Saturday, January 14, 2017

A New Year

We're in Texas.

Last year I didn't post on the blog as much as I would have liked, and so one of my New Year's Resolutions is to do at least one blog post a week, with at least one picture.

In the month since I posted last time: we visited Utah for Christmas. We stayed at my dad's house in Provo, got to spend lots of time with Grandpa, got to play with cousins (my brother Banks and his family were there too), got to see my mom and sister up in Highland, got to see my old roommates and their families, and got to play in the snow!

Roommate reunion! (We love you and missed you, Jill and Melissa.)

Some (not even all) of our kids all together:

On Christmas Eve morning we went to the playground at Rock Canyon Park:

The mountains across the lake were illuminated, and the view was really pretty:

Ellie figured out how to slide down these poles, and went down over and over: 

Later that day Jason took Ellie up to Sundance to play in the snow:

Back down in the valley in Provo, when we went to bed on Christmas Eve there was no snow outside at all and it was raining slightly. When we woke up on Christmas morning there were 5-6 inches of snow outside! It really was magical. The girls loved it. They played in the snow, helped Grandpa build a snowman, and went sledding. Ellie actually went sledding twice - once with her cousin Max on Christmas evening, and again the next day at Grandma's house. Ellie's a little sledding daredevil - she started sledding down face first all by herself, and loved it.

Banks and Saya

Grandpa made it "snow" on Ellie and Zelda by shaking off the tree branches on them:

Susie and Aunt Sydney:

Two days after Christmas we flew back to North Carolina, and the next day loaded up a moving truck and over two (and a half) days drove through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana to arrive at our new home in Houston, Texas. I think the girls' favorite part of the trip was getting to stay in the same hotel suites as Grandpa each night (in each place we stopped for the night we stayed in two-bedroom hotel suites with sleep sofas, so we all got to stay in the same "room"). My favorite part of the trip was eating beignets for breakfast with my Dad in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and him telling us the story of getting lost and driving over the Huey P Long bridge while looking for toothpaste the night before.

Some ward members from our new church congregation helped us unload our truck once we got to our new house, and my dad helped us settle in over the next couple days. My sister Alyse is in Houston currently (her husband has a rotation here right now) and so she's been helping us settle in, too. Ellie and Zelda have loved being able to play with their cousin Ezra.

Just a few days after we got here, we were able to go to our niece Brynn's birthday party. She was adorable, and the girls had a ton of fun.

Our house in North Carolina closed this week, which is a weight off our shoulders. It's officially all sold, and we don't have to feel torn between two states anymore! I do miss our house, though. It was perfect, and the yard was perfect, and the area was perfect...the new owner is going to love it a lot.

Jason also got the results back from taking his PANCE (PA boards), and he passed (of course) and is now officially a Physician Assistant. So lots of exciting things happening this week.

Happy new year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ellie turns Five

Today Ellie turns five years old.

Ellie is incredibly smart, social, and sweet. She can read at a seriously impressive level, and we're constantly having to go to the library to stock up on more books for her. She likes to make her own "books" out of paper that she illustrates and fills with dialogue and descriptions. (A couple of her recent publications include "The Poop Man" and "The Jungle Games.") She likes dragons, dinosaurs, My Little Ponies, and Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. She likes to take pictures and videos using our phones and cameras. She loves doing art - using colored pencils, crayons, paint, markers, scissors, glue - everything. She runs, in her words, "as fast as a roadrunner."

Jason and I did a little birthday interview with her this morning. Here are her answers to our questions:

What are your favorite colors?  "Blue and purple."

If you had $100, what would you do? "Use some of them to buy stuff."

What's your favorite TV show? "Ben and Holly."

Who are your best friends? "Zelda and Sue."

What kind of pet do you want? "A corn snake or a worm snake."

Here are some of Ellie's recent art highlights:

I want to post so many more, but I'm going to restrain myself and stop there. 

Ellie is an amazing, amazing girl, and we love her so much. Happy birthday Ellie!