Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Major Update

So I've been a big fat blogger failure. After my last post in July our worlds got somewhat crazier than they already were. I guess I should go back a couple of months before that and start at the beginning.

Sometime in the spring Matt had gotten the feeling that we were meant to be closer to our family in Ohio. We really started prayerfully considering it. We definitely got a yes to our prayer of should we move closer to our family. Then we had to figure out the how. We still had the girls and weren't sure as to how long we were going to have them. We were still being extremely prayerful as to what Heavenly Father wanted us to do. We knew we'd both have to find jobs, somewhere to live and sell our house in North Carolina.

While I went on my wonderful trip to the beach with my sisters and mom, Matt got a call one night. A man called him on that Friday and said he received Matt's resume and heard he was wanting to move closer to his family in Ohio. Matt was pretty stunned about all of this. He had never heard of the company this man was calling from and was just in shock that he knew of our situation. Matt told him he'd have to talk with me first and that he'd call him back. Once I got back and we talked about it, Matt called him back the first of the following week. After talking with James, he called me and said that James asked Matt what he thought of moving to Louisville, KY. When Matt mentioned this to me I was in shock for about 1/2 a second, then I immediately told Matt sure, why not? It would put us much, much closer to our families, but still far enough away that we'd have the space we were used to.

Matt went on an interview around the middle of June. I stayed home with the girls while he went. His interview was a major success! Three hours after he left they called him and said the three people he interviewed with were very impressed with him. He got a job offer from them a couple of weeks later and he had a start date of August 16.

The girls were still an issue, because Casey had been home from Haiti for quite some time, so I called her and told her it was time for her to come pick them up. She originally didn't want to get them until Nicholas came home in August. I explained that Matt would be moving, and I didn't want to have the girls by myself and she needed to get them. I still wasn't quite sure if Matt would get the job or not, but it was time for them to go back. Matt and I absolutely, positively LOVED our time with those two precious little girls. But we could tell it was time for them to go home. It was very hard for us and the girls to say goodbye, but we had to around the middle of July.

Once the girls left, I had to start getting busy. I had to get the house ready to be listed so we could try and sell it. It's amazing how empty our house felt once they left. It was very heartbreaking for Matt and I, but we really didn't have time to dwell on it since we had to get ready to move. I wasn't having any luck finding a job, and the house wasn't sold, so we knew Matt would have to move without me. I kept thinking I had a ton of time before he'd be gone, so I was trying not to worry about it. Well, let me tell you, that time flew by and before I knew it it was time for him to move. Two weeks before he was supposed to move we went up to Louisville to try and find an apartment. We were very lucky and the second one we went to we liked and were able to get it.

I believe Matt left on Friday the 13, and I had never felt so lonely before in my life. Thank goodness I had the dogs. I knew that this was supposed to be what happened, but it didn't make it any easier. We had been praying so hard about this, and I truly knew this was the right thing, but boy was it difficult.

At the end of September I was asked to come up and interview with Matt's company. I was more than ready to since I was extremely ready to be with my husband again. I was offered the job and had a start date of October 26. That meant I had to get the house packed, and everything settled in two weeks from when I got the offer. Talk about being stressed out! Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely DESPISE moving, and then to have to do it all by myself on top of it. Luckily I had a good friend who came over a couple of times to help me pack. Without her help, I honestly don't think I could have gotten it done.

The move itself went pretty well. Matt and I didn't pull out of Winston Salem until 10:00 pm. I had worked all day, and then came home and had to finish up the odds and ends. Luckily my friend came over again to help us finish. We drove all night long and finally pulled into our apartment complex at 6:00 am. Our family was due to show up around noon to help us unload. We got about 4 hours of sleep and got up and started unloading some ourselves. Before we could unload the truck we had to go to Uhaul to drop off the car carrier. After we got the car unloaded, the guy there told Matt to pull the truck around the building. When he was coming back around the building, the didn't see a parked car and side swiped it. Needless to say, it put a little bit of a damper on our morning.

Anway, we got the truck unloaded, and were basically completely unpacked by Monday. It was such a huge relief. The only major thing still lingering is the fact that we still have our house in North Carolina. We are in the process of trying to rent that, so we'll see how that goes.

The weekend that we got here, Matt got called as the Second Counselor in the Elder's Quoram presidency. So he's not only busy with work, but he's busy at church too. I got called as the Public Relations and Emergency Preparedness Specialist. Don't ask what that is, because I'm still trying to figure it out.

