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About Us
Glenn and I have been married for nine spectacular years. We recently moved to Denver, CO, which is not close enough to either of our families. We keep this blog updated so we can stay close to our friends and fam. Glenn is enjoying his new job and I am loving being a stay-at-home mom. We have two sweet little boys, Tate and Finn and we love them to pieces every day. We also love date nights, good movies, good food, and being with each other!

We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Barnum and Bailey

We decided to stuff our last few weeks in the US with as much fun as we could manage.  We got free kids tickets to the circus from the library so we got some tickets for Glenn and I and made a fun night of it.  We got tickets for the opening night of the circus which means we got half priced tickets for really great seats.  We were on the 7th row and had a great view of everything.  The boys were in heaven.  Tate was throwing up the night before so we weren't sure if we would have to cancel last minute.  I took him to the Dr. that morning just to see if there was anything more to be worried about as a long term stomach bug was not something we had the time to deal with less than 2 weeks away from moving and just a few days away from our Disneyland trip.  She said we needed to avoid certain foods for a week or so that might be irritating his stomach, but otherwise she didn't think it was anything more to be worried about, which was a huge relief!  We just took it easy all day and he was feeling okay by the time we left for the circus that evening.  We had watched some youtube videos about the circus so the kids each had some acts that they were super excited to see.
 What darling boys I have.  I wish they had let us bring in our good camera, but alas, we had to make do with a few blurry iphone photos.

 Here's Finny's face watching his favorite part.  The motorcycles in the steel sphere.  They fit 8 guys on motorcycles in there driving around at once.  It was amazing and Finn just loved it.  He was so bummed when it was done and asked for the rest of the show if they were going to come out again.  He was also less than thrilled that he wouldn't be able to ride one of those motorcycles in the ball.  Not really an audience participation type of show.



 Tate was really excited to see the wild cats.  It was pretty cool, I have to admit.  There was a HUGE male lion, several lionesses and tigers.  And this little man made them dance and climb on things and jump over each other.  It was crazy.  Tate loved every second.
Finn's other favorite was the "guys on swings" or trapeze.  Tate loved the parades where they brought out all the different acts and sang songs.  He sang the circus theme song all day the next day.
I think we went to a circus when I was a little girl but it was pretty amazing as an adult, especially being able to watch my little guys faces light up.  I'm so glad we made it happen even though it was kind of crazy that day with Tate being sick.

Friday, October 10, 2014

September

September was a fun and really busy month.  We heard on September 2nd that our visas had come in and we committed in earnest to our move to Saudi Arabia.  From there we started making check lists of things we needed to buy that we want to have shipped with our shipment that we were told are nice to have and are either way more expensive, or really difficult to find over there, lists of things to do around the house to get it ready to put on the market,  scheduling last visits to doctors, and then there was all the every day stuff like making sure Tate got his homework done and I had YW meetings and activities planned.  It's been a very expensive and stressful month.  Lots of big decisions to make and SO much to do.  Glenn told his work that he was leaving on the 8th and they only made him stay one week but payed him for two so he spent the last three weeks doing tons of house projects.  He was really sad to leave Newfield.  They have been so good to him and to our family in the last four years and there are many people he will miss.  It was a sad day when he decided to talk to his boss and they were very sad to see him go.
I have felt so spoiled having him around to take care of everything.  He takes over any time I need a break or don't feel well and I'm sure I'll feel really handicapped once we get to Saudi and go back to our normal lives again.  
We visited our Science museum a couple more times in September.  Once with Nanna, while Tate was in school.  It was fun to have some company and to watch Finn explore on his own.

He played the mind games game with Nanna.  The person who is able to best relax their mind wins.  Finny won.  Even though he was being silly the whole time.

His current favorite part of the museum may be the penny ramp at the exit.  We always have to bring coins and make a stop on our way out.

The first week that Glenn had off of work we spent a day that Tate had off of school and went to the zoo one more time.  It was hot and we spent 3 hours there, and the boys were in heaven.

