It's so much fun moving because we can play and hide where ever we want!
We have an apple tree in the back yard. I caught the boys picking the unripe apples and eating them over the fire pit.
We got a new pool fun center. They love the slide and the "shower". I'm hoping they will play in it all summer after baby sister arrives.
"Zander, do you need to go potty?" "Yes, but I want to go in the grass...."
The boys love helping in the kitchen, especially when Dad is making chocolate chip cookies!
This melted my heart. Zander and Lucas each had a "baby sister" they were taking care of. They had bottles and blankets for her and then they decided she needed a diaper change, so they are practicing wiping her bum.
We have had this little visitor in our back yard since we moved into the house. He just hangs out for a bit until he gets chased away by the boys or gets bored. We're not sure who he belongs to, but the boys like to feed him baby carrots. He usually hangs out around the sand box or under the stairs.
I was emptying the pool one night and noticed something was watching me through a vent on the side of the house, so I got a closer look, and it was Toby! Sneaky kitty.
So we've been in our our new house for two weeks now, and I am so happy. It has been slow going getting everything put away and organized, but it's getting there. There is a lot of stuff that we need to buy and or replace furniture-wise. This house is twice the size of our last, so there's a lot of space for us to fill.
I wanted to give a shout out to all those who came to help unload the truck from Stephen's family, and especially my brother Scott who drove all the way up here from Cedar City just to help us move. He stayed the night with us Thursday night and helped us finish loading the rest of our stuff in the truck Friday morning and get the house all cleaned up before we left. We couldn't have done it without him.
I just love everything about this house, new city, and our new ward. We had neighbors and ward members come out and greet us that whole weekend while we were unloading the truck. Even neighbors that lived down the street or several blocks away stopped by to say hello and welcome us.
Now that we've had a chance to settle in a little bit, there are a few things about the house I don't care for, but they're little things that we can change later. We put the boys in a room together despite us having six bedrooms. The idea was to help them bond a little better. Stephen wasn't quite sure about it, but I told him to give them at least two weeks, so he's been a good sport about it. It is really hard to get the boys to go to sleep now because all they want to do is play and fight after we tuck them in.
We are also going to give Toby away. I don't want him in the house because he makes the basement stink and sheds hair all over the place. We left him in the house for a whole week before letting him outside so he would't get lost, but I was going crazy with the smell and having to clean poop off the floor because he can't make it in the litter box for some dumb reason. We threw him out last week and he refused to go or stay outside. He just claws and, literally, throws himself at the back door begging to be let in the house the entire night which keeps us up all night, so we are going to give him away. I've had enough. I need my sleep before baby gets here!
We got the nursery put together last week, but now I need clothes and a diaper bag. I am 38 weeks and I still need to pack my hospital bag and ask someone to watch the boys. I am not on top of my game this pregnancy. I'm ready to be done being pregnant, but not ready to have another baby just yet. I'm planning on delivering in Riverton which is an hour drive from our house, so I'm hoping everything goes well, and we don't end up having a baby in the car. Right now all I can think about is the baby and when I'll go into labor. I am always uncomfortable and just want to be able to breathe and move around normally again.
It is so cute, the last few days the boys keep asking when baby sister is going to be here. They are extremely excited to be able to hold her and play with her. They are always playing in her room, and Zander likes to tell me how he can't wait to play with her on his back or outside in the swimming pool. She can sleep with him, and sit next to him during dinner. I've tried to explain that she won't be able to do any of those things for a few years yet, but he's excited regardless. Lucas loves to rub or pat my belly every morning I get up and say, "baby sister come yet?"
I'm excited for mom to come and spend some time down here to help with the boys. I haven't even made any freezer meals! I am so behind on stuff I should be doing to prepare for this baby, but oh well.
The weekend we moved the Washburns had a ton of family come to town from California and Colorado for a family reunion and Grandma Robert's 90th birthday celebration. It was held in Riverton and I have never even met half of the people that were there, so it was nice to be able to finally put faces to names after eight years of being in the family.
