Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Big Decision

I know everyone out there has been anxiously awaiting an update on our future...the wait is over.

I have to start back a few months though so you can fully grasp (or at least partially grasp) what we have been going through. 

Back in November we emailed about a dental practice (sorry there still won't be a lot of details on that practice out of respect for the seller).  The practice was being looked at by someone else so we figured we were out of luck.  We looked into some others but nothing really felt right.

In January we were told that the practice was available again so we went and looked at it.  There was just something about the practice that welcomed us.  We fell in love with the area and started thinking hard about buying the practice.  We met with the seller on several occasions and really got to know him.  He is a very, very nice man.  We were so excited to work with him and transition the practice and take over.  We read books on practice management and filled out so many loan papers.  The banks were tight and we met lots of rejection but we kept feeling like we were suppose to continue pursuing the practice so we did.  That went on for a LONG time.  We tried lots of banks and got lots of advice from dentists, accountants and bankers.  We tried hard to process it all and know whether we should continue to pursue this route.  We knew we wanted to and felt like we should.

Tyler's job ended and although we had casually looked into other jobs we were still set on buying the practice and since we hadn't found another job we found ourselves unemployed for a while.  We kept going on the practice but also started anxiously pursuing other employment.  Tyler signed up to work temp jobs until he found a full time position or we bought the practice.  Then a couple weeks ago he got an interview for a job in Olympia. He went to the interview and came back telling me the people were really nice and the job seemed like a great one.  Then we were thoroughly confused.  We had our "dream" practice that despite our efforts was not falling together like we wanted and we had a chance to join a very nice office and take a job that was secure and full of potential. 

Saying we were torn does not do it justice.  I am not the best at making big decisions.  In the end we decided to take the job and we will be moving to Olympia next week.  We are excited to start the next chapter of our lives, pay of our student loans and settle down some. 

We don't know why things worked the way they did this year.  Maybe hindsight will explain it, maybe it won't.  We know we learned a lot from the process and we met some very nice people.  We hope the owner of the practice knows what a privilege it was to work with him and get to know him. We also know that by holding onto the practice option for so long it caused us to be available for the current job at the right time.  It was a very hard decision to make but now that it is made we are moving forward with it and trying to get ready to start the new job and embrace the next phase.

There you have it....the next stop in our journey....Olympia!

Other Adventures

Tyler set up more dental stuff for the next week so we stayed at my parents longer.  Tyler went with Garret, Spencer, Dan and Hector camping at Deer Park.  From what I hear the boys LOVED it and had a great time.  It is very beautiful there and was named perfectly, the kids couldn't stop talking about the deer.

 I met them the next morning with the other kids and we went to a game farm.  It took a little while to get comfortable with the animals there.  They literally stick their heads into your car so you will feed them.  When a HUGE elk stuck it's head in the car Garret was startled and fell right over. 
 These bears knew some tricks and clearly people enjoyed their tricks and rewarded them with food they were the fattest bears in the park.  The kids loved watching them wave and throwing bread and having them catch it in their mouths. 
 Some of the animals seemed to know that if they stood in front of the car long enough you would roll the window down and feed them. 
 Spencer loved feeding this smaller type of deer. He was cute and also loved the rabbits and peacocks. 
The game farm was a great time.  There were llamas, a rhino, bears, elk, buffalo, yaks, and all sorts of other animals.  There was also a petting zoo and a couple old sets from movies filmed there.  I wish I had gotten better pictures but Tyler and I were both holding a kid.

The rest of the week was spent playing at Grandma's house, spending a couple more days with Stephanie's family, a trip to the fair and some big dental decisions.

Titus's Blessing

We decided to have Titus's blessing the Sunday after Grandpa Camp so that all of my brother's and sister's could be there.  It was a very special morning having everyone together at church and for the blessing.  We are so grateful that we have the gospel in our lives.  We love little Titus, he looked so cute in his little white suit and his blessing was very special. 

