Sunday, June 20, 2010

End of school events and Father's Day

First of all, when we got back from Utah we came home to this.....About a 50 ft branch had fallen into our yard. Luckily it didn't land on our fence or any part of our house!

Belly had a field trip to the zoo.Our lilies are out..
Belly graduated from Preschool this week. She was so cute performing little songs for us. She is sad to leave "Miss Connie", but so excited to be in Kindergarten next year!Robert had his last day at the Homeschool Connection. Here is his main teacher, Mrs. Robertson.
and his friends Micah, Clark, and James.
For Father's Day the kids made him Rob M&M bow ties in Primary. Rob wore his to church.
The kids showered presents on Rob this morning. Robert gave him a bookmark and a picture he had painted. Isabelle gave him a magnet with her picture on it with a sign that said Happy Father's Day. I had the kids fill out papers about what they think about Dad. It was pretty funny.

This is something I gave him. I have been feeling so much more love and appreciation towards Rob lately. Two fathers and family friends of ours have died in the past two weeks. I am so grateful to have Rob there to raise up our kids, to teach them, to give them love and support. We really are blessed.We have started a new project on our stairs going to the garage. The plan is to take off the carpet and replace it with oak on the top and tile on the face.
I got to go to a Seminar with Dr. Kimber, son in law of Cleon Skowsen.

French Family is front page news!

I took my kids to a flag day ceremony at Fort Vancouver as part of social studies for homeschool. While I was there, a lady came up to me and said I had better leave because a guy kept taking pictures of Isabelle. He ran up to me and told me that he was from the Columbian, a local newspaper. Little did I know, that us going to a flag day event would become the next days front page news. Here is the article with the link.... :)

I also had the kids memorize the pledge of allegiance and we made these fun hats.

Monday, June 14, 2010


The Columbian

Tricia French of Vancouver attends the annual Flag Day observance Monday on the parade ground at Vancouver Barracks with her children, from left, Austin, 3; Isabelle, 5; Robert, 8; and Talia, 4 months.


Washougal Mayor Sean Guard and his bunting bow tie shared first place in the patriotic necktie contest with Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.


Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt sports a tie designed by SethAaron Henderson of Vancouver, the most recent ‘Project Runway’ winner.

Did you know ?

• In 1949, President Harry S. Truman designated June 14 as Flag Day.

— It was a history lesson, a civics class and a fashion show Monday — wrapped in red, white and blue.

Vancouver’s observance of Flag Day was a good opportunity for Tricia French to bring her four children to the Vancouver Barracks parade ground.

“I’ve been teaching my kids about the flag,” French said.

The Vancouver mom is home-schooling 8-year-old Robert, and Monday’s observance fit right into their lesson plan, she said.

Elements of the presentation will provide learning opportunities, she said, when “We talk about the founding fathers.”

Costumed fifth-graders from Vancouver’s Marshall Elementary School provided some Colonial-era commentary. And the students from Marshall — named for the general who once lived right across the street from the parade ground — filled another role in the celebration. They judged a fashion contest among five Clark County mayors.

It was a neck-and-neck competition: a patriotic necktie contest. And fittingly enough, it ended in a tie.

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt shared top honors with Washougal Mayor Sean Guard, in a showdown between two distinctly different approaches to star-spangled style.

Leavitt entered the arena sporting a tie created by a celebrity designer who happens to be a Vancouver resident.

“You might have heard of SethAaron Henderson,” Leavitt said. “He won Season 7 of ‘Project Runway.’”

And Guard? His approach was more along the lines of “Project Run To The Store.”

The Washougal mayor said he went to eight different stores, actually, and they all told him to come back in July.

One clerk did offer another option: “We have a flag on sale. You can cut it up and make a tie out of it,” the clerk told Guard.

“I’m not sure desecrating a flag is the best way to win a patriotic necktie contest,” Guard said.

Instead, Guard settled on bunting that served as a clip-on bow tie. “Not bad for $1.99,” Guard said.

Battle Ground Mayor Mike Ciraulo, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow and Marilee McCall, Woodland’s mayor pro tem, represented their cities.

