.  There are days when being the CEO of the Wolfley Family is exhausting, thankless, and mundane.  But then there are days when there is finally glorious sun after a long, wet, cold winter and smiles from a happy two year old girl that remind me of the joys that come from these days.


Moments where the kids are outside together and playing for hours and not fighting.  Moments where I see their relationships blooming and I am so excited to see who they all grow up to be.  I hope they grow up to be best friends with each other.  The days are long but the years are short is such a true statement!  I keep trying to remind myself to slow down and take mental notes of who they are and what things they like and don't like.  It is easy when life gets busy to forget to enjoy the journey, but these are the days that I don't want to forget.
"Hold on to the tiny moments...
and cherish the little snuggles...
They grow up so fast." 
Heather Stillufsen




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter

 We had a great Easter Weekend.  It started with a wrestling tournament, of course, but they boys did awesome so it was totally worth it.  Saturday night my parents hosted an early Easter dinner and egg hunt for the kiddos.  They hid over 140 eggs!  Those kids don't know how lucky they are.
 Sunday started early with 9:00 church.  It was nice to feel the spirit and be reminded of our Savior and his sacrifice he made for all of us.  I had the opportunity to teach the Young Women during third hour and am so grateful for them and their insights and sweet spirits that they have about them.  I love being with the youth, I am constantly in awe at their strength and conversion to the gospel.

The rest of the day Sunday we spent relaxing as a family.  It was nice to spend time together.  I feel like we have been going non stop lately so it was nice to slow down a little and take a deep breath before another busy week.



I think how different my life would be without my understanding of the gospel, and my love for my Heavenly Father, Mother, and Savior.  I lean upon that understanding more and more the older I get.  I can't comprehend the agony and pain that the Savior felt that night in the garden or hanging on the cross, but I constantly try to live my life so that he knows I appreciate it.  It is the light in the darkness, the calm in the storm, and relief from pain in my life.  I hope my kids always know that their older brother is always there for them, leading the way, if they will just look to him.  The older I get the more the Atonement changes and shifts in my life, it encompasses more than I ever imagined it would when I was younger.  I am grateful that my Savior lives, and because he lives I can too!