Friday, July 4th
Our fourth of July holiday started off really early, Karey (Kimball's younger brother) had flown in from Utah the night before, and he helped set up tables and chairs early that morning for the annual ward breakfast that I was in charge of. It turned out great with almost 250 people! We had a bounce house for the kids, along with games and a bike parade. The breakfast was yummy and even better we had enough of it to feed such a crowd. It was fun but I'm glad its over!
Then after we got home we hurried and packed our things and it was off to Tyler. We got there and hung around for a bit, gramps took Mya for a ride on the lawnmower then that night we went out to eat and went to Lake Tyler and saw tons of awesome fire works.
Saturday, July 5th
The next day was the much anticipated Knackstedt family reunion. Larry, Kris, Kimball, and Karey worked hard all morning helping Grandma and Grandpa Knackstedt move into there new place, while Sandy and Mya and I went to the farmer's market and Sam's Club to pick up some things for the family reunion.
Then it was on to the Bell Family farm (a friend of Sandy's was gracious enough to let us use there farm as our meeting place.) where there were three play structures, a shed made into a play house with dolls and food and beds and kitchen, sandbox, tree swings, swimming pool, a pond with hungry fish to feed, and a tractor train that Bro. Bell drove the kids around in...Mya didnt know where to begin! (Sorry about all the pics, I actually was choosy about which ones to put up)
All in all it was a success, the kids had a blast and most importantly we were all together as brothers and sisters to be with grandma and grandpa (even though they had to leave a little earlier cause the heat was getting to them). Sandy was so excited to see all of her kids and grandkids together having fun.
Wednesday, July 9th
With the busy weekend behind us we waited until a couple of days after Mya's real birthday (July 7th) and had a little get together with friends on the Wednesday after. The theme of the party ended up being "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to", cause she seemed to be upset the entire time. We had a lot of fun though and some good food, all you can eat hot dogs, chips, birthday cake, and homemade icecream. She also got way more presents than she deserved for being so crabby the whole time. Oh well I guess this is what being two years old is all about.
The birthday Haul, all this plus the cozy coupe car we got for the back yard! What a lucky little girl!
Saturday, July 12th
Three days later was my baby shower thrown by four of my very good friends, it was such a fun party and I was very touched by all my friends who came to show their support for the baby and I. The food was yummy, the cake was adorable, and the games were hilarious. We played guess the baby food which I passed on... you would too if you were 36 weeks pregnant and took a whiff of pineapple glazed ham baby food. We also played guess whats in the poopy diaper (melted candy bars which you had to identify) Just the sight of it had me rolling and I loved to hear people say "You can't taste the diapers!". Above all the company was the highlight of the afternoon, even Kimball's mom and sister made the 2.5 hr trip to come which made me feel very loved. I've just now gotten done sorting through and washing all of the clothes and gifts and am overwhelmed by how blessed I am to have such wonderful friends.
I made these boxes as a thank you gift for my friends that helped with making the shower happen, I loved how they turned out. I have a thing for stuff that's really colorful. For the shower I had them all stacked up on eachother it looked like a fancy four-tiered cake.
The shower haul! It feels good to have everything taken care of, I don't think I'll have to buy diapers for quite awhile...what a relief!
Well what a busy couple of weeks it has been, I much prefer it this way as it makes the time go by faster while I otherwise sit and wait for something to happen. During all of this I also took some pictures I hope to post hopefully sooner than later... Mya's first trip to the movie theatre, swimming with friends, a mommy daughter date we had, and lots more. I did want to make sure to include one last announcement however that I felt couldnt wait. Warning: Only those of you who don't find me bragging about my husband annoying or rude should continue...if you've made it this far in this forever long post to begin with. As most of you know, Kimball took his board exams almost four weeks ago, and finally got his score back from the USMLE (test used for the M.D. residency applicants). All I will say is Kimball had to log out and back in two more times after he saw his score to make sure that it was for the right person. Needless to say he got an outstanding score, and we are very very proud of him. This means he will now be a competitive candidate for anything he chooses to go into, even when applying for M.D. residencies which opens more opportunities of where we can think about settling down. A few of the areas he did best in were Gastro/Intestinal, Reproductive & Endocrine, and Renal/Urinary. All surgical specialties he has thought about going into. Again I apologize for those of you who find this annoying, its just was a huge blessing to see his hard work pay off in such an unexpected way. Way to go honey you did it!