After the trains we fed the ducks, looked at sculptures, made wishes in the wishing well, saw a scrooge puppet show and a Marionette puppet show in Santa's Toy Shoppe.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I know that I missed some people, and so I apologize. In case you didn't get one, and if you care to read it, below is our Christmas letter. Merry Christmas to all!
Dear Family and Friends
It seems like 2008 has flown by. I can hardly believe that another year has come to an end and that yet another Christmas is upon us.
This year has been eventful and very busy for our family. It seems like we spent the entire spring traveling to see family. In May we went to Utah for a week for Jeremy’s brother, Zach’s wedding. We were able to make the most of the trip by visiting with both of our families. A few weeks later we went to Kansas and Jeremy and I were able to see Wicked the Musical. Kirsten got to take her first trip to the zoo with Grandma Starnes in Topeka, which is also the first zoo that Jeremy went to when he was little.
In July, Laura’s sister, Anne, got married. Laura spent most of May and June helping plan and we are so thrilled for her and her girls. Sarah and Kaley spent two weeks with us after their mom’s wedding, which is the shortest summer they have had with us. Kirsten always loves having her cousins here.
In August Laura took a trip all by herself to California. She was able to visit her sister, Jenny, in Orange County and go to Disneyland. Then she went to northern California and was able to see her best friend, Christie get married in the Oakland Temple. She was also able to spend a few days sightseeing in San Francisco.
Kirsten is growing up so quickly. She took swimming lessons this summer and is a little fish. In fact, we spent almost everyday this summer at the pool. She started dance classes in September and loves it. She also started going to preschool two days a week and comes home everyday knowing new things and is actually starting to read a little bit. She is such the little social butterfly and calls anyone new she meets, friend, until she learns their name. She is starting to play the piano and will not let a day pass without her lesson. She loves to play dress up and role play like she is a princess and plans her wedding about 10 times a day. The best thing though is to watch her play by herself in her room and realize that when she thinks she is alone she is always singing to herself.
Laura is staying busy teaching. Between piano and trumpet lessons she has 32 kids this semester. She is hoping to cut back a little next year and spend more time with Kirsten. She is still the primary pianist in our ward and is excited to have Kirsten join her in primary in a few short weeks. Laura has also taken up stamping and spends what little free time she has making cards.
Jeremy is still working at Blue Cross Blue Shield and loving every minute of it. It is such a blessing to be able to enjoy what you do and who you do it with. He is also taking a Game Programming class at UNT this semester and is excited to be programming again since he does Databases all day at work. He was just released as Ward Clerk over Finances and is now serving in the nursery. It has been a blessing to all go to church in one car for the first time in our marriage. He has stayed busy doing home improvement projects and with the help of his dad and brother, Chris, actually put up gutters around the house.
We feel blessed to have such wonderful friends and family and pray that you will have a wonderful Holiday Season.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We had an ice storm this week and they closed all the schools on Tuesday. I was not about to complain about a day in sweats at home with Kirsten. She had fun ice skating on the back porch and eating the ice off of everything.
Last night Kirsten went to a Christmas Party for her Dance Studio. It was hard for me to let Jeremy drop her off and be at the party by herself. Of course, we got over that as soon as we realized we were childless for 3 hours and we actually went on a date for the first time in a few months.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Not to be left out, my lilies, tulips and daffodils have started peaking their heads out too.
Don't worry, we are supposed to have an ice storm in 2 days, so that will knock them out, but I just hope they come back when it really is spring!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper, bags are too easy to peak in
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial
3. When do you put up the tree? After Thanksgiving
5. Do you like egg nog? YUCK!!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Cabbage Patch Doll - thanks for waiting in those insane lines, Mom.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, but still only one
8. Hardest person to buy for? Jeremy
9. Easiest to buy for? Kirsten
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Dr. Seuss Sweatshirt (of course there was a gorgeous necklace inside, so I guess he was forgiven)
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Apple Pie
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? White, they are much brighter.
