Sunday, August 25, 2013

Otto the Photographer

Otto seems to believe that the point and shoot belongs to him. Yesterday, while uploading photos, I found these gems. You have to agree, he pretty much captures Chris' personality spot on.
And then the slew of emotion filled selfies...don't even get me started, this kid is a photography genius in the making. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

This Hiatus Brought to you by Moving

Moving is ridiculous. Let me just put that out there.

Don't get me wrong, I love learning new areas and redecorating spaces, but the actual physical part of moving it just horrid. We have hit so many obstacles with this house, setting up utilities, maintaince requests, clogged pipes in the kitchen, car problems, and sick kids, it's just been one thing after another. Meredith has learned to climb on the the furniture but not off, and Otto has started taking apart appliances, which has added to the crazy. Not kidding, all had been quiet in his room for thirty minutes and I thought bedtime was a lock. Not so, he was taking apart a toy version of an iPad, six tiny screws already undone, and told me it was an attempt to change the batteries. The next afternoon he took apart his toy shelf. You think just tidying up after small children is difficult? Try having to reassemble furniture before putting a room back together, it's a whole new level of messy.

But we're making it and are starting to see the other side. My computer has found a temporary home on the kitchen counter (hiding from electronic lover, Meredith) and I ordered a new lens for my camera as I killed my original. Eventually blogging will be on the short end of the to-do list.

We are so grateful that the sell of our home went so smoothly, thankfully all the difficulties of this move have been on the renting side. Here's Chris' happy dance on our last day of moving out
One last look at Meri's fun paint job:) 
We are directly across from a lovely park with a pond and brand new playground, and within walking distance of a branch of the Dallas library. Chris only has a ten minute drive to work, which allows him to make it home for lunch some days, and any store imaginable is less than a fifteen minute drive. The house is not without it's quirks though. It sits on a hill steeper than our previous house did, the previous owners had inside animals which is hard on our allergy prone people, and apparently there are creatures living in the den fireplace. Otto has left bait (wilted green grapes) on the bricks of the fireplace for Riley, the little gray dragon. We haven't seen her yet, but Otto assures us that she's his friend and we'll have fun with her. (Nothing actually lives in the chimney...I think.)

Our families have been terrific, and can I just say a special thanks to my parents who helped so much the first crazy nutso weekend? So, so appreciated. We have had lots of visitors who have all helped with the transition, I think living closer to family is going to be great!

Exploring the pond with Uncle Michael, they saw a giant bullfrog.
Showing Otto how it's done;)
Otto's turn!
Meredith is a wild woman on the swings!
Addy and Otto!
Big kid Stephen!
Poor Meri has really had a rough couple of days, she's a cuddly kid by nature, but this week she has needed one on one time all day. We've been getting a lot of use out of the Ergo, excellent buy so far.
Yesterday, this rare occurance happened. 
I think this happened once when she was a newborn too? Maybe. Otto never naps, but somehow they both fell asleep in my lap. You better believe I took lots of pictures to document and slept a little myself, this is monumental people!

Things are getting less chaotic, my car is fixed thanks to my super hot honey (just to gross you out Abbey), the kitchen is functioning again and my Dad showed up right as the plumbers were leaving to bleach the residual funk away. (Dad's are really great. Especially mine, he even brought chocolate cake.) Meredith's crazy intense fever has possibly broken (cross those fingers people!), and we have invested in air purifiers for the bedrooms that are really making a difference. Give us a few more weeks and we'll probably have leveled the front yard and replanted the empty flower beds! Okay, maybe we'll just unpack the garage;) Slow and steady, we'll get there.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

3 Years and 15 Months

Yesterday, we interrupted moving week for well baby check-ups at the pediatricians.

