Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Update

Well, it really has been too long since I've posted on this blog.  Its hard, because it is important to me to keep documenting our lives.  I love to put together all of my posts at the end of the year, and make it into a book for us to look at.  I love to see how my family grows and changes, and remember the fun things we do, and the day to day life.  I guess life has just been so extremely busy.  The last time I really posted was June.  So much has happened in the past 7 months, it will be quite the challenge to catch up.  My hands always seem to be busy, and I just don't seem to make to to the computer very often anymore.  If I do happen to find my way to the computer, it is out of sheer necessity to work on preschool stuff.  I do plan to try to catch up on this poor, neglected blog, but for now, I'll include a quick update on our busy life...

Matt is in school, his last semester- HALLELUJAH!  Which puts him gone from about 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, 3 days a week.  Then he has homework and a heavy load at work which he is usually working on during his "spare" time at home.  He is also the Ward Clerk, so his Sundays are full of meetings.  We basically never see him- a few hours on Monday and Friday nights, and every other Saturday, if we are lucky.  I'd say I feel like a single mother, but his support and love is so much more than single mothers have. I'm lucky to be able to sleep by him, and have a husband who loves and cares for his family.  His sacrifices to be in school and working full time just show us how much he loves us.  Matt has been doing a temporary management job at work, filling in for his manager who was on maternity leave.  So it has made his work busier and more difficult.  He is done with that now, and has stepped back down to his own team.  His reviews on his job as acting manager were great, so we are hoping that will help him be able to be promoted when the time comes, which we are hoping will be in the near future.

Even thinking about writing about my schedule gives me a bit of anxiety.  A typical day for me has been beginning at 5:00 am, and ending when Matt gets home, so I can see him long enough to give him a good night kiss and try to be to bed before 10:30.  Ruby is sleeping mostly through the night, waking up at 5 to eat, and going back to sleep.  If it weren't for that, I think I'd definitely have lost it by now.  I have been training for a half marathon, so after I feed Ruby,  I've been heading to the treadmill to run.  After a quick run, I get home in time to get Sydney up for school at 6:45.  Help her get ready and out the door by 7:30, and then on Monday and Wednesdays, I have exactly one hour to get myself, Cooper, and Ruby ready and fed and out the door to the babysitter and, Cooper and I head to preschool.  Then I teach preschool until noon, (15 4-year olds in a little room) and I pick Ruby up and feed her again before making lunch for the rest of us.  On Tuesday and Thursdays, I am in charge of carpool, so I will try to get some laundry in during the morning time before I leave to pick up Sydney from Kindergarten at 10:30.  I'm also in charge of carpool on Fridays and have a meeting on Friday mornings, so I stay busy every morning.  Afternoons are busy with helping Sydney with homework and piano practicing, and feeding Ruby some more.  And once in a while I try to sneak in a quick nap.  Afternoons fly by, and before I know it, it is time for me to do dinner, which is usually something very lame since Matt's gone, like a box of Macaroni and Cheese.  Sometimes I find enough time to clean up dinner, but typically it is late enough to get the kids ready for bed.  We get ready, read the Book of Mormon, sing songs, nurse Ruby again, and then I crash- usually looking at Instagram, Facebook, or reading the news on my phone.  Sometimes I can drag myself downstairs to clean up dinner.  I also am in the Primary Presidency, so I have sharing time preparation, presidency meetings, and preparing for baptisms or other various meetings to add to the schedule.  Not to mention all of my preschool prep and trying to keep my business running and be a good teacher  (a full time job in and of itself).  I technically am in a book club, which I never read the book, nor can I ever go to because I don't have a babysitter and Matt is at school.  And my arthritis has been very bad this winter, which is especially hard because I am limited to only trying to manage the pain with minimal medications since I am nursing.  I actually have decided, that I am going to drop out of the half marathon, a lot because I just don't have the time to train, and a little because I have been so sore from my arthritis that it is hard to run.  So that should ease my schedule a little bit.  I've also had some personal trials that have taken a lot of time and energy over the past couple of years.  Plus just adjusting to having 3 kids.  Add holidays, doctor appointments, and all the other things mom's deal with, and I'm pretty beat.

