Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kids and School Before We Move

 Our last few months in Montana flew by.  Here's a few of the pictures of the kids and some of what went on at school.  
 Sydney loving Berek. 

 Kathryn posing.  

Cora and Bear making the best of a cold sunny day.   

This is how I could get work done.  As long as I was wearing him, and he always needed to see what was happening.   

After he almost fell off the kitchen counted while in this chair, we decided he couldn't hang out on the counter anymore.   

We will really miss the teachers all of the girls have had at Holy Spirit.  They were incredible teachers.  This is some of the work Mrs. Parker had Sydney and Cora do.  

Look who made it into the paper! 

I was very touched by Cora's tender goals.   

 My wonderful friend, Katie Nau, sent hair ribbons and a onesie with a tie for the kids.  

Mother's Day tea with Sydney and Cora.   

This is how Berek and I got out in the cold.  We love his little Bear suit, which I think is really a monkey suit, but we'll still call it a Bear suit.  

 All three of these girls practiced their songs so hard for the end of year school program.  Kathryn is in the top middle, Sydney bottom left, and Cora below is in the bottom center right.  

The girls loved going with Daddy to his office to leave notes for the people there.  We will miss them.   

 Who doesn't love a good bubble bath?  That's Sydney's beautiful smile.  

Sunday, March 13, 2016

House Hunting

Oh my goodness, March brought a week of house shopping for Berek and I.  We left Lindsay in charge of the girls, Jeremy at work, and Bear and I headed south on an airplane to begin a very long house hunt.  We looked at houses as far north as Pleasant View, North Ogden, then over into Eden.  After that we saw some in Ogden, Mountain Green, Layton, Kaysville, and Farmington.  It was a lot of running around.  On day three we started the day at a house Jeremy and I had seen online and written off because it was more than what we wanted to spend.  I hardly paid any attention to the house, but once I left I kept remembering one of the upstairs bedrooms and all of the trees.  They would not leave my mind, but I couldn't remember the rest of the house.  So I went back the next day before we saw another list of houses.  I paid more attention, but still wasn't planning on going forward with it and could remember very little of it while I talked to Jeremy on the phone that night.  So we went back again a third time.  It was huge.  It was not what we were planning, but of all the homes we looked at, it was the only one that felt right.  So here are some of the pictures I took before we put in the offer and headed home.  

This was the room that would not leave my mind.  The two closets, two beds, and the bathroom had me thinking of the twins.  This was their room.  This is where they would be teenagers.  

 Beautiful deck with and acre of land surrounding the house, all lined with trees.  

This connects the yard out to the main road, giving us a shortcut so we can walk to church, school, and piano.  

 This is the path back to the garden. 

 The amazing fire pit.  

Complete with its own front porch swing.  

It was a nightmare to obtain a loan because we were changing jobs and the federal government had just changed rules for obtaining loans.  I visited six banks, three credit unions, and five mortgage companies.  We finally found a bank willing to work with us and mountains were moved.  We were very guided to find this home and will be moving in 
May 20, 2016.  

Sunday, February 28, 2016

In the Mean Time......

Our trip to California became a great way for our family to celebrate some exciting news.  Jeremy was offered a position with the MountainWest Anesthesia group at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden Utah.  As soon as we got home we had to start planning our move.  Here's a few random pictures between California and the next step.  

More exciting news!  Lindsay got her mission call to the California, Bakersfield Mission, leaving in the middle of March.  We were pretty excited for her!!!!

I can't even remember why, but Kathryn needed stitches for something.  I think her glasses got smashed into her face.  Can I tell you how excited we are to move closer to a pediatric ophthalmologist and not have to drive 3 hours?

Cora dancing with her brother.  

Sydney feeding her brother.   


Cora showing us her amazing sense of style.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Southern California

In mid January I was looking at an open week of vacation the first week of February and I knew if I didn't get us out of Great Falls Jeremy would find work to pick up.  So two weeks before the vacation I made some arrangements and we were off to Southern California to - we thought - enjoy warmer weather.  Turns out it was some of the coldest and windiest weather they had ever seen, even some blown over palm trees in San Diego, but that worked in our favor since there were fewer crowds at the parks.   

Our first stop was Sea World.  

Berek handled the crowds pretty well.  My friend Amy Lou was able to meet up with us as well.  Our place we were staying was a small condo on the beach.  It was a little interesting being in such a tight space and no crib for Berek to sleep in, but a few pillows on the floor and everything worked out.  

We tried to check out the temple the next day, but it was pouring rain on us while we were there.  We drove south to check out the tide pools, and though the rain had stopped, it was so windy you couldn't get any where near them or see anything.  But the girls had a nice windy walk on the sandy cliffs.  

I had great hopes of at least being able to stick our feet in the water, but it didn't quite work out.  The wind and the cold made it a little crazy, and as the girls were running away from the waves Cora tripped in the sand and got covered by one.  Fortunately, we hadn't left the condo, so we went in and got her cleaned and warmed up.  Not the most ideal beach experience.  

A few hours later we made it to Legoland.  Everything there was built out of legos and the girls had a fun time seeing so many different ones there.  

Several people had told us about the Princess breakfast for the girls.  They had a great time meeting all of the princesses and even ate their breakfast.  

This was probably the best age to take a baby.  He was pretty mellow most of the time (except for the time I forgot to bring formula to the park and we bought some there that he hated and wouldn't eat so he and I walked the 1.5 miles home to get some formula with him screaming the whole way because he was so hungry - that was awesome) and just went along for the ride without realizing he was too little for the rides.  Expect he did get to go with us on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  He liked it except for when he got splashed in the face.  

These girls and I had a dance party with the Disney crew there.  It's a little different being there with kids and remembering what it was like to work for the mouse.  We had fun with it, though.  

All in all a great vacation.  And the thing that made it exciting to come home is Jeremy got a phone call while we were eating dinner in Anaheim.  Mountain West Anesthesia offered Jeremy a position at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.  So now we were going home and getting ready to plan how to sell our house, find a new one in Ogden, and move there by the end of May.  Exciting times!