That’s right Nick started Kindergarten! If we were still living in Seattle he would have missed the cut off date, but in Denver their cut off date is later, so he is able to start Kindergarten. It is so nice to have the school right next to us. Nick rides his scooter to school and I walk with Joselyn in the stroller. I think Nick feels pretty studly cruising up to school on his scooter and with his superhero backpack. It works out great to walk him to school- except when it is raining and we’ll have to see how the snow goes, but for now it is nice. Nick likes not having to ride a bus. He is in the afternoon class, so it is nice not having to rush in the morning and class is 2 ½ hours long. Since Doug has not started work yet, I have been able to go up and volunteer several times. It is fun to see the kids and see how the interact. Nick has a few kids in his class that he also knows through church, so it has been nice to have a few friends that he knew a little before school started. He is liking it.
One thing that surprised me is that he has homework! The teachers request that we do homework with them 4-5 times a week for 20-30 minutes or more:) I was unsure about it, but so far I find it enjoyable to sit down with him and see how much he knows and help him improve. They are teaching him sight words and he is reading a little, and by a little I mean just a few words, but I already see that he is learning a lot. Homework is still new and exciting to him, so we’ll see how things go as the year goes on.
I have a lot of blog updating to do, but I will start with summer highlights. First I got my braces off right before we moved, so that was awesome. My 10 year old sister can no longer call me “the teenager”.
Also, I am so happy to be done with apartment managing. It was such a blessing to get free rent for 5 years and help us go into less debt and it was wonderful to be home with my kids, but I'm so happy to be done! So long apartment managing days! It is so nice to not have people calling to view apartments, or telling me their sink is broken, or telling me someone is parked in their spot. It's no longer my problem. Anyone that has managed can understand my happiness.
Then the move went pretty well. It was so wonderful to have Doug's family help with packing and watching our kids while we packed. It is hard work!!! We moved with PODS and it worked out nicely. We were able to load it up, then spend a few weeks with family in Utah, and then have our POD delivered to our townhouse in Denver. Our POD was so full! I was so relieved when we got the door shut and everything we wanted was inside.
Here are some pictures from the summer.
Nana & Papa with all the grand kids at our favorite restaurant Cascade Gardens.
Me and Doug at Covington Days. It was nice to spend a few days with Doug's parents before the move.
Nick at Covington Days.
At the Dino Museum in Vernal Utah!
Nick kissing the dinosaur.
Up in the mountains near Vernal, Utah with my family.
Joselyn at the Homestead for the Ellis Family Reunion in Midway, UT.
Gabby and Nick in Park City, Utah.
Nick on the Heber Creeper- train ride.
Corey and Joselyn after the train ride.
Nick with the conductor.
Grandma made beautiful aprons for all the girls. So fun!
The boys got hats.
At the Oquirrh Mountain Temple Open house in South Jordan, Utah. It is beautiful!
We also got to spend a few days with Doug's siblings in Provo. We took the kids to Seven Peaks, which was really fun. I wanted to walk around campus, but it didn't work out. It was so fun to be in Provo- my old stomping ground. Then we made the drive over to Denver.
This past weekend was Doug's graduation. It was such a wonderful day and I felt on top of the world. It was so nice to celebrate all Doug's hard work in Dental school and I am so proud of him. The graduation ceremony was very intimate and each of the gradates got to prepare a short message to be read and got to have a few pictures displayed as they graduated, so it was really special. It was nice to be surrounded by family and after the graduation we went to dinner at Cascade Gardens. Here are some pictures.
Well, Doug graduates this weekend from Dental School. Very exciting!!! We plan to buy into a practice in Denver. We will be flying to Denver in a few weeks to decide which office Doug wants to buy and then once he decides, hopefully we will be able to look for housing that is close. We would like to rent for maybe a year and get to know the area and then get into a house that we can grow into. We are planning to move around mid-July, but there are a lot of unknowns, so we'll see. Time seems to be going by so quickly and I can't believe how numbered our days in Seattle are. We are feeling very excited and nervous at the same time with so many changes coming up for our little family.
We had a fun and busy Easter weekend. The Saturday before Easter we went to an egg hunt at Bitter Lake Park. Then drove to Puyallup to meet up with family to do a egg hunt at South Hill Mall. It was fun, with lots of kid activities. Then we went out to dinner. Then, the Easter bunny came Sunday morning and we enjoyed church.
Nick gathering candy.
Joselyn would put some candy in her basket, then take some out.
Nick and cousin, Kaylee at egg hunt at the mall.
Joselyn trying to open candy. She now know how to say candy and sucker.
Joselyn with animal balloon.
Nick & Joselyn.
Nick on Easter morning. I love how kids look when they just wake up. He was so "egg"-cited to see that the Easter bunny had come.
We recently returned from a trip to Nebraska for my baby sister, Kim's wedding. She was a beautiful bride and I couldn't be happier for her. Dave is awesome. Here are some pictures.
Kim and Dave exiting the Winter Quarters Temple.
Doug & Nick waiting.
Joselyn in her pretty white dress.
The family waiting for the luncheon.
Nick & cousin Gabby.
The WHOLE family at the reception.
Me and my 7 siblings. Ok, there is 6 out of my 7 siblings and one cardboard cut out of Zac, who is on his mission in Switzerland right now. We plan to mail these pictures to his mission president to get him in trouble:)
One of the best moments of the trip was watching Nick dance with his cousin Gabby. He looked so handsome in his vest suit, and had such good posture and was twirling her all around the dance floor. We dance around the house all the time, so it was fun to see all of my dance training pay off.