We've been super excited all week about the big day and since Husbandface wasn't exactly keen on me keeping her home from school to watch The Royal Wedding, we sent her to school in her own tiara ... because to us she is royalty!
Don't Forget.... about the TOMBOW blog... TONS of cute pictures of all my kiddies and the projects that become of them.
I'm meeting with a Realtor tomorrow morning...we're selling our house so if you know of anyone looking in the area pretty-please have them check out ours.
Worried and upset and Mad... Mom and Dad and Em are in Waterton all week and THIS STORY is a little too close for comfort. I'm hoping Mom and Dad spend more time in meetings with contractors and less time on trails. Not only that, the whole thing pisses me off! When you go to Glacier-Waterton there is an automatic feeling of trust and relaxation. Everyone turns off the radios, the tv's and very few people even pick up the newspaper. Thousands of people head there every year with one purpose. To get away and relax. Let down their guard a little and enjoy some time with family. I don't like the idea of two freaking murders on the loose in a place so trusting and welcoming! No one would think twice about a couple of backpackers on the trail. So I'm hoping that a bear gets them if the authorities don't. :)
we're having an Olympic Hockey Party this afternoon. Anyone is welcome to join us.... as long as you're cheering for the right team! (Dad, it's day's like this that make me wish I lived closer to you! I miss you!)
I usually enjoy being right. This time I hate it. Yes, Our ward was split yesterday. It was split in a very odd/unexpected way that left 0 of my close friends with me. The two wards are UBER tiny and that scares the hell out of me. I was in the Pawtucket Ward in Rhode Island for almost 5 years and it was so hard on it's members to be part of that congregation. Doug was YM's President, ward translator (half the ward was portuguese speaking so it was like he was a Bishopbric member for them) and the Basketball Coach. I was Primary President. It was exausting. The handful of YW and dozen YM usually only had their leaders for church support. My primary of 18 was the cutest ever but the kids really struggled being the only child within 3 years of any others. They knew they were different to be LDS but they didn't even have an example of what that was to a 5th grader. We lost a lot of great, no amazing, members because the ward was so emotionally demanding and the leadership so inconsistant. THAT is my biggest fear for both of the wards here now.
The split from my friends I knew I could handle but when they were announcing where it would split and who would be affected and then the new leadership, I was so shocked all I could do was sit there and shake my head. How was this going to effect Ethan and his relationships at church? I think my new ward lost every other special needs child in the ward (there used to be 7-8 when we were combined). What would Doug think of the new bishopbric? 1/2 of them HATE him... seriously, he's gotten into full out fights with half the new bishopbric and one of them hasn't spoken to him in over a year, regardless of Doug's apologies. My concerns were justified to. Doug's reaction was epic. I should just cut and paste the 2 hours worth of texts I got from him during the remainer of Sacrament Meeting and classes. This is definately something that will be affecting my family on a daily basis and the realization of what's to come I was NOt prepared to handle. After the announcement, I ran out of the chapel bawling. Now that I've had 24 hours for the shock to wear off, I'm still discouraged and nervous. I know the logistics of the church. I also know that certain callings can really help people to grow and learn and become a little more open-minded and Christ-like. That being said, I'm not holding my breath. If there is one thing I've learned over the last 3 years it's that I can't change (or expect change) from anyone other than myself. So that's where I'm renewing my focus. I want to focus on what I can learn and more on my own personal faith. Because I go to church for me, not for my friends and not for the leadership. I'm hoping my faith is stronger than I am.
This year's WALK NOW FOR AUTISM is this weekend. Here in Atlanta it's on Sunday, May 3rd at 10 am at Atlantic Station. And for all our Utah friends it's at UVSC, oh wait, UVU on SATURDAY. Last year we couldn't make it because heaven forbid it rained, and heaven forbid Ethan threw a mega fit, and heaven forbid he heard thunder, and heaven forbid his clothes get wet.... let's just say it wasn't the ideal day. This year though... the weather is supposed to be BEAUTIFUL, Ethan is excited to wear his new shoes from Grandma and we are going!! We're going to support those hundreds of volunteers that and donors that raise so much money and awareness for our community. I think it's so important to teach the kids to be involved in their community, to contribute. It will also be good for Ethan to realize that there are a lot of HAPPY kids that have Autism, he is not alone. It's a fun way for our entire family to support Ethan. So, if you're free Sunday morning, come join us. Let's go for a walk!
Our power has been out for over 7 hours, there is close to 8 inches of snow outside and it looks like the 10 hour blizzard is finally letting up, our home smells like a campsite but at least we're warm! We're all bundled up in the living room with pillows, quilts and books. I'm sure our firelight inspired Read-a-thon will be the kind of memories my kids will glamorize for years. I have really enjoyed our forced quiet and simple evening but I am still saying "Thank Goodness for iPhones!". I love being able to check email and post when I can't even cook with anything but a sterno. Hopefully you are staying warm, and hopefully we get our power back on by morning! I'm off to stoke the fire and fall asleep to the familiar hissing, popping and warmth that it brings. Good Night!