Sunday, November 27, 2011

Welcome to Connecticut

I have had the following conversation many, many time over the last few weeks.

"So you just moved here?"

"Yes, we just moved here from California."

"How long have you been here?"

"Just a few weeks."

"Were you here for the storm?"

"Yeah, we arrived the Thursday before the snowstorm."

Then the person I am speaking to will either laugh, shake their heads, roll their eyes, gasp, sigh, but no matter what they ALWAYS say,

"Welome to Connecticut!"


It has been so, so crazy. But, I haven't felt the urge to beeline it to the airport and head back to D-Ville just yet. I'm just too excited.

I can't wait!!!!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Special Gift

When Madison was a baby she was like a dream. She was so happy and smiley- and she drew people in with her sweet spirit. She has never been afraid of people. Actually quite the opposite could be said of her. She seeks out others, showers them with affection and wins over everyone she meets.

EXCEPT- when she is at home, and in a mood- which seems to be quite often. Abby might be hyper and impulsive, Chase can be stubborn and sensitvie, but Madi...oh Madi, she takes the cake when it comes to sassiness.

That's why I am so grateful for the experience I had with her at her school last week. The kids all had doctor's appointments in the morning so I was taking Madi to school late. We checked her in at the office, she was happily chatting with the office staff, talking about her flu shot and other activities of the morning. She was delightful, and it's always heart warming to see people react to her. As we made our way down to her classroom we passed by one of the other classrooms where the children were coming out of the room and walking to another building to use the bathroom.

Now, Madison is in a Special Day class (a self-contained special education class) for children with mild to moderate disabilities. Her school also has Special day classes for moderately to severely disabled children, as well as a county program for the more severely disabled children.
The classroom that we passed was one of the classes for children with moderate to severe disabilities. There were children in wheel chairs, children who couldn't speak, children who were making loud noises. I saw them coming out the their classroom and smiled at the teachers and continued walking to get Madi to her class.

Madison, however, just lit up when she saw these kids. She smiled her sweet smile and went directly to a girl in a wheel chair. She called her by name, put her hand on her shoulder and asked, "How are you doing today..." The girl did not respond, or even look up at Madi- her caregiver explained that the girl was tired today. That did not deter Madi, she just smiled and said, "Have a nice day, " and moved on to the next child.

I was so impressed that my little Madison, knew every. single. child. in that class. She knew their names and she clearly cared for them. My little Madison, with disabilities and challenges of her own, knows how to love. She is a valiant defender of the underdog and anyone who is sad or lonely. She has a natural gift to lift people's spirits and bring them happiness.

I am always impressed with Madison's ability to reach out to others. She seems to have no awareness of her own disabilities, which is a real blessing. But, even if she was aware, I'm not sure it would make any difference to her.

She is certainly giving us a run for our money at home with the talking back and attitude, but we are lucky to have such an incredible, sweet, sassy, firey, and loving little red head in our family.

We love you Madison Ann!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Funny Chase

I was laying in bed with Chase tonight talking about his day. He told me he had music at school with the music teacher, Mr. Gates. We sang some of the songs that he learned at school and then I started singing "Praise to the Man" (a hymn from church that the young children are learning this year). I was teasing Chase by asking him if he sang that song with Mr. Gates.

Chase: No, mom. Mr. Gates doesn't go to church. That's a church song.
Me: Well, Mr. Gates doesn't go to our church, but he still may go to his own church.

Chase was quiet for a minute.

Chase: Yeah, he goes to Teacher Church.

Ha ha ha. So cute.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Stage fright....what's that?

Our children have an enormous amount of confidence about their ability to perform. Whether it be dancing, singing or stand up comedy...they have no fear. And it's not because they are super talented. They just don't get embarrassed.
At least not YET.....
Some day, in the future, there will be a good time to pull these memories out, and then see how they react! Mason just pulled out the flip camera and I was looking at the videos on it over the last year. These are two that were taken at Aspen Grove (a BYU alumni family camp) I was dying watching Chase up on stage. He got a big thumbs up from the Teenage/Young Adult group at camp.

Yes, that's him. Blue baseball cap, red jacket.

What a character.

I didn't see Madison at the family dance on the last night of camp, but apparently she had a whole group of teenagers following her sweet dance moves. She wants to be a rock star when she grows up.
Enough said.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I wish I could remember to take my camera around with me and take cute pictures of my cute kids doing cute things. Like the first day of Kindergarten. That is one of the cutest things you get to witness as a parent. Chase is a great Kindergartener. He is curious, fun-loving, excited, affectionate, and sometimes a little bit impulsive. In his class, when kids get a little impulsive, they have to "re-set" He has had to "re-set" a couple of times, but even with that, this Kindergarten year has started out as our easiest one yet! Phew! Our biggest problem is that he won't eat anything. He is too excited to play with his friends. Oh well.

