Sunday, December 2, 2012

Catching up, and what we've been up to...

Wow, these last couple months have seemed like a whirlwind! Obviously I haven't blogged for quite some time because things have just been a little busy around here. Here's a little recap:

First, we moved out of our cute little home in Saint Paul. This was the home that Dustin and I first looked at on our wedding day then moved into a month after we were married. This is where we labored for 6 hours with Emery and nearly had her right in the kitchen. This home is where I gave birth to Declan. We had our first Christmas together as a married couple here, camped out in the backyard, and planted our first successful garden. This was a good house. It was tiny, I'm talking 700-800 square feet, with two bedrooms (8X8 and 8X9) barely large enough to fit our full size bed, a crib, toddler bed, a couple dressers, and book shelf, plus a cozy living room and kitchen that barely fit our tiny table, with tiny closets, and no garage. It wasn't big, but it was our home. Full of memories. I'll definitely miss our huge backyard. It was the only huge thing about that house.

Our (old) big backyard: best play area, picture place, and best place to get dirty.
But moving out means that we also moved in. Moved in to a much bigger home! One with bedrooms for each of the kids, two living room spaces, a garage, and a dining room big enough to fit Dustin's grandparents large wooden table! We are so thankful for the space, especially during these winter months, when everyone can get a bit cramped up indoors during the cold and snowy days.

So much more room to play!
And be silly, of course!
Moving with kids was not an easy task, however. It meant one of us (Dustin or I) was moving stuff while the other was watching the kids, making food, getting naps going, cleaning after kids, playing, etc. So it took a lot more work, a lot more patience, a lot more time, and a lot more help from others. Thank you family and friends!

In the midst of the moving process we were presented with a wonderful gift from my sister. She was unable to use some tickets she had purchased for Florida (plus a hotel stay at a wonderful hotel with lots of water and kids activities!) so she gave them to us and we left right then and there for a week to Florida! My parents gave me a birthday present of a couple tickets to Magic Kingdom so we spent a whole day there as well! What an unexpected and amazing blessing in the middle of a hectic and crazy time! We all had a blast!!

I think we need more family photos...
Pool at our hotel. It was so nice!
Picture with a princess :)

Having so much fun!
When we came home we continued the moving process, helped family move as well (it seemed everyone was moving at the same time!), and began to settle in.

October was insane. I don't think Dustin or I sat down for longer than a few minutes at a time when we were awake. November was much better, Thanksgiving came and went and now we're enjoying spending our first advent and Christmas season in our new place.

More catch up later!

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