Monday, July 27, 2009

We found it...

I couldn't ask for anything more perfect for our little family.

JC and I were supposed to fly down to Alabama... (our trip was paid for)... unfortunately, to fly Zenock down with us, it would cost about $1300 dollars!!! For a two year old's ticket?!? What the heck! We were able to arrange some things with JC's work and we were able to rent a car and drive down to Alabama. (ELEVEN hours... in one day... with a two year old.) After a few melt downs we got to Huntsville late Sunday night. Our search for our "perfect" home began early Monday morning.

Monday we spent the day looking at about twenty different houses. I had really tried to do a lot of research before we left on the towns, schools, etc. I knew where I wanted to live and had most of the houses picked out. So things went pretty smoothly. We have an amazing realtor who we absolutely love. As we were driving around, Zenock kept telling us from the backseat... "I want a house!" I felt so bad for our little guy who had already had his limit of being in the car.

Our perfect house ended up being the last house we went to see. I was hooked. There were so many things about it that I loved. The house next to it was also for sale and the agent for the community wanted to show it to us as well. JC fell in love with that one. I liked it a lot too. We ended up going back and forth between the two for the next day and a half. BUT, we finally made the decision to go with house number one....

It wasn't all hard work... We were able to get in some fun while we were in Alabama. Lots of swimming and fun shops to check out. :) My kind of town. We really fell in love with the town. It seems so much more relaxed than anything where we are now. Everything was so green and the mountains... (I would call them hills) are so pretty. Not to mention the fields... fields of corn. I totally felt like I was driving down a street in Harper or Tremonton. Loved it. JC and I both kept saying how "at home" we felt and how we may never be able to leave one day.

The Inside... so many details to love. The house is NEW construction, which we love. Not to mention we didn't have to go through the hassle/decisions of building and we didn't have to pay for all the building costs of a new home. It is in a New subdivision... about a year old. So there will be lots of new homes and new neighbors to meet and become friends with. We are so excited to actually have room for when family and friends come to visit... and not have to completely rearrange our house and lives. Yeah! :)

We put in our offer and it was accepted a day and a half later!!! We drove out to the house as soon as we found out and they already had a SOLD sign put up. That is an "awesome" feeling.

We hated the fact that we can't just move in tomorrow and that we had to drive all the way back to Virginia. The next month is going to go by sooo slow, but there is so much on my to do list... I'm sure we will keep busy. On our way home, Zennie kept talking about, "his house." We just feel so lucky and blessed that we are able to give him a house at this time in our lives. We just can't wait to be back "Home."

Grandpa's Visit...

We loved having JC's parents and Sister Kristen come visit. Zenock especially loved having Grandpa around... he still constantly asks where Grandpa is. We were able to do a lot of fun things that JC and I haven't done (there is still so much to see!).
The first weekend we headed down to Colonial Williamsburg. We stayed the night and then headed to Jamestown, Yorktown, and Virginia Beach.
We ate at a small little Tavern in Williamsburg... the food was awesome! Zenock got a little bored waiting for it though.

I realized after the Grandparent's and Kristen left that we didn't get a single good picture of all of us. I love pictures with people... they are so much better to look at in twenty years than just a picture of the scenery. I told myself... next time.. FOR SURE! I sadly didn't take a whole lot of pictures either... I guess I was just enjoying their vacation.

Zenock loved playing around on the ships in Jamestown.

After Kristen left, we headed to Baltimore one day. I love Baltimore... (all except the crazy drivers and the one who decided to run into the back of our rental car and screw up my back. Awesome. :) It was so pretty. We were able to eat lunch on the harbor. Baltimore has this amazing aquarium that sits right on the harbor also... it was our main reason for visiting.

They had a fun little dolphin show that Zenock sat in awe through. I swear he never sits still, but he just sat, stared, smiled, and clapped whenever the dolphins did a trick. You can see the harbor through the bottom picture... it was awesome. I just wish I owned one of the million dollar yachts docked outside. :)

What's the Fourth of July with out a Baseball game??? We love Baseball and there just happens to be an A ball team that plays a couple of blocks from our apartment. They had a big fireworks show after the game... (they usually have one after every home game... we get to watch it every Friday night from our balcony.) Zenock loved being up close to watch them.
I don't think there are any "illegal" fireworks out here... on our way home as we were walking through our subdivision everyone was setting off big fireworks. It was such a fun environment... It really was like what you would see in the movies. Kids were running around, everyone was having a great time. It was a great Fourth of July and it was even better to be able to spend it with family. :) Thanks for your visit Grandpa, Grandma, & Aunt "Kiss. " (As Zenock lovingly calls her.)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Keeping up with Life...

