Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I hope you all have a fantastic time celebrating and I hope 2009 brings lots and lots of great things for you all!
Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
So that's how our condo's looking now. I'm hoping it'll sell faster than not. Anyway, now that I'm in my parents house I just have to go through the boxes that I brought over here a while ago and put them in storage. So as far as moving and storing and listing our house, it's all done and all we have to do now is wait....
Thanksgiving was pretty nice. We spent the holiday with Kade's family. It was nice to be together and just hang out. We took some family pictures. Here is one of Kade and me.
December was a pretty busy month with all the moving and Christmas and what not. We went to California to spend Christmas with my Mom. It was a nice Christmas! We visited with my step-dad's kids and grandkids and some friends. On the way home on the way home we had our very own adventure! :S The drive train in the jeep decided it didn't want to work anymore, so we pulled over to a gas station (thankfully we were near one) and had AAA come and tow us to my Aunt and Uncle's house in Mesquite. THANK YOU for letting us stay at your house! My dad and Ramona came to our rescue and drove to Mesquite. My dad removed the drive train with Kade and we drove home the next day. Quite the adventure!
Anyway, that's the quick catch up of our holidays. Sorry it's short, but I have limited use of Kade's laptop, and that's where all of our pictures are stored. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday full of fabulous family and friends! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
I couldn't figure out how to rotate it. Sorry...
Big Kade looks a little out of his league with this baby thing... I think it's cute!
That's a little better! (wink wink)
In case you can't see the resemblance, this is Calley, Kade's dad.
And who else would have this kind of love emanating from her face, but Kade's mom Cassie!
So that's little baby Kade. I think he's adorable! I will admit though, I'm kinda partial to the other Kade... can't imagine why....
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I have to start off by answering a question for a friend. Yes, you use both your hands and feet to fly a chopper. Your hands control the cyclic (joystick thing) and the collective (a lever on the left side of the pilot) and there are pedals for your feet that control the tail rotor. So all 4 of your limbs are working when you fly. Pretty cool, huh?
The house is coming along. A little slower than I was hoping, but that's the way things work when life gets in the way, as it usually does. I'm at the point where I need to start getting things out of the way so we can paint the rest of the house. My parents are being so generous by allowing me to store my extra "junk" at their house. My dad has created a very comfortable room in the basement for me (with some inspiration from Ramona) and that is where I'm starting to haul my stuff to. Once I get all the extra stuff out of the way I'll hopefully be able to use Kade's brother's muscles to move all of my furniture to the center of each room thereby clearing up the walls for painting. After that I'm thinking all we will need to do is stage the place, and then we'll be able to list it! Cross your fingers and pray that it sells quickly and for a good amount! While I would like to save the majority of it for our future purchase of a house (we'll be renting for a while) I would like to use some of it to pay off part of our debt. We'll see what happens though. It's a tough market!
Part of the slow down we have experienced has to do with our little niece Mercydez. Most of the people that read this know Nic & Ashley (Kade's sister and husband) as well and already know what's been happening. I'll quickly catch up the ones that don't know. Nic & Ashley had Mercydez on Jan 3, 2008. After lots of tests and surgerys she was diagnosed with Charge syndrome. She has been asked to deal with a tremendous amount in the short time she has been on this earth. Mercydez has been a blessing and an inspiration to Kade's whole family and many others since day one. About a week and a half ago she got sick. With all of her other difficulties her immune system is not where it needs to be to deal with even the smallest illness. A week ago today we thought we were going to lose her. She's a fighter though and she rallied. But on Monday she really struggled again and we all got ready to say our goodbyes. It was the kind of experience that words can't do justice for, so I won't even try to explain. Little Mercy wasn't having it though! I have to wonder if she continues to do this just to show us how strong her little spirit really is. Poor uncle Kade though! With him in Idaho it's a little harder for him to be there when these things happen. I called him late Saturday afternoon and told him the situation. He was there that night ready for whatever happened. When she rallied on Sunday we thought it would be ok for him to go back on Monday. He left Monday morning and then at about noon we got a call saying that it looked really bad again. He was over half way back when he turned around. He sure does love that little girl! She is still with us today and from what her mom has told us, she's improving. It's slow, but it's there!
