Man it seems like it has been an eternity since I posted anything on our blog. Just to let you know what is going on in our lives, Kristee just started back to school last week after a 2.5 week break, so we are getting back into our school routine. She did awesome in all of her classes and was glad to see that semester come to an end. She was glad to have a break but was ready to get back to it so that she can finish school and we can move onto the next chapter of our lives. She has a lot longer days this semester and won’t be done with classes till around 4:30 each day, where as before it was no longer than 3:30 and sometimes earlier depending on the day.
We had a great time having her home over the break, one of the first things that we did after she finished her finals was go to the zoo. We had never taken the kids to the zoo here in Kansas City and decided that we want to go and check it out. We didn’t get to see the whole zoo just because with smaller kids they tend to want to take a nap so we thought we would leave around 1 and see the rest of the zoo on another day. We also went down to Wichita to visit Nana & Papa, and Kami & Ian, we pretty much just hung out with everyone for 3 or 4 days, it was enjoyable and relaxing. After Wichita we came back to Lees Summit and spent the rest of her break hanging out around the house, it was kind of bad because the entire rest of her break it was cold and rainy the entire week. We had planned on going back to the zoo before she went back, but it was just plain yucky outside.
The kids are doing great, they are growing up so dang fast it just amazes me. Not to mention we have Gavin’s birthday coming up in 2 days he is going to be 2 that is incredible. Gavin is talking a lot, I just call him Jaba Jaws, and a lot of what he is saying is very understandable, at least to me. He does like to repeat himself a lot just to make sure that you get what he is telling you, but it is funny to look at his face when he is really trying to tell you something important he is soooo serious looking. He is really at that age in which he copies what he hears others say and both him and Halee will repeat each other a lot. It is great to see them both interact with one another because they really do get a long very well and enjoy having each other around. We are still taking potty training at his own pace meaning we aren’t pushing him, but just encouraging him whenever he needs to go. Halee is a really big help and really looks out for Gavin acting more like his mother than his sister. She is really learning a lot more words and becoming easier for people to understand and putting together multiple sentence when explaining something to you. If I hadn’t mentioned it yet she is obsessed with wearing this one outfit and she will literally wear it all week long if you don’t make her take it off and put it in the dirty clothes and even then she has been known to go and take it out. It is a Juicy t-shirt and a pair of Gap jeans, and they are by far her favorite outfit that she owns. The funny thing is when we are washing them she keeps a very close eye on where they are at in the washing process so that she can get them out as soon as they are dry. (She has attempted to take them out when they were still wet and try to wear the outfit) And for and update on sleeping in our bed she has occasionally gone to our bed and fallen asleep, I wouldn’t say it was an every night thing, but here and there, it is really quite cute, but we try to prevent it from happening. Both kids have done great in going to Sunday School the past 2 Sundays they both walked in and didn’t look back. Previously we went through a couple of weeks of Gavin not wanting to go and would cry when we left him in the nursery. All in all they are both doing great we have really enjoy the past couple of days, the weather has been really nice and we have gotten to play outside a lot and of course ride the hummer and 4 wheeler.
As for me I am doing great I am still enjoying being at home with the kids and watching them grow up right before my eyes. I am a big kid myself so any opportunity to play I am all for it and that is what kids really like to do. I have also taken up a new hobby of sorts: reading. During Kristee’s break I decided that I want to read a book, sometime last year I had read A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, (I found it because of Oprah’s book club, I know I am turning into a house wife, trust me I don’t watch Oprah on a regular basis, but just happened to be watching when she suggested this book, and NO I AM NOT A MEMBER OF HER BOOK CLUB!!!) With all of the hype around The DaVinci Code, I decided that I wanted to read it and find out with all the controversy was about. I must say I see the controversy, but I really enjoyed the book as a fiction novel and it really sparked my interest for reading, since then I have read House by 2 Christian authors. I am picking book that are really that thriller type book that won’t let you put it down. I have also set out on a goal of reading the Bible from cover to cover straight through. For any of those that knew me back in high school or even college would think that someone has come and taken Josh and replace him with some other dude. I was the type in high school and college and even after college that hated reading, and I mean hated it. I always looked for the Cliffs Notes or a movie about any book that I needed to read, and I wasn’t the type that wanted to spend my time reading a book. I must say that I am still the same Josh, but have really discovered the joys of reading, I never in my life thought that I would enjoy reading as much as I am now.
Anyways that is what is going on in our lives, now that we are getting back into our normal routine I should be back to posting a little more often.