Thursday, July 28, 2011

Moving westward

Yep. The rumors are true. We're moving. Nate has accepted a transfer to a store in Portland, Oregon. We are really excited but also a little sad. We'll be moving away from Nate's parents and a lot of good friends, but we'll moving a lot closer to my family (my parents, brother, sister-in-law, aunts, uncles, and cousins). I have a lot of family in Portland and Salem. My dad grew up Salem and I was born in Salem. Granted I've spent most of my life away from Oregon but I do love the state and am really looking forward to living there.

Nate leaves next week (Aug 3) and will drive out to Oregon with a co-worker who just wants to go along for the ride. How awesome is that? We had been praying for a driving partner for Nate and one of his friends at work jumped at the chance. What an awesome answer to prayer! Nate begins working at the store in Portland on Aug 8.

The girls and I will stay behind until the end of Aug/beginning of Sept to continue packing the house. We're praying that the house sells fast. I would love for our house to sell before the girls and I leave for Oregon, but we'll see. God can do anything!

Yesterday we met with our realtor and signed some papers to begin the process of selling our house. It'll go up on the market next week. I still have quite a bit of painting and packing up to do before the house is the ready for potential buyers to come through. I have gotten a lot done over the last week and a half, but there's still a lot to be done. I should be working right now but I really needed this brief break.

The girls (at least Sanaa) is very excited about this move and will ask every day if we are leaving for our trip. The fact that I've been packing up her toys and other items around the house has only made her more excited. She'll even "help" me by throwing whatever she can find into a box. 

Layla isn't nearly as helpful but she is cute. Instead of packing, Layla prefers to rummage through the boxes to see what treasures she can find. I've discovered the best way to pack with her is to have an idea of what I want in a box and quickly pack and tape it shut.

Nate's car no longer has a spot in the garage. It's slowing being filled with boxes and book shelves.

Last week we had to flooring installed in our living room (finally!) and we had the kitchen counters replaced. Here's a before shot of the kitchen counters and then a close up of the sink area with new counters.

I'm really loving these counters and wish we had done this sooner! The sink is also a lot deeper which is awesome for washing dishes! Once I get the all the junk cleared off the rest of the counters I'll take a better kitchen picture so you can see the entire counter space.
The other thing I've been doing is painting Nate's study. You saw some of those pictures in the previous post. The walls are finished, but now I'm working on trim. The trim was in bad need of a fresh coat of paint. The problem I've just discovered is that if I paint all the trim (like I have been) I'll need to paint the doors as well. Ugh. Guess I know what I'll be doing these next couple of nights. I also need to paint our banister since the paint has started peeling off and finish clearing out our rooms upstairs.

So much to do and so little time.... Guess I better get back to work. I'll keep you all updated as best I can on the sale of our house and our move to Oregon!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

My painting buddy

On Thursday I began repainting Nate's study. In the past my mother-in-law has been my painting partner but since she is suffering on a cruise in Australia (I'm being very sarcastic!) I had to look elsewhere for a painting partner. 

Luckily, one lives in my home.

When Sanaa heard the word the painting her ears perked up and she began begging me to help. Since Nate was home I figured why not. Nate could watch Layla and Sanaa could help paint a wall. So we got to work. Sanaa had so much fun and took her job very seriously! She was careful to not get a lot of paint on her brush and hardly dripped at all. 

 I'm thinking the two of us should start a painting business..... especially considering the estimate I got when I briefly considered letting someone else paint the room..... $530! 

$400 just for labor. Seriously?!?!? It only took me a total of 6 hours over 2 days to paint (being interrupted by 2 kids tends to stretch things out). 400 divided by 6 is 66.67. So, why in the world did I get my master's degree when I could be making $66.67 an hour painting rooms?

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Pond cousins

Uncle Caleb email this picture a little while ago. Here are the Pond cousins (and aunts and uncles if you want to include us adults). Our girls look huge compared to the 3 1/2 month old twins! When did Layla get so big and when in the world did Sanaa grow up so much?!?!
At this moment in time Isaac was the only one crying, but had the camera snapped a few seconds earlier 3 out 4 of the kiddos would have been crying. Sanaa was the only one who was okay with taking the picture.


Yesterday Nate's brother and sister-in-law came to visit for two days and the girls and I got the meet Natalie and Isaac for the first time (they are 3 1/2 months old). My first niece and nephew. What a special treat! We had a wonderful time with Caleb, Sarah, Natalie, and Isaac the past two days and are sad to see them leave. These are just a few of the many pictures taken over the past two days.

