Sunday, September 25, 2011


Van started preschool two weeks ago and as you can see, he was super excited about it. I was preparing for the worst, but it never came. He walked right into the classroom, hung up his bag, grabbed his name tag and said, "You'll come pick me up later, Mom." And that was that. I held back the tears as I drove out of the parking lot. I couldn't have been more proud of him.

His teachers are Ms. 'Pickle' and Ms. Coreen and they are awesome. There are about sixteen kids in his class and he has already started referring to some of them at home, particularly a girl named Ruth. His first assignment was to fill out his 'spotlight' for the bulletin board and here are some of his answers . . .

I am special because: I go to school!
My favorite color is: green.
I like to: color.
My favorite food is: 'mac-e-roni' & cheese.
When I grow up: I will be a missionary!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Where We've Been

School started for both Spencer and Van.
My brother Tony and his now-wife Amanda were married.
Our internet was on the fritz for several days.
We moved to the University Village.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

One Month Ago

The Dentist

Van had his first visit to the dentist the end of last month. We went to the dental clinic at Primary Children's Medical Center. It was a great experience for him and for me. Both the hygienist and the dentist were great with him; taking the time to show him the tools, explain each step, and allow for him to get comfortable with the situation. There was even a little TV on the ceiling.

Van did an excellent job holding still and following instructions. Overall, he received a good report. His teeth and gums appear to be healthy, but I was instructed to floss daily due to excessive crowding. Apparently he has large teeth and a small jaw, which causes overcrowding. He also has overjet and will definitely have to have braces one day. (Good thing his daddy is going to be a dentist).

Bridal Shower

My brother, Tony, is getting married this Saturday. Here are some pictures from the shower I helped put together for his bride-to-be, Amanda. I created the invitations to match the colors of the accordion lanterns Abbie let me borrow, and the rest of the preparations sort of just fell into place. On the menu; mini powered donuts, raspberry scones, deviled eggs, bacon tartlets, apple bars, orange rolls, veggie pizza and fruit kebabs.

For activities, we played the How Old Are You? Game and a Couple's Pop Quiz. For the game, photographs of Amanda were displayed and guests wrote down their guess as to how old she was in each picture. For the quiz, Tony was filmed answering a series of random questions pertaining to their relationship. Custom quiz cards were handed out with the questions and the guests would guess whether they thought the bride would get the answer right or not. Watching Amanda try to guess Tony's response was definitely the highlight of the event.

Lastly, for the favors, my sister Angie made vanilla, almond, and chocolate pizzelles. We stuffed them into brown cookie bags I picked up from the bakery counter at Harmons and polished them off with some coordinating thank you labels. All in all it was a great time and I was happy to help see Amanda off on this new chapter in her life!