Saturday, February 18, 2012

Little Girl Gracie

Baby Grace will be nineteen months old in a couple days! She isn't really a baby any more.  Grace is such a fun, happy, sweet little thing and we love having her around.  She is learning more words every day. Here is a list of some of her most used words:

mom
daddy
baby
hugs
uh-oh
bonk
owee
bye
go!
no
yay!
walla (water)
appoh (apple)
cookie
hair
hi
peese (please)
more
nigh-nigh (night night)
mine!
yeah
bite
wusat (what's that)
heeyago (here you go).

Yesterday she said "Sissy" for the first time, and that made her Aunt Giselle, who is staying with us for a little while, super happy.

Today I put her hair in pig tails and she really looked all grown-up.




Thursday, February 16, 2012

Future Plans

I have been thinking a lot about the future lately.  There is so much uncertainty in our life right now not knowing if Richie will have a job next fall let alone where we might be living.  It is unsettling.  I recently started to consider the idea of going back to school to get a masters degree, but not in theatre/scenic design.  I have really been interested in interior design lately and sometimes day-dream of running away to Toronto to learn from my favorite Canadian designer (if I didn't have three young children, of course).  I have supported my husband for a while, and we have talked about it being my turn.  In December I met with a faculty member from the interior design department here at Utah State to find out what I would need to do to get into the program.  He was very helpful, but also very honest about how hard it would be to do with little kids because of the commitment required to the program.  I was pretty excited about the program and the idea of getting back into school, although I wasn't sure how we would afford it, but I thought we would figure that out when we really needed to.  

The thing is, I like being a stay-at-home-mom.  It is a choice we have made for our family and it is good for us.  My reasons for wanting to go to graduate school don't have anything to do with what other people think of my role as a woman in society, it is something I want to do for myself; I value education and I am really interested in the subject.  But, when I talk to people sometimes I feel like I have to justify my choice to stay home and mention that I am thinking about going to graduate school, and I don't like that.  I recently saw a professor who taught at Utah State for a couple years that I hadn't seen in about ten years.  When Professor K. R. asked what I was up to and I said I am a stay-at-home-mom the judgement coming from her was very apparent.  She obviously did not approve but pretended to care and asked what the ages are, and then seemed flabbergasted when I told her the ages of my THREE children.  I was really annoyed and offended by her reaction, but I decided to just stop talking to her, because I have many people in my life that support my choices and they are the ones I want to be with, anyway. 

Well, it turns out it isn't exactly the right time to go to graduate school for me anyway because I will be really busy this fall doing something else.


So, the future is still uncertain, but we do know a new member will join our family in August!  Graduate school will still happen, it will just have to wait a little while longer.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sophia's first day of preschool

When little Richie started school a year and a half ago, Sophia was very jealous and she has been asking when she will get to start school ever since.  She won't start kindergarten until 2013 and that is a long time for a little one to wait and we have wanted to get her into preschool, but it just didn't work into our budget.  We also didn't know where to start as far as choosing a school, and when we started looking at places, most of them are already full (no surprise) and are pretty pricey.  Then we were talking to some friends in our ward and they suggested calling Melody Lane Preschool, because her mom runs it and we could probably get in right now.  We got Sophia signed up immediately and she went to her first day on Thursday.  She was beyond thrilled to finally go to school!  She picked her favorite dress and was so excited to get to use her backpack.  As soon as she came home she started asking when she gets to go again.  On Tuesday she gets to have a Valentine's party and she was already excited about Valentine's Day, but now she is extra excited.  I think she is going to really love school!