Otto was THRILLED to get to see Dr Elliot and was in rare form. He tried really hard to talk me into letting him wear this alligator 'hat' into the office. (It's an Easter basket that was unearthed while packing.)
Meredith was not so thrilled. We took this before we even saw the nurse or doctor, poor kid is not a fan.
While we waited Otto pretended he was the doctor and checked Meri and I over thoroughly for 'troubles' that he could 'rescue' us from.
Dr Elliot was very compassionate about Meredith's panic and had Otto go first. She watched from a safe difference away and was fine as long as the doctor didn't make eye contact with her. Otto did a great job for both the exam and for the finger prick to run a CBC. I just told him that he got to be just like Aunt Abbey, and he hopped right up in the chair and held his finger out to the lab tech. Didn't even flinch and thought it was great they were checking his blood.
Meri, on the other hand, was horrified about the entire process. Neither kid needed shots, and I was so grateful, but she had to be held down to check her ears. The right ear has a little pressure behind the ear drum, but nothing severe enough for a round of antibiotics. They are aware that we are moving this week, and said to just call if she develops a fever or shows any other signs that's it has turned into an infection. Fingers crossed that she doesn't have to deal with that AND the move:(

Poor girl was so traumatized, I had to put her in the Ergo and cover her head with the sunshield before she would calm down. Little baby ostrich with her head in the sand, I think she felt much safer in her hiding place.
After surviving their appointments, we stopped for Chick-fil-a. Meri was exhausted from the drama, so we went through the drive-thru. When the employee was handing me our order Otto started yelling from the backseat, "Mommy! It's Vector! Vector!" And the young guy, who really did look like Vector, heard him. Just a bit awkward that Otto thought he was the villain from Despicable Me, but the guy took it in stride and said that he normally gets referenced to Spock. I did tell him that Vector is one of Otto's favorite characters, but still, just a little funny.

When we got home Meri napped and Otto made a valiant attempt;)

Their stats just for my record keeping.

Otto: 
Weight: 37 pounds
Height: 39 1/4 inches 
BMI: 16.8 BP: 88/38

Meredith:
Weight: 21 pounds and 4 ounces, 50% (staying on the same growth curve so I'm happy!)
Height: 32 3/8 inches 95% (She really shot up in this category, it must be all those green beans.)
Head: 18 1/2 inches
Meri also got two new teeth last week, both lower molars. She is now up to 11 teeth!

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Countdown Begins

It's ridiculous how quickly things come off the walls when it took me months to actually hang them. 
I just scheduled the movers for Saturday mornin and ready or not they will be here. Time to get past the sappiness and get packing! 

Friday, August 2, 2013

This Week and a (hopeful) Conclusion to the House Hunt Drama

Phew. This week. In the words of the little bat rat creature in Anastasia "It's a keeler, sir."

Lot's has gone down. House drama, sickness, Abbey visit, more house drama, lots of lasts, it's been busy to say the least. Let's have a breakdown via iPhone pictures shall we? 

Our zoo membership expired at the end of July, and because we weren't sure where we would be living we didn't renew it. The babies and I went for one last visit on Friday. Meredith insisted on climbing on the alligator and was furious she couldn't play there all day. 
Otto, on the other hand, had to be bribed to take this picture.
Lindsay had to return to New York state on Monday after an eventful week and a half in Texas.
We talked Mom into lending us Abbey for the week and the night before Lindsay's flight we went out for froyo. (Which they don't have in up-state NY? Weird place I tell you.)
Aunt Abbey is a lot of fun to have around, and I'm sure this will haunt me sometime in the future, but teenagers are awesome. So helpful and great at entertaining little people! There has been quite a bit of fort building and playing in the sprinkler going on this week, Otto and Meri are in heaven. 
In addition to the zoo, we also visited the library and had our last Fort Worth house playdate. Will and Sloane came over today for lunch. These silly three were wedged themselves into the recliner.
And the great house hunt continued. It's been frustrating to say the least, and I apologize if I've vented to you in the last few days.  The good thing about house shopping is checking out lots of parks.
There were several almosts, and we were so close to moving all the way to Waxahachie, but thankfully today we put a deposit down on this house!
Nothing special, and I haven't even seen the inside, but it is in the neighborhood we were hoping for and is a 12 minute drive to work for Chris...in heavy traffic! It's another house on a hill, the drive is even steeper than our current house, but the back yard is flat. There is a library within walking distance and a park with a pond. I think with a few happy plants added to the empty flower beds and it will suit us nicely for the next year.
We are excited to have a place to go in just seven short days:)  Family, I will message you our new address!