Keeping up just seems almost impossible these days... I make my list every morning, cross everything off, but at the end of the day I'm still wondering where the time went and if I accomplished anything. We have definitely been living LIFE the last month or so...
and have been enjoying every minute of it. :)

I have so much to blog about... to catch up on for the sake of keeping my "family journal" accurate and up to date.

After my Mom and Emily left we enjoyed a week of running around/relaxing/swimming/playing and enjoying our Summer nights... (Rita's gelati's are our favorite way to end a Summer evening... we should seriously think about owning our own franchise. :)

After figuring out and planning all the details for Girls Camp... I ended up not going... Things went well... evidently, my girls were the"rebellious" one's in the Stake. All in fun might I add. (And just between you and me... Our stake is just a little too strict. Midnight s'more runs to the dining hall, toilet paper wars, and scary stories.... Aren't those traditions for any girls' camp???)
Good thing I'm moving, otherwise it just might be embarrassing to be released as camp director after only one year.

The in-law's plus "Aunt Kiss" (as Zenock lovingly calls her) came in the middle of Girls Camp week (23rd-6th). Lots of fun adventures and stories... more to blog later.

Celebrating my sweet husband's 28th Birthday! :)

Life is only about to get crazier...


I thought... I would start back with blogging by doing an update on my Zenock.

He is growing like a weed and gets more crazy and busy by the minute. I was greatful to hear that it isn't just my imagination, but both of our parents commented on how "extremely" busy our child is. He doesn't hold still for two seconds. Neither JC or I were quite that busy... we are trying to figure out where he came from.

Being around so many adults this last month has given Zenock quite the vocabulary. It has grown a ton. We can understand most everything he says. (no more jibberish.) He talks in complete sentences and is always coming up with crazy funny things to say... The other night he had this conversation with JC:

Z: "Dad? Can I have a cookie?"

JC: "No Zenock, It's bedtime."

Z: "Dad? Can I have a popsi?"

JC: " No Zenock, You just brushed your teeth"

Z: "Dad? Can I have juice."

JC: "No Zenock."

Z: "But, I want water."

He knows what he wants... and if he can't get it... he knows how to compromise.

Some of the many things he is doing are:

Loves to sing... I am amazed at how many songs he knows. He has a new song everyday. (He gets this from his Dad.) Some of his favorites are: Wheels on the bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Pop Goes the Weasel, Twinkle Little Star, Head Shoulders knees & Toes, Handy Manny's "You Break It", and the new favorite... Grandpa's song: Take me out to the Ball Game.
He loves to watch Handy Manny, Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, and Madagascar....
especially, if we will sit by him.

Zenock still climbs up and all over anything and everything. We are constantly pulling him down. A couple of weeks ago, I walked out of the room to find him pouring the wax from a scentsy candle down through the top over the light bulb and all over the counter... (It was up high). He had purple fingers and all. He sure smelled good, but I had to put him in his room to keep him safe from me for awhile... No... I didn't grab the camera, I didn't laugh. It was so not funny. I am laughing now though.

Zenock is Mr independent...
"I'll do it, Mom!" is a new phrase at our house. We are trying to teach him that even grown up have to hold hands when crossing the street.
Some of our other favorite phrases are:
"Aww.. Man!" (Thanks, Aunt Emi.)
"Let's go outside!" (He says this with the biggest grin, like it is the best idea, ever.)
"I heard that Puppy!"
(Usually... there isn't a puppy in sight, just a ploy to get us to go outside to find one.)
"Go Away.." (As he walks in his room and shuts the door.)
The last couple of days he has insisted on yelling at me from the other room, calling me: "CARIN!"

"It's scary!"
(How he knows what scary is, I don't know.) The jacket I have hanging on the back of my closet door is "very scary!") And, this last week he has woke up in the middle of the night shaking, pointing to his door saying, "It's scary!"
"Happy Birthday!" He learned this from Aunt Emi's birthday and when we celebrated JC's Birthday he was so excited to say it again and to have "Birthday Cake!"
Zenock is the friendliest kid around... He is always yelling out to everyone we see...

waving at them and blowing kisses to the girls. He is always making new friends out on the playground and in the swimming pool.

