Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
to spend a few days with us, amidst her busy schedule, to help me out. We played alot, and packed a little. We visited the Maryland Science Center, Easter egg roll, of course, and enjoyed really good food. She was here to hear me sing in church (my best supporter). But the most amazing part is that she then willingly took my kids on a five hour flight to Utah, alone. She watching them out there for a week til I can get back there myself. I hope that Kyrie and Brielle were good on the plane. They absolutely adore her. Brielle calls her Hammy Dan, instead of her usual nickname of Grammy Jan. I hope that she knows how grateful I am to her and how much I admire her. She does so much for her 9 children. 3 of which are still living at home. Thank you younger siblings for giving her up for a few days while she is off rescuing her other children.
She is part of the reason I am so excited to be moving closer to home. She coaches me thru all my silly problems, and shows me that the world is not really as bad as it seems. I love how easy going she is and how she takes everything is stride. She has become a great example of who I hope to be someday! Thanks mom, for giving so much of yourself to those around you. Love you!
Big squeezes from all of us back here!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Easter was very special this year, since we were able to spend the day at the White House. And all of it was thanks to Kel who braved the freezing weather to campout all night long to get tickets for us to go. He even got and hour or two of sleep before he had to go to work the next day. But from what I heard, he did have a good time hanging out with the boys. The sad part is that he didn't get to join in the festivities because he had to work. We just won't tell him what he missed out on. :)
We started out bright and early riding the Metro down to DC. It was kinda chilly but soon warmed up to amazing weather considering it was supposed to snow and rain. We feasted on yummy breakfast burritos and fruit. Somehow, they gave us extra, but we didn't complain! Then it was off to the hunt with the other millions of people. Seriously it was packed, but there was so much to do that all moved smoothly. I was amazed at the whole production that went on and was then catered free to the lucky ticket holders. Everything was decorated beautifully!
Some of the events:
* The egg roll was classic. Kyrie whapped the egg two lanes over halfway through and need some rescuing. Brielle was slow and steady, but she did it.
* There were characters everywhere. Brielle wanted to hug everyone. She loved Maisy the most. Kyrie wanted to see Littlefoot very badly. She just recently watched Land Before Time.
* We got to see George Bush Sr. He was just a couple yards away.
* Kyrie was in heaven painting a mural on a huge wall. She painted CTR so everyone would think about choosing the right. I had to drag her away so we could do other fun things.
* During the Egg hunt, Kyrie found the Golden Egg (which I thought was fair, since all the bigger kids pushed her out of the way to get to the front of the line). She won a cool t-shirt. And little Brielle, I don't think found one single egg. She did have amazing technique though. She would pick up big handfuls of straw and throw it over her head into the air, to see if there were any eggs lying beneath. She ended up with a head full of straw. Itchy!
* We were about 10 people away from touching the Jonas Brothers, but gave up after two songs, since other fans were trying their hardest to get a few feet closer.
* I think Kyrie watched 4 different "Magic Show" acts while waiting for Brielle to wake up from her nap. One lady magician really made two doves appear out of thin air, and then changed them into a bunny. I couldn't believe it.
* Face painting is always a bonus. The girls were so still while the artist did her job, that's amazing for Brielle.
* Cool animal shows
* Little reading nooks that we could never get close enough to hear the story.
* The gift bags were super. The coloring books and activities kept the girls busy on their flight to Utah.
* It was fun just walking on the White House grounds, doing what most people will never get to share in. We felt really lucky to be a part of this White House tradition. We have absolutely enjoyed our time in Maryland, and this is one Easter that we will not soon forget.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Kyrie's little gangster pose, I have no idea where she learned this???
Sarah, the rock star...
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Lately, I have just been starting to pack things up. I know a lot of people think I'm crazy to do this myself, when I could have the company pay to do it all, but I don't really mind. And it will be nice to have a little extra money in my pocket. I just say "new couch, new couch," or "piano", over and over again, and I'm good! My mom is coming out tomorrow to help out(we'll probably just end up playing), but then she is going to take the kids home with her to Utah while we get everything packed and drive out to Colorado. That should make things alot easier ! Amazingly enough, we should be used to moving. This will be our 6th move in 6 1/2 years. Holy cow, I've never really added them up before, that seems like way too many. I'm hoping we can stay put for a little bit. Plus, moving is a really good way to de-clutter. My husband thinks that I'm a pack rat. He has no idea what he's talking about. Basically, if I haven't used something in the past year then it's gone. And that is a very broad time frame, I think. I have many family members who could not fit into this category. It could be inherited, but trust me, not to me.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
As you can probably imagine, I've been daydreaming about what it would be like to live in a real live house again. Here are some things that it would a entail.... And yes, you should feel very lucky you don't live where I do right now...
- It won't smell like cigarette smoke when the neighbors are doing their thing.
- A heater that won't blow cold air on your head while your sitting on the couch.
- A back yard, and a front yard for that matter.
- Won't have to listen to snoring neighbors in the middle of the night, along with the occasional screaming, swearing fights)
- The oven will work ALL the time, and the door will open all the way.
- A counter space bigger than 2x2.
- Brielle will have room for her own bed (most the time Kyrie and Brielle sleep in the same bed because I'm too lazy or there are too many toys to pull out the trundle bed).
- A master bathroom, wahoo!
- Finally somewhere to scrapbook!
- A pantry instead of storing food in the laundry room, and no more appliances sitting on the floor.
I don't mean to whine, but these are some of the frustrations that I live with, and I'm sure the list could go on a lot longer, but I'll stop here before I bore you to death. Needless to say, the waiting is getting unbearable, but we're being as patient as we can. Only 22 days left, and we are out of here!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Tonight's activities were a little different though. The girls have become attached to our little guests, and have started picking up the ants and playing with them, letting them crawl all over their hands and arms, yeah, yeah, you get the picture. Well, one died, probably from being picked up, pinched and or dropped so many times. Oh geez, Kyrie started crying. I start hearing things like "oh what have I done", and "he was a true friend". I could scarcely breathe for laughing, when Kyrie made Brielle, and herself state an "oath" that "they would never harm another ant again", with the hand raised and everything. Goodness, this has gone on long enough, I'm off to get some pest remover in the morning.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
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