Sunday, September 14, 2008

Adventures in Babysitting

I have been babysitting a friend's daughter (Breanna) for the past three weeks while her school was under construction. She and her brother finally get to start tomorrow. But, it was fun having her with us. She and William got along really well and came up with some pretty creative "projects". Here they are building a house in my living room for the stuffed animals. In the mean time Alison entertained herself with a box.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Family Update

A lot of things have been happening in our little house hold lately. First of all, Jon and I both have church callings. I am the Bear Cub den leader in Cub Scouts and Jon has just been called as the 11 year old scout leader and Primary Teacher. These callings will keep us both busy during the week and on Sundays for Jon. Lucky for us my group meets on Tuesdays and Jon's on Wednesdays, so the issue of child care will not be a problem.

Secondly, we are looking for a new car. Jon was in a car accident last week and his car has been declared a total loss. It was the other driver's fault but, the appraisal on our car will not give us enough to get another one without payments, which is what we want. So we have to layout all of our options and make a decision.

We have also decided to pull Colin out of school. Arizona has a public school home schooling program and we are working to get Colin set up with that. He is in such a small school right now, that some of the teachers were unable to accommodate Colin and his 504 plan in a way that we thought they should. He has been miserable this year, so we decided to finally pull him. As soon as we get the final approval from Arizona Virtual Academy, Colin will be taught at home. Hope fully, by the end of this coming week. It will definitely be challenging, but worth it in the long run.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Miss Curiosity

I probably take more pictures of Alison than anyone else in my family. She is at such a fun and cute stage right now. Her little personality is starting to shine through. She is such as joy to have in our family.

Monday, September 1, 2008

First Day of School

School Started on August 6 here. We live out in more of a rural area, so the schools are kind of small. There were not enough spots for all of my 4 school aged children to go together so, they had to be split up between 2 different schools. Connor and Andrew go to Coronado School and Colin and Hayley go to Valley View. School goes from k-8 grade here. Here is Andrew walking to the bus stop with his big brother Connor one of the first days of school. Andrew likes school a lot, but it is a long day for him. He leaves for the bus at 7:10 am and doesn't get home until after 4. One Friday he came home and said "Finally, I don't have to go to school tomorrow."