Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"I'm so happy I get to go to preschool"

Quinn had his first day of preschool on Monday. 3 other moms and myself formed a small preschool group and I am so excited.Hey Quinn, make a funny face
He loved it. The first words out of his mouth when I picked him were :I'm so happy I got to go to preschool, can I go again right now. Glad you loved it buddy!

Its weird dropping off your little guy to go to school, even if it is just preschool. It made me a little sad, but happy because I know how good this is going to be for him. We do lots of learning stuff at home and I'm glad I still get to teach him but I'm glad for all the extra input he will get from learning from different mothers and kids. It was also super nice to just hang with the bean man and focus on him for a few hours.

A new addition...

Nope, not an announcement, though with our new van we could even have triplets and still have room, sweet.
Okay, so I know this is a really lame picture, but its cold outside and my house was warm and toasty, so this is a view of our new van through the window. Can I just say how much I love this van! Its a 2004 Toyota Sienna. I love not having to drive Peter all the way to work and back, and then go pick him and drive all the way back, just so I can use the car that day. (Though I do miss the extra time with the hubs.) There is so much space! And it is so much easier to get the kids in and out. Its so weird being the same size as all the other big cars out there. I love that it doesn't feel like driving a van- it handles super well and the windows are spaced perfectly so I don't have too many blind spots. It feels weird and luxurious having two cars. I keep finding myself planning out the week and all the errands i have to do on the one day I get the car, and then I realize I can spread out those errands, the kids won't go crazy being stuck in the car and stores all day and if I forget something at the store, no biggie. Freedom! The 1st time I drove the van I dropped Quinn off at preschool. Yup, that's right, a house, a van and a kid in, that's weird.

Art Class

I have wanted to learn to draw and paint for a long time. Every time I would sign up to take a class I would have to drop it for something much more exciting, like math, ugh. When we first moved to Utah I went to Hobby Lobby, (couldn't you just spend hours in there) and I noticed a sign up sheet for art class. I recklessly wrote down my name and left. I started getting emails about the art classes and each time I would dream about going to one, but money was tight and the schedule never seemed to work out. I checked out library books and dabbled in learning some drawing techniques but I still really wanted someone to really teach me. Finally at Christmas everything seemed to fall into place, so I signed up to do oil painting. Then Peter's work schedule got changed so that he wouldn't be home in time. Luckily there was an option to do the same class on a Wednesday morning and thanks to my SIL Becky and a good friend who offered to babysit, I get to go paint for the next month. We are doing 2 paintings. I finished the 1st one today. Take a peek.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Still Here

Blogging has been the last thing on my mind recently but I miss it! Its so sad to see what little I have recorded of 2011. Here is a quick run down of what happened this past year.

December-Wow! A 4 month old baby, an almost 2 year old, moving across the country, Peter finishing finals and graduating from law school. One insane month
January-Still felt crazy. Peter spent all day studying for the bar. Me and the boys started to get familiar with our new home. Quinn turned 2! We made a train cake and celebrated his birthday with his cousins. Lots of fun :-)
February- Peter turned 26 and we had our 4th wedding anniversary. Two days after our anniversary and two days before the bar Peter was in a roll over accident. He partially severed a tendon in his right hand. He still took the bar but it was one of the hardest things he had ever done
March- Job hunting!
April- More job hunting! Oh and we found out Pete passed the bar!!!
May- Still job hunting. We were getting pretty worried and frustrated by this point
June- Finally some job interviews and offers. Peter ended up getting a great job at Burton Law Firm. Its a perfect job for our family. I also started teaching at a massage school.
July- On the 4th of July we found out we were expecting another baby, surprise!!!
August- My little James turned 1 :-) A few days before his birthday we lost baby #3. It was a hard month
September- House hunting! We found a beautiful 5 bedroom, 3 bath house. We are right across the street from a park, and a 5 minute walk to another park, bike trail, walking trails, basketball and tennis courts. We can see the beautiful mountains out the front and back. And we have a yard!!! We love everything about it. I can't wait for the warmer weather so we be outside. I keep imagining all those hikes, picnics, swimming, camping and fishing. I'm so excited to explore this beautiful place. I think this is also the month that my SIL Janette won concert tickets (she wins everything, it is seriously amazing) We went to meet Michelle Branch and then Peter and I stayed to see her in concert with Parachute and Goo Goo Dolls (love them!)
October- We signed the housing contract and became homeowners. I also turned 24.
November-Nothing too exciting, just getting settled into our new home and of course Thanksgiving with the fam
December- A visit from my Mum and Lyden for Christmas. It was awesome to see them and fun to have a place for them to stay. We were able to be with Lyden as he was sealed to his parents in the Salt Lake Temple.

It was a really tough year. We had no job, and felt like we were in limbo a lot. We had to leave our life and wonderful friends in CT. Our faith was tried a lot and our stress level was high. A lot of the time I didn't think I could handle anymore. I feel so blessed that we finally have a job and a beautiful home. Things are finally back to normal and it feels so good!

Here is a picture dump from the past year. Enjoy!