It’s been a whirlwind of activity here! As you know we listed our house this week. No one has called yet but it’s only been on the market for 3 days so I can’t get all excited yet. The house looks really good. It’s really clean, it’s organized and everything is just so. I cleaned for 9 hours straight on Sunday so we’ve kept it super clean since then.
Just yesterday Joe caulked the sides of the stairs and that looks great. I can’t believe we didn’t do that earlier!
Other than that nothing much has gone on. Monday afternoon we spent the day with our friends Jen and Thomas.
The rest of the week has been involved with a lot of one on one time with the kids. Since the house is so clean it only takes about ½ hour a night between Joe and I to keep it up. Joe made a comment he would really like to keep it like this, even after we move. It’s so calming to come into a completely clean home. The laundry is always done, the dishes are always done, the floors are clean and everything is in it’s place. You know the photos on the website for our home photos, it’s still that clean. I LOVE it!
We are having a problem with Kali though – she’s clawing the furniture. I put nail caps on her and I didn’t do the side toes because the caps sometimes fall off those all the time and I guess those were the toes causing my furniture to get ripped up! So this morning before I went to work I capped her one side toe that was sharp so hopefully she’s done clawing the furniture. Joe I thought would be really angry but he said she’s too old to declaw (she’s seven now) so I’m just going to have to check her daily to make sure she has all her caps on. This will be especially important when we move to Texas and buy our new furniture. She only started clawing the furniture after we got rid of the last cat tree. It had a really tall post that she liked to stretch on and once we got rid of it, that’s when she started to use the furniture. My dad is making me a new cat tree and this time I have a long post on it. The one we currently have doesn’t have a long post for her to stretch on. I also bought sisal rope to wrap around it so she can claw on that too. I hope that solves our problem!
The weird thing for me is that it’s already past the middle of October. Where has time gone? It seems these past few weeks have been flying by. As Joe says, “The weeks are just a blur anymore”. I couldn’t agree more. It seemed the summer kinda went by slow but since September it seems like it’s flying by. Before you know it we’ll be flying down for our house hunting trip!
Lately Justin is just walking everywhere. He’s also totally into books. His favorite thing lately is to get one of his board books and drag it over to me, sit in my lap and look through it with me. He can do this forever. Most the time I get through a few pages of the book and he’s pulling out another one for me to read. Sometimes if I read a book to Joey (which are longer) he will sit on my lap and listen to the whole thing and point at things.
He has a glowworm and I call it ‘my baby’ and when I give it to him, he says, ‘bebe’. It’ sooo cute.
When we go outside he says, ‘out side’. He then runs to the door, shoves his shoes at me and screeches because he wants to go outside. He also likes to hang out by the door and put on our shoes. It’s adorable when he does this.
He knows how to go up and down our stairs. We’ve already taken down the gates. What a relief that is. Those were a pain to step through.
Joey is doing well too. He finally figured out how to put his shoes on the correct feet. He is the messiest, dirtiest little boy ever. His shoes are always full of mud. He’s a total boy, that’s for sure. We have to have two pairs of shoes for him at all times. Ones that he can get muddy, wet and a backup!
Justin will be 14 months on the 29th. I can’t remember if I wrote up what Justin says/signs so I’ll recap again if I already did:
- Says momma
- Says dada
- Says and signs All Done
- Says and signs Train
- Signs more for eat
- Says Cat
- Says ball
- Says Cow
- Say Go
- Says Dog
- Says Hi and Bye (and waves)
- When you leave, he’ll blow kisses goodbye
- Says Fishy
- Says Outside and will put on shoes and book it to the door to go out.
- He says Cluck Cluck Cluck at Grandma’s chicken.
- He has a glowworm and calls it a ‘bebe’.
In addition this weekend Norm, grandpa's good friend, came over to visit and brought his grandson Tyler. Joey and Tyler get along great. I saw this photo of them sitting talking on the log and had to take it.
This weekend we met Joe’s dad and step-mom Karen for breakfast at Big Boy’s. The boys and Joe and I all got the breakfast bar. That was nice for the kids because they could have a huge variety of things to eat. The kids were very well behaved.
On Friday (sorry I keep jumping around) Joey was found chasing Justin around the chair. Justin and Joey were having a BLAST! Joey was also found pushing Justin on his John deere ride on tractor. I’m so proud at how good they play together.
Photos: From 10/13. My best friend Jenny R. is having a baby on Halloween! She had a 'sprinkle' because this one is a girl. Photos from our get together.