August 14, 2011

August Vacation...

The only thing good about all of this record breaking heat has been vacation at the waterpark in Branson. We stayed at The Welk Resort and it was AWESOME!
Pictures to follow...

Mi Vida Loca

Been a crazy couple of months again. Since the last time I posted we've celebrated Krennan's 2nd birthday and Kourtland's 11th birthday. We've had 2 sets of swim lessons, took the kids to their first rodeo with some friends from work, went to Vacation Bible School, I completed the last phase of my certification to be a Corporate Trainer, my BIL and SIL celebrated their first wedding anniversary, went with the whole family to see Mr. Popper's Penguins and Cars 2.
On Thursday the 23rd, we had the Rotary Officers Installation Banquet, where I took the treasurer's position for the 2nd year in a row. I took Dad with me so that he could see some members that he knew and hadn't seen in a long time. I really have enjoyed being a part of the Rotary organization. They are a great group of people and I've learned alot!
All of that's just in June!

We also, for added fun, threw in an ER visit for Krennan who cut his finger pretty deep on the shower door.

Then in July, life was no less crazy.

For the 4th, we celebrated on the 3rd and 4th. We met some friends, Stephanie and Bo in Alma to watch the Aquatic Center fireworks display and then on the 4th we stayed at home and had an impromptu mini-block party with our neighbors. It was a lot of fun.

I was on vacation for a couple of days after the 4th and on the night before I went back to work, we had to take Kaleaha to the ER, with stomach pains. This is at least the 3rd time we've been to the doctor and they can't find anything to diagnose her with. Poor thing, it's very frustrating for all of us.

That Friday, July 8, was the Stake Fill-The-Temple Day. Ron took a vacation day and went to do Sam's work. It was a very spiritual event for him. Wish I could have gone with him.

On Sunday, the 10th, Ron was released from his calling as Stake Executive Secretary where we got to breathe for about 10 seconds until he was called as Stake Clerk. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

On Monday, I happened upon a toddler race car bed. We've been talking about getting Krennan a bed for a while now and didn't really have the extra money to buy a bed and matching furniture. So we think that this in functional AND SUPER cute!

We also hosted the Sallisaw Young Women in our home for Stake Youth Conference. We got to enjoy their sweet spirit in our home for 3 days. They were awesome! We had a great time!

The 24th we had a mini family reunion with her sister and brother and their families, people we haven't seen in forever. A great evening!
My MIL, Kay, had surgery on the 25th to remove a tumor on her adrenal gland. We were at the hosital for 14 hours with her the first day. While we were waiting with her, we got news that my Dad's cancer numbers had doubled in the last 4 weeks. Good news for Kay, not great news for Dad. I'm so thankful for Mom who kept our kids the whole time so that we didn't have to worry about them.

During this time the kids also participated in the Fort Smith Public Library Summer Reading Program. Kaleaha as a single reader and Krennan as a "readee". We continued reading to them every night and at the end of the summer reading contest, she had read 104 books and Krennan had read 101. We took them to the library to turn in their book lists and they received a ton of prizes. They were both entered into a contest for the winning t-shirt from each category. Kaleaha got to pick a book out of a new shipment and it has been dedicated in her honor. She was the first to get to check it out of the library. Then we got a call a little while later that Krennan had won the t-shirt in his category. YAY! for little readers!

I'm still seeing the nutritionist at the hospital, hopefully the last step before I'm approved for surgery. This process has been delayed a little bit because she had a baby before our last visit, so we've been put off for at least 6 weeks again. Well, at least the kids will be in school now when I have it done.
The last 10 days in July were filled with activities and then the gym decided that we wouldn't have gymnastics the first week of August, so we quickly threw together vacation plans to take the kids to Branson. We didn't want to go to far because of health concerns for both of our parents.
Last exciting event in July, was Dad's birthday. He turned 74 and we went to Franks Italian to celebrate.

More to come in August...