I'm such a bad blogger lately. We've just been so busy. As I'm sure most of you have heard either via my neurotically frequent Facebook postings, or via e-mail, we closed on the house last Friday. We've been working really hard to get the house up to snuff before moving in, so we are working on the house but still driving back to my mom's at night. We are hoping to move into our house this weekend (ah, our house!). We've had a lot of help from our friends and family and we really appreciate it. This week, Justin was at the house on Monday and today working all by himself to finish up the painting. We had finished up the priming over the weekend, and today, Justin finished most of the painting. We still have the hallway and kitchen to paint, but they aren't as urgent to us. And the basement still looks like a mess for now. I'm trying to keep our focus upstairs for now. But I'm pleased with our progress for now. My stepdad took some photos for us, and I'll post those soon (the same as the ones I posted on Facebook and e-mailed to a few of you). Once we start getting moved in, I hope to add some more photos showing our progress. We LOVE the paint colors we chose. And I can't wait to finish up the kitchen. I have to get that paint off the cabinets and we got new hardware for them. At some point, we have to address the tile backsplash, too. It's not in great shape.
In the less fun areas of the house, we've got to get the roof replaced ASAP. Apparently all of the flooding in the metro area has led to roofers being in high demand. Even getting a company out to give us an estimate was tough, and the first company we asked just didn't show. The second came today and seemed good, but we want another estimate to see how they compare price-wise. Sigh. We've got the new locks, we had pest control come out, all the utilities are finally on, and we had the estimate from the security company. We still haven't decided what to do about that. It's going to be more than we wanted to pay in order to get the security system. We'll see.
In Roxanne news, she is talking like a little person these days. She still sings all the time, and she is becoming quite the dancer. She is starting to throw tantrums more frequently though. We're thinking a lot of it has to do with all of the back and forth and late nights. It will be nice to get settled. But of course, part of the tantrums are also just her age. Her and Ben fight more often these days. She tried to bite his foot yesterday when they were scuffling over a toy. Whew! I'm trying to keep that curbed. Of course, he bit her on the arm last week. Twice. It's the baby jungle some days. Baby eat baby. She is really into stuffed animals these days, but she only sticks with the same one for a few weeks at a time. Although her Jellycat is her constant in her crib. He's really soft and big. She loves him.
I promise to post more often!