Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nicholas Book 1 Recital

 Oh Nicholas, my boy, how I love you!  Nicholas has been ready ready ready for his Book 1 recital for a long time.  We finally got it scheduled and did it last week.  He performed wonderfully!  The sweet ladies at the retirement center were all in love with him before he finished his first song.  One thing I love about Nicholas' playing is how he feels the music.  It is like it is coming from somewhere deep inside him and rising up and coming out through his cello.  When he plays French Folk Song it just melts my heart.  Suzuki was right on when he said, "Beautiful tone, beautiful heart."  Nicholas, you have a beautiful heart and it shows when you play your cello. 

We narrated the program using one of our favorite books, "The Caboose That Got Loose" by Bill Peet.  We changed the main character from Katy to Nicholas and inserted the pieces where we thought they fit best in the story. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012



 Being two makes you a mess maker.  Taking pictures of the messes somehow calms me down, so I do it.  Here are a few of the Zandy-man's latest and greatest...

Yes, that is mascara on his eyes.  Jackson is the one who gave in to the whining and just let him have free reign on the ice cream cone in the van!!! 
This white disaster is cream of tartar.  He found an unopened jar in the pantry, unscrewed the lid, found scissors, used them to open the seal and powdered the less than 1 week old couch. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Birthday Boys

 All three of our boys' birthdays were right in the middle of the new baby/moving craziness.  I had a party planned for Nicholas on his actual birthday, but he came down with the stomach yuckies and spent the day sick and that night sitting on the toilet with a bowl on his lap with grossness violently coming out both ends at the same time!  I felt so bad for him.  I had to call everyone and cancel the party.  

We ended up throwing a joint party for he and Thomas the weekend after Thomas's birthday.  We had it at the skate park.  They ate pizza, threw marbles all over the skate park, and played red rover and other fun group games.  It was a success :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

New House/Bath Buddies

 Exactly two weeks after Eleanor was born, we moved to a different house.  Looking back I am amazed that it happened.  There were so many things that came up that made it seem like we weren't even going to move that it is a miracle it happened.  I know that Heavenly Father wanted us to move to this particular house for some reason.  I have felt that confirmed to me multiple times.  It wasn't an easy process getting there, but He sent many many angels to help.  My sister Kara was one of these angels.  She left her family and came to our house the day before we moved.  She was there through the move and for 5 days after helping unpack, organize, move furniture, cook, help with kids, and keep me sane!  My sister Jamie came as soon as she could and brought freezer meals that fed us for a week!  That was incredibly helpful!  Her sweet husband Jordan sacrificed his back moving our food storage from the garage to our crawlspace.  Many many sweet friends helped pack and move the essential things on Wednesday morning.  Then, that night, they cleaned my entire house.  I didn't even do anything.  They were amazing.  Many of them brought food, both fresh and frozen.  I didn't cook dinner for close to three weeks after we moved.  Chris was a complete lifesaver on moving day.  He came in the morning, helped Jackson breakdown, move, and rebuild all of the beds, so I felt calm about the sleeping situation.  He came back that afternoon and helped through the entire loading, moving, and unloading of the uhaul.  He was amazing.  Jackson's uncle Lee drove all the way here with his horse trailer which was incredibly helpful!  I couldn't believe how much stuff we had to move!  It was sickening!  Jackson's dad and brother Judd and several friends also helped move us and we couldn't have done it without them.  My mom, dad, both sisters and brothers in law came two days after the move and helped unpack, fix, and decorate the house.  Jackson's mom made food for and hosted my entire family Saturday and Sunday and also housed some of my family at night for a few days.  An unknown kind soul gave us $300 to Albertson's that has bought our groceries for a month.  My sweet sister in law Amber gifted me her cleaning lady twice...once during the showings of the old house, and once in the new house just before we moved in.  She also brings my kids home from school every day, brought us dinner, and is constantly doing helpful kind things for us.  My mom and dad bought us a new couch for our family room and LOTS of other household stuff we needed like light bulbs, towel racks, rugs, food, etc.  

I am sure I am forgetting many others.  I have a horrible memory lately.  I am forgetting and misplacing way too many things!  I am so thankful for all of the people who helped us.  It made the seemingly impossible actually seem doable and made my load light.  It was hard for me to accept all of that help.  I was thankful that most of those people didn't ask me what I needed...they saw a need and told me that they were going to do it...they wouldn't take no for an answer.  I understand better now how to serve others who need it.  Thank you, thank you everyone!!!

While my family was here, we put Cooper and Zando in the bath together.  They were adorable. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Getting to Know Eleanor

A few days after we came home from the hospital we took a little walk down to the field in the evening to let the kids run around a bit.  At the last minute I grabbed the camera.  After we threw the frisbee for a while I grabbed each of the kids in turn and took a few pictures of them individually with Eleanor. 

Alexander wasn't so sure about having a turn. 
He warmed up to the idea, though, once he saw her sticking her tongue out.  He thought that was really funny :)

Everyone was being pretty cooperative and still having a good time, so I asked them to all sit down together. 

Once again, the two year old wasn't so sure.  We had him sit on the frisbee and that helped a little bit, but the thing that helped the most was a sweet older sister putting her arm around him.  Daddy jumping around behind me making his belly button talk helped a little bit too :)