Almost on the move…

I told myself that if I managed to get both tots down at the same time, I would ignore all other chores and write a quick post.  This is going to be such a random entry, but I have been so exhausted and need to catch up!

The next few weeks are going to be madness, pure madness.  We closed on our new house yesterday!  Ahh!!

Our new digs is in a brand new subdivision, and we are one of the very first families to move in.  There are new homes going up in every direction.  I have high hopes that we will end up with some great neighbors.  There is a neighborhood pool, a gym, and a really nice park.  Some of the homes face a lake (ours doesn’t) and I’ve heard talk of walking trails in the future.  And just across the street, within walking distance, is the Katy city park.  It’s probably the neatest park I’ve seen, so I know we will spend a lot of time there.

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Though the house is brand new, we had no part in designing it.  By the time we decided to purchase it, the builder had already made all of the decisions regarding flooring and finishing touches.  I’m actually thankful that I don’t have to make any decisions!  There are two builders in the subdivision with lots and lots of floor plans.  We chose the second smallest floor plan, but it’s still an increase in space for us.  It’s a very different layout than what we are used to.  Our current home is smaller, yet looks to have more storage space.  Our living room and bedroom have built in shelves, drawers, and cabinets, making it really easy to keep things organized.  In our new home we technically have a lot more room to live, but there isn’t nearly as much storage space.  Another major difference are the bedrooms. Currently all of our bedrooms are on the second story, but in our new home the master bedroom and one other bedroom are downstairs, and two bedrooms are upstairs.  I’ve been trying to figure out the best arrangement for the kids’ bedrooms!  I think that we will keep the baby downstairs and get Poppyseed settled upstairs.  We’ll see!

I have a hunch that our new home will feel a little bit random and possibly even empty for the first year or so while we get settled and decide what new items we want to buy.  Our TV will probably sit on the floor and most of our clothes will be in stacks!  We don’t own an entertainment center, dresser, or kitchen table, so it will be fun to decide (aka argue) about what we will buy in a few months to furnish it properly.  😉

I think I’m going to love our new kitchen.  The house comes with brand new appliances, and there is a huge island in the center of the room.  If you know anything about us, you know that we cook a LOT, so the kitchen is where I spend most of my time.  I’m so excited!

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I also think I’m going to love the “flex room” upstairs.  It’s basically a big rectangular room.  At this stage of our lives, the most appropriate use of this space would be a play room, so I will probably have a lot of fun painting it and adding some cool toys for the kids.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this or not, but we were fortunate enough to sell our current house already.  We listed it in October, showed it 4 times, and had an offer in a week!  I was shocked, because when we purchased this house it had been on the market for well over 6 months.  It almost made me wonder if something was wrong with our house, or if we were the only people who liked it.  The closing date for our current home is in 2 weeks, giving us the long Thanksgiving weekend to move out.

There are lots of things to look forward to, but I continue to feel sad and a bit anxious about our big move.  I have such good friends here, and Poppyseed has had such a good experience at the School For Little People.  I’ve called several schools in Katy, found that they are all full, and been placed on several wait lists.  I contacted the local MOPS chapter and was surprised to hear that they have a wait list as well.  I even called a gym with a 2 year old gymnastics class and – you guessed it – was offered a place on the wait list.  I guess I’ll just feel better once we have meshed into our new town, and there isn’t much to do except just tell myself that we are going to be FINE.  Better than fine.  We are going to love it.  Right???  Right??  Right.

Otherwise, we are just living life as usual!  Yesterday we went to Poppyseed’s school to celebrate Thanksgiving.  It was fun to see all of her little friends and visit with their parents.

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Poppyseed continues to crack us up on a daily basis.  Lately she has started calling us “Mom” and “Dad” instead of “Mommy” and “Daddy.”  She knows that there is something about it that makes us laugh, so she gets this funny look on her face when she says it.  She continues to be obsessed with tutus, and her new objects of affection are playdoh and flashlights.  She has become very aware of her clothing and hairstyles, and we try to accommodate her preferences as you can see in the photos below, taken on two different days last week.

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She just may have a future in the fashion world.

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Just hanging out with my baby and perusing the cosmetic aisle. Typical Saturday morning.

2 going on 25.  I may never get to wear my own sunglasses again.

2 going on 25. I may never get to wear my own sunglasses again.

As for Baby Middle, he continues to grow more by the day.  He is turning into the SWEETEST little guy.  He is full of smiles, coos, and giggles this week.  We still struggle with nighttime sleep, but I’ve actually begun working with a sleep consultant (I know that this sounds ridiculous but I was desperate) and seen some improvement.  I think that the (slightly) longer stretches of sleep and consistent nap schedule has made both of us more pleasant.

Content and well rested after his morning nap!

Content and well rested after his morning nap!

Swaddled and upright in the swing.  The swing has been key to him sleeping more comfortably.  I don't even turn it on, but being upright seems to make him feel so much better.

Swaddled and upright in the swing. The swing has been key to him sleeping more comfortably. I don’t even turn it on, but being upright seems to make him feel so much better.

While we do follow the schedule most days, I usually throw it to the wind once a week and just live.  Like when we go tailgate in freezing, rainy weather as pictured above!

While we do follow the schedule most days, I usually throw it to the wind once a week and just live. Like when we go tailgate in freezing, rainy weather as pictured above!

It’s starting to feel a little bit like “normal” around here now that he is post-colic and more manageable.   Now off to bed so that I can try to get a combined 5 or 6 hours of sleep tonight!

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  1. Hey Laura,
    Congrats on the new home! My kids love Peckham Park…maybe we can schedule a play date there soon. Also, we would love to meet the newest member of your family so if you want to make the drive to Fulshear you are welcome anytime!

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