Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Summer and Birthdays!

I know many of those who look at this blog may be shocked to see another posting so soon. I am making a bigger effort to keep up with stuff.
So I am still not super good at making this blog look cool. I don't know how to do fancy stuff but as long as I write a little and put up a few pictures I guess thats what is most important.
Here in Hong Kong the Swine Flu finally got us, well Audrey at least. The school is closed for the next week because there are so many sick kids at our school. Audrey is going stir crazy, she is like me - needs to get out! It seems like I am never home and I just want to be home for a change. Then I stay home with sick kids for a few days and can't wait to go to the grocery store just for a change of scenery. The crazy thing about my sick kids is Jorie and Bentz have both had fevers and similar symptoms to Audrey but when they were tested they didn't have a flu, just a bug I guess. Wierd.

This past summer we spent one week in California with my parents. Then we went to Logan for a few weeks taking one week out to hang out with my family in Aspen Grove. We had a great time and tried to make the most of everything that was available. I will give a list of the cool things we did.

Fresno Zoo
Chuckie Cheese
Costco, Target, Walmart, TJ Max, Old Navy . . .

Willow Park, zoo
Aquatic Center
Family, cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles
4th of July Breakfast, evening fireworks
SLC childrens museum
Ogden children's museum
American West Heritage museum
Jake's homecoming (my nephew)
Dell and Jamie's engagement
American Fork hot pots
Park City Outlets
SLC Temple Square
Public Library
Great Harvest Bread, Jamba Juice
Loads of Scooby Doo movies
Hiking, camping at Grandma's
Bike rides, picnics, motorcycle cruise
Bear Lake, Pickleville Playhouse: Annie Oakley
Cache County Fair Rodeo
Remodeling mysterious downstairs bathroom
Marjorie's Baptism

We really had a great time. It was a longer summer stay than in years past so we had more time to just relax and not travel too much. Jorie's Baptism was the highlight of the summer. She was baptized in the Provo river at Grandma Leflers house. Same place that Beau and his dad were baptized. It was really nice to have so many family and friends there with us. Everything was absolutely wonderful.

We returned to Hong Kong on Tuesday night at 7pm and the girls both slept really great that night so they jumped into school the next day. They missed the first two days of school. I was really impressed at their jetlag recovery.
Jorie is in 3rd grade now and Audrey is in 1st grade. Bentz has started at preschool, Tuesday Thursday 12-3. For the first time I have all kids in school for 6 hours a week. If I thought it was sad to have both of the girls in full day school last year then I think I could only say that when Bentz is at school it is just lonely. I hope to take the alone time to read a few books and try to find something that interests me enough to go back to school sometime in the next couple of years.

Audrey had her 6th Birthday on September 11th. It was loads of fun. Our house was a magical world of butterflies. So much fun!

Now it is getting late and I am running out of words. Here are some pictures to add some color to my words.

Sending love to all of our family and friends. We are so blessed to have all that we have.


Stephanie said...

I love to see your family. Thanks for updating.

Jill said...

I can't believe Jorie is 8! What a great experience for her! It looks like you guys had a great summer visiting family!

We're in NJ now, as of this summer. So far we really like it! Grant is in 4th, Clark in 1st and Cora at home with me! They grow up fast, don't they?


Jana said...

I just got all caught up (sort of) on you guys. Your girls are BEAUTIFUL!!!! As is their mom. :) Sounds like life over seas isn't too bad. :)