Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rowan's 5th Birthday

It's hard to believe that our baby girl is already 5 years old...
it's all happening so fast...too fast for this Mama.


We didn't have the chance to give Rowan much of a birthday party this year (at least not one that was all her own).  Since we were moving that weekend and I was packing like a mad-woman just before, this prego just couldn't handle the thought of putting all that together.  We did manage to include her in a shared birthday party at Michelle's house that included her cousins and our best that worked out well.  And to be honest, I don't think she even noticed.  She was happy to blow out her candle when it was her turn for the song...and I think she actually did better this time at not being so shy.  

Happy Birthday time for Lorelei, Alivia, Rowan and Cort
It's Rowans turn to blow out the number 5
We also took the kids up to Chicago one Saturday so we could take Rowan to the American Girl Doll store for her big day.  My mom got her her very own American Girl doll for her birthday (which Rowan was so excited about) so we had to take her and the doll up to the store to pick out an outfit.
Our friends Liz and Jason came along too...their daughter Gretchen is only a few weeks younger than Row and she's one of her best buddies.

On our way to the big city!
I think we're just happy to be stuck in the car for an hour together :)
Rowan and Gretchen and their new dolls
I can barely stand how cute she is...her and that stinkin' doll.
Doesn't the doll look just like her?  
LOVE this one
Rig went along too...
he enjoyed climbing all over the Chicago landscaping :)
I got Rowan a ballerina costume for her birthday...
Grandma Gora bought a matching one for her doll too
working on their moves

Saturday, September 7, 2013

our final days at wildflower way

By the grace of GOD, we were finally able to successfully sell our first home...509 Wildflower Way.  It seemed like it took forever to get thru the by owner process, but we finally did and closed on September 13 (friday the 13th at that)! 

The buyer turned out to be a really nice and honest young man...which is probably why we were able to sell it so simply like we did.  No lawyers, no realtors, no problems.  Thank you Lord!  Even when we were at closing the agents seemed to laugh a little at the situation.  I think our "contract" was a little over basic.  A one page document stating the address, the buyer/seller, and the amount.  :)

We found out we were closing on Friday, the Sunday before.  SO, I packed our whole house and we moved in 6 days.  It was quite a week...from making baby and printing baby shower invitations to battling a large wasp nest in the crawl space...somehow we got it all done!
goodbye lovely home
goodbye giant wasp's nest!
We spent the last few hours (that didn't involve packing) fishing of course!  My dad and my brother [Chad] and nephew [Cassidy] spent time with us casting out some lines too.  
We were all trying to catch that big bass again...

Derek just reeled in his big catch
a big one!
a close up
and this is the monster I caught was too big for me to take off the line
whoa momma!

I'm gonna miss this...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Rowan's first day of pre-school!

Rowan's first day of Preschool was September 4, 2013
at Perpetual Motion in Valparaiso, IN.

She was so excited as you can imagine.  

We went and bought school clothes at the resale shop, found the perfect backpack, and picked out something she could wear with her favorite sandals and leggins :)

I couldn't post just one picture of her "all ready"...
she was trying so hard to stand straight and be big.  
Oh I love this girl.


on the way there...all smiles!
but once it was time for mommy to leave...
my poor sweet girl LOST it. :(
but there were smiles again when I picked her up...