We fed the Lorikeets for the first time.  Tate was a little giggly nervous and every time they would get their beaks on his cup he'd just let it go and they'd go hopping off with his cup.
It was a fun little adventure and SO nice to have Glenn around all day every day to play with us.


The next week we went back to the science museum again with both kiddos.  It is such a fun place.  I'll really miss having such amazing museums and zoos just a short drive away.  It has been amazing the past few years to be able to just jump in the car and spend a morning at the zoo or museum.

Finny loves wearing hats lately but he insists on wearing them really low on his forehead.  It usually gets to this point before we have to sit down with him and explain that he can't see if he wears his hat that way.  He lets us fix it and then a few minutes later, it's right back where he likes it.





At one of our last YW meetings we met at Emily LeMaster's house and on our way out I accidentally locked Finn in the car with the keys.  Luckily, Alisa knew to call the fire department and they were there to rescue us within 15 minutes.  Poor kid.  I felt so awful but he was just fine.
He even got to sit in the firetruck once he was rescued so all in all, it was a positive experience for Finn.
We spent most of our weekends and some week nights in September going out with families or couples in the ward on date nights to spend some time with some of our dear friends in the ward before we move away.  It has been so nice to have an excuse to catch up and spend time with everyone.  One of our YW advisors threw me a baby shower and so many dear friends came to wish us luck and bring us darling tiny baby girl clothes.  It's been hard to really focus on the little ladies with so much else going on and it was so fun to have a reason to celebrate them and get excited for them to arrive.
I was released from my calling on the 21st.  It was a bittersweet day.  I'll really miss the YW and the leaders I was able to serve with this year.  It's been tumultuous and overwhelming at times but I know that the things I've learned from the YW and their leaders have helped prepare me for this next big adventure and I'm so grateful to have had the chance to work with them and to be strengthened by them.  We have a huge group of YW and they are all wonderful girls.  I feel like kind of a dummy for moving away from these incredible girls who would love to help me love my little babies.
Tate has been dealing really well with the move and is always saying how excited he is to move and how he wants to go right now.  He has some sensitive days where we can tell it's hitting him hard and he's a little worried about what it's going to be like and about saying goodbye to his friends.  We've tried to prepare him as best we could.  We made him a little countdown calendar so he could cross off days to our Disneyland trip and then to our move.  We got him some books on Saudi Arabia and moving from the library.  We watched videos online about the compounds where we'll be living and tried to help him know what to expect.  I know it will be a really rough transition, but all we can do is try to prepare him and hope for the best and then deal with the not so best as it comes along.  Tate wanted to share about his move with his Kindergarten class so we helped him make a poster and taught him some new words and his wonderful teacher let us come in one morning to share.  He was so excited and did a great job.  His teacher said we could even skype with the class once in a while so they can keep in touch.  We got really lucky with Mrs. Watkins. She is so perfect for Tate.
On the 28th, our friends the Garlocks threw us a little going away party.  So many ward members showed up to say goodbye.  It was a teary night of saying goodbye to such incredible friends.  I love this ward.  It feels more like family than anywhere else I have lived.  There are so many kind, loving, giving people here and I will really miss being a part of this ward where I have felt so much support and been so taken care of.
The last week of September we put our beautiful house on the market and within a week we had two offers.  It seems like everything is falling into place and going fairly smoothly thus far.  I hope that continues throughout our transition!

