Sunday, September 9, 2007


The Darby family has undergone quite a change since the last blog I started and then neglected- and since I can no longer access the old blog anyways, I thought it would be a great idea to start a new one to go along with our crazy new life!
So, here it is. . .
As you can tell from the title, we've gone from being a Navy family to being poor college students. Patrick's enlistment was up in April and we decided not to re-enlist for various reasons of which I will not elaborate at this time. Now the goal is to pursue higher education.
SO, we said goodbye to the Navy and hauled the kids and the cat across the country to Utah!
And here we are.

Patrick is going to BYU, majoring in geology. He loves rocks and science, so it's a perfect fit! He has been taking classes here and there when he could and he is in his junior year. Two-ish years to go until graduation and then he plans to finish his master's degree here as well. The plan is for him to continue on to a doctorate program somewhere- but where that will be is up in the air. Until then, we are happily settled here!

As for me, I am working on a double-major of music with an emphasis on vocal performance and movement studies with an emphasis on ballroom dance at UVSC. I am right on the brink of being a sophomore so we've got a few more years until my graduation. I was originally planning to transfer to BYU when I had enough credits but I am really enjoying the less-stressful environment of UVSC and so I think I will stay.

Isaac, too, has gone on to educational pursuits. He started Kindergarten last week! My baby! I can't believe he is so old. He has been ready for Kindergarten for a while and was soooo excited to begin ever since we registered him back in May. His school has a wonderful program of Spanish Immersion that begins at Kindergarten-level so we signed him up for it. He is so excited to learn Spanish! I taught him how to count to 5 on the way home from registration and he still remembers like a good little parrot. He had a great first week of school, singing songs that he learned and showing papers he worked on.

Eve and Esther-loo-who, however, are enjoying thier time outside of the educational system. Eve enjoys wearing her Princess clothes and playing with animals and snuggling her blanket. Ether loves to follow Eve in whatever she is doing. They both love to jump on the trampoline, swing on the swing set, play in the pool, play in the mud, pick flowers from the garden, and watch movies.
Eve actually fractured her elbow last week while playing "Crack the Egg" on the trampoline. She has a splint attached to her arm with bandages. I am kind of relieved that the days of casts for everything have passed. We can take the splint off for bath time, wash the bandages- it's very nice! She's got about two more weeks with the splint then they'll take more x-rays and see how things are going. She has taken this all in stride. She's carefull with her arm with the "boo boo" but she doesn't whine about it.
Esther is learning of the joys of potty training and we remembering the harrowing experiences. She has figured out that she can take off her diaper and we've had few interesting experiences with her running around in the buff with a questionably-clean bottom half. Ahh the joys of parenthood!

Well, that sums up the life for now. Stay in tune for updates!


Bill and Tara said...

I am SO happy that you will be here for a while! Josh can't wait to meet Isaac, he has asked about him several times a day since we made plans for Fri.

I am also SUPER excited that you are going to school, wish I could go too, I started to cry when my brother described his sculpture class at BYU. It is so awesome you are studying things you love!

Your family ROCKS!!! Way to go Patrick with ambition!!! It will all pay off in the end. :) love you guys!

Cheryl said...

A new blog! With actual pictures and news! Yes!! I love it! Keep it up!!

LOTS of love!!