Monday, September 15, 2014

Taking care of business

Perhaps for the next several Mondays I should just cut and paste the same weekend recap each time, because I'm fairly certain they are mostly going to look like this:

1. Everyone wears Aggie attire and then only Wade watches the game

2. We make frequent trips to Home Depot, Target, HEB, etc.

3. Packing... lots and lots of packing

Truthfully I don't really mind the massive to-do list that much, because I find far too much joy in checking each item off of it (care to see my Excel document for all the moving logistics as proof?!). But I do kind of mind the awkward transition phase we are in at the moment; it feels like we don't really belong in Austin now because we have declared our plans to leave, but we also don't really belong in Sugar Land because, duh, we aren't there yet. So, hopefully I can ignore those insecurities for a few more weeks and just make the most of our last weeks here.

And now if you'll excuse me, I gotta get back to that to-do list while raising those crazy children of ours!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Conversations with Davis

On things he is learning at school:

Davis: Mommy, when your belly button pops off, you'll be in trouble.
Me: Oh really?
Davis: Yeah, my teacher told me that.

On his inability to differentiate between being awake and being asleep:

Davis: (yelling every single day during "nap time") Mommy, can I be awake now?!
Me: No! (I don't have the heart to tell him he is actually already awake.)

On paying more attention to the music we listen to than I had realized:

Davis: (while listening to "Safe & Sound" by Capital Cities in the car when they get to the line that says, "and take you where you wanna be") Mommy, that man says he can take you where you want to be, and I want you to take me home now.

On the importance of nutrition in our home (forgive me that this was already on facebook this week):

Me: Davis, what's your favorite thing to eat for dinner?
Davis: Hmm... queso!
Me: Oh yeah? What else do you like to eat for dinner besides queso?
Davis: Chips with queso!

On the quality of our parental guidance when it comes to career ambitions and moral values:

Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Davis: A sea witch!
Me: ... what, exactly, is a sea witch?!
Davis: A person who is angry with another person.
Me: ????????

On using incorrect but somewhat appropriate terms: 

Davis: (watching me move Avery's crib) Mommy, why are you moving Avery's cage?

On unintentionally calling out his parents:

Davis: Let me pretend to be a grown-up. (looks down at something in his hands and pretends to press buttons) I'm pretending to be on my phone.

On totally nailing the retelling of a witch joke that you recently heard :

Davis: Let me think of a funny joke... aha, I got it! What do you eat when you're playing on the sand?
Me: I don't know! What?
Davis: A sandwich with strawberries and water and raisins!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This one

Every mom out there will assure you that time somehow passes more quickly with the 2nd child. You find out you're pregnant, you blink, the baby is born, you blink again, and the baby is turning 1. 

Avery is still 1.5 months away from her first birthday, but with everything we have going on at the moment, I feel like time is just sprinting away from me. I loved this age so much with Davis, and it makes me a little sad that I'm not able to fully enjoy it with her. She may not know the difference, but I feel like the poor thing is just constantly getting dragged from one place to the next or placed on the floor to entertain herself while I tend to one of the 8,473 things on our "to do" list. She rolls with it, but I know she would benefit from a little more focused attention these days.

So yesterday while Davis was at school and I realized there were no urgent errands that needed to be run, I picked her up out of the crib after her nap, sat down in the glider, and just rocked with her for about 15 minutes. Love my baby though I do, that sort of thing is so contrary to my nature - I am always all about go, go, go and do, do, do... so sitting still in a chair for any amount of time can be surprisingly tough for me. 

But in case you couldn't tell, there was nothing tough about those 15 minutes. If I could have stayed there with her sweet little head on my shoulder all day long, I would have. 

I'm not generally one to encourage others to stop and smell the roses, because I'm more like, "The roses need to be watered and weeds need to be pulled and the sidewalk needs to be swept and STOP WASTING YOUR TIME JUST SMELLING!" But just for today, I'm changing my tune: if you are lucky enough to have little ones, take a few minutes to soak up their littleness today. The other stuff can wait, and you won't regret it.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Fasten your seatbelts


The last several days have been insane.

As someone who can only just barely deal with one major life event at a time without losing her marbles, it is no wonder I spent a little time curled up in the fetal position on the bathroom floor this weekend. (Just keepin' it real.) Tempting though it is to give all the details of the ups and downs of recent events, I'll just give you the highlights:

1. On Thursday night, someone made an offer on our house and we accepted! To celebrate, I put our toothbrushes back out on the bathroom counter and put our shower caddy back in the shower. 

2. On Saturday night, we found out someone stole our credit card number! Yay! Without any research to back this up, I'm going to assume this was a result of the recent Home Depot data breach, which is cool since this just happened to us 10 months ago with the Target data breach. Note to self: stop spending money anywhere.

