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!

February 26, 2017

Brandon is Two!

Our little guy is getting so big! He is always trying to keep up with his big brother, and often succeeds.  It's been so fun to watch him grow from baby to toddler, and a real playmate to Andrew.

Brandon's vocabulary is really starting to grow.  He's started to put two- and three-word sentences together and it's really exciting to have some more communication with him.  He can identify nearly all of his uppercase and lowercase letters and can count to "tooteen" (haha, that's thirteen, by the way), which are both super impressive for his age.  His favorite songs to sing are "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive."

He is a very determined little kid.  Brandon (much like his brother) has a tendency to decide that it's time to do a certain thing or clean up the toys, whether everyone else is ready or not.  He knows where something "should" go and will get quite upset if you try to put it somewhere else.  Likewise, he believes he has sole ownership over many things in our house (nearly all are not actually his alone) and it's not pretty when Andrew (or anyone else) wants to use it too.  But his determination is also so cute and has helped him become really good at puzzles and figuring out how to get things that are just out of reach.

We also moved Brandon out of his crib just a couple of days before his birthday.  He's done pretty well so far, though we regularly find him sleeping on the floor next to his bed when we check on him before we go to bed.  Once he's gotten the hang of the big boy bed it will be time to work on eliminating the pacifier!

We sure love this little guy and are really excited to see him keep growing!

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.