Saturday, February 23, 2008

A taste of SPRING

This is my favorite picture from the other night! It is so hard to get a genuine smile from her on camera. The kids and I are thoroughly enjoying the nice weather we've been having. A couple of days ago the boys invited the neighbor girls over to try out their new (to us) basketball hoop that is sitting on our back patio right now. They were out there until after dark! Yesterday they decided to make a garden in an unfinished part of our yard. So they have hauled garden tools out and are busy shoveling and raking and doing who-knows-what out there. I don't care though because they are outside and having fun. Let them dig! Unfortunately, if we have a typical weather pattern for around here, this is just teaser weather and we will be in for quite a bit more cold and rain before true spring hits! But we'll enjoy it while we can!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Catching up...

We're back!!!

I am officially online again! It feels great to be connected to the outside. At the moment I do feel like I'm on the "inside" if you know what I mean. Single parenting three kids immediately following a cross country move and having one or the other of them sick almost constantly sort of makes one feel like they've been committed!

We are trying to get settled in but as I mentioned someone has been sick at one time or the other and it has been hard to get everything where I want it to be. Of course sitting here at the computer isn't helping with that either! The boys are adjusting to their new school and seem to be really liking it so far. Trace loves his teacher, and what's not to love? They apply for jobs in the classroom and earn "money" they also get money just for showing up each day, at the end of every week they have to pay rent on their desk and books! Each of the kids is building their own set of stilts using the saw, drill and sanding. Her classroom is not the tidyest, but it is definately the most fun. Caden is in afternoon kindergarten in the same room I attended kindergarten in! His teacher is really nice and a Christian too. So far he seems to be liking it. Paige has done fine with the move except for all the new people. She is meeting someone new a couple times a week which is a lot for someone who has led a rather sheltered life up to now! She seems to have had a little growth spurt and is finally wearing 18 month clothes. We will be celebrating her second birthday the end of next week already. Crazy how fast it goes. Rick is doing very well in training. There is a lot of studying and I'm pretty sure he'd love to come home and relax a little, but he is halfway there! He does get a week off from the 26th to the 4th(?). Relaxing isn't quite what I have in mind for him though! I've got shelves to hang, boxes to sort through, a bed to assemble...

For our mid-west friends... While we are definately missing you I can't say we are missing the weather! Yesterday the kids wore jeans and t-shirts and ran around in Grandma's yard and climbed a few trees! As I watched them and looked out over the mountains and trees I just kept thinking to myself that this is what we couldn't wait to get back to!

Sunday, February 17, 2008


I don't have your e-mail address at my mom's and I never remember to bring it with me! We should have internet access at home this comming week. Otherwise try e-mailing me again (it is still working at the old address for now), or call my cell phone! I've been thinking about you guys a lot and came today with the intention of writing you! Sorry! Tell Scott "HI!"

Everyone else! As I said above we should be back online this week sometime and I'll get some pictures up then!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

A quick little update...

I'm so sorry to still not have any pictures! Rick left in such a hurry that he wasn't able to get the computer hooked up and I have been so busy that I haven't had time to call and get the phone and internet transfered! I am afraid to see my cell phone bill for this month. (If you call and can do it on a Verizon line it would be appreciated!) Anyway, we are starting to get control of things a little. My parent's and Rick's mom have been a huge help in getting a pathway cleared through the house. It was a mighty overwhelming feeling to walk into that house Monday after everyone was gone and and realize I had to organize it! I couldn't do it without help! The boys are scheduled to start school on Friday. It looks like we have gotten agreements on how best to work with his peanut allergy and hopefully everything will run smoothly.
Rick is doing well at ground school. He is pretty stressed and has far more studying to do than either of us had anticipated though. We are all anxious to get past this part of the transition! I think that is it for right now. If you live in town with us and haven't heard from me please don't be offended! It has been more work than I expected to get settled in on my own with three kids. Hopefully by next week with the kids in school and a phone hooked up I'll be able to start getting in touch with everyone.