Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Catching up with the Guilds

Right after my last post, John and I finally decided to put our house on the market.  We've talked about it for years, but to be honest, it was just never the right time and I was certain that I would never find an actual house that I loved as much as our townhouse.  However, it had become apparent that we needed MORE ROOM (baby toys take up a lot of space).    

The weekend our house went on the market coincided with Lincoln's rescheduled 1st birthday party and we had our first showing an hour after the party ended (I always tell my clients not to turn away showings, so I couldn't tell them not to come!)

A couple of obligatory party pics are below.

My great-grandmother made this sock monkey 
for my mom when she was  a little girl!

John's Aunt sent Lincoln this sock monkey when he was a baby...

He obviously loves it!

Somehow we managed to clean up all of the party decorations and ball pit in time for the showing.  Luckily, our house sold in less than a month and the past few months have been a whirlwind.  

In between selling our house and moving into the new brother and sister-in-law had TWINS!  Samantha and Easton are adorable!  My sister-in-law, Kim, is an excellent blogger, you can check her out here:

I'm so excited that Lincoln will have cousins close in age who are also close by (hint hint B&K...don't move off!)  Lincoln has learned to say "ba-by" and point to the babies...ADORABLE!

Okay, back to the Guilds :)....
This is the house we bought.  It backs up to a creek (in theory...there hasn't been any water in the creek since we moved in) and is walking distance to Lincoln's elementary school.
We moved in over the 4th of July weekend, though not before checking out the 4th of July parade in our new neighborhood.  

Moving into the new house has been a challenge (to say the least).  When we moved into the townhouse (7 years ago!), we really just had to sit our furniture where we wanted it and nothing else really needed to be done.  We decided to buy new furniture for the new house (our current furniture was purchased before we got married...9 years ago!).  So, everything is "on order" and nothing is really finished yet.  This drives me crazy, but I'm trying to be zen about it.  Luckily, we've had the help of the amazing Sydney Fiedler at SydneyDesign with this process!  I'll post pics of the inside when it's come together a little more.

As if our lives weren't hectic enough...John changed jobs!  You can check him out here.  
We are so excited about the new firm.

And we just got back from our first summer vacation as a family of 3!  The last vacation John and I took was to Hawaii two years ago with my family...boy does that seem like a lifetime ago!  Here is one of my favorite pics from the Hawaii trip.

And here are a couple of my favorite pics from our trip to Orlando with my best friend from college, Jamie, and her family!

Just chillin' with Mickey

It's a small world!

Look Parker, you can climb this window!

My mommy made me wear this!

The ocean is SOOOO fun!

Run run fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the Lincoln man!

Seeing the animals on safari at Animal Kingdom

I hope they can be this good of friends always!  

Lincoln seems to be growing and changing every day!  Just look how big he is in all of these pictures!  

At 16 months old, he says the following:
poopy ;)

It seems like there are more, I'll have to go back and add to the list as I think of them.  

In addition, he signs:
all done
and is really good at waving and pointing to what he wants...we are working on "thank you"

Even more impressive, he seems to understand everything you tell him to do.  He loves to go outside (can't wait until it's under 100 degrees and we can actually play outside some) and pet Bailey as well as play with mommy and daddy's phones and iPads.  He's a fan of Mickey Mouse and enjoys taking things out of a bowl/box and putting them back in.  My dad started setting him in his lap and counting 1-2-3, then throwing him up in the air.  He will now climb up in your lap and hold up one finger to tell you he wants to play that game!  He still likes to climb anything in sight.  He has a sweet disposition but is starting to show signs of the Terrible Two's (i.e - I want this and I want it RIGHT NOW)
Proof that he isn't always a perfect little boy!  We had stopped at the Ghiradelli ice cream shop and the people at the other tables had ice cream he wanted...NOW!

Okay, that was an incredibly long blog post, but you are mostly caught up now!