Showing posts with label life lately. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life lately. Show all posts

life lately



Well, life changed pretty dramatically about 6 weeks ago. We went from a family of four to a family of five. Newborns do a pretty great job of turning your life upside down for a while. Days go by quickly and nights slow down dramatically. 

Shortly after we got home and settled in with Greta, Chloe and Elinor started school! Chloe started Kindergarten and has been really enjoying it. She got her first piece of homework yesterday and was all atwitter all evening about it. She is making lots of new friends and has been getting lots of good feedback on how polite and nice she is to everyone (parenting win). 

Elinor started pre-school and though she's been sick a fair bit, she also settled in really quickly. Both Chris and I were anticipating lots of tears on her first day (like her older sister), but she basically just said "Bye!" and went off with her teacher. It always amazes me how different Chloe and Elinor are. It's fun to see them turn into their own different little people.






Greta is growing like a weed. She's very good at sleeping during the day, but at night she's been a bit of a pill lately. I was trying to remember when Chloe and Elinor started sleeping through the night the other day. I think I've still got a couple months before I can truly get a good nights rest. At least, I am hoping so. It's really amazing how a person can function on basically no sleep (aka coffee). 






Last weekend we took a little trip to Idaho to visit my parents and family. We got to meet my brother's wife, which we were all very excited to do. He got married in June and since I was too pregnant to fly, we weren't able to attend the wedding. I was very sad we weren't able to attend, so I was really looking forward to meeting her. We all really loved her and we're super excited to have another member of our family! Good work Jaime!

Visiting Idaho in late August is almost the perfect time of year. It's cool in the morning and just the right temperature in the afternoon. We were also able to attend the Eastern Idaho State Fair, which is one of my favorite late summer activities. The last time we were able to go was when Elinor was a baby (link here). Chloe and Elinor got to go on some rides and spent a lot of time hanging with their aunts and uncles. Greta slept almost the entire time, so that was also nice.




Looking back, I realized that there was no way I would have traveled with a 5 week old in the past. This time though, I didn't even think twice. Once we actually arrived at the airport I got a little more nervous, but Greta was pretty great for the most part. There was a bit of crying on each flight, but only for a minute or two, then she slept. I am still surprised at how we are handling this three kids thing so well. I definitely have my moments where I am struggling, but thankfully those don't happen too often. I also really hope I didn't just jinx us by writing that!

I just read this blog post from Anna about whether having 5 kids is hard and it really made a lot of sense to me. While I do not want to have 5 kids, I do think no matter how many you have, you will always pour your heart and soul into raising them. It's worth a read if you are into that sort of thing.

I hope you are having a good Thursday! See you around!

the sunday re-cap

Happy Sunday everyone. I'm typing this as I watch a little football and enjoy the quiet in our apartment as the girls take a much needed nap.

I thought I'd catch ya'll up on our adventures lately.

So we're in Colorado now. I guess you'd call it officially moved, even though we still own a house in Montana and all of our furniture and stuff is still in it. We've been in Denver now for almost a week. We've moved into our temporary, furnished apartment that we will live in for only a month or so, hopefully.

Our first full day in Colorado was October 31st, Halloween! We met up with some very good friends of ours and did a little trick or treating around their neighborhood, since we don't have our own yet! Chloe had the hardest time figuring out what to be for Halloween this year. There were many tears spilled over who she wanted to be and usually it ended up being that she wanted to be all the things. So this year she was a Princess Doctor. Not too shabby, I think. Elinor is too small to have much of an opinion, and we were moving, so she got to be Elmo (like her sister, 2 years ago).

That's right, not only did I not have 3 different costumes for each kid, I actually made the youngest one wear a hand-me-down!

Okay, small rant over, here are some cute pictures.








So moving, yeah, it still kind sucks. There are good things and bad things about it. I have a good job, willing to pay for my relocation, that will pay for a place for me and my family to stay while we look for a home. The hard part is we have to move from the place we had been trying to get back to for many years. I'm sad we don't have chickens and a chicken coop anymore. I really miss my 10 minute commute to work. I miss seeing my in-laws all the time (I know,I've turned into one of those people). I miss being able to drive out of town and into beautiful mountains with no traffic and very few people to deal with (also known as traffic).

BUT, we're back in a city we know and love. Denver really is kind of the best big city you could pick, in my opinion. We had lived here for 8 years before we left, so it's not a completely new and strange place to us.




I get to walk to work in the mornings now. I'm one of those people that kinda digs walking to work, using your own body to get you places. If I can walk to anything, I usually try to do just that. So it's been fun walking and taking the city bus to work.




The grocery stores and restaurants (on average) are better here. Great coffee shops and really fun parks are always close by.




I'm going back to my old gym with my old classes and teachers that I really enjoyed. And did I mention most of my very dearest friends live in Denver?




