Saturday, November 28, 2015

Week 25 - 27: It's Time to Move!

Week 25

We have a house in Georgia!! This is such a relief! We were able to snag a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house just a few miles outside of post! I have always loved a home with stairs, in fact, all of our rentals have had them! This house is a 1-story, and I'm really looking forward to not having to navigate stairs after Liam is born! It will be so nice just to walk down the hallway and not have to carry things up and down. Although, stairs gives me exercise, which I think really contributed to my rapid baby weight loss after Ava was born! The house does have a split floor plan so our bedroom is on the other side of the house from the other 3, so I guess I'll get my exercise during those middle-of-the-night feedings with Liam!

I am really curious to see how the cats will handle having to "coexist" with Duke on one level. They currently hang out upstairs for the majority of the day, and only wander down when Ava is asleep because the baby gate is open on the stairs.

I can't even explain how excited we are for this move! My husband is excited because obviously this is the next step in his career, and he's ready for a change after being stationed here for over 3 years now. I am excited because I want to hurry up and get settled again! And decorate a new house! And Christmas!! And have our Liam!! I just can't wait for all these good things! We've had that "military itch" to move for awhile now!

On the other hand, it will be hard to leave. I put roots down and made friends and familiarized myself with this town, and we love Nashville! But that's the way this lifestyle goes! Augusta has a SuperTarget! And more variety of stores! And it's only about 4 hours from the east coast! It will be fun to discover a new area with our little family.

It's such a jumbled mess of emotions, really! Leaving everything you know (again) and exploring a new state, a new city, a new neighborhood, a new house. Not knowing anyone and having to make new friends. It will be a challenge to not have anyone to babysit Ava or to playdate with or just to hang out with. I think that is the hardest part of moving is having to start over with making friends. It's lonely!

We sure do love to Google, though! We've already scoped out nearby grocery stores (yay Kroger!), churches, activities for Ava, YMCA locations (I WILL get back into shape someday, dang it!), parks and playgrounds (we haven't found very many), and some of our favorite restaurants we hope to find nearby (down the street from a Zaxby's; wahoo!!)

So back to baby business...Liam has hiccups like crazy! I feel lots of simultaneous movement on opposite sides of my belly, which makes me envision him kicking and punching me at the same time! It's definitely getting harder for me to get on and off the floor while playing with Ava. It's definitely been helping my back to not carry her everywhere!

I have a lot of things for Liam's room! I can't wait to see it set up in the next house! Right now its all neatly stacked among the boxes in the extra bedroom! Now that we have a house, I spend a lot of my daydreaming time looking at the photos and envisioning where everything will go!

And Ava officially eats like a big girl...scooted right up to the table!! She has her plate and cup on a placemat and she prefers to eat with a utensil...if we load it up for her first! Still working on the "scooping" part of self-feeding! She is going through her last mental leap (check out The Wonder Weeks) and is going to pop her lower molars any time now! I feel like I say that every week...but I can see them so I know it will be soon! We got her a step stool so she can brush her teeth at the sink like a big girl! She is truly growing up. My little girl. It is so exciting to see her doing all of these things! She likes to help wipe up her mess after she eats. She likes to throw away her diaper. She loves the remote to her fan and gets a lot of enjoyment from turning it on and off. And on and off and on and off! She's starting to be able to undress herself at bedtime and she's doing a pretty good job at leaving Duke's food bowls alone - those will be out in the open in the next house! She enjoys digging through the pantry (the next house will have an actual door that latches) and she likes to help push clean laundry into the dryer, and put the dry clothes in the basket!

I had my glucose test the other day. While waiting, I chatted with a woman who was there doing the 3 hour test. She was pregnant with with IVF twins, a boy and a girl, and she was from New Zealand and had the most amazing accent! It's always interesting to meet different people in this military life!

Week 26

Things are rolling along with this move! It is still incredibly stressful for Chris because every step of the way so far there seems to have been a problem or something delaying the clearing process. So I'm trying to man all the "domestic" logistics of moving (making final maintenance requests, animal paperwork, cleaning, organizing, planning what needs to stay with us in the car, clearing a DO NOT PACK room, and basically anything else random that pops up). So we both have our stressful to do lists; a lot of which simply cannot be done until the week of the move. But it helps tremendously that we have the packers and movers scheduled and we have had our pre-move inspection with the packers. I got my questions answered on what items they do not take (perishables, liquids, and flammables), how they pack my already-packed plastic storage tubs (they will wrap in plastic and pack as-is), and he said since I have a small child running around that I can even leave everything on the walls and they will take them down for us! Packers come November 30th and December 1st, they move the HHG (household goods) December 2nd, and we have our appointment to clear housing the morning of December 3!

