Sunday, October 9, 2011

Playing catch-up

Hooray!! We finally got this working again! Sorry it's been sooo long since an update. There obviously is a lot to catch up on, but I'll try to keep it short.

So first, in June, my brother Geoff and his fiancé Emily got married. It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony, which was also good for the kids because they could run around till it started.
TJ had to leave the day after the wedding to get back for finals, but I was able to stay and we had a little Rands' family reunion! It was lots of fun, although the fact that Steven got sick the day after it started made it a little less fun. I'm not really sure what exactly was wrong, but he had a fever and threw up a couple days in a row. Bottom line, he wouldn't let me put him down and wouldn't let anyone else in my family hold him, which was pretty sad. He also didn't really want to play with any of his cousins. One of the few things that did make him happy, though, was the piano. He LOVES the piano.

We finally sold the Passat (otherwise known as Mrs. Jones). It was bittersweet since we had been trying to sell it for a while, but once it came down to actually letting it go, we weren't sure if we could do it! This was the car that TJ and I fell in love in! She had been with us through our entire relationship so far, we brought Steven home from the hospital in her, and for TJ, she had been a part of his life since high school. Anyway, we miss her, but trust that she's happy with her new family. (We made the guy we sold her to take this picture right after we signed all the papers)

We got some family pictures taken that I had gotten a Groupon for. We love them!! The people did a great job and we just wish they weren't so expensive so we could get pictures take there all the time!

In August, TJ's family came to Utah and we had a Peper family reunion. It was so much fun! We started out hanging around in Provo/Lehi for the first half of the week, and then headed up to Midway and stayed in a house up there for the rest of the week. It was gorgeous in Midway. We were able to spend lots of time outside during the day, and then the grown-ups got to play games once the kids were asleep. It was especially fun when we played Minute to Win It. Lyndsay did an awesome job putting it all together, and it was one of the most entertaining things I've ever seen.

We also had some good girl bonding time shopping, and three out of the four sisters/sister-in-law got matching shoes! I felt like a true Peper girl.

After a week of TJ's family making comment's about Steven's hair and how he needed a haircut, we finally relented and gave him one. It was so, so sad. Once all his curls were gone, he just didn't look like my little baby anymore.

Anyway, now that we have this up and running again, I promise I'll update more soon! It's good to be back :)


the mom said...

I know I say this all the time, but YAY! Finally, another update!

1) Mrs. Jones? I'd never heard that before. And I didn't realize how much history was in that car! I got a tear in *my* eye, too.

2) Julia, you are gorgeous in the professional family picture! Such a great shot of you. Your boys look good, too, of course, but you're the standout in that one! :)

3) Um, I thought we were whispering behind your backs about Baby Steve's hair, not making outright comments. =} But seriously, look at what a handsome little man he is! Not to mention the better to see his big baby blues and foot long eyelashes!!

Clay and Katy said...

Yay for an update!!! I dont think I ever saw Stevens hair after you cut it...he is so handsome (the curls were cute too)!!!!! He looks like Brody too me with his hair short like that!

Julia Peper said...

actually, I think the exact same thing, Katy! Especially that second to last picture with him in the orange shirt. I think he looks SO much like Brody.

Steve and Nicole said...

Julia! I saw your blog on Mandys :) SO cute! Steven is seriously one of the cutest kids ever!