Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March Madness Marshall style...

For spring break we flew out to Te-Te-Tennessee for a mini reunion with good friends that Aaron went to Talbot (Biola's seminary where he got his MA) with. It had been almost 3 years since we had seen these guys and so sweet to catch up. Jeff and Angela (the couple on the far right in the pic below) moved to Tennessee so that Jeff could start work on his PhD in Political Philosophy. He and Aaron had soo much fun picking each other's brains with PhD and Philosophy talk. I had such a good time catching up with Angela and Tena. This last time we all saw each other we were all having babies (Aricin is 3 days younger then Jackson and 3 months older then Michael). An added bonus was that we all spilled that all three couples are pregnant again and due within about 3 weeks of each other. So so fun!

Marshalls, Shapiros, and Cervantez families
Jackson, Aricin, Michael, Abby, and Tally
3 little monkeys jumping on a bed

All tuckered out
They brought us into the Smokey Mountain National Forest and we got to explore

I love this shot! Super dad!

Our girl is always eating...

Aricin striking a pose
The kiddos
Enjoying nature- Aaron wishes we got outdoors more

The Shapiros
Cervantez Family

Bath time for the boys
Tally girl...

St. Patty's day Rainbow Jello fun

Dress up time...

She's a climber like her brother...
March has been so fun. We shared with friends and family that we are expecting baby #3 (we're about 13 weeks now) and are due October 8th. Aaron's tutoring company- Eudaimonia ES, Inc. is growing which is exciting and he also has his hand in another company, Impact edVentures, a tripping company which will be launching this summer with a trip to Uganda and two trips to the Bahamas both of which Aaron will be on. He also just found out that he's going to have the opportunity to develop a Humanities track at Valor- something he's wanted to see come about for a while and he also found out he's been chosen to be the Department Chair next year for Bible.

As for me, I've been busy working on my next novel of which I'm about a week away from being finished and ready to start submitting to my critique group of four other writer gals i've been working with for the last two years. And the kids... (Sigh) Can i just say i so love the ages and stages that they are at right now. Tally isn't talking a ton, she kind of has her own Chubakah like language that she seems to understand and sing in often. She loves to do whatever her brother is doing, loves to put on bracelets, drag her dolls around, and give out hugs and kisses to all of us. She is such a happy girl. Aricin is turning into a true boy. He talks all the time and is super curious. When he hears Aaron turn the shower on in the morning he jogs down the hall into our room and asks if he can come into my bed for "cuddles". Then he tells me that he loves me, it is so sweet! This morning i got weepy thinking that these moments are here but for a season and too soon he's going to be in school, in junior high, and then in high school. Yikes! it's probably just the pregnancy hormones but i'm getting teary again just thinking about it. I so appreciate his big heart and how he loves to help me with projects and loves to teach his sister. I'm thankful for this season and that i'm able to hang out with them and treasure these times. Aricin has just started praying and it's so sweet to hear the things he's thankful for. Tally's started putting her hands together before dinner when she watches us pray and it's also so sweet to watch her try to mimick us. It will be interesting to see how kiddo #3 fits into the mix. Aricin has just started telling me that he has a baby boy in his belly named Jackson. Kids are too funny. Lately i've been planning and prepping for his 3rd birthday party. I've just finished making 20 super hero capes and masks for his Super Hero party- it should be lots of fun, I'll post the pics and details soon.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

February Fun and our new ride...

After the death of our much loved Honda Pilot we went on the search for a replacement... and this is what we got.
It's a not new but I love it!
Tally learning how to express her emotions with the emotions stick
Today's word was Hysterical
Tally's bracelets

Sand fun

Jon and Courtney with the kids
Should i drill or vacuum?
Awww.... Jon and Courtney

The snow man
Oh February... February was crazy to say the least. It started with a fun visit from Jon and Courtney where we rolled and totaled our Honda Pilot in the mountains. As a result i spent the entire month putting around in our Chevy Impala rental car. We were all sick most of february. I battled a sinus infection- bad cough- and currently back in the sinus infection stage. Aricin is also on meds for a sinus infection and Tally currently has a double ear infection. Aaron has some how managed to avoid all of us and our germs. Oh yeah and we (aricin and I) got pink eye a few weeks ago. Fun times. The good news is as of two days ago we have another car. Truth be told i had my eyes on another expensive Honda Pilot but my somewhat wise and savy husband talked me into the idea of buying a cheap car that we could pay cash for and not have to worry about a car payment- especially since we've been and will continue to spend 3 months out of the year in Scotland. Having said that the search for our next car was ugly- we looked at a lot of cars i hated and finally came across some Range Rovers and Land Rover Discovery's that i fell in love with. We know they can sometimes be lemons (Certains years and makes) and that if you take it to a dealer they can be uber expensive but we have a mechanic that works primarily on British Motors so we're ready. I'm super pumped that it has a heated windshield (no scraping ice off baby) I'm also stoked it has two moon roofs, heated seats, and two jump seats in the back that fold down from the walls if we should need them. It sits super high which is fun for me and is rated one of the safest cars around (earning it a gold star from me) - in case we should roll again. There are also buttons inside for incase we take it bouldering up a mountain or need to cross a river. It's way more hard core then we are and i'm sure we will never used most of the buttons inside. Aaron's excited to take it camping and i kind of am too. If these things can keep Lions out while on safari then i can camp in it.
The kids are growing so fast and are at such fun stages. Tally loves to follow Aricin around and do whatever he's doing. She's very dramatic but also likes to laugh, clap, and dance. Aricin surprises us everyday with words like disgusting and gorgeous. He cracks us up and is so fun to have around. We are looking forward to taking off to Te-Te-Tennessee in about 10 days on a mini reunion with some of our friends from when Aaron was in Seminary in southern california. It should be fun to catch up and hang out with old friends.