As of right now the plan is to hit the road as soon as we clear housing and Chris has his final clearing appointment, and drive to Augusta and hopefully meet up with the property manager to get the keys that night! Fingers crossed that's the way it turns out!

Ava has been learning and trying to say new words! She's learned "hungry", which she pronounces "hah-gah" and she says it whenever she sees food! She's learned "sticker" ("iggur" is what it sounds like) from getting stickers at the check out lane at Target and from a few crafting activities we've done. "Ssss" means "cheese" and "cee!" means she wants you to sing the ABC Song. She's quite demanding about it, too! She would have me sing songs to her all day long! She's trying harder to say things we ask. "Chill" is a new one, as well as "here you go" and "bunny". Some of them sound nothing like the phrase, but she thinks she's saying it, so that's what matters!

I got Zorro some kitty Xanax. I bought Duke a new, clean, non-stinky bed. I'm beginning to pack the suitcases. I have a million to-do lists organized on my phone. We are ironing out logistics for the days the packers and movers are here, with back-up napping locations for Ava and places to take her if it's not working to have her in the house. We are continually purging - it's crazy how much we've accumulated in the 3 years we have been here! The kitchen pantry and fridge are pretty empty; I've got our last meals in a full-functioning kitchen all planned out. Final laundry on Saturday, shut down the kitchen and final dishes on Sunday. We will have to go about a week or so without our furniture and belongings, beside what we put in our cars. It's about to get CrAzY!!!

Liam had a great check up on Tuesday! He's growing right on track and is still breech with his head on the left. He weighs just under 2 pounds! I feel his feet all the time up high on my right side near my ribs. I feel his hiccups down low near my waistband several times a day! His movements and position are pretty identical to my pregnancy with Ava!

I've been working hard on my to-do lists for this move. I just take things a day at a time and do what I can. What doesn't get done gets bumped to the next day. This is seriously stressful but I'm doing pretty good at taking things a little at a time! It's really hard to plan things when we have no idea what to expect, being our first big PCS with packers and movers!

Week 27

This will be a short update as I will have to take a break to get this move underway!! And this will be my last belly shot in the living room, here at Ft. Campbell!! It's making me kind of sad!

We've been super busy tackling our to-do list. The house has never been cleaner! Well, and floors are tomorrow! The house is so clutter-free! It has worked out great that Chris had a long holiday weekend because we haven't felt rushed at all to get things done. I have to pace myself a little for obvious reasons, but I'm not slowing down yet!

Liam has found a silly position that makes me feel like I have a side cramp that won't go away! I had to go lay down this morning to get him to move after a few hours of being uncomfortable. He finally did, little stinker!

I am ready to dive into this move. We've prepped, planned, and packed our bags! I hope to keep updating but who knows how things will go! I'll see you in a week!!!

It's finally, FINALLY time to move to Georgia!!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

DIY Play Make-Up

I've been wanting to do this for a long, long time, and there's never been a better time to do it than NOW!! We are moving in a few days and I am in serious purge mode! I knew that if I didn't tackle this DIY project before the move that it wouldn't happen at all.

And then I would be sad and regretful that I didn't get it done!

So here's what you'll need:

-old, expired, or unused make-up containers 

-old nail polish

We all have old make-up lying around. Or make-up that you think you'll use again, buuuuut you never do! Most make-up expires in a year or less, especially eye make-up! I had a friend in high school who used some of her mom's old eye make-up and ended up with an eye infection. So go dig around in your make-up stash for some things you can upcycle into a fun toy for a little girl in your life!

Oh, and it doesn't have to be old nail polish; that's just what I had! Old, separated, nail polish in a forgotten part of my bathroom. I just don't paint my nails that often! You will probably use about half a bottle depending on what type of container you are trying to fill, so I wouldn't use your most expensive polish!

Here's my stash of old make-up:
Don't judge my dirty bathroom counter. I'm moving...remember?? Oh and I have a young toddler running around, and I'm 7 months pregnant!! PRIORITIES, mm kay?!

