Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter

Easter was an extra special one this year.
It was our first year of following Christ through his last week of mortality. (I know I'm slow on the boat with this one.)
It was wonderful.
Another thing that made it special is that my Sister, her husband and their new baby stayed the weekend with us.
The part that was not awesome was that it rained like crazy from the moment they arrived until almost the moment they left.
I was so happy when Easter morning dawned bright and beautiful and clean...and everyone so serene.
We took just a few pictures before leaving for church.
It was Addi that observed that the two days of gloomy rain followed by a glorious sunrise was just what it must have felt like on the first Easter.



Addi is 9

...and has been for a while
I know I have a nerve showing my face around here again after such spotty posting, and I cannot guarantee improvement.  But for the sake of some semblance of keeping a family record of some type I am posting some pictures from Addi's rockin' birthday.

It did ROCK!
We gathered the whole clan for a night at our favorite Junior High (OK and High School too) hang out:
Classic Skating!

It was just the same as it always was...and as always it was a blast!

 
 She was 9 on the 9th.
Apparently this is called a "golden birthday?"
Thus the gold lepoard print top that I would NEVER normally buy.
Luckily they are cheap and well stocked at the local Wal-Mart.






 Ryan & Rhi...and Ashley the photobomber



 These girls "giving the baby a ride" are getting the feel of it before they get ready to let loose.




Sunday, January 19, 2014

At Last...

I was not going green.
I was not over it.
I love them.
I love to send them.
I love to get them.
I love to see my beautiful, amazing friends and their families and how much they've grown.
I didn't send out Christmas cards this year because, well frankly, I couldn't afford it.  Secondly, I do not like being your pitiable friend who still, at this stage of life, struggles to meet the simplest milestones.
Let's be honest it gets tiresome, for you and for me.

It gets boring hearing about how after a few years of searching for a job, Randall was a partner with a start-up that was semi-maybe-possibly going somewhere when on Halloween they decided to "vote him out."  UGH.

Truthfully, it was a relief to be rid of those people...they were infuriating, but then that also means...no job...again.
It was about a month later that he found part-time work that was helping us squeak by...and I mean squeak.
It was Addi's first (and hopefully last) time as "9 year-old girl" on the angel tree at her elementary.
That was an incredibly humbling experience that I think everyone should have.
In fact, I think more people should have similar jobless experiences, you learn so much.
I will not bore you with the details but I will lend you the "What I've Learned From This" section of my journal that talks about pride, judgment and meal planning...

But folks, if you can believe it, those days are behind us!
I have a hard time believing it myself.
After praying for the same thing for 4 years you start to wonder if it will ever happen.
And then it does...it's unsettling.
it's awesome.

Randall got a sweet job with an actual real alive company.
With an actual real alive salary.
With actual real alive benefits and everything!
(This may be TMI but Randall and I haven't been to the dentist in 10 years and I haven't been to the doctor since Addi was born...not recommended I hear)

So, we're moving!
to Charlotte, North Carolina.

After spending these last few years in Utah, we've gotten all cozy and comfortable, and then, to be torn from the bosom of our family is rough.  I've gotten into a lovely routine walking with my Mother every morning, volunteering at the school on Tuesdays, temple day on Wednesdays, helping my Grandmother with genealogy on Thursdays, Piano on Fridays, Swimming everyday...  We would have loved to have been able to make it work here. There have been several opportunities that could have been awesome here in Zion but they just haven't worked out.  We will miss terribly the Sunday evenings with cousins, parties, parks, birthdays, and hanging out.  But I am brave and eternity with my family is a long time.  My Mother says that eternity will be just enough time to heal the wound of us leaving...I am possibly her favorite.

We are very excited and will be moving (they're even moving us hooray!!) out to the Confederate States of America in the next few weeks.  I will send out our new address by post.
Other good things about Charlotte are that they have the best age-group swim club in the US for Addi!
She will also be able to continue her Mandarin dual immersion at Wadell Language Academy.
It's pretty close to perfect for us, and we're tickled pink!


