Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happy Birthday to me

My true super peeps, Heidi and Sabina!
I had such a fun birth-week. On Monday I was able to go to breakfast with Robin and Glenna. Tuesday, I met Heidi and Sabina in Layton and had lunch. Wednesday night was book club. Thursday I went to the temple with Nancy and Glenna and then we went out to lunch. The boys brought me breakfast in bed, gave me lots of fun money to spend on books and decorated this awsome cake for me! I am so lucky! And to top it all off, Sunday was Mother's Day! What a grand week of celebrating we had! I feel so fortunate to have such good friends and a great family! Thanks everyone!

Happy Brithday to our house!


Our house turned 4 years old this past week. We celebrated with pizza and a campfire out back with our neighbors. We all put a candle in our pizza, lit them and sang the happy birthday song. I can't believe it has been 4 years. I remember feeling like the house would NEVER be done and now, we have been living in it for 4 years. How time flies! We have had so much fun here. It has been a very good experience for us. We love Wellsville and most of the people here :)











Happy Birthday to our house cont.




The kitchen













This is the foundation of our house with Dalton in the blue and Seth in the overalls.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Reflections Contest

Seth painted this picture and won first place at school. He then went on and won first place in district. He then went on and won first place at region. Which means he went on to the state level competition. Not to bad for being in kindergarten!


Dalton took a picture of these leaves we found on our driveway. He won first place at the school and went onto the district competition.





Ethan painted this picture of the Wellsville Tablernacle for his entry. He won first place at the school and went on to the district competition.


I am so proud of all of them! I am so glad they all got a little of their dad's artistic abilities!







Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bees, bees, and more bees!












We got bees. Which sounds to me to be some sort of bad thing. Like, we got the flu. But, it has been so very interesting! Chris raised bees as a kid and seems to think it's not that big of a deal. So far, it really hasn't been. It has actually been quite interesting to watch. Especially the time Chris got stung on the bum. That was very interesting...and sort of funny too. They (the bee people) sent them to us in the mail! Wow huh?! How would you like to be that mailman? Dogs no longer seem to be so threatening. Our cat did not know quite what to think about it all. We put them out in our neighbor's field behind their barn and then we called all the parents that live around us and warned them that they were there. Chris said it will take almost a year until we get honey. But the queenie bee has already started laying eggs and all of that sort of bee stuff. We'll have to post some more pictures as it all progresses.



Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We love the Marchenko Family!




The Marchenko family is a family we knew when we lived in Russia. In fact, Chris interviewed Dima for baptism while on his mission! Dima was our Branch President while we lived there together. (Dima is also the one we named Ethan after. Not the Ethan part of course but his middle name is Dimitri, which is the long form of Dima.) Dima has been called as an Area Seventies at this last general conference, he will be over the area consisting of the former Soviet Union. We were so very tickled to have the chance to see them again! Their girls are adorable and we will miss them so much when they go back home this week. They have been able to stay here for one whole month! It has been such a treat for us to have been able to spend so much time with them! I am ashamed that I have slacked off on my Russian and have vowed to do better and keep learning! There have been many a time that I'd wished I had kept up with it better and now I really am serious about doing more and getting better! It's embarassing to have to play charades everytime you want to say something. It gets tiresome and then pretty soon, you all just quit trying so hard and wait for someone who can translate for you and by the time someone comes along, the moment has passed and you missed out on some serious conversation!!! Rrrrr! We sure do love them and will miss them terribly!


Monday, April 27, 2009

The Fun Park







We took our friends with us to the Fun Park and can you believe it? We had fun! We have had so much fun having our friends here. We are going to be sooooo sad when they have to go back home!