Next you'll want to scrape out all the old make-up. The cream powders were a cinch to wipe out - I just used toilet paper and a Q-tip!

Some of the pressed powders didn't come out so well. So for the sake of time and my sanity, I didn't waste my time picking out the corners. But it's totally doable with a little more patience than I had at the moment!

I gave up on this one.
Here are my containers, all cleaned out!

And here's the ginormous bag of abandoned nail polish.
I can't even remember how old some of the bottles are!

Now the fun part: pick a color for each make-up container and pour a THIN layer into the bottom.
It needs to be a THIN layer so that it can quickly and thoroughly dry.

Let it dry for at least an hour. I would go back to it after I had a chance to escape my moving to-do list. Add another layer after the nail polish is no longer tacky

Remember, THIN layers are best!

Keep adding until the container fills up to the desired height.

Here are mine:

My daughter is way too young to play with and appreciate these yet; it will be probably at least a year before I give them to her to play with. I also have some cheap brushes I got for free with a purchase that I'm going to let her use as well. I can't wait to play dress up and beauty salon with her!!

Aren't they just adorable?!

I mean, you can't get more realistic-looking make-up!

And the best part is, is that it was COMPLETELY FREE since I used what I was just going to throw out anyway!

Share with anyone who has a little girl who needs play make-up!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

See Ya Later, Kentucky

We have finished eating our freezer meal stash, I'm working dinners around what's left in the pantry, and I've halted trips to SAMs Club.

It's moving time!

Time to start packing up our lives once again to move on to the next adventure!

Fort Campbell was the first duty station Chris and I were at together, and it was a good 3 years.

A great 3 years, actually...

Fort Campbell is where I learned how to live this Army life as a supportive wife, and how to not complain about things that cannot be controlled. I learn more about this duty every day.

This is where I learned more about myself as an individual and had a tremendous amount of personal growth.

This is where I went out on a limb and chose a different career path. As it turned out, I loved it!

This is where I learned that your morning coffee makes you poop. (true story, people!)

This is where I learned how to fold jeans in a nice, neat stack and how to fold shirts faster than I ever thought possible. (the speed-straighten right before closing time)

This is where I learned a whole new set of acronyms NOT related to the Army...SPH, ADS, UPT, and of course, MCC!!!!!!

This is where I fell in love with Amazon Prime.

This is where I fired a weapon for the first M4! And a pistol but that's not nearly as thrilling as an M4. I hit all of my targets, too, the furthest being 300 meters away!

This is where we went to our first hockey game - The Predators!

This is where we've seen Kip Moore, The Fray, Kelly Clarkson, The Band Perry, Randy Houser, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, Georgia Florida Line, and Luke Bryan in concert! The best part is we saw half of them for free! Living near Nashville definitely has its perks!

This is where I was on-set for filming of an episode of Nashville!

This is where I have deepened my love for hot wings and fried pickles. (Still NOTHING compares to Jefferson's in Lawrence, KS!)

This is where we found and brought home our Dukie boy!

This is where I endured a year's worth of fertility testing. Ultrasounds, X-Rays, MRIs, medication. Waiting. Lots of waiting.

This is where I learned that I have PCOS and a bicornuate uterus.

This is where our dreams came true and I became pregnant and gave birth to our miracle baby!

This is where I learned how to be a momma.

This is where we learned what it is like to love your child more than words can express.

This is where my husband and I stood by each other and took care of each other after our major surgeries. There were some long, sleepless nights.

This is where we were blessed to have a surprise pregnancy! Our second miracle baby is due early next year.

This is where I learned a lot about patience.

About inner strength.

About love.

About trusting in God's timing.

This is where I learned that adventure is fun, but just like Dorothy says, there's no place like home.

This is where I've learned about maintaining long distance relationships with family and friends back home.

This is where I've met some amazing people and made some great friendships!

It's never goodbye in the Army; it's only "see ya later".

I will always remember this place.

Hearing rapid gunfire, feeling earth-shaking booms, and seeing chinooks so close overhead that they rattle the windows and thinking it's all normal.

The train tracks in the backyard.

My first flower bed! (...and the second after the first died)

The horrible traffic with no alternate routes.

The bathrooms where I first saw all of my positive pregnancy tests. Gross to some, but meaningful and permanently ingrained in my brain for me.

Working an overnight shift on Black Friday. While pregnant. And turning Katy Perry's "Roar" up almost as loud at the sound system would go to try and stay awake!!