With Kade going back and forth from Idaho, it has put him a little bit behind on his studies. Not much though. He was supposed to have a check ride for his CFII on Monday, but it's been pushed back to Wednesday. So It will be so nice when it's over! Then we will no longer be paying for Kade to fly! He's gonna get PAID!! He's paid now, but we still have to pay for the time that he's a student. What a great accomplishment for him!!! I couldn't be prouder of my amazing husband! He is a wonderful gift in my life!
I would like to take a second a thank my wonderful grandparents. First of all for living in the right city (seeing as how they've lived here for 55 years!) and secondly for being so willing to take him in! It is such a blessing and a comfort knowing that my husband is being taken care of by wonderful people that truly love him! So THANK YOU!!!!! We love you!
So apparently I've been "tagged" by Ashley. I had to find out what that was all about first, and now all I have to figure out is what I'm supposed to do with it. Hopefully I'll be able to do that soon! It looks pretty funny.
And last of all, I received some pretty sad news this afternoon. I found out that my dad and Ramona had to put Ramona's dog Chloe down today. I'm so sorry! She was always a lot of fun! Chloe was older, but that didn't stop her from anything. She would run around with my dog Dakota (who's only about a year and a half) as though she was a young spring chicken! If he ran, she ran. She didn't always get the point of the running, but she did it! Chloe would also guard her food as if it were pure gold if Dakota was around. She was a spunky little thing! And even though she didn't seem to always "get it", I think she was a LOT smarter than she let on. She learned how to climb the chainlink fence in the backyard! How cool is that?!?!?! While it was annoying to the loving owners that she constantly took herself for walks, she was pretty clever, that little one. Anyway, Chloe will be missed.
That pretty much covers all the news that I know of. I'm sorry this is so long, but that happens when I'm only able to blog every so often. Thanks again for reading!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Kade is doing pretty good too. We just got what I hope will be his last student loan, so as soon as that clears the bank he will be free to finish school and start working full time! Other than school and work, Kade stays busy with my grandparents. My grandpa has now taken him crawdad fishing a couple of times. They actually almost caught one! Kade said that his shadow crossed over the crawdad and it ran away. Kade is also beginning to experience what the other instructors call "stupid students". He has had a couple of students that have caused him to be a little scared for his life, and one that caused him to be scared for his job! There is a lot that goes in to flying a helicopter. You are using both hands and feet at all times, and you have to make sure that your focus is on your flight and nothing else. Well, in these particular cases the students made what seem like small errors, that turned into what could have been big problems! Thankfully Kade has been quick enough to keep these from becoming big problems.
So life has been pretty good so far! Kade and I are very blessed to both have jobs, to have families and friends that are so willing to help and support us, and most importantly, to have each other! We really are learning a lot about ourselves and about our relationship, and we only have more to learn!
Oh! Before I say good bye, I want to make a cool announcement. My dad is now an Ed.D!!! Thats like a Ph.D, but in his particular field. All he has to do now is go back out to Iowa in December and officially graduate. It's pretty exciting!!
Anyway, as always, thanks for reading!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
My sister and her husband came up that weekend too. It was pretty fun hanging out with them! We went to the Pharaoh's exhibit at the Idaho Falls Museum while Kade was working. It was pretty amazing that some of that stuff was centuries old!! Lydia and I got pretty tired though while walking through. Not that it wasn't exciting, it's just the lights had to be low, and we were reading small print. Kyle had no problem though, he grew up going to museums. So Lydia and I found the kids area and ran around there for a bit. Talk about a recharge!! It was a pretty cool exhibit though. I plan on going again with Kade when he's not working.
It was a pretty easy weekend for us. Kade and I went to lunch, then saw Ghost Town. I totally recommend it, it's pretty funny! All in all, pretty relaxing.
Now we're back to the daily grind.... not my favorite pastime! I'm still plugging away at work and the condo, and Kade is working and finishing school.
Anyway, I hope to get better at this blogging thing, and start posting more often. The biggest thing I want to do is get every one's blogs off to the side of mine that I want to follow. Still trying to figure that out. :S Any hints??? ;) Well, I have to get back to it, so until next time!