Thursday, March 19, 2015
Happy 9 months, Caimbree!! Oh my goodness is Caimbree a delightful baby. I love this age. Caimbree has such sweet, easy going personality.
*Eating solids better but prefers finger food.
*Still refuses a bottle and sippy cups of every kind.
*Loves to be out and about.
*Loves her binky.
*Still super giggly.
*Super observant. She is always watching everything going on around her.
*Takes a nap around 8:30 for about an hour or so and another nap around 12:00/12:30 for about 2 1/2 hours.
*Goes to bed around 7 and usually sleeps until about 6 or 6:30, but occasionally she wakes up around 3.
*When she wakes up she plays around with her binkys until we come get her and then she kicks her legs like crazy and starts squealing.
*The sounds we hear the most are "ba ba, ma ma, ra ra, da da"
*Likes to bang toys together.
*Absolutely LOVES music. She gets so excited when we put music on and starts dancing. She loves to sit next ti me while I play the piano. She starts cooing and it sounds like she is trying to sing.
*Has her two bottom teeth and her top "fangs" are RIGHT on the surface. I have no idea how they have not broken through already. Looks like she will have those before her front teeth like Heidi did.
*Gets shy when people talk to her and hides her face in my chest.
*Her separation anxiety really isn't bad. She loved my dad when he was here and snuggled right into him. The only time she really cries when I'm not there is if she is hungry or tired and actually sees me walk away.
*Caimbree also makes the most HILARIOUS faces. She cracks us up. She is often found with her inner lip in.
*Everyone comments on her round little cheeks and bright blue eyes.
*Nicknames include, Caimb, Caimber baby, Rae Rae, Me Me (Savanna's way of saying her name), Maim (Savanna's nickname for her).
Caimbree really is a dream. We all love our little doll. She is just easy to have around. We love her and her funny, happy little personality so much! Happy 9 months, Caimbree girl!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Anyway, after the dance competition we stopped by a park because it was a beautiful day. Savanna insisted on wearing her groovy glasses. The girls ran and ran around and had so much fun. They did not want to leave. We are looking forward to spring. I love watching my kids run and play and laugh together.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Oh and the house. When we built our house we knew selling it would be difficult, but that was no big deal to us because we weren't ever planning on leaving. Houses around here don't really sell and there is really no market for a house in our price range. We figured if we left, we would have to take a huge financial hit. One day in October we decided to call a realtor and just see what kind of hit we were looking at so we knew if we should just drop the whole idea anyway. She came over and told us there were no buyers really at all, and especially not in our price range but that if someone ever happened to come looking for a house like ours she would see if we were still considering selling. We figured that was the end of it, but Jeff kept sending out resumes occasionally. Every time we would think about staying, things at work would go really badly. In January the realtor texted me asking if we were still considering selling. I told her Jeff didn't have a job or any leads. She said she might have someone interested. They wanted to see it and I said that was fine, but I made sure to let the realtor know it was not for sale because we didn't have a job. Long story short, the people wanted to buy it and were willing to go into a contract contingent upon Jeff finding a job in 30 days. 30 days. Honestly. We thought, well, nothing has happened in 5 months, so the chances of anything working out were slim to none, but we had nothing to lose. Around day 20, Jeff and one of his favorite bosses reconnected on LinkedIn. Then Jeff found out from another colleague that this boss was in Tennessee. Tennesssee? What? He was in the Nashville area and we were looking more towards Chattanooga. Jeff sent him a message congratulating him on the new job and mentioned to keep him mind if any positions popped open. His boss called him that night so excited about the possibility of hiring Jeff and that a job might open in the next few months. Well, a job did open on day 28 of the contract with our house. Another job opportunity for a local company came at the same time. It was so confusing! The buyers were willing to extend the contract on the house another 30 days since we had something concrete in the works. We decided to fly out and visit my brother and check out the area just in case Jeff got an interview. We knew Jeff's old boss, who is the plant manager at the plant, wouldn't be able to pick who they hired, but at least Jeff had a better chance for an interview. We bought our plane tickets and figured he might fly out again at a later date, but at least this way I would see the area and know if I could picture us there. A few days after we bought our tickets, the company called wanting to fly Jeff out for an interview the same weekend we were going to be there. We figured this was perfect because if the company didn't buy the plane ticket and we decided against it, we wouldn't feel obligated that they had spent money, etc on us. We went, and of course, there was that huge ice storm. The interview went well, but we panicked. This was a HUGE move and the reality of it started to sink it. We thought we had made our mind up that we were not going to move.
We got home and I thought we would feel peace about staying where we were. We didn't. Both of us couldn't stop thinking about moving there. A lot of other things happened that I won't go into detail about that just helped me feel more at peace with moving. Every time I would have a doubt about something, literally the next day someone or something would happen that made me calm about whatever I was worried about.
The offer came this week and I have not seen Jeff so happy in a really, really long time. I feel like we are getting him back. He cannot wait for this opportunity. It's a great career move and he seriously cannot wait to work with his old boss. I think it's going to be good for our family but when I think of all the things that have to happen before we move in 4 or 5 short weeks, I panic just a little. I have lived in the west since I was 8, so I am really nervous. BUT, I also feel an insane amount of peace. I know this is what we are supposed to do. I don't know why we are going or why that is where we are supposed to be, and maybe we won't be there forever, but for right now, this is right. As our realtor in Tennessee said, "God has a plan for your family and it's going to work out." I know that's true because I have never had everything fall into place like this. We are excited and hopeful to see what this new chapter will bring.