Saturday, February 27, 2010

No news is good news?

I guess I figure that no one really checks here much anymore, but if there are some of you out there, I need to do better.

Nothing much has changed here. This whole "starting a business" things has been a roller coaster ride. Brian and Rick have everything in place to start the business, three banks were willing to loan them money, all said it was one of the best business plans they had ever seen--kuddos to the boys. Anyway, all they are lacking is a location. Twice we have had leases fall through. Brian had pretty much given up and had started looking for another job, but Rick went up to Heber one more time to see if there was anything they had overlooked. He found a property and then took Brian & John up to look. Brian was actually really excited again. Like I said, a roller coaster. So we are in the prelimiary stages of discussion with realtors and property owners once again. We are just praying this one works out. Any extra prayers would be so much appreciated. I would really love to see this work out for these Owens boys--I just love them all so much--being especially fond of the oldest one! :)

The kids are all doing really well. I still don't like year round school or the prospects of school in Jordan School district. They are talking about 10,000 more students next year with no increase in budget. The kids will be in classes with up to 40 kids. SOOO dysfunctional!! So if we have to stay here another year I am desperately hoping the charter school works out. But I really hope we move. I have never felt so disconnected from a school, the communication between teachers and parents is almost zilch and we have been told our kids are in one of the best schools in the district. It has been crazy. I can't help but think the teachers are overwhelmed and burned out with the number of students they are trying to teach--like I said--I hope we don't have to deal with it next school year. Hard for me to even believe Kash will be in kindergarten next year--Ruby and I will miss him terribly! But enough ranting, we have wonderful neighbors and the kids have all made some very nice friends. Jake continues to play guitar and dream of cars he and his dad can fix together. Ben continues to grow faster than I can keep up with. He LOVES Harry Potter and is just about done with#7. Sally is looking grown up with more permanent teeth now and loves her iPod, Taylor Swift, and having a room to share with Ruby. Kash loves Iron Man, John Deere Tractors and his bike. He is in constant motion and is usually singing or driving a car on the kitchen counter. I am totally smitten by him, he tells me I am beautiful when I get off the treadmill, how could I not be? Ruby is our resident dictator and true to that role, throws a horrible fit when anyone has the nerve to tell her no. She is super sweet the rest of the time and is talking more and more every day. I knew when we had Ruby she would be our last, so I didn't want her to grow up too quickly. But I have no control over that as much as I wish I did. So getting my head around the fact that May 2 she will be 2 is hard! I am grateful for the sleep I get these days, but fight the hard truth that I don't have babies anymore.

I am doing well. Just plugging away at the same old stuff. In spite of all the changes and craziness in our lives lately, the laundry still has to be done and dinner still has to be made. So we just keep moving on and hope we are going forward.

12 comments:

Ashley said...

I actually have been missing you! =) Thanks for the update... We really miss you guys. Any chances that your move might be more north? Rexburg schools are GREAT! =) Great news about the business. Brian is a trooper for sticking with it when it seems all hope is lost. I really pray it pays off in the end. Well, we love you guys and we eat our Coconut syrup weekly (that is I make a weekly batch to keep in the fridge for my every day heating up use.) WE couldn't live without you guys.. you mean so much to us. =)
love
the skiftons

Judy Lamont Stock said...

Jen, you will certainly have some prayers from us. I can't imagine your kids ever being in a bad school district. That must be really hard for you. They are so smart from what I hear and they deserve the best education. I hope things start going well for you. At least you have family which is a great support system for you. ;) Let us know if we can do anything for you.

Emily said...

Of course we read your blog. I have been wondering what is up with you! Good luck with everything. And remember that your kids will do great no matter what because they have great parents who make up for any school deficiencies. A lot of time schools are trying to make up for the deficiencies of the parents, you don't need to worry about that! Hope you're all well! We miss you!

Carley said...

Fingers are crossed for you and yours! Hang in there!

Gayle said...

So good to hear what you guys are up to! I hope everything works out for the business and hang in there with the school! 40 kids in a class sounds just crazy to me, but like Emily said, your kids have the benefit of great support at home. And I can totally relate on kids growing up too fast -- I enjoy a lot of the aspects of having older, more independent kids, but I still get sad sometimes thinking that we will have no more babies in our family.

Brad Jones said...

Good luck on the business front. I hope things work out!

Just do what we do and take the kids out of school and travel!! I always say, don't let school get in the way of their education!

mommabear said...

Heber is a wonderful area. I hope things work out for you. Sorry about the school situation. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to be a teacher these days.

Miss you guys. Maybe we'll see you at the pool this summer? Look for the lady with the big belly :-)

Mimi said...

I missed your blog too...always look for it on Megan's site. Great to catch up even if I haven't ever met your kids I feel like I know them:)! I'll send up some prayers for you guys...know it is unsettling to be in limbo so long(:

The Maguet's said...

Well...I hear there is some property available here in the big K Y! ...and the schools are NOT year round! If you ever think about moving East we'd be glad to have ya! I am so behind on my blog, too! Funny how kids can make you so tired!! I am sure things will work out for you soon! Hang in there...I can't believe Ruby is TWO...my, oh, my, how time flies!!

davenportreport said...

Jen, I'm sorry it's been so up and down for you. That has got to be super frustrating! We hope that everything magically falls into place really SOON! You are so great to be so supportive - it's gotta be tough!

I don't blame you for wanting out of that school district. We have a guy in our ward who teaches at Copper Hills High and it sounds like a nightmare!

Come up this way - our kids' classes are tiny (20 in Luke's and 23 in Adam's). Hope to see you soon!

xoxo

Rusty said...

THis is Tiffani..... We always check in on you! Seth just said with a deep sigh, " i really miss them!" We will keep you in our prayers. I am sorry things have been so stinky. Something great is just around the bend- I just know it. YOu are one of the best of the best! I love and miss you!

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