Here are some family photos that my sweet sister took this fall.
I was going to include some of them in the Christmas card that never was.












Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fall Hike

The weather this fall has just been glorious!
One Saturday we went on a hike I used to do as a kid.
We could get to the trail head "the back way" from my Grandmother's back yard...aka the G mountain in Pleasant Grove.
 We'd hike up Battle Creek Canyon and there's always a treasure at the end!



 Ta Da!
I love a waterfall!
I was so tempted to get in it but I was sure I'd catch my death.
This summer though, for sure, I'll be frolicking in the spray.

 Addi was a little nervous to get in this little hole in the canyon wall...I may have mentioned that perhaps it is home to a bear family.
 And there's Mama Bear now.


There's nothing like a beautiful crisp fall hike to make you feel alive!

Halloween

Halloween was pretty low-key this year, Addi was out of town with her grandparents for most of the parties.
(Yes, since you asked, in her nearly nine years of life this is the longest we've been separated (3 nights) and SHE was the one on vacation...)
 The highlight of the season is carving the big pumpkins that grandpa grows for the kids every year.

She wanted to be a "50's Girl"

Which is great for me! minimal work on my part.
 The milkshake detail was at her request.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Last Breath of Summer

 Aaaand this is how Addi is generally found now, having moved within 2 miles of my Mom and little sisters.
Addi is loving it!
She doesn't have her own sisters you know, so she uses mine and they are happy to oblige.


 
 At the swim team awards Addi was recognized for breaking a few team records.
She'll be the pink speck way up there.


Labor Day we headed to the closest thing we have to a beach here...a tiny little reservoir with a tiny little man-made beach...Addi loved it anyway and we got to go kayaking...so that almost makes up for it.
 
 
About 5 Seconds later there was a crazy storm that blew in so our fun was sadly short-lived.

As part of our family reunion (which included a swap meet...BEST IDEA EVER! you just bring all your DI stuff to trade and take the rest to DI...it was awesome!) we had tinfoil dinners in the fire pit.
Except for a few dinner mix-ups it went really well and my little sister was in town with us too!!
She is having her first baby and we kidnapped her and took her for a sonogram.
(She missed her appointment at home and was really sad about it)
It's a Girl!!

 Here she is with Randall...who yes, since you asked always looks like he's in pain in pictures.
And no she does not look pregnant...it's a gift...my other sister and I are the same way.  For me, it makes up for my "unique" nose but my 2 other sisters are just lucky all around.

 
 That's quite a load of dinners!

Well we are officially ready for fall.
My dad slaughtered the Thanksgiving turkey a couple weeks ago and it (as you see) is HUGE!!
I have spared you the gory pictures, which I assure you are worse than my toe in the previous post, but here he is all wrapped up and ready to be frozen for Thanksgiving.
 My parents do not typically raise turkeys but 2 chicks turned out not to be chickens.
...when life hands you turkeys...

Hobble Creek

So my illustrious 1/2 marathon season was shortened.
I was going to do 3...actually 4 but then I went to Youth Conference and then I moved unexpectedly.
Sooo.... I only got 2 in but there are still a few this fall if I'm feeling really motivated...which...not really.
 Anyway, I did do Hobble Creek and I really enjoyed it...that canyon is beautiful!!
I wish I could say the same for myself in these pictures...those are some puffy britches I've got on.
 Yet again I earned  the coveted place of "finisher"
 Shortly thereafter we moved...and the piano came with us.
I tell you if we had not had all of this help it would NOT have happened!
We need to start saving now for our next move because we need to get some professionals up in here.

The only moving casualty was my toenail...it did not make it.
I'm just going to give you all a little tip.
Please wear the proper footwear while moving...especially if you're trying to move a chest freezer....by yourself.