Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

Well, I hope everyone has had an awesome Christmas! I know that we did.

Hayden was hilarious to watch this christmas. He would take every single piece of paper he ripped off and put it in the garbage. So we had no mess to clean up. He was so funny to watch. He loved taking the paper off the most, I think.

Kevin and I also enjoyed our gift which is a 42" ldc hdtv that we got early and have really enjoyed! Thaks everyone who helped us get it!

On Christmas eve, we recieved a 5 min call from brad while at my Grandma Harward's house. He called to tell us that there is visa problems.. so he could be stuck in the mtc til feb if things aren't figured out. But he is doing good.

We also learned that although Hayden loves to watch the snow fall and loves to sit at a window or door and yell "no"(his word for snow) He wants nothing to do with it because it is cold! We took him outside and put him in it. Yea, it was over then. He wants nothing to do with it anymore. But he will still watch it as it falls.

It is so much fun to watch him grow. We hope everyone is safe and well for the holiday's.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas is coming!

YAY! Christmas is almost here.

I setup our tree on the 3rd and Hayden has just been fascinated with it. When ever he gets a chance he goes up and plays with the ornaments and touches the lights followed by him saying 'Hot'. It is very funny to watch him. I can't wait to see his face on Christmas with all his new stuff. Kevin and I are spoiled and got our present early. So we don't have fun stuff to open on Christmas. Oh well we are enjoying our new tv and movies.

Yesterday I dressed Hayden in a white shirt and tie. He looked like a mini missionary. It was so cute. I am sending my brother a picture of it in the mail today. And the best part is he wore his tie almost all day.

Kevin will be done with school after today til January. 4 finals in one day sucks. I hope he does well.

Well that is all for now. I hope everyone is well.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Elder Thorup

Why is it that even though a mission is such a good thing, it is so hard to let go?

Well Brad is finally gone. And with him going we find a big hole in our hearts. Yes, he is going to do good and to teach people the gospel so that they can learn the truth. But why does it hurt so much? I know that I will see him again and that he is only gone for a little while, but that knowledge does not help stop the flow of tears.

On Tuesday before Brad was set apart, we were at my mom's house, Lydia was standing in a corner trying not to let anyone see that she was crying. That made me start crying and we sat there hugging for a while. I then had an idea for her, so we sat down and listened to "I'll See You In A While". It made us cry even more, which was not the effect I wanted. The song is about leaving for a few years and not saying goodbye just saying see you in a while, because we will see you again. I was crying yesterday as Brad was heading for the car to go to the MTC Lydia came over to me and told me " Jen Jen remember it is see you in a while, not goodbye." How greatful I am to her for being so strong and comforting to me. Even though I should be the one comforting her.

Brad has been a best friend for over 19 years. It is like I am losing a part of myself for 2 years. But the people in the Dominican Republic need him more than I do. So I will wait patiently here for him to return. And I will offer any support I can to him. We will all miss him so much.

If I am like this for my brother how will I be for Hayden?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sinuses, Missions, and Giant Turkeys

Well what a crazy month it has been! Trying to get Brad all ready to leave us for 2 years, vinyl parties, a sick family, school, semi-promotion for kevin, twilight, and trying to keep up with everyone else...

Brad is going to be leaving us for 2 years this coming Wednesday! We have been working hard to get him ready for it. He will be serving in the Dominican Republic, how exciting! He has been continually under stress from his family to get a move on it and get going. We are very proud of him that he is choosing to serve the Lord. He just had his farewell party on Nov. 23, My Mom worked very hard and it turned out great! I know that I will miss him more than I want to admit, but I am glad to see him go.

Our vinyl business is doing pretty good. We have been taking a break since Nov. 15th in order to help prepare brad to go and to spend time with family. We will be starting up again on Dec. 6th. So if you want to come we will be at Wheeler Farm. I new hit that I have made with glass blocks is the BYU and U of U blocks. We are hoping that it goes good!

We have all been sick lately. Hayden was sick a few sundays ago and passed it on to me, and I then passed it on to Kevin. On top of that Kevin has his yearly sinus infection and Hayden has a double ear infection.... I hope that that is as bad as it is going to get this year.

Kevin's school is coming to and end. He has one week left and then finals. YAY!!! although he doesn't know what he will do with all of his extra time for a month. Kevin's work is going great. His boss (who he doesn't really like) is now "underneath" him. He is becoming Kevin's cashier and isn't allowed to cook anymore. They really want him to quit, but won't fire him. Doesn't make sense to me but whatever. So Kevin is happy that the change is taking place.

So my sister Emily and my cousin Tiff were talking about Twilight all summer and I hadn't read it at all. I finally picked it up at the end of the summer and LOVED IT!!! When I found out the date for the movie I was so excited! I bought tickets for the midnight showing. The plan was for Emily and her friend to go with me... that went out the window when they flew to Hawaii tuesday before the show. (sorry emily) But my cousins Katee and Kelsee were all to willing to go in her place. We had a blast and the movie was AWESOME!

Random thing:
Kevin says that he is no good at writting blogs even though he wanted one so bad so I get to write all the blogs. =)

Anyways, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow. Always love the good food. And then family parties for the weekend. YAY for parties!!! Also black Friday, I hate the crowds but love the deals.... good luck to all of you going out in it, I hope you get what you want.

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. I know we will.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

end of October and into November

Wow what a crazy month! And now it is onto the next crazy month.

Hayden was a gorilla for Halloween, so cute!
Although trick-or-treating didn't go so well. He was afraid of almost everyone's costumes, we had fun anyways. All the people loved him... as we would walk away he would ask for more, no one denied him. Kevin and I dressed up as "parents".

The semester is starting to come to an end for Kevin... so why he is missing school I dunno... Which he is starting to stress now because finals are coming up soon. Work is going good and he is learning a lot about catering and cafeteria cooking style.

Hayden is keeping busy making sure everyone is under his thumb. he recently charmed my mom into buying toys for him... He is way too spoiled... watch out if he comes your way saying "please". His new favorite words are "mine" and "Josh", we have not been looking forward to the mine part, and to everyone else sorry you are josh. Although he charms things out of people he is always so helpful and enjoys trying to help, Doesn't matter what the job as long as he can help he is happy.
He is now tall enough to reach the door knob and put his hand all the way around it, though he can not turn it yet it is just a matter of time.

As for me, we had a boutique on the 1st which didn't get the turnout is was supposed to, but oh well. We are just starting out and learning as we go. We are having fun and learning a lot about each other in the process.
We have a few more boutiques and parties coming up this month. but after the 15th we are taking a break with the parties. Brad is going to be leaving on the 3rd of December, so we are taking a break to spend time with him before he is gone. After he leaves though we will be starting right back where we left off.

Well that's all for now. Take care!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What's new???

Well... Kevin is still going to school to become a chef. He loves it other than this semester is really boring(intro classes and junk). His job is going pretty good other than certain ppl there. Kevin was also ordained an elder on October 19th. We are so proud of him.
Hayden is growing like a weed. He is always amazing us with the things he learns. We have learned recently that we need to watch what we say around him, since he has become a little parrot. He loves to help out and has recently discovered the vacuum isn't as scary as he thought, which lead to him vacuuming for 30 min straight.
I have been keeping busy lately with a new business. My mom, aunt, and I are starting up a vinyl company making home decor. So if you want any let me know. =) We have done a few parties and have been fairly successful so far. It consumes my weekdays and most of my weekends... but it is something that I love to do.
I hope all of you are well!


our blog

Hey everyone,
Hope all is well for you. So Kevin is sad that we are the last to have a blog in his family so here is ours.
Hopefully we will remember to update it...