Thursday, December 17, 2009

We will miss you, Baga

As many of you know, Kirtis' dad passed away unexpectedly on December 6th. We have broken hearts, but we feel at peace because we know that our family is in God's hands. He was such a good man and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He was such a great father-in-law to me, and grandpa to our kids. (They called him "Baga") When my dad passed, I was especially grateful to have him in our lives.
Thanks to so many of you who have done so much for our family. We can't even begin to tell you how much your love and support has meant to Kirtis and Kristi and our family at this time.

It feels like time has stood still. It's hard to believe it's the 18th of Dec. Avery's birthday is in 2 days, we move into our house in 4 days, and Christmas is in 7 days! Luckily, we have these happy little kids to keep us going.
We hope you are all having a happy and joyful Christmas season.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Kids are awesome

Found Jackson like this at my mom's house. I hooked the back of the bra for him and had to snap a few pictures of his "softer side". I never thought of using a bra as a Bjorn, but now if I'm in a pinch, I'll know what to do.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

We went to Texas

The kids were awesome travelers! We lucked out with a whole row on one of our flights so Avery didn't have to sit in my lap!
We ate awesome food. This is the armadillo in front of Goode Company BBQ. I ate there THREE times. So yummy.

The weather was perfect. I forgot how perfect it would be and didn't pack a swimsuit for Avery.

We played on the beach with Grandma. She's awesome.

We went to parks.

The kids were so good and so happy!

It was 10 days of pure bliss.

Not pictured and other random side notes:
-Helping Grandma clean out the garage. We sold tons of stuff on Craigslist and helped her get ready for moving. It was really fun!
-Saying goodbye to Texas and my parents house. It's so easy to remember my dad when I'm in Texas. It's like I could walk into the room and just picture him sitting at his desk and hear his voice.
-Coming home to Virginia was a little depressing! Our little apartment had dozens of roaches, some dead, some needing to be killed. Yuck!
-We have a closing date for our house: Dec 22! So the countdown begins!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

Snow White and her Knight in Shining Armor:

Hope you all had a fun Halloween night like we did.
Avery really got into the trick or treating after the first door. She was practically running and doing the sign for "more". Both kids took it very seriously, and Jackson made sure Avery always got candy at every door.
Halloween just gets more fun every year!

We like pumpkins...

and Jack-o-lanterns too!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Now that's progress...

They started putting up drywall on Sunday, and when we went over yesterday they were just finishing up the siding! It really makes it look like a real house now! They also installed the garage door and delivered the railings for the stairs.
Here's the back of the house.

My mom's house. They initially delivered the wrong framing supplies, so it has sat a few weeks like this. They just delivered her new framing stuff and hopefully hers will start to look like a real house soon too!
I had to include this picture of Jackson even though it's blurry so you guys could see our "woods". We are so excited to have some trees on our lot! Right now it's the bathroom spot when Jackson has to "go" while we are looking at the house! Ha ha. I'm sure that won't change too much after we move in. Boys will be boys, right?

Here's some drywall as proof! This is the master bedroom.
We really are so excited and definitely counting the days.

Monday, October 19, 2009


We decided to get the H1N1 vaccine. We got there at 1:45 (clinic didn't open until 3) and were out at 5:30. I held the place for a couple hours, then kirtis came with the kids. I'm so glad I had him to help. It was a pain to spend half a day there, but I'm glad we're all vaccinated now. Plus it was free! (The kids still need booster shots but at least we have some kind of immunity now.) Hopefully it's not too late. I keep hearing about people who are sick with the flu.
I hope you are all well and don't get this yucky virus!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baltimore Half Marathon

Woo-hoo! I did it!
Saturday was the big race. I didn't train as intense as I would have liked (the longest run I did to prepare was 8 miles) and I was sick the week before- so I was pretty nervous going into it. My goal was to run the whole thing, and I did! I was super proud of myself- it was a really hilly course. Just one foot in front of the other! My time was 2:42:20.
My legs are definitely sore, but not as bad as I thought.
Jackson told me to make sure I won first place, so I went as fast as I could not to disappoint. For me it was all a mental game. I had Jackson's voice in my head, Kristi telling me to "swing your arms!", and Kathi telling me to lean into it down the hills. I thought of my dad a lot, how much he ran before he got sick, and how I always wanted to run a race like this with him after I got home from my mission. I thought about how strong he was even when he was terribly sick. He was definitely with me for the hard parts.
All in all, it was an awesome experience. Now I want to get faster and can't wait for the next one.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Two is better than one.

Kids are awesome.And two kids are better than one.

That goes for binkies too.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Living vicariously.