 Titus is named after his Great, great, great, great, great, great Grandpa.  We love the name and the story of the ancestor he is named after.  I love that we are blessed to have a heritage of good, righteous people.  I hope that my children can draw from that strength and live lives of faith.  The necklace I am wearing in this picture (and that you will see my sisters and Mom wearing in other pictures) has a bead from my Mom's Grandma (who is also a direct descendant of Titus Billings, our Titus's namesake).  My Mom had a bead from it made into a necklace for each of us.  It was very thoughtful of her and a treasure for all of us.
 I love our family SO much.  Having Titus a part of it just adds to it.  Each one of them is a blessing in our lives.

 Our family has grown so much- can you believe we managed to all be there.  I LOVE them all SO much.  Seriously, my siblings could not have picked more perfect spouses and all the kids are adorable.

 My dear friend Nichole also came.  Nichole and I have been friends since we played on the same volleyball team when we were 13 (maybe 14) I am not sure.  She has a beautiful little family now too.  She is great!  I am so sad she is moving to Kentucky.  The great thing is she is one of those friends that even when we are far apart or time has past when we get back together we pick up right where we left off!
 It was just the best, best, best morning.  Thanks for joining our family little Titus and thank you everyone for being there.

Adele followed it up by napping with Grandma! 

Grandpa Camp Year 3 Day 2

Day 2 started off with a quick breakfast and then we headed to the park.  Anna's family showed up then so we were all there!  It is a rare thing to have all of us together and I am so grateful for the times when we are.

 My parents now have 14 grandchildren.  They do such a great job of showing love to all of them. 
The kids had a great time at the park.  They played on the playground, climbed trees and went on the swings.  The boys snuck in a quick game of Kan Jam!

After the park we enjoyed lunch together and even my Grandma joined us! Then some of the kids napped and others kept playing outside.  The afternoon was spent making boats with Grandpa, doing crafts with Grandma, trying to get the swing out of the tree, kayaking for Kyle and Hayley, swimming in the pool, Popsicles, guessing how much candy was in the jar and blow-guns.

 I just love this one of Natalia.  Those bubbles did not last long!
 You probably can't see it but the swing is stuck WAY up in the trees.  It was an adventure getting it down.

 That night was the CABIN night.  The older kids look forward to it all year long.  They have fun telling stories and causing trouble together and with Grandpa!

It was another great Grandpa camp!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Grandpa Camp Year 3 Day 1

My parents host Grandpa Camp every year.  The last couple years have been so fun....this year was no exception.

The morning started off with Grandpa pancakes (he puts all kinds of weird stuff in them and the kids loving eating them and trying to figure out what's in them).

 Then the kids check in.  They are all weighed, measured and they sign their name. Then they got their Grandpa camp shirts!

 They also got a necklace, they get beads for the activities they do and kindness beads for good deeds they do.
 Even the babies are part of the fun. 
 After check-in they headed to Cabellas.  The kids enjoyed everything there. 

I stayed at the house because I was in charge of lunch.  I decided to have the theme be "Grandma's Goofy Garden".  I made "Funky Flowers", a "Garden Octopus", "Swamp water" and "Strawberry Short-Snakes".  It turned out pretty well and was lots of fun.

 Then the kids took naps and some of the parents too! 

After naps it was off to the beach.  My Dad makes the most beautiful boats.  This year he added a kids kayak to the fleet.  It's is not only beautiful but lots of fun for the kids.  Garret and Spencer both loved it. I think they are naturals. Some of the little girls even got in.  He also brought the row boat down and let us all paddle around.  Spencer stuck the paddle down on the rocks and sand and the kayak started to tip.  He was so funny as he calmly said "I do not like this".  Then he got out dumped the water out and got back in and told everyone he was the first one to tip the boat!  Garret would have stayed in all day.  I think in another couple years he will be ready to venture a little farther from the shore!

 After the beach we came back and enjoyed the tee pee my Mom made, the kiddie pool, sunshine and the outdoors.

 By the end of the day we all looked and felt pretty happy and warn out!