He loves to swim... He very well could be a fish. He is swimming so well by himself (with floaties on). He kicks his legs and loves to put his face in the water and blow bubbles. We spend as much time in the water as we can.
(Oh how we love Summer!)

Zennie still loves to jump, dance, play, and chase the bugs all over the sidewalk.
We are experiencing the "drama" recently of two year old molars.... lovely. At first, I honestly wondered what kind of monster my little boy had turned into. Not so much fun for parents. I felt horrible to realize the pain he was in and that all four are coming in at the same time. Poor Kid. Instead of fighting him to stay in his bed and getting up with him 2-3 times a night. I finally have given in and let him climb in bed with me. I know, I know! We said we would never.
BUT, seriously... I'm a much nicer Mom when I get my sleep. It is so worth it.

We love Bad Hair Days at our house... (Zenock is just greatful he has hair... it took him almost two years to be able to have a bad hair day... :)

I've been watching this cute little girl for the last week and a half. She is perfect. All she does is eat, sleep, and smile. Totally jealous. Zenock STILL doesn't do that. Of course, Zenock absolutely loves having her around and just about mauls her with kisses and hugs all day. He pats her on the back and tells her, "You're so sweet!" or "She's cute!" Zenock of course has to do all the things the baby does as well. He never liked the swing as a baby, but loves it now. He also will climb up and lay down in my arms, let me cuddle him, and say, "I'm a Baby." or "I'm your Baby." He can be my baby forever... I'm so not ready to give it up yet. :)
I'm sure he will be the best big brother one day...

We love our little Zenock and wish sometimes he would just stop growing so we can soak in all the fun times at this age. He is so much fun. He keeps us on the edge of our seat. Honestly... if you want a good excercise program... you can watch my son for a day. :) We love our Zenock so much and would have no idea what to do with out him in our lives right now.
We love you lots Zennie!


We are headed to Alabama (home sweet home in less than two months!) this weekend to find our "home!" I'm really not sure if after this week I can wait another month... but, what's another month?? We are soo looking forward to this next chapter and adventure in our lives.
Wish us luck!

Friday, July 3, 2009

best buddies...

What do you do when your best friend moves away and you are only two years old....

You give him a BIG, big Hug. :)
It was heartbreaking watching these two best friends say goodbye to each other. Zenock loves his friend "Hay." In fact, we love Hay's entire family. We met them when we first moved to Texarkana and were so excited when we moved within a couple miles of each other here in Virginia. We knew the time to say goodbye would come all too soon. We have spent almost every holiday for the last two years with Hay's family, celebrated Birthdays, graduations, good Thai/Cambodian food, friends, and just celebrated for no reason. His mom has kept me from completely going crazy this last year, letting me tag along with her or just hang out at her house. We honestly aren't sure what we are going to do without them!

Like, I said... Zenock loves his friend Hay. When we get in the car, I hear:
"Go see Hay?"
When we go to church and I tell Zenock he can go play with the kids, he says:
"Play with Hay?"
When I tell him we are going to have a party, he gets so excited and says:
"Hay coming?!"
(Get the idea?)

He loves when Hay comes to play... I love when Hay comes to play. It is the only time, when Zenock completely ignores me and what I'm doing. They go in Zenock's room and shut the door on me and all I hear is laughter. They have so much fun together.
Did I mention, Hay has 2 brothers and a sister... We love them just as much... (their parents aren't too bad either.) I think Zenock honestly thinks he belongs or is part of their family. :)

I told Zenock on Sunday that we were going to make cookies and take them to Hay. That is ALL he talked about. He told his Grandpa, Grandma, and Aunt Kris who were visiting that he was going to take, "Hay cookies, knock door, Hay cookies, knock door" over and over.

When we finally did take Hay cookies, Zenock was so excited, he saw Hay's house as we pulled up and yelled... "HAAAYYYY!" Saying goodbye, was so so sad... after giving each other big hugs, Hay stood on his porch and waved and yelled, "Bye, Zenock, Bye, Zennie!" over and over. As we drove off, Zenock waved and yelled, "Bye Hay" and blew him a kiss.
Seriously torture for Mom's to watch.
We just might have to arrange a few vacations over the years to visit Hay and his family.

We sure are going to miss them, not sure what we'll do with out them, but wish them luck and are excited to hear all about their new adventures! :)