Sunday, December 26, 2010

December 2010, What a month!

So the Collins have been quite crazy and frantic over the past couple of weeks. Honestly just the past 10 days.
On December 2nd Josh was flown out to Minnesota for a job interview as a director for summer camp. He stayed less than 24 hours with 10 of those hours being interviewed time.
On Tuesday the 14th he accepted the job and the packing began. With on sight housing and the job starting on the 28th the rush to pack up our lives took precedence over Christmas cards, friends and pregnancy.
Poor Abby did not take the news very well.
I did finally get a picture of her in the bouncy seat, even if it was filled with Josh's clothes
The moving experience was quite an adventure in North Carolina, and I bet it will continue in Minnesota. All of our items were supposed to be picked up on the 23rd, but due to some complications from the movers we did not get taken care of until the 24th. Abby stayed at Pink Street as long as she could take it before the two of us took off to Newton to start our Christmas, leaving Josh to handle the rest of the moving. Before we left, Abby made sure to tell her Ray good-bye. He will always be her favorite neighbor.

On Christmas Day we were woken up to a wonderful snowfall. Mike and Beth had already left to fly across country to see the rest of their family. Josh and I took time for ourselves to just be. Abby got to experience the beginning of a long road of snow.
When we went to bed around midnight last night it was still snowing. Thankfully when we woke up this morning at 3:30 the snow had stopped. Josh, Abby and Shovel all got in J's truck and headed out for their long day on the road.
I am going to stay in North Carolina and finish up the school year. Mike and Beth have been gracious enough to let me steal a bedroom and bathroom for the next six months. Josh will return for Cyprus' birth and a couple more times before June.

After super sad goodbyes Shelby and I went back to sleep. Church had been cancelled due to the weather so we decided to take advantage of the perfect snow and have a little fun.

I love fresh snow!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Old Friends

Time has really gotten away from me! Not only am I amazed that it is mid December, but our adventure with the Weant family was weeks ago.

Josh and I headed to Boone with Abby for a weekend. Abby reconnected with Gracie. At first they seemed to not know each other, but I think they were shy.

We were on a mission to ask Laura and Jonathan to be the God parents of Cyprus Virginia. They said yes and we celebrated with a nice supper fixed by Josh and then played cards. Abby however was on a different mission.

The picture below seems like a calm pasture filled with nice docile horses, just wanting to eat and enjoy life. However the picture was taken before Abby and Gracie (well, not really Gracie) got the best of them. Laura took us into the pasture to get a closer look of the horses. We were still many many yards away until Abby noticed them as well. After chasing after a couple of horses and getting them all riled up the stampede started. Yes, seven stampeding horses coming our way! If you have never experienced it, watching a very pregnant woman run through a field dodging horse poop, while screaming is quite an experience. While Laura and I did not find this adventure exciting, Josh found the entire experience quite humorous.

Abby didn't stop there, the five of us decided to climb a mountain. The girls, of course being the rule breakers that they are decided to climb without leashes. Gracie took it one step further and did not even wear a collar.

We made it a third of the way up and were caught by a park ranger. Of course the girls played dumb while we apologized. I was worried that I would have to fake labor to get us out of the mess, I think Laura and Josh were more concerned that I might go into labor.

We decided to make our stopping point here before the top of the mountain. I personally was fine with the decision.

We had a wonderful time with the Weants and won't forget our adventures anytime soon. We hope the next time we visit, Jonathan will be able to play more instead of leading a funeral.

For Christmas Josh and I bought a new camera. At the moment Abby is my model. She absolutely hates it and has hidden behind Josh in almost every shot. However I cornered her in the bathroom where she finally looked at me. I think we all know from her eyes exactly what she is thinking..... We made up later.

And of course here is the 30 week picture that I know you have all been waiting for. My kids at school have finally realized that I am pregnant. Last week one of my favorites told me that I was going to have a pop star baby, "You know Mrs. Collins, like Hannah Montana" He later told me that he hopes she will be as beautiful as I am. (Can you see why he is a favorite?) I did however ignore the fact that Hannah Montana and I are in the same category in his mind.