So here is the scoop on what we have been doing since our last real (informative) post!
Hunter turned 9! So yea - he can be done getting bigger! Every day he seems to get up and be a little bit less of a little kid and it is making me sad. So goes the life of a mom of a pre-teen. He is quite the gadget kid and has been begging and pleading his case for an iPhone. (YEA RIGHT!) So instead for his birthday we became ultra cool parents and got him the next best thing, an iTouch! He loves it and never doesn't have it in his hands :)
Easter was a blur. We were getting ready to go home shortly after but we did manage to get the obligatory Easter pictures.
We had the 3rd grade invention convention, and we survived and passed with flying colors. He created 'The Detector' a system of mirrors and a laser beam to know if I am coming to make sure he is doing what he was asked to do. :) Lets just say we will not be recreating it in full size.... I like to have the element of surprise on my side :)
Bart quit his job! He is consulting now and traveling but is really enjoying what he is doing. And for us, that is important so we are making the travel aspect work :)
And then there was the 56 hour whirlwind trip to Salt Lake City! Hang on folks we are going to see how many things we can pack into 1 quick weekend!
6:00 Am Friday morning and we are on our way to the airport. Flight leaves a little late but must have had great wind helping it once we got going because we made it into SLC 40 minutes early. Got the rental car, all of our luggage and we were off to pick up Bart's rental bike. Got to the Bike store and oddly enough the bike they had for him was purple! Well either it is a really cool bike and the color doesn't matter or they thought when I called and said I needed to rent a bike for my husband I was kidding and really needed a bike for me. Either way this is what he was getting because everything had been rented out for the weekend. So load up the bike with the luggage and the kids and down to the Salt Palace we go! Found Lauren, who is really cute pregnant (I didn't get to see her last time), got started collecting packets while we were still waiting on the rest of the crew. Still waiting so we went and met Bart's dad to drop him off with so they could go shooting while we did party preparations. Back to the Salt Palace, found Mom, Megan and the heard of small folks.
Collected the rest of the packets - 11 in all - and got everyone back into a seat belt.... off to Costco! 3 adults and 6 children under the age of 9 isn't such an odd site there but seemed kind of chaotic to me but we survived and managed to get out of there with 3 carts off food too! Off to Mom's to find an email from channel 2 news wanting to do a story on us! Holy smokes are you kidding me?!?!?! So I got tasked with the job of talking to them and figuring out what was going to happen. By the time the conversation was done the anchor of the 10 o'clock news and a camera guy would be out during our family pasta party to get some footage. Food for 30+ was prepared, cousins started rolling in, excitement started growing for the following day, and all the while the reason for our gathering in the front of our minds. Pictures of him at every turn, he was there, you couldn't help but feel him. The news came and went, then it was the family meeting to spread the meet up information and to have the all important 'what are you going to wear' conversations. Prayer was said and all dispersed. For some in was a unisom and bed, others it was play time in a hotel, for Mom and I - curl up on the couches in the media room and watch some tv, lay there wondering if the other one is asleep or if they are awake with the same nervous energy you have. 11:00 PM Lights out (in case you were trying to keep track that means I have been up for 19.5 hours today)