Monday, September 22, 2008

A Day at the Puyallup Fair

This past Friday we enjoyed a day at the fair.

Nick checking out the tractors.

Joselyn at the hypnotist show. It was funny.

On the boat ride with his cousins, Kaylee and Jacob.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Trip To Yakima

As part of his dental school requirements, Doug had to do a rotation at a community dental clinic in Yakima for 2 weeks. I stayed with him for the first week, and then had to get back for Nick to start preschool. I really liked Yakima. I love the small town feel, it reminds me of home. We went to visit a winery, and determined there isn't much to do or see there, unless you drink wine. It was neat to see grapes growing on the vine though.

We found a great place for the kids to play called Kid's Castle. It obviously had a giant swimming pool of balls, and also had a zip line, and tons of tunnels and slides. Nick is still talking about it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nicholas Started Preschool

Nicholas had his first day of preschool today! Yesterday they had a phase-in day where the parents stay with them and go through a condensed schedule of a typical day. It was just as beneficial to my comfort as it was to his. This is Nick waiting with me in the lobby for the bus. We actually waited for an hour for the bus to come. We went down a little early and the bus was really late. He was probably about 20 minutes late for class, I'm sure tomorrow will be better.

Nick showing his bus wristband.

Nick on phase-in day. His teacher is Mrs. Eddie. I hope he really enjoys preschool and makes some good friends and develops a love for learning.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nicholas is 4!!!

Nicholas turned 4 years old on September 8th. I can't believe I have a 4 year old! We celebrated his birthday on the 7th, since Doug was headed to Yakima for a dental rotation.

Nick got a Power Ranger costume that he loves! He thinks he's so strong!

Nick's pirate cake before...

Nick's cake after he added a few finishing touches.

Oh There is No Place Like Nebraska

After being in school all summer, Doug finally had a break, so we went to Nebraska to visit my family. It was wonderful! All eight of my siblings were there. Nicholas had a blast. He spent tons of time on the trampoline, in the playhouse, and chasing the chickens out of the apple tree.

My Dad & Mom

Dave (Kim's boyfriend) & My sister Kim

Joselyn eating my sister Catie's necklace

At the park where we took family pictures

Zac's 19th Birthday

Cousin Gabby & Nick having a tea party

At the Zoo

Joselyn & her Uncle Corey- she met him for the first time since he just got home from his mission to McAllen, Texas.

At the Winter Quarters Temple. My brother Zac got his endowments and will go on his mission to Geneva, Switzerland at the end of September.

Nick flying his spiderman kite.

At the Children's Museum.

Wanna Look 10 Years Younger and Lose a Few Pounds

Look who is sporting a nice set of braces! That's right I got braces about 4 weeks ago and I feel like I look 10 years younger. On my recent trip to Nebraska, I went to visit my younger sister at her work, and a coworker of hers said, "Oh, you brought your younger sister in to visit." Then my baby sister called me "The Thirteen Year Old" the whole trip. I've also lost a few pounds because it was pretty painful to eat for the first week, and I haven't been snacking as much because of the whole food getting stuck in your braces thing. So, if you want to lose weight, getting braces is a great option to consider:)

I must say that I have been surprised at how big of an adjustment getting braces has been. Talking with braces has been especially hard because my top lip gets caught on my braces. I talk differently with braces. Another change has been allowing 5 minutes for flossing instead of 30 seconds. Also, I am limited on what foods I can eat. When I get these off the first thing I am going to do is bite into an apple, and eat corn on the cob :) Also, I wasn't prepared for how young these braces make me look and how nerdy I feel. But, a little pain and a little bit of feeling nerdy will be worth it to get straight teeth.

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