The people I've met through my job and Chris's job.

The places we've traveled.

Growing closer in our marriage through the good times and the not so good times.

There are memories from this place that will be etched in my mind forever. And it is so bizarre to me that we will just walk away from this place, and probably never come back.

I'll miss the place Chris and I were standing when I told him he was going to be a daddy.

I'll miss the bedroom where I rocked Ava to sleep at night.

The living room where Ava took her first steps.

The yard where we played.

So much life has happened within these white walls while living in this old house on post!

And now we are moving on to even bigger and better things in Georgia!

We have each other.

And we have our babies.

That's all I really need.

"Wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you stay, I will stay." -Ruth 1:16

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Week 21 - 24: Viability Day!

Week 21:

Guys, I'm real tired. Being pregnant with a toddler to care for is no joke! I'm thankful Ava can navigate the stairs by herself (I hold her hands on the way down) because carrying her up and down is seriously tough! I'm always winded when trying to read her a book right after we get upstairs! Daddy has taken over bath time so I don't have to do that, thankfully!

I've been having some round ligament discomfort as of late. Those are the ligaments that kinda hold all your organs in your belly in place, and they get stretched during pregnancy. I didn't really notice it too much with Ava, but I think I feel it on days when I'm trying to do too much.

I walked 3 miles the other day, and when I got out of the car, I didn't know if my legs would support me as I took a few steps. My pelvic bone hurts!! My pregnant body is obviously doing what it is supposed to by widening my hips, but my goodness it really hurt! Just an achy feeling that I'm feeling more and more.

Constipation has been more of a battle this time. I've discovered that having a cup of decaf coffee daily really helps!

I've begun the cravings for cold, juicy fruit! Apples and oranges are what I'm wanting right now! And milk! I drink about 3-4 glasses per day!

Ava can do so many things! She loves to go through her basket of shoes and she will bring us a matching pair to have us put on her so she can parade around the house in them! She's working on building a block tower with some help; she loves to knock it down! Independent spoon feeding is coming along, still messy as ever, and we give her bigger pieces of food to manage on her own instead of tiny bites. When we run errands I'm starting to have her walk to the car instead of being carried - carrying her around is getting to be more of a challenge as she gets heavier and Liam grows in my belly! She's not much for holding hands yet, so I have to be ready to grab her if she wriggles free and tries to dart away! Her new dresser has pull handles on the drawers, so now she likes to open ALL of her drawers...we are teaching her to leave the clothes alone! Hopefully we will be successful! Ava's favorite thing in the kitchen is the drawer with the sandwich baggies in them...she would pull them all out if we let her! She also enjoys playing with my abandoned feminine product drawer in the bathroom! She likes to wear her sunglasses (as in, take them on and off)! Some days she will keep a bow in her hair, but most days she finds it and rips it out. She has ONE show that she likes to watch on Sprout - Ruff Ruff, Tweet, And Dave - nothing else will keep her attention! She'll watch contentedly for just a little bit and then she's off to play, but will still look up to watch every few minutes.

She loves bedtime! If you ask her if she wants to go to bed or take a bath or brush her teeth, she literally drops everything and heads for the stairs! She looks forward to getting into her crib to snuggle with "sheepy" (her little sheep lovey). She hugs him and says "ohhhhhh" every time! I think she got that from us saying "ohhhh that's so nice" when she hugs her stuffed animals or her baby! I keep waiting for the day when bedtime means throwing a fit, but until then, we enjoy every second of her bedtime routine! We still do bedtime jointly and take turns who puts her in her crib so we can both have some of her rare snuggles she only gives out at bedtime! But now you can ask her for a hug and she'll give you one, even though it is only about 2 seconds long!

I am doing some "introductory" potty training awareness with Ava. I used to never let her in the bathroom when I go, and then I realized, well how is she ever going to know what happens in a bathroom besides taking a bath? So I keep the door open when I'm downstairs and she watches while I talk about what I'm doing. And that's all for now - potty training is nowhere on the radar but it occurred to me one day there's no reason we can't talk about it now!

