What’s Happening?

How was your summer?

Ours was busy. And, to my dismay, we didn’t make it to the beach (even for a day trip).

I took 2 classes over the summer; Algebra and Human Biology. Greg had to help with the Algebra; math just isn’t my thing (well, math that requires x’s and y’s and plotting graph’s, etc).

Amelia attended our county’s summer camp program and loved it! Such a huge difference in willingness to participate this year than last year. We picked a somewhat different program that had field trips every week and we also picked a different school (one by my office) and I think that made the difference. We’ll probably do the same next summer.

We bought a new (to us) car! Greg and I would daydream about our next car purchase. What did we want in the car, such as the size (sedan vs. SUV. vs minivan), features and options, and manufacturer. So many factors to consider! And, after this experience I’ve learned that I hate car shopping. Hate it! But, in the end of our adventure (that’s a whole other post to share), we got the car that fits our family’s needs and that we enjoy driving as well.

Sofia. My goodness is this girl getting big! I wouldn’t be surprised is she’s already 25lbs and 30 inches tall. I keep telling Greg that we need to move her into a bigger carseat, but he doesn’t want to give up the carrier (even though its ridiculously heavy with her in it). That, and it would admit that she’s no longer a ‘baby’ and she’s in her way to be a toddler. Sofia does have 2 teethe in and just last week, or the week. For, she’s begun crawling!

Well, this is all the time I have for an update. I have several drafts written…one day ill get to them.

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Weekend Fun

It was a beautiful weekend. The sun shined bright, the skies were clear, and the temperature was great.

Saturday, on a whim, we decided to head to The Maryland Zoo. It’s been years since I last visited. As a mater of fact, I don’t think Amelia was even 2 years old the last time we went as a family. Unfortunately, the zoo isn’t what it used to be. Half of the attractions are no longer in place & are closed off. But, that didn’t stop us from buying an annual pass. This is the first year we’ve bought the family pass. I figured since we would have paid nearly $50 in admission fees, the family pass would have paid for itself after two trips. Plus, since Greg is now a stay-at-home daddy, he can take the girls anytime he wants.

Amelia had fun and was asking to go back today. Also, given all the walking we did yesterday (including a trip to the grocery store after visiting the zoo) Amelia slept in for the first time in a long time! We all slept in, except for Sofia.

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Sofia fell asleep as soon as we reached the children’s area

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Indoor cave

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Hungry giraffe.

Today, we went to Ft. Smallwood Park. It’s one of my favorite county parks to visit. It has a nice play area and lots of grills for charcoal cooking. Plus, it’s nice to watch the ships come and go.

Greg and I did a first: we let Amelia play at the play area all by herself. Don’t worry, Greg was watching the area like a hawk (very protective of his girls). It was scary yet exciting to let our daughter experience independence. I am happy to report she did very well. Interestingly, she came back to us after about a half hour & hung out with us the rest of our time there.

Overall, it was a great weekend. We didn’t do any chores other than a load or two of laundry and we spent a lot of time together.

Can You Keep a Secret?

Maybe ‘secret’ isn’t the right word.

Greg and I are horrible at keeping surprises from each other.

Let’s just say I know what my big Christmas present is:

And, it’s in that beautiful Empire Red color. I’ve been wanting a Kitchen aid mixer for a while. And, even though we don’t have the counter space to use it to its full potential, I’m still going to use it. Now, I just have  to figure out what I want to make with it…

Also, it doesn’t help that I know the mixer is sitting in the bedroom closet begging me to use it… Maybe, Greg will let me have my present early and let me make something for Thanksgiving with it.

In continuation of our inability to keep surprises from each other, Greg knows about the upgrade I made to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. So now the trick is for Greg to pretend to be surprised when Mom and I share the surprise on Christmas morning (hey! I can keep a secret!) Since (accidentally) sharing the news Greg is even more excited about our trip in 57 days.

Going to Try a little Harder

I am going to try a little harder to blog on a more consistent basis. I’m thinking that it shouldn’t be too difficult now that school is over until January 2012, which means I’ll have more time to blog. Also, I want to be able to look back to these years as Amelia grows older and reminisce… just like going through pictures (which I did recently of Amelia’s first year … I can’t believe my baby girl is growing up).

Our weekend was nice. On Saturday we went out to lunch with my friend Lisa and the to a local park. On Sunday we went down to my grandmas house and spent some time together. My cousin hates it in Alaska; he says there isn’t anything to do. Personally, I’d love to move to Alaska … just waiting for Greg to say he’s ready.

123 & And More

Only 123 days until we set sail to the Caribbean again; this time with my best-est girlfriend Michele and her family.

