Saturday, May 15, 2010

I’m still here…

I’ve been mostly posting updates on facebook recently.

Seriously, I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months since I last posted here!

Here’s a few updates:

Ashley was baptized as a new member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! We’re so proud of her! I also found a beautiful white dress for her to wear so she would feel extra special!DSC_0938DSC_0972   

My Dad got married over spring break. He’s been going back ‘n forth between here and California and wherever his new wife needs to be. She just graduated with her Masters degree and is looking for a job in several states. So, we’re not sure where they will end up.DSC_0058

My Sister is moving to Colorado in a week. :( She needs some fresh new scenery and will be staying with one of her best friends, so I’m not too worried about her. Although I will miss her terribly.DSC_0959crop

We had a wonderful Easter and Ashley even learned to ride her bike (without training wheels)! That was a HUGE accomplishment for her. She has been terrified to get on her bike even though Ben was always holding on. We’re so proud of her!DSC_0412DSC_0419DSC_0423  DSC_0420DSC_0422 DSC_0458 DSCN2467

Ben has been in Taiwan for the past 3 weeks (for work). He’s coming home tonight! I’m so excited!!! We’ve been using skype for the first time to talk to each other. It was fun being able to see him while we talked. I think it kind of made it seem like he wasn’t so far away. He could also show me his hotel room and the view from his window. I took snapshots nearly every time we talked, which really wasn’t that much because of the 15 hour time difference. Sometimes he was being silly, so of course, I snapped those moments, usually without him knowing. haha Sorry babe, I just couldn’t resist sharing some of these pics. *Can you tell what was on the tv one night?

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While he was gone, my friend from TX, Karyn, visited me for almost 2 weeks! We had so much fun together! We went to the gym nearly every day, visited the kids’ P.E. classes at school (it was parent P.E. week), shopped, went to bunko, rollerbladed, and swam lots! DSC_0778

We also had a relaxing Mother’s Day {considering Ben wasn’t here, Karyn’s kids were back in TX, and my Mom wasn’t here}! Here’s what we made for breakfast – Belgian waffles with strawberries & cool whip!

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And the kids made some cute gifts at school for me!

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M-Marvelous, O-Oh’ So Nice, T-Terrific, H-Heart, E-Extra, R-Reads to me (that last one took a minute to figure out) By Anson

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“Dear Mom, Happy Mother’s Day! I love you and thank you for helping me with my homework. Thank you for making all these yummy meals. I also wish that every day was no school so that I can spend time with you everyday. I love you very much. Love, Ashley”DSC_0046

M-My Special Hero!, O-Often makes me Happy!, T-The very best Mom!, H-Hugs from you makes me feel loved!, E-Everlasting love!, R-Really amazing mother! by Felicia

Awww they just melt my heart ♥

Karyn also introduced me to a new food – Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah). It’s really good and good for you! I got a small package in the health food section at Fry’s (a grocery store). I made just one cup of dry Quinoa, it pretty much doubles in size when you cook it. When it was done cooking, we mixed in sautee’d onions & green peppers, then added some frozen peas and corn – you let it sit covered for a minute or two and they get cooked from the heat of the Quinoa. I had some leftover grilled chicken, so I threw that in there too. That was our dinner the other night. Nathaniel & Felicia love it, so do I! Since I posted about it on facebook, here’s a pic:DSC_0049

With everything that has been going on, I decided to take a little break from digital scrapbook designing. Hopefully, I can get some mojo and get back into it soon. I really love it, but I’ve needed a little break.

I can’t believe that school is almost over for my kids! Less than 2 weeks are left!!! Next week, Nathaniel & Felicia have an orchestra concert, history fair (they’ve been working hard on a history report and presentation), and their hip hop dance recital. Felicia also has to write a short speech and make a poster because she’s running for student council President! Elections are Wednesday! Way to shoot for the stars! Yearbooks have arrived and I’ll be busy handing out preordered ones next week and selling the rest of them before and after school. Then the last week, the kids will all have their class parties! They are so excited!

Ok, so that’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to, of course there’s more but then this post would never end. haa haa A couple more busy weeks, then SUMMER VACATION!!!!! YAY!!!

Ok, this has taken way toooooo long to type this up plus add all the pics (my comp kept freezing and wouldn’t let me add the pics for a while). I need to help get the house cleaned before Ben gets home tonight! :)

7 comments:

Dinphy said...

Ah, that's where you've been! :)

Thanks for the update, I'm not on Facebook, that's why I missed it. ;)

You've been busy! Congrats on Ashley's baptism, your dad's marriage, Ashley's bike riding, Felicia being in the election, and the new discovered food! :)


The Mothers Day gifts look all so lovely. I just love those handmade gifts kids make.

Hugs!

Katrina said...

It was so fun to read your update! You guys have sure had a lot going on lately!! Congratulations to Felicia on her baptism - she looks so pretty in her dress!

Bunny Cates, bunnycates.com said...

Great post!

Glad Ben is coming home. Your mothers days schtuff looks fantastic. The kids did GREAT!

Missing you.
:(

snowflake said...

I had so much fun with you and your amazing kids. I do have to make one correction.. You made the BEST Belgian waffles for breakfast. I remember only giving moral support on those. I loved every bite of them! I can't wait to see you again, this time with less time in between.

Jaimee said...

Hey Andrea! You've had a busy several months! Congrats on Ashley's baptism! That is so exciting. Also love the cute pics of your kids from Easter. Hope you have a great summer!

Dinphy said...

Hi Andrea. I missed your name at the DSO designers! I know you haven't had a new kit out in a while, and I can appreciate how time consuming designing is, (really) and I guess that will be the reason for not continuing.
But as you were still doing the challenges, I kinds was hoping you'd be back someday. So sorry to see your challenge now in other hands.
I guess what I wanted to say is that you will be missed.

Hugs,
Dinphy

merrianne said...

Aww... cute pictures!!! :) i know you're glad that ben is home safe & sound now. it is so hard when the hubster is gone isnt it??? i know that feeling!!! give the kids hugs from Aunt Merrianne!