Two School Kids and a Little Baby!

It is going to be a big month for us.

This week, well at least for the next three days, we have all of our kids in school. On friday we will have our sweet new baby Girl. I can hardly sleep with the anticipation. I find it hard to concentrate at work, and my poor wife is beside herself with the worry of the things that she still has to do, but through all of this life goes on and our children continue to grow and experience new things.


IMG_1634Aria started her first day of kindergarten on the 28th of August. For months she talked about it. She asked so many questions of what school was like, what she was going to do, whether or not the toilets flushed automatically or not, and of course how many more days did she have to wait. she told Kari one day that she was really nervous about school and said that she wanted me to give her a blessing the day school started so that she would not be so scared. She is such a kid and thoughtful little girl.

When the day finally came for school we loaded up in the van and drove to school. She was so excited to see some of the kids that she knew from school that she could hardly contain her excitement. She showed her brother around the playground and introduced him to all of the kids that would hold still log enough to listen. I always thought that it would be hard to send her off on the start of her new school adventure, but I found that all I could feel was proud. She loves school and all of the friends that she has made.


Just when we thought that our little girl could not get any bigger she lost her first tooth the evening before her first day of school. She told us that her two bottom teeth we loose. We thought that some thing had hit her in the mouth because our little Aria was not that old yet. So we told her not to play with them and they should be OK. She of course could do nothing but play with them. The little neighbor girl who is seven could not deal with the fact that a 5 year old was gonna lose her first tooth before her decided that she should start wiggling her tooth so hers would come out too. We sat and watched them sitting on the trampoline with their fingers in their mouths wiggling or trying to wiggle their teeth. When Aria was told by Kari that she could more than likely pull her own tooth out she was determined . With the help of a tissue (for grip) she pulled and popped it right out. The house erupted in excitement including the sweet little neighbor girl who was so excited for her. To our great surprise when we looked in her mouth the permanent tooth was already breaking through the skin and ready for action.


IMG_1698Alex started his first day of pre-school today. Like his sister he could talk of nothing else. The pre-school that he is attending is the same one the that his sister went too. It is run by a cute little teacher the kids call Miss Jenae. Aria learned so much in her class and we were really impressed by the amount of work that she puts into the classes and the programs that she puts on each year.

She does a Holiday and Graduation Program and each seems to get better than the last. The kids all get to show the things that they learn throughout the year. Alex always seemed to want to be on stage like his sister and now he is going to get his chance.

I think that he was more excited to get the stuff for school that school itself. He got to go get his haircut, new clothes and a new backpack. He asked for a He-Man backpack for months, but I could not quite get my time machine to work so he was stuck with more contemporary super heroes of which he chose Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Flash Card GamesAlex was fortunate in that he had an older sister in which to learn with. Aria is an exceptionally bright girl and unfortunately we did not prepare her for some of the things that she should have known before we send her off to school. She had a little catch up to do but in that process she/we were able to teach Alex the same things. By the end of the year Alex and Aria were both fighting to be the first to come up with the answers to the questions that Kari and I would ask them. They both know the alphabet and sounds (with a little reminding) and the numbers. Aria has more Math ability while Alex seems to be adept and letters and sounds.

 They both enjoy flash card games and jump up in excitement when they get it right. You will find us on the living room floor with books and flashcards spread all around them and eager to learn as much as they can. At this rate they will be smarter than me in about 2 weeks 🙂

We are so proud of both of them and are excited to see how far they get this year.

The new one

As I mentioned before we are also scrambling to get our home ready for the new little one. Kari has been busy pulling clothes, burp cloths, blankets, and the tiniest socks that I have ever seen out of the storage bins. She has been washing, sorting, folding, and organizing the house for the new arrival. On her OB/GYN’s recommendation we are going to induce labor this Friday to avoid some complications that could arise. We are nervous and excited depending on what second it is and have been actively trying to keep ourselves busy to keep from chewing our nails off.  I will answer some of the many questions we have been getting here so we don’t have to repeat ourselves too much,

When are you delivering?

We will be delivering on Friday the 12th of September, we do not know the time yet. We will be given a number on thursday to let us know what order we will be in. Because priority is given to medically urgent mothers we will be put in as soon as there is a bed available.

Are you having a boy or girl?

As far as we know we are having a little girl. Hopefully we will not have any surprises…. 🙂

Where are you delivering?

Our plans are to deliver at the IMC, unless situations change and we need to go to the closest hospital.

Have you decided on a name?

No. We have a few that we like but like both of our other children we will decide when we see her sweet little face.

We will be posting more news and pictures when the baby is born both on this sight and Facebook. Thank you everyone for your well wishes and prayers.

Until next time,


Nathan Briggs

Nathan Briggs

Nathan was born in Ogden, UT and has lived the majority of his life in the great state of Utah. He is a proud father of three, and the lucky husband of Kari Briggs. Nathan enjoys all thing outdoors, music, and spending time with his family. He currently works for a transportation company in Salt Lake City as the Director of Information Technologies.

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