Gavin, What a Personality?

Gavin did a couple of things today that just showed his strong personality. I was laughing so hard both times, I couldn’t help it, although it might have helped encourage what he was doing. I tried to hide it as best as I could, but I am not sure how effective I was at hiding my laughter. It was so funny I thought I just had to share it with everyone.

1. Gavin got mad at Halee because she took one of his many cars that he was playing with. Gavin got up went over and swung his arm to hit Halee in the back. He did hit her, not full force, but hard enough to know that he was hitting her. Kristee and I were sitting there watching him the whole time and said, “NO, you do not hit!” He turned and looked right at me with the most serious face and said, “I didn’t hit Halee.” I then responded with “Gavin you did it right in front of me I saw you go up and hit Halee in the back, don’t lie to me.” He said, “No look (he walked back over to Halee to demonstrate) I only bumped Halee.” (He then proceeded to hit her again at a much slower speed, slow motion.) I looked at him and said, “No you didn’t bump her you hit her.” Again he replied, “I just bumped Halee.” He then gave another demonstration. (He was serious during the entire conversation and wasn’t joking at all.) I couldn’t hold it together at that point, I buried my head in the couch and laughed my butt off!

2. Tonight after Gavin and I got out of the shower, he wanted to dry himself off with his little towel. He does a decent job, but doesn’t always get all the water off. Kristee came into the bathroom and asked if he got all the water off and he said, “Get out of here, we naked!” Kristee went ahead and dried his face off and told him that she was going to put some lotion on his face. That didn’t make him happy, for some reason he no longer likes to have lotion put on period. As soon as she was done he grab some toilet paper and said, “I wipe it off!!” he then wiped the lotion off his face with the toilet paper and then grabbed his towel again and wiped his face with it. I helped him finish wiping off all the water and then ran over to where Kristee was at in our room and said, “Look Momma, I wiped all the lotion off!” He then gave her the biggest smile as if to say, I do what I want to do. Meanwhile I have been laughing my head off covering my face with the towel, ever since he told Kristee to get out of the bathroom. I finally lost it and couldn’t hide my laughter any more when he walked over to Kristee and told her that he wiped the lotion off his face.

I have always known that Gavin has quite the personality, but these 2 events that happened today really demonstrated his strong minded personality that is all him. It was quite funny!!!

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Taking Boards

Right now Kristee is at school taking her boards that she has spent all week long (spring break) studying for. She has 5 sections that she has to take today from 7am to 6pm, talking about a long day of taking test. She has 2 sections that she will have to take tomorrow. Just a quick update and asking for you guys to pray that she can have a clear head to focus on her test, we all know how tough it is to take any test, but to take them all day long is a whole other story.

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Spring Break

Kristee is currently on Spring Break. You would think that she would be happy to be on break relaxing away from school, don’t get me wrong she is. But she has her 2nd Part and PT Boards coming up on Friday and Saturday. So guess what she has been doing all week since last Friday, studying. Not exactly a person’s ideal “break”. She has enjoyed the aspect of not having to get up super early in the morning and going to school, but she has pretty much had her notebook attached to her hands. We really hope that she gets to study enough to feel comfortable going into her boards on Friday.

As for the weather we have had incredible weather in the mid 70’s. So the kids are excited to be able to go outside and play for long periods of time. We are suppose to have 1 more day of 70’s then it is going to drop to the 50’s. I guess 50’s aren’t really that bad, but everyone can agree that the 70’s are quite nice with the wind that we can have. The kids are doing really good and have been riding their tricycle and bicycle around. Gavin really amazed me when he hopped on the tricycle and started peddling, his legs are long enough to reach the peddles. He is even able to get on the little bicycle and peddle it. The only problem is his ability to steer, he tends to focus so much on peddling that he forgets that he needs to turn and avoid running into obsticles.

I couldn’t believe how tall Halee has gotten, or so it seemed. She stood next to the kid’s basketball goal and was able to just put it in by reaching straight up. I will have to look at some old video to do a comparison when she is standing next to the goal. They both have gotten pretty good at making shots. I do make Halee back up since the goal is lower for her and she still is very capapble of making them. Anyways, that is just a quick little update to what we are doing over Kristee’s Spring Break.

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2 New Videos

I have added 2 new videos to the website today. I forgot about the video that we took back in December when we got quite a bit of snow in our area. We had a really fun time sledding down our little hill in our front yard. Kristee, the kids and I were all out there having a blast. I added music from Fall Out Boy “Dance, Dance” to the video. I have also uploaded video we took from Halee’s 4th birthday this past weekend. It is video of her opening her presents and blowing out the candles on her Princess ice cream cake. Hope you all enjoy!!!
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Wedding Photo

Kristee found this photo a few weeks ago at her parents house and decided to bring it home. (Sshh, Bill & Nancee don’t know, LOL!!!) I thought I would post it online for all to see how beautiful they looked on Kamra’s wedding day. Enjoy!

