Well, having a 5 month old has proven to make me want to sit and do nothing whenever I have a few minutes to myself; which is the cause for my lack of updates over the past few months. I'll do my best to catch up with everything we've had going on.
I have started working again part time at a variety of different places. I work as a hygienist what has turned out to be 1 Saturday a month in an office just down the street from my house. They advertised it to be more regular than that, but I'm ok with what it's turned out to be. It's still some nice extra money once a month.
I also went to Baskin Robbins in May and am now managing the store here in Queen Creek. I still am working very part time there, but it's very flexible and easy work for the money.
I had a working interview at a dental office in Mesa about 3 weeks ago. I loved the office and the staff probably the most of any office I've been in yet. The position would be every Thursday, every other Saturday and eventually (in about a year) Fridays too. The pay is awesome. They had 2 or 3 more interviews after me, and since they're looking for a Thursday hygienist they only do the interviews on Thursdays. So, I'm still waiting to hear back either way from them. We're really praying so much that I get it.
Dan and I celebrated 4 years of marital bliss on May 25th. It is crazy to think that 4 years has gone by already, and just as fun to think about everything that's happened in that 4 years. We didn't do anything especially exciting for our anniversary. We had lunch at one of our favorite places, Tia Rosas, then did a little shopping, took some "family pictures" outside the temple, and then had dinner at the Landmark restaurant. We had Tyler with us all day except for dinner which was actually perfect. We enjoyed spending the day together with our little family.
Our ward was realigned in June which has been an adjustment to the new ward we're in, but it's getting there. We loved our old ward, and we didn't think the realignment would affect us that much since we'd only been in the old ward for 6 months, but we were wrong. We didn't realize how much we really had acclimated to the old ward and made lots of friendships in the short 6 months we were there. But, we are making new friends little by little in the new ward and still have lots of our old ward members with us now. Just like anything though, it will just take time.
Tyler had a great time for his first 4th of July. We spent the day at my mom's visiting my grandparents, relaxing and swimming. Ty also enjoyed his first swim. He was quite tuckered out from a day full of activities and was kind of out of it, but he loved it nonetheless. He was more interested in looking at the fruit trees, grape vine & sky while in the pool.
We were able to get tickets from an old co-worker of Dan's in Tucson for the All-Star Game Fan Fest down at the Phoenix Convention Center in July. We took Tyler and rode light rail downtown and really enjoyed celebrating the All-Star Game being here in Phoenix this year.
The next weekend, we took a day trip up to Snowflake & Taylor with Dan's entire immediate family. Tyler LOVED going on the trip and being outside with so many trees and nature things to look at. (He loves anything to do with outside. Trees, flowers, the sky, birds, etc.) It was a lot of fun to spend the day with family and get out of the heat.
Our little man is growing so much so fast. He started solid foods at the beginning of July. He loves eating now haha which is pretty comical to watch sometimes. When he sees a bottle being made he starts quivering and chuckling with his mouth as wide as he can make it, until he gets it. He loves pretty much all solid foods except peaches. He'll only eat peaches if they're mixed with cereal.
At his 4 month dr. appt. at the beginning of July, he was 15 lbs. which was the 46th percentile for weight, he was in the 50th percentile for height and the 86th percentile for his head size. We've always known this kid was a smart boy, but he proves it to us more and more everyday! He goes back to the Dr. September 2nd for his 6 month check up and shots, and I'm excited to see where he's at with height and weight now after 2 months of solid food and increasing his formula amounts too.
Dan is starting school again for what will hopefully be the last time. He wants very much to have a degree and is pretty set on going until he's done this time. Hopefully he'll be able to finish in the next couple of years. He is such a good husband to me, and daddy to Tyler and really wants to do this for himself. It will be difficult I'm sure to balance everything he does already with school again, but I know he can do it if he puts his mind to it and he definitely has.
We're working more and more on landscaping our backyard and little bits in the front yard too. We planted a new little tree on the side of the house in the front to replace an old dead tree that's been there since we first walked through the house last fall. It's doing well so far and has already grown a bit. We're excited to watch it continue to grow into a large shade tree for the eastern side of our house. We're planning to lay down some grass seed in the backyard as soon as it gets a little cooler and the monsoons pass. We're also planning to plant a large ash tree in the front of the house once it cools down a little.
We're also planning to paint the inside of the house room by room starting somewhat soon, and to refinish two dressers for our room once it cools off. So stay tuned for lots of updated pictures as we start working on these various projects!