Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An entire month.

That's how long it's been since I've blogged. Amazing, and terrible.

I am sure I don't need to tell you that it's been an extremely busy month, to the point of being overwhelming. I can't really remember a time when I've felt as stretched and overextended as I have in the past few weeks. Still, I find myself accepting more responsibilities, as we silly humans tend to do. I even said, "Of course I can (fill in the blank)! What else would I be doing?" as if I just sit around and paint my toenails all day long. My toenails, by the way, have not been painted in the year since Neil was born, and that time they were blue.

I don't mean to bemoan by busy-ness. We're actually having a lot of fun, and despite the fact that I'm finally packing a month's worth of blog in at 10:45 PM, I think things might be about to settle down. Maybe.

Here's a little overview of my life in the past month:

1. Another picture from our anniversary day. Gord cracks me up! We ate at Chili's-- mmm, romantic-- then came home and finished packing.

2. We moved. Between a huge U-Haul, our van, and the back of my dad's Tundra, we managed to transport all of our stuff to Idaho Falls. Some very generous guys (and one woman) from our new ward came to help us unpack and we divided everything between our new basement "apartment" and my parents' storage shed. Then, I spent the next week going between the two places to get everything in its right spot.

3. Chris started working and Thomas went to school.

That was a stressful day, but don't they look cute?

Actually, it was probably more stressful for me than it was for them. We all woke up early, having not slept altogether well the night before, and got through the day on anxious energy. I think first days are hard, but we made it.

Thomas is loving 3rd grade. I was very nervous about sending him to a new school and all that a new school entails, but he has proved the "children are resilient" maxim very well. He has already had a couple of play dates and is his normal school-loving self. Tom's teacher is delightful and I've been impressed with the school so far.

4. Gordon and I explored the town. We've established a little routine for our week where we do something different every day. On Thursdays, we go to the public library's pre-school story time. It is fabulous! The kids are entertained with a half hour of reading and songs, then a fun little craft. Afterward, Gord and I have been browsing the kid book section for 4 new books, then up to the DVD section for another Thomas the Tank Engine rental (for which I can thank the extremely annoying song running through my head right now), then up to the grown-up section where the selection of new releases makes me a bit giddy, then down to the koi pond, then out the door and across the railroad tracks. I can't think of a better way to spend a Thursday morning.

Our other new favorite thing to do (Fridays), is to go to the greenbelt and feed the ducks and geese and annoying young seagulls that camp out there. We've been saving the heels on all of our bread. Gordon loves this little adventure and it is so pleasant to be outside. I kind of forgot how much I enjoy being by the river.

Sometimes, we'll go on a little walk and cross the street. Gordon makes sure that all of the cars know we're crossing by vigorously waving the orange flag. It's worked-- we haven't been hit!

5. Thomas was baptized.

In our faith, we believe that children are able to understand right from wrong at the age of 8 and at that time, they're given the opportunity to be baptized. A lot of times, people refer to this age as the age of accountability, which I think means that they're old enough to be accountable for their actions. For me, though, Thomas turning 8 suddenly meant my own accountability to him as a mother. I gave a little talk about baptism during the program and looking at Thomas, so sweet and smiling in his little white outfit, I felt very overwhelmed at my responsibility to be a good parent to him and to the other boys. It was a touching moment for me, and I vowed to try harder for them.

I think he looks like a little angel.

It was a really special day for our family and one I hope Thomas will always remember.

6. Gordon went to school. On Mondays and Wednesdays, Gordon attends preschool. He absolutely loves it and I am completely thrilled with the school. One of the kids in the class has already spent a little bit of time in the "time out chair" and Hooray! it wasn't Gordon!! :D

He is having such a great time making new friends and doing lots of projects with glue. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this or not, but I am not a glue kind of gal. I love the fact that he gets to use it at school and that they get to clean it up-- that alone is worth the monthly tuition!

7. We played with friends. This is one of the huge benefits of moving back to IF-- I already have some built-in friends. One of those is my dear friend, Becky, who I've known and adored since elementary school. She has a little boy just a couple of months younger than Gordon, so we've decided to make a weekly play date. It's been wonderful to catch up with her and to let our kids play. Hooray for friends!

8. Allison (my sister) went to homecoming. Cute!

9. We got an offer on our house! YAY!!!!! We are set to close on October 15th.

This picture has nothing to do with that, but I cut Neil's hair this week and I just need to get another shot of my long-haired baby in here before the buzz-cut boy makes his appearance. So sad.

I think that's it. I'm really going to try harder to update this more regularly, especially so it doesn't take an hour to do each time!!


Ashley said...

I was just wondering about you guys. Glad to hear that you are happy and busy, not bored and glum in the grand ol state of Idaho!

Becca said...

Hullo, hullo! It sure HAS been a busy month. Oh, Thomas looks so sweet in his baptism clothing. And you have an offer on your house!!! HURRAY!

I am glad you are loving IF. I can't tink about the library or I am overcome with jealousy. Will you email me your new phone number again? I'm gonna call you next time we're up.

Love ya,

Elena said...

I think that you, me, and Becky need to get our toes painted in honor of your return to IF!! Kaylin says Don's nails on 17th is only $20-ish for a pedicure. Lets do it!! And I am so taking Kate to story time, maybe I'll see you there sometime.

becky ward said...

im with you elena, lets get those pedicures done RIGHT AWAY before we talk ourselves out of them! and elise, it is so fun to have you close again. i have almost forgotten what it's like to have a good friend close by. and you look so awesome in that green dress. i love it!

Marilyn said...

So where's the picture of the buzz-cut kid? You can't show us the before picture without the after shot!!

Kimber said...

Hey, if you are house hunting, there are some in Rigby that are gorgeous and not too pricey. One that just got reduced that my friend is selling is a STEAL...


The Bell Family said...

Yeah! I'm glad to know you didn't fall of the face of the earth like I thought you had :) I am also very very glad to hear you sold the house! That is GREAT news! Congrats Elise!

Heidi said...

That was a fun summary to read, Elise! I am so glad you guys are all doing well in your new town. We will try to call you soon and catch up some more! XOXOX

Jen said...

We miss you!!! Brayker has a glimmer of hope that you'll return and says so every time we pass by. I mentioned to Bs sitter that it would be great if she lived closer and guess what?...she's the one buying your house!! Ha..a devilish plan perfectly executed by me.

Emily said...

I was happy to be able to catch up, since we didn't get much of a chance to do that with Chris during our Kirtland blitz. I'm still getting a slide show ready so you can see the fun we had!