Sunday, September 1, 2013

We moved!

Warning: This post is not grammatically correct. And is kind of all over the place. Get over it. haha

Its been weeks since I blogged and I feel so lazy for taking such a huge blog break. Rest assured there has been a LOT going on here in the Howell world. We moved to a new home on Saturday. We absolutely love it! Its a little duplex in Mesa and I'm so elated to be on the bottom floor. Even better news is that it has a backyard! The people that lived here before us didn't use it much so its not very well taken care of but it will be. I need to get rid of the stickers first and then water the non existent grass. haha. But I'm excited to get it pretty and ready for the kids to play in. My lovely sister bought us a swing set with a slide. Noah is going to love it and I know Rebekah will enjoy the swing. Its really such a blessing to have found this place. Its exactly what I was hoping for and in the price range we can afford. With everything going on with the broken ac unit in our old place we started looking for a new place to live. Then one night after praying we would find something reasonable (I didn't think we would be able to find a bottom floor with a backyard for less than $600 but thats all we can afford) I logged onto facebook and a friend (I read her blog and worked with her husband before he went on a mission) had literally just posted a status about her place being available. Talk about answered prayers! I'm so grateful for a Father in Heaven that is aware and willing to bless us with our needs. Alexis was so awesome with getting me the information to the landlord and we were able to get the place. She and her husband moved due to her husband getting a new job. Yay for them :) A fun fact is that the couple that owns the place is LDS and goes to our ward. So fun :) We had our first sunday at our new ward and we love it. Everyone is so kind. I already made friends with a sister that is graduated from ASU with her MSW which is what Sean is applying for this year. So it will be great to get some advice from her about the program. Also a friend that went to my old family ward when I was growing up goes there too! So so fun!  

Anywho, back to the moving. Its was actually a fairly easy move. We got the keys Thursday night. I started packing that night and we moved a bunch of boxes and small things over with the help of my Dad, my sister Amanda, my mother in law, my sister Andrea and my brother Justin. Elizabeth helped clean up the old place and watched the kids while we moved stuff. Then Friday Elizabeth came over in the afternoon and helped me pack more while Sean and everyone else was at work. Saturday night was the big move where we got everything out. We rented a Uhal truck for the night. Which every time we move from now on we will always get a truck, it made it so smooth and fast. Sean got off work and we started packing the rest of the stuff. My friend Kara came over and she watched the kids and also did a pizza run for us all. Elizabeth cleaned up, and we both played Tetris in the moving truck to get everything to fit. Sean and his brothers kept saying "i dont think anything else will fit" Then we would rearrange and got twice what they thought would go. Seans brothers David and Jim and my brother Justin came and helped Sean move the big stuff. My dad would have come but he was sick that day. Poor guy. It started to rain and continued to rain through out the move but it was light enough that we pushed through. We weren't about to waste a truck rental just because of some rain. Also the rain helped with the heat anyway. 

There was one moment when we had brought everything to the new place and were moving it in where Noah went missing for less than 5 min and I freaked out and it felt like eternity. I searched the house for him and started to cry and found him outside on the sidewalk headed toward the street. He was just out for a walk and didnt realize how completely crazy scared I was that he was lost. Other than that it was a good night. David made sure we got the bed together and we all slept in our beds.  

Saturday morning Elizabeth and my friend from my old ward Lindsay came over and watched the kids and helped organize the kitchen. Also Elizabeth was kind enough to make us a crockpot lasagna for dinner. I got the entire house cleaned and organized that day! I am so relieved to have it all done so quickly and not to have to worry about it. I seriously get so stressed in a cluttered area. I can't handle it. I'm so grateful for loving friends and family that came and helped move and watch the kids so we can get things done so smoothly. We are truly blessed.  I put the finishing touch on the house today after church when I put pictures and decorations on the living room wall. It looks pretty good and Sean is quite pleased with it. He said he loves coming home to a beautiful and organized home. Now I have the pile of laundry to get through over the next week. Seriously, its going to take that long haha. I have neglected it for this whole week amongst the preparing to move business.  

Now other than the move things are going really well for us. I am dealing with the PPD a lot better and only have occasional panic attacks. Sean and haven't been working like we want to which is lame but we are going to start up now that we are in the new place and settled.  Sean is doing well in school and is excited for his classes. Noah is super cute and such a talkative little dude. He loves kissing Rebekah and asks what she is doing all the time. He is really great at pointing out when he sees two of something, he loves bubble baths, pizza, and pretending to read to us. Rebekah is a champ at sleeping most nights and is a smily little girl. She seems to be most happy in the morning. She makes little babble sounds and has started to suck on her fist. Even when she is nursing she will sometimes stick her fist in her mouth and push out my nipple and then get mad that no milk is coming out. haha Silly girl. She is super gasy all the time and it smells quite horrible. Its so hard to believe that such a girl dainty thing can have such a gross smell sometimes haha. She hates tummy time unless she is tired in which case she just falls asleep. I know the doctors and everyone says not to put a baby on their tummy to sleep but thats the only way she will sleep through the night for a long period of time so I say mama knows best! Also daddy does too since he is the one that suggested it. 

I'm getting into cooking more and want to make homecooked meals at least 3 or 4 times a night instead of just warming up already cooked frozen meals. We will see how that goes. I think they will probably mostly end up being semi-homemade. As in using frozen products and canned food in with the recipes. I enjoy having a homecooked meal and I feel good that I did it but I can't handle having too many steps in a recipe. Enter in already prepared food and its a snap :) I have to go back to work on Thursday this week which is a bummer but then I get to quit in 3 weeks so it wont be too bad. I am looking forward to being a full time stay at home mama. yay for doing whats best for my family! Not that working is bad just that for me I know its whats best for my family. Get it? no hard feelings from anyone? Good. Mom wars adverted. 

Any way thats whats up with us. I'm way happy to be settled in our new place and to be with my little family. They are my world and I just love them. 

Bekah love some daddy time in the morning. 

We took apart the crib while we were moving and Noah was so tired he laid down on the floor and said "take a nap" so silly

My living room wall. All the important things to me, Family proclamation, Jesus, Family,  and love and friends. 
My family hanging out in the new place after moving Thursday night. 
I forgot to say that I got my hair dyed purple on Thursday morning! 
Andraya is amazing! I love that we trade for massages and so does she. 

This is how you go shopping with a fussy baby. haha 

I gave Noah a hair cut again on Thursday before my hair appointment. I'm getting better. It was actually even this time. And he was quite corporative too.   

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