Monday, July 25, 2016

Playing Catch Up

I'm back to the land of the living, or at least the land of having internet once again.  After our move, it took THREE weeks to get hooked up to internet.  When I called the first time to get it set up, I was told it would happen the following week.  Not ideal, but whatever.  We could live with that.  Then on the day it was supposed to be installed, I got a phone call saying that there were no lines hooked up to our house and they couldn't get a tech out until the following week.  That was frustrating, but what tipped me over the edge was when on that second week, I received ANOTHER phone call to schedule installation for the NEXT week.  I was livid.  So anyway, we spent the first three weeks without internet access except through our phones, which cost us only an arm and a leg.  But now, we have internet.

We had a whirlwind of a move.  The house we found to move into was available right away, so we ended up moving within a week.  Hiring movers (Tony's company paid all moving expenses) made everything SO much easier in most ways, but challenging too.  It was nice not having to pack anything at all, but that made it a little more difficult when it came to finding necessary things once we got here.  We are mostly settled in, but still have a few more boxes to unpack and I need to organize the garage.  We haven't hung any pictures on the wall either.  Honestly, we've been here a month now, but we have only had one weekend where we were actually home.  We didn't get anything done that weekend either because Tony somehow hurt his back and spent the entire weekend laid up in bed.

I've missed this space.  There's been so many things I wanted to write about, but had no computer (internet) to be able to sit down and actually blog.  But let's be honest, I wasn't blogging much before that either!  We've moved TWICE in just a four month period!  Ridiculous.  We've move three times in the last 13 months, and still have another move on the horizon when we hopefully buy a house in about a year, which better be our last move for a long, long while.

We made a not so great impression on our next door neighbors within the first day of moving in.  Tony's parents were here on moving day to help watch the kids while Tony and I directed the movers on where to put things and worked on unpacking.  At one point, I saw Ayden pushin his MegaBloks truck around outside.  I commented on how that's supposed to be an inside toy, but let it slide in all the craziness that was going on.  The next day, I unpacked the same truck out of a box of toys and wondered how the heck it had gotten packed back up.  I didn't put too much thought into it though.  I thought somewhere between the movers, the in-laws, and Tony, someone had just put it back with all the other toys.   Well, turns out that the truck wasn't Ayden's!  He took it right off our neighbors front porch. I learned this when the mom came knocking on our door a few days later asking if we might have her son's truck. ding, ding, ding!  It all made sense then!  I found the neighbors truck in our backyard and returned it.  The mom was not very friendly or understanding at all.  She wasn't rude, but she was nice either.  I noticed later that they no longer keep any of their son's toys on the front porch at all.  They also never smile or wave when they see us.  It's kind of awkward.  So much for making friends with our neighbors.

Other than moving, the biggest changes for us have been Ayden and Rylee!  They turned 2.5 in June, and they are learning new things at a rapid rate right now.  I'm going to do individual posts for each of them, hopefully this week.

I'll wrap this up by sharing that Ayden and Rylee were in their first wedding two weekends ago!  They were flower girl and ring security for one of Tony's cousins.  It was pretty special for us, because this cousin and her brother were the flower girl and ring bearer in our wedding almost 19 years ago!  I know I'm biased, but I have to say that Ayden and Rylee were the cutest kids there!  We were nervous about how they would do.  Let's be honest, we were nervous how AYDEN would do!  We were pretty sure Rylee would do okay, but Ayden is rarely still and does not like to be contained at all.  During the rehearsal, Ayden ran all over the place!  During pictures before the wedding, he had a major meltdown and wanted nothing to do with being in any of the pictures.  However, he pulled himself together and they both did AMAZING during the actual wedding!  Then, they danced the night away afterward.  Is there anything cuter than two year old's dancing?

Ayden's hand gesture shows what he really thought about being in the wedding pictures!  His suspenders, bow tie, and boat shoes melted every adult in attendance though, along with sweet little Rylee.



16 comments:

  1. It's great to hear an update from you!! On the not so friendly neighbor deal here is my thought...we lived in 3 different rent houses until we were at a spot to finally buy our home. I found neighbors weren't ever all that friendly to the people in the "rent house". Maybe they had a bad experience with previous renters or something and think oh who is moving in here now ya know. Even though ya'll would be the best neighbors they could ask for maybe they just have their guard up, not really fair though still. Anyway that is just the cutest picture of them all dressed up, love it!!

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    1. That's actually a really good thought about being the dreaded "rent" neighbors, although this is the third house we've rented in just the past 16 months and we've never experienced that snobbishness until now. There's probably something behind your theory for sure though. It makes sense.

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  2. Welcome back, missed your updates

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully there will be more to come, and hopefully more often!

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  3. So glad you're back! Wow, they have grown! So cute!
    Susan

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    1. They sure have! They continue to amaze me everyday with new things they are able to do and say.

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  4. Yay! Missed your updates on here even though I see them in group ;) I just can't believe you have moved twice in four months... with toddlers. There has to be some award for that. And that wedding picture... I could die. They are so cute!

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    1. Ha! There should be an award for that for sure! And if not that, then for moving three times in 16 months, with toddlers! And one more move on the horizon.... Shoot me now.

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  5. I still can't believe all the moving you guys have done! And still another on the horizon? Crazy!

    Glad to see an update and hope to read more soon :)

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    1. I know. It's pretty ridiculous, but Ayden and Rylee have both done a fantastic job of settling in each time. Thank goodness! Hopefully just one more move and we will be done with it for a long, long time!

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  6. I still can't believe all the moving you guys have done! And still another on the horizon? Crazy!

    Glad to see an update and hope to read more soon :)

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  7. Oh, it's so great to read another blog from you!! I've missed them! And how adorable is that picture!!! They are just getting so grown up (hopefully Ayden looses the finger attitude, LOL) but such a great picture. I really hope the neighbor family (Mom) lighten up. That just isn't fun living next door to tension. And obviously, there would be a good friend there for the kids since they have the same toys, they have the same likes and have to be about the same age! Hope it all works out!!! Amie has an interesting theory to consider though and hopefully in time, they will see that you aren't the dreaded renters! So looking forward to catch up blogs on the kids soon!!! Always a treat to read your blog!!! Love and hugs, Auntie

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    1. Words can't express how cute they were at the wedding! Seriously, I melted every time I looked at them. I was a big puddle of mush at the end of the night.

      The neighbor boy is 2 years old, so very close in age. I believe within 5-7 months or so. It would be nice to at least be on passing good terms, but when it comes down to it, we will hopefully be here for about 11 more months so it doesn't really matter either way. Always nice to be friendly though, rather than not.

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  8. I so love you and your spirit!! Auntie

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  9. What a weirdo neighbor- like her kid hasn't mistakenly taken another Kid's toy before? Hopefully she lightens up a bit so that the kids could play together. Maybe just kill her with kindness!

    Adorable photo of the kids at the wedding. I don't know how you have moved so much and have another move coming. I would have no hair left!

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