September was so busy with getting settled into the house and figuring out our new school routine and new life here.
"Don't touch my classic cartoons." This boy loves his "shows."
Emersen has taken to decorating and organizing her room. Sounds familiar.
Waiting to leave for school.
Stanford loves to sneak into the office and get into all sorts of mischief.
We made a stage area in the playroom and had ourselves a little dinner theater. I love how creative these kids are.
This mudroom was the big project we wanted to tackle early on. The door on the right leads to the garage. The house plans had a closet in the back of this mudroom, and we asked them to just leave that out so we could fit it out to our liking. Mixing a couple Pinterest posts together, we came up with this solution. The bench was originally a tv stand from Ikea. Daniel put molding along the bottom and we stained a new top to sit on. Then he built the shelves above and all the board and batten on the walls. So awesome. We still need to get some baskets for the shelves, but this mudroom has already been well-used. It's filled with backpacks, my purse, jackets, and shoes.
My baby bump literally suddenly appeared one Sunday morning.
We've made several trips to Ikea to get closet and office organization stuff. The kids have been pretty good about it, though after a few hours there, they were tired and ready to go home.
I bought my first pair of rain boots and already got to put them to use.
Because Daniel is working from home, we needed a new office/desk solution to fit both of us. Ikea came to the rescue. We had one idea and got all the stuff for it, but when we got it home and roughly set up, we didn't like it. So we brainstormed for a couple more days, went back to Ikea, and got a totally different setup that we liked a lot more. I think Daniel went to Ikea three days in a row. These desk legs just needed a few coats of metallic gold spray paint. YES!!!
This is our view of the high school football field from our back deck. It's so fun to hear the all the football and cheering action on Friday nights.
Daniel's brother Mark visited us while he was in town for work. I think the kids loved seeing someone familiar. We took him to dinner at the Puffin Cafe down on the marina. The restaurant is floating on the water. It was pretty yummy, but I'm glad we were the only ones there because the kids were a bit out of control. A parental issue, I'm sure.
The view of Mount Hood from our back deck.
After seven years, I decided it was time to get some new glasses. My prescription hadn't changed, but it was nice to change things up a bit.
Stanford loving the rain!
In addition, Daniel's friend Jeremy stayed with us for a month. He just got a job in Portland, but his family wasn't going to move up until their apartment lease in Utah ended and they could get into a new place here. We were glad to help him out, and the kids loved having someone else to wrestle with.
I had my first doctor appointment here. A friend recommended her OBGYN to me, so I just followed suit. The doctor seems great, and all is going fine. It took a couple minutes to find the heartbeat, and I started to get nervous until we found it. I was having deja vu from when I went to the doctor in NYC, and it made me miss the familiarity of my doctor and hospital back home. I think this was the first time I really got homesick.
We checked out both Camas and Washougal Libraries' story times. This was the second time I got homesick, because our new West Jordan library was SO nice and the storytime librarian SO awesome compared to these ones here. Daniel reminded me that I chose to live in a small town, and some things are bound to be different.
Daniel took a quick business trip to Nantucket. I would have liked to go with him, and he said that is the last time he goes on a business trip without me. I don't think he particularly likes traveling alone.
Emersen has already made several friends around here, of course. She's the friendliest person in our family. Our neighbors to the east are super nice and have some cute grandkids that are just the right age. Emersen and Bentley LOVE playing with them, and the grandkids want to live with their grandparents now so they can be next door to us. We see them fairly often. There are also a few other Kindergarten girls around the corner that she has become friends with, and she sits by a 1st grade girl on the bus who lives a few doors down the street. She already went to one birthday party. We're so happy to have more kids around than in our Utah neighborhood.
I went to the General Relief Society Meeting with a friend. It was weird to have to drive 25 minutes to the stake center to watch it. It was a wonderful meeting, of course, and I learned that I need to make temple attendance more of a priority.
The kids participated in the primary program and did a great job. Bentley's part was longer than Emersen's but he did it!
We have just been enjoying some amazing weather. It has rained a few times, but we have had so much sunshine and even some 90 degree days. We've just been soaking it in.