The ceremony featured presentations of “God Bless America” by the Columbia River Chorus of the Sweet Adelines, and “America The Beautiful” by Kyra Smith, who just graduated from Mountain View High School.

Phil Haberthur, winner of the 2009 Marshall Public Leadership Award, discussed the evolution of the Pledge of Allegiance, written in 1892 as a pledge to “my flag.”

Lyndsey Elhart, winner of the 2010 Marshall Youth Leadership Award, discussed some historical highlights of the flag, including its emergency use after President Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865.

Somebody grabbed the 36-star flag hanging from the front of Lincoln’s theater box, folded it into a cushion and placed it under the head of the mortally wounded president.

“It continues to stand for peace, freedom and justice,” said Elhart, who will be graduating from Hudson’s Bay High School.

Monday’s celebration was the 10th annual Flag Day observance organized by the Celebrate Freedom program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. It was sponsored by Veolia Water.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Utah trip 5-10

I just wasn't up for putting everything from my trip together last time. Here are some highlights of our Utah trip. I am sorry if I didn't get around to seeing people much, if at all. We really just came to see Grandma Nan and support her. Anyways....

Before we left I taught a unit to my kids on Benjamin Franklin. I invited Rob to class to be our "Guest Expert" and he did a demonstration about electricity. It was so fun!!We finally got out our very old swing, and I was amazed at how Talia filled it up. All the other kids we had to pad with blankets around them and Talia does fine without one. I love that girl. :)
Lately, everyone I talk to has been telling me that she looks like a Cabbage Patch doll. What do you think?
Something wonderful about Talia; when we were in Utah lots of people were down about Grandma Nan, and it just felt like Talia lightened things up. Her little smile and laugh brought sunshine where there was darkness and it felt like such a blessing that she was there. I love my little baby cakes.

These iris were blooming right before we left. I planted these like the first year we were here in this house and this is the first year that they have bloomed. I was so happy!One of the blessings of all our Utah trips lately, is I got to see my sister Katie's new baby Andrew Thomas. I believe he is about 9 days old in these pictures.
Here is Mike holding both Talia and Andrew. Andrew just makes Talia look huge!
My brother Kip was so sweet to hold off a trip so that he could spend time with me while I was there.
We had a lot of fun hanging out with the Hakala cousins.We went to a fun pirate restaurant with Mike's family.

We got to see my mom on her birthday.
And I got to see my Grandpa Boulter while there.I was able to see my sister Em too. Isabelle said, "One of my Aunts always likes to hold the babies." She was referring to Aunty Em..
I absolutely loved this. I found the kids playing around with some wigs that were in Nan's dress ups. I have a picture like this of me playing in a wig when I was younger too!
Bob was so cute with his Malt Shop. I have never seen so many malts made as I have this trip.At last minute I really wanted a campfire in the canyon. I dragged my family, kicking and screaming practically, to Provo Canyon. Once we were there everyone had a terrific time! We even got to take the kids to the spot where Rob proposed to me. (I think they changed it into a shooting range though!)
Robert loved spending time with his twinner cousin Liam and, Austin with his twinner cousin Isaac.I am always trying to take this pic of my two matching girls and it never turns out nice, arrgh!
We had a family party since all of Rob's siblings were there and celebrated a number of birthdays. The kids had a lot of fun.
I came to really enjoy some of Uncle Bill's antics this trip. He came to the park and danced in this bunny hat.Twinners Isaac and Austin.Robert, Liam and Jared.
Uncle Mike brought a pinata for all the kiddos. Here they are all lined up and ready to go.Takin' a wackNewest twinner cousins, Davis and Talia
Just chillin'

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Grandma Nan

Grandma Nan, Rob's Grandma, passed away in May.

Grandma Nan was such a wonderful lady. Rob lived in her house when he and I were dating. She was spunky, she would crack jokes. She was so sweet and loving with me and our family. She will be missed. I couldn't believe how much my kids loved her. Robert always wanted to go to her house. Last year we took grandma to the BYU creamery and all the kids fought over who got to sit by her.
This was almost exactly a year ago. She was so healthy and vibrant. Nan and Bob took her into their home when they moved to Utah in November. When we came up this time, their house was constantly filled with visitors for Grandma Nan. I love that she passed away so surrounded by the love of her family.