Craziness…

Whew. Things have been so busy lately in life, I wish I had more time to update!

So the eldest Grider child: Nora: We successfully moved her into her college dorm August 28th. It was amazing watching her manage to fit 30 pairs of shoes into her tiny half of a dorm room! She succeeded, however. Nora has just completed her first official show–she got cast in the first college production that she tried out for: The Giver. She had a role that didn’t have any words, but she still managed to convey an amazingly powerful performance in spite of it. I’m glad she is being cast in non-traditional parts, I think it will do wonders for her acting range. It was so cool driving up there to see her perform in a production that was set in a studio theater. She has so much talent. Scott, Jake and I also got to go up in September to see her in a one-act where she was cast as a rather ghetto young girl. Also impressive, and not a typical role for her. Scott and I are, as always, quite proud. She comes home for Thanksgiving in 3 days and we can’t wait to see her. Jake is doing very well in school. Scott and I got to view some of the more difficult project he is working on in his photography class and – wow! He’s got quite an eye and much inherent talent. I love viewing his work. He’s also just a few weeks away from being eligable to take his driving exam! I can’t believe he’s this old already. Time really does fly. I feel like such a cliched parent saying that, but it’s true. And Liv: There’s just so much that changes with a 13 month old from day to day. She is learning sign language, thanks to Aunt Jillian, and doing quite well. She signs “book”, “hat”, “eat” and many other words. She also has a verbal vocabulary of about 3 dozen words as well. “Cheese”, “diaper”, and “cheerio” are among the most impressive. My heart still melts when she says “Mama” or “Jake”, though. She adores her big brother, and I love watching the two of them together. She had a big birthday party just a few weeks ago, and experienced cake and processed sugar for the first time. She was pretty hyper after that experience, so I think it will be the last for a long time. Scott has recently started a new job at Wells Fargo, and is excelling daily. It’s the first job he’s had where there is a Monday-Friday 9-5 type schedule, with weekends off. I’ve been so used to having him home with the baby that it’s a big change for us. I am super excited for him, though, his supervisors continue to tell him weekly that he is doing well. I hope that this continues to be a good fit for him and our family, because it’s a great company to work for, and the potential advances are awesome. Here are some pictures of the family to enjoy:

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