14 July 2016

Greetings From Kansas!

I can't believe it's been sooooo long since we've posted to this blog. It's been almost 2 years.  A lot has happened! But we're enjoying all our new adventures! 
In February 2016 our family moved to Kansas! 2015 was rough for our family! Ryan lost his job twice due to economic cutbacks and jobs in Indiana were scare so we broadened our search and after many, many first, second, and even third interviews we ended up in Wichita! Ryan is working for a city just outside of Wichita (Valley Center) and he likes the job. He does a lot of different things. One of his biggest projects has been spearheading creating a downtown main street program. I'm still staying home with the kids.  I have also started crafting a lot and have opened an online Etsy Shop where I make and design lots of different things using paint and vinyl.  It's a lot of fun and while it isn't a huge money maker for our family (yet) it helps support my crafting habit and lets me not worry so much when I want to try something new.  We love exploring Kansas and the surrounding area.  
Our kids keep us really, really busy! Annalyse will be 7 in August and the twins, Grand & Lauren, will be 3 in October!  This past memorial day weekend, we took a trip to Vicksburg, MS to visit my brother and his wife! We had so much fun in the short time we were there!
Annalyse is almost 7 started Kindergarten last fall and has done so well! She loves, loves, loves to read and by the end of the school year she was able to read small beginner chapter books.  The week that school ended she checked out around 20 books and had read all of them! The transition to Kansas was kind of hard for her because she went from full day Kindergarten to 1/2 day and coming mid-year made making friends even harder.  She had already been asking to play a team sport for a while, so we decided to sign her up for T ball. She loved it and had fun.  Her team, the Purple Dragons, had a good season and learned a lot.  She's already asked to play again next year!  She's also been asking to try other sports and we're thinking about signing her up for soccer in the fall. She's exctied for 1st grade and to be back in school in August.  She's also excited about her first trip away from Mom and Dad! She's going to New Mexico to visit Her Uncle Jared and Aunts Melody and Sarah for a couple of weeks! 
Grant is almost 3! He's a still my sweet little man who lets his sisters kind of walk all over him, but when he gets mad watch out he knows how to fight back when he wants to! Grant loves all the planes that fly over when we're driving around Wichita.  He's mostly potty trained and only wears a diaper at night and potty training him has been easier than his twin.    Grant loves to play in the water, he loved T ball season almost as much as Annalyse and loved to cheer them on.  He's a social butterfly and is the first to interact with folks. 

Lauren is stubborn ( I have no idea where she gets that). She still wears her emotions on her sleeve and bullies her brother a little too much! She and Annalyse share a room  now with bunk beds and she LOVES being with her big sister! They stay up way too late some nights talking, laughing, and reading!  Lauren is more timid and cautious in social settings.  Except if it just involves other kids-then she's in her element and has "friends" instantly.  Grant is a fish...give him a pool or a splash pad and he's in heaven...Lauren not so much.  It takes her time to warm up to the idea of running through the water, but she always makes a friend or two that she'll follow around. 

And...just a couple more for fun. 

I really hope I do better with the blog.