Those who planned and put the reunion together (Rachel) did a fantastic job. We had a lot fun despite being outside in the heat all day. The boys were so excited to get to play with their cousins all day in the water and bounce houses. We took some family photos and grandma took us inside the church for a little family history time. I didn't get to hear it all because I had fussy, tired children, but it's always fun the hear about family history. We had cake and sang to grandma. She was extremely grateful that almost everyone came out to celebrate with her, and that she could see all of her (almost) 59 great grandchildren. Baby girl will be number 59 for her, and she loved being able to see her legacy. That night we congregated to Loren's house for dinner and fireworks. What a wonderful family!
We finally moved!!! I can't even say what a relief it is the leave that house behind. As positive as I tried to stay about the house, it just became too much of a burden to upkeep, and we were constantly worrying about what was going to break next. We got a great deal on it, and I think the new owner will be happy with it. Hopefully they're able to do more work to it and make it look nice.
Moving was such a pain while being pregnant, but thankfully I have an awesome, hard working husband, and a neighborhood full of good people who came over to help load the truck and help me clean the house. We will miss all our neighbors and friends whom we have come to love over the past five years, but it was just time to move on and start fresh. Again, it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders since we moved into our new house. It's a great feeling. Goodbye Midvale, hello Syracuse!
A few weeks ago we took the boys to a Lego convention in Provo. We thought they would have a good time, and it would most likely be the last family outing for a while until after baby sister arrives. It was pretty cool, there were Lego constructions of everything imaginable from Star Wars, the wild west, planes, boats, and trains, Lord of the Rings, etc... of course Zander's favorite was the Star Wars and Lucas loved the trains that actually moved around. They had a Lego pit where you could sit and make your own Lego creations, so the boys spent some time in there before going to see the rest of the displays. All Zander wanted was a storm trooper Lego man, so we made him into a storm trooper himself. We got their faces painted. Lucas liked the shark. All in all it was a fun little outing; I'm glad the boys enjoyed themselves. We did end up buying a storm trooper guy for Zander and some lizard guy for Lucas. I love the last picture of Zander just longing for a storm trooper figure.
I made a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cake for Lucas that took me two days to make, but man was it worth it! All that day both kids couldn't wait for daddy to come home so we could sing happy birthday to Lucas and eat his cake. Every chance they got they were asking when they could eat the cake and "Oh, I think I hear daddy upstairs!" Zander had fun helping Lucas unwrap his presents, and Lucas loved his storm trooper sunglasses and his train set he got. Happy Birthday Lucas!
It was SO good to see all my cousins and brothers and sister at this reunion! I'm really glad Becky ultimately decided to make the drive by herself only being one month post partum. Catching up with cousins and their spouses was a lot of fun, and of course, watching all the kids play together. The food and company were great, as well as having Grandpa Pettingill come listen to what all his children and grandchildren have been up to the past little while.
The first day Zander was all about the fire. He played in it all day long. Lucas was a bit cranky that day, and that may even be an understatement. He loved playing on the swing and throwing rocks. the second day the kids played in the creek which they loved, but it was really cold. Brad took the kids on a train ride and a fishing trip, and Zander got to sleep in a tent with his cousins. Lucas and I were in the trailer with grandma and grandpa. I didn't sleep a wink since all Lucas did was wake up and bounce around on the bed all night. I think next year's reunion will be a little more fun for me when I'm not pregnant and I can let the kids go a little bit more. I am so thankful for mom, Becky, and my sisters in law for helping me care for the boys and keep an eye on them.
And getting to see baby Ezra was a treat. All Lucas wanted to do was hold him forever. Both boys love babies, so I'm anxious to see how it all goes when baby sister arrives in six weeks.
Becky and I took the kids to Daisy's for a little treat before they left to go home. These kids are just the cutest!