Oh What Fun!

This is the first real snow since we moved in.  The kids are loving it.  The yard has just enough slope to sled nice and easy down.  Even Paisley can get out there and I can just watch from the window.  How sweet is that? 

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Back To School / Critter Lovin

We are back to school once again.  And once again starting at a new school.  Our first day went pretty good and hopefully the girls are making some great new friends today.  That just leaves Clayton and Paisley to entertain each other through out the day.  Today Paisley demanded Clayton give her a ride, she found his missing horny toad in the kitchen, and is now insisting he watch Dispicable Me with her.  She has traded following her sisters around to following Clayton around quite smoothly.  So far Clayton has not gotten annoyed by her.  It has been a good day.  You just can’t help but love a critter lovin kid even when he loses them in the house or holds them to death (literally). 

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Yeah for this One Day!!!

I go for a month without blogging and now two in one day.  Just thought I would post my husband came home early today.  On his own.  Whoop Whoop!!  It feels like a little miracle.  Been working his tail off for forever.  Guess I would rather complain of overworking than not working at all.  We are very lucky with work, but all the hours are a killer for me.  Yeah for this one day!  Home Work is Better than Real Work!

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Back on Course

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 When I was younger I always thought I would grow up, get an education, get a job, get married, have a kid or two, buy a house and live in it forever the end.  Man I really got things out of order and thought way to simplistically. (I can blame Brian for marrying out of order.  He made me do it.  I tried to put him off til the education was complete and the job was underway, but he didn’t care to see my logic.)  Then life took over and messed with the buy a house and live in it forever part.  But I think maybe this move might set me back on course.  Now just got to live life til The End. ha ha.  But until then our summer life so far has been completely crazy. 

First, we moved. Let me just say I hate movings guts.  It is horrible no matter what the circumstances are.   We had the Flagstaff Firemen move us and I highly recommend them moving you.  Best movers ever.  Polite, courteous, efficient, price effective, and very cute.  I should have taken pictures so you could appreciate it yourselves, but I was too busy blushing.

Then a little over a week later Brian and I were Pa and Ma to a bunch of Flagstaff teenagers on the Flagstaff Stake Trek.  We were only supposed to be in charge of the pioneer activities on Thursday, but they ended up needing another set of parents and we said sure.  I was okay with; the cheering the kids on part, the walking 17 miles in one day part, but not too sure about sleeping on the ground with just a sleeping bag.  The first day was extremely hard, way harder than I envisioned.  The adult children volunteers amazed me.  At the end of that day I was cussing in my head saying never again, but ended up loving it.  It is an amazing thing to be part of; one of those things you have to be there to get it.  I would advise anyone to go.  I could blog for pages about it, but will refrain.

Then as usual we hit Eagar for the Fourth of July.  The kids loved every minute playing with their cousins and Brian and I enjoyed visiting with family.  We have both been distressed about the loss of the forest and the parts we could drive too were not as bad as we had thought.  Like many others, we have so many memories in the mountains and the entire fire had us feeling sick.  So it was good to actually see some of the damage for ourselves. 

Now the rest of our summer consists of tennis lessons, swimming, boating, a vacation to somewhere (ideas welcome), make new friends and a re-Grand opening of Gila Outdoors. (Did I mention Brian decided to become a part owner of an outdoor store during our move.  So much for help unpacking or moving stuff around.)  Life is crazy and perpetually spinning faster.  I just keep thinking “Holey Moley” what next.  I no longer make set plans.

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An Entirely New Zipcode

Here we go again.  This will be our 5th move since Taylor was born (9 years ago).  It will be Taylor’s 4th and  Avery’s 3rd school.   We are moving to the “hillbilly” side of Flagstaff, an entirely new zipcode (which might as well be a whole new town.)  Our new address should be it for a long time we are hoping.  Brian found us an amazing house on 2+ acres.  It is usually exciting for me to move, but this time it just feels confusing.  Where should I start?  I have been roaming my house in a fog trying to get a grip on which fire I should put out first.  Let’s just say all the crap in this house has been left unchaperoned for 2 years and has been reproducing like mice.  Already two full trips to goodwill and I am ready to just walk away and start from scratch.  Why does Brian insist on keeping 13 years of financial statements?  Why do I get carried away at the craft store, so that I have 12 little bins of paper, scissors, stamps, material, glue, thread, stamp pads, pins, notions, etc?  Why do I save a box of baby clothes for each of my kids?  Why does hunting and fishing require 6+ extra large bins full of gear?  It is all too much.  Moving is humiliating.  I am ashamed of all these boxes of excess.  I need a simpler life.  One that does not require crafting, camping, eating or decorating (the house or myself.  Haven’t even attempted my closet.)  I just want to run away and hide. 