Sydney is doing so well in Kindergarten.  She loves school so much and is, of course, friends with everyone.  She has so many "best friends," I've lost track of them.  She is advanced for her reading, and goes to a 3rd grade classroom for instruction in reading.  This is part of what makes her homework so difficult, because she is doing the same reading homework as 3rd graders.  She can read and comprehend what they do, but her fine motor skills, writing, and grammar knowledge are no where near a 3rd graders, and rightly so.  So we spend a lot of time doing homework together.  Luckily, she likes it, and rarely complains... if not, I'd be in that school figuring out how to move her into a lower reading level.  Sydney started taking piano lessons at the beginning of the school year, and she loves it!   She is just finishing her first set of books.  It was so fun at Christmas time to hear her play Christmas songs, which she did at all of our family Christmas parties.  When I look at Sydney, I am always reminded that life is good and to be happy... because she is always happy.

Cooper is doing well.  He loves preschool.  I feel like Cooper has changed a lot this year.  He is very outgoing, and is a constant ball of energy.  He never stops singing, running, talking, or playing.  I have no idea how he can just keep going, but I'd love to steal some of his energy.  He is no longer my quiet little mama's boy, but I love it just the same.

Ruby- wow, her first update on this blog.  She is truly the light of my life right now.  I always tell people that I am so lucky to have her because she, more than anyone, helps me remember how blessed I am, and how it's ok if time doesn't fly by too quickly.  She is such a good, happy baby.  She is tiny.  She loves to be talked to, and has the sweetest little smile when people talk to her.  I needed her in my life, and I didn't even know it.

This is my last year of preschool and Matt's last semester of school... we keep telling ourselves that we can make it until May.  In May, when we are both done with those responsibilities, there will be a lot less pressure in our lives.  I know we will still be busy, but we will be able to spend more time with each other, which will be so nice!  I hope this update didn't sound like I was complaining the whole time.  I am really so happy.  I feel so blessed.  I'm so in love with my little family, and I know the Lord has blessed us in so many ways.  And yes, I am tired.  I hope that I will be able to catch up on updating this blog, and that I will be able to document our lives, because even with the challenges we have, I want to remember it all.  I feel so happy and lucky!

Since no blog post is complete without a picture... here is one from September...



And if there is anyone who actually reads this, who doesn't follow me on Instagram, I do post little updates and pictures on that.... my username is jolynn_page


Monday, October 21, 2013

I Had a Baby

The past few months have been extremely busy and I have so much to catch up on.  For my own journaling purposes I'd like to document the past few months... but for now I thought I'd just throw a quick update on the blog, if anyone actually reads this...  I had a baby.  She is darling, beautiful, and perfect.  And she's 7 weeks old... gasp.  Time really flies!



More blog posts coming, hopefully, soon!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

June, According to my i-Phone

June- finished up Sydney's soccer season, complete with messy faces from doughnuts for breakfeast~ Brett's graduation ~ buying bedding for baby sister & loving the ruffles ~ a trip to the zoo with Dad & enjoying the lego animals ~ morning reading ~ Sydney's itinerary for her play date ~ the dreaded glucose test, which I passed! ~ movie in the park ~ lunch at the park & making wishes ~ Father's Day ~ Matt's first soda pop in a year and 6 days ~ saying goodbye to my grandparents with a "Arizona Survival Kit" ~ Bees Game, face/arm painting, and balloons ~ a nap with Dad ~ bowling ~ the pool with friends


Monday, June 17, 2013

MAY Highlights

Highlights from May:  a field trip to the fire station~ a temple square visit & beautiful tulips~ a special, short visit with Kelli~ Sydney falling asleep reading the Children's Songbook... on her head ~ Cooper riding his bike complete with his fire hat and his beloved boots~ Mother's Day flowers & cards~ Sunday time with cousins... Cooper and Benson crack me up just chatting away~ a very hot day without AC~ Sydney learning how to ride without training wheels!~ beautiful baby gifts, first things for baby sister!~ new roommates & a twin bed for Cooper~ visiting the Grandma Great's grave for the first time... Sydney placed flower petals on each corner with a rock on them to hold them down~ Memorial Day Swimming!~ and our first "firecamp" & smores of the summer season!







Brett's Mission Call

My brother Brett is such a stud.  Seriously, I am constantly amazed by him.  He seems to do it all, and do it all amazingly.  He is a star student- great grades, and he will be receiving his associates degree this summer (yes he just graduated from High School).  He has worked so hard in school, many summers taking summer classes, and I am so proud of his work ethic.  He also plays all kinds of sports.  He joins club teams- basketball, baseball, soccer, you name it.  We've loved going to his many games and watching him play.  He also mows lawns to earn some money.  He has quite the social life, and makes sure to make time for friends and fun.  He also is very dedicated to the gospel and magnifies his callings, his priesthood, and makes time for reading scriptures every day.  If there is anyone I look to as a good example of having a balanced life... it is Brett.



