March 22, 2017

It's Official: We're Moving!

We have had this big change in the works for over eight months but now today Aaron and I finally went in and got our moving orders!  It came in a huge binder with tons of information we'll need to navigate this big move and forms we'll have to fill out, and I'm anxious to dig in!  We've been at a standstill  for a while since most of our "to do" items couldn't be done until we got this massive bundle of information overload, so now it's finally time to get to work again!

Here's what you need to know!

Who: our family
What: moving!
When: July 2017-2020

We are so excited about this new opportunity!  It should be three great years, full of exploration and adventure!  Both Andrew and Brandon will be starting school out there, in a private school complete with cute little uniforms, and I expect they will pick up an adorable accent too.  Meanwhile I've got pinterest boards full of things to do and places I want to see while we're in the UK and have such easy access to Europe.

This is going to be a massive change for us- wish us luck!

December 16, 2016

Our Four-Year Old!

Andrew is four and he's so excited about it!  A lot has changed in his daily life this year and he seems like such a big kid now.

I got a gym membership at the beginning of the year which means that Andrew started going to the Kids' Club there.  He did so well right from the start and he loves going.

Andrew has gone to many of the workshops at Lowes and Home Depot and loves coming home and playing with his project.  He still loves to show off things he made at the beginning of the year.

In October he started going to Little Wildcats preschool.  It's a preschool program run by the child development classes at the high school.  He looks so cute walking in with his big backpack!  It's only for two hours 2-4 days a week, but he has a great time and I can already tell he's learned a bunch.

Andrew loves being a helper and doing his "jobs," which sometimes include picking up toys, helping his brother, helping daddy with house projects, and making lists.  He's a boy after my own heart when it comes to making sure everything goes in its place (well, mostly) when it's time to clean up.

He has been fully day and night potty trained for a while now.  It's so nice that diapers are a thing of the past for him.  He occasionally gets up early to go to the bathroom but he's really good about going back to his room after and getting back in bed.

He's an awesome big brother, and is only getting better at it.  Sometimes when Brandon wakes up in the morning or from his nap, Andrew comes to me and says, "Brandon's awake.  I think he needs me."  It melts my heart a little bit!  Andrew gets a little possessive of his toys sometimes but for the most part he is great at playing with his brother and sharing.

Andrew is so excited to be four years old! He had a fun little party with friends last weekend and we went out for dinner and cupcakes on his actual birthday yesterday. We love Andrew so much and I'm loving seeing how he is growing and learning and becoming more independent.

August 15, 2016

Ocean City Friendcation

Did you know that "Friendcation" is a thing?  Well it is.  And we went on one.  Get ready for a photo overload because I couldn't narrow them down.

We went with our friends to Ocean City MD for a week at the beginning of June.  We stayed in an oceanfront hotel and it turns out that we went at kind of the ideal time of year.  It was just after Memorial Day so everything was open for the season, but schools weren't out yet so during the week there were very few people around.

We had one really awesome beach day.  The weather was perfect.

We also spent time on the boardwalk, playing at an arcade, and going to a little indoor amusement park for the kids.

We also swam in the hotel pools, ate all kinds of goodies along the boardwalk, and spent a little more time on the beach.

Not pictured: our evening games of Settlers of Catan after the kids went to bed and Morgan being "rescued" by a lifeguard (twice).

It was a really great trip and I'm so glad we did it!