Tuesday, January 15, 2013

"The more we do, the more we can do."

It has been such a crazy week! We moved out of our house, moved in with my parents, worked, interviewed preschools, and tried to settle into new routines. This post is sort of a mish-mash of what we've been up to.
The house in the background that has the framing up was only a couple days ahead of the lot we originally had. So that is where our house SHOULD be in the process. But it is what it is, right?

We hadn't yet taken a picture of Mr. Howard and me on the lot and so we finally got over there on Sunday, January 13th with my parents. We have already completely finished designing our house, completed financing, and signed our purchase agreement and all addendums - so we're just waiting for them to pull permits on our lot and then they'll get started.
A Closeup!

We've been living with my parents now for several days and after a few small hiccups we've finally got the babies and Connor all settled. We had to move Aiden and Isabella into a different room because it was too echo-y and now it's much better. We also had to do something so that Connor would stop wandering around the house in the middle of the night. It's been an adventure, to say the least. The absolutely wonderful part about living with them is having someone to help with grocery shopping and cooking. My mom and dad have actually cooked every night we've been there - which has been such a blessing. I joked with my mom that this is about as close as I'll ever get to having a sister wife. My mom, one day, even did the kids laundry for me and laid it all out to be put away. So sweet!
Poor Aiden got a cold yesterday and has been feeling under the weather all weekend with a runny nose and cough. Poor guy. He seems to be on the mend, so hopefully it's a fast one. He was up about 15 times on Sunday night and I was really very little help because I had the worst stomach ache. I actually started crying because it hurt so bad. I'm wondering if maybe Aiden didn't have a tummy ache too. But by the next morning we were both okay, so hopefully it was just something we ate. And then this morning Isabella got the runny nose too. They've been super, super grumpy and clingy - poor babies.

At my mom's house, everytime I go out to check on the dogs, the babies instantly run to the window and look for me. So funny. 
We found a new preschool!! We had already conducted two in-person interviews with two different ones and had bad experiences (we had conducted countless phone interviews before that). Man-oh-man it has been crazy. Trusting someone to care for your kids is serious business. I didn't have ridiculously high or unrealistic expectations - just basics: nice, likes kids, does a preschool program, not a million dollars for 3 kids, a normal/professional contract, ability to do 3 days a week, and relatively close to us. I found several I liked that you had to go on a waitlist to attend (not an option for us) and a few parent participation ones that I thought looked amazing, but I couldn't commit to do the hours. The new one we found is just absolutely wonderful. She is sweet, a constant learner, does the CA Healthy Kids Program, a full Preschool Program, a Winter Production, a graduation ceremony every June, exercise, field trips, art and music every day, and extras (baby sign, French, Spanish...and more!). And it's clear she actually ENJOYS what she does. She exceeded every expectation we had, so I'm hoping it'll be an amazing fit. We register Thursday and start the following Tuesday. Whew!

We also moved the babies out of their baby seats into toddler ones, after they FINALLY met the weight requirements. They are so excited! Aiden, this morning, was smiling every time I turned around to check him out.
That's about it. We are creating our new normal and figuring out where we're going to keep diapers...and how to work the remote control for the TV (seriously, they have the most confusing remote EVER - it's called a Crestron System - you need like an all-day training to figure it out)...and how we're going to hang all our clothes...and what time we have to leave in order to make it back to our old daycare and then over to my work....and...and...
Connor, Aiden, and Izzy are just LOVING having all the extra attention from their grandparents. Connor asks me in the morning when my parents are still sleeping, "Is GRANDFATHER sleeeeeeping?? Where's NANA?" So cute. He also makes a big production out of going to bed, "No, I have to say ni-ni to Nana...no, I have to say love you to Grandfather."


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