Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Playing catch-up

So it has been a long time since I have blogged. I hope to make this the first day of a good habit. So much has happened in the world of Olson since I last blogged so I hope to catch everyone up on the happenings of our little family.
We have all been very busy since November. I stopped working (outside the home) in mid November. This was a long time coming and we finally took the plunge. It was a very scary and emotional time for me, but so far so good. It is so nice being home in the evenings and spending more time with my family, but it has also aloud free time for me with friends and other things outside the home. We are still adjusting to only having one income so I guess I will have to cut back on buying shoes. Did I just really say that!!!
In December we had the opportunity to go to Mexico for two weeks at Christmas time. We are not talking Cancun tropical Mexico, my family calls it "the ranch". It is a very small town in northern Mexico in the state of Nuevo Leon called Repueblo de Oriente. This is where my mom and dad grew up and spent their childhoods. My Grandfather (my mom's dad) still has a home there so this is where we (along with about 30 other relatives, no joke) stayed. It was a wonderful experience for our family. There were three "rooms" in the house and two bathrooms. Everyone found and air mattress and a spot on the hard tile floor to sleep. There was a line everyday for the shower. The days were warm and the nights were freezing cold. There are no heaters or air conditioners. We slept in sweatpants and sweatshirts and socks and lots of blankets. In the mornings we were able to go to the backyard and pick oranges right off my grandpa's trees. We had fresh squeezed juice, it was so good. Kevin got to know the layout of the land and really take in the culture and the experience. I had not been there since I was 15 so it was fun for me to go back. The kids loved it and enjoyed the freedom and the lack of rules. And best of all no one got sick, until we got home.
And now it's January and things are back to "normal". We are enjoying being home and settling into our new church ward. We are excited about all of the change in our lives and excited to be in a brand new ward with new callings and old , new and renewed friendships.
So that's us in a nutshell.

4 Thoughts:

Tharker said...

So good to see you back in blogworld Amy! I didn't know that you went to Mexico for the holidays. It sounds like it was wonderful.

Your comment about not buying so many shoes cracked me up.

Ms. Kristen said...

Glad that you are back! Love the information on Mexico trip! I talked with your husband a little about your trip! I am glad all had fun! What a great memory for your chldren!

MadMadameMim said...

So glad you are part of the blog world. Being a new trappee myself I was un aware you were on board. It looks like your trip to Mexico was a lot of fun. I'm curious what your new calling is since I saw the comment on Terrilyn's blog. Swing by and see what we're up to btdoniganfamily.blogspot.com

Lindsay said...

How fun to go to Mexico! What a neat experience for your kids. I didn't know you stopped working. It really must be so weird, but nice for you to have all your evenings free now.