Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I enjoyed hosting the Summit a great deal! All the prep and work going into it was creating some stress. And then I learned that there would be no out of town attendees, which caused some disappointment, followed by relief! I relaxed and enjoyed myself with the 5 girls that came. I truly enjoyed the simucast speakers, especially Margaret Feinberg. If you ever have the opportunity to hear her, you should! During our networking time, I enjoyed serving the girls by making them waffles with the works in the big restaurant sized waffle maker.
I only just recently started Hallie's first year scrapbook. She's three, and up until last week I hadn't even printed any pictures since her birth! Horrible, I know. Anyways, I came across a picture of her in my favorite pair of snuggly jammies. This is Oliver in my favorite jammies of his, which he is about to no longer fit into! :( So I intentionally took this picture just for the jammies.
Oliver loves to add some flair to his tantrums when he doesn't get his way. He'll pause when he gets distracted, then realize what he was supposed to be doing and get back to business!
Self explanitory, I think. This kid is talented!
Getting into his moves.
After two months of looking for land that Matt and I could both agree upon as the perfect place to build our next home, we finally found it! I really thought I was set on staying near K-Beach and keeping the kids in that school. I was so determined to have another short drive to the church, which is where I spend a lot of my days. But land prices in the area were through the roof and we just couldn't find anything more than an acre that we could afford. We both agreed that we wanted more land. Some space for the kids to explore and plant a garden. To have pets if we choose and not worry about leaving toys on the lawn, etc. Once we moved to Kasilof with Matt's parents, I realized I could expand my range a bit, so long as I don't have to live as far out as them!
When Matt showed me this land he was scared of what my reaction would be. (Apparently I had shot him down quite a few times!) But, I was smitten. I fell in love with the rock and the hill immediately! 4.5 acres, north of town, off of Deville Rd. We have 4.5 ACRES! And, it's only a 6 minute drive to Fred Meyers and like 13 minutes to the church. Eventually, I had to think about what is best for our family in the long run and not my driving preferences right now. I hope we will be living here for a very long time! And I am very excited about putting our kids in Sterling Elementary next year! I love small schools! I went in yesterday and was welcomed by three people! I always feel out of place and uncomfortable at K-Beach. I have loved the kids' teachers this year, but I am not sad about leaving their school at the end of the year.
Oh, I would also like to mention that we have a view of mountains in two directions!
This year I really struggled with the feeling that the emphasis on the Easter Bunny seems to outweigh the emphasis on the true reason we celebrate Easter. There's really not much you can do in such a short margin of time prior to church. I am thinking that in future Easters the bunny might just have to come on Friday night.
Here are some pictures and video clip from the day Oliver turned 1! I just can't believe how fast that year went by! It makes me so sad to think I won't ever hold my own tiny baby in my arms again, I just want to go back and do it all over again. Oliver is such a sweetie! He is a mama's boy, which I LOVE! He gives me loves -- hugs, kisses, and snuggles. He can also throw a good fit! He's an excellent sleeper. I love it that he just lays down and goes to sleep when I put him in bed. He's funny -- likes to laugh and make others laugh.
Our family wouldn't be the same without our Oliver!