Friday, March 8, 2013


1. Does your family coordinate clothing for church on holidays like Easter?

In the past I have not, but this is the first year we have two kids.  I have been looking at the little Easter dresses and drooling over them, but our spending is a little bit controlled right now since I am still not working, so I am waiting for them to go on sale.  I may get Austin a little suit that matches her dress, that would be cute.

2. How do you get out of a funk?

Usually I just let time go by.  I am generally a pretty upbeat person, and if something gets me down I just get over it eventually.  I was in a funk on Wednesday this week, I took Austin to the library for story hour and got sad looking around at the 20 other moms there thinking about how I'm new here and how I long to meet them and get to know them, but for a while I won't have any close friends with meaningful relationships.  I also later in the day came down with a cold, so I think I was also starting to feel sick which didn't help.

3. Online friends - real friendships or not?

I definitely think you can end up having real friendships with people you meet online.  I think it's just another way to meet people, and sometimes you get to know the people in more depth.  I met a woman at WebMD parenting /pregnancy message boards and she also blogs, so I feel like in many ways I know her more than the friends I have really met because we have talked so much about parenting and she shares a lot about their family on her blog.  

4. What is the one food you must eat in a restaurant (not make yourself)?

California rolls.  I love them, but I don't think I could make them.  I went to a party at a friends a couple years ago and she tried to make them, but they were dry and not very flavorful.  

5. What would happen in your home if you ran out of ketchup?

Dustin and I would have no problem, but Austin loves ketchup, and it is often how I can get him to eat things he's not so interested in.  

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Number 951 A-Z

I jumped back in and signed up for the April A-Z Blog Challenge and for now am number 951.  It was pretty fun last year and I met several new bloggy friends from around the world.  Last year I just went with random chaos to cover the alphabet, but this year I decided to go with a theme.  I will be sharing about some of the fun and fabulous places that I have been.  If you are looking for some blogging ideas, and want to connect with other bloggers head over and take the challenge, and make sure you let me know so I can follow your journey.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Growing like a good weed

Both kids were due for well child checkups when we left Arizona, but I decided to wait until we got here and found their new doctor to get them taken care of.  I finally got them in the last week of February.  I wanted to find another pediatric clinic, but they don't seem to exist here (or at least I haven't found one).  Dustin got some doctor recommendations from coworkers, but the one with the most kuddos is not taking new patients.  I finally chose a general clinic that has a host of specialties and does general family practice.

Both kiddos are doing well.  At 7 months Katy was 27.5" (80th percentile) and 15.9lbs (20th percentile).  She was meeting all the developmental goals and she received two immunizations.  At 4 years, 1 month Austin was 42" (80th percentile) and 34.2lbs (30th percentile).  He had to get a whopping 5 shots, it was horrible.  He was so brave though. He is also doing well on his development, the only the the doctor really recommended is that I get him in some sort of group to keep up with his social development and get him a friend base here.  Since then I have been looking into preschools since a lot of the elementary schools here offer preschool.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Where to begin again

Oh man I am so behind here in bloggy land.  I keep feeling like I’m so far behind that I don’t know where to start again.  In reality though there was nothing profound about our move that I need to go back and detail, everything was pretty standard. 

Life is good here in Wyoming, I am totally loving it.  Every day I am amazed at how much easier and better life is compared to Arizona.  It has been chilly here, but it’s not really that bad.  We will have a storm come through, but then will have a few nicer days of sunshine before the next wave.  We have done so many things in the month we have been here- swimming, library story hours, parks, sledding, shopping, church with Mom’s group, and the list goes on. 

Playing at the park that is just a couple blocks from our house.
Austin's angel in our back yard.
Last weekend was the perfect example of why we wanted to move here.  My oldest nephew JC was wrestling in the Colorado State Wresting Tournament.  I wrote about his time there last year in this post.  Dustin said that even though he could not leave work, I could go down with the kids on Thursday when it began, but I remember how crazy busy it was last year, and I only had Austin to deal with at the time, so I opted to not go. I told him if JC made it to Saturday this year we could drive down.  Sure enough he won his first two matches which guaranteed he would be wrestling twice on Saturday, so Dustin took off a little early on Friday and we headed to the Pepsi Center in Denver. We made it in time to watch the Friday night match, but unfortunately JC lost.  He had to wrestle the kid who went on to win the weight class. 

On the way down I tried to call my Mom to get my brother’s cell number and she did not answer.  I also talked to my sister to get the number and she said she had been trying my Mom and couldn’t reach her either.  I said we were headed to her house after the wrestling match to spend the night, so we would be checking on her then.  After the match we connected with my brother and he also said he had tried Mom with no success.  We headed to my Mom’s house, and my heart fell to my stomach when we drove into her driveway and her house was dark and her car was not there.   I had spoken to her that morning and she was having a lot of pain and swelling in her leg so I tried talking her into gong to the doctor.  Turns out she had gone to get it checked and they found that she had blood clots from her thigh to her ankle and they admitted her to the hospital right away. She forgot to take her cell phone and did not have anyone’s numbers to let us know. 

My sister headed there right away to be with her.  In the morning we skipped JC’s first round and went to the hospital to see her.  She was already feeling much better and happy to see us.  We then headed back to the Pepsi Center and watched JC clench a 5th place victory.


One of my brother’s best friends got a luxury suite for the day to watch the tournament, so we got to hang out in there with them and it was nice! 

We all headed to my Mom’s house that night and Austin loved playing with his cousins.  It was really strange to stay at my Mom’s house without her there though.  I kept thinking about how sad it was that six of her grandkids were there, but she wasn’t able to enjoy it.

The boys built this tower around Austin.

In the morning we all went to Mom’s hospital to visit which was nice for her to have everyone together since her birthday was the next day.


It was so nice to have the freedom to just be able to drive down for the weekend, and doubly nice that I was there to see my Mom in the hospital.