30 October 2014

Boys' School Work

Just wanted to share some of the older boys' school work from their school Google Drive accounts:

Here is the beginning of a cute little narrative Kolby has started to work on:
"It was a typical day in New York City, New York, at 7:13 P.M. when Zinc secretly traded his mind blowing chunk of zinc with Gold’s astonishingly heavy piece of gold. Things were really getting messed up, now that Mercury had changed his psychedelic scrap of mercury with Silver’s   stunning chunk of silver who had traded this mercury with Copper’s wondrous segment of Copper. Zinc is a 16 year old with chocolate brown hair and an exceptionally sharp gotee. Gold is a very mature,tall, 14 year old young teenager with dirty blond hair that always wears purple and/or pink cloths that she sews her self. Mercury is a bald headed almost 18 year old 17 year old that wears a tuxedo wherever he goes. Silver is a silver haired young lady at the age of 10 that is in her sophomore year of highschool because she is so smart. Copper is a 8 year old boy that does not go to school because he is a little too mischievous for school so he got expelled from school at the age of 6. For some reason each child thought each of the metals they now have has some sort of superpower, but were they correct?

And here is Lijah's "I Am" region poem about regions of California:
"Elijah B.
I am a dry and sunny valley
I feel the feet of farming men on top of me
I hear the bugs buzzing around in the hot afternoon
I see soil and farmers everywhere
I hear the cows and horses talking to me
I smell sweat from the hard work of the farmers
I dream that everyone loves to come to my territory
I sense that I will not be forgotten 
I see grass and dirt everywhere
I hear streams off in the distance
I feel the rain barely in these sunny days
I understand that I am a farm land 
I am a dry and sunny valley

I am  a cool and cloudy coast
I feel like a fun place for kids 
I hear waves crashing against the sand 
I see cliffs all around
I hear people shouting everywhere
I smell sea animals
I want to live all over the world
I dream that  I am the most popular person in the universe
I see palm trees
I hear sea people talking to me 
I fill the sand on top of me
I understand that I am loved for swimming 
I am a cool and cloudy coast"

Here are Camden's spider research notes:
"They have hairy legs and they lived around 2 million years ago.
Spiders have 2 body parts and are not insectes.
Spiders belong to a group of animals called arachnids.
Scientist have found spiders in amber.
Arachnids belong to a even larger group of Animals called arthropods.
Arthropods have more animals than arachnids."

27 October 2014

Pumpkin Patch & Carving night

Our Little Pumpkins

26 October 2014


Today in one of my classes at church the woman giving the lesson started out the class with a question:  "What do you think of when you think of the heritage you will leave for your family and for future generations of your descendants?"  

That got me thinking. What will I leave for my family after I die?  I automatically thought of things that will last, (since I don't really imagine us leaving any significant financial inheritance for our descendants). 

The first thing that came to my mind was leaving all the genealogy research, family histories, and photos of our family & ancestors that I have collected and preserved copies of.  Genealogy has always been special to me, and I've spent a significant amount of time researching my ancestors over the years. And now as my mom and I have been trying to get together each week (now that the boys are all at school during the day), and we are working to find our Bohemian ancestors now that their records are available online on the Czech archive websites, and working hard to translate their records and follow all the clues we can find to learn more about our ancestral families, I assume we will have years of work left to do on these family lines.  And it's so sweet to have the opportunity to do temple work for these ancestors that we've done so much work to research.  I feel that the genealogy work I do, and my love for my family and learning our family history, are things that I can pass down to my children and descendants. 

As much as I love genealogy and as important as I feel it is, that is not the most important inheritance I want to leave to my children. 

I would like my heritage to be raising children who love to spend time together as a family, who learn responsibility and honesty, who learn to be hard workers, who love to read the scriptures and to read for pleasure, who want to attend church and church activities, who like to serve others, and try to show kindness and be good friends.  I want to raise children who love spending time in nature, who will want to go to the temple regularly, and who will try hard to accomplish the tasks they try to do throughout their lives. I realize that once our children get older they will make their own choices, but I hope that  they will choose to go to college and work hard to graduate, since I found that finishing college was a good experience for me, and a very good example for my family.  And I hope my boys will choose to serve missions for our church when they are older. 

