Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hamilton Home in Herriman

It's up! Go check it out - and send it to anyone you know that's looking for a wonderful home in an amazing neighborhood!

P.S. No outside pics yet. Weather did not cooperate today :(

P.P.S Send them over NOW while my house is still spotless. I'm so glad I have pictures to prove that it indeed can be this clean.

P.P.P.S. Thanks Emily Jensen for taking these pics! You are the best!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bring on the Alarm Clock!

Say hello to the Hamilton alarm clock. I have had it pretty much as long as I can remember - clear back into pre-teen days when I shared a room with my sister. It's a great alarm clock - sturdy, reliable, dependable.
The thing is... it hasn't gotten much use for the past 4 years. When Jason left Goldman Sachs and went to work for himself, he could just get up when he wanted & get to work. Then, for the past year with Jason being out of work, we obviously haven't had much use for it. Truth is, it's been a great 4-year run of no annoying beeps or music to wake us up. We've woken up to light streaming through our blinds or the birds chirping sweetly outside our window. (OK - who am I kidding? We actually have 3 alarm clocks & their names are McKinley, Ireland & Kezia).
So what's my point?
With who? Wells Fargo.
Where? Park City
When? He starts his training on April 5th, which will last 6-8 weeks

So... we have basically gone from zero to whiplash at our household! We are currently working to get our home in shape to put on the market. Who knows how long it will take to sell. We plan to give it a few months & then look for renters.

We feel very blessed & humbled by this opportunity. The way it came about, the interview, everything was truly not a coincidence. We feel He has guided our way. Thank you to EVERYone who has offered prayers on our behalf.
We are eagerly looking forward to this new adventure!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Primary Chorister!?

Yup... I know, I was totally shocked, too.
Lately, every calling I get just completely catches me off guard.
Today, though, beat all. I was trying to be open & receptive, but when he said "primary chorister", I admit that I was speechless.
I got home & made Jason guess. He guessed it on his fourth try (my mom & sister did, too). Why? I say. Why did you guess primary chorister? Because you look like a primary chorister, he says. Hmmmm - what does a primary chorister look like? McKinley says "good!"
So - I guess that's it. I look good. Maybe as in goodie-2-shoes? Dang, I knew I should've had Trish add some serious red to my hair color.
I guess the other question is - why am I so worried about this?
Maybe because I see this calling as the ultimate under-appreciated person. SO much work! SO much energy! SO much patience! And I'M in charge of the primary programs in sacrament meeting? I'm already pretty nervous about that.
I guess I wouldn't be making such a big deal about it either, if there weren't like 500 primary kids in our ward. I mean, seriously! HOW am I going to learn their names? HOW am I going to teach them with so many kids in the room. d-e-e-p b-r-e-a-t-h....
I guess I need to learn to have more trust. I've never had something that has already made me feel so completely overwhelmed. I mean nursery coordinator is one thing, but it's like going from Babe Ruth baseball to at least the minor leagues.
Good thing is that my mom is currently the Primary Chorister (THAT'S why I got called! I remember laughing/feeling sorry for her when she told us).
I need to pray for forgiveness, humility, and a love for each and every one of those children. I need to pray that some way, somehow, I will be able to help them feel the love of their Savior through song.
And I need serious help with my leading skills... although McKinley demonstrated for me how it is to be done, I may still need a bit of practice :)
All you people in my ward that sustained me, thank you (I think?). I don't know how I'm going to fill Ruthann's shoes (Ruthann - you KNOW I will be contacting you!!), but I will sure try my best!

(...However, if your child comes home from church on Sunday and tells you that the chorister was shaking/crying/giggling/banging her head against the wall, we MAY want to re-consider that sustainment ;)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

February Slideshow & kids stuff

Even though February is only a few days shorter than most other months, it seems like weeks shorter to me! Can't believe how fast it flew by, but it was great.

