On September 12 we were driving in the car when the boys decided to ask me some serious questions. First they asked if the tooth fairy was real. I asked if they wanted to know the whole truth. They said they did. So I told them the truth. They asked how the tooth box was glowing then, and I told them it was just glow in the dark material like some of their shirts and pajamas have. Then they asked who was the one that put the money under Noah’s pillow. When I told them it was me they were very excited that mommy was the tooth fairy.
After a brief pause in our conversation came the next question. Is Santa real? I explained that Santa is a mascot of Christmas and explained the concept of generosity beginning with St. Nicholas. I happened to mentioned St. Nicholas was a real person that lived a long time ago.
What a great year. We decided to let them do one more year of preschool instead of sending them to kindergarden early. They really loved this year, made lots of great friends and learned a ton while having fun, both at school and in the afternoons at home.
Today the boys went to Tempe Fire’s open house. They had a ton of fun and were the only ones there! They told the firefighters all about the fire trucks, fire safety, and that they did push-ups every day so they could grow up to be firefighters. Our local fire station even has fire poles! They weren’t allowed to go down them though, but they thought it was super cool.
Long time no blog, I know. The thing is we’ve given up naps. So finding the time, energy, and desire to post is hard. Matt and I both love looking back over previous years and are super bummed about our blogging efforts in 2012. Hopefully we can get back into documenting our lives.
Age 3 is an absolute blast, and also absolutely exhausting (mentally and physically). I feel like I live several episodes of curious George a day. I just wish I was as patient and understanding as the man in the yellow hat. Also I wish things magically worked out for the boys the way they do for George.
The last couple of months have been super hectic, stressful, and exciting.
We’ve toyed with the idea of moving off and on for years. Mostly out of state. We’ve even visited some of our dream cities. After much debate and discussion we finally settled on a new city. We are in Tempe, AZ!
Yup I couldn’t leave my home state in the end. We are excited about all Tempe has to offer and are looking forward to exploring our new city.
Our new house has a much bigger yard and a walkscore of 71. We were also able move the business office closer to ASU. Matt’s wanted to be near a university for a long time.
The boys are doing great with the transition. Moving itself was a little hard on them since mom and dad were so busy and stressed, but we are settling back into life and our routine nicely.
If you know us in the real world and would like our new address please contact us.
One of my goals this year is to spend more time with the boys without any other distractions (for me, let’s face it almost anything is a distraction to a 3 year old). I decided to start taking a walk around the block with them every day, the walk can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. I don’t use my phone or having anything else to distract me, it’s just me and them. We’ve all enjoyed this so far. There are lots of rocks, dirt, trees, flowers, cars, and even a train or two to see! Yesterday the boys noticed someone had littered, “he made a mess, we need to clean it up.” I told them that we could take a bag next time we walked and clean up. We remembered our bag today and picked up some litter. They loved it. 🙂 I did use my phone today to snap a few pictures.
The boys had their first dentist appointment last month. It went really well. Daddy walked them through the process the night before, and they were excited to meet Dr. Karen. She showed them how to brush their teeth, did a quick exam and cleaning. Ezra seemed to enjoy the whole process. Noah was a little apprehensive when it was his turn to get in the chair, but he did it and no tears! They were super excited about their new light-up tooth brushes and that they got to pick out a treasure when they were all done.
Warning this post discusses our personal finances. We usually do not discuss our personal finances, but we wanted to do a post on this subject for two reasons:
A record for ourselves. Something for us to look back on and remember, we learned a lot in the last two years and would just like a record for ourselves.
Encouragement/inspiration for others trying to work on their financial goals. We’ve read a lot of financial success stories over the years and they have always kept us going. It is a nice reminder to know you can do it!
We use our blog to primarily keep friends and family updated on the boys, but it is also a record of our life as a family and this step was important to us. If you do not want to read about our personal finances please stop reading now. 🙂
We took the boys on their first hike today, okay really a walk through the desert. They had a lot of fun and really enjoyed all the sand. Ezra saw his first jack rabbit, then chased after it. Don’t worry the rabbit was much faster than him. We packed a picnic lunch and the boys scarfed it down! For the most we were able to keep them on the trail, and they walked almost the whole way. We had to carry them for a bit when we were almost back to the car. Here are some pictures of our little adventure, just click on a picture to see it bigger.