Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Day Downtown

A couple weeks ago we rode the train into downtown Chicago. From the train station we walked to Navy Pier (about 2.5 miles). We were walking through this big park near the waterfront when we came upon this sign:
So much for being a park! Are they serious? It was a huge piece of grass; now I know why no one was on it.
The following picture was taken inside a conservatory next to the Children's Museum.
Pictures of the city taken from the pier. You can't tell, but it was really windy that day. However, the sun did feel good. We hadn't had very many sunny days until then.

It was a good day and Tony and I got lots of exercise!

Hello Again!

Facebook or Blogspot? Hmm, that's a tough choice. I really don't have time for both, so I'm afraid both with suffer.
Those of you who know me, know that I am not a long winded person. So, if you have questions or want to know more after reading this post just let me know. :)
I haven't posted anything since February. Yikes! The end of March I went to Oregon to visit my family! It had almost been 2 years since I had seen them; needless to say I was going through major withdrawl! No, that's not true. I think at that point you start to forget how much you miss them. It was my dad's sixtieth birthday and we wanted to get all his kids together for a surprise party. Boy was he surprised! I thought he might have a heartattack. It was wonderful to see everyone! I mentioned to my sister Jodi that I wished there was an inexpensive way to do this once a month; to which she replied, "that's all you need huh?" Well, of course I wish we could see each other every day, but you gotta start somewhere right? The plan is to get together every year for a camping trip.
I'm still working for One Source Equipment Rentals doing accounts payable. I work in a small office of 5 people and it recently got reduced to 4. It's sad that someone had to lose their job, but I am greatful it wasn't me. They were also able to pass along some of the savings and gave me a raise. I am truly blessed!
My calling at church is going better. Or maybe it's my attitude that has improved. I teach the 8-9 year olds and there are 10 in my class. They can be quite a handfull. I have one with Autism, and a couple who I swear have ADHD. They are good kids though, and participate well if I can get them engaged. I love it when they finally say something that tells me they were listening. Like this one boy complains and doesn't want to participate most of the time, but will often answer a question that I ask, so I know he is listening. I like to believe that I am doing some good, and they seem to like me even when I'm strict with them.
Madison is finally showing progress with her letters. She can even spell her name now. I am hopeful she won't be too far behind when she starts kindergarten in the fall. I know that a lot of you already have kids in school, so you know how it feels when your first child reaches that milestone. I am feeling old. I know it's silly, but I will be turning 30 in the same month Madison starts school. It's not as though I am dreading it though. I enjoy watching my kids grow and become righteous and courageous little people.
I was about to sign off with out telling you anything about Steven. He is such a little boy! Always into everything, but still wants mommy when he gets hurt. He wants to do (and can most of the time) everything Madison does, but definitely likes being the baby. He makes me laugh several times a day and makes me want to smack him the other times. What would we do without him?
Anyway, that's about it for now. Have I left you wanting or wondering more? Good. :)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

There's no fun like snow fun!

After that huge snow storm in the west, it moved east and hit us. Snow is fun when you are a kid because it means no school and all fun. I am not a big fan, but there was one day that the temperature wasn't super cold. So we decided to take the time to get bundled up and actually enjoy the snow. I know they don't look too excited in this picture but, believe me, it was very sad when we had to come back inside.
You have to lay down to do a snow angel Steven. See, look at Madison! What a beautiful angel!

Take that! Umph! Maybe that wasn't such a good idea.
You wouldn't think swinging in the snow would be very fun, but just look at those smiles!
At first Steven didn't want to keep his gloves on, but as soon as he touch the snow he knew why he should wear them and we didn't have any trouble keeping them on after that. We also have a little mini sleigh for Steven that we used to pull him around the yard and Tony chased us with Madison in the wagon. I'm hoping that the weather warms up a little in February so we can spend more time outside. Lately it's been between 5 and 20 degrees! Freezing would actually be nice.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ok, so tomorrow is the 1st of February and I am just now posting Christmas pictures. I think by now all of you know that this blogging thing is difficult for me to get into so I am not going to appologize anymore. However, I do want to share I just wish you all were a little closer so we could see each other in person. Alas this cannot be, so I will have to suck it up and do my best.
Christmas was fun this year! We spent it at home with our little family (plus Tony's sister Cristina, and our friend RJ).
This is on Christmas Eve. We let each of the kids open one gift. (Steven still sleeps with his bear.)Madison made sure we put out milk and cookies for Santa. Unfortunately we didn't have any carrots for the reindeer. Sorry Blitzen!
Christmas Morning! Bring on the presents! (notice in the background; Santa was in a hurry and accidently knocked over the glass in his rush to get to the next house.)May I just say that those feathers are all over my house! I hear I have Uncle Andy to thank for that one. *wink*Steven's first gun and cowboy hat! The west is safe again!
Madison got this stroller for her many babies; she was so excited! But, as you can see from the picture below, Steven took over while she was busy with other things. He wanted to push it around for the rest of the day. Sorry Dad!

Aren't those stockings awesome! Thanks Grandma Cindy! Also, notice Steven's shirt (got SPAM?). Dad got that for him at the SPAM museum; along with one for me that says "I love SPAM". Too cute!The kids were so excited to open all their gifts and were kept busy while mom cooked dinner. We had our ward missionaries over for a traditional Christmas ham dinner. After 8 years of marriage I am happy to say that I was finally able to cook a big Christmas dinner. Afterward we worked off some of those yummy calories by engaging in a rousing game of Scattegories. Much fun was had by all! We are truly blessed to be surrounded by those we love and to feel the far reaching love of those not with us.