Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Lot Happening, Not Too Much Excitment

Well to catch up on the past couple of weeks... All of the excitement happened nearly two weeks ago. On Wednesday June 18th Ashley was going on a walk with the neighbors, who happened to be walking their dog. Well, she decided to hold the leash and wrapped it around her wrist and during the walk the dog got spooked and took off running. Well you can imagine what happens to a 7 year old girl who weighs about the same or less as the dog?? She got dragged a bit and it tore up her knee pretty bad. So, here I was left to wonder do I take her in or does it look worse than it actually is? After figuring all the insurance "stuff" out, I decided I better take her to an after hours clinic and get it checked. Turned out it was o.k., she was just not allowed to swim until it healed. Now a week and a half later she is about ready to hit the pools. (It is a hard thing to stay out of the pools when that is what everyone seems to do with all of their spare time in Charlotte, every subdivision has a pool of its own).
On Saturday the 21st of June we took the kiddies to the Discovery Place Childrens Museum. We had a good time learning and doing all of the fun things there are to do at a place like that. We spent nearly 5 hours and didn't even see half of it, however we got ourselves a season pass (which happens to last us 2 years since they are starting a renovating job on the one in Charlotte this year and only half of it will be opened soon. Also, the pass is good to a number of Museums Nationwide, one of which happens to be the Discovery Gateway in SLC! So, Angie is excited to be able to take the kids there on a number of ocassions this next school year.)
On June 24, Jason and Angie celebrated their 10th Anniversary!! Can you believe we made it this far?? (Not really a question, just a statement) Well, we celebrated like a lot of parents of four do, we didn't go out we had take out Chinese in, after the kids went to bed and planned to hopefully get away for a nice dinner later, since Angie failed to get a babysitter for Friday night, it will be a few weeks later.
Friday the 27th, we went out to eat as a family (for the first time since arriving in Charlotte) to a place called BRIX, it is a pizza joint and it was yummy, mostly we had been told my many people that we had to go there while we were here, so we did.
On Saturday the 28th, we had a ball. We went to the Lazy 5 Ranch. It is a ranch on a very large piece of land where you can either drive your car or take a Wagon ride through a 3 1/2 mile road and see many animals from all over the world. We saw water buffalos, giant cows, giraffes, rino's, pot belly pigs and piglets, deer, and many more.... one fun thing was that we got to feed the animals and they would come right up to the wagon and open their mouths, and some of them had mouths as big as my little kids arms. I am sure from their point of view it was a little scary, but none of them complained.
After the Ranch, we went to a BYU get together that all of the BYU graduates who ended up in Charlotte have every summer. They kind of have a sort of reunion of sorts, and invite all those who are interning or live here to come. It was fun to get to know other families just like us, who have similar circumstances and are doing similar things. All in all, we had a very packed day and we even got to see Lake Norman (a lake in Northern Charlotte area, that is huge and absolutely stunning). We are really enjoying all the fun things there are to do!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Farmer's Market Trip

On Saturday the 14th of June we went to the Farmer's Market with our friends in the neighborhood, the Roach's, Janice, Ron, George and Graham. It was a lot of fun, a different experience than in Utah. (of course we don't make it a regular thing to go to the Farmer's Market in Utah).
We sampled all of the fresh produce to see if it was sweet or in Aimee's case just to take a taste of everything that she loves to eat! We has some homemade ice-cream, Chocolate and Banana from the 'John Deere' ice-cream guys. We also got giant cookies at the Bakery. It was a neat experience and we won't forget the fact that we came home with $40. of fresh produce to show for it.
Jason and I went on our first date here in the Charlotte area on Friday the 13th of June. We were lucky enough to be able to swap babysitting with the Jessop's the other internship family from BYU. (we will be doing it about twice a month). We went to a yummy restaurant in uptown (city-center) Charlotte, called 'Rock Bottom'. Our waitress was fantastic, honestly the best either of us have EVER had. We talked alot and I got to see the city for the first time since we arrived in Charlotte. I think it is clean and a very beautiful city.
It has been unseasonably hot here for the past week, I guess usually it only gets into the 90's (with the humidity making it feel about 5 degrees hotter) for about two weeks in August, however that is how we started out June. It is going to cool down into the 80's this comming week, the news reports.
I signed the kids up on a reading challenge at the library this past week, it lasts all summer and they get to earn prizes for all of the reading that they do, or I do with them.
Brady had his first hair cut since we have been here on Thursday evening. Jason decided to buzz him, he thought it would be cooler and less maintenance. The best part about it is that Jason did it with a beard trimmer! Yea, Brady had to sit patiently for about 45 minutes while Jason made sure it was all straight with no straglers.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Getting Into the Swing of Things

