So, then I apparently took the summer off from blogging? Here’s the short version of what we’ve been up to:
Not one, but two trips to Chicago to visit my family.
Three of the four flights were just me and the kids. Fun times.
Big kids did two weeks of theater camp. Daniel said he didn’t want to, but they both loved it. The play at the end of the second week involved rival gangs of handmade dancing alien sock puppets.
Dan & Becca turned six. SIX.
Oh. And for their birthday, they got a new house.
That’s right, one of the big reasons for my silence is that we were busy traveling and packing and moving and all of the madness that surrounds it. We’ve thought about moving for ages, now. But there was some lingering uncertainty about M’s job, and whether it (and we) would remain in the Boston area. Well, he ended up transferring within his company to a very cool new position that is, indeed, still in Boston. So, we suddenly knew that we really were staying in the area, which freed us up to seriously consider moving.
Lo and behold, we found our dream house after very little searching, and snatched it up before anyone else could. Though it was a carefully considered decision, it all happened very fast and made it feel like we impulse-bought a house. We weren’t even ready to put our old place on the market, but figured we’d suck it up and wait to list until we moved, since it was a disaster with the five of us living there.
Well, a twin-mom/Facebook friend of mine heard that we’d put in an offer on a new house. A few days later, she emailed me, said she was working with a buyer who was looking in my area for a house with a big yard. And she’d been to my house, remembered the yard, and could they come by the next afternoon to see it? There was a frantic 18 hours of cleaning so that it didn’t look like an episode of hoarders, the guy came over, and made an offer two hours later. We never put it on the market.
We closed on the new house August 1, moved August 2, and closed on the old house August 9. Sometimes the stars align, and dammit, I’ll take it.
We’ve been in the new house less than a month, so there’s still no frames hung on the walls and tons of not-yet-unpacked boxes. But it’s awesome and we love it, and Daniel & Rebecca start first grade at their new school next week.
And Ellie? Ellie never stops talking, is climbing out of her crib and refusing to nap, destroys everything she can get her hands on, and is currently stuffing her cheeks with animal crackers. I can’t even begin with that one.