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At 12:24 AM on July 25th of 2014, a very special  little guy entered the world and joined our family on this wild journey called life. He is officially 3 years old and full of more energy than I could ever have imagined. He still loves his trucks, but now we have added cars, ships, trains, and “all things that go” to that list. He still loves building all kinds of structures with his blocks. He is quite a daredevil and will climb and jump off anything he can. Breakfast is still a favorite meal of his and he loves fruit and chocolate. I have a few things in mind for today as we celebrate with him. This will be his first birthday he will spend with family outside of the fours of us. His grandparents and cousins are here and he has been loving every moment of it. I am hoping he will enjoy today and we get lots of smiles and laughter out of him.

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It has been quite a week. We have been in our new home for almost 2 weeks now. On the afternoon of July 12th, the moving truck pulled up and started to load up all of our belongings. Both of the kids were super excited about everything getting packed up. I was flooded with many different feelings all at once. This is our second move, but it was a bit different. The first time we packed everything and loaded it all up on a U-Haul with the auto carrier trailer with the help of my dad. Even thought I had packed up most things, I am glad not to have to load a truck. I only had one regret during the move.

Over and over I thought about whether I would take my custom built PC with us or have them load it on the truck. Anything I had read and even after asking the guy that did our walk-through, all said that if I had room, it would be better to drive it myself. I kept my original box and packaging for my monitor, so it was packed nice and safe. The styrofoam around the monitor had these cut-outs, almost like pockets, so I put all of my cords in freezer storage bags and tucked them plus my mouse inside of it. I taped bubble wrap around my PC tower and blanket-wrapped it once it was in the back of our vehicle, and my hubby packed our things around it.

Now, I am an over-packer. I will admit it. I like to be prepared for anything that could possibly happen. I narrowed down our bags for the road trip at least 2 times and we still had a lot of things. I thought I would take my daughter’s PC, but my hubby and sister made me feel a bit silly for wanting to transport them myself. They said they’d wrap her computer up, or so I thought. Her PC is the 2nd one we have built and I bought a mid-size case for it. I thought it would not be so bad. It’s a nice size, but it is not as big as mine. Surely they will have a box big enough and bubble wrap it and all. Instead, they wrapped it in the big furniture blankets with tape. No other padding that I could see. We started unpacking, bought new desks from IKEA for all three of us, and when I was ready to set up her computer, I noticed the case was not flush on one side. I tried to take it off and noticed the dent in the lower back of the panel. Now, my husband noticed it earlier that day, but I thought he was talking about something else.

My heart sank and I immediately wished I had taken her computer with us as well.

I got it turned on and everything is working well. It has been a few days and I have been watching it to make sure it functions normally. Right now, it just looks like it is a matter of getting a replacement case. Lesson learned: transport your own computer. I am hoping the claims process goes smoothly. I am ready to be done with all of this moving business.

Ladybug is registered in school. She has surprised me. Right now she is excited to start a new school. I am hoping that it is a wonderful experience for her. Of course, I am going to volunteer as much as I can to get to know the school, the staff and teachers and so they can know who I am. This is the one area in life where I want to make sure my face and presence are known. I need to feel comfortable that this is where my daughter will be for a large part of her day. Just thinking about it is making me anxious. Plus, I have to get with the school nurse to figure out their plan for students with a food allergy. The part we are looking forward to is that she will start school earlier and be out in May instead of June. There’s a fall break, two-week holiday break, and a few other nice breaks built into the calendar that we did not have at her old school.

Anyway…ending this before it gets too long. We are still unpacking, but most of it is done. The kids have new beds and our little guy slept in his the first night after it was set up. He really impressed us. Little ladybug is definitely enjoying her new bed. I still have a few more things I need to do, but it will get done in time… no rush.

Happy Monday!

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Miss A attended her last day of school and third grade on June 8th. One thing that we will definitely miss about Wisconsin is her school. She has had a great four years there. It was first school she went to. Miss A had a wonderful start to kindergarten with an amazing teacher. I remember trying to run through alphabet sounds with her and beginner words and she would just start asking me about everything else. By the end of kindergarten, her teacher had her reading books without assistance. I was impressed and I believe that definitely set the tone from there. Her reading has been much further ahead and now after a productive third grade year and another great teacher, her math skills are stronger. She has not had a teacher we have not loved and I am hoping the pattern continues when we move.

From her classmates, her teachers, and other staff and faculty at the school, everyone tells us how kind, polite, and helpful she is. They say that we raised her right, but I always laugh it off. I laugh because I know that is genuinely her nature; it has nothing to do with me. She has taught me quite a bit herself. I am very proud of her and I am sure her dad is as well. As we get ready for this new adventure ahead, I am hoping that her sunshine-like disposition stays bright and full.  I know she will miss her friends, but I do believe it should not be too bad for her to make new ones. She is so easygoing and sweet. I am going to do all that I can to help make this as smooth of a transition as possible.

We have many memories and I plan to include as many as possible in her scrapbook.

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