Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cattle are weird

We are currently leasing our land to the guy whose cattle were here when we moved in. They are weird animals. When Jason brought the tractor implements over, the cattle could be seen the next day licking it. I guess they like the taste of motor oil. Then today Josiah and I witnessed them trying to eat a tarp. Seriously. I will have to get a video of Josiah interacting with the cows. He likes to talk to them and try to feed them dandelions. It is quite hilarious. While you anxiously await that video, here is another one to entertain you. Josiah helping his daddy. It is so cute to watch him work!
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In completely unrelated news (no fat pregnant lady/cow jokes please), here's a picture of me and the baby at 32 weeks!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Slow progress

On May 7th we officially started sleeping in and living in our new house! Here's the view from our front step (and from our living room window), complete with Josiah in his daddy's cowboy hat:
We spent the past week moving things from the apartment to the house. Yesterday we cleaned the apartment one last time and got most of our stuff out. There are a few things left which Jason is grabbing today. It feels so nice to be in one place!

I failed to mention this in my last post, but Josiah has been such a trooper through all of this moving and transition. He has been very patient and played on his own a lot while we were cleaning and painting. He is such a great little boy!

Currently our time revolves around unpacking. Unpacking is no fun. It is slow and painful. It really wouldn't be too bad if we didn't have other things to do - grass to mow, food to cook, dishes to wash, laundry...keeping up with everything else plus unpacking is the trick. And where did all this stuff come from?! I really didn't think we had this much. I am certain that it multiplies while we sleep. Our goal is to have everything out of our storage unit by the end of May. So we will be unpacking for a while.
Jason was able to get his tractor moved over to our house last week. This is a tractor that he inherited from his Grandpa Regehr. It needs some work, but it does run, and hopefully will work well for what we need. Jason and Josiah are very excited to have a tractor. On Mother's day Jason's dad helped us move all the tractor implements to the house (thank you!).
We are about 32 weeks (according to the doctors) into our pregnancy now. Only 2 weeks away from when Josiah was born. Yikes. I hope this baby stays put much longer than that. Last week they did measurements at the weekly ultrasound, and the little guy is 3 lbs 4 oz! That sounds really big to me, but only puts him in the 10th percentile. I'm guessing that is a normal size for 30 weeks (by our calculations), but don't know that for sure. And the doctors are not willing to budge on their due date. Oh well. Just hoping they don't want to induce me as soon as I hit their week 40 mark. Will post a pic of my belly soon!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Moving weekend!

We officially sold our KC house on Wednesday, and officially bought our new house on Thursday!

On Friday my mom, Jason's mom, and Grandma Camp all came to help us clean. And it's a good thing they did. The previous owners left us quite a mess. Piles of dog hair on the floor, gum stuck to the hardwood floors, food and candy ground into the carpets, collections of fingerprints and scuff marks on every door, mouse poop in the coat closet...we all came to the conclusion that the previous owners were allergic to cleaning in general. Nice people by the way. We have met them a couple of times and they are great. Just not cleaners.

On Saturday the moving company delivered all the stuff from our KC house. Josiah supervised. Actually I was the one checking off the boxes as they were carried in - a great job for a pregnant lady. I just sat around and gave orders. It was way better than all the cleaning I did the previous day.
Between Friday and Sunday we (with help that we are SO thankful for!!) got the whole house thoroughly vacuumed, wiped out the insides and outsides of all the kitchen cabinets, shampooed the carpets, mopped most of the hardwood floors, cleaned the bathroom, patched wall holes and removed wallpaper remnants and wiped down walls to prep for painting, painted all three bedrooms, touched up paint in other rooms, and a lot of other things I can't remember right now. The house looks infinitely better. And it is starting to feel like OUR house which is nice. It's getting harder to come back to the apartment to sleep.

This is Josiah's contribution to painting the baby's room today.
Luckily for Jason, there was a cold front that moved in last night. So today he got to figure out how his new outdoor wood furnace works. He loves it! And it really does a great job keeping the house toasty warm.
We have a couple of "pets" at our new house. On Friday Josiah was headed outside to play on the swing set, when I heard him say, "hey, some snakes!" as he walked out the door. Sure enough, I stepped out with him just in time to see two big black snakes crawling under our house. Luckily I was right there to tell him not to touch them, because apparently he has no natural fear of snakes. So hopefully they are taking care of the mice that I mentioned before who at one time had been hanging out in the coat closet.

We are having new carpet installed on Wed, and after that we'll be able to move our bedroom furniture to the bedrooms. Right now it is in the rec room, which is overflowing. We'll put the old carpet that we cleaned and pulled up into the rec room which currently just has rubberized mats over the concrete floor. Then we'll be able to start arranging that room to be the playroom/office/guest bedroom. The house is really coming together. More pics to come soon. For now I need to get some sleep! An exhausting but exciting weekend. We are very thankful for all the ways God has made everything work out so well and blessed us so much!