Eating breakfast burritos!
Checking out the Balloons!
So far June has been one of the craziest months to date for our little family… as if bringing home our second baby didn’t throw enough of a curve ball in our schedule, we decided that moving two weeks later would really spice things up! We are beyond thrilled to have found a new house and not only that but it is a little bigger, a little newer and REALLY close! What we didn’t bargain for was having to move either 9 months pregnant or with a few week old baby. Turns out, once again God had the timing all worked out! Our original close date was just 4 days before Noelle was born and even though we were so bummed that things just seemed to fall apart and our plans were totally messed up- it all worked out beautifully. We ended up getting to bring our baby home to our first home… one that we we can now affectionately remember as the first place our family of 4 lived under one roof! We might not have thought this would be the case but as we left our little town home, Kurt and I both found ourselves with tears in our eyes as we prepared to move on to the new house. I am left feeling very nostalgic about the many wonderful memories we will leave in that home but also very grown up and excited as we start down this new road from a new address:-)
No matter how prepared you are for a move you never quite realize how HUGE a job it really is. This experience has left me with gratitude coming out my ears for our lovely family and how much time, energy and love they poured into moving us. It was a solid two days (plus a few more) of boxing, unpacking, cleaning and moving all with 2 little ones underfoot most of the time. With the memory of it so fresh in my mind I can safely say that I don’t ever want to move again… and I think I can speak for our families when I say, they hope so too! Thank you so much to those of you who put your lives on hold, showed up first thing in the morning and stayed until dark making sure we were settled and put away! You guys are the best!
So… all this to say that since day 10, the last few weeks have been busy, busy, busy… here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to. Hopefully our lives will soon find some kind of normal pattern and we can get back to some regular blogging and playing, dinner with friends and summer fun!
Oh did I mention that we are leaving on our annual Herig family vacation to Bethany Beach Delaware on Friday. Four hour flight and a 3 hour drive with our 2 year old and our 4 week old… AHHHH! Guess we just LOVE the craziness 🙂
I’m not really sure where the days have gone. If you asked me I’d say we’ve been home just a few days, not 10! Though I don’t feel that tired or out of sorts, as I looked through our pictures from the past 2 weeks I couldn’t believe how much has gone on, how much has changed and how little of each day I actually remember. I’m wondering how present in my current life I am… Here’s hoping this is all just part of the process of getting used to being a mom of 2! Here’s a run down of what we’ve been up to:
We can hardly wait for summertime weather… well actually for swimming weather! Every time this New Mexico sunshine has teased us since early April the three of us get in the kitchen, whip up some Peanut Butter- Jelly and Potato Chip Sandwiches and head out to our tiny deck and even tinier pool for the afternoon 🙂
Ava loves the ankle deep water but this summer it’s time to start learning HOW TO SWIM in the big pool! Kurt and I both spent many summer months playing in the pool, swimming on swim team and even coaching swim team during college! Learning to swim is not an option in this family and thankfully we have our very own swim instructor (who’s not a boring mom or dad) to teach our kiddo!
Meet Kevin Herig- Our wonderful and multi-talented brother.
He has been swimming since he was Ava’s age and teaching lessons for many summers now for various sports clubs, and private organizations. This summer (for the second year) he is teaching group and private lessons on his own at a neighbor’s pool. For those of you who haven’t met him, he is the ultimate “fun uncle”! Kids of all ages just love him, he has a unique approach, fun-loving nature, and a great technique for teaching your kids how to swim and ENJOY it!
…in the tub 🙂
Ava told me, “I need to bring my book in the bath.”
Me: “Why can’t you just read it after?”
Ava: “Just like you do.”
Couldn’t argue with that, I LOVE my bath-time reading!
This is how I found Ava yesterday.
She said that she needed to sew something for her baby. When I asked her what she “needed” to make she said, “probably a blanket or something.” This was funny and cute in itself but as a side note, Ava has been adding “or something” to the end of EVERY sentence lately- it’s pretty cute but it is an in your face reminder of those things we say too often! I had no idea I said this phrase so much throughout the day…
Another thing I didn’t realize I’d been saying often enough that Ava picked it up… “Ouch Baby” when I get a rib kick. Ava will be sitting quietly playing or eating a snack when all of a sudden she says, “ouch baby”… the first time this happened we asked, “what are you talking about?” She said that her baby in her tummy was kicking her too hard… Oh Geez, guess I need to stop yelling at our baby! But honestly I didn’t even think anyone was listening to me anymore when I complain 🙂
Just a frustrating cute little Ava antic:
Ava is a major bedtime staller these days. She likes to go to bed, then about 15-30 minutes later start making requests. Last night I was at the very end of my rope and not trusting myself not to freak out, I just let Ava knock and knock on her bedroom door hoping that she would get bored and go back to bed. This had been going on for a fair amount of time when Kurt got home from band practice. Before I even had a chance to explain I had to pee and as I headed to the bathroom I saw Kurt heading for her room. Too tired to warn him that she was just going to make some crazy request (more water in her already full water bottle, having to pee- though she’s wearing a diaper, forgot to brush her teeth or wash her hands— yeah right Ava, like you even care about those things…) I just said a little prayer for him, stifled a laugh and let him go. This is what I overheard:
Kurt: (standing at her door opened a crack) Hi Ava. What do you need?
Ava: I just have a question.
Kurt: Ok, what is it?
Ava: Well….(30 second pause)….. Daisy fell ……..(30 second pause)…….on my bed………
Kurt: (interrupting what could very feasibly have turned into a 10 minute “question”) Ava, that’s not a question.
Dani: (hardly containing my violent laughter in the hallway)
Kurt:(closes and locks door)
AND not another peep the rest of the night… gosh! if only I’d known it was that easy- though I couldn’t have done it with a straight face…