Yesterday I gave each of my kids a box with their name on it to begin packing their own stuff.  I told them to pack the things they wanted to take and to put all the things they didn’t want into the DI bin.  Taylor immediately packed her Magic Tree House books and her American Girl Doll.  Avery packed all the rocks she picks up on her way home from the bus stop each day and her treasure boxes.  Clayton packed a pillow two blankets and himself inside his box.  And Paisley put her dolly in her box like it was a little bed.  As I was inspecting their boxes I had to laugh at how their packed boxes represented their personalities perfectly.  Then I had to tell Taylor good job, Avery no way to the rocks, Clayton to get serious, and I gave Paisley a little hug.  If we ever move again my kids better be old enough to pack themselves and me.

Eventually when I come to the realization that I really am moving I will post some pictures of our new house.  That is if I don’t lose my camera in this mess of my house.  We should be officially finished moving by June 5th.

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Our Girl in Glasses

My little 2 year old girl Paisley got her first pair of glasses last week.  At her last appointment we found out that her “good eye” is as far sighted as her bad eye is near sighted.  What a bummer.  She does so well though, with such horrible vision.  I am amazed by her but even more amazed by her eye doctor.  He can tell exactly how focused her eyes are by looking in them with a prism??!  I missed the appointment and Dad picked out her glasses without me.  I was kinda sad, but he did a good job and there will be many more opportunities to pick out glasses in Paisley’s future. (That is what I tell myself).  She is doing very well at wearing them and even asks for them when she wants to watch TV.  We think she is the cutest with and without her little doll sized pink glasses.

While the kids and I were waiting for Paisley to get home from her appointment I decided to prep the kids that we were to tell Paisley how cute she was with her glasses on and that we loved them and wished we could have a pair.  So Avery and Clayton are saying cool Paisley is going to have glasses and Taylor pipes up, “What if we really don’t think she looks cute with her glasses on mom?  What if we don’t like her in glasses?  Do you want us to lie?”  I stated,  “YES, you lie!  I never want to hear you say you don’t think they are cute or that you don’t like them or you will be busted!  You got that?”  So there has been an excessive amount of gushing over how cute Paisley is with her glasses on.  She even tells me, “I look so cute with my glasses!”  And our girl in glasses sure is cute.

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My Chopstick Players

For the past month I have been helping Taylor and Avery prepare for a piano recital.  Their new teacher, though elderly, is very ambitious and had each girl prepare 4 songs, plus a singing part for Avery that Taylor was accompaning.  They were each performing in 2 ensembles, 1 duet, and a solo.  It was a lot of practicing mixed with quite a bit of whinning, plenty of 1-2-3-4 tapping and a whole lot of repeat.  I never realized that taking lessons creates so much “Mom Work”.  I was so relieved when the recital date finally arrived.  Both girls were practice ready.  Taylor was very nervous and thought she might be too sick to perform.  Avery was just excited.  Taylor, though unconfident, played each song very well.  Avery, though confident, had a few scary notes.  You just never know what is gonna happen when it is time to perform.  Regardless, I was very proud of both of them for working so hard and getting up in front of a crowd to play their songs.  Thanks to all the family that showed up to support my chopstick players.  Mrs. Pursell (piano teacher) was impressed by our numbers and wanted me to tell you thanks from her personally. 

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As my girls where playing their duet together, Avery lost her place and couldn’t find it so sat perfectly still with her hands on the keyboard waiting for Taylor to finish the duet, solo.  It reminded me of a time when my sister Tamra and I were singing a song together for a Young Women’s recognition night.  Tamra got a little emotional during the song, and I had to finish our duet, solo.  I had to smile and lean over to Tamra and say , “It is kinda like a repeat of me and you.”  What fun it is to perform a duet, solo with your sister.

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