And most importantly, I hope to raise boys who will eventually grow up and each choose to be married to a good woman in the temple, to have families of their own, to spend quality time with their families, and to teach them the gospel and continue to make church and the temple a priority in their lives. I hope to have many years when Michael and I can visit with our grown boys and their families and have good relationships with them too. 

That's what is most important to me. 

(And considering this, and writing it down, has also been a good thing for me to do. Because I just realized that so many of the little things I may worry about on a day to day basis are not things that are most important to me in the long run. So this is a good reminder to me not to spend too much time worrying about little things -- as long as we are doing out best, the little things in life will work themselves out -- but also not to spend too much time focusing on the trivial things in life, and make sure to make time for these things that are most important). 

23 October 2014

Happy Birthday Isaac!

Isaac is 7 today!

20 October 2014

Family Night = Homemade Board Games

The last few months almost every time we have our Monday evening Family Night, the boy who is in charge of the activity has often chosen to make a board game for us to play. Usually they are pretty extensive boards, using several pieces of construction paper taped together to make the board. Tonight it was Lijah's turn to do the activity, and this was the game he made. 

His rules: roll the dice 3 times and add the 3 rolls together, move that many spaces on the board, then do what it says on the space where you landed. It may say something like move forward one space or take the bridge (which could lead forward or backward several spaces). Or if you land on a space with a star, you draw a card. One of the cards said, "You hit your brother, move back 3 spaces."  Another said, "You show love to your family, go ahead 6 spaces."  But I think my favorite so far was, "You don't hurt your brothers when you babysit them, go ahead 10 spaces."  And I just drew a card that said, "You lie and steal at school, go backward 30 spaces."  (Needless to say, I'm not winning this round).  :)  

I wonder how long the homemade board game phase will last?  I think it's pretty cute. 

Fall Festival

On Saturday morning Michael went and worked at a skin cancer screening at a women's symposium in Carlsbad that he had volunteered for a few months ago.  And I went to a little meeting at our friends' house about organizing hikes and nature activities as part of the "Family Adventures in Nature" club we've been a part of for the last couple years since we moved back here to San Diego (I think I'm going to try to plan a hike or some kind of outdoor activity on a Saturday maybe once a month or every other month -- I want to be involved in it, just don't have much free time to commit). 

After we got home and had lunch, we got to go to our neighborhood's big party of the year: the Fall Festival. It's a little crazy how big this party is -- with carnival games, fair rides, a zip line, bands, bounce houses, and food trucks, it's a pretty big production. I told Michael our kids are going to grow up thinking that all neighborhoods have events like this. But at the same time, the family parties are always really fun, and it is nice to have a sense of community with everyone coming out and spending time together and getting to know more people who live nearby. (And I guess if we're going to live in a neighborhood where we have to pay HOA fees, we might as well have benefits like fun family events). 

Anyway, we had a great time. We arrived at the festival around 1:00, walked home and had some dinner, and then returned and stayed until the festival ended at 8pm. The boys enjoyed the ferris wheel, the other smaller rides, and of course the zip line. I went on the Merry Go Round with Couryland, then later on the bumper cars with the three youngest boys, which they loved. And Michael went on a spinny ride two times in a row with two of our boys, but it made him feel sick, and he felt pretty bad for a while. I guess we're just getting old or something, cause that kind of thing wouldn't have bothered him when he was a kid. :)  

The boys of course insisted on playing all the carnival games until they won cheap stuffed animals. I think Isaac got a purple stuffed monkey, some got small stuffed snakes, several of the boys got pigs in varrying sizes, and Kolby ended up with a 2 foot long flamingo. 

Bumper Cars!

The boys have so much fun running around at these things with each other and their friends. Kolby was palling around the whole time with a new friend from his homeroom class at school who also lives in our neighborhood. 

It was a nice, enjoyable long day with the family. 

17 October 2014

BYU Volleyball

Enjoying an impromptu trip to USD for a USD - BYU volleyball game. Glad my dad invited us, this is fun!

