Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Week in Pictures

Paige crawls all over the place. She absolutely LOVES her freedom! She also loves to stand up and balance. Occasionally, she'll take one step. Ever since she started crawling, she loves to crawl under things and through things. But, she gets stuck under chairs and in the middle of our bar stools. Instead of try to get free, she just cries and cries...and we just laugh and laugh. Austin says that she puts herself in jail. Greg finished his scuba diving certification last weekend with two days of dives at the crater in Heber. He brought all of his gear home on Wednesday night for his Friday dive and let the kids test it out. They loved "scuba diving."
We woke up to a fabulous snowstorm on Monday morning. Greg took the kids to I-Hop for breakfast so I could sleep in. When they got home, the kids had a great time building a snow slide in the backyard.

Later that day, I took Austin, Macy, and Paige and traveled to Rexburg with my mom, Lisa, Alexie, and Abby. On the way up, we stopped in Blackfoot to visit my friend Livvy and her new baby. They are gutting this old house, and it is beautiful. I just love the character of of old houses. There is gorgeous woodwork throughout with such quaint features like a rounded window seat and two staircases. It is just amazing! It was great to see Livvy and her adorable little baby. We spent the night at my Aunt Jan's house. It was so nice to visit with her and her family. Then, at 7:20 in the morning, we went to the Open House at the Rexburg Temple. Macy and Paige were asleep and my cousin babysat them. So, we just took Austin with us. It was absolutely amazing! My aunt and uncle were our guides. It is such a beautiful temple, and I love the colors they chose. Austin did really well, and I think he enjoyed it. It is a small temple with only two endowment rooms, but five sealing rooms. It has the largest sealing room in any temple, and can accommodate 100 people. What a neat experience.

Afterward, I took Austin to Dr. Mellor. As I was sitting there, it felt like I was doing the right thing. I can't explain what he's doing and I don't understand it, but it felt good. So, we'll just keep trying. I appreciate all of your encouraging comments about us with Austin. I continually pray that we are doing the right thing and constantly trying to figure it out. He's doing better. For the most part, I am enjoying this stage.

On the way out of town, we stopped by the temple to take some pictures. It was 16 degrees below zero (there is a HUGE difference between +16 and -16). My family would not get out of the car for a picture, so here we are in front of the temple. The temple is up on the hill with open fields around it. Then, there's this mailbox at the end of the parking lot. We thought it was so funny. You know - just in case you want to send some mail to the temple.

The best part of the trip was that I came home to three bright, shiny bathrooms (even the floors were spotless). My wonderful husband scrubbed them for me! I cannot say enough about how much Greg does around the house. He works full-time all day and comes home and continues to work as full-time Daddy and husband. He is amazing! However, bathrooms really aren't his "thing." It's kind of unspoken that I do the bathrooms and he does other chores (like take out the garbage). When I really feel bogged down, he comes through and scrubs the toilets for me, even though he absolutely despises it. Thank you SO much, honey. It meant the world to me!


Jen said...

Oh my goodness...that picture of Austin in the snow is so FanTasTic!! I love it! And I can't even begin to tell you how many times Paige has gotten stuck in my chairs. Hilarious!

Kimberly Porter said...

I love Macy's coat. It's soooo her. :)