But for now, I'll post lots of pictures to share with you all and let you all experience the crazy with me. Because I know you all have your crazy lives and I love reading about them and being a part of them. I've tried several times to post on this blog over the past 10 months. But I've been having trouble getting pics to upload and so I get frustrated and say I'll finish later. Later comes and I still have trouble and keep putting it off.
So the next few post may be random and out of order, but I'll be sharing some of the crazy and the funny and even the rare quiet parts of our lives that's happened.
In case I have trouble with pictures, here is a list of some of our happenings since 2013 started. (If I can remember all the way back to January.)
In January Maya participated in her school Spelling Bee again. She did a wonderful job. I'm so proud of the effort she puts into school and learning. She makes it so easy!
In February we went to Hawaii. I swear we are addicted to those islands!
In March I made a trip down to Las Vegas for a Fitness Conference and got to spend time with Justin and his family. Always a bonus if I get to see family.
In April my parents flew out for a few days for my niece's wedding. It was a beautiful day and I was so glad that it happened close enough for us to be able to attend.
In May we traveled to Colorado for my family reunion - to celebrate my parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary. It went way to fast! I was so much fun to see everyone and play and chat. It was the best weekend and I hope that we don't wait another decade to get everyone together again.
This summer was actually pretty crazy. The trek was at the end of June. Then the following week for the 4th of July we made the trip to Utah to see family. Had a great time - marshmallow fights, chickens, water parks, Café Rio. So fun! Then when we got back from Utah we had a week home and then Matt took the kids to Tahoe to see some more family and then a few days after he got back we dropped the kids off at Alan's house and we went to Europe - just me and him! Then a few days after we got back from Europe Matt headed out of town for about 3 weeks for some pre-deployment training. Whoo! Crazy summer. Here are some pics. (I will have to do a post all about Europe. It was AMAZING! even with the lost luggage)
(view of Budapest from the citadel)
(Matias temple and the fisherman's bastion)
(View from the palace)
Soccer started in August for Maya and Luke and in September for Seth. I love watching them play soccer. Luke's strength is as a defender. He love to kick the ball hard and far away. Maya has been playing as a forward and has even scored a few goals!
Maya and Luke started school in August. Maya is in 6th grade and Luke is in 3rd grade.
I'm bummed because I didn't have a single moment to get a picture of Luke and Matt in white before the baptism. He looked so happy and so bright. A moment I will hold in my heart.
After the baptism we tried to get a picture but the good mood ran out so this is the best we were able to do.
In September I completed another fitness training. I am certifying to teach Body Pump (a weight lifting group exercise class). I passed the training and now I'm preparing to record a video of me teaching a class to be assessed and complete my certification. Along with school and household errands and and soccer 4 days a week and other extracurriculars and working at the gym - we are keeping busy. We are surrounded with friends helping the kids and I while Matt is away. Some of the crazy will calm down in November when soccer ends and I complete my video. Then the holiday crazy will keep us busy.Matt left the last weekend in September and I'm counting down the days until he is back home with us. Like I said, my holiday, where I will smile through and through, will be that day in February when I pick him up from the airport.
Until then, I'll keep sharing our usual crazy lives with you and also for Matt - so he can read up and see what we're up to while he is away.