Wednesday, December 30, 2009
We've chosen to torture our family this year by making New Year's Day our moving day.
John's rationale is that it's a three-day weekend, so we'll have more time to unpack and get settled in. And hey, our helpful family members won't be working, so they can all come and help us move, right?
The beauty of this weekend of moving? My mom planned our annual girls' shopping trip smack in the middle of it. I'll disappear Saturday to the world of retail therapy, and leave John with the kids and a few dozen boxes. I'd feel much more guilty about this if John had packed more than two of them himself. (Love you honey!)
We'll be getting a new address, new home phone, and new email address in the new year (and all within the next week!)... so if you try to reach us and we don't get right back to you, please have patience with us. And then try our cell phones.
I'll put up pics of the new place after we get settled. So hopefully sometime in 2010. :)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
One week ago today, we took a look at a house for the first time. We wrote up a low offer (double-digits less than asking price, which itself had just been dropped) and our realtor sent it in. Surprise, the sellers accepted it. And now we're moving... in just over a month!
The new place has a great open layout, lots of storage including a man-cave John's excited about, and is so much closer to our family & friends.
I made my first attempt at packing up some of the kids' toys today. My mistake was that I did it while Sara was awake and not otherwise distracted. I think the trick will be to pack quickly, and then seal up the boxes. We're having a Big Steel Box (aka giant moving container) dropped off next week, so we'll start emptying out the house.
So if you know anyone who's looking for a big home with a huge garage, in city limits but with a country feel, let me know! We'll be listing it at an incredibly reasonable price, so it'll move quickly.
In the meantime, wish me sanity as I pack everything into boxes, hopefully faster than the kids can empty them. :)
Friday, November 13, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Then we headed to Grandma Cindy & Grandpa Pete's for homemade pizzas and playtime. We tried to trick-or-treat on their street, but no one was home.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Since everyone knows daddies can fix anything, John did find Liam's tooth. Somehow under the couch.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Today I've been posting outgrown toys and baby items on craigslist to sell, or putting them into boxes for goodwill or consignment. And I have this little tornado following me throughout the house, emptying every box I fill.
If anything goes missing in our house, we know Sara's just found a new home for it. We check in our shoes now before we put them on, and don't blink when we discover the potato masher in the bathtub.
Liam wasn't too happy tonight when he discovered how she's "helped" with his homework by coloring all over it. I explained that his teacher would know that Sara helped, and we could still read his spelling homework through the scribbles. Now we've put it high up on the fridge so she can't reach it. Hopefully she doesn't scoot a chair over to reclaim it.
It's usually better after Liam gets home from school, because then they entertain each other. Although that can also lead to an even bigger mess. They're currently tossing bean bags around the living room with a shovel, and Sara's sitting in a dump truck inside a cardboard box. When she's not hauling around a big empty water bottle and trying on my shoes.
Yep, she keeps life entertaining. And we wouldn't have it any other way.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Here's how I found her the other day...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Him: Mommy, why do you curl your hair every morning?
Me: I like my hair curly, and I think it looks nicer that way.
Him: But it's not curly anymore by the end of the day, so really, why bother?
He's going to make someone a great husband someday...
Sunday, August 23, 2009
We visited the animal barns and the local tractor display. Then we actually found a (mostly) healthy, non-greasy lunch of pulled beef sandwiches & fresh corn on the cob. John and Liam headed for the rides, while I took Sara to the farming community area for some less noisy fun. Sara could have spent the whole day coloring & digging in the "potato patch".
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Me: Liam, that's not dressy enough for church. (He was wearing a basketball t-shirt with words all over it, and too-small athletic shorts.) Please put on the clothes I laid out for you last night.
Him: (with significant whine in his voice) But I want to wear this. When do I get to pick out my own clothes?
Me: (not in the mood to argue, as I still had to get Sara dressed & fed) When you have your own house.
Him: But this shirt won't fit me when I'm that big!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Sara is learning how to feed herself with a spoon and fork. I'm not sure if I encourage it because she needs to learn how eventually, or if it's just so cool that I don't have to feed her all the time. Either way, we let her get messy in the process. That's how she'll learn, right?
So I let her feed herself a container of yogurt this week. She was doing so great that I stepped away for no more than a minute (I swear!), and when I came back she'd found a new utensil to practice with. Yes people, that is her toothbrush. Maybe she's just multi-tasking?
Liam loves playing with those little suction toys that pop up loudly from wherever you attach them. He should have paid more attention to his older cousin and learned that they can leave a teensy, totally unnoticeable mark if they're left on your face. Nope, it's hardly visible at all, buddy. I'm sure no one will notice. Now sit still so Daddy can take a picture of those totally unnoticeable spots on your face so we can harass Alison all over again...
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
They do both have most of the same body parts, but the similarities just about end there. Liam is my blue-eyed, light haired rational child who was always right at my side. Sara is my brown-eyed, brown-haired independent go-go-go child. But she does it all with this incredible smile and laugh that just take you in.
We moved into our current home when Liam was about two years old. I wasn't worried that there were no doors on any of our cupboards, because I knew Liam would never get into anything without checking with me first.
Sara empties out these same cupboards on a daily basis, even though they do now have cupboard doors.On the rare occasion that we had to tell Liam "no" to anything, we knew he'd never try it again.
We tell Sara "no" and apparently that means just run in the opposite direction and keep doing what you're doing until Mom catches you and takes it away.
When Liam had a sippy cup as a toddler, he would return it to a table when he was done with it. Sara drops it in mid-sip and keeps walking.
Our phone rang yesterday afternoon, and Liam and I scrambled to find it before voicemail picked up. We tracked the sounds to the kitchen, and lo and behold, our garbage can was ringing. Just below the green bean too-old leftovers I'd just tossed out. Want to guess how it got there?
Can't wait for the teenage years!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Anyhow, I had to share a couple pictures. First is what I found while I thought Sara was quietly watching a cartoon so I could make dinner. She was happily pecking away on the keyboard, moving the mouse around in circles. Think she sees me on here much?
She's also loving trying on other peoples' shoes. Here she is in one of mine and one of Liam's.
Here is a picture of our future soccer star.
And lest you think we gave away our firstborn, here are some pics of both kids from Easter.