Well, so much for not being neglectful. But really, we had tons going on lately, so I am excusing myself.
Number one thing, we bought our house! We are the proud owners of a three bedroom, one and half bath colonial in the cutest little tree lined neighborhood. We have gotten to know our neighbors, who all have kids the same age. I am in love with the idea of people stopping by when we're playing in the backyard and having an impromptu playdate. Or we get bored and go knock on the neighbor's door and see what they're up to. Our backyard is littered with kid stuff--sandbox, little pool, slide, tball set, chalk, bubbles, tricycle, balance bike. It drives Brendan nuts! I think it just looks like a busy family lives there. And really, I am not trying to impress anyone. It's not a broken down car, it's a stroller.
Decorating has been fun. All the walls were painted, which at first I thought was nice. But they were definitely too Pottery Barn-y and dark and just not my style. So...dining room went from rusty orange to light, bright pale turquoise. I went to Ikea today to get Expedit shelves and wicker baskets, I got some white curtains, and I found a really cool midcentury buffet thing at the thrifts. Now I just need to paint the trim and find a white, round table and some chairs my kids can get out of. The chairs I have now have armrests that curl around, thus caging the kids in, which can be good until they start screaming because they are trapped and can't get out to go to the bathroom.
Ingrid's room is going to be so cute, if I may say so. Right now it is GREEN. Like yelling at you the minute you walk in-yellowy green with a darker green brush stroked over it. Hideous. I am going to paint it "rhino" from Behr. It's a nice pale gray. I got these curtains for her today at Ikea, so freakin' cute. She has white furniture, and I have a bunch of fun stuff to hang on her walls, including some vintage dresses that have been hiding in her closet and need to see the light of day. And then ta-da! It's a done room!
All the other rooms are going by the wayside right now. I have placed some furniture in them and that is that. Because you know what? We have a thirty year mortgage, we're not going anywhere! I love that feeling.
Other things we have been up to--Ingrid turned four. She's still smart as hell. She got into her Montessori school. She keeps trying to put on sweatpants in the hot weather and it drives me insane. Seriously, 95degrees, you do NOT need sweatpants on!
Otis is huge. He is running, talking like crazy. When I get the iPad hooked up I will upload a video or two of him. He's hilarious, he loves the book Going on a Bear Hunt and says all the "uh oh"s and "oh no"s along with me! So cute.
I finally had surgery to remove a cyst in my throat. That was a doozy! I haven't had surgery since getting my tonsils out when I was five, so it's been thirty years. I stayed at the hospital jacked up on pain meds for a night, it was sweet. Now I have a two inch scar across my throat, it looks pretty gnarly. I am told it will fade, who knows.
And that's another update on Team Liddle. I am seriously going to try harder to be more active on here! I don't have anything major on the horizon so this time I will have more of a chance to stay on top of things!