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Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

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"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The end of the school year

Summer is just about upon us, though we have not had much hint of that here in Utah--it has just been too cold. But the activities that have surrounded us have reminded us that, yes, indeed the end is near.

Each class and grade has had their end-of-year concerts, performances, show-n-tells, and the like. This would not be so bad if I had one or two of these to attend. But as it is, I have 9 kids in my home and they all have had something that I have had to attend. I do so look forward to the end of the school year, but does it all have to be at once?

Just for the month of May [these are just the activities involving the kids in my home]:
  • Kindergarten invited the parents to come and watch their students show their new academic skills and then eat lunch with their student.
  • Fourth grade had a "wax musem" to show a famous person they had learned about.
  • Elementary school had a student of the month luncheon.
  • Elementary school had a literacy night so that we could listen to our kids recite their poetry.
  • Elementary school had a concert at the high school so that each grade could perform a song they had worked on throughout the school year.
  • Middle school had a band concert.
  • High school had a bell choir concert.
  • High school had a concert band/symphonic band concert.
  • High school had a jazz band concert.
  • Piano teacher had a recital.
  • Baseball games were held twice a week.
  • Oh, and high school graduation is June 3rd. Thankfully it is in June...but just barely.
Ah...and then summer vacation begins with 10th grader starting drivers ed June 5th.


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On Tuesday, May 27, 2008 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Brooke wrote...

You have nine kids in your house?

You are a living saint, my friend!

On Tuesday, May 27, 2008 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Brooke, 5 of them are my own kids and the rest are 3 nieces and a nephew who are in our custody....long story.

On Tuesday, May 27, 2008 12:27:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

btw...I always say, "my halo is held up with horns." ;)

On Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

...Count your blessings if YOU don't have to provide the requisite driver training. In MD, they make parents provide 40 hours worth...

On Tuesday, May 27, 2008 7:11:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

FJ, we DO have to provide about that...though it might only be 30 hours. We did that with our oldest one and I trust that kid to drive our big 15 seater van now.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2008 7:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Growing up in California, my Gym Coach had the honors of driving around with me... ;-)

On Wednesday, May 28, 2008 8:07:00 AM, Blogger Brooke wrote...

I can imagine, Kelly. There seems to be one in every family.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2008 8:34:00 PM, Blogger nanc wrote...

kelly - your house sounds an awful lot like my own and we have only two teens!

i cannot wait for friday to come - next week we go to the cabin where i'm sure the grass is armpit high and the first weekend will be just yardwork in the daytime and staring at the stars and admiring the silence at night.

here's to the dust settling - and soon!

On Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:19:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

nanc, school gets out for us next week and they don't all get out on the same day. I think there are 4 different last days of school for my gang.

On Friday, May 30, 2008 8:06:00 AM, Blogger Unknown wrote...


I just found your lovely site, being as it were, currently addicted to Anne and Gilbert stuff!
So in question about your blog, if it's been pretty cold this summer, dare I hope for some snow next April in Utah, when my family and I will hopefully be visiting. Or if not April, October. I've never seen real snow. Such a shame really. :)

On Friday, May 30, 2008 4:30:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Renee...hey, fellow Anne fan!!

Thanks for stopping by.

As for snow in April there is still snow in the mountains usually and they are quite close if you are coming to the Salt Lake, Provo or Ogden areas.

On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 10:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

When do you have time to blog, Kelly dear???


On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:47:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

late at night or early in the morning....


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