Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ok, so I know I haven't blogged in over two months. Things have been busy here, but I thought I would update everyone on what's going on here in sunny Arizona. Denny received notice a few weeks ago that Airtron may consider closing down the Phoenix office considering that the lease is up on their office this spring. Then, about a week later, he got another call saying that they were closing the Phoenix office and Denny had to share the news with his employees. A few days later, he was told that they may have a position for him in Houston, TX. We are considering that option and are actually heading to TX on Wednesday of this coming week to check out the area. Neither of us have ever been to Houston. Please pray for us to know God's will for our lives in this area.

My job is continuing to go well, it was been pretty busy the past couple of weeks. The girls and I have been fighting colds the past couple of weeks. Sadie had the croup last week and her and I actually made a trip to the ER on 11/20. They gave her an oral steriod as well as a breathing treatment and sent us home. She is recovering pretty well, but Trinity got a cold and now I have one too. I'm hoping that it goes away before our trip on Wednesday.

The girls are great other than their colds. They will be staying with our friends, The Fooks while we visit Texas. Hopefully they will do ok for them and not give them too much trouble at bedtime and other times of the day when they want Mommy and Daddy. Trinity will start speech therapy very soon and will continue going to preschool at the Fellowship Child Development Center until we possible make a move.

We had a good Thanksgiving, we spent the day hanging out as a family and had lunch with some friends and a bunch of their friends who also didn't have family in town. We missed spending the day with our family back home.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I think we are finally there...

Last week Trinity's preschool asked to have a meeting with me about her potty training progress. I was pretty nervous about it because she loves school so much and I was really hoping she could stay but knew she was having more accidents than not. The meeting went really well though and we agreed that Trinity would stay home this week and we would get her potty training completed and then she would start back next week. We have tried about everything on this potty training thing, she only has issues with #2, but nothing seemed to be working. Then, miraculously on Sunday, she went on the potty without any prompting and has been continuing to do so ever since with only one accident, when we were out shopping yesterday. So, we are very hopeful that we have finally arrived at the end of the potty training journey, well during the day anyway.

We took Trinity riding on Mydnyght yesterday evening, pictures are on facebook - she absolutely loved it and Mydnyght is such a good boy. She ever rode by herself for a little while and held on tight to the saddle horn.

The taping for the news story mentioned in the last blog is scheduled for Thursday morning so I have been trying to get a little more organized and finished part of the living room painting project that I started on Monday before I remembered about the Thursday appointment. I finished painting most of the entertainment center wall, but Denny and I both don't like the paint color, so I'll be repainting all of it as soon as we pick a new color. This is the first time, in all of the painting that has been done in all three of the homes we have owned that I haven't liked a paint color once I got it up, so I guess that isn't so bad. And, at least its just paint instead of something more difficult and costly to replace.

Sadie is still growing like a weed - she turns six months old on Saturday - its gone so fast.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Ok, so its been awhile..


Here is a silly picture of Sadie. Denny was putting her burb cloth on her head and she thought it was funny!

Not much new around here lately. We spent the entire Labor Day weekend fighting some type of stomach virus, which was no fun at all. At least we had a long weekend to recooperate. We can't believe its September already and Sadie will be 6 months old on the 20th of this month! Crazy how time flies!

CCV Neighborhood groups are back in full swing, so the last few weeks have been really busy with visiting neighborhood groups and organizing various items to go with them.

Sadie is going to be dedicated at CCV on 9/14 and we have a mandatory parenting class this weekend at church for the baby dedication. Should be interesting, plus they provide childcare so Denny and I will be able to sit through a two hour class without kiddos!


I've been trying to get some painting done in my free time when I can. I did this yellow (Denny calls it "school bus yellow") in the entry (shown) and as an accent wall in the office/den and am happy with how it turned out. Next I want to tackle the family room which will be a bigger project.

I was talking to a friend on Thursday that works for Channel 12 news and she was asking me about using facebook to keep in touch with family. Turns out that she wants to do a story on it, so on Sept. 18th we will be filmed in our house during our usual family routine and she will interview me about using facebook and we'll show shots of my facebook page - and all of this will be on tv! I'm a little nervous and excited at the same time!

Trinity still loves preschool and has made a little bit of progress with potty training, but we are still working on it.

We are looking forward to the weather cooling down and our trip to San Diego in early November and to hopefully having some family come to visit in the fall/winter. Talk to you later!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday


Today the MOMS Club had an outing to the Tramonto Fire Station for a tour. Here is a pic of Trinity and some of the other kids inside the fire engine. She thought it was so neat that she went inside twice! We also listened to the firefighters tell us about not playing with fire and how to put out a fire if our clothes catch on fire - I think it went right over their heads! Then we went inside an everyone got a firemens hat and we saw their entirely stainless steel kitchen. Everything was stainless steel including the cabinets. That is so its easier to clean if one of the firemen has blood on their clothes and brushes up against something in the kitchen. Then we saw their dining room and TV room with a bunch of recliners and their dorm rooms. It was really neat! Lastly, one of the firemen pulled out the fire engine and let all of the kids take a turn at spraying the fire hose. Trinity thought this was great until it was her turn to spray - then she suddenly turned shy!

In other news, Sadie rolled over for the first time on Saturday from her back to the front. Once she's over she can't figure out how to get back though!

Gotta go!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Back Home Again...

