Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hello Hello Again

Hello again to the blogging world. I've been MIA for a while now. Sorry! As you'll see in the below posts, we've had a lot going on on top of getting ready to move! Blogging has kind of become like a very good friend to me--one I haven't spoken to in a while, so I keep putting it off because there's just too much to catch up on. We'll this is me trying to catch up.

My life these past weeks have been filled with searching the internet non-stop for housing, securing education loans, getting insurance for Colorado, packing everyday, worrying about things I have no control over, not sleeping very well at night, and pretty much losing my mind at times. I am happy to say that just today we got approved for the townhouse we want so I can check that off my list! Yeah!! We'll be heading out the first week in August for our new adventures in Denver.
These pictures are from our Fabulous Fourth of July! It was such a fun day!! Heath's parents took us to see WALLE. Jace LOVED it and I too thought it was a very cute and creative movie. I was surprised how many times I laughed out loud :) Then we went swimming, ate yummy food, spent time with lots of family and watched fireworks for the finale of a great day! That's a picture of my sister-in-law and my new niece. She was born two months ago at only 31 weeks and she's truly a miracle!

Girls Havin Fun

Well, a few weeks ago, we had our annual Girl's Weekend! We had so much fun! I had the best time ever. I really needed this! The first time we had it, I missed Jace terribly. So, the second time, I brought him and it was hard to enjoy myself as much. Third time's a charm!!! I left Jace and decided to have a TRUE girl's weekend for myself. We laughed so much and had so much fun together. It was so nice to just enjoy my family and we can just be completely ourselves! We had some fun shopping trips to Anthropologie! A couple trips to the best frozen yogurt place, Pink Perry! Attended the Newport Beach Temple together! We also had some great mexican food down at the Pier. Last of all, we went to see WICKED!!!! I loved it! As we were taking pictures, a limo drove by and we all commented that it would've been so fun for it to be for us. Guess what! It was!!! My sister, Alison arranged it all! We were all so shocked and thrilled! We rode to Wicked in style. When we got out of the limo, we all kept our sunglasses on so people would think we were some famous gals! The show was amazing! The music was inspiring! I really loved it! I can't wait for next year! I love you Alison, Tiffany, Jenn and Mom!

California knows how to party

Couple weeks ago, Jace and I went and spent a week with my parents in California and we had so much fun!! His great grandparents came too and between everybody, Jace got plenty spoiled! We went to the beach, the park, the movies and saw Kung Fu Panda, an indoor play gym, watered the garden with Grandma, danced a jig with some outdoor music, got really dirty in the mud, ate yummy oranges and strawberries and so much more.
He certainly had an adventure with his cousin, Haylee with some paint. All I have to say is, when the cats away, the mice will play! The women left the men in charge for 30 minutes and came back to this beautiful piece of art in the backyard! The men had fun cleaning it all up!!!

We had such a great time and Heath drove up the last couple days to watch Jace so I could go to Huntington Beach for Girl's Weekend!!! Wahoo...more coming on that.

Little Monkey Achievement

Jace graduated from Miss Maren's Monkey Preschool! Wahoo! Two years of fun with a class full of boys. Jace had so much fun at preschool and made some great little crats. My favorite was his pinecone owl! He loved his teacher so much!! I only hope we can find someone that will be as wonderful and fun in Colorado. We will really miss it! Thanks Maren!

Starting to Show

I took this picture almost a month ago and I'm already showing so much more. So, I'll keep updating with size! :) I certainly have shown a lot earlier with this one. I feel the baby kick all the time. We are at a total loss for names. We think we like something but then it just doesn't seem to fit. I guess we still have 19 weeks to figure out a name! :)

Girls Camp "There's No Place Like Home"

I've been up to a lot this summer. One of which, was spending 5 days up at Girls Camp at Camp Lomia with my wonderful young women! We had a great time! Our theme was "There's No Place Like Home. And our ward specialty was under the sea. I wrote the skit for our ward and it was quite cute. We had all the OZ characters under the sea with Ariel lost on the yellow seaweed. It was so fun! Our girls did an amazing job. Girls Camp is more of a spiritual retreat these days and we come back with such a spiritual recharge and new perspective of the love the Savior has for you and all his children. The highlights of this camp was the reinactment of the "Tree of Life" The girls walked through the forest with mists of darkness, holding to the iron rod, temptations along the way to get off the path, one stop was watching a mother and father fight and then get divorced, they built a tower with people making fun of them as they walked with the rod, then at the end, they were met by the stake presidents and bishops. When the lit up the tree of life, you could literally hear audible gasps. The spirit was so strong and the girls were touched, as was I. The leaders waited for two hours in the darkness for the yw to arrive and it was a very reflective time under the stars of heaven. We had a great time. I hope I get to go again sometime. I've learned so much from this stake yw presidency. They truly love these girls and come up with amazing spiritual experiences that will hopefully stay with them through the difficult times in their lives. I LOVE YOU STEWAHONA and will MISS YOU!!! When I got home, Heath had the whole house spic and span, a welcome home sign from Jace and lunch on the table! WOW-- perhaps I should leave more often :) What a great hubby.