There was a period of about a week that we weren’t sure the cruise was still on (even though Greg and I paid off our balance in June) so Greg and I were debating on what to do – take a different cruise, NCL, which is longer and cheaper, or go back to Disney World and surprise Amelia.  In the event we had to cancel the cruise with Michele we decided to take an NCL cruise and keep our next Disney World trip as planned for January 2013.

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Greg and I will be taking the two mandatory classes – the classes that are required to ‘graduate’ from the first time home-buyers program – in August. This means that we are this -><- close to house hunting with the ability to actually purchase! I am getting so freaking excited… whereas Greg, believe it or not, is somewhat getting cold feet! Greg is worried that we’ll pick the wrong house and end up like The Money Pit; also, it’s a little scary that this – the whole house hunting for real – is actually occurring and that a dream that he’s had as long as I’ve know him is about to come true.

Greg and I talk about our ‘house’ daily. Mainly, we talk about our necessities, such as minimum 3 bedrooms (Greg’s) and minimum two toilets (mine), two floors, open kitchen (no galley kitchens!) and a decent yard, as well as things we’re willing to over-look knowing that either it’s a cosmetically change (wood paneling) or something we can enhance or build off later (expanding the kitchen or knocking down/adding a wall).

We’ve informed our landlord of our plans and we’re renewing our lease for another 6 months and then going to a month-to-month lease.

It still seems so surreal! Greg and I could be homeowners in as few as 9 months!

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Speaking of 9 months….

I’m 5 days late as of today. I haven’t taken any POAS tests because, frankly, I don’t trust them (and I have living proof as to why). However, I have an appointment later this month with my primary care physician and I’m going to request a blood test to check if things haven’t changed by then.

My cousin April had her baby on July 7th and Greg and I, with Amelia, visited this past weekend and took some amazing photos. Later, Amelia stated that she wants a baby sister and I told her that she’s going to have to ask Daddy, to which she does, and Greg’s response was “you just got a new kitten”. Amelia completely ignored Greg’s response and asks me “Mommy, will the new baby come out of me or you?” Amelia had everyone in the room laughing!

 

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Amelia is doing so well in her summer school/camp. They go on weekly field trips, to a community pool twice a week, and all sorts of activities. I am so happy she’s getting to experience so much more at this new place.

Also, in a few weeks (8-9 I think), Amelia will officially be in pre-school! I can’t believe my little girl is growing up! I can’t believe that 6 months from today Amelia will be 5 years old!! FIVE.YEARS.OLD! Oh.my.gawd.

 

No Time to Rest

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So, so busy but it’s a good busy.

This past Friday, Lisa and I took the day off and drove out to Frederick, MD and checked out a new place for some all-you-can-eat crabs. Long story short, we weren’t impressed. Guess we’ll stick with our place over on the Eastern Shore.

We’re about five and a half months from our first family cruise!

This weekend, Greg is surprising Amelia and me with a new destination. All I know is that we’re still going to be in MD, but to somewhere we haven’t been before. I am very curious as to where we’re going.

On Sunday, we’re heading up to Fort Frederick to attend a BBQ and then on Monday we’re heading down to my Moms to hang out.

Lots of driving this weekend.

When I can’t sleep…

I blog. Sort of. And play Words with Friends.

Why am I up at 2:30am? It’s not like I had a lot of caffeine today. On the plus side, I don’t have to be at work until 11 so I will be able to sleep in… Amelia permitting.

May is such a busy month for us; it’s been non-stop weekends since the beginning and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Eventually, I’d like to write about Easter, my promotion at work, Mother’s Day, Greg’s 33rd birthday, and other events but I don’t know when I’ll have the time (unless I stay up until 2:30am every night).

In other news, I’ve switched schools and I’m now a student of the University of Maryland! My first class begins June 1 and it’s accounting– should be easy, right?

Greg and I have enrolled Amelia into a Summer Camp of sorts. It’s a private school that offers a summer program and it sounds awesome! I hope there are a lot of opportunities for volunteers or chaperones! In addition to the summer school, Amelia is enrolled in Pre-K at the same private school. I can’t believe my baby girl is grown up!

We’re still on for the cruise in November and we’re hoping to get a trip to Ocean City, MD sometime in August before school starts.

Amelia has been asking Greg and I every week since October if we’re going back to Disney World. We tell her that we will go back one day. However, we have a plan: a surprise trip for Amelia’s 6th birthday! We’re totally going be like the Disney commercials where the kids are told once they wake up. Unfortunately, we have to wait a year and a half but that gives us enough time to save for a stay at the Polynesian or Animal Kingdom Lodge.

House hunting is coming along. We are meeting with the financial counselor in June to move on to the next step and we hope to have a home by next Spring at the latest.

So, there is a lot going on in my little world.