3. On Sunday morning, after several torturous days of negotiating and waiting, our offer on a house in Sugar Land was accepted! And the house is only .7 miles away from my sister!

4. I have been sick with a sinus infection for nearly 4 weeks! Yay, again!

So, like I said, insane. The weekend was a blur of signing contracts, making phone calls, starting to pack, etc., and of course we also had to look after these nuggets, who have been great sports with everything going on:

Please note that all 4 of us were decked out in our Aggie attire on Saturday, and yet not one second of the game was actually watched, thanks to the house buying drama that was going on. I'm sure our outfits still helped secure the win for them, of course.

Anyway, if you need me, I'll be drowning in a sea of boxes and anxiety until at least mid-October - and you can look forward to reading about more fetal position episodes in the interim!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

First day

Davis went back to school yesterday!

This was his 3rd ever first day of school, and it's crazy to me that he is even old enough to have 3 first days of school.

It was an especially hectic morning at our house before school, as I was also hustling to get the house ready for a broker tour later in the day, so I'm thankful he was cooperative with the picture taking. (I may have bribed him to speed up the process.)

I picked up a happy guy who reported that his favorite part of the day was music, he sat by his friend Drew at lunch, and he didn't have any accidents - sounds like a good first day to me! I was also happy to see so many of my mom friends at drop-off/pick-up, but it was a tough reminder that it's not gonna be easy to say goodbye to this school we love so much when the time comes.

Anyway, to end on a happy note, here's a look back at all of his first days thus far:

Hope everyone else's kiddos who went back to school this week are having a great week!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


The original plan for Labor Day was for the Joiners to spend the weekend in Austin with us, but once we put our house on the market, we knew that would be a nightmare. So we quickly changed plans to go to Sugar Land instead to check out office space for Wade, visit the preschool Davis will go to, and look at a few houses.

On Friday morning, we started with a visit to Amanda's office, which my children may have mistaken for a toy store, and then she escorted us a short distance over to the new preschool while Wade went on some office tours. His school was closed, but thankfully the church it's in was still open and we were able to get a sneak peek at the preschool area. I'm hoping Davis's excitement over the cool fish tank and giant indoor playground will make the transition a little easier for him?!

That evening was a low-key one at the Joiners' house with the kids playing, taking turns melting down, inhaling Cheerios, etc. and ended with a walk for Amanda and me in our new matching shoes. (Because what good is having a twin if you can't buy matching shoes when you're 31 years old?)

Saturday's events may have been photographed less, but it was still a busy, busy day. We walked to Kolache Factory for breakfast with all the gremlins, and then Wade, Avery, and I set out to look at houses while Davis stayed behind with the Joiners. 

[Side note: this was a frustrating experience for me. I was warned in advance that we would not be able to make any offers on any houses that day, which meant I, of course, fell in love with the first house we saw. And now I'm left praying that our house in Austin will sell like NOW so we can put an offer on this other house. Selling/buying houses is for the birds.]

After resting up a bit and doing a little shopping with Amanda, the whole gang enjoyed an early dinner on the patio at Ruggles Green and took a short walk through town square (where we ran into Brittnie and her fam!). I would love to say it was a nice, relaxing evening in our soon-to-be new hometown, but the truth is that I mostly spent it stressing out about everything while everyone tried to distract me. I'm a stubborn one!

And then there was Sunday. We had grand plans for Sunday, but most of them didn't happen because Davis got sick and we had to come back to Austin a day early. Luckily I had already used up most of my stressing skills on Saturday, so the unraveling of the weekend didn't ruffle my feathers as much as it normally would have. What would Labor Day weekend be without a little extra labor, right?!

Despite the crummy ending, I'm thankful for the quality time spent with our favorite peeps and extra thankful Davis woke up feeling just fine on Monday morning. And now if you'll excuse me, I need to go devote every waking minute to praying our house will sell!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Avery is ten months old!

This little lady turns 10 months old today!

Here are some things we have learned about Avery in her 10th month of life:

She is crawling all over the place and pulling up on everything.

She still loves to wave and is learning to do it on cue when we say "hi" to her.

Her favorite foods are Cheerios, yogurt, meatballs, and any type of cracker/bread she can get her little hands on.

She FINALLY has a tooth as of a few days ago. I was starting to worry we were going to need to get her some baby dentures!

She's still petite and I'm wondering if she will finally be able to fill out her size 9 month clothing by her 1st birthday in a couple of months?!

The anxiety about being held by anyone other than her parents is still there, but she hasn't gotten hysterical enough in the church nursery for them to call us out of the service yet, so we're making progress!