The past few days have been filled with HOT, HOT, Heat, I don't know how else to explain it. I think finally we are on a downward turn with the temperature. Tonight ended with a thunderstorm, but there were very few rainshowers that came with it.

The last few days we have spent a few hours each day at a swimming pool, and we will be at another one tomorrow. We were invited by a family in our ward and they are having a lunch get together with a few of the moms and kids at their community pool, we are excited to go, because there will actually be a few kids our kids's ages.

Today we went to our community pool, not to swim, but to see what the swim teams in North Carolina, most neighborhoods have a huge community pool and they have swim teams from very young ages up that compete against other community teams. It was neat to see and I think Ashley and Brady were a little amazed that kids their size or smaller were able to swim like that.

Another fun thing that happened today was that Brock figured out how to feed himself Cheerios. He was so excited and I got some pic's I will post soon.

I have met a lady from my neighborhood who has called me a few times to hang and she has two boys, George 5 and Graham 3, her name is Janice. She is really sweet and fun to be around. She reminds me of my friend Michelle McOmie, I don't know if it is the southern style or what (maybe it is the fact that she calls all the lady's by Miss) anyway it is very cute. So to her kids I am Miss Angie and so on.

This past Sunday at church I walked into the Primary room and was getting Brady settled and noticed a familiar face and I couldn't figure out who it was, but that I knew him. So, I asked Jason to go in and take a peek, he came out and told me that I knew him from the Credit Union I worked at, but that he didn't know his name either. Right then, this guy came out and said "Angie and ...." well, it turned out that it was Matt Neimann, and I managed him at one of the branches. He now works for Bank of America along with half of our ward. The church really does make this great big world we live in a lot smaller feeling. It is a good thing to go so far from home and run into familiar faces.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Still Learning How to Do This Blogging Thing

Well, a few days have passed and really not much has been going on except sick, sick kids. After spending 4 days settling in, we decided it was time to have some fun, so we went to Carowinds, a huge amusement park. We went on Friday, May 30th and wouldn't you know Brock was teething that day and running a fever. Not a lot of fun for him, but we still went in to the park. The older kids had a great time, we went on all of the kiddie rides and a few more, and kiddie land was pretty large.

The following day Aimee ran a fever for about a day and a half, it came with a sour throat. I watched her close and it seemed to start getting better, so no trip to the doctor and no Strep. On Sunday night Ashley came down with the same thing, and it lasted just as long as Aimee's. So, I am pretty sure that they just got the same thing and hopefully it is overwith by now. Brady and Brock seem to be doing fine, so hopefully this week we can head out and do more.

We have checked out a few parks nearby and have a community swimming pool that we plan on spending a lot of time at this summer, with many friendly neighbors who have called to invite us. We went to the nearest library yesterday and after learning about all of the story times and reading challenges for the summer we attempted to leave after getting our new library card. While Mom was doing that Aimee and Brady set out to mess with the electric handycap doors and made a spectacle of themselves, embarrasing me completely...oh-well, that what happens to moms all the time right?, Please say yes, that I am not the only one.

So, today is national doughnut day, so later I think we will head over to the nearest Krispy Cream and pick up a free doughnut for everyone! Being students we love anything that comes free!

We went to church last Sunday and met a lot of really friendly people and enjoyed ourselves very much, we look forward to getting together each Wednesday with a play group from the ward for lunch and playing and getting together on many occasions with the Jessop's, the other family from BYU doing their internship here at The Bank (that is how everyone refers to Bank of America in Charlotte) as well.