Monday, September 29, 2014

August

August started  off with a bang.  Tate's first day of Kindergarten was August 1st.  He was excited.  A little nervous, but mostly excited.  Which made it much easier for me to watch him walk into that big school for the whole day.  Tate's elementary school here changed to year round this year so they have 9 weeks on and then 3 weeks off.  His kindergarten schedule is all day Mondays and Wednesdays and then Fridays just for the morning.  It has been so weird having him gone for lunch two days a week.  Finn and I are pretty lonely without him around but he always has a great time and is so happy when I pick him up.  That helps a lot.  Here's our big boy on his first day of Kindergarten.
Glenn went in late to work that morning so he could walk with us to school.  Tate loved that.  
And so did Finn.  Hard not to get emotional watching these three handsome guys walking to school together.  
This is the only picture I got of his teacher, Mrs. Watkins.  She is incredible.  So patient and loving and just perfect for Tate. I love the way she greets every kiddo as they arrive each morning.  She gets down on her knees and talks to each one for a bit to make sure they know she cares and is happy they came. 
Glenn went to work after we dropped Tate off and Finn and I went to the science museum to distract ourselves from how much we missed Tate.  Just the two of us.
It was weird and also lovely to have just one little boy to pay attention to.  I sure love my little Finn.  He has phases where he really likes to test how far he can push me, but when he's being nice, he's such a fun, happy, darling little boy.
By August we started getting more serious about moving to Saudi Arabia.  We couldn't tell people until we cleared some of our contingencies so it was really hard to continue living our lives and not say anything about the only thing we were thinking about all day!  Especially for Glenn, who had to go to work every day at a job he really wanted to be done with.  On August 7th we flew down to Houston for one night.  We spent Friday going through Aramco's orientation and getting medical tests done.  Just a blood test for me.  A little more in depth for Glenn...I'll leave it at that.  It was an encouraging and overwhelming day.  I left feeling like I had so much information but that it would take a few days to process what it would mean for me and how I would do in that situation.  The woman conducting our orientation had lived in Saudi for 25 years.  Grew up there and raised her family.  She had very very few negatives about the experience...but I guess that is her job.  So one of the first things I did when we got back was email my cousin, Katelyn to get her take.  We chatted on the phone a few days later and it was nice to hear the straight forward realities from her.  Granted, my living situation will be different than hers was in Saudi, but the realities of the culture and the adjustment are things I needed to hear.  
The next week we celebrated Glenn's birthday.  He and I spent the weekend downtown.  He wanted some new shoes and he wanted to test drive cars so that's how we spent most of our weekend.  It was fun to drive new cars and think about how different our every day will be with two more little people with us everywhere we go.  Even if we were staying here we'd need at to trade in at least one of our cars as neither of them will be able to fit our whole family come February.
We spent one beautiful August Saturday at Broomfield Bay with the Cluffs.  It was great to catch up with them and we LOVE the Bay.  It's the perfect size for our kids right now and they had so much fun swimming and playing there all morning.  And we loved the chance to catch up with the Cluffs, as always.



Every day that Tate's in school Finn and I walk just around the corner to go pick him up.  Finn rides his new little bike and wears his cool matching bike helmet.  He thinks he is super cool.  And he is correct.
Auntie Mallo came home from work one day and wanted to make oreo cake balls with the boys.  They had so much fun making a mess.  Especially Finn.  She is the best Auntie.  So fun and attentive.  She actually enjoys really playing with the boys and they love her because she loves them so so much.
I loved how funny Finny looked with oreo smashed all over his teeth.
August brought another doctor's appointment and ultrasound.  Turns out I get to see these little ones every month because an ultrasound is the only reliable way to make sure they get each baby's heartbeat.

