As some of you may know, we moved last year. Switched jobs, switched cities, switched houses. And as for most people, change is hard. A friend posted an article on facebook today called On Moving... and Moving On and I just had to share this quote from it.
"But as I’ve cleaned and purged, I’ve learned. It’s not about these four walls. It’s not the house that makes it a home. What we’ve created here—this family, these memories—they’re coming with us. It’s not about the things, or even the places. It all makes you who you are. And you take that with you wherever you go."
It's been an easy transition in a lot of ways and a hard one in a lot of ways as well. I need to remember this!
This year has been a busy one full of change for us. This last spring, Sarah and the girls took a trip back east to West Virginia and it was a fun adventure for them. They were gone for a little over a week, got to visit family in Iowa, Missouri and West Virginia. The girls got to meet their Great Grandpa Windy for the very first time! As well as some aunts and uncles! They had a wonderful time and were so happy to get to meet with and spend some time with everyone.
Later, in the Spring brought lots of changes for our family. In April, Dennis got a job offer with Autonomous Solutions Inc., a company in Cache Valley, Utah, and accepted it. He started at his new job in May. We were sad to leave L-3 Communications behind, they had been good to us, but we felt it was the right decision for our family and what the Lord wanted us to do. During the summer, while we were in transition in the move we spent a lot of time in Preston at Sarah’s parents house. The girls had so much fun getting to spend that much time with their grandparents!
The middle of August we bought a house in Smithfield and we got to move in right before the girls started school! It’s an older home right on the golf course. We’ve been enjoying watching the deer in the area. Just this morning the girls and Sarah were watching a group of 7 of them on the golf course out the dining room window. We love our new house, but even better we are loving our ward and neighborhood and we have some wonderful neighbors as well.
Charity, who turned 7 in May, went into 2nd grade this year. She was lucky enough to be able to start in the Dual Immersion Portuguese program that was starting at our new school. So, she now spends ½ of her day with one teacher who speaks English and the other half with her teacher who speaks Portuguese. She is doing really well and excelling at school.
Danielle started Kindergarten this year and she’s gotten a wonderful teacher! She is in speech therapy and is continuing to make leaps and bounds with her progress. She started ballet this year as well so we now have two little ballerinas in the family. She might be one of the smallest 5 year olds in her Kindergarten class but she certainly makes up for it with her spunk! She has such a love for life.
Rebecca, well, she wishes she was going to school! We pass by our Church house each day after dropping her sisters of at school and will proudly point at it and starting telling me how there is her nursery! I don’t know what she’s going to do come January when she moves from nursery into Sunbeams, but we hope it is an easy transition for her!
A big move like this takes a lot of time to adjust but we think our little family is adapting well and we are settling in to our new neighborhood and ward. This holiday season seems to be passing us by far too quickly this year. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May the Lord bless you in the coming year!
So, about a week ago, my Nexus 7 started occasionally closing out of the play store and telling me (or randomly popping up and telling me) "Unfortunately, Google Play Store has stopped. By Friday it was a constant thing and I couldn't be in the Play Store app for more than 10 seconds before it closed out. It made the app sort of useless. I found troubleshooting steps online and tried to fix it myself to no avail. On Friday, I ended up getting connected to Customer Service to try to fix it and had to do a Factory Data Reset.
Well, it started it again this week on Sunday so tonight I went straight to talking to Customer Service to see if maybe following their directions step by step would help. Here are the list of steps I did with Customer Service on my Nexus 7:
Clear data and cache for Google Play Store, Google Services Framework, Download Manager and then restart the device.
If that doesn't work, do all of the above steps but also uninstall updates to Google Play Store before you restart it.
If that doesn't work, you have nothing left to do but to a Factory Dada Reset. As I've now had to do twice. :(
I really really hope it's fixed this time or I'm going to be rather upset!
Our trip started out on a Thursday night. After Dennis got home from work we headed up to my parents house where the girls were going to stay while we were gone. Mom and Dad had Michael (my 16 year old nephew) visiting so he could help watch them. Here are the girls excited to head to their grandparents house:
That night we took Charity and Danielle to the Carnival in Preston. Rebecca, we thought, wasn't really old enough to enjoy it so we left her with the grandparents. Unfortunately, I left the camera in at their house so I didn't get any pictures! :( But the girls had a blast! Charity's favorite ride turned out to be a roller coaster! One of the kiddie ones of course, but still, she liked the roller coaster best. I was lucky enough to run into Sam there and I got to ride the Ring of Fire with her! That was great to get to see her for a little while since it's been a long time.
