We finally got a website up and running (We hired someone and it stilled seemed like a lot of work)! There are still a few glitches we hope to fix and changes we will make over time. But for now we are just happy it is up and that people trying to find us will be able to.
Check it out if you feel so inclined.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
This summer has been SO busy. We moved and we bought a dental practice. Sometimes this summer it has felt like 80% of conversations have been about dentistry. Somehow the summer flew by. I had so many things I wanted to do with the kids that never happened. We decided we needed to have some kind of family adventure before the summer ended.
We looked at lots of different options. Some were too expensive, some too far away. Some too stressful with a baby etc.
We settled on staying two nights at a horse ranch. The kids LOVE horses and dream of being cowboys. We left Thursday afternoon and arrived in time to get settled in our tiny cabin.
Then we spent the evening running around the grassy field.
He had to saddle the horse himself and they helped him know how to lead the horse and turn it around. It was VERY hands on and he learned SO much. I might have to see if I can find him lessons somewhere.
Then we snuck into town for some lunch. Titus was a total stinker (in every sense of the word). He kept standing up and reaching for things. Then he pooped and we didn't have diapers or wipes with us. It made for an eventful lunch!
The little girls were much cuter (at least at the moment). They were not spearing dead fish. They were giving each other hugs and holding hands.
It was such a nice little get away. It was not necessarily relaxing but it was a change of pace and it was memorable for the kids. I do think that Tyler and I better take a relaxing vacation one of these days. But for this weekend our horse ranch was perfect.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Things have really been happening here.
Adele has started drawing. Really drawing. She has been a scribbler up until the last couple days. She drew me this pics of our family (there are ten people in it- not sure why). I think it's so cute that she ALWAYS draws two lips for the mouth. Not just one line. Since this picture she has gotten even better. It's like it just clicked that she could try to draw the things around her.
I have not really tried to teach her any "school" things yet. She has three more years until school and I planned to start working with her in the fall while the boys are at school. For fun though I wrote out her name and asked her to try and write the letters like I had. She did great. I think once I really try teaching her things she is going to really latch onto it all.
The other BIG news of the day. My 14 1/2 month old "trouble makin baby" (as we affectionately call him) was sitting on the carpet today and he stood up and took 2 steps. This is big time. He usually just bends his knees if I try to get him to stand without holding on to something. We all clapped and cheered. But that my friends is not the end of it. He stood back up and tried again. Then after his napped he tried again. He is currently up to ten steps and seems to be enjoying himself so he might just end up being a walker yet...or he might decide to wait. There is no telling with this kid. But at least we know he can. Pics and videos of it to come. For now here is a picture of his sneaky little face after I caught him climbing from an end table to the couch (He may not be an efficient walker- but he is a climber).
Saturday, August 18, 2012
As a family we finished the Book of Mormon again. It takes us a long time because we only read a few verses every night with the kids. Whenever we finish any book of scripture (Bible or Book of Mormon) as a family we find some way to celebrate.
Today was our day to celebrate our accomplishment. Near the beginning of the Book of Mormon a group of people travel by boat. So we told the kids we were going to be like those people and go on the ferry to Whidbey Island and see what we could find.
Along the way we talk about things we learned from the scriptures, favorite parts and fun trivia. We also listened to the book The Penderwicks while driving. It was lots of fun and the kids loved it.
On the ferry they were bouncing of the walls with excitement. I was a little nervous I would loose one over the side they were so excited. There was VERY heavy fog and we had to wait forever to finally leave. They were sure they would see a whale but the fog prevented that.
We thought about going to dinner but everyone was getting worn down. So we headed back to the ferry. We didn't even get out of the car. We had the most beautiful, lovely, fun family day. It was a day where I don't think we even talked about dentistry. We just played with the kids and did whatever was fun for them. It was great.
But that last half hour in the car the kids changed from their fun loving selves to little monsters. They were so loud and whiny. Everyone needed a drink and I didn't have one. Everyone needed to know what we were going to do next, everyone needed something and everyone was bothering each other. I had to lay down the law and tell them they could only talk about how much fun they had and they couldn't talk about anything they didn't like. They did better and we rushed them home, fed them toast and peanut butter as fast as could and tucked them into bed. I am tempted to erase that wretched half hour from my mind and forget it occurred in our perfect day. But those crazy moments are part of our life. We have them just like everyone else. We got past it though and even with that crazy time it was still a perfect day!
I can't think of a better way we could have spent our Saturday and our celebration than by our little Island adventure!
(Most Embarrasing Moment (of the day)- I jumped out of our car while we were waiting for the ferry to throw some trash away. Then I picked up a ferry schedule and was looking at it while I walked back to our car. I walked up to a white car and opened the door and just about sat down. I probably would have if the woman sitting in the seat hadn't squacked at me. I quickly apologized and ran to our Silver Van. Only to be greeted by Tyler laughing, saying "I wish I had taken a picture of your face"- Good times!!!)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
While the Olympics were on the kids wanted to watch them as often as they could. They loved all the events asked a million questions and were constantly shouting for the USA.
Since the Olympics have ended they have missed them....so they started doing their own Olympics. Events included (but were not limited to) running races, obstacle courses, swinging from the clothes line, balancing on a saw horse, running around cones, fastest weeders, fastest eaters, best cleaners (seriously all I had to do was call something an Olympic event and they took it seriously). Today we did water events.
Adele thought that goggles went well with her outfit. She posed before her dive.