P.S. Bill or Nancee if you want the photo back you must contact Kristee, not me, I didn’t take it.

From Kristee & Kamra
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Pray for Us

We have started the process of looking for a place to practice in Wichita. We have got the area that we want to practice in mind, but are now looking for a specific location. Pray that Kristee and I will make the right decision on the location and that we look to God for direction. It can be a little nerve racking once we start looking at cost and everything so pray that we can just put it all in God’s hands. He has been with us through the entire process from the beginning and we want to make sure that we keep our focus on him during this process of finding and building our future clinic.

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It’s a New Year

It has been a little while since my last post. We spent most of Kristee’s Christmas break in Wichita and we also went to Colorado to do a little snowboarding. We had a really good time minus me spraining my ankle on the 3rd run of the 1st day. So it didn’t turn out to be my dream snowboarding trip that I was hoping for. Oh well I am still limpin around a little bit and it still is quite sore. We also wanted to give Halee the chance to take ski lessons and everything was going great right up till the point in which the ski instructor came over and tried to take her back to the room with all the other kids. We tried and tried to get her to go, but it just wasn’t going to happen. She said that she would go when she was 4. (We will see, she might go if Gavin goes and I have a good feeling that Gavin will go.) Kristee’s parents went with us and we were there over Christmas which was kind of different being away from home over Christmas.

Kristee has actually had a longer Christmas break this year over last year, she doesn’t go back till next Wednesday where last year she had already been in school for a few days by now. She has really enjoyed the extended break to relax and we have enjoyed having her home during the day for this extra week or so. It is hard to believe that she is headed into her last year of school. We have actually started looking for a place for our future practice and we have pin pointed a specific area in Wichita, but now need to get an exact location and start getting the loans and all that fun stuff. It is a little nerve racking, but kind of exciting all together. Just to think that a year from now we will be back in Wichita starting our practice, it is just crazy. (We also know that 1 year is nothing and it will go by extremely fast, the 1st 2 years have flown by.)

The kids are doing great and it is hard to believe that Halee will be turning 4 in just a couple of weeks. Did you hear that, 4, I just can’t believe that she is already that old. She is becoming quite the little lady. Her personality just cracks me up sometimes. She can at times just seem to old, she really has that motherly instinct with Gavin and her babies. (And she has a lot of babies) She is really helpful around the house (when she wants to be) and she enjoys helping cook. She is just a great joy to be around and a true blessing in my life. She is just growing up way too fast!!

Gavin is also growing up way too fast. He is 2 1/2 and has one of the most incredible little personalities I have seen in a kid his age. He absolutely loves and adores his big sister. he can be so sweet most of the time. He does have his terrible 2 moments, but it really does seem like he is getting close to ending that stage in his life. It is hard to descibe his personality without hearing him talk bacause man can he carry on a conversation with anyone. He really isn’t shy with anyone and will just about strike up a conversation with anyone who pays him any attention. Again I can’t believe that he is going to be turning 3 years old this year. It is amazing at just how much he is growing up. Both kids just bring a smile to my face and they are a blast to have around, most of the time, lol!!!

I hope that everyone is doing well and that everyone has a great 2007!!!

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She Passed!!!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Kristee received her chiropractor Board scores today and she passed them. She was so excited and relieved to finally know. There was about a month wait to find out. Now she has 3 more parts and a PT exam to take during her last year of school. I know that it is an awesome feeling for her to be done with the 1st one.

Congrats Babe!!!

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Just a Little Update

Gavin has been doing really well with his potty training, he has had a few accidents and went through about 3 days worth of accidents last week. He is doing really well with knowing when he needs to use the potty. We are very proud of him and he is still excited about using the potty, almost too excited. When we take him at restaurants he comes running back to the table announcing, (yes I mean announcing) that he either went pee pee or poo poo. It is really quite funny.

Halee has been doing really well with learning her ABC’s and counting to 20 (She almost has it just skips 14 and 15). As you all know they were attending “school” at our church but for the month of September they decided that they were no longer going to be doing the school at the church. We were all really sad to hear that they weren’t going to get to go to school any more. We looked into some other school, but the cost was just too much. I actually look at it as more of a blessing and helped me realize that I needed to be involved in trying to help them do some school activities rather than just playing all day long. (We still do plenty of playing, trust me!!!)

