Sunday, August 11, 2013

August begins

Summers can be great for teachers. Even though Dana felt ill most of the time, it was nice not to feel rushed and overwhelmed (common feelings during the school year). Now, at the beginning of August we can sense the impending start of work and school. Volleyball tryouts are soon and Dana has already dealt with a few of the usual problems. For example, "I can't make it to tryouts. Do you think you could hold a private tryout for me?" Yeah right, maybe if you were Logan Tom's little sister!

A funny story is told about Daxtyn. Apparently the night we went to DeAnna's hospital for an informal ultrasound, Daxtyn asked his uncle how we knew the baby might be a girl: it could just be a boy with long hair! Assuming this baby is actually a girl, I'm sure Daxtyn will have a better idea and the discussion will be easier the first time he sees a diaper change this January.

Dana spent last week at our ward's girl's camp. She was definitely not looking forward to it. Sure enough, it was cold at night, dirty, and uncomfortable. On the other hand, she was able to speak to some girls that needed her counsel and because of her condition, everyone tended to baby her. They had a great camp cook so the food was good and on the second night, she was able to sleep in a camper instead of the tent. Not only that, Dana wasn't even the sickest person up there. There were plenty of prayers said in her behalf back home and they were answered.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Heritage Wall

Here is Dana's wall decoration project finally completed! We had empty picture frames next to the mirror for months.

Talvyn's Testimony

Talvyn bore his testimony in sacrament meeting for the first time this summer. We were visiting Grandpa and Grandma Williams and we were in Leslie Ward. He felt shaky and anxious and his mom told him that's how she feels when she needs to bare her testimony. He decided that he would, but he wanted to write it down first.

Little farmers

Earlier this summer we visited Grandpa Williams' farm. Heston and his family were also there. Talvyn and the kids found a pile of spilt grain seed in the shed and they came up with the brilliant idea to plant it. What else do you do with seeds anyway? Grandma sent us this picture. Apparently it's the second crop as she already tried to dig out their grain the first time it sprouted in her yard by the swing.

Kolter's Blessing

It was Kolter's blessing day on Sunday. We spent the weekend with Wrangler, Jesica, and Kolter. Grandpa and Grandma Williams also made it.  There was lots of food and visiting as usual. It is great that Kolter is not constantly tethered to his oxygen hose. He still must be hooked up to it at night along with a monitor, but he spent all of Sunday free of cables and cords.

Williams Reunion 2013

This year for our annual Brett and Trudy Williams reunion we headed to Utah. It was Heston's turn to lead. Garrett and his family were not able to come down from Anchorage of course, but Grandpa and Grandma were able to visit them and see baby Declan. They arrived back in Utah just in time for the reunion. Wrangler and Heston went golfing Friday morning and that afternoon they set up a long strip of plastic on a hill in a park. The city let them have water and they made a gigantic slip and slide. We arrived at Heston's house after our long drive just after they were getting back and cleaning up.

That evening was spent visiting and eating hamburgers and hotdogs. The cousins had fun playing upstairs and jumping on the trampoline. We stayed that night with Tiffany and Aaron a long with Grandpa and Grandma Williams. Tiffany and Aaron just got a new bed, so Tyler inherited their old one. We got to sleep in his room and it was a much nicer sleep than usual due to the king size bed. One should never underestimate the importance of a good mattress.

On Saturday we all met at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Trevor hadn't been since he was very young with his parents, and Dana, Talvyn, and Daxtyn had never been. Luckily, we had some cloud cover, sprinkles of rain, and cooler temperatures so the day was bearable. Daxtyn still wanted to be carried by the end of the visit. We enjoyed seeing the elephants, rhinos, polar bear, and gorillas since Zoo Boise does not have those. The boys were almost as impressed (maybe more so) by the Lego crated animals on display here and there throughout the zoo.  Lunch was at the This is the Place park. Dana had never been and Trevor was just a kid the last time he visited with his parents.

That afternoon was spent at Tiffany's house just hanging out. The kids played in the back yard in a small pool. At one point they were using a smaller pool as a raft inside the bigger pool. The Williams cousins all seem to have fun together. Later that night, Dana was on the phone with her sister DeAnna who invited us to her hospital for an impromptu ultrasound. Dana was beyond excited. Everyone knows how badly she wants a girl this time. Even Talvyn and Daxtyn want a sister. Dana was understandably nervous as we met up with DeAnna and her three girls to go to the hospital. Well, it's by no means official, but it looks like a girl. We'll find out for sure on August 21 when we go in for her doctor appointment. It was a fun night ultrasounding, gabbing with DeAnna and her girls, and touring DeAnna's hospital.

On Sunday we went to DeAnna's ward since it had the most convenient time and then headed back to Heston's for lunch. Grandma and Grandpa Williams had already returned home Saturday night so it was just all their kids visiting on Sunday.  It was another fun reunion.

Kolter grabbed pretty much everyone's attention, including all of his cousins'.

Talvyn's Birthday

Talvyn turned 9 this year! He received Animal Crossing for his 3DS which has become his new obsession. He is learning about economics, finances, leadership, and social interactions from a video game. Of course if it were truly life-like it wouldn't be so much fun. He didn't want a birthday cake this year. He wanted Grandpa's Cookies (our name for no-bake oatmeal cookies). Only Wrangler and Jesica were around for the treats so there was plenty for all with leftovers for the next day.

Earlier in the day we went to Despicable Me 2 with Grandma and Grandpa Fuhrmann and Daesha and Drew. Grandpa had a nice $10 nap inside the theater. Afterwards, we took everyone to lunch at Tucano's.

Dana's Birthday

This year Dana was too sick to do anything on her birthday. She laid on the couch and read or threw up. For a birthday cake she had a single candle stuck in a wedge of freshly cut watermelon. She received some Kindle money and the promise of a little shopping spree when she felt better.

The next day, she did feel better so we drove to the Cheesecake Factory for her annual birthday treat, just a day late. We did some girl shopping and found some shoes and a couple of skirts that even a girl of expanding belly can be comfortable wearing.