Friday, May 22, 2009

He Did It!

Last night was Trent's graduation dinner from orthodontic residency. It's hard to believe all these years of hard work and jumping through hoops are coming to an end in just two weeks and we will be moving onto real life! Words cannot express how excited we are and also how proud I am of Trent for all his hard work he has put in to accomplish this goal. Last night was a night for celebration! Dinner was at One Twenty Six in Iowa City and was divine, as usual. Here are all the graduating residents and their spouses (Layne and Kristi, Niles and Sarah, Albert and Rachel, Trent and me, and Nathan and Suzanne): Dr. Karin Southard and Trent. He did orthodontic research with her during dental school and she has been such an amazing support to him. He clicked with her from day one and feels really lucky to have known her:

Dr. Tom Southard (ortho department chair) and Trent:
Don't even ask me what they're doing. It had been a long night!
Trent and Albert:
Tanner (Trent's younger brother in the program) and Trent. Tanner gave a little "roast" to Trent and I had to reflect on how funny it is that all these years later Trent is still being teased for the same things he was roasted for at our wedding dinner (think speeding tickets). It was really cute!
Dr. Southard and all orthodontic residents:

Rachel brought a darling cake for Albert since it was also his 30th birthday! Look how cute!
A rare shot of the two of us:
Congratulations again, Trent! I couldn't be more proud of you!

Jack's Preschool Graduation

These photos are all out of order, but I don't have the patience to go back and re-do them so bear with me! I just had to post some pictures from Jack's preschool graduation earlier this week. Even though this was just his first year, I'm so proud of him and all that he's learned at school. He has absolutely loved preschool and wishes he could go every day. Here are a couple shots from the night. This is when his teacher was reading what each child said they'd learned that year at school. Jack said he learned that he loves bugs. His 1 year certificate:

Singing The Wheels on the Bus with his class:
Charlie was so happy to clap for all the kids and when they called out Jack's name he yelled, "I see Jack! I see Mrs. Bounds!"

Tuckered out from the big night:

All of us out front:

The after-party:
Congratulations, Jack!

Friday, April 17, 2009


I'm watching Rachel and Albert's kids all weekend while they're in Denver, and things can get a little crazy in our two-bedroom apartment with five kids (two of whom are still sick). In a moment of chaos, I popped this bad boy in and enjoyed 30 minutes of peace. Literally every single one of them was glued to it. Rachel, you might want to try it next weekend!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Update

We've been forced to have a pretty low-key Easter weekend around here. This picture pretty much sums it up. Poor Charlie has a nasty virus and let's just say I've about filled my quota of bodily fluids I'd like to clean up for the next year. He's tired, I'm tired, and I don't think I can bear to hear one more episode of Thomas or Dora. Jack, on the other hand, was all over Easter this year. He was thrilled when the Easter bunny brought him his new favorite show.

He went straight for the big eggs and didn't waste any time with the little chocolate ones. Smart guy!
Honestly, they've logged way too much time watching shows. Sometimes it's the only thing that will take C's mind off his misery. You gotta do what you gotta do. I love how Jack lined up all his lizards he found in his Easter eggs to enjoy the show with them.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Daily Inspiration from Jack

In case you can't understand the words, he's saying:

"He is alive! God's not dead, no!

He is alive! God's not dead, no!

He is alive! God's not dead, no!"

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Aunt Ruby's the Bomb!

We just dropped Rebecca off at the airport this morning and Jack and Charlie don't quite know what to do with themselves without their latest favorite playmate. She came for a long weekend and we all had so much fun with her! I just loved this picture she took of Charlie settling in with a book at the library.

The main event for the weekend was heading down to Nauvoo and Carthage on Sunday. Surprisingly, Jack and Charlie did really well and we all agreed the day was a success! We didn't get home until almost 8:00 that night and the kids were real troopers. Jack amused himself throughout the day finding as many sticks as he could and tried to throw a few of them into the Mississippi River.

My three favorite boys:

Rebecca peppered our tour guide Kevin with all kinds of questions. I'm sure he was glad to see us drive away at the end of the day! Really though, he was awesome!

It was a nice day, but chilly!
Poor Rebecca endured the two-hour drive each way smashed between the boys. Looks like we may need to look into that minivan!
All of us outside Carthage. Jack was intrigued by the jail inside, but was happier to get outside and run around.

And another stick:
These two cannot sit next to each other without being shoulder to shoulder. They are best buddies and love to do everything together. Jack probably gave Charlie thirty kisses just during this lunch!

Thanks again, Rebecca for coming! We seriously love having family come visit, and have been so thrilled to have so many come recently (and looking forward to Tommy next month)! We miss you already!

Grandma's Visit

My mom came for one last visit to Iowa a couple weeks ago to help celebrate Jack's birthday and keep me company while Trent was in Denver for the week. We loved having her here and she spoiled us with a night away at the Marriott, delicious meals, and tons and tons of help with the kids. Jack and Charlie just loved having her here (despite Charlie's expression here)!
As if they don't get enough time playing with trains at home, we decided to head to the library for a change of scenery and storytime:

We had the best weather while she was here and spent a lot of time outside playing at the park. I really wanted to sign Jack up for soccer or t-ball this year, but we will be moving half-way through the season. Jack's really getting the hang of it!

And Charlie wasn't too shabby, either!

Charlie's heaven. He could swing and swing and swing all day long.
One of their many creations:

Thanks again for coming, Mom! Can't wait for your next visit to Colorado!