Friday, September 19, 2008

Ribbon cutting

Adam's office has been open since May, but he just made it "official" yesterday by having an open house at his office, and a ribbon cutting event with the Cache Chamber of Commerce members in attendance. Congratulations Adam! This is the beginning of many great things to come.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A sneak peak into the mind of a 4 year old

I work at the local gym once a week for four hours so that I can get a free membership for my family and other discounts. I work in the "Kids Klub", so I get to take my children with me to work. Yesterday we were sitting in the lobby on our break eating lunch and Claire says to me, "Mom, look at that girl over there, what is she doing?" (For those of you who have been to the Sports Academy have probably noticed the bronze sculpture that stands in the main entrance of a lady doing a dance leap in the air.) I said, "She is leaping & dancing." Claire: "She's pretty, did she die and they took her body and put her there?" Oh my gosh, poor girl is thinking that we "taxidermy" humans and display them like animals. Geez, I sure am glad that we don't really do that.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Summer Regionals

Every June, Edward Jones (the company Adam works for) hosts Summer regional meeting's where everyone in his region, and their families are invited to attend. So shortly after we moved into our home, we took off for Heber City, Utah to stay at the Homestead Ranch for a fun-filled, all expenses paid, four day weekend getaway. This was only our second time attending, (last year it was at Edward Jones headquarters in St. Louis, MO) but I sure do look forward to this event where there's lots of good food that I don't have to cook or pay for, planned activities for the kids and adults, and lots of relaxing and sunshine by the pool. It is a great opportunity to meet and chat with other Edward Jones families, who are in the same livelihood situation, so to speak, as you are. During the first half of every day that we are there, Adam is in meetings with his fellow Investment Representative's (IR's). They also have a meeting for the spouses, which is kinda fun to attend. The first night they had a country western theme for dinner and after dinner activities, so here's my fam dressed up in cowboy/girl garb. I am sad that I didn't take a pic of Adam riding the mechanical Bull.

Stella kinda looks like a little cowBOY ;)

Rodeo Queen

what a stud. I am just glad that he didn't sport a "Wrangler butt" because they DON'T drive me nuts! No offense to anyone who thinks otherwise.

Claire had a lot of fun with all the girlie's that are her age

There was A LOT of hugging that took place, kinda cute.

the Pioneer Award

The last evening at regionals, they have an awards dinner that is a semi-formal, very nice dinner event with delicious food and awards presented afterwards. They provide a babysitting service to take care of your kids during this dinner, which is nice. Adam was presented with the Pioneer Award, which represents the fact that he started his Edward Jones office from scratch. I didn't realize how rare this was within the company. His region covers the area from Rexburg to Provo, roughly. There were only two IR's out of about eighty that received this award in the entire region. Usually when IR's start working for Edward Jones, they get into an existing office, with existing accounts when someone has retired, moved onto other things, passed away, etc. Adam had to start working out of our tiny, two bedroom Apt. and work his way up to earning his office. It was a lot of hard work for him but has definitely paid off. I am so proud of my sweet husband and the hard work he puts in for our family. We are so blessed to be a part of such an amazing, highly reputable company that actually cares about its employees and their families. Thank you Edward Jones.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Big girl

Claire's first day of preschool

Her little support system

Claire started preschool on Friday the 5th. She absolutely loves it! It was bittersweet dropping her off at school. Sweet because she was so happy and excited. Bitter because she's officially a "big girl", and this is the beginning of her leaving me regularly for education, for the rest of her time living at home. At least it is only 2 hours, 3 days a week.
She was sooo ready for preschool. She started making a habit of saying: "Mom I'm so bored, what are we going to do that's fun today?" It is hard for a 4 year old to understand that we can't do fun and exciting things every minute of every day, mom's have to do regular household chores once in a while. Summer has sure spoiled her, especially with a new home, yard, and a lot more freedom.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Back to blogging

Wow, it has been a while. We moved into our first home the end of June, and just recently got our internet up and running again. It's crazy how the things that you do regularly really have a lot to do with habit. We got our internet running a week ago and since I've been out of the habit of checking my e-mail and blogging, I just barely got around to posting again.
We've had a really fun summer and I am soooo sad to see it cruising to an end. It is already starting to cool down here, and reality of what is coming (bitter cold) is setting in. I really do enjoy Winter and a white Christmas, but I have to admit, I wish we could shave one month or dare I say two, off of the season. Anyway, I want to try to post a brief summary of what we have been up to the last 2 1/2 months, mixed in with what's going on now. Sorry in advance for the dated events.