Bryce started his job working for Casper's Ice Cream on March 1st, so he has been living up there during the week and coming home on the weekends. We wanted Cooper to stay in school at Freedom Elementary so we have decided to sell our home this month. We actually closed on our house on April 24th and moved in with Jacqui for 5 weeks. They were nice enough to accommodate our dog and kids while we were in this transition phase of our lives. We sold our house for $221, 000. We were able to make enough to pay for our land in Smithfield.
In early April, Cooper had his last choir concert under Mr. and Mrs. Claycomb. I always love hearing him sing and it has been something that he has enjoyed. He has great teachers and its been fun to attend his concerts and to see the hard work they have put in during their practices.
Don't know what I would do without these amazing boys of mine. They are completely different from each other, but I love them equally. They show their love for us differently but we wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Cooper verbally tells us he loves us and gives lots of hugs. He is verbally appreciate of most things and aware of kind things done on his behalf. Clayton doesn't verbalize it much, but he misses me when I'm gone and he wants me to tuck him in every night and lay with him for a few minutes.
In April, we received a late snow storm, so the boys went out and built a snowman in our front yard. It didn't last very long, but they still had a good time playing and creating together.
Clayton has two really good friends in the neighborhood. One is Gracie and the other is Zane. He spent most of the hours in the day playing with these two friends. They jumped on the tramp, hid from each other, painted their faces and dressed up like super heroes, rode bikes, played soccer and collected bugs.
Bryce and I purchased a piece of land in Smithfield the end of March. We will be starting to build our new home as soon as possible. Last October, Bryce was offered a job to work for Casper's Ice Cream as a Red Button Manager. It was a great offer and the job will be less stressful and less hours. It is definitely a bitter sweet move for us. WE have loved the friends that we have made in Roy over the past 8 years and we will miss them dearly, but we feel like this is what we are supposed to do.
Our lot is .41 arcres and this is right after they excavated and dug our hole for our foundation.
Parker is 18 months and she is so much fun. She loves to smile and dance and she is so happy. She is a people person and she loves to entertain others. She loves ice cream and family and friends. Her hair is finally starting to grow a little bit. For the longest time, many people thought she was a little boy (partly because of her name), but now she has her ears pierced and she is getting some hair. Her hair is beautiful and has a strawberry blond color to it.
While staying with Bryce's parents in Smithfield, I was lucky enough to have Susan Price come visit me. We caught up on 18 years in just a few hours. Susan was a childhood friend of mine. She was in my ward at church for a short time. Susan and I played basketball together for many years in high school. I also spent many days at her house because her Mom was my seminary teacher. This was one of the highlights of my year! It was so nice to be able to see her and to meet 2 of her girls.
For Cooper's 10th birthday, we took some of his friends to swim at the Rush in Syracuse. It's an indoor pool that has 4 slides and a small lazy river. The kids had a great time getting exercising in the pool and playing tag in the lazy river. Some of his friends that came were Jordan and Ty Clark, Jaxson and Reese Gabrish, and Ryland Stanger. Afterwards, we had pizza, cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday to an amazing boy that I love with all my heart. He sure does fill our home with peace and love.
Sean and Kellye came to see us for a week. The kids had a great time playing together. We ended up in Park City where we spent the weekend in a hotel over there. We went on a gondola ride up the mountain and they enjoyed seeing the snow fall. We also went bowling one evening and everyone had a great time.