Sunday, March 2, 2008

Update in a nut -- I mean Acorn -- shell

Here's the end-of-February report from the Mighty Texas Oakes:

Jared got a promotion at Mary Kay, where he is responsible for their global community website presence as well as mobile device applications. He's also an official "yellow belly", which is a good thing when talking about karate. He passed his first belt test and is quickly moving on to orange.

Krista gets another trip through the MRI tube this week, so guess what the subject of our fast is today? :) If all goes well we get a break from chemo. She has been invited to speak at the Families Supporting Adoption conference in SLC in August, and she has also been asked to help make an adoption training DVD sometime in June, so heads up -- you may see us this summer!

Jacob turns seven on March 13th and we're celebrating with a Lego-themed party that weekend. He still gets 100% on every spelling test, and he beat his mom in chess the other day. He's our "little boy blue", having just earned his blue belt in karate, and after a few months of lessons he bravely played a prelude song on the piano ("Jesus Loves the Little Children") in front of the whole primary today.

Emma is a force to be reckoned with. She's the youngest in the family, but definitely the smartest when it comes to getting what she wants and charming the pants off of everyone in her midst. It's totally worth a plane ticket just to come out and see her sing karaoke with Jacob.

We head to Nauvoo in a couple weeks for spring break, staying with friends who own a house there and work at the Nauvoo temple. When we get back, Krista's brother Mike and his family will be moving back to the Dallas area from North Carolina. We're working on getting her other two brothers here, and then we'll be aiming our magnets toward the Oakes branch of the family tree!

Okay -- that's a big acorn shell, but now you're up to date!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

March updates

It has been awhile since I've posted anything here. So here goes-

It is the 1st of the month so as soon as I saw James this morning we had to change the calendars. He is my constant timekeeper.

The biggest news lately is that Bryan was in an accident last night. Everyone was okay but the Toyota was hit in the same area that already had damage, so maybe he'll get a fixed front end out of this.

We have been attending a weekly workshop for parents of kids with disabilities that the state is offering to families that are stuck on the waiting list for services. The information that they present isn't anything new but the companionship of others who are going through the same sort of experiences is wonderful. I'm going to be sad when the sessions are over.

Bryan and James just got back from their special time together. They go swimming at the rec center and have a great time. They just beat the storm that is raining/snowing pretty hard right now. Of course Bryan has to go back out in the weather to take Joseph and Colton to the movies in a few minutes (in the cool Avenger that the rental place gave us).

Speaking of Joseph he had his first official date a few weeks ago when he asked a good friend to their Jr. prom. They had a great time and the pictures are so cute of them. Joe looks so grownup in his tux. Sorry that I can't share the pics (my scanner isn't hooked up and I am too lazy to do it).

Well I can't think of anything else to share, except that I would love to hear from all of you.

Love you-The Singleton's