Overall our move here has been wonderful. With one major exception. The dogs are living with my sister Jeanne for now. We didn't want to have them in this apartment. It has been so hard to not have them with us. But, Jeanne got a new puppy the week before we moved, so Macy and Brutus have a new friend to play with.

As you can see, they are doing just fine there. That is Max in the middle, and he's obviously much bigger than Macy and Brutus. For the first couple of weeks Macy wanted nothing to do with Max. Anytime he came near her she growled at him. Brutus on the other hand, has done just fine with him. It took a little while, but Macy is now friends with Max. They love their Aunt Jean so much, so I know they are being well taken care of. I try to go up every couple of weeks so see them. Luckily they haven't forgotten me. That's been a huge relief, since that's been a ginormous fear of mine.

So, as far as I can think of, that's our update. I will try and make a better effort at updating again, even though it's only Matt and I now and not the girls.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

No Teeth!

Jasmine lost both of her bottom front teeth today. She's been quite excited about it. The tooth fairy is going to come visit tonight. What's the going rate for 2 teeth at once??


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fun in the Sun

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We bought a $5 slip and slide for the girls. The had an absolute blast. I was watching them go and next thing I know, Jasmine was doing some crazy flips and going down. I took a short video of it on my phone. The quality isn't the best but you can get the idea. :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Vacation

I'm sorry I've been a bad blogger lately. Things have been going fairly smoothly so I guess I've just forgotten to do any updates. The girls are doing very well. Jasmine had a rough time after her birthday with her behavior at school, but thankfully things have gotten much better there. Victoria is acting like a typical 3 year old and is making Matt want to pull his hair out. I just giggle about it, but he doesn't like when I do that. I got to go on vacation last week by myself and leave Matt at home with the girls and dogs. My sisters, mom and I went to the Outer Banks, NC for a full 7 days. It was wonderful!

While I was gone I got many, many updates from Matt. We were gone from Sunday to Sunday. On Monday evening Matt called and told me that the monster in Victoria came out Monday morning. She hates waking up and constantly tells us to "Go away, I'm sleepy!" I guess after a while of him trying to be nice he finally snapped. He told her if she didn't get out of bed he was going to pull her out, strip her clothes off and put her on the toilet. I'm sure the threat of a spanking was thrown in for good measure. She got up but asked him when is Lindsey coming home? So Matt asked her why was he mean? She told him yes, I want her to wake me up in the morning. Hearing that was music to my ears. :)

On Thursday night I got a ton of pictures texted to me. Come to find out when Matt got home from work on Thursday night Macy had had some major diarrhea in her cage, on the wall, on the carpet and basically everywhere. If this were a normal week and I would have been home, then I would have cleaned her, and the cage and the room. But, I wasn't, so Matt had the pleasure of cleaning it all up. On top of that, Jasmine had some stomach issues as well, but luckily, she can make it to the bathroom on her own. Needless to say, I had a lot of phone calls that evening and a very unhappy husband. Jasmine was able to sleep fine that night, but woke up sick the next morning, so Matt kept her home. But, before he made the decision to keep her home I got a phone call at 6:45 in the morning to ask my opinion. Ugh!

I came home on Sunday evening, and it couldn't have been a minute too soon for Matt. I think he wanted me back home Monday morning, but he was very kind about only asking me to come home once a day.

My sister Jeanne decided that the girls needed some hermit crabs. So, she bought them each a crab, but I will ultimately be taking care of them. If I left it up to the girls I'm pretty sure Victoria would have them out of their cages and pulled apart piece by piece. (She's very much into destructing stuff right now.) The girls enjoy sitting at the table and watching them. We keep them in the kitchen and we found out that's definitely the best place for them. Jeanne stayed Sunday night with us and heard the clickity-clackity of the crabs all night long, and said they kept making weird noises. Ha ha! So, the crabs definitely won't be going in the girls room.

Jasmine will be out of school on Friday, and I've yet to decide what I'm going to do with them for the summer. Their babysitter Katie, whom they loved so, so much, has moved on to bigger and better things (Alaska), so I've got to figure something out. We will be doing a lot of weekend traveling though over the next month or so, so that will definitely keep us busy and wanting to pull all of our hair out. I keep thinking we should have bought a minivan in January instead of my Altima. :( The girls and dogs are not going to be happy travelers, but we'll just make due. I'll try to get some pictures off of my phone and Matt's so I can post them soon.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Jasmine's Birthday

Jasmine turned 6 today! We had a big celebration at Chuck-E-Cheese today. She had a blast and so did we. :) Here are just a few of the pictures and all of the pictures are on my facebook page.












Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!!

We have had a wonderful Mother's day at our house today. The girls made this video for their mom and I just wanted to get it posted. I'll try to do more blogging later.
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Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Egg Hunts


We had our first Easter egg hunt of the day at our church on Saturday morning. While we were there the girls got to color eggs and make a craft. After they were done with that they got to go outside and go on a hunt. They each got 5 eggs and were so excited with their spoils.
Here they are posing before we left. Jasmine just couldn't smile normal with those bunny ears on.

Here was Jasmine getting ready for her egg.


Victoria was so excited to get her egg colored.

Here they are getting ready for the hunt with Nana by their sides.

Here is after the hunt with their finds!

The second hunt we did was at home. After their nap Grandma R and Grandpa R, as the girls decided to call them, went outside and hid a bunch of eggs. The girls were thrilled to go and find them.







Easter Bunny

We went to see the easter bunny at the mall. We couldn't take pictures and I sure wasn't going to buy any. So, I took pictures of the kids with their bunny ears on. We kept telling Jasmine to not make that face, but apparently she just couldn't resist.











Egg Dying

Matt's Mom and Roger came to see us for the weekend. This was the first time they got to see the girls and boy, were they ever spoiled. On Friday we decided to dye some easter eggs. The girls had a ton of fun. Warning: they had their shirts off because I was worried they'd get dye on their clothes. I think the pictures are still okay though.






The Flower Song

We got a new piano on Friday and Matt and Jasmine decided to do a performance for us. The quality isn't the best and you can only hear parts, but you can get the general idea of it. (Okay, not a new piano, but new to us!)

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Foreign Objects

Today Matt took Jasmine to the doctor's office to see what his recommendations were for her in regards to her behavioral issues. But before I address that Jasmine's allergies have been a hot mess this week. She's woken up with just a snotty mess of a face and she just can't breath. So yesterday I went and bought her some Clariten to take. I knew she needed to take it in the mornings, so for bed last night I gave her some benadryl so she could sleep last night and breath, which worked. She woke up and could actually breath this morning. I gave her the Clariten this morning, and she took the pill like a champ.

So anyway, when Matt got her to the doctor he mentioned her allergy issues, and the doctor said his recommendation is to give her Clariten in the mornings since it won't make her drowsy. (Man I'm so good ;-)) He then listened to her chest to make sure there was no congestion and he said it sounded good. He then looked in her ears and said to Matt, "there's something in there." Matt asked if it was just ear wax that we missed, because we do clean their ears every night, and the doctor said no there was actually something in there. So he turned to Jasmine and asked her if she knew why there would be anything in her ear. She said, yeah I do. He said do you know what it could be? She said yeah, I stuck a piece of paper in my ear when I was still at Murray Elementary! Can you believe it!? As Matt was telling me this I just kept laughing because he said she was just so matter-of-fact about it. So the doctor proceeded to get it out. Matt said he just pulled out of ton of ear wax (sorry for the gross factor) and then finally pulled out this little piece of paper. It was about the size of half a thumbnail. Jasmine looked at it and said Hmm, mommy must not have gotten it all. And that was it!! haha! She also said that must have been why my ears were hurting at Nana and Grandpa's house. She makes me laugh so hard sometimes.

The doctor then said he's going to call and get us into a counselor for her to go and see. He said her lack of feeling and remorse for things could have a lot to do with the separation anxiety and other such issues. So we're just waiting on a phone call from them to see when/where they are going to get her into.

Both of us are very pleased with this doctor and really felt like he was very thorough. Hopefully we'll see some good come out of this, and maybe Jasmine will start listening better since there are no blockages in her ear anymore. :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Our week

This has not been such a hot week for good behavior in our house. Monday and Tuesday were AWESOME days for Jasmine. Wednesday, not so much. I got a phone call from the principal telling me that Jasmine was not going to be suspended this time, but she was going to have to be in ISS (in-school-suspension) the following day. Why, do you ask? While at recess she was looking at one of the teacher's turtles and kicked one of them! When Ms Hannah the assistant teacher asked her why she did it she just laughed hysterically. I'm not going to lie when I say this has really bothered Matt and I. Granted, it is just a tad funny when you say she kicked a turtle. (just say it to yourself in your head :)) But it is absolutely not okay. So, when she got home from school we asked her why she did it and she couldn't give us a reason. Then I asked her how she would feel if the turtle had died because she kicked it and she told me nothing. I told her that I really didn't think I could trust her around Macy and Brutus now because she kicked a very innocent and defenseless animal. None of this really even bothered her. She didn't and still doesn't feel sorry for kicking the turtle.

