Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Moving on

This story starts in July when we found out our landlords (the house is owned by a group of brothers and sisters) were thinking about selling the house we were renting.  At the time I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and the thought of moving made me want to cry.  At that point nothing was decided and I figured they would wait until the real estate market was in better shape.  Then in the next few weeks the house had a major plumbing problem, that probably cost them hundreds to fix, and then the refrigerator quit working and they had to replace that.  I was worried that we were suddenly giving them extra incentive to sell, but still hoped for the best.  Fast forward to three days before Josie was born and a real estate agent knocked on the door, gave me his card and said that the house was going on the market and the sign would go up in a week.  I couldn't believe the timing!  I was so ready to have the baby and the last thing I wanted to worry about was the house.  One of the apartments we lived in in Jersey was for sale so I knew what a pain it is to live in a place and have showings regularly, but I only had two kids then, now I would have four, including a newborn.  I was not happy and I did not want to think about it.

The house was not ideal for our family.  It was "cozy" to put it nicely.  It had three small bedrooms and the older kids were all in one room so the baby could have her own room, the kitchen and dining area were tiny, it was all pretty tiny.  It was too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, the bathroom sink had separate faucets for hot and cold, it had various other issues, but we were making it work for our family. I did not want to have to move, but I decided not to worry about it until after Josie was born.  I assumed it wouldn't even be a concern, because it probably wouldn't sell, anyway.

After we had Josie we started exploring other options but we didn't find anything that we thought would work or that we could afford and with my recovery I just couldn't imagine doing everything I would have to to move.  With all the issues the house had, I was actually really fond of the little thing and it made me sad to think about leaving it.  We decided to stay in the house and just count on it not selling any time soon, and I felt good about that.  At first things were fine.  The "For Sale" sign didn't actually go up as soon as they said it would so I wasn't having to deal with house showings and we wondered if they had changed their minds.  But then the sign went up and the showings started and there was one about every week.  By then I was past the 6 week recovery mark and the idea of moving wasn't quite as daunting and I was getting annoyed, but I wasn't quite ready to move out, yet.

About mid-October Richie came across a house for rent that really interested him.  It was in a nice neighborhood near campus, four bedrooms, and the rent was more than what we were already paying, but it was a good price for the size of the house.  He set up a time to look at the house and I didn't think I would like it so it wouldn't hurt to take a look and then I was surprised at how much I liked it.  It was a lot bigger than it looked from the outside, it had a garage, dish washer, and a fenced-in back yard with a fort.  The yard was really the thing that I liked the most, the idea of my kids playing in yard instead of a parking lot was super appealing and I couldn't stop thinking about it afterward.

So we gave our 30 days notice on November 1st and started packing.  It was a crazy month!  The last time I packed up our house we were a family of four and being a family of six makes it A LOT harder.  I wasn't sure I was going to make it.  I was also a little sad about leaving the neighborhood and our ward.  I loved living close to downtown, being able to walk to the shops and theatres and library was great and I loved seeing the temple from our window.  I have lived in four different houses on that block and it feels like home.  Plus, I brought two babies home from the hospital to this house.  I was sad to be moving on, but it was the right time.
We moved into our new house on December 1st and are starting to feel settled in.  Now that we are here I don't know how I ever thought we could stay in the other house.  We have so much space and feel really comfortable.  The kids have their own rooms, we haven't scraped frost off our windows all month and I rarely have to wash a dish.  A few days after we moved the realtors office called me because they would call me to give me notice of a showing and I guess the landlords hadn't informed them that we had moved out.  She said an agent was bringing the buyers over and they wanted to set up in inspection time.  At first I didn't even think about what she said because I was thinking how happy I was that we were already out and then I realized that she said, "buyer" and "inspection".  We drove by the house and the sign was gone!  The house sold and we moved just in time!

So that is why I have been MIA for a little while.  Moving was not the only thing going on in our life, but it sure felt like it.  We are so happy to be in our new home and for life to start to get back to normal, and especially to celebrate Christmas.  This house has a fireplace and a few days after we decided we were going to move Sophia said, "It's a good thing we are moving to the new house, because, how else would Santa get in?"  Our old house didn't have a fireplace and I guess it was a big concern for her.  One of the first things we did in the new house was set up and decorate the tree and that helped the kids feel at home.  It is going to be a great holiday in our new place.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Josie is 3 months old

Today Josie is 3 months old!
Her latest accomplishments are smiling and giggling and sleeping for 6-8 hour stretches at night.  When she smiles really big she wrinkles up her nose and it is just about my favorite thing in the world, right now.  We all adore her and are sure happy to have her around!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

October Fun

Now that November is almost half over, I am finally updating about all the things we did in October, and we did quite a bit.