-McKinley was especially grumpy one morning before preschool. On the way there, she said “Mom – don’t tell Miss Amy that I’m grumpy, OK?”
-Mc to Michael: “I sure wish we weren’t extended family so we could get married in the temple.” -Lately, McKinley likes to ask questions and then say “that is correct!”
-When Ireland had to get Cayenne pepper for spitting, McKinley was so sweet. She got everything ready that she would need – ice cube, water, and hugs.
-One day McKinley asked “does Jesus have a grandpa?”
-One day McKinley came upstairs and said “I’m tired of breathing, mom.”
-Mom or dad will be doing something everyday and McKinley will often ask “who taught you to do that? Did your mom?”
-After dinner one day, McKinley said “Mom, Jesus is the only one that’s perfect?” Mom – yes. McKinley “Well, that’s not fair.”
-McKinley is gaining confidence again on her bike and is going further and faster.
-McKinley is sure good at making new friends wherever we go. She especially loves to find friends that are her exact age.
-We’ve been looking at trying to get McKinley into Kindergarten this year, but after prayer and talking with some people, we think she will be fine going to preschool for another year – and even though she says she wants to go to Kindergarten this year, we think she’ll thank us when she’s older.
-She had a big growth spurt in the past couple months & wears size 5 pants & 5/6 shirts. Her dresses are all getting too short, too.
-McKinley has started to say "your mom" instead of grandma to mom & dad.

-Ireland traced her hand on to a paper. She said “look mom! A high five!”
-Ireland is BIG into cutting paper (and books, unfortunately) lately. She does pretty good, though –even being a lefty & using right-handed scissors. We have lots of cutting tidbits on our carpet every day.
-When Ireland wants to watch Signing Time, she says “Mom – PLEASE watch signingtime . com?”
-Ireland’s had to have cayenne pepper a few times this month for spitting or sticking out her tongue.
-One day when mom was having a rough time, Ireland sat on her lap, took her mom’s head in her hands and said “You sad mommy? It’s OK. It’s OK mommy. You want to watch
-When Ireland wanted something one day she asked for it & then said “don’t say no mommy. Say yes”
-Ireland has been using a lot of grouchy voices lately. She also has been yelling at McKinley a lot & saying “Go in time out!”
-Ireland is a trike-riding maniac. Whenever she is in the garage, she tries to get her trike out & ride. She is really good at it and rode all the way to the park.
-Lately when we’ve been putting Ireland down for naps or bed, she will say “I forgot… I forgot… to give ___ a kiss!”
-Ireland has been saying “No thank you” a lot – as in, “It’s time for bed Ireland.” - “No thank you!”
-We were driving home one day & Ireland was talking about the clouds. She kept saying “Mom – please! Please open clouds!”
-Ireland got a hold of a knife somehow & sliced her finger. It wasn’t really deep, but it gushed pretty bad. She went through 2 band-aids before we got one on there to control the bleeding.

-4 months already! She is such a little cutie!
-Kezia rolled over from her front to her back at the beginning of the month!
-Kezia LOVES her exersaucer & will hang out in there for 45 minutes at a time.
-She has been starting to make razzing & spitting noises.
-She loves to pull hair.
-Kezia is still struggling with sleep. We think it’s probably the binki that keeps falling out & she wants it back in. We’re planning on weaning her from the binki next month.
-Kezi-boo is a drooling queen and regularly soaks the front of her shirts. She also loves to suck/bite on her fingers and anyone else who dares to put their fingers in her mouth.
-Her sisters like to push her around in the doll stroller.
-She has been giggling and laughing. She’s especially ticklish under her armpits and under her chin.
-She went to her 4 month appt and was in about the 50th percentile for weight & 80th for height. Dr. Daynes says she looks great! And she hardly cried with her shots at all.
-She’s enjoying her tummy time more and is starting to try to pull her bum up.
-Everyone notices her beautiful, bright, blue eyes.