Monday, September 30, 2013
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Their dresser before. A craigslist special. I didn't do much to it, just changed the knobs. It's a lovely piece of furniture that didn't need much. Or maybe what it did need was stuff I wasn't willing to do. Either way, it's perfect for them. Look at all those drawers!
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Friday, December 28, 2012
Where has the year gone?? I am regretting that I haven't kept notes on our doings on this much-neglected blog. But since I am not giving up entirely for the year, I'll try my best for an informative but not too wordy recap of the highlights from 2012.
Alayna- Turned 2 in July. She is one sweet and sassy little girl. She is a very articulate speaker and we almost can't get enough of what she has to say. Just tonight while we were reading scriptures she's listening then saying, "what's beseech mean?" and "what's advocateth?" In her cute 2 year-old voice it's just unbearably sweet. We realize we have had enough of her voice for one day though when it's after 10 pm and she is still talking to/yelling at her sister keeping her awake. We're still finessing bedtime, as you can imagine. She is my constant sidekick at the gym, grocery store, etc. while the older two are at school. She has lots of little buddies in the nursery at church including two kids who we have a weekly playgroup with. She loves her baby dolls and is a very loving little "mommy."
Ian- Turned 6 in October. With his Fall birthday, he is one of the oldest kids in his Kindergarten class. You may recall that he did a Kindergarten program last year during his Pre-K year so although he has a handle on the curriculum for the most part, he really enjoys being at school. He loves the atmosphere of being around friends and getting to do lots of brain-stimulating activities. His favorite class is art, but I think he enjoys all the specials (art, PE, music, computer) almost the same amount. In September, he started piano lessons and soccer. He and Madeleine were on the same team and they both did fantastic. Ian is really fast and he seemed to pick up the rules pretty quick. He's also progressing well in piano. He played Honey Bee and Jolly Old St. Nicholas at his first recital earlier this month. He loves Super Mario Bros. on the Wii and anything Ninjago.
Spencer- Working as a project manager at ExxonMobil. He's really enjoying work and is constantly learning and growing. He is also working on a second master's degree, this time in construction management. Thankfully he's working on it slowly (one night a week, online) so he still has time for the family. It will take a while to complete but he loves what he's learning about and feels like this degree will be a great addition to his professional skills. He keeps fit doing Insanity workouts, which are awesome. About once a month he plays the bass with a bluegrass band. At church he is the choir director.
Rachel- Same old, same old. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. I remember at the end of last year predicting more projects around the house and it turns out I was sort of right. I redecorated the girls' bedroom, including making lovely headboards and refinshing a vanity. Painted a bathroom too. Not much, but honestly, running a household and caring for this family is one big ongoing project, right?! I'm still an avid gym go-er so I can get some exercise and some me time all at once. Spencer and I both sang in our stake choir's Christmas program. That has become one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. I am still overseeing the nursery at church. A job that has become much simpler since since our ward split about 6 months ago.
- A trip to San Diego at the end of April. We got to see my sister Angela and her family, a few friends from LA at Disneyland, Curtis and Amy and their kids and Drew. This really deserves a post of its own.
-Coldplay live at the Toyota Center.
-Two camping trips. One in the heat of late Spring (maybe this should be a lowlight) and one in early November (highlight).
-Spending a day and a half in San Antonio with my sister Erika and her family.
-Madeleine's baptism, complete with a visit from Grandpa Gus and Grandma Sandi.
-My sister Maggie and her family stayed with us in October. NASA, Children's Museum, family time. Sister time seeing Gotye in concert.
-Thanksgiving with another sister! Olivia and Ben came down from Billings with her kids and stayed for a week. Indoor Schlitterbahn, Museum of Natural Science, and NASA again. Also great Texas BBQ (Rudy's) and Tex-Mex (Pappasito's).
-A couple running events for me. A mud run one weekend and a nighttime 5k the next.
We love you all and hope you forgive us for not sending a tangible Christmas card. We are so grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and for the Christmas season to celebrate His birth. Striving to be like Him and live His teachings brings us immeasurable peace and happiness. We are also so very grateful for all the amazing people in our lives. We are truly blessed! We wish you all a wonderful 2013!
Posted by Rachel at 11:10 PM
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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Monday, July 16, 2012
Here's what I liked about it: It got them involved in something cultural and exposed to a wonderful musical. I love The Sound of Music! We liked them being busy. At times I hated how busy we were, but in general it was good for them to be out doing something productive than at home trying to watch too much tv. Ian is very outgoing and comfortable in most settings, but this challenged Madeleine by getting her out of her comfort zone and they both were able to make new friends. And the director had lots of good things to say about them. You always think your kids are pretty great, but it's nice to hear it from an outside source from time to time.
What I didn't like as much was that the performance ended up being a glorified rehearsal. The director was out on stage some and giving lines a lot. But I completely understand. There was one adult in charge, the director. She had a couple teenage assistants and one mom who was very helpful (not me) and all the children in the play were under 12 years old. A tough job, I'm sure. Anyway, overall it was a good experience.
Keep this little blog on your radar because you know after six months not blogging, I've got loads to come!
Posted by Rachel at 6:47 AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
- Alayna is a bit of a thief. At our gym, the kids get a numbered sticker on their back when their parents check them in. My sweet baby makes her way around the other kids swiping stickers as she goes. If one of the children tries to get away from her, she boldly persists till she's accomplished her goal. The attendants in the kid's club fondly refer to her as "Swiper."
- Madeleine and Ian helped themselves to some stickers we had stashed away and were putting them on themselves, empty soda bottles, etc. Ian had one on the front of his shoulder and Alayna reeeaaalllly wanted it. Her method at first was to tug on his sleeve with all her might, which is sayin' something. The girl's got some strength. But Ian is strong too and was able to shake her off. So what did she do next? She turned the tugging into hugging and when she was near enough, that sticker became hers.
- I was in my room "working" on the computer while the kids played in the backyard. I heard what could have been crying, but I'm not the mom that goes running out at that sound so I kept working. Soon I heard Ian come in, snoop around in the kitchen, grab a snack and then he slowly made his way to my room. I think he was supposed to be "rushing" to tell me Madeleine was hurt. Good thing it wasn't serious because that message was not delivered with much urgency today.
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