Sunday, December 21, 2008
This year we started the tradition of Sinterklas from My mission. We've had to modify it a bit, but the kids got out the wooden shoes for the patron saint of children. We had surprises and made and ate Olliebollen (fried pastries that are similar to doughnuts). We sang dutch songs and learned a little bit about the dutch culture and people. It was fun for dad to tell mission stories about Sinterklas and eating warm olliebollen on cold cold holiday night years ago in the Netherlands.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A little background behind these pictures: Brynn finally lost her second tooth. She faithfully put it under her pillow expecting of course, to get some kind of prize. Day one....no tooth fairy. Her parents came up with some lame excuses as to why the tooth fairy hadn't gotten to the tooth, which she accepted. So on day two, she added some demands (See letter 1). She sealed the tooth and her letter in a zip lock bag to make sure the tooth fairy would be sure to see the letter with the tooth. Well......absent minded tooth fairy once again. The Heaton's tooth fairy must be one busy fairy. I hope the fairy is not male because male and fairy don't go well together. Well on day three, Brynn left her note, some money (to help buy the prize of course), and just to be sure, she placed one more note on the floor pointing to her pillow (See note 2). The tooth fairy finally came, with her webkin of course.
We are sure loving the nice warm weather, but the bugs sure make you watch your step. We have seen four of these scorpions this week. They sure are ugly. The kids keep asking if we can keep one for a pet....aaah that would be a great big NO. Time to have the bug guys back over.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Brynn and Shayla are off to school. They are now bus riders...I must mention that they don't want to be bus riders. It took them three days to figure out what stop they were supposed to get off on. They love their school and their teachers. They are even finally enjoying the bus ride with all their new friends.
This was Cole's first birthday. We had just dealt with the stress of trying to get into our pee infested home...So instead of a birthday cake we had to settle for birthday doughnuts. Cole was in heaven, and the kids thought is was pretty great as well.
Kristy picked this one out all by herself on the internet...can you tell! We were finally grateful to be heading for our first home. When we got to Texas, there was a sign on the door that read, "Welcome to your new Phouse. Notice there is p in your house. Long story short not only was our yard dead, but the house was full of dog urine. After days of discussion, stress, motel 6, and tears, we got the carpet replaced and began work on our new rented home. We drove around looking for new places, but felt like this was where our family was supposed to be. We are so glad we stayed. We really love the area, our neighbors and the ward.
Kristy, Cole and I took a surprise visit to chicago just before our move to Texas. We had such a good time. Special thanks to Travis and Britt for their help on planning the whole thing. We had fun shopping, seeing the sites and of course eating the chicago deep dish pizza
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The time has finally arrived for us to leave the student status and head for the world of employment. Our family will be heading for Austin Texas next month and even though we never imagined that it would ever happen, we are excited for the new opportunities that await us there. We are however, going to MISS THIS. Ohio has been a welcomed relief from the busy hustle bustle of Los Angeles. We will miss the card clubs, girls night outs, man dates, play dates, and associations with all the young families that live around us. We will miss the summer front yard sits, chatting and watching the kids play. We will certainly miss columbus, ohio. We will miss the green landscape and the beautiful spring, summer and Autumn seasons...notice we didn't say winters...we won't miss those. Most of all, we will miss the many dear friends that we have made here. We hope in someway that this blog will allow us to stay in contact with you all.