So we are back home again after a great trip to the Midwest. I can't even begin to explain how much better it was to travel back to Michigan and Indiana in the summer than in the winter. Although it is nice to be with family around the holidays, the stress factor alone made it worth switching up our travel plans. No flight delays, great weather, being able to be outdoors, all well worth it. We arrived in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, 8/5 with no problems. We had a short layover in Milwaukee before connecting to GR, but so short that we only had time to hit the restroom and grab a snack for Trinity before we were back on another plane. Trinity didn't nap on the first flight and both girls were asleep before we even took off in Milwaukee and slept the whole short 20 minute flight to GR. We spent three jam packed days with my family including a trip to the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, a family BBQ at Leandra's new house and visits with my grandparents. We also took a long walk around Round Lake next to my parents neighborhood which was making us wish we were closer to lakefront properties in Arizona.

On Friday we made the 3.5 hour drive down to Swayzee to begin our visit with Denny's family. The drive was pretty uneventful which is always good. The girls slept pretty decent, they were fairly worn out by this time since we were never very successful with getting them to make the time change. It was almost easier to just put them down between 9-10pm and let them sleep in until 8am that way we didn't have to make such a drastic change back when we got home. Saturday 8/9 was Denny and my 11th anniversary. Denny's parents watched the girls for us and we went out to dinner in Fishers and then went to the Indiana State Fair. After that we decided to see if some friends of ours were home that lived down the road from us in Noblesville. They ended up being there which was amazing since they are in the process of moving to NY, so we visited with them for awhile and drove back up to Swayzee, getting back around midnight (a late night for us these days)! On Monday we left Swayzee for a day of visiting friends in the Indy area. We started out with a photo shoot with our friends from the Crux, Carpenter Photography and Design, we can't wait to get the pics back! After that, we stopped at our friends house, Chad & Stephanie and borrowed their extra vehicle and Denny and Trinity went to Airtron Indy to visit and Sadie and I went and ran some errands in Indy and stopped by Conseco to see PwC and Conseco friends. After that we headed back to the Lesnet's for a nap and then to Ben & Ari's in Fishers for our get together with everyone. It was so great to see so many good friends that we miss so much. Trinity had a great time and had no complaints when we put her to bed that evening. The next day we were up early to return our car and catch our 8:30 flight out of Indy. We got into Phoenix a little early and managed to get all of our stuff loaded into our vehicle and onto the road headed home.

Trinity started preschool on Wednesday and loves it so far. She is going to Fellowship Church in Anthem MWF from 9-3. On Friday she went to school in big girl panties and stayed dry all day, and even woke up dry from nap!

We have pictures from our trip posted on my facebook page, check them out!

Monday, July 28, 2008

One week and counting...

One week from today we'll be making the final preparations for our trip to the Midwest. We fly out around 10am next Tuesday morning. We are looking forward to seeing family and friends and getting a short break from the heat. It will be interesting to see if it feels much cooler to us with the humidity in the midwest.

Sadie had her 4 month check up last Tuesday. She was 26" long and weighed 17 lbs 2 ounces! She had grown quite a bit even since her GI appt the week before. She had a great check up, the nurse practitioner thought she looked great and said we could start with solids. I've started her on some oatmeal cereal because I had tried rice a few times earlier and felt like it made her a little extra fussy. She has been doing well with it and I've noticed her sleeping longer at night when she has cereal for dinner. Her reflux also seems to be getting much better and we've finally been able to establish a bedtime routine with her and her evening crying and fussiness has significantly decreased - yeah!

Later last week I was looking at Sadie's baby carrier and realized that the height limit on the carrier is 26" and since Sadie was 26" already, we decided to make the change into the "big girl" seat. So, Sadie is in Trinity's old seat and Trinity has a convertible seat that had been in Denny's truck and we got a plain old booster seat for Denny's truck which is really nice and easy to use. I've realized that having Sadie in the big girl seat presents a little bit of a problem because she isn't really steady enough yet to sit in a high chair or a shopping cart, so shopping and eating out is a little challenging until she gets a little more stable!

Not much else going on here. On Friday night we went out to eat at the brand new Chili's right down the road from our neighborhood. This is when I first realized that Sadie couldn't really sit in a high chair. On Saturday, Denny took Scout out with the Bird Dog Club early in the morning and I had a MOMS Club board meeting at 8am, then we went to the pool twice, once before nap and once after. On Sunday we went to the late service at church and then went to Costco and Sportsman's Warehouse after nap.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

New Addition to the Patterson Family

Greetings! We are switching writers up this evening, this is Denny. Below are some pictures of the newest addition to the Patterson family. A 16 week old German Short Hair Pointer, named Scout.


Scout is bred to hunt. His close relatives were on the Outdoor Network last Monday. He is already pointing and fetching some. He also loves to carry things around shoes, toys, etc..

Alli our Beagle is not too sure of the new addition. Trinity
loves Scout as Scout is very playful with her. We picked
him up this afternoon right after lunch. He is a typical puppy with a superman nose. Now the training begins.


Thank you to all for the birthday cards and presents. We look forward to being back in the midwest in the next couple of weeks to see all of you.

Sara, Trinity, and Sadie are doing great. It is very exciting to see Trinity and Sadie doing new things. I am the luckiest guy in the world with the worlds best wife and best two daughters...of course I am a little biased.



We miss all of you and hope to see you all soon.

much love,

Denny