Sunday, July 05, 2009


About a month ago Derek took Carson on a church Father/Son campout. Kendall and I (and the babies) went to the store to get some munchies for our Girl's Night. We were looking at the candy and on the other side of the aisle were the magazines. Kendall spied "Tiger Beat" and her eyes got really big! She picked it up and was totally engrossed. Could she buy it? Absolutely!! When we got home she sat down and starting reading. She loved reading about all of the details of her favorite Disney Channel stars. Just last night on our way to the fireworks she was reading her beloved Tiger Beat in the car. She said "Did you know that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are engaged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(with a squeal of delight)" Nope, I didn't know that. She said "It says so right here in this magazine!" I guess it must be true!!

It is sad to see our little girl grow up, but it is also really fun. I love that I can have a real conversation with her about real things. She is my favorite tv buddy when we watch House Hunters. We went shopping the other day and I was trying on clothes and she said "No mom, that doesn't look like your style."

Our family dynamics are also starting to shift. Just recently my sister-in-law announced that she was pregnant. Everytime she announced this in the past, we followed her lead shortly (not because we were following her, it just ended up that way). This time I had absolutely no desire to be in her shoes!! As our kids are getting older, we are starting to experience more freedom. We had a rough go with our newborns and were "held up" inside our home longer than most are. Though our 2-year-olds are definitely a lot of work, it really is getting easier. I was a nanny for 10 years before I had my own kids. I don't even want to try to calculate how many diapers I've changed!! I'm have been elated each time over the past year that we got rid of baby stuff: Exersaucer, high chair, bottles!! Wooo Hoooo!! If we ever do add more children to our family (a VERY long time from now), they will come to us potty trained (we hope!!) and ready for school!

We have other changes happening too. Derek is still looking for a job. We really want to move to Sacramento and feel that that would be the best fit for our family. The economy is bad there too, but Derek had an interview on Thursday. It went really well, but we are trying not to get our hopes up. So I ask your thoughts and prayers to be with us. We know that if this is the job meant for us, he will get it. It's times like these when we really do rely on our faith to pull us through.


Gwen said...

We will be praying for your family as you go thru these changes. I hope the job in Sacramento works out. :)
Things are changing at our house, too-- Sarah is potty training herself (no kidding) so we may be diaper free at our house shortly! Hooray!! :)

Steph said...

I know how you feel! I'm also at that stage. Our 4 1/2 year old is our baby! We feel like our five children are about all we can handle right now, but you never know.

Good luck with the job hunt! If Sacramento doesn't work out, there are a couple places in Utah that are hiring I think.

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  • 8/15/2007 - Received referral for Geneva!
  • 9/13/2007 - Sent LOI (letter of intent) to our agency
  • 9/29/2007 - LOI was sent to China!
  • 10/08/2007 - LOI was delivered to the CCAA in China
  • 10/29/2007 - PA (pre-approval) was issued!!
  • 1/15/2008 - DTC (dossier to China)
  • 1/18/2008 - Dossier delivered to CCAA
  • 1/25/2008 - LID (log-in date)
  • 4/1/2008 - LOA (letter of acceptance)
  • 4/25/2008 - CCAA issues TA (travel approval)
  • 5/22/2008 - Leave for China!!!
  • 5/25/2008 - Met our sweet Lexi!
  • 5/26/2008 - Discovered Lexi had brain damage
  • 5/30/2008 - Met precious Presley!
  • 6/7/2008 - Arrived home

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