Sunday, September 26, 2010

Time sure flies.... I cannot belive my last posting was in August! Okay, I vow to make a better attempt at updating my blog! I know many of you like to read about the crazy things we do! It has been so crazy the last several weeks, I can barely keep up with my own life!

Okay, so here is a compilation of photos from the month of September. This month, Elliott joined Girl Scouts. This is huge because it marks the first time one of our childrent actively wanted to participate in something withoug pushing or prodding! Yeah!. You will see in one of the photos Elliott at a Girl Scout function.

This month also was a trip to the orchard, so happy for this time of year. I do enjoy summer very much and hate to see it go, however, the changing of the seasons (all except winter) are enjoyable!

Dane and Seth are creating an extra special bond, I guess they are making up for the entire first year of Dane's life since Dane wanted nothing to do with anyone but his mamma!

Myles recieved an excellent mid term of all A's and B's. I do hope this momentum continues throughout the school year!

I finalized my paperwork to begin classes in October to go back to school to obtain my teaching certificate, yeah me!

Seth and I celebrated 9 years of marriage on the 22nd. Yes, it is hard to believe that we have been married for almost a decade! It's been good, bad, and everything in between. A huge milestone for us this month was finally getting a committment to lend a mortgage so we could get started on our new house! We are choosing to build a home in the current neighborhood we live in (right now we live in my brother's house). We are super excited about this adventure as it means we will again have our own place we can call home. This means finally being able to hang things on the walls, painting, and so much more. We are building a two story house on a walk out basement. We will have three bedrooms and a few other rooms to spread out in!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

American Girl 2010

This September we headed up north to Chicago for our annual visit to American Girl. Who would of thought six years ago when we made our first trip, it would have evolved into this wonderful yearly trip. Elliott was super excited about choosing a big doll this year. On the days leading up the trip, Elliott wouldn't even bother looking at the Bitty Baby stuff in the catalog, only the big doll stuff! And sure enough while at American Girl, it as straigt to the big dolls. Elliott chose Lanie, the girl of the year! And Lanie was adorable with her blond curls and green eyes. If we hadn't cut Elliott's hair a few weeks before they'd very much resemble each other! Elliott had a ball picking out clothes and acessories for her doll! And of course Grandma and I enjoyed watching her excitement. This is why we do what we do each year.

This year we stayed downtown Chicago, which was amazingly priced at only $35.00 a night. We were minutes from Michigan Avenue and shopping! The hotel had a very warm pool, and we all enjoyed swimming. It was nice to see Dane hadn't forgot how to swim! We enjoyed a nice dinner at a mexican restaurant just steps from our hotel. We visited Aunt Perce's new condo - which has an amazing veiw of downtown Chicago. She can even see Lake Michigan and lots of buildings!

We did some major walking (as always), I think Dad's pedometer registered 10 miles. It is super easy to do this in a day in Chicago. I