17. Favorite Christmas song? God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, as performed by Manheim Steamroller with Uncle Larry playing!!!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay at home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph (and yes, I am singing the song right now)
20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning
21. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Salvation Army Bell Ringers
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? Gold and Maroon
23. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Ham, potatoes, stuffing, rolls, green beans
24. What do you want for Christmas this year? A fuzzy robe
Consider yourself Tagged!!!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
During the second hour, her entire nursery class came in for singing and sharing time. There are 21 soon to be Sunbeams in our ward. She was so thrilled to see me behind the piano and sat with her arms folded the entire 45 minutes! During sharing time I came down and sat next to Jeremy and Kirsten. It was great to have our entire family together in primary. We will have time to get used to it because Jeremy found out today that he will be teaching Kirsten's Sunbeam class after the first of the year.
Kirsten also decided today that she is too big to take baths and insisted on taking a shower all by herself. Such a big Sunday of firsts for such a little girl!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We had a wonderful time on Thanksgiving with all the family. We roasted one turkey and my uncle John fried the other one - I was not brave enough to try it. Iva and Cole came with their two little boys, so they and Kirsten spent most of the day exploring the garden, chicken coop, train car and truck, playing tag and trying to figure out how to get through the fence to the cows.
Thursday night we all went to see Twilight. I liked it more the second time. Jeremy liked it, my mom and Clinton not so much though. John liked it as did Kirsten - I know, I'm crazy, but since everyone went, we had no one to watch her. Besides, she has been begging for weeks to see it and told me that she is going to marry Edward. She is growing up way too fast.
We did some mega shopping on Friday and then headed home. My mom and Clinton came with us and he and Jeremy got the Christmas lights put up yesterday. It is fun to be getting into the Christmas season. I can hardly wait for our trip to Denver in just a few weeks!
Friday, November 21, 2008
That aside, we had a great time. We of course went to Cheesecake Factory before heading up to the theatre. I think that half of our stake was there. I was surprised to see so many men there and even a seminary teacher that had to teach this morning!
The movie was okay, but the experience was great! I think Rob Pattison was awesome, but that Kristen Stewart left much to be desired-like emotion! That is all I will say because I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. It is definitely worth seeing at least once. Enjoy!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
8 TV Shows I Like
1. Criminal Minds
2. As The World Turns
3. CBS 10 O'Clock News
Who has time to watch TV these days?!
8 Favorite Restaurants
1. On The Border (they know us by name, pathetic, I know)
2. Texas Roadhouse
3. LaHacienda Ranch
6. Genghis Grill
7. McAllister's Deli
8. Peter Piper Pizza (for Kirsten anyway)
8 Things I did Yesterday
1. Woke up at 6 am
2. Went to Weight Watchers (I made 30 lbs!)
3. Did a step aerobics class at the gym
4. Made a crock pot of soup
5. Baked 4 loaves of bread
6. Fixed the vacuum cleaner
7. Ooohed and Aaahed appropriately at Jeremy putting up gutters
8. Spent 3 hours organizing Kirsten's room - you can't tell a difference now
9. Went on a date with Jeremy (I know that is 9, but I couldn't leave it out!)
8 Things I am Looking Foward To
1. Being financially independent - we love you Dave Ramsey!
2. Losing another 30 lbs
3. Cutting back on Piano lessons
4. Watching Kirsten grow up
5. Disneyland in May
6. Denver in December
7. Being a temple worker again
8. Going on another mission, this time with Jeremy
8 Things I Love About THIS Fall
1. MARCHING BAND!!!
2. Football games
3. Thanksgiving on Grandma's Farm
4. Homemade Soup
5. It has been relatively warm
6. Down comforter
7. Snuggling with Jeremy when it gets cold
8. Halloween with Kirsten
8 Things on My Wish List
1. Wood floors in my house
2. Tile in the bathrooms
3. New entertainment center
4. Going to Europe for our 10 year anniversary
5. Matching Bedroom Furniture
6. A Honda CRV
7. A back the does not hurt all the time
8. Another child
8 People I tag
Amy Burr, Amy G, Jodi, Mom, Sarah, Mom Alleman, Kacey, Anne
Friday, October 31, 2008
On Monday Kirsten got to wear her costume to dance. Unfortunately I did not take my camera to that party, but 11 of the 12 girls were princesses. Go figure...
Thursday Kirsten got to wear her costume to school and they had a Fall Festival. I was able to find time between lessons to go and volunteer and I loved being able to see her with her friends. They had carnival booths, face painting, a bounce house and a pumpkin patch. There is another girl named Kirsten in her class and they both came dressed as Snow White. The teachers loved it, what are the chances!
