Saturday, September 25, 2010

Penelope is FIVE, 5, 5, 5, 5!!!!

 
 
 

Penny turned five on the 7th. I swear I don't know where all those 5 years went! She has grown into such a beautiful and spunky girl, though. She is in kindergarten this year and doing really well. She loves her teacher, Mrs. Dirks and is picking up reading very quickly. She hates doing homework, but I think she secretly likes it. She comes home almost every day with pictures and letters from her school friends. Sadly, her good friend, Aubrey is going to a different school this year, but they still see each other at church. She mostly talks about Kaitlyn and Kaitlyn and Amy, our next door neighbor (whose family I have a new resolve to get to know. I am a horrible neighbor....) She came home yesterday saying that she was the smallest kid in the whole school. She said they measured everyone in her class. I believe it! She is pretty shrimpy, but so cute. She loves Peter and Daphne, but hates that they are babies. One of the most heart-warming moment of my days is when I go to pick up Sophie and Penny at school and see them running to the car with hands tightly clasped. Kaitlyn(her friend with the brown hair in the pictures)'s mom, Becky said that she was at lunch with her girls one day when Penny asked her teacher if she could be excused from the lunch table to give her sister, who had just entered the lunchroom, a hug. I love to see them share secrets and grow together. Penny is funny as heck, always teasing me about everything. Her smile is super contagious. Yep, basically I really love this kid. Feeling pretty happy that she is MINE!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Hooray for the Bytheway's!

 
 

Paul, Whitney, and their kids stopped by to see us on their cross-country tour. Even though we didn't do anything exciting with them, it was so fun to have them. We put them right to work, too. Paul figured out why our Nissan wouldn't move (the brake pads somehow fused to the drum while it sat in our garage over the summer) and Whitney pretty much made us dinner. Pretty amazing, especially since they drove straight through the night Friday to get to our house, and then didn't arrive until 2 am or so, and then woke up bright and early Sunday morning. Then they left our house late Sunday night to go to West Virginia. And I hear they pretty much slept every other night after that. Wowsers! I can barely make it through the day without a nap. I just have to say, I don't know that I have ever met such a great family as these guys! They are ALWAYS helping everyone out. I am just happy we get to be related to them! We love you guys!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Welcome home....

 
We had quite the welcoming party when we got back to Kentucky. I think all the village spiders decided to take over our house while we were gone. This beauty was found in the baby room. Yikes!

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Goin' back to Kentucky

 
 
So we drove all night so we didn't have to stop and get a hotel. It actually went much better than other trips. It was nice to have the kids sleeping for so much of the time. We didn't even stop and eat out once! We just stopped at grocery stores along the way. While we were driving, I kept telling myself that someday I am going to look back on these trips with only good memories and forget how much they actually suck. That someday is already here! It is so easy to forget the emergency, side-of-the-road potty stops, the quintet chorus of screaming, the constant bickering with each other, the nearly-nonstop complaining of how uncomfortable car seats are. There is something about cramming 7 people who love each other and drive each other crazy together in a minivan for 27 hours straight that is magical. I may be looking at our road trips through rose colored glasses, it is true, but I am smart enough to know that I am not looking forward to making the trip again any time soon!!

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I love Salt Lake! Don't you love the view from Kim's window?

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My family is so fun. I don't know what I did to deserve all these cuties, but I am so thankful!

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Various museums. We just tried to get the most out of our down time in Utah. It turned out to be one of the best 'vacations' we have ever taken. Sometimes you have to just sit back and enjoy the good that comes from unhappy situations. Still trying to get that one down, though....

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Great Grandpa and Grandma Heaton!

 
 
We got to go to a park and have a picnic one Sunday while in Salt Lake. It was good to see Grandma and Grandpa Heaton. The kids absolutely love to have Grandma read to them.

The babies at Grandpa's house

 
 
 
 
The babies really took off while we were staying at Dallas' dad's house in SLC while waiting for our car to get fixed. They are now both moving everywhere! Fun, but kind of crazy, too. I had to put them to sleep in the bath tub one night because I didn't have a pack and play. They are such fun little babies!

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Creative Expo

 

We had our First Annual Creative Expo at the beginning of August. It was fun to see every one's talents and enjoy each other. The best part for me was the Yanni and Yanni Experience. Sadly I didn't get any pictures of it with my camera. It was funny, though, and creative.

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Finley!

 
 

Although I had met Finn before, the babies were still tightly tucked away in my tummy back then, so this was their first time getting to know their 2nd cousin? (or first cousin once removed?), Finley Jason Klimek! He is so cute. Amanda came to see me while I was detained in SLC. It was good to see them. The babies all went swimming, too, and eventually all enjoyed it. Finn is about as cute a baby as they come, I say. I am glad I get to claim him as family!

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