April 28, 2014

"All Good Things. All Good Things."

We watch Frozen, often. Please imagine Olaf reporting, "All good things. All good things."

Friday morning we closed on a new house. Effectively ending the current transition chapter of our lives. It's been five months since we moved. We've settled on a church, neighborhood, and preschool. Cole is already friends with five of the children that will be in her class next year! I know my way around town enough not to need the GPS. And we have friends. Friends that offered to watch the girls when we moved. Friends that popped-in on the day we closed just to say, "Hi" and offer help. It's overwhelming and, yet, not surprising. This is exactly where we are supposed to be, even on the days my heart aches to be back in Tennessee.

Even finding our new home was a testament to the people we have met here. Many of the best houses in Newark are sold by owner or even just through word of mouth. I'd been looking diligently for months with no success when two of my friends mentioned the same white house for sale by owner in their neighborhood.  The day I drove by was the day we told the owners we hoped to work out a deal.

Our new house sits on half of an acre, has four bedrooms, a playroom, dreamy hardwood floors, and lots of wallpaper. It'll keep us busy. Nearly every surface of the home needs paint, the bathrooms need updating, and one day, in the distance future, the kitchen needs a makeover. But all of it is very livable for right now. We're so excited to make this new house a home. Hopefully, our long-term home.

I made sure to take pictures of the empty house so that we can track the progress as it becomes our home. Even if it happens at a snail's pace. We have time. And I have ideas.
Playroom
Kitchen
Living Room
Office

April 23, 2014

Easter

My brother who lives in Florida  flew into Baltimore for Easter weekend. Since we had plans to go to the beach for Easter, we made a quick trip to Baltimore on Friday to visit him. Naturally, I have no pictures of our visit with him.
Easter at the beach meant lots of time with my grandparents and more than enough Easter egg hunts for Cole.  We went to a little Easter festival in Lewes where Cole proved to be the most skeptical face paint recipient there ever was.
 We walked the beach and boardwalk on Saturday afternoon, around snack time. Cole spotted a few quarter rides and had a ball whipping her head back and worth while riding them. I have no idea where she gets this stuff.
My grandmother made us dinner Saturday night which was very kind and convenient for us. Cole served as a little helper in the kitchen while Ib motored around the house.
After the girls were in bed Saturday night, my dad arrived. Sunday morning we did a little egg hunt at the house for Cole. She was so excited to share her eggs, stickers and goldfish with PopPop! Around lunchtime we met my grandparents at their country club for yet another egg hunt and brunch.
After brunch, we packed up and headed out. And a short 90 minutes later we were home. Peter and I spent the rest of Sunday dumbfounded by how close we are to the beach. It's not that we didn't know, it just hadn't settled in yet.

April 21, 2014

Ibbie :: 7 months

What a happy baby Ibbie is! With some of the bluest eyes I've ever seen!

This month Ib has tried more and more food with a distinct preference for meat. Chicken and apples. Sweet potatoes and turkey. It grosses me out but she loves it.  She goes through waves of hunger. Sometimes she'll eat less than half a jar per meal and other times she'll eat as much as two jars in a sitting.

Ibbie isn't sitting up yet, but she motors around the room and stands with support. Her Aunt Nancy suggested that there is just too much to do to spend anytime sitting around. I think she's probably right.

Ib has one bottom tooth with another about to break through. She's handling teething pretty well, just gumming every toy in sight.
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Cole at seven months

April 18, 2014

April 16, 2014

The Church Egg Hunt

Our new church holds an annual egg hunt, open to the community. Over 4,000 eggs, filled with candy, toys, and tickets redeemable at prize tables are spread across the property. The children under three hunt first. Before, after, and during the hunt, kids can occupy themselves on the playground or on a few inflatables set up in the gym. Cole took a lap to scope the place out.
I'm certain the girls would have been content to hang out on the playground all morning.
When it was time to hunt, Cole got right down to business. She eagerly filled her purse, her basket of choice. She and a friend kept finding eggs to give to the other. Their little kind, generous spirits warm my heart.
Cole came home with an impressive collection of treasures. She redeemed her nine tickets at the prize tables for an assortment of bath toys, cups, jewelry and pinwheels. Not a bad haul for a wee hunter. 

April 14, 2014

Sunny and 79

After our long, snowy winter, we used the recent spring weather as reason enough to explore this new neck of the woods. Recently we went to the cliffs at Elk Neck State Park. The cliffs are a twenty minute walk from the parking lot. Naturally, as soon as we arrived at the cliffs Cole wanted to get out of the stroller. She is a quite the adventurer. Her adventuring, not to mention my anxiously beating heart, kept me from snapping any pictures from the top. Though it's hard to imagine a photo could do the view justice. From the cliffs, there is a path down the to water. The decline was impressive but not too much for the trusty BOB. And the girls loved the bumping and twisting. In fact, Ibbie was cackling the entire time. 
Down on the rocks, we took in the view. Cole and Peter threw and skipped rocks, respectively. Ib watched with such intent that I imagine, given the chance, she could skip a rock without much further instruction.

April 11, 2014

It's Friday

We've reached the end of the week and I realized I haven't blogged. Not even once. Peter has been away for work all week so I've been flying solo with the girls. My mom and dad each came up for a day to hang out with the little ladies which was a great help. Hopefully, I'll get back into a blogging groove next week.

I did manage to get a haircut. A much needed, post-baby hair cut. Now time to start growing it out again. The ease of a ponytail, when there are wee ones present, is not to be matched.
Cole came up with some creative, eclectic even, outfits this week. As I've said before, she's allowed to wear what she wants most of the time. I do draw the line at bathing suits which she's been begging to wear for a couple of weeks. It is no overstatement to say we are excited about summer.