Isaac smiling at Layla.

Layla checking out Isaac.

Nate feeding Isaac. Since Layla refused the bottle Nate never really got to feed her, so feeding Isaac was a special treat. Isaac is one hungry boy and inhaled this bottle!

Natalie having some tummy time and Sanaa hanging out with her.

Sanaa showing Natalie two puzzle pieces that go together.

Sanaa "holding" Isaac (she held his hand).

The brothers and the cousins.

Sanaa helping Caleb water plants at Papa Gene and Gramma Carol's house.

Helping uncle Caleb turn off the water. Shortly after this picture was taken Caleb got sprayed by the water because he forgot to release the pressure. It was quite entertaining.

Tickle time with uncle Caleb.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Random pictures from our week

Last week Nate had a dental procedure done. The dentist had to knock Nate out, so Nate was fairly out of it for 1/2 a day. I ran upstairs to take Nate some water at one point completely forgetting that the cats water was on the floor. When I came downstairs I found Layla completely soaked with water all over the kitchen floor. She was happily splashing in the giant puddle she had made. I began cleaning up and gave her paper towel to help. Isn't she a good helper? She likes to sweep as well!

Layla saw that Sanaa was eating. Any time someone is eating, Layla thinks she needs to eat as well. Here she is begging Sanaa for some applesauce.

Sanaa thought feeding Layla her applesauce was the coolest thing ever!

Layla thinks it cool to have her feet on the table during meals.

 An attempt to get a picture with the girls before church this morning.
Attempt #1: Not bad. Sanaa is smiling.

Attempt #2: Layla has had enough but Sanaa is still looking.

Attempt #3: Layla is definitely finished!
We should have stopped after the first attempt.

Ready for church!

"Look! I got Sanaa's cup!"

Sharing Stinks!

Yesterday I removed Layla's baby seat from our van. The straps were getting too low on her. Ideally you want the shoulder straps to be even with the shoulders but Layla has grown so much that the straps were lower down on her back. So I took Nate's car seat from his car intending to use it for Layla. Sanaa decided that she wanted Nate's car seat and gave Layla her car seat. 

Layla is still facing backwards. We saw the doctor on Friday to make sure that Layla didn't have an ear infection. Thankfully, she doesn't, but she does have a bad cold. Anyway, they weighed her at the doctor's office and fully clothed she weighed a whopping 18 pounds 12 ounces. Haha! So even if the requirements for children hadn't been changed she still couldn't face forward.

I brought the infant seat in the house and of course the girls immediately start fighting over it. Why is a car seat in the house so much cooler than a car seat in the car? 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Interview with Sanaa (age 3)

 A friend of mine interviewed her 3 year old son and wrote down his answers. I thought that was an awesome idea and decided to do that with Sanaa (and eventually Layla). My goal (which we'll see whether or not it happens) is to update the answers each year and see how Sanaa has changed. Plus it'll be fun to look back in 10 years and see how she answered some of these questions.

The interview:
What is your favorite color? "Color!"
(Umm... not what I asked. She never did say a color and I honestly don't think she has a favorite color. She loves to identify colors but isn't picky about what color she is wearing.)

What is your favorite song? "Jesus Loves Me" (and then she started singing)

What is your favorite game? "Dance!"

What do you like to do outside? "Pool and play with toys"

What is your favorite book? "Brown Bears (translation When Will It Be Spring), red Curious George, blue Curious George"
(We have 2 large Curious George books that each have 8 stories inside. One is red and one is blue. We have to read at least one story from them every night!)

Where do you like to go? "That way. Cave."
(Hmmm.... I was wanting to see if she would answer something like the park or store or Starbucks but she didn't understand this question and I did try to phrase it a couple different ways.)

Who is your friend? "Jack"
(Umm.... I don't know any Jack's. I asked her several times but she stuck with Jack.)

Who is your church friend? "Gabe"
(Okay. Really? At first I thought she said Dave and then figured out she was talking about a different boy named Gabe who isn't even in her class. I seriously thought she would answer Skyler.)

What toys do you like to play with? "Layla"
(Oh dear. Layla isn't a toy but she stuck with her answer!)

What is your favorite food? "Pretzels"

What is your favorite drink? "Drink!"
What do you like to put in your drink? "Cup!"
What do you like to put in your cup? "Water!"
(She wasn't following me here. She is constantly asking for chocolate milk and likes to help mix it. Since she had just had some I thought that would be her answer but we never got there.)