Thursday night we went to our Ward's trunk-or-treat and chili cook off. Kirsten had fun with her friend Kinsley, who had spent half the night asking everyone if they had seen Kirsten. It was nice to have some time to get out and socialize. We have gotten so busy that I do not get to do that as much as I would like.
Tonight, Jeremy's mom, dad and his sister Megan came up and brought dinner for all of us. Kirsten had fun trick or treating with her Aunt around the neighborhood. After they had to leave we trick or treated my dad's house and then I crashed on their couch while Jeremy took Kirsten around some more. After her second pumpkin load, we finally decided to call it quits. It was sure a lot of fun.
I spent so much time sewing Kirsten's costume that I am glad she got so much use out of it. She told me in July that she wanted to be Snow White for Halloween. I was a little surprised, I did not know that she knew what Halloween was, but she has not wavered, and has loved being Snow White for an entire week.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This weekend was my 10-year High School Reunion. Friday night we went to a tailgate party for the families and then to the football game. It was fun to meet everyone's spouses and kids and catch up. I was surprised at how many live in Frisco and Carrollton still. Kirsten absolutely loved her first football game and kept begging to go down to the cheerleaders - how does she even know what a cheerleader is?! The marching band was actually pretty good, which I was excited about.
Saturday night there was an adult's only dinner at Ozona's. My dad and Patty stayed with Kirsten so we could go. It was strange how few people I recognized, but of course there were over 900 people in my class. It was interesting to see how different we are now from my friends in HS. Most of my close girlfriends are Attorneys or Pediatric Rheumatologists and crazy things like that and even though they are married, have no desire for kids any time soon. We actually won the award for having the oldest kid. The most kids award went to the one family there that had two kids, two-year old twins. We were of course party poopers and came home way early. Kirsten climbed into our bed this morning and woke us up shouting "You came back!" She then proceeded to tell us about her fun night with grandma and grandpa and is begging for them to come back.
Jeremy got a new calling today, he is going to be teaching a special primary class for the kids getting ready to go into Sunbeams this year. We are not sure if Kirsten will be in his class because the group is so big that they will split them into several classes. He is excited about it and I know he will do a great job. Kids always love Jeremy. It will be fun because now our entire family is in primary together.
This is week late, but last Saturday we went to The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm. Jeremy's mom and sisters went with us, which made it that much more fun. We went on a hayride, fed the animals, ate hot dogs, and Kirsten got to go on the train and pick a pumpkin for Halloween. We go here every year and it just seems to really kick off the fall season for our family.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday night we drove to Fort Worth to meet my mom after her Women of the Railroad Convention. We took Kirsten to see Sleeping Beauty the Musical. She loved it to say the least. We were on the center aisle on the third row, with no one in front of us. Thank you mom for getting us great seats! She was a little confused at first that the characters looked different than the Disney movie, but she soon got over that and laughed and clapped her way through the entire show. The highlight was her being able to meet all of the characters afterwards. I mean honestly, what three year old girl doesn't dream of actually meeting Sleeping Beauty and her Prince!? I was proud of her for sitting through the entire show and being on her best behavior, especially after it took us two hours in traffic to get there. She will never cease to amaze me. I put together my first ever video highlighting her night. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Kirsten is loving ballet and preschool. She dressed up today in her dance clothes and was begging to go again. She has learned first position, and now knows her right from her left. She just twirls around all day long, and is totally adorable while doing it. She loves her school. Tuesday we were running a little late and she told me "Hurry, go faster mommy, my friends are all missing me so much!" She is such the little social butterfly now. She has dance on Monday, Preschool on Tuesday and Thursday, and standing weekly playdates on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Her social life sure keeps me busy.
Jeremy was released this past week as the Ward Clerk over Finance. He has been serving for two years, and we are looking forward to having family time on Sundays now. He is loving his Game Programming class. Can homework for that actually be considered work?....
