Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Thank You, Grandma!!!

Grandpa Knapp came to visit us for a little while this week and he brought presents for his favorite little man. Jak was so excited about them. I know that Grandma is going to love watching this! Thank you for the goodies!

Fun in the Tub

I finally made some effort--in the form of asking Jeff--to locate some batteries for my camera so that I could post some pictures!

Here is Jakman enjoying his new tub toys. We've had these since our baby shower but I thought he'd bite the heck out of them (they are foam) once I brought them out, so they've stayed safely in the closet. Now that he's mostly through the biting stage, I felt he needed a change. Sure enough, he loved them!

Monday, April 21, 2008

All Done!

Or, if you're Jak, instead of saying "all done", you throw your hands up in the air on each side and look around. :)

We are all done with the move. Thank God.

There are still projects to be started or finished, but we are done with bringing stuff over and getting things unpacked.

This move seemed to be really trying for some reason. Maybe it's because I'm about 9 months pregnant and completely drained. Or, it could be because we have a very busy toddler. Did I say very busy? Yes, I did. Very busy. Or maybe it's just that we are all moved out. 4 moves in 2 years, that's enough to stop anyone from ever moving again! Well, no matter what the reason, we are exhausted!

I still have not made an effort to find fresh batteries and have missed so many adorable picture moments for Jak. Like this morning, when the plumber was here, Jak was right up in the mix, trying to see what he was doing and trying to "fix" it right along with him. Then, I told him to back off a little bit and instead of hovering over the man, Jak laid down on his belly right next to him to make sure he didn't miss anything. Too darn cute. Or, there was the time the other day, when he fed himself an entire cup of chocolate pudding, all by himself, with a spoon! He made a mess, of course, but it was actually a pretty neat mess, if there is such a thing. He was so proud of himself.

I've got to get those batteries.

So, that's the scoop here. Not too exciting but at least it's an update for a change.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

In the Midst of the Move

Well, it's been 3 weeks since we made the big move from Maryland to NY. Mom has been so gracious to allow us to stay with her, and it's working out very nicely. We have our own little "suite" in the basement, and Jak has his own room as well, right next to Mom's.

Since we've been back, we haven't been able to catch up with friends and most of my family because of the flu that seemed to last forever, and now all of the preparation for the move next week. It's OK though, once we're in our house and settled, we'll start the catching up. For once, there is no rush!

We got the keys to our house on the 31st of March and we were pleasantly surprised by the way the previous tenants left it. We went in the following day to clean it and start painting.

As of today, all of the painting is done except the bathroom and back hallway. My Mom is tediously working on priming and painting the woodwork to help make the house look updated. What a job. I've been unpacking some kitchen boxes and by the weekend, I hope to be able to hang some curtains up, as long as the woodwork is dry. Jeff worked his toosh off painting most of the house, and it looks great.

We are eager to move in! Our target is to be living there next weekend. It was supposed to be this weekend but there is still a ton of little stuff to do, so in order to avoid feeling pressure, we allowed ourselves another week. I'm glad we did. This will give us time to take care of those things that I feel we'll have no energy for once we are in.

Jak has been wonderful through this whole transition. He is showing a bit more of his temper at times, and I'm sure it's a combination of age (18mos already!) and all of the newness happening, but overall he's been very good. For having hardly ever leaving him back in MD to him being away from us quite a bit these last two weeks, he's adjusted pretty well. I hope he continues to be flexible as we enter into this last week of transition with moving. Then it'll be smooth sailing for a few weeks until his little brother decides to make his grande entrance.

I have been slacking at taking pictures lately because my camera's batteries are dead and I have no idea where the other ones are. I'm also too lazy to go and buy some more when I know I have a ton somewhere around here. I will *try* to be better about posting pictures of us for you all to see. For now, though, we all look the same. :)

I'll update more soon!


Well, I am officially a "30-something". Today marked 30 years of Kelly Joan (Dennis) Knapp!

I feel older but I'm OK with that. Before today, I thought that I didn't feel like I thought I'd feel when I turned 30. To me, 30 was when people had it 'all together', along with 3 kids, a mini-van and yearly vacations, not to mention a huge chunk of money in a nice little savings account.

Well, we're working on the 3 kids part, and the mini-van part, but now with a new house, I doubt that we'll be doing the yearly vacation thing and the huge chunk of money tucked away for a rainy day is just a dream. And, I am wise enough to know, being 30 and all, that no one ever has it 'all together'.

Since my big day has come and gone, I can write and say that it's not so bad to be 30 after all. It's just another day, but I do feel a bit older, a bit wiser and a ton more blessed to be given the opportunity to live this life God has called me to.

Here's to the next 30 years!