15 October 2014

Birthday Season

Well, it's that time of year again, "birthday season" at the Bradshaw house.  :)   Our boys' birthday's are all kind of clustered together in the fall and winter -- we have one in late September, 2 within a week of each other in October, (then luckily we get a little break for Thanksgiving and Christmas), followed by 2 more birthdays within a week of each other in late January and early February.  I just finished the birthday invitations for the upcoming parties, so I thought I'd share all their invitations from 2014 here while I was at it.

Grandma Faun's 80th

My Grandma Faun was here visiting for Camden's baptism, and her 80th birthday happened to be on Saturday, the same day Camden was baptized.  We ended up throwing her a surprise party on Sunday, and I made a slideshow of photos I had collected of her with her family and friends from throughout her life.  The slideshow turned out quite nice, but unfortunately I've had some computer issues and haven't been able to post the slideshow online.  So I thought I'd share just a few of the photos from it:

Faun Moore

Faun & her older sister, Gwen Moore

Faun & her younger brother, Guy Moore

Faun Moore


Faun & John's wedding:
James Parker Chidester, Eliza Lucinda "Cindy" Smith Chidester, Jean Chidester, John Leo Chidester, Faun Moore Chidester, Gwen Moore Allen, Avagail Taylor Moore, and Ivan "J" Moore

Faun & John Chidester

Faun & her parents, Ivan "J" Moore & Avagail Taylor Moore

John & Faun with their son, Steven John Chidester (my dad)

Faun & Steven Chidester and Ivan Moore

Faun, Guy, Gwen, Ivan, & Avagail Moore

Faun, Steven, & John Chidester

John, Faun, & Steven Chidester, Amy Spohr Chidester, and Beverly & Carl Spohr

Faun Moore Chidester

Faun & Avagail in Hawaii

Faun, Steven, Amy, & Avagail

Faun with her 3 granddaughters: Me & my sisters, Jennifer & Michelle

John, Jennifer, Steven, Amy, Stephanie, Michelle, & Faun Chidester

Grandma Faun

Grandma Faun & Me on our East Coast trip when I was 13

Faun Chidester and her niece, Dorthy Allen

Faun on her family history mission

Faun Chidester, Stephanie Bradshaw, Amy Chidester, & Kolby Bradshaw

Jennifer, Michelle, & Matthew Chidester, Michael & Stephanie Bradshaw, Aaron Chidester,
Faun, Steven, & Amy Chidester, & Kolby Bradshaw

Faun with my brother, Matthew Chidester

Faun with Elijah Bradshaw

Michelle, Amy, Steven, Jennifer, & Faun Chidester when Jennifer went on her mission.

Faun with Michelle & Jake Conde

Camden with Great Grandma Faun

Grandma Faun with Isaac

Faun with Michael, Me, Camden, Isaac, Kolby, & Lijah

Aaron, Jennifer, & Faun Chidester

Faun, Stephanie, Jennifer, Amy, Matthew, Steven, & Aaron before Matthew's mission

Faun with Gwen & Dorthy Allen

Elizabeth "Lizzie Faun Conde with Grandma Faun

Mercedes "Sadie" Loiuse Conde with Grandma

Faun & Steven Chidester

Faun, Aaron, Matthew, Amy, & Steven

Matthew, Steve, Faun, Aaron, Jenna, & Amy

Grandma Faun at the "Mud Caves," Anza Borego Desert, California

Jennifer, Steve, Aaron, & Faun reading our traditional Christmas Eve story books at the cabin

Grandma Faun with Jon Robert "Robbie" Conde

Grandma Faun with Courtland

Aaron & Grandma at his high school graduation

Gwen & Faun

Grandma Faun with Michelle Chidester Conde

Faun and Steven

Faun Moore Chidester in Italy, October 2013

Faun at Whitney Zacherson's wedding with Guy & Gwen Moore and their descendants

Faun & Jenna Chidester

Grandma Faun

Faun, Dorthy, & Gwen

Amy, Steven, & Faun Chidester in Italy