Saturday, November 24, 2012

what happened?

So I've posted twice in about a month. I know totally not like me at all, except when we are on repat, then you come to expect that. But right now when are in the thick of holidays over here in the sandbox I should be more on the ball with these sorts of things. Today I sat down to update. Went to post a photo and I've hit my storage limit for the blog. So I'll need a day or two to figure out what I plan to do about that. I've been blogging for five years, so I guess it was about time I hit some sort of limit.
We're good.
The quick updates.
Lexie is crawling, going from all fours to sitting, has three teeth, clapping and has begun to leave a wake of baby destruction behind her as she takes on the house.
Also an update, Mike and I are learning to baby proof again and so are the boys. They have also been introduced to what it means to really, truly have a little sister, one that makes a bee line for anything and everything they have, are in to, or are playing with.
Carter is morphing into a little boy every day. I feel like he wakes up each morning a little bit taller. He has decided he no longer wants spiky hair. I'm a bit heartbroken. I still gel it in the morning and most days he comes home for lunch and he has flattened it at school with some water in the bathroom. He loves to draw still and is getting pretty good with his letters. We spend several afternoons drawing pictures and writing words about his pictures, sounding out the words and writing. It's such a new and exciting stage we are in. Just yesterday during sacrament at church I heard him singing, looked over to see him writing out his abc's and singing out loud when he became stuck on what letter came next.
Owen is the costume man. You can usually find him dressed as a superhero, the favorites this week, superman, captain America and (not so much a commercial super hero) army guy. When he's not dressed to 'save the day' he always wants to be in gym shorts or his soccer jersey. He is the first to come over and give you a kiss just because, or to whisper in your ear that he loves you. Melts my heart every time.
Me. Now that Lexie is 9 months I stepped on the scale the other morning and felt pretty proud of myself with the number I saw. I plateaued a bit about two months ago, and this past month after our trip to Sri Lanka and now teaching three times a week I've been able to drop the last four pounds of post baby. I've been working hard and it's great to see and feel the results.
Mike. Is enjoying his time with the kids and the family. We still laugh about how great it is to have him home for lunch and in the afternoons when he gets home about 4:30. Life here in that regards is so great. He's finishing projects, starting new ones and keeping it all balanced with work, church calling, and his really needy family. He's still cross fitting it up and enjoying his gps heart rate monitor watch.
We're looking forward to Christmas. Decorations are up. Tree will go up tonight. Countdown is on 31 days.
Hugs, Angie

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Our first two days in Sri Lanka were bright and sunny. The sky was blue with white puffy clouds and it was beautiful. Probably our favorite two days (other than the Safari day) of the trip. We enjoyed the beach.
Later that evening we headed to the Sea Turtle Sanctuary. Only in Sri Lanka could you pick these little guys up, the kids LOVED it, and so did we. The facility houses patches and patches of turtle eggs and then holds onto the newly hatched turtles until the bottom of their little shells harden a bit and then they release them into the ocean. They also house several sea turtles that have been injured. It was pretty neat.
Our favorite part of the trip. Each kiddo was able to pick up and carry a little sea turtle to the edge of the beach and release them into the ocean as the sun was setting. It was a race to the water. Go turtles go!
 Drawing pictures of our turtles after they were long gone.
 It was an awesome night!
hugs, A

Friday, November 2, 2012

vacation from the vacation.

We are home.
Our vacation in Sri Lanka is over.
We survived one week abroad in a third world country with three children during monsoon season. It was great. It was hard.  There were sunny days but more days with a lot of rain. We loved the company -sharing a villa with our good friends and their kiddos. We loved making memories with our small family.
And now? We are beat.
It's so good to be home. We now need a vacation from our vacation. 
The prettiest day of our travels. Me and the little miss.
Plenty of pictures and stories to share soon.
Hugs, A