I've got the decorating bug.
The problem however is, I have no house to decorate. (yet!) And Kirtis made me solemnly swear to not put a single hole in the wall in this beautiful-crap-of-a-place. So I'm living vicariously for now.
Here's a few pieces of inspiration to hold me over:

I'd love to have a guest room in my house, just like this. Hey, I'd love to have a guest room in my house, period. But isn't this gorgeous? via Abbey goes design scouting
I have no idea where I found this picture, but isn't it a cute idea for a dining room?
Don't you absolutely adore this ruffle pillow? It doesn't look too hard to make either. Too bad my sewing machine is in storage. (Storage is getting to be a dirty word around here! It's a synonym for a life-on-hold, but hopefully not delayed-happiness. I mean, we still try to live-in-the-now and enjoy each day, hard as that may sometimes be.

from ducks in a row

p.s. Our new house has windows, a front and back door, and most of a roof!
Practically move-in-ready!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

First day of preschool

Jackson loves school. He never wants to leave and loves making friends.
We started a co-op preschool last week- with 5 other families. We were going to do Haymarket Baptist- but decided to put that tuition money toward the house instead-so each time I teach preschool, I will just pretend I am paying myself 1 and a half months' tuition instead!
We have an awesome group of moms and kids. I have no doubt Jackson will have a blast, learn tons and make great friends. Works for me!

Here's the classic school pose: (I can't believe this is his last year before Kindergarten! Crazy!)

These are just for me- I had to see how much he's grown up in the last 2 years.
This is his first day of little lambs one year ago!

This is his first day of Joyschool in North Salt Lake 2 years ago!

I love this little guy. He is definitely growing up too fast.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Our new addition

I know. Hard to believe!
We've been wanting a dog for awhile. (Okay, Kirtis always wants a dog, and has been warming me up to the idea for a long time, and now that we have A dog, he is trying to talk me into ANOTHER dog. He's crazy!)
It's not ideal timing, but when we took Millie from my brother's family to babysit on a "trial" period, it didn't take long to realize we loved her and just couldn't NOT keep her.
She's an amazing dog. So much better than Honeybabe ever was. RIP honeybabe! (Honeybabe deserves a follow up post of her very own!) Millie, however, doesn't get into the trash, steal food from kids, eat diapers, or poop in the house! I guess I can get used to that. :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Living in anticipation

gets old quickly.
Luckily, our house made some huge strides this week. It makes time seem to go faster. Actually, the house looks so much like a real house now, there are days I'd like to go ahead and start camping out there.
Not that our 500 square feet here isn't nice. Okay, it isn't nice at all. But I'm trying to not be too snobby about the fact that no matter how many candles I burn it still smells dingy.
I love that my kids don't even notice and are as happy as can be. Living here makes us realize we just don't need as much as we thought we needed to be content.
Alright, enough sappiness.
Here's some pictures:
Last week:


Last night:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Love this post

I seem to be reading more posts than writing them.
Here's one I love from a wonderfully delightful blog called "clover lane"
I'm sure you will adore her blog!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Good news!

Jackson was spotlighted in primary today! I didn't even bribe anyone. He was SOOOO excited. I guess we are off the hook now for another baby! Phew. :)

Here were his answers:

Jackson Hill
His favorite Primary Song is Families can be together forever
Eye Color: Blue
Middle Name: Veldon (named after his Grandpa Messick)
Favorite Sandwich: Turkey and Cheese
He has one sister.
He doesn't have any pets. He would like to have a dog.
Jackson is really good at playing hide and go seek.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Family Reunion at Lake Anna

July 2009:
The Messick Reunion at Lake Anna.
We had such a blast. Tyson and Natalie's family was here from Singapore. Mom flew in from Texas and Rhonda and Greg from Minnesota. The rest of us were already here in Virginia!
Mom picked the place- found it on the internet- she was so brave because she had never seen the place, but it was A-MAZING! Perfect place for all of us.
These were the highlights:

Boat Day: We rented a boat and pulled a tube behind. Hayden Ashton and Hayley all LOVED it. Jackson- not so much. He made me promise he would NEVER EVER EVER EVER have to get on a tube behind a boat again. Hopefully he changes his mind about that in a few years!
Orange County Fair- The kids loved seeing the animals- and all the locals wondered who we were! We loved the fair FOOD court- especially the corn. Second best was the $1 bounce-as-long-as-you-want ride.

The cutest 10 year old girl taught us all about heiffers, cows, bulls and the ins and outs of breeding and raising cattle.Typical ice cream experience with Avery:
Dads took kids horseriding:
Swimming in the lake: Jackson got really comfortable in the water. As long as he had his fish floaty and arm floaties! He just loved being out there with his older cousins who were so brave in the water! Kirtis cracked me up because he would just swim way out for such a long time. I was way too scared to do that unless I had my floaty raft with me!