Here is an update on me and mine!
Mark finished his apprenticeship this past June. He is so glad for that. We celebrated his accomplishment a few times; with friends and family! He is working for a great company now- based out of Oakland. He currently is carpooling with his boss in the company car. Quite nice!! He became elders Quorum President in September. He has lots of ideas how to get all the tools to our house, currently most of his tools are at his parents- thanks so much Mom and Dad!!! Today he begins the quest for making space for the tools!
We just finished a refinance and are waiting for the check to change banks! Wahoo! Thank you- Opengate Lending!! You should give them a try!
I (Gretchen) am keeping so busy with Hank and Ellie we have so much fun. Meal planning helps me stay sane. I co-teach a preschool called Joy School (google it) with some friends, there are currently 4 moms and 4 kids, it's held twice a week in our homes. I am Primary President in my ward, which is so great. It is crazy fun each Sunday! I have had lots of fun decorating our house for seasons and Holidays; Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas so far! We have had a great time having people over to our home the past 5 months, mostly we do kids and moms get togethers! I look forward to more. I started Strength training a few weeks back, Hank has exercised with me twice. He is so extremely cute about exercising!!
Hank, Hank Allen, or Hankie, Big Boy or Boss Man which ever we decide to say; is 3 years old, (B-day March 5th). He is really into the "Vavenjers" aka the Avengers, especially Iron Man. He loves playing at the Park, playing with his toys; legos, Toy Story guys, his new Imaginex castle dragon and Ogre (spoiled at Christmas), going to the Zoo with Grandma, pretending to be a Transformer, stickers, helping measure and cook and eating burritos! He has lots of other favorites; foods and toys and shows, but that'll do. He is so smart and is learning to negotiate with me over everything. (Not my favorite.) He stills takes naps, most days. He can spell his name outloud, can spot it, and write it. Wowee!
Ellie, El, Ellie Jean Jelly Bean, El-Bell, Miss Chif, Ellie Girl, Princess or Big Girl- take your pick is 1 year old, (b-day Feb. 26th). She loves to play- at the park, at the Zoo, with her Daddies phone, or anything that looks like a cellphone- calculators small remotes and her toy phone, she is all girl- loves any and all pretty, sparkley, white, pink and purple things. She loves her baby doll, (just got a babydoll stroller for Christmas). Loves looking in the mirror. Loves clothes! She is constantly hungry, more of a snacker. I have Z bars, Luna bars and fruit with me alot of the time. She loves Oatmeal, beans, pretzels, cookies, and any kind of treat or snack. She is a pasta and rice girl, and really loves meat too. We just love her sooo much!
Lastly we love Fridays! We get together for dinner with Grandma Sharon and Grandpa Brent and Auntie Afton. We have so much fun!! We swap who prepares dinner. It is really the best! Then we all play! It is so great!
Good luck with the new year! Here comes 2013!!
Love- Mark, Gretchen, Hank and Ellie
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