Friday, June 27, 2008

Here are some pics of Ashton. The last one is a video. He has learned how to rock his harley all by himself.




video

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Update

I've been terrible at updating this lately. I guess I am still trying to get into a routine. We have been here 3 weeks. We are finally all unpacked and settled. It feels great to be unpacked. I'll take pictures whenever I can seem to keep the house clean.

Taylor

Taylor is enjoying his job more. He is now able to enroll for all programs instead of just Associates. He can also enroll students for online classes as well as ground which are taken on campus classes. He is working long days and even Saturdays. He is working hard for us and we appreciate it very much.
Liz
I am doing well. I am 35 weeks pregnant with 5 weeks to go. Can you believe that? I can't! I got to meet my doctor for the first time and she is wonderful and the hospital is less then 5 miles. That's pretty much it for me.
Ashton
Ashton is doing really well. All minus 1 little illness and I will spare you the details, but the doctor told me to stop giving him milk because it was irritating his tummy. She said I could put him on soy milk or lactose free so I did that. Still no change so I took him off milk completely. No milk meant no bottle. For those of you who have seen Ashton you know that he loves his milk and loves his bottle. This started Wednesday and today marks the 3rd day. I am happy to say my son has been weaned from the bottle before 15 months of age. Yay!!! Now I am working on getting him to just 1 nap. I know he is in transition and some days he takes 1 and some days he takes 2 so from here on out it is only 1 nap at noon and bedtime at 8pm. Wish me luck I can stick with it.
Colorado
We are enjoying Colorado and our new house. The weather is nice although I know you guys will think I am crazy and don't know what I am talking about, but it gets hot. Now let me explain. When it gets to about the high 80's or low 90's outside it also gets that inside. Our house doesn't have a/c or a swamp cooler or even ceiling fans. Do any of you keep your house set at about 88 degrees or higher? In the afternoon I am miserable and sweaty. Don't forget my built in incubator that warms me up even more.
We also love living in town. I was able to go 3 weeks on 1 tank of gas in our trailblazer. Everything is just around the corner and for those of you who are familiar with our old town of Maricopa, nothing was around the corner. Not true, but very little was in town.
We love the water here. We can drink from the tap. Our dishes aren't spotted when the come out of the dishwasher and my hair is softer from the shower. Even Bella's hair was softer after her bath.
The view is great as well. I'll take pictures later when it is light out. We have a great view of the mountains and there are tall trees everywhere. Sure palm trees are tall, but these trees are tall and full of leaves. We are excited to see the season FALL and the changing color of leaves.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

We're in Colorado!

I just wanted to give a quick update. I know a few of you have been wondering how the trip went and how well we are getting settled.

The drive was long, but that was to be expected. It took about 12 hours the first day. We stopped maybe 4-5 times, but what really slowed us down was the hills. Taylor was driving the 26ft Penske truck towing his car behind and was only able to get 30 mph on the hills. It was strange to see large semi's passing us on the hills. I drove the trailblazer towing a trailer behind and my mother in law came along for the ride to help me out. It was great to have her help. She made sure Ashton had water, milk, food, and entertainment. Ashton did really well for being in the car for so long.

We got into Santa fe just before 8pm. We were exhausted. Well, all of us, but Ashton. He was so happy to finally get out of the car. He ran all over the room for what seemed like hours. Then when it came time for bed which was after 10:30 pm we put Ashton in his pack n play and we lied down too. By the way, we were all in the same room. So, after Ashton was done with his bottle he just stood up and looked at us. We tried to hide under the covers, but it was too late by then. So, we got him up and tried again. We hid this time, but of course this time he just went to sleep. We were trying so hard not to move and make any noise. Then at about 3 am Bella needed to go outside. We tried all day to get her to go potty, but she wouldn't. I woke Taylor up and he wrapped himself up in a blanket and took her out. Apparently it was REALLY cold. Bella didn't waste anytime going and then they were back.

We got back on the road about 6:30 am and made great time. We stopped a lot too. We got into Colorado Springs about 2 pm and rested. Well, as best we could without any furniture. Then at about 6 pm we had a bunch of people from our new ward help us un load. I stood on the front porch and just told everyone where I wanted the boxes. That really helped in the end.

Sunday we went to our new ward and met a few people. This ward is much smaller then we are use too. We ended up getting there about 10 minutes late and they had already read in our records. So, when we opened the door everyone turned and looked at us. Then after the 1st meeting was over, we had people coming up to us asking if we were the Flints.

Our house is nice and is coming along at what feels to be a snails pace. Over the weekend we got our bedroom, family room, dining room and kitchen together. Ashton's room and the bathroom are liveable, but still need work. We have 2 bathrooms and 1 is upstairs and the other in downstairs. In the bathroom upstairs there is a blue bathtub and a blue toilet. Which on the bright side at least it is not avacado green or brown. Both of which we have seen.

Now that Taylor is back to work which started Monday it has been hard to get things done. My body is still recovering from Wed. - Sun. massive overload of work. Today is the first time in a week my back isn't hurting when I walk or move. I'm sure it won't last long since I have stuff to do, but it sure is nice.

Taylor is back to work and says it is alright. It will get better once things start picking up for him. It takes him about 15-20 minutes to get to work which is only 10 miles. His shift is 9-6, but goes in an hour early for overtime. We now spend all 3 meals together. We have breakfast before he leaves and since he doesn't work far he comes home for lunch. Then of course dinner at 6:30. It is actually a pretty sweet deal for Taylor. He now comes home and has lunch and dinner ready :)

This wasn't as short of an update as I was thinking, but I hope it fills you all in. I will blog more later and post pictures.

We miss you all!