At my 12 week appointment they did a blood test.  The blood test where they check for all sorts of genetic and other defects.  Apparently they also are able to determine gender now with the same blood test which was really surprising considering there are two babies gender to see from just my blood, but they said they could do it so we said we'd like to know.  A week later we got a phone call and they said all of the babies tests looks great, no problems that they could see.  And they told us that we are having two baby girls.  Two. Baby. Girls.  I was really surprised.  I'm so used to parenting boys and all the particular craziness that entails but girls are an entirely different story.  I went out on the porch and called Glenn and he could not have been more excited.  Then I went back inside and told my sisters and mom and thought about these two little girlies all day.  Apparently Glenn was doing the same thing.  He got off work early, went to Janie and Jack, and bought a HUGE bag full of baby girl clothes for our little girls.  And man, did he do a good job.  He came home and watched me unwrap everything and hold up each dress and shirt and tiny shoe and was just glowing with excitement and pride.  He is going to be an absolutely amazing daddy to these girls.  Well of course he is.  That's just what he does.  I'm glad these little ladies will have him as their daddy.  And I'm glad they'll have each other.  One girl could be kinda lonely with two big brothers but these girls will, hopefully, be great friends.
Also that week, we heard that we had received medical clearance and were just waiting for our visas.  At that point we decided we needed to start telling ward members because we knew that once our visas came in, it would be a matter of weeks before we'd be leaving.  We got mixed reactions.  Some people were very supportive and excited for our family's adventure.  Some think that we are crazy and were kind of in our faces about how we're making an incredibly stupid and unsafe decision.  It was frustrating and hurt my feelings a little bit to have people be unkind and judgmental about something that we have done a significant amount of research about in order to feel good about.  I just feel like this is what we're supposed to do.  That doesn't make it easy or comfortable.  In fact, it's still a really hard thing to do and to commit to every day.  But we are supposed to go.  And while I know it will be far from perfect, I also know that there are blessings that come from being where you are supposed to be and doing what you're asked to do.  Some days I am on the verge of tears all day thinking about the magnitude of this move and overwhelmed by the changes it will entail for us.  Part of that, I'm sure, has to do with the fact that I am extra pregnant and just one change like, selling a car or selling our house or moving my boy to a new school would be plenty.  But we are doing it all at once in a very big way.  Some days it's really overwhelming.  Most days, however, I am able to remember that this is an amazing adventure.  An adventure that very few families get the opportunity to have.  And the experiences we'll have will bind us together and make us stronger as a family.  Most days we are really excited and determined to make the most of this adventure.
The worst part of August, by far, was that Mallory left.  She moved out to NYC to go to school.  It was so wonderful having her here all summer.  She is the kindest Auntie and so helpful and thoughtful.  I'm so glad we got to live together again, even if the circumstances were not ideal.  I wish I had not been so sick the whole time.  I wish we could have made more yummy new recipes together and played more, but alas, it was not to be.  But at least I got to be around here and honestly, just being around her is pretty wonderful.  We miss her around here.  A lot.  But I'm glad she's having fun so far in NYC and loving her new life there.
My dad came into town one weekend in August and we decided it was a good night to hit up a Rockies game.  
 The boys loved eating ball park food, especially the popcorn.  And they were so super cute during the National Anthem.  It was a really fun night and the cheap tickets made it really easy to leave when the kiddos got tired.
The last weekend in August we went up to Estes Park to go camping with the Wilsons.  We had to leave Friday evening and had to be back for meetings and YW visits on Sunday so we only had one night of camping but it was so great.  The boys were in heaven setting up the tent, sleeping in sleeping bags, throwing sticks in the fire, roasting mallos, and playing with Sydney and Maddie.  It was exhausting but SO fun to see the boys just blissfully happy.  

 
Unfortunately our camera was on the fritz that weekend and we were able to get very few pictures of the trip.  We woke up, had breakfast, and then packed up our stuff.  Then we drove into the park with the Wilson family and the Lewis family from our ward and found a great hike up to a few lakes.  It was beautiful and the boys did so great.  Finn was a little slower but he didn't complain much.  Both of them tromped up the trail and back down with hardly a complaint at all...until it started to hail really hard right at the end.  That was really not great.  Luckily, we were only a little ways from the trailhead and a big pavilion to huddle under.  We ran down the rest of the way throw the huge pelting hail and then a minute or so after we had shelter, it stopped.
I somehow forgot to pack my nausea medicine.  I remembered everything else...but that one thing somehow slipped the list.  I was pretty sick all day so instead of sticking around for hot dogs over the fire, we drove home, did some laundry, and got the kiddos in bed early.  I'd forgotten how much work it is to go camping.  Tons of packing and prep and work to set up and take down and then air out and wash everything.  But it was absolutely worth it, even just for a night because the boys had so much fun.
So there it is.  Our busy, fun August.  Now we're nearly caught up!