At the end of BYU-Idaho's fall semester we decided the best place for our family is back home with family and friends that we grew up with (along with some better sunshine-y weather and access to better medical care.) So we hurried up and moved!
The kids (and Jon... and my mom... and Jon's mom...) all got MISERABLE colds the week that we moved :( It kept us indoors for a little bit, but thankfully everyone is on the mend and we've been able to get a lot of boxes unpacked. :) The drive itself was as good as it could have been, with only some spots of snow.
We felt very blessed to make it safely, and miss out on the crazy blizzard that hit Rexburg on graduation day!
For the time being we are living with Jon's parents and my mom. :) We had a beautiful Christmas all together and were able to visit Jon's brother Mike, his wife Amanda, and their daughter AnnMarie, as well as my dad, and sister, Michelle.
|new illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to read together as a family!|
By far the most beautiful gift I received this year was a hand painted watercolor portrait of me with the kids. Jon ordered it from one of my favorite artists. I absolutely LOVE it!
Kate and Edwin were totally spoiled (of course) and received new big kid beds! They are loving their twin sized mattresses and we love the bunk bed giving everyone lots of space in their new room. :D
Margo pup is still alive and well, but is staying with my dad and sister at their house in Loomis until we find a permanent dog-friendly place to live. She seems to be enjoying the yard to play in and having some kid-free space for a while ;)
Horse the goldfish is alive and well in Rexburg. We felt like the traveling would probably kill him (too much change in elevation and temperature) so our friend Paige adopted him:
Along with the new fun space in our house, I redecorated mine and Jon's bedroom! It definitely needed it.
(fantastic sign above the bed credit goes to my friend Sloane at Indigo Rose Restoration!)
Clutter free art display space = #AllTheHeartEyes
This was SO needed! Now I feel like we have a grown-up retreat space all to ourselves :D
Meanwhile, we've been able to catch up with lots of great friends:
We've been out to sushi, had breakfast burritos, gone caroling to surprise people, tried Korean food, went to breakfast with friends, had play-dates, exchanged Christmas presents, and went go-carting! The end of 2016 has definitely gone off with a BANG.
There's lots of new stuff happening soon, and lots more from this past year to catch you up on. But for now I'm realizing that I haven't done a good job of documenting our recent friend time, HAHA
Goal for 2017: TAKE MORE PICTURES ;)
We hope we get to visit all of you that we haven't seen yet really soon!!
Here's to new fun and new #AlstonAdventures
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!!