Monday, February 15, 2016

Toddler Two

It's hard to believe it's been 2 full years since I had my babies in my arms!  So many changes have happened that we hardly recognize our lives compared to a few years ago.  I've quit one job and started another (more full-time) job as a mom (which is just as fulfilling as I had hoped it would be), we threw caution to the wind and quit Matt's job after being accepted to MIT and became students once again, sold our house we loved so much, and moved to Boston!  Leaving Columbus was hard and we miss our friends who became our family, but loved exploring a new city.  We then found out we were pregnant(!!!!!), Matt got accepted to do an internship at Boeing in Seattle for 7 months, so we packed up again (#3 of our 5 moves in 2 years), lived with family for 2 months over the holidays, and eventually made it to Seattle beginning of February!  That was a very quick summary of our lives over the past 8 months.











  

With this crazy but exciting move to Seattle also comes a new baby, smack dab in the middle of this internship.  Luckily for us I have a brother only 30 minutes away so we have family really close by for the first time in our marriage.  Edith has adjusted really well to all of the changes, especially when I write them all out like that!  She's changed so much since we left Columbus and has become a full-on toddler.  She talks like crazy and has started surprising us with 4 word sentences here and there.  She runs everywhere now, "I running fast" is a common phrase out of her mouth.  She loves to laugh and tease us.  She'll say the opposite of what she knows she should say, then laugh and say "teasing".  She adores having friends around, cuddles and feeds and takes care of her baby dolls all day long, and is obsessed with dogs and trains.





We celebrated her 2nd birthday with a doggy party, complete with a doggy cake and a million pool toys (thanks to our indoor heated pool that she wants to swim in everyday).  To say that we're happier with her in our lives is an understatement.  She makes everything more fun and life more meaningful.



It's another special boy's birthday too, and to keep with our new tradition of remembering Owen and making him a part of this time too, we had Owen's service day.  Last year, with the help of friends and family, we made birthday bags for a women's shelter in Columbus, filled with fun birthday gifts to different age groups.


This year we found a retirement center near us and delivered valentines, flowers, and chocolates to many of the residents there.  They were so sweet and loved having a 2 year old hand them a flower.  We felt so happy doing it together and hope that Edith gets excited about this fun tradition each year.


 Happy Birthday to my sweet babies!




8 comments:

The Thompsons said...

I love this! Mostly, I just love you guys! :)

Carolyn said...

Love the pictures!! She looked SO old in some of those! Which is funny, since it's only been a couple of weeks since we've seen her! Love you!

Delsa Frank said...

Nicole you are growing stronger with every one of life's challenges thrown your way. I am so honored to call you friend. Love you so much!

Erin Nealy said...

So wonderful to hear about your journey. I love the idea about these service day to remember sweet Owen. You are amazing and we miss you at Bridgeway Academy!

Jen said...

So fun! Looking at all of those fun pictures, I realized that I didn't take any while you were here!!! Typical. But it was so nice to see you and I hope that we get to come see you in Seattle!

Peggy Z. said...

So happy for you guys!

Shonna said...

Congrats on all your exciting things happening in yourlives! You are an adorable family!

Josh and Krystal said...

I love this post!!! So happy for you guys! What a beautiful family. Congrats on baby #3!!! Hope Washington is treating you well. We think of you guys often! Xoxo