So here we are and here we will stay. We hope to close on our new home next week. That's been a little up in the air also, so once that stress is out of the way, we'll be one step closer to settling in somewhere.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Feel free to share any advice or stories you have about moving!

moving's a b*tch


Life is weird right now. 

We're two weeks out from moving to back to Denver. Every time I do something, I think, this might be the last time I ... in Montana.

So flashback 2 years ago, I had just started a new job in Billings. I was 6 months pregnant and we were living in temporary housing until we closed on our new home. It was an exciting time. We had finally got back to 'home', or as close as we'd ever thought we'd get. I was able to get a really good job, Chris was able to keep his job and work remote from home. Ever since we had met in Montana and gotten married, we'd always hoped we could make our way back to Montana. We both grew up in small, rural towns, on a farm or spent summers on a ranch. So that way of life was something we wanted for our kids. We also hoped that our daughters could be close to family so that we could have family dinners and birthday parties with cousins, grandpas, and grandmas. 

But we all know that saying about 'best laid plans' right? So with a crash in oil prices, my company decided to close their Billings office and move (most) everyone to Denver. Everyone was given an option (or unfortunately laid off). I was fortunate (or worked hard enough) to be given an option. For us, though we love Montana, we would have been walking away from a lot of money. Golden handcuffs as they like to call them. It just did not make any financial sense for me to lose my job, to most likely make 1/4 of what I was making, if and when I found another job. The choice of becoming a stay at home mom is a whole other blog post. The short answer being, it's not for us, right now.

So we accepted the offer to move back to Denver, and here we are today. In the next couple weeks we'll pack up what we need for a month and half or so of living in corporate housing before we can move into our new home.

Oh, remember me complaining about that process? Yeah, I still hate house shopping. I'm not sure what it is, but every house I walk into I'm cautiously optimistic, only to have my dreams shattered when I walk back out. I guess a house to me is somewhere where all the important things happen in life, so it's the most important purchase you'll ever make, and probably the most expensive. That's a lot of pressure. 

We did finally find a house. It's not 100% what we imagined we'd find and buy, but it ticks all the major categories that we had. Our major requirements were: newer construction, four or more bedrooms with the master being close to the kids rooms, an office for Chris to work from home, privacy, a three car garage, good schools, and not too long of a commute. And of course we had a few minor requirements too. No biggie, right? Haha.

Anyway, all is well. Everyone is healthy (minus the girls have a cold). We both have good jobs. The kids are doing well. Elinor is trying to sing the ABC's lately and Chloe surprises me with how smart she is on the daily. And hopefully this election season will pass and I won't have to move to Canada.  

Jokes. 

Hopefully.

Have a wonderful week!

life lately



loving - Spending lots of time with both of my girls.  It's also been nice to see my hubby a lot more than normal.

hating - Not getting enough sleep. I remember what it was like to be sleepy and fuzzy headed all the time, but reality is definitely different than my memories. Most days are good, but there are some days where all those warm fuzzies and snuggles are the only thing keeping me going.

watching - Downtown Abbey.  I started the series a week or so before having Elinor and now I'm on season 4.  It's so refreshing to watch something without loads of violence, swearing, and sex.  Thank you BBC.

hoping - Chloe feels just as much love as she felt before baby Elinor was born.  We are working on spending time with both girls, but it's hard for Mom to hold the baby and rough house with a toddler at the same time.  Everything changes, but it will be for the best in the long run for both girls.

anticipating - My six week appointment where I'll get the all clear to start working out.  I miss being active and not feeling achy and tired. And I hope that the weather will warm up enough to spend much more time outside.

wearing - Most of my normal clothes.  I put away my maternity clothes this week and danced a little jig as I did it.  I still have long way to go, but every little step is a step in the right direction.



a fuzzy little photo of our fuzzy little bunny


lots of this these days and lots of funny faces too

DIY your way through December


Hello!  Has everyone's turkey hangover worn off yet?  Did you get some good shopping deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? 

It's getting closer to mid-week and I still feel like I haven't quite worn off the four day weekend.  The holidays tend to be a slower time of year, so I'm looking forward to a few more weeks of this!

We put up most of our Christmas decorations this past weekend.  Chloe had fun checking out all the lightbulbs to make sure they were working and weren't too hot.  And luckily only a few ornaments were harmed in this process of inspecting every branch and light bulb.  This will be her first Christmas where she starts understanding things and what a holiday means.  It's fun to watch her learn. 

Here are a few links of fun Christmas/Holiday themed activities to keep you busy in December:

Handmade mitten ornaments that you will treasure for years. 

DIY pom pom garland to decorate your mantle

Have an old sweater? Make a hat.

This felt ball garland would be perfect for a dressing a window.

Now I just need another four day weekend to get some of these done!