Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WOW, 6 months have gone by in a flash…


I have been terribly remiss in keeping this family blog up to date! I apologize! So where to begin? I could tell you about Caitie's birthday and how she and Rylie skied for the very first time!


 Rylie

 Caitie

I could tell you about our wonderful Easter with my mother and the beautiful weather for outside egg hunting!



I could tell you about beginning all the work on our new home, a fantastic mother's day, a wonderful community event that the girls got to participate in (Children and The Arts Festival) and getting my first official dog training client for my new business Wicked Good Dog Training!





In June the big news was the addition of a new furry family member and my 20 year High School reunion! Jojen is a wonderful addition to our family and I officially feel old!





July was a very busy month, Jojen got stepped on by Beanie with a fractured wrist as a result and we had our annual vacation in York Maine plus it was our 10 year wedding anniversary!!





So far August has been filled with swim lessons and family time. The girls and Steve have camped in the front yard, we've visited Old Sturbridge Village with my mom and Jim and I've been busy training Jojen. The girls start school on the 29th and we have friends coming to visit at the end of this month! It's been a busy and full summer! 







We hope you are all well and I promise to update this sooner than 6 months from now! =)











Monday, February 20, 2012

some things are hard to let go of...

This will be a short post, I just thought you all might like to see the video messages the girls sent to their school friends back in Missouri. Caitie seems to be having a harder time with this transition than her sister but we expected that as that is her personality. Both girls do miss their friends though and so we thought this would be a fun way for them to communicate with the kids back there. In my next post I'll share the adorable video of them dancing with their new classmates in a school performance! Stay tuned! =)

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Adjustments...

Well the girls have been in school for 2 1/2 weeks now and I'm still adjusting! They seem to like their teachers and classmates and seem to have moved right into the class seamlessly. I say seem because I just can't be sure. Everything is so different in a public school and I'm having a hard time being objective. I have very strong feelings about the public school system and they aren't very rosy. I realize it is a hot debatable topic and everyone has their opinions but these are my daughters, the lights of my life so I take the task of their education very seriously and very much to heart. I am very aware I've been spoiled the last year and a half having the girls in an amazing private school environment and maybe that makes the public school environment deficiencies all that more glaring. I don't know. I am trying very hard to be positive, think positive and be proactive. I have gotten the girls into a yoga and creative dance class, a math club at the school, we do story time at the library on fridays and I will be starting up some clubs at the school myself such as a lego club for 1st and 2nd graders as well as a craft club for kindergartners. I'm also thinking of doing a writing club for the first graders. I see a problem I try to fix it.

All of this is tentative though because we are still in limbo about a house to purchase. In comes adjustment #2. I was very surprised to see the selection of houses on the market, the condition of most of the affordable houses and the crazy asking prices of all of the houses. I grew up in New England and had a healthy understanding of it's vastly more expensive cost of living but having been in MO for the last 4 years has greatly skewed my thinking on what a house is worth and what you can and should be able to get for your money! Wow, what a big disappointment searching for a house has been! It probably wouldn't be so bad if we weren't in a time crunch, as well as looking in winter when there is snow covering all the property! In NH it can be dangerous to buy a house when the property is covered in snow…you never know what'll be there come spring! =) We are both sick of looking at houses but haven't really found that perfect house, so we keep looking…at least until the end of the month and then we really have to make a decision because our rental lease is up at the end of March.

I realize this all sounds like one big complaint, and I guess I am in that kind of melancholic, everything sucks right now, frame of mind. But there have been some great things too. My aunt Maureen has been up to visit many times and even spent the night, the girls love that. We've gotten to see my mother and the rest of my family more in the last month than we did all last year! We've had a snow day, made a snowman, slid down some hills on new sleds and have generally had a nice time being together. Not to mention that Beanie and I have been walking so much more and there are some great hills in town that kick our butts, literally! So even though things aren't all sunshine and roses like I naively thought it would be, it hasn't been absolutely horrible either. I miss my friends and my work in MO and the girls miss their friends there too but they have made friends here and we hope once we are settled into a house permanently we will really be able to dive right in to life in New Hampshire again!

Here is a picture of the house we are renting!

The girls enjoying their new sleds on our snow day!


Beanie enjoying the weather! 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Whew! What a busy week it's been! The girls and I flew back to New Hampshire for good last saturday, Steve showed up with the animals on sunday, I cleaned the new rental house monday and tuesday and the moving truck showed up with our stuff on wednesday. As they unloaded I was unpacking! It took me nine hours to unpack my kitchen but I can say that is the one room in the house that is completely done. The rest still have boxes here and there but we can widdle those down in the next week or so. We were fortunate enough to be able to spend Christmas Eve with my family in Massachusetts, we were missing a few cousins but it was still wonderful to be surrounded by family. The girls had a great time and made out like bandits! It was a long, late drive home so the girls hurried to get into bed so Santa could come. Steve and I were up a few more hours as we still had things to wrap! We woke up to softly falling snow and wonderful gifts and time together.

The girls have one more week off and then they start in the new school on Jan. 3rd. We were able to tour the school twice and meet the students in their classes as well as the teachers. The girls are excited, I think?

Steve is really enjoying his new job at EMS and looks forward to the day when he is no longer the "new guy". It won't take him long, he's pretty smart and can get himself up to speed pretty quickly, he jumps in head first.

Well, we look forward to visiting with everyone over the coming months and would welcome visits our way as well!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and may your New Year be fantastic! Here are a few pictures and videos to share with you all:

This video is Caitie and her class singing a song for the parents on the last day of school before winter break.
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Caitie and one of her best friends at the going away party

 Rylie and her friend Levi

 The view out of our new dining room window

 Out for a morning walk in the snow

 We all got to enjoy the newly fallen snow




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A little blog happy I think!!

So I have decided to start a third blog, because apparently I don't have enough to do in my busy life! The truth is we have friends and family all over the country and some aren't on the great and powerful social network that is FB; so how are those people to see the photos or videos we post or the funny anecdotes from our crazy lives? Through this blog I hope! So I hope those that are interested will follow this blog and keep up with all our family is doing, we really want to stay connected!

So just a synopsis of what our life has been like the last few weeks; crazy! =) Steve accepted a job offer that will be taking us back to New Hampshire by Dec. 19th. We spent Thanksgiving week looking at houses and eating a traditional meal (our first in 6 years) with my mom and aunts! Steve stayed behind in NH and the girls and I are tying up loose ends here in Mo. anxiously waiting for the day when the movers come and we can all be together again in NH.

Here are a few photos from our Thanksgiving trip, enjoy and I hope you come back and visit us again!









For those of you wondering about the blog title…you must not have children! =)