Thursday, 26 November 2009


We were going to have Thanksgiving at Mum and Dad's but mum hasn't been too well so she's saving her strength and health for Dad's birthday next wednesday (when we're going out to the carvery! NICE)

So....while going out visiting some sisters last night, April; a sister from Utah, was making pumpkin pies and trying to find a good scavenger hunt list on the net. She was laughing because the lists she found said things like "Find a family playing football in the park...." and "find a house with 10 cars parked on the drive" We were all roaring our heads off, because in England you'd never see such things....We were joking about saying it should be more like: "Find a pigeon", "Find a chav", "Find a car with a scratch on the side..." heheh okay so we live in the Oakhurst/Redhouse area which feels like beverly hills. (Just the other day, as I was walking Ryan around the estate, I came across a brand new Audi R8 (V10 and 2.8ltr engine!) It was on Topgear the next day and valued at just over £100,000,00!!

Anyways, April was curious to know how I knew about Yankee candles and why I celebrated thanksgiving so I explained about Gemma and Nathan - OH HOW WE MISS YOU - and that Ross and I consider ourselves adopted Americans. haha. Anyways, despite her being stressed out about how she's gonna fit over 20 people in her house for dinner, she said "come on over for dinner, hey, 2 and a half more people wont make a difference" lol so anyways we're going over tonight and Ross is SO excited. haha.

Gosh I love this place. I haven't had a night in all week!! And tomorrow we're going over to Gloucester to play games with Carla and Gabor!!!

I'm so tired these days - but in a really good way, I mean, I'm physically tired as I'm not used to such a crazy social life. It's wonderful. It's what I've needed for ages!!!

Gotta go...

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

I've died and gone to Heaven.

Loved. That is how I am feeling right now. I should be shattered, lonely and frustrated. I should be depressed, unmotivated and bored. I'm not though. I have moved a bit away from family and moved closer to an even larger family!

The Swindon ward is just the best place on Earth for me, Ross and Ryan right now. We all feel so loved. We've been here....what? 2 weeks? And already Ross has a teaching assignment, we've got 2 family dinner appointments, I've been out with the girlies to the cinema, going visiting teaching tonight, been invited to a lunch with the girlies of Oakhurst and Redhouse next week - then it's the ward christmas party!! Also - the Bishop wants to see us for a "get to know you" chat. How AMAZING. The members are so warm and friendly and so at ease and happy. There's so many wonderful Americans in the ward and their loving mentality has been adopted by the other members....driving 3 miles to pick me up is no problem, going out and arranging a babysitter is no big deal....coming up to me and talking to me isn't an issue at all. IT'S WONDERFUL.

I am eternally grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me and my family to move to Swindon. We know we'll be busy here and I'm just so overwhelmed with happiness. I feel like I've been in water for so long and I've just broken the surface and gulped wonderful wonderful air!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Christmas Thoughts

I can not believe Christmas is almost here. I know that's such a cliche thing to write and everyone seems to say it these days, but time really is flying by. Last year I was still queazy, weak and wobbly from the effects of pregnancy and wishing that I would be shot and put out of my misery....this year I am feeling sprightly - (sprightly? Is that even a word?) and fighting fit! (well not exactly, but better right!)

Last year, I was thinking "Oh my goodness, I'm having a baby next year!!! I'M HAVING A BABY NEXT YEAR!!" this year i'm thinking "Oh my goodness, I'm 21 next year! I'm 21!!!!"

I've been shopping for Ryan's christmas presents and bought a couple of small things....Ross and I are eyeing up some cool stuff. Namely an inflatable ballpit and an indoor swing. - oh hang on, nap time-

So now I've completely lost track of my thoughts...

It appears that Ross, Ryan and I have moved to the "windy city" as it's been stormy and windy ever since we arrived in Swindon! The letterbox is driving me nuts!

Not much to report now. It's been ages since I actually WROTE in my blog, so I thought I'd write some thoughts....which turns out to be as exciting as a spatular. Or a woodlouse perhaps.

I'm re-writing Hope's much more grown up then before. Will definitely turn out to be teenager least.

Ummmmm any more news???

Nope. Zilch.

I'm DESPERATE to go watch New Moon at the Cinema and deathly jealous of all those lucky people who are going to see it TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT!! NooOO!

I just hope my Tesco vouchers arrive sooooon!!!!!!!!!!

Gotta go. Baby calls.....darn mobile, needs to last longer than 3 minutes!!!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Presenting.....Mr NappyHead!

Ross was playing with Ryan while I was doing some reading and suddenly I heard Ross and Ryan laughing together. I looked up and saw this - made me laugh so much that I couldn't resist taking a picture....he thought he was being hilarious.

Friday, 13 November 2009