Saturday, August 23, 2008

Happy Friday!

I know its not Friday, but I was just too tired to post last night. I had such a great day yesterday! It started out in the morning by meeting Anna Maria Horner. I was lucky enough to win some of her new fabrics in a give away a while back. I was so excited, especially since she lives in Nashville, so I promptly emailed her and asked if I could pick it it up in person when I arrived in Nashville.(We just moved to Nashville area) She was so delightful and I had great time seeing her studio and meeting her. Aida was with me and Anna Maria gave into her every whim! She made her toast gave her orange juice and let her play with her kids toys. I know Aida will remember this visit, too. Oh, and I just love the fabrics she gave me. I can't wait to use them!

We also had our first walk through with our Builder yesterday and it went great. We are going to close on Wednesday which is two days early. I can't wait! I'm so tired of living out of suitcases for last three months and before that in house I was trying to sell!

My girls love to swim. Aida is especially into it this week. We have to go everyday, so she can practice. I think she has a little crush on Michael Phelps. In her words, "He is a winner."

Aida, Sean, and Fiona at the pool . The girls are so happy to be with their Daddy. I'm happy we
are all together.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bat City

Nashville is known as "Bat City"
Or at least that is what Aida insists. The At&T building is the Batman building. The girls loved this building everytime we go to Nashville they get all excited about seeing it.
Angie at angiecircus was asking how Aida was doing, so I thought I'd share some highlights. This is her on Fiona's first day of school. She loves to pose! She loves Fiona's school and has been very sad she is not going. After a week of searching, I was able to get her in a program at Saint Ignatuis. There are a lot of MDO(Mothers day out) programs, almost every church has them here in Tennessee, but not all of them are structured preschool programs. I felt very lucky to get in this program it comes very highly recommended and has a structured program. (They had a waiting list, but made a exception because we just moved) We went and visited Monday with program coordinator and Aida was so excited. She starts next Tuesday. It is two days a week for 4 1/2 hours each day.

She also took off with her swimming this week. She is on fire! Watch out Michael Phelps!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

House update......................

Our house is coming along.
Getting ready to pore the cement sidewalk( Last Thursday)

Chestnut flooring downstairs.(went in about a week ago) Carpet went in 4 days ago.

Working on our driveway on Friday. It's coming along. The inside is pretty much done. They've been touching up the inside the last few days. Word is they are going to start putting our yard in on Thursday and we may have the walk through with the builder on Friday.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Monday Aug.11, first day of second grade

Fiona's first day of second grade at Nolensville, Elementary. She was so excited! She could barely sleep the night before and was up first thing. She went right into class found her seat and wanted me to leave! On Tuesday morning she wouldn't even let me get out of the car! Mom I can do this, I don't need you to come in. She is getting very grown-up. Mrs. Kuhns is her teacher and she has 18 other classmates.

Her teacher is making a big deal about the Olympics. Which is totally cool. We've been watching them a little each night. I think it is very Patriotic.

And the rest of the trip.......

This is my bother and sister-in-law house in Denver. They've been in it about a year. Jill has been wanting us to come out to see their house, so I was glad we were able to stay with them a few days. The have a really nice layout with huge backyard. The kids had great time playing in it. (Not many pictures due to my mom leaving my camera at the quilt store taking pictures of this quilt on Monday!)

The famous Monster quilt

Denver zoo - Fiona, cousin Jacob, Aida, cousin Titan and JJ(Jill's Mom)

Uncle Paul is the best! He pulled the wagon for the day and kept the kids happy!

Flamingos. They have amazing swivel copacity with their heads! Oh and they get there orange color from eating Shrimp......

Train ride. Can't seem to get Jacob to look at me!

Carousel ride with the hand carved animals.

After spending three fun filled days with family in Denver we headed out of town, but not before Paul took care of my car. Thanks Paul for taking such good care of my car.

Approximately nine hours later we stopped in Topeka, Kansas for the night. I think all they grow in Kansas is corn and beans, but mostly corn.
Next morning we drove another eight plus hours to Paducah, KY. We went through four states in one day.( Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky)
Sean met us in Paducah, I knew he wouldn't be able to stay away! (It is two hours from Nashville) The girls were so excited to see him! He even scoped out where the quilt museum was for me. ( If you are quilter you will know what I'm talking about! The next day we were able to go in the morning and then headed out for Nashville.

So we made it to Tennessee! Actually, it was pretty fun trip. The girls got to see a lot. Fiona really took it all in. Not many girls can say they've been too seven states. I drove the whole way. I wanted to see if I could do it! My mom got to enjoy the scenery and help me with the girls. The girls did awesome. I think we will do some more road trips, but for now we are going to stay put for a while! We are in apartment in Cool Springs for three weeks and then we will be able to move into our house. It looks like everything is on track.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Trip update............

We are in the middle of our Road Trip to Tennessee. I thought I'd share some pictures of some of the things we've done and family we've seen. We are Spending a few days in Denver with my Brother and his family.(We got here Sunday night) Our first stop was Portland,Ore where we had barbecue with Gates side of the family. Second stop was Baker City to stay the night and spend a day with the girl's great Aunt and Uncle. Aunt Sandy took us to the Baker Heritage Museum. Which was awesome. They had a lot old quilts,( which I loved) Rock collection,(which had the glow in the dark rocks), old equipment, Rooms that were set up with time period clothes and furniture. At one point Aida was looking at a mannequin that was all dressed up in period clothes and their was a women standing next too her that she was talking too. (My daughter is not shy) The following is the conversation that the women shared with me at the end of our visit. She thought it was pretty cute. The women said to Aida, " isn't she pretty?" Aida responded," yes, she lovely and she has prince waiting for her."

Aunt Sandy with the girls at the park after our visit to the museum.
The big attraction. The cow. Fiona and Aida kept feeding it and mooing to him. The loved the cow, to bad it is going to be hamburger in the fall! In fact that is Uncle Rod nickname for it.(Hamburger) The girls though he was wonderful. With all the mooing going on, it sounded like we were on a farm.

Aunt Sandy and uncle Rod. We had dinner with their group of friends and had great time. (Richie, Kelsay, Nancy, Irv, Paulette, and Keith) We spent some time with them last summer and girls loved seeing them again this year. From Baker City we drove to American Fork to stay with Evelyn Leslie for couple of days. I grew up with the Leslie's. Our families did a lot together.

Evelyn and Judy at Mt. Timpanagouh Temple. It was very close to the house. Evelyn is Temple worker their twice a week.

Girls at Temple Square.
We went the church History museum(free by the way) the girls loved it. Visited Temple square and went into the Visitor center on Temple square. Fiona and Aida were in Awe of the Christas of Christ. Their eyes just lit up when they saw it.

Girls in the Tabernacle. They had exhibit at the museum on the Tabernacle on the construction and other info and Fiona was really enthralled by it.

Next Stop Vernal Utah. Utah Field House State Park Museum. It was great Museum and very interactive.
Next stop Rocky Mt. national Park. The Girls kept asking,"Are we on top of the World."

Fiona and Aida in the Park. It is very beautiful scenery. Although, the one sad thing is that the Lodge pole Pines are being killed by a beetle and so you see hundreds of trees dieing in the lower elevations.

We're having a great visit in Denver. The girls are having a great time playing with their cousins Jacob and Titan. We've spent the last two days at the water park. Tomorrow we are going to the Denver zoo to see the Polar Bears.