Saturday, March 24, 2007

Finally ~ The Long Awaited (?) Update

Hey everyone! I don't know if this is really long awaited, but hey, here it is. I am going to make an effort to update at least once a month from now on. My sister in law and many of my friends update a lot more than that, but I am not as fabulous a blogger as them! Life gets so busy, I don't know how they do it.

What's been happening with us? Well, lots, that's what! I will just give you the highlights...

Sean is doing great at work and having a good time. He was sponsored for ODA (Officer's Developement Academy) by the fire department. What that means is that he will be attending classes Monday-Friday every other week through the year (with summer off, but back to it in fall) and since he was sponsored, he does not have to pay for the classes and he does not have to find work replacements while in class. This is a great benefit for him and he is excited to be getting some more education in his field. It does mean a very busy season for him, but we are all up for it. It also means on some days he will go from class to work through the night and then back to class the next morning, instead of coming home for his nap. I am praying for slow nights for him so he can get enough rest. Knowing that this is just for a season makes it go easier and all in all, it is a great opportunity for him and we are happy about it.

Me? Well, what can I say? I was the last girl standing at the office and in much of my circle of friends to not get sick. Hence, this weekend I am sick. I have a tight chest and am coughing but it is minimal compared to some. I am just trying to be wise and rest enough and not do too much. Other than that, I am working, being mom and wife and trying to keep my house up. Nothing too exciting to report. But, I am happy and enjoying this great journey of life that God has given me!

Kids? Well, they are all great! Justin is gearing up to get his bees next month. He made his first bee box with his mentor and now he and Sean will be making 2 more. He is excited to finally start his beekeeping. A friend from church is going to make his labels in exchange for fresh honeycomb (thanks Olivia!) and he decided to call it "Out of this World Honey" ~ I think that is a great name for him to choose. He really likes outer space and learning about it, so it is a perfect name for his honey. He is also going to look for an angel bear jar to put his honey in, we will see how that search goes. It will be the start of a new adventure for him

Travis is doing great in ROTC and having a fun time. He just had his belated birthday party and chose to have a Halo party. They had 15 people all playing Halo together on four TV's at once. It was great fun and a special shout out to our FABULOUS YOUTH PASTOR, Andrew, who got the whole thing hooked up and ready to go. He also stayed and played with the kids for a lot of the night, what a great way to show love to "his" kids and make them feel important. I would have had NO IDEA on how to make it work, but Andrew took the 4 XBoxes, 16 Controllers and 4 TV's and got it up and running in minutes. Thanks again, Pastor Andrew! YOU ROCK!!
Sean and I were very impressed with Travis' friends, they were polite and a great group of guys. We have been so proud of Travis and his maturing that we went ahead and got him a phone for his birthday. Strings attached of course, but I think he will be responsible and smart with it and have no trouble. He is growing into a neat young man.

Stephanie of course wants to do everything. We have made her make choices on what activities she is in because otherwise she (and we!) would be running every night! She needs to have down time at home and relax and not be going all the time or she gets out of sorts and not herself. She is currently in Ballet (all year) and since swimming is on a month by month thing, she took a break from that to be in Drama Club March and April. She will be an elephant in "Circus, Circus" in April and is very excited! Miss Tammy said she would make her a trunk and ears so she is just bursting about having a "real trunk and ears!" Go, Tammy Go! She was also accepted into the Magic Strings Program for next year. She will take up the violin with the special program in the Enumclaw School District. She will be in a second grade class that is all Magic Strings, all the kids will either be learning the violin or cello and music is a focus of each day. They focus on individual playing and are not in an orchestra at school but there are options for orchestra when she gets going. There is a community orchestra from what I understand. As some of you may know, I grew up playing the violin but haven't touched it in many, many, many years. I look forward to re-learning along with Stephanie. And, believe it or not, I didn't even mention the Strings program to her, she was all over it herself! Ask Sean! She applied and was accepted and I think she will really like it.

Well, this is such a long post, but if I can keep it updated better in the future, I won't have so much to say!! Of course, this is me... so I am sure I will come up with something to chat about! Anyway, have a great day and remember to smile at all the wonderful things God has given you!


  • At 10:29 PM, Blogger The Young Family said…

    I am so excitted to hear what you all have been up to!! I love to hear all about the family!!

    I know we played phone tag, but never connected. Note I did call back and leave a message! We must talk a little more often gilr, I miss you.


  • At 7:53 PM, Blogger Marcie said…

    Ohmigosh I nearly fell over when I saw your new post! Yay!! Its my one link to you right now!!! (except for random Melissa Parties, which I"m sure one is bound to come up soon!)
    Miss you!!
    Glad everything is going awesome!!

  • At 12:55 PM, Blogger Mackenzie said…

    Love and miss you Karen! Glad to see you're updating again! I've been waiting! :)

  • At 9:41 AM, Blogger Andrea said…

    Yea! Thanks for updating us! Glad to hear everything is going well!

  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger Brent and Danae` said…

    Good to see you blogging again!!!


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