Six on Saturday

Some highlights from our first full week as Marylanders not on vacation.

1)  On Saturday night I gave the girls their first bath in the new house and while I was busy trying to get them to look and smile at the same time I didn't notice a few unwanted floaties care of Mattie joining the bath.  I quickly got the girls out then drained and cleaned the tub.  Definitely an eventful (if unpleasant) first bath.

2) The mosquitos are throwing a rager of a Welcome to Baltimore party for us.  The second we step outside my sweet girls are surrounded by evil bloodsuckers.  We now bathe in bug spray.  Also, the cockroaches- blech.  But, we found this cute bunny out on a walk one morning.  

3)  On Tuesday night I left the girls home with Bryan and met my parents and sisters Katie and Jenn at the Washington D.C. Temple.  There aren't words to tell you how happy this made me.

 4) We experienced our first thunderstorm this week.  My California girls were in awe - Jilly was extremely concerned that the road was going to turn into a river and wash the cars away.  

5) This week we've mastered Target (twice), Costco, Ikea, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Walmart, the mall, and the library.  I've pushed the girls to the limit and they've let me know it.  Friday was a total bust, but snowcones and a 7:00 bedtime made everything all better.

6) Lastly, a little sneak peek at the one small spot in our house that is pretty much done.  That bannister has Christmas garland written all over it; I can hardly wait til December.


Stayin' Alive

Moving is no joke.   We are up to our ears in boxes and general disorder.  I think maybe someday we’ll get this place organized, but so far things have been sloooow going.  A few tidbits from our last few weeks:

+ Packing up and leaving was hard.  I was alone for the last few hours that the house was ours and I sobbed as I packed the remaining items and cleaned every room one last time.  That place was chock-full of memories and I hated to leave.

+ Our parents are amazing.  Bryan’s parents took Jilly and Mattie so we could load the truck without children underfoot.  Then when we got here my parents took both girls for a couple days then kept Jilly for nearly a whole week so we could unload and get a head start on unpacking.  My girls have the best grandparents in the world.

+ Before leaving we sold our cars so in our first few days here we had to purchase two new ones.  That was really, really fun and not stressful at all… (sigh.)

+ After one week in our new house we packed up and left for a week at the beach.  This was an excellent idea because we really needed the break and had a wonderful time (I’ll be sure to inundate you with pictures soon) but also a terrible idea because coming home from vacation is hard enough, coming home from vacation to a new home that is in total chaos really really stinks.

+ Because I like to needlessly stress, I was super worried about Jilly adjusting to the new house.  We got her room all set up first, and it looks nearly identical to her old room.  When she got here she immediately ran upstairs and I could hear her saying “Oh, it’s beautiful!”  She also loves the basement (which is a playroom) and having “my very own backyard.”

+Speaking of our house (more specifically townhome), it was built in 1949, which is amazing.  But this also means it has lots of character and quirks- we’ve had to adjust a bit but we’ll take it.

+ Ikea is equal parts my best friend and arch nemesis.  We are so lucky to have one only 15 minutes away, but it has stolen many, many hours of my life in the past couple weeks. 
another day, another Ikea trip 

+ Thanks to a little mess-up by me, and a big mess-up by Comcast we haven’t had tv for three weeks.  This actually hasn’t been as traumatic as I would have thought (too tired to watch) but I am very much looking forward to having it back at the end of this week.

+ More to come, hopefully sooner rather than later but I make no promises.



Once there was a girl who really really really liked a boy who was tall, dark, and quite handsome.  After many months of waiting the boy finally noticed the girl and held her hand one night and the rest is history.  A very happy history.  Happy Anniversary to the one I love best.

- A few weeks ago Bryan and I spent a solid 5 minutes debating if this was our 7th or 8th Anniversary.  You know you're getting old when. . .

- We don't have a history of very romantic anniversaries (we've spent every anniversary except one either apart or on vacation with my entire family.)  But this one may take the cake.  I'm already out east staying with my sister and Bryan is making his way across the amber waves of grain to our new home.

- That being said, we did sneak in one last date to dinner and the temple before we left, and it was so nice to take a break from moving craziness and celebrate.


friday five: Jilly edition

1. Summer has brought naps back into our lives (bliss!)  Jilly spends as much time as possible playing outside and often crashes in the afternoon.  On Saturday she didn't get a nap and couldn't quite make it through dinner.  

2. Last Sunday Jilly was so excited to put on her church dress but I told her she had to wait for Mattie to wake up so they could take a bath together.  When Mattie finally woke up Jillian ran in and said, "Dee! You want to take a bath?!?" Mattie replied with her usual jibber jabber.  Jilly came back to me with the saddest face and said, "Mattie told me she doesn't want to take a bath."  Apparently I should use Jilly as an interpreter more often.  

