August 29, 2015

Days and days

Every day we go outside and have an adventure. Sometimes we take the double stroller. It's better not to. The kids complain about waking toward the end. I might have to carry them for a little while. But living on Capitol Hill means going back home at the end of our journey up a GIANT HILL. Pushing kids in a double stroller up that hill is very vey hard. I did it once and for the next day I had pinched nerves in my back and neck. Not cool. So now we are on foot mostly. Unless we stay out all day and daddy drives us home after he's done w work. 

Ran into this family. These two boys are Uncle and nephew to each other and one is a month older than Fred and one is just 1 day apart from him!!!! They are moving into the neighborhood!!! When we came upon them, the three boys automatically started running in the grass and wrestling each other. They would run around and then two of them would tackle one and then they would get up and do it again. I believe that kids are inherently good and learn through play and through doing. I am trying to back off and let stuff play out more instead of micromanaging. 





Adventures inside too





Doing homework


The other day we went to temple square and saw Legacy. I love that movie so much. It's a beautiful film about the Pioneers and what they went through for my religious freedom. Freddie was so interested and I explained and cried through it. Then to walk outside and see all that was accomplished by them and all that is here because of them, was marvelous. 

We met Collin for an organ recital in he Tabernacle. It was so powerful. I told Freddie about how it used to be he where they held General Conference and how I went there once when I was a little girl, 8 years old. I remembered where I sat even. It was amazing because compared to the Conference Center today, it seemed so small, yet when I was 8, it seemed gigantic. I remember so clearly, Gordon B Hinckley coming out and speaking to us. It was a different life. It's hard to imagine sometimes. 


Ran into Collin's Uncle Rick!!!


Sunday Skyping with family


August 26, 2015

School

Freddie's first day on his own of "school!"




Freddie is doing the Let's Play Music program this year. Its disigned for PK aged kids to learn about music in depth. I've heard amazing things about this program and we are so excited. 
It's just once per week, And a great way for us to ease into him going to pre-K next year. 
Parents attend every other week. 
Today before class, Freddie was so nervous. He said his stomach hurt and he was scared to go alone. We talked about it and said a prayer. I was nervous, too, for different reasons. I wanted him to be happy and learn a lot. I was hoping he wouldn't talk out of turn or get in trouble and would make friends. 
Anyway, I dropped him off and he was so excited, he didn't even look back. Hattie cried and I had some joyful tears too. I know it's not a big deal, but he's growing up and this is the start of him leaving me. 
He had a great time I'm so happy and grateful. This is a very good life and Utah. 

August 23, 2015

Walking




We love being so close that we can walk to church! The weather is lovely here in Salt Lake City on Capitol Hill and I enjoy being outside with my family. Collin doesn't love being outside but he loves being with us.  He doesn't like getting so sweaty. He wore his new tak suit today (I didn't get a picture:( and looked very handsome.)
We made it on time to sit in the chapel this morning (as opposed to the overflow which is behind the chapel but separated  by glass) for our ward and I loved seeing in the old pews and looking at the beautiful stained glass in all the windows. It is a very old historic church building. 
We heard talks on faith and forgiveness today. We need to learn to forgive just as much as people need to be forgiven. 
We attended choir class for second hour and I enjoyed it very much. They have a lesson for the first half and then choir practice for the second half. 
Relief Society was so good as always. It's my favorite part of church. I love being with other sisters and hearing their struggles and successes. I love feeling sisterhood and getting encouragement. The lesson was on keeping the Sabbath day Holy. I made a comment that it seems like there is a greater emphasis on the sabbath day in the church recently and we had just moved into the ward one week ago and in our last ward, our bishop had been encouraging us to try to be more prepared and more reverent for the sacrament. Then when we came to this ward last week, the bishop talked about the sabbath and encouraged us to be more reverent and prepared for the sabbath day. It was a blessing for me to hear that consistency and know that the church is the same and true whenever I go. 
We love getting to know people and love that we have come here a bit blind. We don't know f people are LDS or not or what their situations are. We want to be friendly and say hi to everyone and the kids are awesome at that. We go out waking everyday and always meet someone new. 
I love this area and it's rich history with the church and with our nation. 
The house is quiet. Collin, the kids, and Dot the kitty are all sleeping. 

August 13, 2015

DVHS Varsity Football! It begins!!

Tonight was a scrimmage and our first time watching Joe play this season. We are so sad that we won't be at every game this year due to moving but we will see at least a few!! We are so proud of Joe. I have such a soft spot in my heart for that boy. I adore him and know he will change the world.







That AZ sky!!!!!
The kids love the games. They run all over and make friends with everyone. Hattie is figuring out coordination and was jumping with two feet down the bleacher steps.







We love you, Uncle/Brother!!!


August 11, 2015

Gonna miss.

We had a real life there. I know this is right and I'm so glad to be here. Just missing lots of it tonight. It takes time to reestablish oneself and one can feel mixed up and emotional and lonely at times. Each of us is dealing w it in our own way. Deep breath, eternal perspective, excitement for new adventure will come again in the morn.