What is your favorite tv show? "Wild Kratts" (it's on PBS for those who are curious)

What is your favorite fruit? "Grapes"

What do you like draw? "Circles. Arrow"
(I tried to ask what she enjoys doing hoping to get her to say color, play with play-doh, paint, etc but she didn't understand what I was asking. Since she loves to paint and draw I changed up the question.)

What is your favorite animal? "Nooo!!! I don't like animals!"
(She was getting tired of questions and a little grumpy.)

What is your favorite Bible story? "Noooo!"
(Yep. Time to stop. She was suddenly in a bad mood. Probably should have stopped with the previous question. Guess we'll try again next year!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Layla's 1st words

I've been stalling at posting this because I know once I do her first word(s) will be official.  For a little while now Layla has been saying, "Dada or Dadee" and will pat Nate when she does so. I didn't want her first word to be "Dada." It was suppose to be "Mama." But nope. She won't say "mama." 

However, she does also say "grager" (cracker), "meow" (when she sees our cat), and "uh-oh." Mama hasn't even made the top 3! Layla will also growl. She growled at me which was pretty funny. She can also sign "more" and "please."

Playing peek-a-boo

I was looking back to see at what point Sanaa started eating without her tray and it was right around 13 months. So I thought we'd give it a try with Layla. She does pretty well and seems to enjoy eating meals off a plate like the rest of us. However, when she's done she'll just pick the plate up and throw it.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Family Fun Day

Nate has had the past two days off so we decided to take the girls to the Children's Museum this morning for some family fun. We needed a break and the museum was a lot of fun. The girls had so much fun exploring everything! Nate and I were going two different directions  following the girls around. Taking both of them by myself would have been really hard. We will definitely have to go back to the museum again. I know Sanaa wasn't quite ready to come home.

Driving the fire truck.

Layla on the fire truck. She really liked the slide at the end and kept trying to go head first down it.

Creating a face.

Layla was captivated by the spinning the wheels.

Both girls spent a good amount of time playing instruments.

Sanaa did make a beeline for the water area. She also enjoyed the sand area.

Sorry this picture is dark. I was taking it from the water area. Layla was riding a horse in the farm area.

In the garden area playing with the giant seeds.

Milking a cow. This was cool since water came out when you "milked" the cow. I showed Sanaa what to do and she got down to business.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Potty training and naps

What a week. Sanaa has made huge progress with potty training. Up until last week she and I butted heads when it came to using the potty. She wanted nothing to do with wearing underwear and if I did manage to get her to sit on the potty she refused to actually go and waited until she was wearing a pull-up.

Last week (2 days before her birthday) I went to change her pull-up and she ran off. I was not in the mood to chase her down, wrestle her, and put on a new pull-up so I left pantless and pull-upless. I sat her little potty near her, told her to sit on if she needed to pee, and then walked to the kitchen to finish cleaning up. I finished what I needed to and then sat down in the living room for a little break. Suddenly Sanaa jumped and ran to her little potty yelling, "I need to poop! I need to poop!" I jumped up just as she sat on her potty and a few seconds later she actually peed! I was SO excited! 

The following two days it was hit or miss. Sanaa had her 3 year check up during that time and I talked with the pediatrician who was excited that she had finally used the potty but suggested that I don't make a big deal about whether or not she goes and to start rewarding her for a dry pull-up or dry underwear instead of rewarding her for using the potty.

This week has gone okay. When we are home she only wears underwear. Pull-ups are only for long outings or when we're at church. Monday and Tuesday we had several accidents but Sanaa was good about pointing out where she had peed. Yesterday and today have been awesome! Yesterday we had zero accidents and she pooped in the potty (for the first time). Today we only had one accident while we were out running errands. I tried to get her to wear a pull-up to the store but she flat out refused which led to an accident. Oh well. 

She has gotten very good about recognizing when she needs to go and will start yelling, "I need to poop! I need to poop!" She'll say that regardless of whether she has to poop or pee. And the best part is that she  doesn't ask for any rewards. She just likes to flush the toilet which appears to be enough of a reward!

Below are some pictures of the girls having art time. Layla has started to enjoy drawing and Sanaa still loves painting.

On a different note. For the last week or so Layla has started refusing one of her naps. If she takes a morning nap she will not go down in the afternoon. If she misses her morning nap (due to us being at church) she'll take an afternoon nap. Do those of you with young kids remember at what point your kiddos dropped from 2 naps to 1 nap a day? I can't remember when Sanaa made that transition.  I remember thinking it was way too early and I wanted her to continue taking 2 naps. Unfortunately, I think Layla might be at the point where she's only needing/wanting one nap.