Week 22

I had Liam's check up and the anatomy scan showed everything is normal! He is breech, with his head on my right side. He is pretty snug with his head in the right horn of my bicornuate uterus. It's kind of neat to be able to see that on the ultrasound. She had the doppler right over his head to the right of my belly button, where you can see his head is sandwiched by my uterus, and then she moved over to the left of my belly button, and that horn is empty. The doctor reiterated that there is no reason I can't go into labor naturally and deliver vaginally, I am just not allowed to be induced. But with Liam being pretty wedged in there, it's going to be a major feat for him to get head down, in my option. I mean, we still have 18 weeks to go but based on Ava's non-repositioning and Liam being wedged, my mommy gut is telling me I will have another C-section. I had an external version with Ava to get her head down (fortunately for me it was pain-free and I actually felt a little better once she wasn't sideways in my belly) and then at delivery her cord prolapsed. I've done reading and I've been told that cord issues are unpredictable and nothing necessarily causes a prolapsed cord, but I can't help but wonder if things were just right in my uterus, and then Ava was turned, and then things went awry. My mommy gut is telling me to just let this baby be, no spinning babies this time!

My next appointment will be around Thanksgiving, and then after that we will begin the monthly growth scans like we did during my pregnancy with Ava.

Ava had her 15 month checkup and was in the 40th percentile for weight - she's grown considerably! I think she was in the 20th the last time we were there! 22.7 pounds and 80 cm! She got 4 shots, including her flu shot. She only cries for a short time after her shots and then she's over it! I've learned she doesn't like bandaids on her legs- last time she picked them all of by herself and this time she pointed to them and signed "more" so I took them off for her, haha!

She's really into dancing to any kind of music she hears. She enjoys moving things in and out of a container or bag. She loves to climb on her baby slide! She gives hugs when you ask and then she wants you to kiss her forehead immediately after...totally melts our hearts! She can say "love you" (although it sounds nothing like it) and it has been sounding lately like she's saying "get down" when she wants off the couch. "Kitty" has been sounding a bit more clear lately and she can say "up", "bubbles", "elbow", and "apple" pretty clearly, too! She sure babbles in her own language a lot! I especially love when she goes over and talks to Duke!

She loves the "ABC" song and "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"! She is starting to do the actions to a song I've sang her since birth: "What's the Weather". There's an action for 4 types of weather, and it's so cute to see her do it! She points out body parts on herself and on mommy and daddy. Eyes, ears, mouth, nose, elbows (I know...that's a weird one), feet, knees, eyebrows, earrings (she's obsessed with my earrings), forehead and chin. She's taking an interest in her clothes and putting her hands in her pants...and her diaper!! She likes her socks and shoes a lot and the snap on the top of her pajamas.

She loves to play "hide and seek" (which mostly is just us chasing her and peeking around the corner to surprise her) and she loves to drag large things around the downstairs (hampers, her tunnel, laundry baskets, her whole playhouse...) She's been needing a lot of physical contact lately, which means dinner prep turns into meltdown city if daddy is not home to help out. She prefers to play in my lap or she will bring me toys to hold while she plays with them. It's pretty sweet but poses a challenge if I actually have something to do! We enjoy our library visits and play dates at church. She loves the park and trips to the commissary...she throws a fit when we take her out of the shopping cart!

Sometimes I wonder what Ava senses about Liam. She often times will want to face me in my lap and she pats my belly and hugs it. I mean she is really into the hugging and kissing phase and patting her teddy bear and baby doll and snuggling her sheepy, so it could be just that. Sometimes I tell her about brother in my belly and I know she doesn't understand, but I think she at least notices that my belly is getting bigger. A month or so ago she was really into lifting our shirts up to find our belly buttons!

Chris finally had his promotion ceremony and Ava might have stolen all the attention! She ran around the room checking everybody out until it was time to eat!

We have started the house hunt. Let me tell you, this is difficult and frustrating to do from out-of-state. All the realtors ask if we want to schedule a no. Not until we are actually serious about a property would we even consider a quick trip! Some listings do not even provide photos or a description beyond how many bedrooms and baths it has. I have contacted over a dozen listings because we need to clarify the pet policy to see if any are deal breakers. My inbox is already flooded! It would be so nice if someone could do this for us! I can't keep all the properties straight!

Week 23

Halloween was super low-key in our house. Ava is still so young so we didn't bother doing anything else with her besides decorating her pumpkin and then taking her trick-or-treating. She "painted" her pumpkin, which lasted probably 90 seconds at most! She liked to dip her fingers in the paint, and then she started to get a little messy (and I mean like barely messy at all) and she decided that she didn't like it and was all done! She liked to check out the pumpkin guts while Chris was carving ours. I think she was having more fun patting her belly since we had stripped her down! I think her favorite was the tiny pumpkin we got for Liam! She liked to carry it around and then chuck it once in a while!