We have started having school just about everyday for about 1 and a half to 2 hours. It has really been a lot of fun with them because they both are really excited about learning new things. They don’t always cooperate, but they do a fine job most of the time. We have a time to learn letters, numbers, bible stories, new songs (music time), exercise, sports, and arts and crafts. On the days that we don’t do “school” we either go to the mall or park to play on the playground stuff depending on the weather. The kids have really enjoyed having “school” and look forward to it.

Things are going well for us, Kristee is going about her regular busy school schedule. This semester she seems to have to stay later on most days, but that will probably happen as the semesters pass. We have really started talking a lot about our future clinic and thinking about what we will need to start doing to make sure that she can start practicing once she gets her license. After this semester it will only be about a year away, man that is really hard to believe!!

I hope that all are doing well!!!

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Kristee has been in the process of studying for her first boards that are coming up this weekend. She has to take a total of four before she graduates and must pass to get her license to practice. The boards are over a 2 day span and each taking just about all day long with separate parts. She is pretty nervous about them and has been studying A LOT!! over the past week and half. I am sure that she will do fine, but can see how the test can be a little intimidating because of how big it is and how important it is to her future. I just ask that you pray for her and pray that she can keep a clear head while studying and also a clear head when taking the tests. Pray that God will comfort her nerves and keep her relaxed and I know she will do fine. I thank you for your prayers for her during this time.

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Way to Go!!

Just wanted to let everyone know that Kristee just finished her finals today and passed all of her classes. I know that she is excited to be done with this semester and looks forward to having a couple of weeks off. She will be starting her board reviews coming up on Sat. and goes through Tues., then she can officially start her break. I just wanted congratulate her on finishing this semester.

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Just A Little Update

I thought it has been a while since I made my last post and thought I would give a little update about what is going on in our lives. Right now Kristee is the the middle of her week long of finals. It is hard to believe that another semester has passed and that she is more than half way done with school. We thought that school would go by fast, but it is going by a lot faster than I could have ever imagined in my life. By the end of this next semester we will start needing to look into where we are going to set up our clinic and start thinking about getting together a plan for our practice. It is exciting to be getting so close to finishing school, but it also makes Kristee and I little nervous about starting our own business. We look forward to starting and know that as long as we put our business in God’s hands that he will lead us in the right direction. We must make sure that we keep our focus on Him and it won’t be too overwhelming.

Halee and Gavin are still growing up at an incredible speed, it is really hard to believe just how big they are getting. Gavin is kind of in the process of potty training. We have gotten him to go pee-pee in the potty, but he often wants to go after he has gone in his pull-up. Since he can now open all the doors in the house I have now found him fully stripped sitting on the toilet going potty. (Yes he likes to use the bathroom in the nude!!) Hopefully we can get him to start telling us when he needs to go to the bathroom. Halee has also taken on the responsibility of wanting to potty train him. She is more excited about it than he is, needless to say he doesn’t always like her involvement.

Halee is without a doubt just like Kristee in her bossiness. She likes to boss both Gavin and I around all the time. She is really like Gavin’s second mother. She loves to pick his clothes out in the morning and get him dressed and believe it or not he lets her most of the time. We may have a little battle ahead when he decides that he wants to pick out is own clothes. We have also discovered that she is most likely going to be an extremely messy girl. She likes to change clothes 100 times a day and in the process she leaves clothes laying all over her floor. We have tried to emphasize and show her how to put her clothes back in the drawers and try to keep a clean room. She claims that she likes the mess and enjoys living in the mess. (Sometime when it gets out of hand again I need to take a picture and post it online, hopefully it won’t get to that point. She has also started to really enjoy wearing pony tails a lot. The funny thing is that she has actually gotten really good at putting them in herself. She doesn’t have the thickest hair to work with, but she does and excellent job at putting them in herself.

As you can see we are doing just fine, the kids are doing great. We look forward to Kristee’s break that is coming up next week and look forward to having her home for a much deserved break!!

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Been Awhile!!!

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.

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One More Down!!

Kristee has just finished her last day of finals, so now she will get about a 2 week break. After this past week of studying extremely hard for her finals, she is excited about having a break from it all. We are glad that she finished her classes and are looking forward to having her home all day with us. This past semester was one of her hardest that she has had due to the classes and the amount of classes that she had to take. I just wanted to send out a congratulations to my incredible wife for the great semester and all the hard work that she has had to do, I hope to make this break a relaxing one for you!!!

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It’s Our Anniversary!!!

It is hard to believe that Kristee and I have been married for 7 years, it has gone by very fast. I know this post is a couple of days late, but I did remember on the 10th. We really didn’t do anything special other than go out to eat with the kids. We also realized why we don’t go out to eat all that often, Halee does really well, but Gavin is getting to be to opinionated and doesn’t do a good job of obeying what we tell him. It will get better at some point, we still had a really good time eating out. We both look forward to many more years to come. I Love You, Babe!

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