Brett's had a couple of busy, accomplished weeks.  We've attended his seminary graduation, his high school graduation, his mission call opening, and his Priesthood Ordination.  Perhaps the most exciting event was his mission call opening.  I've always had a strong testimony of missions, probably because I spent my youth watching my uncles serve missions.  So I have a special place in my heart for missions/missionaries.  It definitely was exciting to find out where Brett would be serving...

We had the map out... with all the guesses...




And about a billion people there... seriously, I've never been to such a crowded mission call opening.  I told Brett, I don't think I have that many friends from my entire lifetime.




Then the big moment arrived...




And he was called to...
ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES SOUTH mission!




Sydney cried.  She really wanted him to be called to California so we could visit him when we go to Disneyland.  She sure loves Brett!


Sydney and Brett




There is nothing neater than a call straight from the prophet.




I am absolutely thrilled for you Brett!  I know that you'll be the greatest missionary and we'll miss you to pieces!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Preschool Graduation

 Wow, what a year it has been.  I can hardly believe that I have finished a year of owning, running, and teaching my own preschool.  It is definitely not something I ever thought of doing and just kind of fell into my lap.  Luckily, when I started teaching preschool, I kind of loved it, and it all really worked out.  It has been quite the adventure, and the year even ended on a hectic note.... I think there is just a part of teaching that will always be unpredictable  so you definitely have to learn to roll with the punches and make the best of all situations.

I actually felt very prepared for graduation.  The kids were well prepared, I had all my stuff loaded and ready to go, and had gone through it all in my head a million times.  I do have to say, one of the difficult things is being the teacher and a parent for the same event.  I wanted to have myself and both the kids all dressed up and ready, on top of having all of my teacherly duties covered.  Not only did I have to think of the things for my class, I had to remember to charge the camera, and to invite family, and all of it.  We didn't get great pictures, because I was otherwise occupied, Matt was running the slide show & video taping, and we don't have a good camera right now... just a phone camera... but such is life.

When we got to the library, which I had reserved a room in months ago, we found that there was already a preschool graduation taking place.  I kind of had a panic attack while trying to figure out what to do... We quickly changed locations to another library... called and text as many parents as possible... posted a note on the door... and carried all the stuff back out to the car in the rain.  It was absolutely crazy.  I was pretty frazzled for graduation, but everyone made it to the new location, and I think it all worked out for having been so crazy.  The perfectionist in me, knows it could have been better, and that is hard, but I was so relieved to have it over when it was all said and done that I am ok with it not being perfect.

The kids were great, and I really will miss them.  It is the hard part of teaching.  Having these children a part of your life, a big part, and then just saying goodbye to them.  I hope to see where some of them end up for sure.


Cutest girls... I sure loved having them together and listening to the stories they would make up during reading...

the Pledge of Allegiance

11 Speckled Frogs... a long song, but the kids' favorite


The whole class after graduating!



I was so incredibly happy to have both Sydney and Cooper in my class this year.  They both did phenomenal   I feel so lucky to have been able to teach them and watch them grow and learn.  I can hardly believe that Sydney will be starting Kindergarten.  It will be a big adjustment for me to have her away from me, but I know that she will absolutely thrive.  She is so smart, so fun, and loves life so much.  I love the lessons I have learned from her, and am grateful for what my kids teach me every day.  I'm also looking forward to having Cooper, my best little buddy, with me another year.  These two are my everything and I love them more than anything.  The past two years have been better than I've ever even dreamed, because I never did dream of actually teaching my own kids.  Funny how life gives you more than you could even want!

Sydney's Soccer!

We signed Sydney up for spring soccer this year and had such a blast!  I loved going to all of her games and watching her play.  Life is changing around here.  We are doing things like swimming lessons and soccer, and it is becoming busy.  I can only imagine when I've got all of my kids doing these things.  The lazy days of being home all day are fading, which I am sad about and looking forward to at the same time.

The day she got her jersey... so excited! (Please excuse our messy house... I was very sick and pregnant)

First practice

Kneaders french toast breakfast after her first practice...

Sydney's good friend Bailey...


Annika, Sydney, and Bailey- will all be in Kindergarten at APA!

with Tim & Brea

with Brett & Allie

with Corie & Cadie

Her first goal!

Her second goal!

2 goals in one game!

The trophy!

I love you Sydney and am so proud of you!

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