Trick-or-Treating was pretty fun! She had a simple minion costume that was like 2 or 3 sizes too big, so I used safety pins to make it look a little better. We drove to a different neighborhood on post because ours is like a ghost town...nobody lives here! We took her wagon, but by the time she understood what we were doing, she preferred to walk! She loved the houses that had barking dogs - she didn't want to leave! And of course, she had to stop in her tracks to dance the moment she heard music! We couldn't stop laughing at her! She kept her minion hat on for awhile and held daddy's hand while we walked! She eventually wanted to carry her bag by herself and seemed to be having a lot of fun! We didn't Trick-or-Treat for long; it was her dinnertime and she already had plenty of candy for a 1 year-old! We got 50 cent corn dogs at Sonic and Ava got to have a piece of candy! Then it was bath and bed for little minion. It was a fun night!

Daylight Savings time went pretty much unnoticed in our house. I had been shifting Ava's whole schedule a little bit each day, to the point where she was sleeping in until almost 8:30! So once the time changed happened, she was back to her 7 a.m. waking as normal. She has come a looooooooong way - she used to wake for the day at about 5:15! Over the months she's been gradually adding on time so now she wakes between 6:30 and 7.

Liam is a very active baby! He has periods of activity and then quiet times, too. He must be in a weird position because I feel uncomfortable a lot of the time like I did toward the end with Ava. I wonder if his head is pressed up against my stomach because I seem to have that "full" feeling a lot. He finally makes strong kicks that I can see on the outside of my belly! I can't believe that in just a few short weeks I will be in the 3rd trimester!! What?!?!?

I'm so thankful Ava craves independence. It kind of goes against that mothering feeling of always wanting your child to be a baby and to need you, but it is coming in handy! Even when she was a young sprite, it was apparent that independence was a strong trait in Ava. She was holding her head up at just days old, bearing weight on her legs before 2 months, always wanting to see and explore everything, and was walking by 10 months. She never wanted to nurse for comfort, and loves sleeping in her crib. Now, she requests to walk up and down the stairs by herself - she doesn't want to be carried, she tries to buckle herself in the car, booster seat, and shopping cart, she's working on putting her shoes and socks on, and she will clean her tray after meals if I give her a wipe. We've already talked about how after we get this move behind us that we will just scoot her up to the table for meals and quit using her tray completely - we think she's ready! We walk together in parking lots, holding hands, which has been great! Trick-or-Treating was a turning point it seems; now she understands holding hands while walking somewhere and she doesn't hate it! Plus my back is getting more achy and I really need to stop hauling Ava around everywhere; Liam already weighs a pound!

Ava had a fabulous library play date the other day!! We've gone 4 or 5 times now, and she's come SUCH a long way from running out of the room constantly! This time she was SO excited for the songs with her eyes glued on the leader and signed "more" after each song was done! She'd look at me and smile and clap! She's interacting with other children and approaching the other moms (although she just stands and stares without offering any smiles) and engaging in parallel play, and even sharing a bit! These are experiences that I cannot provide for her at home. I am hoping to find similar programs at Ft. Gordon for Ava - she is really thriving! She still eyeballs that open doorway and then smirks at me, but she didn't leave the room at all this last time! Its kind of nice that I can finally just sit and watch her!

Week 24:

We made it!! It's Viability Day!!! Now stay in there, Liam; we have SO MUCH to do before you arrive!

I was supposed to go with Chris to a wedding in Nashville today...but little girl woke up sick! I was excited to get dressed up and get out of the house and enjoy an evening with just the two of us, but I guess this is mom life! So just a normal photo of me in the living room for this week's photo!

Chris is going down to Georgia tomorrow to check out a few houses we are interested in. I'm pretty sure that one of the three will fit our needs - they're all in the same neighborhood and are in an ideal location for shopping AND a short commute for Chris. The pet fees are lower than we could have hoped for, and they all have 4 bedrooms and fenced yards and are easy on our budget! I'm so excited that we can (hopefully) cross finding a house off our list! YAY!!!!! We have about 4 weeks until we are outta here! I'll update more in the next post - this one is long enough already!