Can you believe it's already SEPTEMBER??? Time flies, eh? Especially when you're trying to raise kids!! So, Hunter is currently working in LA for Seyfarth Shaw (a firm that represents 22 NFL teams with workers' compensation law). He is living there with one of the ward members from Westwood 2nd Ward (renting their apartment). He's making money--which is the good part :-). He greatly dislikes being away from the kids and I, but he's getting along. He loves his scout calling, and he still spends as much time as possible with friends we've made there in LA. There are great families there that we plan to keep as friends for ever! He is planning on getting the CA bar results at the end of November, which is SO unfair because most other states are relinquishing bar results this week or next.
The kids and I are living in Snowflake, AZ, with my mother, sister and step-dad, Keith Flake. They've been good enough to take us in for a short while. My mom began working as a 5th grade teacher this year--including after-school-orchestra, and Keith works half of the week in the valley, so, I pretty much get the house to myself and Sterling each day when the kids leave for school. What's even cooler, is that the busses bring my kids home each day after school! Last year, I had to walk about 3 miles a day to drop-off and retrieve my kids from school. Parking was a nightmare at Westwood Charter--so, I would just walk from home. YEAH for SNOWFLAKE BUSSING!!!!! Life has gotten much less complicated. Except, of course, that Hunt lives in another state :-).
Single-mommying has had it's trying moments, but I was reminded that Hunter is still bringing in the money, which greatly eases my stress!!! I am definitely BLESSED! I remember watching my mother work night shift to help supliment $$ when she was a single mother. She only slept a grand total of 5 hours each day...AGH!! I have NOTHING to complain about! Besides, with Sterling's sleep schedule, I get to write about 1-3 hours a day!!
The kids are doing well with their schooling. They've adjusted yet again to another state. Fortunately, they've lived in AZ before, just not in the northern part. So, with the addition of LOTS of extended family here, the kids and I are fairing quite well. Cody had a fun class activity today that I attended. They are all great kids! Mariah has entered puberty---AGH!!!!! Her emotions roller coaster some days, but she's so bright and enthusiastic about life that it makes up for the sob-sessions. Amber is making friends, which really helps here at home. She is improving her reading, too...YEAH!
We all had a fun rendezvous with Hunter this past weekend. Hunter allowed me a few hours off to go and have a "girl's get-a-way" with my buddy, Jamie Alston. We met and ate breakfast for her birthday. It was WONDERFUL to be a woman again. Sometimes, I feel like all I do is maid. I also got to read Hunger Games 3--woohoo! It was a ten hour vacation for me. Really, I read it in 10 hours! I found that I could multitask while tending to Sterling, doing the laundry, making dinner, and helping with homework.
Also, I've been offering two hours of free dance instruction for anyone who wants to come to the dance studio. It's been a blast! I had over 25 students show up for the beginning class this Tuesday night. It's great for my girls--not only do they get instruction, but they get to mingle with some of the neatest families in Snowflake. LOVE IT!! Mom watches my two boys while I'm gone with the girls. It's awesome! Mariah has turned into quite the ballerina. If only I could get her a better teacher with instruction a few times/week. If only, if only... So, Cody starts soccer at the end of the month, and we've yet to find exactly the right activity for Amber, but I'm hoping she figures it out as we're exposing her to so many different arts and such. We'll see.
So--despite the fact that we're in two different states, we're choosing happiness :-). Hunter is sending out applications left and right, so that our family can be reunited. If you know of any attorney leads...let us know :-). The economy is dying, unfortunately. But, we have faith that the Lord will help us move forward. FAITH FAITH FAITH!!!!!
Amber did kill my cell phone last week, so if you tried to call--I didn't get your message :-). I've gotten a new phone (thanks to Kyle Moore), and I'm back online. My number is 480-440-2906. Call anytime.
LOTS OF LUV,