Sunday, August 30, 2009

What We've Been Up To

I thought I would include a few things about Josh and I in this post. I hope you don't mind.

JOSH
A couple weeks ago he found out that he had the opportunity to accept a new position within his company. Remember how he spent the better part of June and July in DC? Well, there's a lot more where that came from! He will be required to go to almost all of the major installs that his company sets up, so we hope he likes traveling :) While certain jobs may take weeks to complete, he will at least be able to come home on weekends. The good news is that he LOVES being a part of installs and working with a team, and he will receive a significant pay increase. I'm so proud of him for working so hard-- he really deserves this.

He is also playing on a fall softball league with my dad and uncle. I will probably post a video of that eventually.

KOURTNI
I really don't have any major news, although some people in my ward may think that I do. A couple weeks ago I spoke in sacrament meeting and I was an absolute wreck beforehand. I am not afraid at all to speak in church, but for some reason the anticipation was killing me. Just as my dad was about to move on to the rest hymn (he couldn't think of anything else to buy some time), I came flying through the door. Once I got up there, I was perfectly fine.

A similar incident occurred today. Our sacrament meeting consisted only of music and a few brief talks. My mom, Josh, and I were asked to sing a song. We had been practicing for weeks and felt really good about it. Again, I was a wreck (before I even left the house). Just as my mom was concluding her 2-minute talk and announcing that she would be singing my solo part, I came waltzing in all ready to go. I get so worked up about this stuff that I get dizzy, throw up, and pretty much have a panic attack.

My diagnosis? I am about 99% sure that I have an anxiety disorder. Seriously. Members of my ward are probably just as sure that I'm pregnant. Not so, but I could see how they could think that.

KYLIE

She is busy as ever! This girl loves to run, play, and her newest favorite: watch videos. She will point to the TV screen and say "doo doo" (which apparently means video). She also loves to color. I just can't believe how big she's getting!

We tried potty training one day... and quit that very same day :) Honestly, I was planning on waiting until she was closer to 2 to start, but she was so great at telling me whenever she needed a diaper change. However, she is only great at that after the fact. We'll try again in a few months.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

We've Met!


Tonight I was presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. David Archuleta stopped in Grand Rapids on a tour and he did a little impromptu fireside for our stake. While he was speaking I was so impressed with him. Some people just don't sound very good live, but he is definitely not one of those people. He is very down to earth, UNBELIEVABLY humble, and he has such a good heart. If I were his mother, I would be very proud.

But I am not his mother. I am a fan... a HUGE fan... of David! After the fireside we were able to go meet him. Each person was only given just a few short seconds to say whatever they wanted to, but during that time I got a hug :) That's right, folks. I HUGGED David Archuleta (and yes, Josh does know about it). We weren't allowed to take pictures or anything so, unfortunately, I don't have proof-- my only witness is my mom but that should be good enough. Anyway, I'm glad I got to see him.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Water, Water Everywhere

Yesterday Kylie and I discovered a creative way to beat the heat (and humidity). We had this large tin bucket downstairs that wasn't being used for anything so we filled it up with water. Kylie loves baths but hates getting fully submerged in any other kind of water, so this allowed her to explore it at her own pace.


Happy as can be!

I need to stop asking "yes" or "no" questions, because the answer is always the same...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Recent Happenings

As I mentioned in a previous post, Josh spent quite a bit of time in D.C. during the months of June and July. He did stay pretty busy, but he still had the chance to take in some sights.

One evening he got to play softball with some people in the office he was working at. If you look closely, you can see the White House in the background.

Speaking of softball, Josh will be playing on a team with my dad and uncle this fall. They'll be playing their games at Whistlestop Park so Kylie and I went to check it out the other day. She had a great time playing on the kiddie equipment!

I thought we would try the pigtails again :)

Thanks to all those who gave advice to my question the other day. I'm finding TONS of little projects to do. Behold Exhibit A: Kramer's room.

3 1/2 hours later, this is what it looks like. Honestly, I don't care if he has a messy room, but Kylie kept getting into his stuff and destroying random things. To prevent that, I put all of that random stuff in its proper place.

The media area was the worst, but now even if Kylie does get into his stuff, it's stuff that she can't really destroy. The twisted part is I actually enjoyed doing this!