Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Journaling... is that a word?

When I was younger, I used to love writing in my journal. And now its fun every so often to look back and read what I wrote about when I was in Elementary school and Junior High. One of my goals this year is to be better at writing things down and making a record. I probably won't dive right into writing in my journal every night like I used to when I was young but updating my blog more than once every couple months would be a good start. :)
So, I've been trying really hard to get up at 4:45 every morning and get to the gym before Scott leaves for work and some weeks I do awesome and some weeks, like this last one, I suck. I am not a morning person and it's so painfully hard to drag myself out of bed so early in the morning. I did make it twice last week but it was at 9:00 and I had to pay $4 each day so my kids could be at the day care at the gym. This week I've turned over a new leaf and so far, I'm 2 for 2 at getting up and going to the gym at 5. :) Hopefully I can get through the whole week and it will become habit.
I love my husband. He is one of the hardest workers I know and he has sacrificed a lot for our family. Right now Scott's job feels like it's going downhill sort of fast. He had one really busy day last Monday and then he was home by 3:00 every other day last week. Not good. The last month or so we've been playing with the idea of him going to take a job in North Dakota that he can have once he has his CDL. It pays really well and we feel like it will be a good solution to our financial problems as well as a good step towards getting him back in school to finish his degree in wildlife and fisheries. Our plan right now is for him to go out and work for 1 year or so and then we will have enough money saved up that he can come back and go to school full time. He will be working in North Dakota for 3 weeks a month and then will fly home for a week to be with us. He studied hard and was able to take and pass his written CDL test a couple weeks ago. The final step is practicing driving and taking the road test. With work being so slow last week he was able to take Tuesday off (called in sick) so that he could go practice driving a semi with a guy in our ward. I think it was much harder than he had hoped it would be and now he's even more nervous to go take his CDL road test. He was able to go out practicing again last Saturday and yesterday and he's trying to get out once more this week and then take his final test on Saturday. I'm trying to push him as non-pushingly as possible but he's really got to get his license soon because the company in North Dakota is going to be ready for 3 new guys the first week in Feb. That means we really needs to have it complete this week to secure his spot. He's been studying and working really hard so I have confidence in him that he will be able to do well.
Canyon is doing well and he is getting slightly less dramatic than he used to be. He really likes preschool most days and he has a lot of friends there. He's very social and personable and is always calling his classmate's by name whenever I'm there with him. It makes me laugh because I've never seen a little guy have such good communication skills. There are a couple mom's that have told me that it's because of Canyon that their kids like preschool because he is such a great friend and tries to include everyone. He's learning how to write and he likes to make cards for dad and write stories. He asks me how to spell each word and he writes the longest sentences ever (once upon a time there was a super hero that helped everyone when they were sick do the funnest things ever that they wanted to do in the whole world). That was the last sentence. He also is learning to sight read a few words and really likes to practice reading. He still wants to be a paleantologist and insists on getting dinosaur encyclopedias every time we go to the library. He did tell me this week however that after he goes to school the be a paleantologist he would like to go to school to be a cowboy.
Savanna is busy as ever, but, the last couple weeks she's actually figured out how to put together these giant floor puzzles all by herself. I was shocked and amazed the first time because she has never had the attention to sit still and work on something for any amount of time. She likes to try and read like brother and starts every page in her books with "once upon a time". She loves singing and she sings while she's doing her puzzles and usually they are made up songs which makes it even funnier. She got a vacuum for Christmas and it's red just like mine and so she follows me around the house whenever I am vacuuming and she likes to ram my vacuum with hers. Her 2 favorite phrases are "I can not believe it" which she says if you tell her something exciting and "that's so silly" which she says after almost everything but especially when she hears a word that she thinks is funny sounding. I took her to get her first hair cut ever last week and they cut 4 inches off but I think it looks really cute.
The kids are finally 2 ages where they are more on the same level and have been playing together really good lately. Canyon is a great helper with Savanna and always wants to make sure she is ok and helps her with whatever she needs.
It's crazy that my babies will soon be 5 and 3... time just flies way too fast! We took them Ice Skating last Saturday and it was really fun. They already want to go back and have been asking us when we can go again. :)


Natalie said...

I LOVE this post! Thanks Alicia!

Kyle said...

sounds like a great opportunity for you guys! Kyle had told me that you guys were thinking about doing that! Also, I can't believe canyon will be 5!!...I teach 4 and 5 year olds in primary, and they seem so much older but i guess that is cause we havent seen you guys forever and cause i think of him as like 3!

kelsey and murray said...

good luck with everything- change is always hard and nerve racking, but it sounds like you feel good about it and a year will fly by before you know it. your kiddos are adorable! growing so fast!