I am staying busy teaching lessons. I teach 12 Trumpet lessons at the middle school while Kirsten is in preschool, and then I have 21 piano kids at home in the afternoon. It is a larger load then I really wanted, but I enjoy it too much to turn anyone away! Other than that, life just seems to fly by everyday without too much variance, but I guess that is the way we prefer it.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I tried again when we got home to get pictures, but finally settled for a video. I went jogging while she was in class and when I came around the corner, her class was already out front waiting. She came running up to me and jumped into my arms and exclaimed "that was sooooo fun. We have to do it again!" She wore her dance clothes the rest of the day and would not hold still. She is quite the little dancer. She lost a stick today at Preschool for dancing all over the classroom. I have to say that I am a proud mama, I started dance when I was two and have been dying for her to start. I could not be happier that she loves it so much. I hope you enjoy the videos!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"The Temple is a House of God, the Palace of Sleeping Beauty!"
She never gets boring!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Friday morning I flew from Orange County to Oakland. My best friend Christie Welch married her high school sweetheart, Chris McCrindle, in the Oakland temple on Friday. I started crying when I saw her in the parking lot and it just got worse from there. I am so happy for her. I am so grateful that I was able to be there with her. The reception was in Napa that night, which is where she lives now. At first I was devastated to have her so far away, but now I am just glad that I have an excuse to go back and visit. It is so beautiful out there.
I stayed Friday and Saturday night with Trish, a good friend of my sister Anne, and mine now too. We spent all day Saturday in San Francisco. We rode the subway in, which by the way goes underneath the bay! We then took the wrong trolley car and quite by accident ended up on the scenic trolley tour of San Francisco. Talk about good luck. We spent most of the day at Fisherman's wharf and saw the seals, Alcatraz, and ate at the Boudin Sourdough Factory. YUMMY!
That evening we drove back into San Francisco to hit the places you cannot get to with public transportation. We found Alamo Square, which is the row of famous houses you see on Full House and any other movie filmed in San Francisco. I actually thought that is what all the houses there would look like, but it turns out it is a street of six very famous homes.
To top off the day, we drove across the Golden Gate bridge, which was completely covered in fog. We parked on the other side and decided to go back and walk the bridge. It was crazy cold, especially for the middle of August.
I flew home on Sunday and came back to reality. It was fun to be gone but I sure missed Jeremy and Kirsten. She has been acting up and pushing every boundary I have ever set for her the past two days. I figure that she is punishing me for leaving her for so long. I hope to make it back out there again soon and take the family with me. It sure was a great week!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Laura "Kacey is coming home from College today."
Kirsten "No mommy, she wasn't at college, actually. She went to Six Flags to get her costumes and they locked the doors so she couldn't get out. Now they opened them and she can come home."
On getting bigger
Laura "Kirsten, you sure are getting tall. When did you get so big?"
Kirsten "I'm not bigger, not yet. But someday I will get bigger and then I'll have the biggest bum in the whole world that I ever saw, just like yours, mommy!"
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
She also got a bike for her birthday from my mom. We thought she would need some help figuring it out since she would never even peddle on her little Fisher Price bike. She got right on it though and rode off. We have spent a minimum of 3 hours everyday for the past week outside riding her bike now. At least there are always neighbor kids out riding their bikes too and so I have other adults to talk with while she plays.
Today Jeremy came home from work with two long stem roses for Kirsten. She screamed in delight and then proceeded to make it very clear that they were her's and not mommy's. Jeremy brought me flowers a few weeks ago and she cried for two hours because they were not for her. I guess this makes up for it. Again, Girls.....
I am working on getting ready for school to start and making all of the final scheduling plans for trumpet and piano lessons this year. The new principal at my middle school changed the schedule all around, so of course it does not line up with Kirsten's preschool perfectly anymore. I should have known it was too good to be true. I did find a sister from our ward that moved into our neighborhood three weeks ago that runs an in-home daycare. She is going to watch Kirsten for me on the days when the schedule doesn't work out for her school. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father puts the people we need in our path at just the right time.
Jeremy has been super busy getting ready for the audit of our ward. He is spending almost all of his free time at the church with the other clerks making sure everything is perfect for this Sunday. We will be happy when this is past. He is doing fabulous at work and was actually asked this past week to be on the emergency preparedness team for his group. So now he has a nifty vest and helps run drills, makes sure everyone gets out ect... He is excited to have some responsibility in his group. More to come soon!
Sunday, August 3, 2008