Monday, April 26, 2010

our week in review

Yes, I had the distinct pleasure of driving this big beast for a day while our van was being worked on. A caliper was caught in the braking system that was causing some nasty fumes and a little smoke at the end of a road trip on Monday. That trip was to Ann Arbor, which is about 80 miles from home. The wonder of it all was that the brake issues happened once we returned and were in Battle Creek again. Yay God.

Our good friend that sold us the car had a new van for me within a half hour and our van was fixed within 2 days. Now that's service!

Shawn and I, along with our kids, have been diligently working to make this house into a home. We are still unpacking boxes, but have made huge progress over the weekend. We still have a ways to go, but we'll get there.

Like mother, like son. My handsome boy got his first pair of glasses. In true kid fashion, Austin noticed something was not quite right with his vision, but didn't tell us for at least 6 months. Finally it frustrated him enough when he couldn't read travel routes on the trains in London, that he finally confessed to Shawn. He was in tears at the telling and we made sure to get it all taken care of once we moved back home.

The smile on his face came after a whole new world was opened up to him with his new vision. What a tender moment.

I love his new glasses! Oh, look how much taller he is than me now!
Mellie turned 10 last Tuesday. We had a great family celebration and her party with friends will be coming up on May 1st. She is so excited! A birthday post is sure to come in the next day or so highlighting our family party.

On Friday, Braaten took our camera and started doing a photo shoot. She loves capturing great memories and then editing her work. I love her interest in it all and I think she does a wonderful job.

Cooper's feet look mighty big in this one!

Megan is my friend, Amy's, daughter. She is such a fun girl! My friend Sarah told her the other day that, "Everyone needs a Megan F. in their lives." She replied with, "I am Megan F.!"

I love the way Braaten captured Grant in this one.

Our friend, Mikey J., gave us this row boat for the pond out back. Shawn took the boys out right away.

Well, that's it for this past week. I'm sure a bunch of other stuff happened, but this is what I have for now.

Have a great and blessed Monday!


Andrea said...

Looks like you guys are settling in quite well.

Denise said...

Ooooh, is that your house? I love the porch all around, you must share more pics. Love the other pictures too, glad your son got his glasses and is enjoying them :-)

Darcie said...

This post was just chalk full of little golden family moments! Love those ones! I can picture you all inside your house, unpacking those boxes and making it a home. Exciting!

Great to see you back in the comment section too my dear! :-)

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Hey there!
I totally forgot you were coming back to the states!! Your new home is BEAUTIFUL!!

And I love to see you're a Target shopper!! YAhoo!!

He & Me + 3 said...

I love doing weeks in reviews. My sunday posts are that way. That was one big white van you were in. Wowzers. how ever did you drive that thing? Love Austin's new glasses and happy birthday to Mel

Heart2Heart said...


Was hoping that you would share some of Joyce with all of us. So glad that things are finally coming together and I am sure in the months ahead you will have some special memories to make in your beautiful home.

I didn't know you had a pond. Do you have ducks?

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Diana said...

The house is so pretty!!! Enjoyed all the pics.

Rachel said...

What great photos and what a great update!!! Everyone looks so awesome, as does the house!

Tina said...

Hi Carol! Good to hear from you. It sounds like you are getting setteled. Did that trip to Ann Arbor include a stop at Trader Joes :)
I would love to stop by for a visit sometime. Your new house looks so familiar. I am sure I must have passed it somewhere!

I was also wondering if you could give me a little tutorial on creating a souped up header for my blog? I Love yours!!


Jules said...

I love your new house, it is beautiful!

McCrakensx4 said...

OMGosh...I love love love your house!! It is so beautiful..I especially love the porch...porches are my favorite thing about any house! Looks like you are settling in nicely! Ann Arbor is where my in-laws live!! We will be visiting there this summer!