We took a quick weekend trip to Burley and played in leaves, helped make a ghost out of cup cakes and did a lot of jumping on the trampoline.

Grace loves lady bugs--she has a lady bug pillow pet, two stuffed lady bugs, and a receiving blanket with lady bugs on it that she claimed before I could use it for Josie--so I thought she might like to meet this live lady bug we found in the yard.

 Sophia went on her first field trip with her preschool class the the pumpkin walk.  The class had their own display with pumpkins they had each decorated.  The theme of their display was "ants in your pants" so their pumpkins were little ants.

Sophia had been looking forward to her birthday ever since "birthday season" started in our house in July and on the morning of her birthday she exclaimed, "I can't believe I am finally five!"  She was thrilled with every minute of the day from the presents to the free balloon from Little Ceasar's to the birthday cake.  At the end of the day she said it was her best day ever.

 I thought it was pretty cute when she played with her princesses dressed as a princess.

The cake was not like her original drawing, but she gave me permission to deviate from the original design.

The "kids" carved pumpkins just in time for Halloween.  The older kids designed theirs, but their dad actually carved them, and I carved Grace's.  It was Dad's first time carving a pumpkin and if I had known that before hand, I would have documented it.

Sophia was a princess.
Grace was a pumpkin.

Richie was a vampire.

Going through pictures I discovered I have only taken one picture of Josie since her blessing.  I guess it is the fourth child syndrome.  Sorry, Josie, I will try to do better.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Josie's Blessing Day

Josie's baby blessing was on Sunday and we were lucky to have a lot of family come to share her special day.  Most of my family had to head back home right after Sacrament Meeting and the kids had practice for the primary program, so we didn't do anything special after, but we were able to get everyone to hold still and look into the sunlight for a picture (well, my nephew Gavin hates pictures, so he is not in it, but we got everyone else).  Aside from having our eyes half closed, I think it turned out nicely, and I don't know how, but we all kind of coordinate with each other and the beautiful fall colors.

We tried to get a family picture, but it takes some work to get everyone to cooperate.

This is as good as it gets.

Richie gave Josie a beautiful blessing and it was a lovely occasion.  It was nice to have everyone visit, even if it was a short visit.   We are blessed to have a wonderful, supportive family.

Here are some close up shots of the dress and head band that I made.  I have been looking at this dress for months, ever since I finished it, and I am glad she finally got to wear it.  It is quite a lot of dress, but it was really beautiful.  Little Richie thought it was pretty funny that it is so big and big Richie likes to tease me that the older girls could wear it because it is so long.  I think she looks gorgeous in it and I am glad that all my hard work was worth it.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cake Artist in the Making

Sophia's birthday is still one month away, but she has been planning all the details since Richie's party.  The other day she was working really hard on a drawing and when she was done she presented me with this design for her cake:

I'm not sure how I will accomplish this cake, but she is pretty determined that it is what she wants and so that I don't forget, she hung it up in the kitchen so I can be reminded every day.  She is definitely a girl who knows what she wants.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Birthday Boy

This post is way over due, but I think I have a good excuse.  I am finally starting to feel like myself and so I'm trying to get back into the swing of things again.

Richie's 7th birthday was at the end of August and before the baby came I thought I would be feeling well enough by his birthday to be able to take care of everything.  Well, I was wrong!  His birthday was only a week and a half after my surgery and I was not ready to do anything.  Luckily he requested a birthday party at the Cache Valley Fun Park and they took care of most of the birthday necessities including dinner and the cake.  He was really happy with his day and I was happy about that because I didn't want his birthday to fall by the wayside as a result of the baby's birth and my recovery.

The day started with him opening his new helmet, knee & elbow pads and gloves.  He was very excited to get to put it all on and ride to school.

I love watching the boys ride away together on their bikes. 

Party at the Fun Park!

After the party we came home and he opened one more present from Gramma Gail, a Nintendo DSi!  He really wanted this and was beyond thrilled.  Thanks Gramma!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hair Cuts

Sophia asked for a hair cut all summer long, but I wasn't ready to say goodbye to her long hair.  I finally got tired of the daily battle to get her to brush it and style it, because she has such a tender head that brushing out the tangles is like torture.  So, I relented and we made an appointment to get a hair cut.  We also made an appointment for Grace because she had never had a haircut and she had a little bit of the "baby mullet" going on.  We didn't make an appointment for Richie but decided to take him with us at the last minute and see if they could fit him in.  The salon was a cute little place that just does kids so there were little vehicles to sit in and DVDs to watch or video games to play while getting the hair cuts.  There was also a little slide to play on while waiting for your turn.  All the kids got cute hair cuts and they all look ready for a new school year!

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