Our baby is growing up

Lilypie First Birthday tickers

Our little boy is growing up....

Lilypie Fourth Birthday tickers

Our princess is growing up....

Lilypie Kids Birthday tickers

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dancing Hannah

A couple of weeks ago Hannah started dancing every time we turned on Body Language by Jesse McCartney. Apparently it is her favorite song. The surprising thing about her dancing is that I never "taught" her how to dance. She just started doing it on her own. Originally her dancing included walking on beat in circles to the music, then she added bouncing and head nods, and finally some hand movements. We love turning on her song to see what she will do. I can't wait to enroll her in a dance class a couple of years from now. She will be unstoppable :-)

In this first video she starts bouncing at the beginning and at 28 seconds she really starts moving to the beat.

Hannah Dancing from Gretchen Pollard on Vimeo.

In this video she dances pretty much the entire time.

Hannah Dancing 2 from Gretchen Pollard on Vimeo.

In this last video Hannah thinks I am taking a picture so she smiles for the camera. She dances for the first 45 seconds of the video.

More Dancing from Gretchen Pollard on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Answered Prayers

My husband is not one to boast of his achievements, therefore I do his boasting for him :-) For those of you who read my blog, you know that Jake has been in the process of applying to medical school for the past 2 years. Well....to be precise this long road began 6 years ago because that is when he first decided he wanted to pursue medicine. He went to his academic advisor at BYU and told him his goal of becoming a doctor. His advisor, you know the one that is there to help you achieve your dreams, looked at his grades up to that point (I believe he was a sophomore) and told him that his GPA was not good enough.

Jake walked away from that meeting thinking medicine was out of the question and began looking into other options. He switched his focus to predental, then he decided to go into research and become a professor, and lastly he looked into being a pharmacist. Nothing felt right. And finally he decided that doing anything else would feel like settling for something that he just didn't want to be.

He applied to medical school last year for Fall of 2009. The only school he applied to was the University of Washington. He applied late and didn't even get an interview. I was discouraged but Jake was optimistic that if he sent in his application earlier that he would get an interview. So we waited another year and he applied again. This year he has been invited to interview at 7 schools. He interviewed at 6 of them and just recently turned down the 7th. He turned down an interview because today his aspiration became a reality.

He interviewed at the University of Washington a week ago. They only select 20 Idaho residents into their school of medicine. Today they accepted their top 4/5 applicants. Jake was one of them. I am so proud of him. It has been a long road full of many prayers and dissapointments, but today he is one step closer to achieving his goal. We feel so blessed. Medical school will of course be a challenge, but I have no doubt in my mind that he will rise to the occasion just like he always has. Thank you Mr. Mean Hearted College Advisor for possibly giving my husband the push he needed in the right direction by telling him he couldn't do something. Because guess what dude, he did it.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Tap Company Performance

The Tap company I am on (Foot Poetry Tap Dance Ensemble) is performing at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo this Saturday, January 9th. There is a matinee show at 2pm and an evening performance at 7pm. We are performing with a variety of teams featuring many forms of percussive dance. The other companies we are performing with are the Rocky Mountain Express Cloggers, Extreme Rhythm Cloggers, High Performance Studios, and the Shelley School of Irish Dance. Ticket's are $10 and went on sale January 1st and are going fast. You can call the ticket office at 801-852-7007 or you can go here to order tickets online. It is going to be an amazing show. I hope all of you friends in the area are able to come!