The next day, I had planned on us leaving bright and early (6am) but we decided that was too early to start our vacation so we didn't leave until around 8, I think. We still managed to get to Renell's by a decent time so that was good. I think it was 7 her time that we showed up, so 8 our time. More on that in a minute.
Here's Dennis, bright and early in the morning:
Just to give you an idea of the scenery. We went from this:
A bit greener? We thought so. It was a great day! We talked some, and we listened to a book some. We'd brought a book to read (Number 6, I believe, in the Wheel of Time Series. We've been working on the series for a while!) and then a couple of books to listen to (The Eragon Series, we still haven't read number 4!) If you don't know about it, at least in utah, through your public library there is the overdrive system where you can check out ebooks and audiobooks to listen to. It's a great resource! At least, as long as you finish them in time! lol.
Mom and Dad, the last time they had gone to visit Renell had stopped in Missoula, MT at a pasty restaurant and I had really wanted to try it, so even though we'd only had lunch an hour or so before we got to Missoula, we stopped at Lisa's Pasty Pantry and shared a Pasty meal. It was yummy! It was so good I had to buy 1/2 a dozen of her pasty appetizers to take with me, and they were even yummier! So nice to get to sit and eat a pasty that someone else made! (They are a lot of work!)
In the middle of nowhere Montana, we stopped for a rest break and found an awesome gift shop! They had a "trout aquarium" and some huge trout in it and we had fun looking around. We also found a few souvenirs and one of my favorite finds of the trip, I was able to replace a little snowman ornament of Danielle's that I'd bought for her first Christmas that had gotten broken! I was so excited! And I'm going to guard the new one carefully so that it doesn't happen again!
Like I said before, we managed to make it to their place by 7, 8 our time. So we picked up Gabe and headed over to Renell's work for dinner. It was nice to get to see and visit with Renell for a little while. Then, we went back to the house and played card games with Gabe for a little while before bed. We were exhausted and ended up turning in early. I think it was 9:30 or 10, that isn't really that early considering it was 10:30 or 11 our time, but it felt early. The next morning we had breakfast and visited for a while longer. We had planned on leaving by 10 but didn't get out of there until 11. It's been a while since I saw my big sis so it was hard to say goodbye :) And then we headed onto Seattle.
Well, now that we're on to day 3, I'm going to take a break here and I will update with more later!
We are doing a Week of Easter Activities again this year and I'm posting a new post again because I think I'm going to change a few things and I want to remember what they are :) Since I already have last year's activities to work on I thought I could possibly add a bit more and improve on what we did last year.
Sunday: Palm Sunday, Discuss Easter and Love for Each Other
Picture: Triumphal Entry
Scripture: Mark 11:1-10
Do an "LOA table" (Love One Another Table/Board/Wall). Set up an area where people can write compliments and notes to other members of the family that would then be shared out loud with everyone Easter Morning. I bought a large dry-erase board last year and we display it in the Living Room through out the week for people to write on it.
Here is our LOA Board from last year:
This was a lot of fun and the girls really enjoyed it, I'm hoping they like it as much this year! And this year Charity will be able to write on there by herself!
Monday: Color Easter Eggs for FHE, we color about 3 dozen since everyone loves to eat them except me!
Talk about meaning of Easter Resurrection Eggs
Tuesday: Discuss Service & Easter
Picture: Jesus Washing Disciples Feet
Scripture: John 13:1-30
Discuss ways that Jesus served others and ways that others served Jesus. For Dinner have everyone serve someone else their dinner. After dinner discuss ways we can serve others. If I can come up with a good one we'll do a service project for someone else this night as well, maybe we'll take dinner to another family.
Wednesday: (refer to Sugardoodle link)
Picture: The Last Supper
We're going to have a supper that would have been served in Jesus time. Such as Raisins, unleavened bread, hard boiled eggs, berries, salad greens with vinegar dressing, olives, grape juice, and lamb if I can find it otherwise steak. We'll season it and marinate it with olive oil (1tbs), garlic (1 clove) and salt and pepper. We'll make a picnic out of it and use our fingers. I've really liked this meal in years past so I'm excited to be doing this again! (It will be our third year doing it!)
We didn't get to it last year but this year I really want for us to dress up in sheets and stuff for our picnic dinner tonight! The kids would have so much fun with that! :)
Unleavened Bread Recipe
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine in a bowl: 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Cut in 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in 2/3 cup buttermilk. Mix in one egg and two cups flour. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into several pieces and roll out very thin on a floured board (if not rolled out thin, it will have the consistency of heavy bread). Lay sheet of dough on ungreased flat baking pans. Prick with a fork Cut into 4-inch squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Thursday: Garden of Gethsemane and the Plan of Happiness
Picture: Garden of Gethsemane
Scripture: Mark 14:12-21
Jesus Died that we might live again, he suffered for our sins so we can be forgiven.