So, Thursday comes and goes and I get home from work and ask her how her day was. She was so excited because she had a great day. I had to explain that since she was in ISS it didn't count towards her weekly goal of being good.

Well, today I got another call from school. Ms Hannah called me on her way home from school on her personal cell phone. That should tell you how much this situation bothered her. She said that to make a long story short, she was in the back of the class and she stuck her middle finger up in the air. This is the second time this has happened. Ms Hannah told her to come to the front of the class to apologize to the class for doing that. She came up and said sorry, and Ms Hannah told her she needed to say I apologize. And Jasmine yelled I already said I'm sorry!! So, she was told to go stand in the corner and as she was walking to the corner she kicked a filing cabinet and I think she said hit a wall. Ms Hannah said it was the end of the day so she didn't send her to the Principal's office, but she took her into the bathroom and told her she wouldn't be disrespectful to anyone in the classroom.

This week just stunk. Matt and I are really trying to be consistent with her punishments, but boy is it getting difficult. I really wanted to come home on Wednesday and beat her, but of course I didn't, but it doesn't mean I didn't want to. :) I think one of the most difficult things about the whole situation is the fact that she is truly one of the most lovable, sweetest children you'll ever meet. She's such a snuggler and just loves to be hugged and kissed on. I'm hoping I get a return call from the counselor next week so we can get her in, because obviously, there are some deep rooted issues here that Matt and I are not capable of handling. I know that things are going to get better and I know that in some ways, Jasmine just can't help herself. We just want to help her so that she can be able to enjoy her time with us and her time at school.

On a different note, Victoria is doing well. She is very enjoyable too and she's just so eager to learn anything new. She keeps me on my toes every morning, because every morning I have to come up with some new tactic to get her out of bed. The past few days I've told her to get up quick so we can beat Jasmine to the bathroom and that's got her jumping out of bed. I sure hope it keeps working! She can be an absolute bear in the morning! Mind you, on the weekends she wakes up at 6:30 which is when I wake her up during the week, but she does this on her own and is as happy as can be. :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Positive Discipline

When I had my meeting with Jasmine's school, the guidance counselor suggested I get a book. The name of the book is Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson. I am about 15 pages into it and oh my goodness!! This book is very enlightening and I am learning a ton. So, thanks Nicholas & Casey for letting Matt & I practice on your kids. :) My, oops! I mean our, parenting skills are going to rock in no time at all!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bullies

Jasmine got in trouble yesterday for pushing a little girl. When Matt asked her why she did it she said that she was trying to help her. LOL! I didn't know you had to push someone to help them. She then told Matt that some fourth grade bullies came up to her and asked her if she wanted to be a bully too. She told them no. Now whether the last part is true or not, we're not sure, but when Matt told me this today I couldn't quit giggling about it. I know it's not funny that she's pushing people, but I'm just having to laugh at the story. Also, so you don't worry, we've been trying to explain to her she needs to keep her hands to herself because this is the second time she's gotten in trouble for touching someone. The first time she came home and told us she elbowed someone. When I asked her why she elbowed the person she said it was an accident. The girl was standing in her spot in line so she elbowed her to get her out of her spot! I tried to explain that didn't sound like an accident and it sounded like she did it on purpose, so then after pausing she said, yeah, I did do it on purpose. I'm afraid we're going to get a phone call that she actually hit someone one of these days. Let's hope not though!

Teeth

Today my little Brutus is going to the vet to get his teeth cleaned. They are a hot mess and his puppy insurance covers it so yeah. Matt is the one who took him and it was his first time riding in the truck. I just had to post this picture cause he just looks so happy to be in there.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Victoria

Victoria wanted her picture taken also.



Pictures

The Diva and her poses:






Glasses


Jasmine had an eye doctor's appointment last Monday and got to pick her glasses up today. She is so dang cute with them on. Matt took this picture this morning after she got them, but I'll take some more tonight so you can see the sunglasses and case.

