Sunday, January 16, 2011
Unpacked: One camera cord...
First we have a slew of pictures from Christmas in Montana. The weather was great and the kids managed to get in lots of playing in the snow and with the 4 wheelers. (Mark and I were a little on the lazy side and took in lots of lounging around time while Mom and Dad were playing with our children.) I did go sledding with the kids one day inside this deep canal that goes past the house. The snow was so solid that we didn't even use sleds--just slid. Another highlight was Christmas Eve playing games with Grandpa and Grandma Heagy. My kids love this game called Pig where you sit in a circle, blindfold whoever is It and they have to try to reach out with a long handled spoon until they touch someone. When someone accepts the spoon, the It person tells them to make some sort of barnyard animal sound. Then the It person has to guess who it is. My kids think it is so hilarious when anyone guesses wrong. It's also funny to see the adults try to make a straight enough face to manage an anonymous moo or oink. Cooper was still telling me the next morning, "Do you remember when Grandpa Heagy said, "Jackie" and it was really Dad?"
Christmas morning was very nice and the kids had oodles of presents, in part thanks to Aunt DeAnn who dejunked and de-toyed her entire house, got married and moved to Idaho over Christmas break. My favorite were the kids' clearance Halloween costumes. Cooper looked so sophisticated and tough in his Captain America suit with the floppy feathers on top. He was thrilled and we couldn't stop laughing. Macy wore her little princess costume over her jammies most of the day.
Then it was back home to the huge project--The Move. Ugh. I hate moving and I don't envy those people who move every year or so to fix up houses and sell them, etc. We've been in the new place since the 1st and just over the last few days are feeling like we can relax a bit and feel normal again. SO MUCH WORK! It's even good, nesting kind of work, but it still takes it out of me. Yesterday I finally scrubbed the walls in the Master Bedroom with the magic eraser, wiped the cobwebs from the ceiling and baseboards, and soaked the blinds in the tub . Then I deep cleaned and organized the master bathroom while Mark finished painting the hall. And every day has been like that! Luckily the kids have been playing together really well and seem really happy here. Boston has mentioned proudly to use a few times, "Me and Cooper live in the basement" like it's their bachelor pad or something. But wouldn't you know it? They have not come up to our bedroom in the night the entire time we've lived here, even though we leave the stair light on. I told them their first night that if they have a bad dream that they just need to crawl in bed with their brother. It used to be every other night or so.
So, here are some pictures of the new house, before and after unpacking. (I also enjoyed getting to buy some new shower curtains. The red dotted one is in the girls' bathroom. They are upstairs with us.)
Our other news from the last week or so is that we already have callings in our new ward. Mark teaches the 10 year olds and I teach the 7 year olds every other week (sweet!) I was really glad to be able to stay in Primary and that I get the 7 year olds, who are preparing for baptism. Mark's folks came to visit us and told us that they also had big news--Mark's Dad just got called to be the bishop of a singles ward in SL. He's been the Stake Executive Secretary for about 10 years, so this was a big change for them. I told Mark, "Huh. All that dating you did before you met me seems to have had a purpose after all. Your Dad had to deal with it, and now he gets to deal with all these other "sons and daughters"." Mark and Boston went to the ordination today. Boston said on the way home. "Dad, you know what's funny? One Grandpa is a Bishop and the other Grandpa is a farmer." It's okay Dad. I guess he thinks farming is your calling. It is a pretty noble occupation!