She is very chatty, but we can't understand a word she says.

Happy 10 month birthday, Avery!

Friday, August 29, 2014

August 30th

We've obviously got a lot going at the moment, and sometimes I worry my brain is going to do what my lap top acts like it's going to do when it's working too hard: overheat and explode. But no matter how busy I am, for the rest of my life I will never forget the significance of August 30th, 2012. Two years ago tomorrow, we found out that our second baby no longer had a heartbeat.

As I was waiting for Wade to get home from out of town a few nights ago, I was watching a rerun of 19 Kids & Counting that I had never seen before. It was the episode where they found out that their 20th baby no longer had a heartbeat, and as I sat there watching the footage of Michelle sobbing in the  ultrasound room, the emotions I felt in the moments and days following my own miscarriage all came flooding back. The look on the technician's face when she had to give us the awful news, the way I gripped Wade's hand as I lay there crying, how cruel it felt for the sun to be shining when we walked out of the doctor's office, the tears that covered every inch of my pillow, the songs that helped me through those first terrible days - I will never forget any of it.

Before that day, a miscarriage was just something sad that happened to other people. Certainly nothing I ever wanted to go through, but I had no idea just how heartbreaking it would be if I ever did. I was so sad afterwards that I often wondered if there was something wrong with me. How could I be so torn apart over a little person that I never even got to meet? Simple: that little person was a part of me, we had dreams and hopes for him or her, and for a fleeting time, that baby's heart was beating inside of me. That was our baby, and it hurt that there was nothing we could have done to save him or her.

Today, two years later, I am thankful to be on the other side of that pain. I am thankful for the 8 short weeks I had with that baby. And I am thankful that when I leave this earth, I have the hope that our sweet baby will be waiting to greet me on the other side.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Someone call the whambulance

Greetings from Captain Obvious! Here is a fact for you: having your house on the market is extra lame for a stay-at-home mom of young children.

I am a neat freak through and through, but the clean-up routine that is required each and every time we leave the house is already about to send me to the looney bin. Open all the blinds! Make sure your 3-year-old hasn't peed on any toilet seats and/or forgotten to flush! Move baby monitors and noise machines to more discreet locations! Pick up stray Cheerios that were stuck to your baby's butt after breakfast and fell off in random locations throughout the house! Rearrange furniture that has been used as push toys and/or make-believe forests! Check to make sure nursery doesn't smell too strongly of urine! 

Sure, I don't mind having a spotless house most of the time right now, but I do mind constantly busting my rear to make it look that way just in case and then having no one show up that day. We didn't have any showings on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday (note: apparently the Friday before school starts is not the best time to list your house) and I found myself filled with rage at the end of each day, angry at all these imaginary potential buyers who didn't show up. In stressful situations, you can always count on me to be impatient and irrational. It's a gift, really.

Lucky for me, these things exist:

So until our house sells, you can find me snuggled up with one of these in the evenings, fantasizing about the day when I can leave my toothbrush out on the bathroom counter again. (Until then, hopefully I can crank out a blog post or two that isn't about selling the house!)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Here goes nothin'

On Friday afternoon, two exciting things happened:

1. I went to an ENT doctor and found out I do not, in fact, have a perforated eardrum (like the urgent care doctor thought)! Unfortunately I do have a weird ear infection that is still preventing hearing in one ear but it should go away on its own in the next week or so... preferably sooner rather than later because it's causing me major anxiety to go out in public with only half my hearing in tact.

2. Our house officially went on the market! We had an open house + a few other showings over the weekend, but sadly no offers yet. Darn you, Austin housing market, for putting me in a frame of mind where I am legitimately discouraged that my house hasn't sold in 48 hours!

Because it was the first weekend our house was on the market, we made the intelligent decision to vacate the premises first thing on Saturday and Sunday mornings and spend the day camped out at the apartment my parents have here in town. Sure, maybe it doesn't have everything we need for the kiddos there, like safe seating arrangements for Avery...

... but it's otherwise a great set-up, especially because it's very close walking distance from Starbucks and Trader Joe's.

And did I mention there's a pool?

Somehow this is only the first time we have taken advantage of this pool access in the 2 years they have had the apartment.

It was extra nice to just be able to bring food from home and eat most of our meals there rather than having to eat out all weekend, though we did make one exception on Saturday night to meet up with Wade's sister and our brother-in-law who were in town.

Minus the stress that comes along with trying to sell your home, it was honestly a pretty pleasant weekend - almost like a little end of summer staycation. But still, here's hoping the house sells ASAP and we don't have to make use of the apartment on many more occasions... think happy house thoughts for us!