Monday, February 27, 2012

We're Coming Home!

As many of you have heard, Adam got a job offer at the practice he was most hoping to work for. He is joining Rainier Anesthesia in Puyallup shortly after he graduates. If all goes as planned, we should be home at the beginning of July. It does not seem like that long ago we were making similar plans and arrangements to move to Albany. It's truly amazing how quickly time goes by. Yet, it seems like a long-ass time ago that he began the process of becoming a doctor! Haha! I am just so impressed with his perseverance and dedication in accomplishing this goal. After he got off the phone, we just sort of looked at each other, eyes welling up at the bewilderment of having survived this journey. And not only did we survive, we're actually still happy. Mind-blown.

The next few months will be busy as we make the transition back to the northwest. We haven't nailed down where we want to find a rental house, though we've received many opinions! I've already had one emotional breakdown and I'm sure I'll have more. I'm the stress-case of the family and fortunately have Adam to bring me back to reality. I wish I could just snap my fingers and all of a sudden our house would be packed up and moved for us! Oh well... it will get done and all will work out. I'm really looking forward to another cross-country road trip. We're thinking of heading a little further north and then driving west. I'd love to see some of the Great Lakes and parts of Canada.

I'll do my best to keep you updated. Somehow, I'd still like to go on a few more Northeast adventures. I'm guessing once we get the house on the market in April, we'll get a chance to do some of that. We'll need to spend as much time out of the house as possible so the kiddos don't mess it up! That is going to be a serious challenge! Wish us luck and we'll see you soon!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday Morning Update

It's Saturday morning and I'm watching the kids chase each other around. I realize that I have been terrible about blogging. Somehow life has been moving more quickly even though it doesn't seem like we have that much going on. Gavin and Olivia are growing up faster than I'd like. I love seeing them accomplish new milestones but it's a little sad watching the shadows of their babyhood fade away.

Gavin is loving school and has been learning to write. He tells us about how some words end the same and rhyme. He has also started doing yoga. He shows us his tree pose and his balancing skills. Apparently his speech is a little delayed compared to some of the other kids but I'm sure that will work itself out. We're most impressed with how kind he is proving to be. His teachers continue to praise how he handles conflict with the other kids. He is polite and a genuinely nice boy. It's much easier to work on speech, if you ask me.

Olivia is almost 20 months old, a fact that completely baffles me. She is a funny girl, our little miss thang. She struts around the house with her own little swagger, arms swinging and booty shaking. Liv loves her accessories and her baby dolls. My parents got her a little doll for Christmas that might as well have been her only present because she is obsessed with "baby." She is really starting to talk a lot. The other day I coughed, and she said, "You, ok?" It's fun being able to communicate with her.

Adam has only four months of residency training left before graduation. He is starting to look for a job in the Seattle area. He has a few prospects, so we're hopeful that something will come to fruition. I truly thought I'd be counting down the days until we moved back but I'm actually going to really miss living on the east coast. There are still a lot of places I'd like to see. We'll try to get to as many as we can over the next few months. I've actually started compiling a list of places I'd like to see in Washington State. There are a lot of cool parks in the Pacific Northwest!

Anyhow, that is what's happening with us. Here are few updated photos of the kids. Miss you!