Dinner Party

Last night we hosted our very first true, dinner party. It was super scary for me. I was reading a friend's blog who also hosted one last night and she made the comment that she cleaned her house like no other. I will say I did the same thing. It truly is amazing how we can find "a home" for things when we have people coming over, but when it's just us it becomes homeless. We had such an amazing time and truly enjoyed getting to know the two families who were there. It did make me realize that I definitely need a bigger house! But over all it was very nice and I think I just might do it again. :) (If I was really, really good I would have taken pictures of the nice spread of food, but I'm not!)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Results

Well the meeting at the school went well. We are going to look at counseling for Jasmine. The school guidance counselor suggested that she's having some separation anxiety and that she is struggling with being the child and being told what to do. It just makes me very sad. Her teacher and the staff at her school are absolutely wonderful and I really, really like them. The counselor and principal are going to start working more closely with her and meeting with her regularly. She really needs goals to work towards so they are going to establish some for her there at school and then we'll have some at home too. I really hope these things work for her. I know that she truly is miserable right now with getting in trouble so frequently and she wants to be good. She tells us all of the time that she wants to be a good girl, so we are going to try harder to help her be a good girl.

Oh my

I hate to even blog about this but Matt & I are kind of at the end of our ropes with ideas. Jasmine has been having a very difficult time at school since she got here. She is not adapting like we were hoping. Actually I don't know if that's even the right word. She's just struggling to follow the rules. She's just very disrespectful to everyone and we really don't know what to do. I'm meeting with her teacher, guidance counselor and principal today and I'm hoping we can come up with a solution to the problem. Jasmine truly is the most loving child I've met. She just wants to snuggle and be loved, but there's some what of a disconnect somewhere. It's almost like she thinks if she's bad then she'll get all of the attention she's craving. She's definitely getting it, but it's in the form of punishments, and I absolutely hate it! I know that Matt does as well. She keeps telling us things that she did before coming to our house and I have had to quit being surprised. She told Matt last night that she was bad all the time at her old school and she couldn't wait to act out because everyone liked it. How sad!! It just broke my heart when he told me that. She then told him that she couldn't wait to be 21 so she could act out on the dance floor!! Okay, I couldn't quit giggling over that one, but still. We've been throwing around different ideas of organized things we could get her in. We've talked about sports, gymnastics, dance, and karate. I really like the karate idea because it really teaches about discipline. I don't know, we'll just have to see, but I feel very sad for the things that Jasmine is going through right now. I know this hasn't been easy for her, but it's also not acceptable behaviors regardless of the situation. Anyway, depending on the meeting today, we'll see what they suggest and I may blog about it later.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Victoria's Goodbye

Victoria was crying in bed because she wanted to talk to her parents one more time.
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Hi Mommy & Daddy

The girls wanted to send a message to their parents tonight.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Dress Up

It is not an uncommon thing to see dress up clothes strewn all over our living room. The other night while I was at work I got a few pictures sent to me from Matt. These girls love each other very much. Don't get me wrong, they definitely fight, but over all they enjoy playing with each other very much.








They sure are cute, aren't they? :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Appointment

Last night I came home from work and Matt had a funny experience with Jasmine last night. He said he was giving her a bath and she told him that her bum was sore and red. So, he told her he would get some ointment for her to put on when she got out. She said I don't want an appointment. He tried telling her not an appointment but an ointment. She said to him, okay, get me the appointment! They really are so cute. :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mr. Mom

Our lives have been just a tad bit crazy lately aside from getting the girls. This year I got a second job working for H&R Block during tax season. I have really, really enjoyed it but working 60 hours a week has really begun taking a toll on me. Matt and I didn't think it'd be that big of a deal because in all reality, a person can do most anything for a short amount of time. Well, throw 2 little girls into the mix and things get down right insane! Matt has had to become Mr. Mom. He is doing such a great job at it. I really will say I'm very very proud of him. He always used to say before we got these girls that he would not bathe, change a diaper or any of those "personal" things to any kids besides his own. LOL!! Boy was he in for a rude awakening! Matt now gives baths almost every night, unless I'm home, he wipes bums, he does the diaper thing at night, he puts powder and diaper rash creams on those little bums and basically everything else he said he'd never do unless it was his own kid. I will say it usually grosses him out to some small degree, but truly, he does a very good job of it. I am extremely grateful for him doing that, and I know the girls enjoy it too because he always makes a big deal of it and they just think it's hilarious. I now know that I won't have to worry about being in "that" marriage where the husband never helps with the kids. If anything I feel completely opposite with me not being there to help, but not by my choosing. I really hate missing those fun times with the girls in the evenings, but I just keep telling myself 8 more weeks, 8 more weeks, 8 more weeks. I know that Matt is saying the exact same thing to himself. :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Jasmine & Victoria

