Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Exciting News!

I had hoped to post an update a bit sooner, but life has been so crazy lately. As many of you may know..we've been trying to sell our home for about 1 1/2 years. It's been a long road...but through it all we have continued to pray and trust that God has the perfect plan for us. We knew the day would come that we'd sell our home...but had no idea it would all happen so quickly. God is good!

Over the years we've had lots and lots of showings (most people seeing the house 3-4 times), and even several offers, but nothing really ever came of any of them. Then...a couple of weeks ago we had a showing...THE showing! Someone walked into our home once and decided she wanted to make an offer two days later. Not just that, but unlike past offers...this was one we felt we could work with. After a couple of days we worked out a deal and our house was under contract. This week she had her inspection and everything went great. We are now on our way to closing (hopefully by the end of August)!! YAY!!

Of course, along with selling a house, comes buying a house. With Scott working in Iowa we knew we needed to find something that was convenient for him. In looking at the smaller towns around the area, we decided on one that seemed to have the most to offer. We ended up finding a home we both fell in love with, and yesterday...came to terms on that one as well!! By the end of August we should be all moved out of our house and moving into our new house. We couldn't be more excited!! I am really looking forward to the move, and couldn't be happier that it will all be happening before Baby #3 arrives. We should be all settled in by that point which will be great.

Anyways...that's what has been keeping us so busy these days. I will try to update again soon...and will hopefully have pics to share too!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lots to share....

Wow, it sure has been a while! I have to tell you that over the past year I've had every intention of sitting down and writing a post to update you on our life. In fact, I've started several times, only to have about 10 drafted posts that I never got around to publishing.

Over the past year (actually it's been longer than that) much has changed. I now have a 3 1/2 year old and 1 1/2 year old. Where does the time go? Kaelyn is as active and talkitive as ever. She is not yet in school, but loved going to Awana on Wednesday nights at church this past year and enjoys Sunday school immensely. Her teachers always comment on how grown up she is and that she's very entertaining and fun. As someone who is more quiet and shy myself, I know she got her Daddy's outgoing personality which is great! She loves making new friends and is comfortable in almost any situation she's put in. She also still has the sweetest, most tender and caring heart as well. I love that about her! She loves to learn and anytime we do activities here at home, she's very eager. She enjoys working on writing her letters/name and is currently working on number recognition and correspondence.

Kaden has grown and changed so much too! Just a year ago he was a little he is our big boy! He's walking/running around and loves to play with his big sister. They adore each other and it's so neat to watch them interact. I love it! He is more quiet, and also has a very sweet side. He loves to cuddle, and these days is becoming more of a daddy's boy than a mommy's boy. He began walking around 11 months and since that time has been climbing on everything. He is so brave and definitely all boy! He still uses sign language some, but is starting to say more words which is fun too. The common ones we hear are mama, dada, kk (for Kaelyn), baby, baybay (what he and Kaelyn call their blankeys), eat, more, papa, uh oh, up, hi, and bye. He's a very content little guy and is still an amazing sleeper!

We are so blessed to call these two little ones our children! They are such a joy!

We are sure enjoying our summer! The nice weather and warm temps have given us plenty of time to spend outdoors running around, enjoying picnics, playing at the pool and taking walks to the park!

One of the nicest weekends so far was July 4th. It wasn't too hot and wasn't too cold...absolutely perfect! The kids had a blast at the parade as well as the zoo with Scott and I as well as my parents.

I am still a stay at home mom and love being able to spend every day with my kids. There haven't been too many times I've been away from them, so this past February when Scott and I took a trip to Jamaica was quite different for me. We had a great time, but after the 5 days was up, we were definitely ready to get back and see our babies. They did great (thanks to my wonderful parents who watched them!).

In March, Scott took a new he has dreamed up since getting into the agronomy field. He now works for Bayer CropScience. I didn't even know Bayer had a division other than medications, so that is neat. He's loving the job as a sales rep, especially his more flexible schedule. He now works from home which means we see him a lot more too. No more working weekends or extremely long days which is nice too.

Our house is still for sale. We took it off the market when Kaden was born and put it back on last June. We've had lots of interest, but are still waiting for the right buyer. We are excited to move back to Northern Iowa and be closer to family when the time is right.

We also have some very exciting news which many of you may have already read on Facebook already! We are expecting baby #3, due to arrive in November! That makes all three of our kids November babies which is a lot of fun. I'm almost 21 weeks along and feeling great. We had our 20 week ultrasound today and baby looked healthy and is growing right on track. We are thrilled about our growing family and feel incredibly blessed! We decided not to find out the sex of this baby (we didn't with Kaelyn or Kaden either) come November we are looking forward to one of life's greatest surprises! We figure there are very few real surprises in life, and this is one we wanted to have with all of our pregnancies. Either way we will be thrilled to have a new daughter or son and can't wait for Kaelyn and Kaden to meet him/her. Getting to see him/her on ultrasound today was amazing.

Although I'm sure I've missed many things that have happened over the past year, these are the big things I wanted to update on. I will do my best to update more regularly!