Sunday, August 29, 2010

oh august!

this month has been crazy.. hmm, maybe crazy is too nice of a word... brad got a new job, and we had been waiting for a couple of months to find out whether he had it or not. so when we found out we were exstatic. except then a few things happened. like, they wanted him to start tomorrow. and that was a problem, because we needed to get him a car, so brad told them he could start the next monday. so we got brad a new car. (2007 hyundai santa fe), it's an awesome car and we got a screaming deal on it. so that week they told brad that they would need him to go out of town for a job for the weekend. i was like, uh, ok. we knew that he was going to have to travel for this job, i guess i just wasn't expecting it to be so quickly. well, that weekend turned into a week, which turned into two weeks, and now onto three. and he still isn't home. ugh... i don't like being a single mom. i don't like going to bed alone, i don't like doing all the chores and having to learn how to mow the lawn. (yes, i mowed the lawn for the first time. and i have the green feet to prove it.) luckily, brad hasn't been too far away from home. just up in rexburg, idaho, so reese and i have gone up there the last two weekends to visit. when we had to leave for the first time i burst into tears. i just miss brad so much. it has been so stressful. and then to add to that, school started. half of the reason brad took this job was because they promised him that they would work around night classes. and that was such a relief. so, anyway, the week that school was supposed to start rolled around and brad kept trying to call his boss and tell him that he had to be home on thursday night for it. well, this guy isn't the guy who hired him and pretty much told brad to either go to school and quit or stay in idaho and quit school. to put it lightly we were devistated. it's not like brad can just quit his job. so he was going to drop his classes (all of this being decided through a lot of tears and anger and frustration), but we didn't have a choice. luckily the guy that hired brad called him and brad explained the situaion, and he called the boss and told him that this had all been discussed prior to brad taking the job. so we are so grateful that it worked out, but now i am feeling a bit unsure about all of this. 

anyway, that's just a tid bit of what has been going on in our lives. it's hard because at first we were feeling so blessed. like brad finally got this job and it pays more and it's going to make it possible for him to go out of school. but then it was like a slap in the face because he hasn't been home for almost a month, (except one night that he came home for his class, so i saw him for about an hour), so it feels like just when we think we are getting ahead, we take ten steps back. i just pray that it all works out. actually, i really think we have done well at making the best of a crappy situation. we got set up on skype and google talk. so that has helped, and i think that when we are in a crisis mode we really come together. anyway, onto better things: 

like my dad's birthday! 
he turned 79 this year! doesn't he look great? 
blowing out the candles 
i got us matching shirts.

reese loves to be wrapped up lately
i really haven't taken a lot of pics in the last few weeks, but this last weekend i got out the camera while we were in idaho with daddy. 

the only pretty view in idaho
reese is ready to be there already. he is such a trooper. he only ever complained when the sun was in his eyes. he is a good little traveler. if we keep up on crap like this i'll have to invest in a portable DVD player.
brad was really wanting to get out of rexburg so we went to jackson hole for the day. it was freezing! we had to go buy me and reese hoodies cause we were unprepared. it rained the whole time we were there but we still had fun. we went to all the little shops, had home made ice cream and went to the ripley's believe it or not museum.
the weekend before we went to idaho falls and saw the movie "despicible me". it was hilarious. reese loved to go swimming with his daddy while we were there too. alrighty! there's the update!

Friday, August 6, 2010

we've been having lots of fun this summer...

by doing things like
wearing a bucket helmet
and getting a new bike
and eating lots of good food
we've been swimming a few times
and worked on a few home improvement projects
ran around in our skivvies with a headband on
(just like our cousins)
and we are pooped!
can you tell?

a get away at home

our friends the parkers invited us to come and stay the night at their park city condo. it was nice to get away with friends for the night.
jensyn, jen, hurley and darwin on the main street trolley.

reese was super into swimming! he loves the water like a little fish. brad loves it just as much. 

this is my favorite picture from the whole trip. reese is so happy! 

reese and me on the trolley. 

we had a great time. we made awesome food, shopped at the outlets, went to the farmers market (where reese got an awesome bracelet with his name on it), swam, ate, played clue and laughed late into the night. it was awesome. i love getting to know people better and i am so grateful that we have become close to jen and darwin. happiness is new friends. 
reese at the outlets driving a car.