Saturday, July 18, 2009

Spring/Summer






















Well, we've been busy. To start the spring/summer off, Michael and I enjoyed a trip to San Francisco! Neither of us had been to California to spend any time, so we decided it would be great! (Our friend Adam Brewer and Joe Nichols accompanied us...and we enjoyed a few shows while we were there. The Dead at Shoreline Amphitheater, and The Allman Brothers Band at the Fox Theater.) We had a great time! The girls stay with Grandma and Grandpa, and had a wonderful time! Mel and Holly love having that extra time with the girls to rediscover their routines while they are there! We are all so blessed with Grandma and Grandpa living so close. They get that relationship that they really love!

We're getting a new uncle on that side of things...Michael's sister Heidi is getting married! Ted is great, and we're all totally excited about it. The girls have now coined the phrase "Heidited". It's great. Ted is so good with them, as he is the oldest of 4 kids. He's even babysat them for us...and had I have known that he had some free time, I probably would have called him to come over once a week!! They live over in Pella, and Heidi is working here at the station, so we get a lot more access to Aunt Heidi than we used to.

Isabella had another Dance Recital during Mother's Day. She did so well. Sometimes it's a struggle to get her to dance class, but she really does love it, and does well. She'll move up to the next level next year, but will still do Tap/Ballet. Madi gets to start in the fall too. (She's not quite going to be 3 in Sept, but will be in Oct, so Tresa said she will take her!) Mom, The Wonderlichs, The Scottons, and The Suhr's all came...and HeidiTed. (Ted had to miss some important basketball games on tv to come, thus is the "new" family life! Ha!)

I worked w/ Friends of Iowa Midwives, and the session ended around Easter. Our bill didn't go to the house floor, but did make it to committee. We had some support to send it to the floor as a bill, but we were pretty green. We'll go to the floor next year, I'm pretty confident about it. We're still an active group, and I've still be attending Steering Committee meetings. I've seen so many politicians this spring and summer, that we're about to be on a first name basis. It's fun, and I'd love to see Direct Entry Midwives/Certified Professional Midwives legalized/licensed. Perhaps I'd may consider it as an occupation some day when my babies are bigger.

With summer comes boating and golf for our family. We've enjoyed a few days out on the lake. The girls are still too little to really enjoy it, but soon! Michael's golfing quite a bit, and loves it. Bella started Junior Golf this summer. It's essentially a camp for a week, twice during the summer, with a final little tournament. So..Bella just had her first golf "tournament". She and Daddy were overjoyed about it!

Both girls have been growing....I think Bella has grown a foot over the spring/summer! Madi's talking up a storm!

We had a family wedding recently. The girls were flower girls for the first time. They loved it, but it was a long weekend for them. They were the only kids, so got a LOT of attention all weekend. I think Isabella invited the Best Man to her birthday party. (Side note: The best man really was awesome. He was Cousin April's best friend and neighbor since they were 5. We met him at the shower, and the girls loved him from the start!) The girls loved getting beautiful gowns on, taking photos, wearing A LITTLE makeup, and helping the bride! They especially loved the petal dropping part. Madi didn't stand for the ceremony, but did walk up and down the asile. (The wedding was at 3:30, with pictures starting at 12:30...so no naps and the challenge of staying clean for 3 hours was a little tough. ) They will be "flower maids" (Isabella's term when she invited herself to be in Heidited's wedding!) for Aunt Heidi's wedding. She's going to get married in Az, so we'll fly down and spend a week there at Mel and Holly home there. I'm sure it will be a lot of fun!

Michael has been BUSY with revamping the station web design, and how they handle the music. (Mostly going digital) It will great to see the end result, and will help them move forward as the rest of information comes via computers. He's added web conferencing for the Washington station, so now they can have daily meetings without him being in Washington.

I've been really busy with clients. I typically only take 4 at a time, but have been holding 5 for a while. Makes me feel really busy, but feel that it will ease in the fall. (I'll still have 5 clients, but Bella will be at school during the day, so it makes it seem easier for some reason.) We'll see if I can do it during the winter. There's a lot of visits that go along w/ one client, so winter weather may make it tough. The great side of this is that all of my clients have been home birth clients. I'm finally able to pick my clients, and send the births that I don't want to take on to other doulas. (There recently have been an increase in doula's in Des Moines, which is great! I've got a lot of ladies to refer too!!) I'm really only interested in homebirths or vbacs (vaginal birth after cesarean) right now. I will take hospital births for a friend, or really special circumstance, but am turning more away from that. Again, I'm grateful for Holly/Michael's availability when I have a birth. I couldn't do it if I didn't have reliable 24 hour care for the girls!!

We have repaired the fence...with a new white fence. It looks great!! The contractor that we hired was wonderful to work with. He came out and did like we needed to (jumping through hoops with the city!!) with his 2 boys. We found out that he used to work at Principal (IT) and had quit to build fence. He farmed too. His boys came everyday...so we realized they were homeschooled. They were a family of 7 kids...and were wonderful. The boys built the fence..the girls baked a loaf of bread to thank us for our business. We will always recommend Heartsill Fencing!

Our upstairs bathroom is done too! It's nice to have it!!

Now of course the downstairs main bathroom is crapping out on us. The sink drips (A LOT) and IF they could find the parts, it wouldn't be worth the expense. SO....we've got to decide what to do there. It needs new flooring, a new sink, and the tile needs fixed around the tub. (I'm sure Michael would be fine letting go of the pink, too!!)

First things, first! The garage is falling down. Literally...it's been blown over by strong winds, and leans a good foot at the top. I'm not sure what's holding it up. So...we called a few contractors to see if it could be stabilized and fixed. They won't touch it, nor will they put any of their people on it. It's too risky. So...off to the insurance company we had to go. They have ruled it structurally unsound. So we're in the process of getting the plans drawn to rebuild the garage....and have a good fun time w/ the city AGAIN so soon! It will happen soon...with in the next couple of weeks.

So...if you haven't been here since last summer...our gray house is now green, it has a new roof, the toilet and bath upstairs works, the gray fence is now a new white one, our two giant trees in front of the house are now gone, and we'll have a new garage in a few weeks. It could potentially be unrecognizable to you. (The curvy driveway is still the same!) We're starting to feel like we've bought "The Money Pit" but it will be awesome once it's all done. Truthfully, we haven't really been able to make the updates that we wanted to, but only the immediately necessary projects to bring the house up to full working order. I can't wait to do the changes interiorly that we want to do !

We're excited for August. We always get to see a lot of people w/ the races, and the fair. Bella starts Kindergarten too, so that will be an additional thing to be excited about. She will walk 1 block to school...it's around the corner from us to the south. That was a tough decision for us. I really, really wanted to homeschool. I just feel over-extended now, with a huge house, a toddler, and working w/ a full client load. Michael's parents offered to pay for Pella Christian. We discovered that if we sent both girls just through 5th grade, it would cost us their college fund +...so...we are going to go right around the corner for Kindergarten. We'll re-evaluate in the spring.

We are both working a lot, so in this economy, I feel blessed. We have a roof over our head, a full heart, and a great family! I'm excited to share our latest blog with you!