New House

We just moved into a brand new house and am enjoying the nice “new house’ smell. We are right across from Lillia’s school and a super fancy playground. The playground includes a splash pad and 100 foot zip line. It’s not what you would really expect from a small neighborhood surrounded by desert, but there it is. Our backyard is small, but if you ignore the wall behind it, it appears endless. Take a look at the view out the back window.
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Our old house in Iowa was super cool, with its 3 floors, beautiful lawn and trees, and view of the old cemetary. We frequently saw opossums, racoons, squirrels and various birds stealing food from our back porch and once we saw a bunch of vultures eating a squirell in our back yard. Everything there was close by. We were within 15 minutes 4 malls, 3 walmarts, downtown Des Moines, the Iowa State Fair, my office, the zoo, the science center, the airport and less than 5 minutes from the governor’s mansion and Drake University. The finished basement was a devoted play room. it was really nice to be able to quarantine the toy mess to a single floor. When the kids had too much energy, we would find excuses to send them from the play room back to their rooms several times. all that climbing would invariably tire them out.
Some things, I will miss, like never having to water the lawn, and. . . having a lawn. By the way, anyone want to buy a lawnmower and edger? Other things, I won’t, like clearing away all the fallen tree branches after a storm and sharing the upstairs bathroom with three girls.
Anyway, thanks for visiting and reading this boring post. We will include some fun stories in the future.

On to Las Cruces New Mexico

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After five fabulous years in the great state of Iowa, we took a job in beautiful Las Cruces, New Mexico.  It is a beautiful desert town of about 100K people, about 50 minutes away from El Paso and the Mexican border.  It is surrounded by scenic desert and mountains and is a growing retirement community.  We are looking forward to mild winters and long summers.  The main industry is pecan and chili pepper production.  You can drive four miles through the large green pecan trees, which seem out of place in the middle of the desert.  Las Cruces is close to the town of Hatch, which grows the best chili peppers in the world.  Las Cruces is also home to New Mexico State University.  Go Aggies!

There is a robust LDS community in town, including 7 wards.  The major builders in the area have LDS roots.  There is a neighborhood with a Nephite Court, a Lamanite Court and a Jaredite Ct.  We almost Bought a house in Lamanite Ct.  Instead, we bought a lovely brand new house in a brand new subdivision organized by the stake president.

We are enjoying our time here and have already enjoyed a few interesting adventures, including the time Janell accidentally went to mexico without any passport or ID for the kids.  I will try to get her to tell the story.  Be sure to check out our photos page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Update

Its been almost a year since we posted last.  Here are some pics from our latest trip to the Omaha Zoo:

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Generally speaking we are doing great!  Lillia is finishing her year of preschool and has very advanced language and reading skills.  Eliza is very athletic for her age and is a great snuggler.  Janell is super busy with the relief society.   I still go to work than go home and play with kids, pretty much every day.  Thanks for visiting!

Life in Des Moines

I have not posted an entry in over a year now.  Shame on me.  Catching up on everything that has happened in this entry would be too daunting a task to even contemplate, so i will just sum it up.  Last July, I took a new job in West Des Moines and we have been enjoying life in a more urban environment.  Eliza is happy, healthy, and very strong.  Lillia is 4 and is still a charmer.  She has wonderful social skills and is getting very good at drawing and coloring.  I like my job, but traditional office life is making me fat.  Janell is happy, but very busy with her new calling in the relief society.  I have been able to cut down my hours to spend more time at home, but it is still challenging.  We bought a house in October and have dug our heels in.

We still miss Saipan. Sometimes terribly.  But we really like it here.   I have posted a few pics below.

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Omaha Zoo

 

Last week we went to the Omaha Zoo.  SOme say it is even better than the San diego zoo.  The layout is better, but there are not as many animals.  I wouldn’t say better, but it is an outstanding zoo.

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Leaving Paradise

So, eventually we had to leave our tropical paradise home and return to our beloved Iowa.  The short version is that we were blessed with a new member of our family.  Unfortunately, early ultrasounds revealed that, she, like Lillia, had hydrocephalus.  She would need brain surgery shortly after birth and then need several follow ups throughout the year.  The closest pediatric neurosurgeon was in the Philippines.  We could not figure out a way for it to work, so I started looking for jobs in Iowa.  I found a great job in a great little Iowa town and could not pass up on the opportunity.

It was hard to leave Saipan, but we are thrilled to start our new life in Humboldt.  I could probably devote a whole blog to that last sentence, but I won’t, because too much sentimentality gives me a headache.  I stead I will just write a little about how we are doing now.  Eliza was born on November 26 and, miraculously, did not have to have the shunt surgery.  Essentially, her head inexplicably fixed itself, which we chalk up to divine miracle.  All in all she is pretty healthy.  Although she has several abnormalities, none of them pose a significant threat to her health.  Also, of less importance, she is cute.

My next Few entries will probably backtrack to some of the things we missed.  Thanks for visiting!

Comming Soon

Ever have one of these days?