Maybe by the time Mason starts school I will actually remember to bring the good camera with me instead of the iphone. And maybe I will start to remember when show and tell day is, and that I don't need to pack a lunch on Wacky Wednesdays, and that library books need to be there the day before library, and so on and so forth....... I seriously doubt it, but one can hope.....

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Easily Pleased

Madison was lamenting our move to Connecticut the other day.

Madi: Why do we have to move to Connecticut?
Me: Because Daddy got a new job there. It will be great, don't worry.
Madi: Why did Daddy have to get a new job.
Me: Daddy wanted to do something different so he got a new job. Really, it will be great.
Madi: I don't want to go to Connecticut.
Me: Madi, it will be great. We will have so much fun. You can join a basketball team, there will be snow and you can build a snowman. We can go skiing, we will be near the ocean......
Madi: I don't want to go to Connecticut.
Me: Madi, you can have hot chocolate there every day during the winter.
Madi: Really???
Me: Yes, really...
Madi: Hot Chocolate with marshmallows?
Me: Yes, with marshmallows.
Madi: That is SO AWESOME. I love hot chocolate with marshmallows. I am SO excited. Connecticut is the BEST!!!!!!!!

Funny girl. Always easily won over with sweet treats!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


This picture has nothing to do with this post, but I thought it was cute.

It's been a while, I know. We have been busy. We are making some big changes in our lives, and we have been focused on preparing for these changes. It's exhausting, but exciting too.

Gordon decided to take a new job. He decided to leave public accounting and go in house with a large company. That in and of itself is a huge change. Gordon was a partner at Deloitte, which is kind of a big deal. It was a very hard decision, but we are hoping that this change allows us the opportunity to spend more time as a family.

The company Gordon is going to, UTC, just happens to be in Connecticut. So, we are moving.... Cross country.... with 4 kids and a dog (the fish is not going to make the journey....Sorry Petey, or Goldie, or whatever your name is....) Our home in California is on the market, and we have decided to build a home in Connecticut. We are really excited about that, but the problem is we don't have anywhere to live in the meantime. We are looking for a rental, but haven't been too successful.

So this afternoon the kids and I are going to take Gordon to the airport, wave goodbye and send him off to Connecticut to start his new job. We are going on faith that is will all work out and we won't have to be apart for an extended period of time. In the meantime we will be busy keeping the house picture perfect, keeping up with schoolwork and soccer, and trying to stay sane! Wish us luck!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Nana and Josh
We are thinking of you both today.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Seagull #8

Abby was in the play "Treasure Island" a few weeks ago. Her elementary school has worked with the Missoula Children's Theater company the last two years to put on musical productions. The most interesting part is that the whole process takes just one week. They being with auditions on Monday and by Friday morning they are ready to do a dress rehearsal for the student body. They have two performances on Saturday and then they are done! It was very cute and very well done (for just one week!). We were proud of Abby and she was very excited to be part of the action.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Best Thing About Our Christmas Vacation

Watching my kids learn to ski from the cozy comfort of the Brighton Lodge was by far the most exciting and awesome thing I have done in a long time. They were amazing! We got a private lesson for the three of them with Dave. They loved him. They loved skiing. I couldn't have been more proud! Can't wait to do it again.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

To Sum it Up

I believe I told you that it was a bad idea to invite us over. Some of you didn't listen and invited us anyway. Luckily, you are family and have to like us even when.....

A police officer shows up during Christmas Dinner because some little person dialed 911.
Hmmm.. Maybe she wanted another ride.

A pencil is found and some little person decides a door is a great place to color.

Always looking so innocent..... Or freezing. Hard to tell.

A cute, glass, snowman cup holding hershey kisses crashes to the floor and shatters when some little person tries to get if off the counter.
It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. But not very much fun to get nothing at all.

A glass picture frame is broken and a little cousin is injured (not by the picture frame, but by a toy being thrown at him) when some little person gets very hyper when babysitters are in charge.
He does look rather menacing in this picture. He was very sorry. I promise.

A toilet overflows and FLOODS a bathroom when some little person uses WAY too much toilet paper - GROSS!
Yay- that was just GROSS Madi. Let's not do that again, ok?

I need another vacation - by myself- to recover from the vacation we just took. I think vacation is the wrong word to use when traveling with kids. It's probably a good thing the damage and destruction was shared among three houses rather than all piled on one household.

I know they will grow up and it will get easier. It would just be nice if someone could tell me WHEN!!!!!

And, interestingly enough, our oldest and generally most difficult child didn't do anything on the list above. Hmmmm... maybe she actually is growing up!!!!