OK, so when we last left off it was the day before Annika’s birthday, Kris was still taking a day class and our house was on the market with nary a buyer in sight. My, how things have changed!
Annika’s birthday was great. She brought her treats to school and the class sang “Happy Birthday” to her at the end of the day and she handed out her treats to the class as they headed out for the day. That night after we ate dinner we sang to her again and had the last of the birthday cupcakes that we’d made the weekend before. She didn’t expect any presents as we gave her some at her family birthday party. That Friday night, the 9th, we had her very first sleepover! Instead of a big birthday party, we invited three girls over and had a sleepover instead. Annika was so excited to do this. She’s been asking to have a sleepover or to go to a sleepover for what seems like forever! All three girls invited (Erin, Elyse and Sargam) were able to come too and it was the first sleepover for each of them too. I was a little nervous to see if they would all actually stay the whole night. I had a big night of activities planned too. We were going to make jewelry (necklaces or bracelets) with Annika’s new beading kit. Then we were going to make homemade playdoh. Then we were going to pop some popcorn and settle in for the night with a movie. In the morning we’d have from scratch pancakes before the girls went home. You know what they say about the best laid plans though! Ours were interrupted by a showing for the house. The party was to start at 6pm and sure enough at 3:30pm that day we get a showing request for 7-8pm that night! I tried to get it moved but the potential buyers were coming from out of town and that was the only time they could come. We worked around it by taking a little walk and then playing at Erin’s house for 15 minutes before heading back home to ours. The girls didn’t mind the break in the sleepover action. Instead of my planned activities though we just did free play until 7pm and then when we got back we quickly made jewelry before starting the movie. No playdoh for us. After the movie (which none of them feel asleep during – darn!) we got everyone changed into pj’s and settled into their pillows/blankets in Annika’s room for the night. Sargam said once that she wanted her mom but it didn’t go any further than that. I sat right outside Annika’s bedroom door to make sure they settled down for the night and that they were all OK falling asleep. It was 11:30pm by the time they were all asleep! And then of course they were up by 6:30am too! They played for a bit and then I made pancakes. By that time I think they’d all had enough of each other. Annika completely melted down Saturday morning when Sargam and she both wanted to play with the sole boy Barbie. Oy. It was awful. But we recovered to eat breakfast together and everybody was back being best friends by the time each girl went home. Each of them said they wanted to stay longer and each was practically drug from the house to go home. I think we’ll call it a success! And maybe keep the sleepovers to one girl at a time for a little while! Levi was pretty oblivious to the whole sleepover thing. But James thought it was great! More people to play with! He didn’t quite get that the girls weren’t really there for him to play with but he tried to tag along when he could. He did wonder one time why Elyse’s brother Liam wasn’t there for him to play with. James even stayed up and watched the movie (“Little Mermaid”) with the girls too.
James has started preschool for the year. He’s in M-W-F preschool this year with Ms. Annette. Annika had Ms. Annette two years ago so James was very comfortable with the classroom and his teacher and had no problems transitioning to school. At the open house Ms. Annette commented on James’ long hair. He told her he was growing it out to be like Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Ms. Annette thought that was terrific. Her son is a Foo Fighters fan and on the first day of school, she told him that her son was very impressed that there was a preschool-aged Dave Grohl fan and wanted to meet him. My little rocker dude looks more California surfer boy with his sun-bleached blond hair than dirty rocker but that’s OK. He’s adorable either way.
Levi still isn’t saying many words. He has mama, dada and uh-oh down but would otherwise prefer to point and grunt at us. He has been playing with sound lately though by babbling incoherently with consonants and vowels. I’m hoping he’ll pop out some new words shortly. One adorable thing he has been doing though is singing. We have a cheap (McDonald’s Happy Meal) microphone toy and Levi loves to grab that and sing in to it. He’ll sing, look at me, I’ll praise him and then he’ll sing again, repeat. Adorable! Another thing Levi loves to do is mimic James. It is totally monkey-see-monkey-do with those two. James is dancing in the living room, spinning and then falling down? Levi will crack up laughing and then do the exact same thing. James is running around the house, playing with a car or doing something else? Well, watch out because here comes Levi to do the same thing! James loves “pughing” things. He folds his little hand like a gun and then shoots things with it. We’re always telling him to not “pugh” people and such but the other night at dinner James “pughed” Levi. After reprimanding James, what did I see? Levi “pughing” James right back complete with the hand-shaped-like-a-gun and “pughing” noises. Great.
Our lives are settling into a routine once again. Annika is in school every day. James is in school M-W-F afternoons. Kris is done with his day class that had us shuffling kids to neighbors or having Nana at our house helping or having the kids gone for days at a time at their house. We’re glad to be back to some kind of normal. Kris passed his class (it was pass/fail) and now only has Nutrition (online) and Physiology (M-W evenings) for the remainder of the semester. I’m grateful for routines. They make the chaos of our lives a little more manageable.
Also adding to the decrease in chaos and overall stress? We sold our house! We are so excited because we think we have found the perfect buyers for our home. They are a young, newly married couple with a toddler aged son. Our house is perfect for them! We’re scheduled to close on the current house on 12/9/11 and on the new house 12/2/11. We should have one week overlap to move to the new house and clean up the old one. We had our inspection earlier this week which found two minor issues. We knew about one of them and had planned on fixing it anyway (cracked garage window) so we were happy the inspection didn’t turn up any major, deal-killing, issues. And now we’re all signed and just waiting patiently for closing! Oh, and packing. We’ve already started packing up 2-3 boxes per night. I’m hoping that consistently packing things away will help me at the end of November not be so frantic. I know there will be last minute items (clothing, dishes, towels, etc.) that will need to be packed up but I’m hoping we can get everything else boxed up and out of the way. And we should be set for boxes I hope. Our new neighbors are unpacking and saving all their boxes for us! Isn’t that so nice of them?! When we’re done with the boxes we’ll give them back and then they can do with them what they wish (maybe sell them?). Either way it’s a win-win for both of us. I’m so grateful for awesome new neighbors!
And how is our new house doing? Well, it’s starting to look like a house! They have it completely framed. The plumbing is roughed in. The electrical work is almost done. The roof is shingled. The windows are in. We are having our frame walk with our site supervisor on Saturday and after that I imagine they will start insulating and sheetrocking in the next 1-2 weeks. After that it’s really fun to see all the interior items come together – light fixtures, trim, cabinets, etc.
Last night it was such a gorgeous night out that we played outside our house and at the neighbors house. When they needed to go inside we went over to the new house to check it out. Then we met friends, Elyse and Liam, at the new city park a block away from our new house because it’s only a block away from their house two! We played there until it was getting dark out and even then the kids complained that it wasn’t long enough. It was a great fall night.
I was going to wait to post this until I had pictures to accompany it but that might not be for a while at this rate. How about I post this now and then promise to update flickr with new pictures this weekend? I’ll even get started on it tonight. Promise!