On February 2nd Matt and I became the proud new owners of two little girls. Oh, I mean the proud parents, well sort of. Let me start at the beginning so you can understand. When Matt first moved here to North Carolina he worked for a company named ArcOne. After being there a little while he moved into an office with a man named Mark. They quickly became friends and Mark and his wife Wendy started welcoming Matt into their home. Once I moved down a few months later they welcomed me as well. Before we knew it we were their new kids. Mark and Wendy have a daughter and a son. Their son Nicholas is in the US Army. When we first moved here Nicholas was serving his first tour in Iraq. He was married and had two little girls. He came home for a while then before long he and his wife Casey, who is also in the Army, got deployed to Iraq again. While they were gone Mark and Wendy kept Jasmine and Victoria. Matt and I made it a pretty regular habit to go to Mark and Wendy's to play with the girls and just hang out since they were our home away from home. During this time the girls were 3 and 1. When Nicholas and Casey came home a few months later on leave Wendy couldn't keep the girls any more, so Nicholas was able to get released from the Army. This past summer Nicholas decided that he wanted to get back into the Army. Before he could do that he needed somebody to sign guardianship papers for his girls, stating that if he and Casey were gone at the same time these people would take care of their kids. Mark and Wendy were unable to do it anymore and were telling Matt and I about it at dinner one night. Without saying anything to Matt I told them that we could take the girls. They looked at me like I was crazy. So I told them again we would be more than willing to watch the girls. So, while at dinner Mark called Nicholas and told him. After dinner Matt and I were going to Mark and Wendy's house. We were in the car and I told him I was sorry and probably should have said something to him about it before hand, but I truly felt an absolute calm come over me when I told them we'd do it. Surprisingly, Matt was completely okay with it. I really just felt like this was something that we were supposed to do.

Well, 8 months later and here we are. Nicholas got deployed right away. We knew that it would be quite a while still before it was time for Casey to get deployed. Matt and I got a room ready for the girls just in case. I always knew it would be a possibility that we'd get the girls, but in the back of my mind I just kept thinking it wouldn't really happen. Then, a major ginormous earthquake happened in Haiti. I got a phone call about 2 days after that telling me that I was "on call". I thought on call for what? Wendy reminded me I was on call to get the girls. Let me tell you, I about had a heart attack! When I called Matt he was as cool as a cucumber.

Casey has now been sent to Haiti for 3-6 months and we now have Jasmine and Victoria who are 5 and 3. All 4 of our worlds have been flipped upside down! We're definitely in an adjusting period but overall we're doing very well. Matt and I are eternally grateful for the out-poring of support that we have received during our transition. I know people just felt bad since we have no clue what we're doing!

I've definitely decided that there is a reason why Heavenly Father gives us newborns first and not semi-grown children!!!! Babies don't talk back, the just lay there and are generally okay. (I know that's naive of me, but you get the point) Kids on the other hand are just crazy! We were at church the other week and someone came up and asked if we were still planning on having kids. I looked at him and told him no, when we give the girls back I'm just getting a puppy. He said, you know it's a commandment to multiply and replenish the earth. I looked at him and said I'll breed the dog. I'm semi-serious. ha ha! Matt and I truly love these sweet little girls so much and truly are so blessed to have them in our lives. We've just forewarned Casey and Nicholas that we plan on screwing up on their kids so when we have our own we'll be awesome at it already. :)

We definitely are learning as we go and we're somewhat starting to get a routine going. One of the hardest things for me has been getting myself up on time! It's very difficulty to get up and motivated to get ready for work any more when I despise having to go. Because of this we are all scrambling around the house all morning until we're out the door. I really need to start doing better. We'll see.

Okay, so I know this was totally long and probably still very confusing to some, but that's at least the gist of the story. Now that it's established I will try and be a good pretend mom and take lots of pictures and post them and remember the funny things they say and do so I can post them and their parents can see them and enjoy it too. Whew!!!

We're in the now!

Well, I finally decided it was time to make a blog. So much has been happening in our lives and it's really hard to tell the same story twenty times over, so I'm simplifying. I am going to try and do this regularly, but yeah, I doubt it will actually happen. I guess it depends on how bored I get during the day. So we'll see how this goes...