3. Jilly is very into nesting.  She loves to gather blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, books, and toys to make a nice cozy bed for herself.   This was super duper helpful when I was trying to pack. . .

4.  There's nothing we love more than a fancy afternoon at Target

5.  On Sunday in Primary they announced that it was Jilly's last Sunday.  When we got home Jilly told me "My friends are going to miss me very, very much."  Little does she realize how much we are going to miss all her sweet friends.  

^^ Saying Goodbye to Gredtel, Mayzie, & Clark, Lydia & Rowan, and Kylie


Books: Second Quarter

This quarter was all about audiobooks- I listened to all of these except two (The Blue Castle and The Light Between Oceans.)  Packing/De-Cluttering/Organizing/Cleaning lends itself to lots of audiobooks, and ones I had read before were preferable because then it wasn't too tragic if I missed a part when I ran into the other room to find yet another roll of tape.   (First Quarter Books Here)

11. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - Perhaps my favorite book ever.  I loved listening to it this time and I can't wait for the movie this fall.

12. The Giver by Lois Lowry - Another re-read (but I listened this time.)  Excellent, powerful message- one I think everyone should read.

13. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins- Again, an audiobook I'd read before.  This was my first time re-reading and I appreciated the book much more this time already knowing the ending.  I was less upset and shocked so it was much more enjoyable.

14. The Light Between Oceans - by M.L. Stedman - This is the story of a man and his wife who operate a lighthouse on an island off the coast of Australia.  After unsuccessfully trying to have a baby they find an infant washed up on a boat and decide to keep it.  But later when they return to the island they realize their decision to keep the baby without alerting the authorities has terribly affected another woman.  This story was so sad but also tender and sweet.  I was captivated by the characters and so invested in their lives.  And I really loved the ending.

15. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery - I hadn't ever read any of her books except for the Anne series (which is one of my favorites.)  Not quite up to Anne standards, but similar and very enjoyable.

16. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr - Seventeen-year-old Mandy is pregnant and looking for a better life for her baby (and herself.)  She meets Robin online and asks to move in with her for the duration of her pregnancy and let Robin adopt her baby.  Plan sounds great, but Jill, Robin's teenage daughter, is hesitant and suspicious of Mandy.  This is a really sweet, but not overly trite YA book.

17. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- I made it almost halfway, but I was not that into the story and it had too much profanity for me.  But it seems like everyone else loves her books so I guess I'm missing out?

18. The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel - I accidentally got the abridged version to listen to and I was really struggling to keep up with the story so I took it back and figured I'd read the full version sometime.  Then we got the movie and I fell asleep twice trying to get through it, so I'm not overly motivated to go out and get the book super quickly.

What have you been reading??  I'm clearly due for some good new reading material.


So long, farewell

I hate saying goodbye.  
I hate the finality of it, and I absolutely hate how weepy I get
I much prefer "See ya later" 
because, in some form or fashion, I know we'll see all our friends again

These past few days have been full of goodbyes.  
I've been keeping them very low-key because while Jilly knows we're moving to a new house,
I don't think she gets how terribly far away we'll be, and that we won't see our friends anymore.
Call me a baby, but I just can't handle her figuring that out and feeling sad right now 
(I'm sad enough for the both of us.)

Today was our last Sunday at church and afterwards I said goodbye to a few people,
but then I just had to get out the door.
I was too emotional and couldn't handle it anymore.
We've been so happy and so blessed here.

one last walk around the Sacramento Temple tonight


friday five: Mattie edition

1. A very sweet friend had a goodbye party for us this week.  Mattie thoroughly enjoyed cake at the party then enjoyed the leftovers even more when her dad gave her a spoonful of frosting.  


2. There was a cheerio on the floor and instead of picking it up Mattie leaned down to grab it with her mouth.  Naturally, I took a picture instead of stopping her from eating off the dirty floor.

3.  Jilly wanted to paint so of course Mattie did too.  I was pretty impressed and thrilled that this setup worked (Jilly with paint, Mattie with a bowl of water) then not surprised at all when it only lasted 90 seconds.  A for Effort.

4.  When Jilly was younger I half-heartedly taught her a few signs.  The only one she caught on to was more, which she thought meant please.  Not sure how that happened, but we went with it.  Recently I decided to teach Mattie to sign please and we kept with our history of incorrect signing.  After a few days of practicing Mattie's now a pro and signs "please" (more) all day long knowing she'll get exactly what she wants.

5.  Girlfriend is already into the accessory stage. Oh help me Rhonda.  

Happy Weekend!