Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What a month!

  I have been putting off writing a post because there is so much.

House Front 4-20-2010 9-45-49 AM 3550x1928We are finally moved and settled into our house.  I LOVE IT!!!  It is a darling little house with a very practical yet fun floor plan. (I’m all about the floor plan)   It took a few weeks of work before we moved in to get it ready.  Mark and I took out the flooring in the kitchen, living, room, laundry room, and hall.  We laid down laminate wood floors.  We had to do quite a lot of painting, and the yard work was crazy.  Thankfully our parents did most of the yard work.  Thanks again wonderful parents!  They helped so much.  It was a lot of work, but we enjoyed learning new things, and Mark likes to do physical work. (I could have lived with hiring someone.)  kitchen 4-20-2010 9-41-42 AM 4752x3168

The neighborhood is awesome.  We live of the corner of a cul-de-sac and there are 35+ kids on the circle.  Emma, Gabe and Abigail has lots of friends to play with. 

Mark is supposed to be studying for the CFA exam in June, but has not been able to stop working on the house.   I’m not much help when it comes to helping him studying, because I love to work on the house too.   He won a volleyball tournament with Bob last weekend, and continues to work hard at his job. Thanks sweetie :) 

We celebrated our 8th year anniversary by going (what else) snowboarding.  It was soooooooooooooooooo fun.  Thanks for Sondra and Aunt Linda for babysitting for us.  It was a great day.  I landed 4 beautiful 360s. :)Sara and Mark boarding 3-9-2010 8-22-22 AM 4752x3168(the self-portrait snowboarding picture.  we have so many of these. It’s funny. )

I got my real estate license before we moved, and have been so busy I haven’t been able to do any work yet, but I look forward to it.  

Emma is still loving her school.  She recently sang in the school choir, and performed many times including once at Tuachaun.  She loved it.  She continues to do so well in school, and at home.  She is so sweet and mature.  I love the way her brain works.  She is very curious and asks a lot of questions lately.  She says she just wants to know everything. Emma's school project 3-19-2010 10-39-55 AM 4311x3168


Gabriel has discovered video games, and wants to play them non stop. When he’s not playing them, he is acting them out.  “Okay mom, your are on the blue team.  Do you want a sniper rifle or a rocket launcher?  Let’s go throw grenades at Dad.”     Yeah….  after a long talk about how real guns hurt and we shouldn’t pretend to kill people,  he only plays Mario Kart and Sonic now.  When he is not doing that, he is playing with Abigail, going to school, gymnastics, or riding his bike around with his friends.  He continues to be such a great listener.  I love that I only have to tell him to do something once (most of the time)  He has also taken on more responsibilities at home by cleaning the toilet and setting the table everyday.  He also is a big help with Abigail.

    kids video games 4-12-2010 2-53-08 PM 4041x3168 Gabe gymnastics 4-15-2010 10-25-41 AM 3342x2965

Abigail just had a big day of Potty Training.  She did awesome.  I have a system, which I got all ready.  Mark was taking Gabe and Emma away,  and before they even left,  she went poo-poo and pee-pee all by herself.  I was kind-of like, “well, now what should we do?”   She loves her Dora underwear.   Abigail is getting so big.  She wants to be just like her brother and sister.  She wants to have friends over because they do, she wants to play video games because they do etc.  I’m glad she has such good examples to follow.    Emma said she’s not a baby anymore because she talks and walks and doesn’t wear diapers anymore.  It made me so sad because she’s really isn’t a baby anymore.  She is one awesome kid though and I love to experience her grow.  Abigail cute 4-9-2010 5-52-22 PM 4335x2751 Abigail cute 2 4-9-2010 5-52-26 PM 4151x2726 Abigail corn 4-20-2010 4-48-49 PM 2041x2051

I was thinking today how blessed I am,  If I could have any life situation I wanted, I wouldn’t ask for anything different. What a great feeling!   That’s not to say there is nothing I wish to change about myself, because I have lifetimes of improvements that need to me made,  but I love the Gospel, my husband, children, country, family and home so much.   I really don’t deserve it all, but I am so grateful I have it. jump on it 3-22-2010 6-49-23 PM 3728x2615



Beautiful house, beautiful family, beautiful life. Miss you guys.

Krista Jones

What a great post! I love seeing how you guys are doing!
Hey, I've been meaning to call you... I signed up to have a bow booth at What Women Want in May. Do you want to work the booth with me? Its 10-8 Friday and Saturday, and possibly set-up and take-down. I could pay you in cash or with hair accessories. Let me know what you think!


Gorgeous home! Can't wait to visit you guys . . . maybe the end of June . . . ? Love you!


Love this post! The kids have gotten so big, and your house looks gorgeous! You all look so happy! I miss you!


You do have a beautiful life, and I'm so glad that you recognize it because there are so many that don't. It's refreshing to see so much positive.

These posts made me happy. I love reading about your family, and how much you enjoy being a Mother. Your house is ADORABLE. I want to see it someday. Good work on all the remodeling, and congrats on landing the 360s.