Friday: Discuss Jesus Sacrifice, the Crucifixion
Picture: The Crucifixion
Sripture: John 19
Make Edible Tombs, and have everyone share their favorite story about Jesus
Saturday: Did Jesus Really live again?
Picture: Burial of Jesus, Empty Tomb (this one is not in the Gospel Art Book, but we have it through a different set of pictures, Gospel Art Picture Kit #232)
Activity: Easter Story Cookies
Scripture: Luke 23:56
Sunday (Easter): Easter Baskets + Big Empty Easter Eggs and Discuss the Empty Tomb and eat our Easter Story Cookies and read together the LOA Board.
Pictures: Empty Tomb (this one is not in the Gospel Art Book, but we have it through a different set of pictures, Gospel Art Picture Kit #232), Mary and the Resurrected Christ, Jesus Shows His Wounds
So, I knew it had been a long time since I last blogged, I didn't realize it had been 4 1/2 months! So much has happened since early November I'm not even sure where to start!
So, I'll try at the beginning and give you a short description of each month!
November - Thanksgiving of course, we took a family picture with Dennis' family. It was much needed the last one we'd taken was when Danielle was a baby! But we were missing 2 kids so it's still not complete! Maybe next time...
December - Charity had her winter ballet performance which was a part in The Nutcracker. Her class was Children of The Land of Sweets! It was so cute! And a lot of fun to watch! We got a DVD of it and she watches it quite frequently! Then, there was Christmas of course! We ended up going down to Arizona for Christmas at my twin's house and it was a lot of fun. On Christmas Eve we went over to the temple and can I just say it was cool to see Palm Trees and Grapefruit and Orange trees all lit up for Christmas! :) That's one thing I'd definitely have if we lived somewhere warm enough, lots of grapefruit trees! lol, the girls love them and so do I!
January - In January Dennis and I went to The Travel Expo here in Utah, it's big drawing point this year was cruises! Mainly Alaska cruises! And since that's what we were planning on doing for our Anniversary this year we went to get more information. We heard a lot we'd already found out through our research and we learned a lot we didn't, and before the month was out we had booked our Cruise! It's not for a lot more months but we are looking forward to it and having fun planning and getting ready! (We have to get passports!)
February - In February is Valentine's Day and we love Valentine's Day around here! There was balloons and good food and flowers. It was great! The girls got in on the fun and helped me with a Scavenger Hunt for Daddy and they helped him blow up balloons. We gave them big heart pillows, and Charity of course kidnapped ALL of my balloons and put them in her room! lol! We've still got a few bouncing around the house the end of March!
March - For the last several years in March I took the girls and went to Arizona for Laura's Spring Break but it wasn't in the cards this year. Charity is in Kindergarten now and our Spring Breaks don't match up and she would have missed a Ballet Practice for Giselle next month so we ended up letting Danielle go with Grandma and Granpda. Yes, she'd miss some preschool and a speech therapy session or two but she's 3 and still young enough to get to go do fun stuff like that! It'll be Rebecca's turn in a couple of years. And they promised Charity a week or two at their house this summer and she is looking forward to that so it all ended up nicely!
Oh, and today Rebecca is 18 months old! Where on earth has the time gone!?! It seems like just yesterday we brought her home from the hospital. Time has gone by so quickly, the family picture I have up on the wall is still the one from the day we blessed her! A very pretty picture I know but it's about time to update them! I guess I'm going to have to start watching for sales on pictures to get some more printed! Though I need to get pictures printed from the last few months anyway.
I got photo albums for each of the girls with a Teddy Bear and their named engraved on the front. So cute! I've almost got Charity's and Danielle's caught up on pictures but have yet to get any in Rebecca's so that is my current project. One day the girls are going to look back and love those! But once again, I'm worried I'm over doing the pictures, lol, but we have such easy access to pictures now a days it's hard not to document every one of life's moments in them!
Now, April is just about here with General Conference and Easter coming up after that! So, I am working on my plans for our week of Easter. I'm going to do stuff similar to what we did last year BUT the week leading up to Easter is also Spring Break so I might have to come up with some extra ideas, so we shall see! I'll try to be better about updating in the future and if there is anything else important that I think of to add that happened the last few months I will definitely update and let you know!