Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Last night we took Jule's trick or treating. We took her to see all of the grandparents, then we came to Grand View so she could trick-or-treat in the halls. She was absolutely adorable in her little Flapper Girl costume. And, thankfully it was over 70 degrees here last night, so she didn't have to wear a turtle neck and her winter coat over her costume. :o)
Here are some of my favorite pics:



Showing off at Grandma and Grandpa Bush's


Trick-or-Treating in the Suites at Grand View


Showing off some of her candy. The amount she got was ridiculous!


My friend Kayla - one of the RA's. Hilarious!



After we went through the halls at Grand View, we ran over to Cara's (Julianna's daycare provider). Her son Kyson is in love with Julianna and always wants to hug and kiss her. Here he is going in for some love. Jules wanted nothing to do with him........but then talked about him the whole way home, saying how much she loved his hugs! :o)

Here is Cara's daughter Quincy. Too cute dressed as a cheerleader from High School Musical.

And....here is Jules this morning. I bought this shirt on clearance a year ago and she has been staring at it in her closet and dying to wear it. Telling her she could finally wear it was actually the only way I could get her out of bed this morning.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!!!!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

24 Trips and my husband's love....

...well after quite a few car loads, 2 trips in a moving truck, 50 mph winds and 24 trips (yeah that's right) of hauling BBQ sauce bottles AND trying to write a paper on the Language and Cognitive Skills of a 2-year old, Chefstinsonfamily is finally moved into our new place!

Can I just say something about hauling in all of the sauce bottles. It.was.brutal. We could only carry 3 boxes at a time and it was just me and my good friend Veronica, who by the way had the task of loading them all into her vehicle without any help (I was taking a load to Ankeny and Drew and his friend were loading the big stuff into the moving truck). Thankfully she was able to pull her Tahoe up to the front door and it is just a few steps down to the basement to get the bottles and bring them up. Once we got to Ankeny, that was another story. We had to carry about 80 boxes through the entire house and down 20 steps to the basement at the back of the house, then back up the stairs and do it again. BRUTAL. But I will say, even with my asthma and heart issues, we got through it and didn't really stop once. I will forever be grateful to her! And I will admit I was a little upset with Drew that we were the ones left with hauling HIS bottles in, but at the end of the night he professed his undying love and thankfulness for me, so all is forgiven. :o) Plus we have a pretty great house now, so I can't complain!!

Other than the wind issue, the move was pretty easy and accident free. I say this because somehow in all of our other moves, something beloved has been broken, or one of us has smashed a hand or pulled a muscle or sliced a finger. Though, Drew and I both hit our heads pretty hard at different points in the day, we still survived.

We are LOVING, LOVING, LOVING our new place. It is so beautiful and new. I love the fresh smell of new carpet and paint.

Once I have everything settled and put in it's place (hopefully by this weekend, I can't handle this chaos and clutter), I will post some pics.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who helped us move: John, Roy, Adrien, Sue, Courtney, Morgan, Amy, Grandma and Grandpa and of course Veronica We definitely couldn't have done it without you!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Movin' on Up!

Well Chefstinsonfamily is on the move. On Sunday we will be loading up our cars and moving on up to the town of.......Ankeny!

Drew and I found a townhouse up there that is perfect for our family right now. It is actually bigger than our current home, a ranch, has a GARAGE (which we don't have now) and storage space, oh...the storage space. Makes my heart leap just thinking about it. Not that we have much to store, but just knowing it is there makes me happy.

We have decided to use the 3rd beautiful bedroom as an office - or rather our adult sanctuary where no t.v. will be allowed and where I can study and Drew can listen to music in peace.

Because we won't have a 3rd bedroom, the girls will be sharing a room. I was a little aprehensive about this, but they are both SO excited about it.

So....if you need our new address, feel free to email me and I will send that to you and if you are bored Sunday afternoon, stop on by the old house, I am sure I can find something for you to do. :o)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Another one for Grandma!

Here is Jules singing happy birthday to Mary. Too Cute!

Omaha Zoo!

I am tryiung to play catch up. Last week was crazy for us!
Last Saturday we spent Mary's 11th birthday in Omaha. We stayed at the Holiday Inn and swam, ordered pizza and opened presents! Then we took Mary and Jules to the Omaha Zoo on Sunday. It was as fun as it could be considering Drew got food poisoning Sat. night and felt pretty rough all day, but he was a trooper and suffered through for the sake of the girls. We didn't get to see as much as we wanted, but I think they both had a great time and Mary loved doing a trip like this for her birthday!



New Ring with her name and birthstone on it.

Something to keep all of her Littlest Pet Shops in.


Her new Littlest Pet Shop pet- comes with it's own poo.....

Jules got to sleep in the big bed with Mary that night. She was pretty proud.




We could have spent all day in the Gorilla House. They were so neat and entertaining to watch.







Julianna's favorite animal - the "hotomus"

Just monkeying around.... :o)