Friday, January 28, 2011

Moving Again

Well, we have our new house move in ready. So, tomorrow we are going to move our stuff from storage into the new house. If anyone out there needs something to do and feels like helping, come on over. We will take all the help we can get. I hope to post before and after pictures of the new house on here soon when we can get back into some normalcy of a life.

Friday, January 21, 2011

6 months!

Esther is 6 months old! We can't believe it, it seems like we brought her home just a few weeks ago! Here is what she is up to:

Rolling and scooting around like crazy. She isn't crawling yet, but she is fairly mobile. She makes progress in all directions, though she tends to scoot backwards more than forwards!

Getting better at sitting up by herself. She still topples over a lot, but she is getting more stable every day.

Still sleeping 9-10 hours at night!

Eating cereal (and loving it!). We'll be starting her on some other foods this week.

Starting to teeth. You can tell her gums/teeth are bothering her. She wants to chew on everything and drools constantly. Hopefully we'll see some teeth soon!

She babbles and talks all the time. I'm working with her on "mama"!

She loves to play in her exersaucer.

She is super smiley and sweet. I know I'm biased, but I think she has a great personality. She is generally very happy and content. She has been a trooper through all the moving, living with friends, remodeling, etc. She's been happy to play on a blanket or sleep while Josh uses the power saws and drill!

We go for her 6 month check-up next week. So we'll have her updated stats then.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Renovation Weekend

This weekend is going to be a big weekend of doing work on our new house. I wanted to let everyone know in case some of you out there might be interested in helping. The finished the sheetrock work today so the big thing we will be doing is painting the whole house. Other things to do include....installing laminate flooring, installing commode and sink, electrical work, plumbing, installing counter tops, and much more. So, feel free to come help so we can get it done and move in. We will be there all weekend (including Monday because it is a holiday)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


We closed on the new house last Friday, moved the rest of our stuff out of the old house and into storage, moved in with some friends, and started renovation on the new house. Needless to say, things are a little crazy right now. It is going to be super exciting to see the change in the new house. I can't wait to post before and after pictures on here. I am really enjoying doing work on it. The house is nothing amazing, just a small plain house. And it was in major need of an updating. Our hope is to move into it in a couple weeks but there is a ton to do before then. We got this house as a foreclosure for a really good price. Our plan is to live in it for a few years and save money towards building a house, then either rent this one out or sell it. Here is an picture of the outside of it....

As someone I work with said, it doesn't have a lot of curb appeal.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Farm Relocation

It is in the process of happening. We closed on our current house this past Monday. The Farm of Hale as we have known it for the past 4+ years is no longer ours. The new owner is letting us stay here for one week to get all moved out. We have moved a lot of stuff already but we are moving the rest this weekend. We are supposed to close on our new place on Friday. Then the remodel begins. We are doing a remodel on the new house that will take 2-3 weeks (I hope). We are putting up sheetrock on top of the wood paneling that is throughout the house, putting in new carpet, new windows, new hotwater heater, new countertops, and much more. Since we are doing all this remodel stuff we are not moving in until we are finished. So, we are putting all of our stuff into storage and living with friends for the next few weeks starting this weekend. Definitely not the ideal way to move but it will be for the best in the end.
If anyone is interested in helping remodel a house, we should be starting on it this weekend and working on it for a few weeks.

Monday, January 03, 2011

More Christmas

On Christmas day, we drove down to my (Josh) parents house. My whole family was there. We usually only get to see my sister and her family one time a year and this was that time. This was their first time to see Esther. We had everyone under one roof. There were 8 adults and 7 kids. Some of you who know family may know the children number seems a little high and that is because my brother had a couple foster kids with him. I can't put their pictures on here but they were really awesome girls and fun to have at our family Christmas. I hope we have more family gatherings with non family being a part of our family like that in the future, I really love it.

Here are a few pics I can share with you...
This is my niece Isabelle

And my nephew Patrick

Here are the 5 cousins

Here is the whole family. Starting at the back left: Joanna sitting on Zack's lap, Keylor sitting on my mom's lap, dad, Christy, Philippe, Margo holding Esther, me. Front: Isabelle, Lincoln, Patrick