Monday, August 14, 2017

Esme June - 16 Months Old

Esme is 16 months old today.  It's her first monthly picture in the new house.  I really like the backdrop of our front garden and will try to use it as long as weather permits.  She looks like such a big girl in this one.  She is now rarely crawling and is getting very fast and agile on her feet.  She is also becoming quite the climber (and subsequent faller.)  There is a video below of her climbing up the slide at the old house.  She really loves crawling all over Parker and getting in his face.  It is really cute watching them interact each day.

She is become a bit of a pickier eater.  Combine that with a love of throwing food off her high chair and we end of with a mess after every meal.  She is babbling and talking a ton.  She will try to say just about anything we ask her to.  Jimmy was gently scolding her about playing in the toilet, saying "out."  She waddled out going "ow, ow, ow."  She can get in to just about everything now so we have to keep a close eye on her.  Still in 18 month clothing and size 4 diapers.

Some of her favorite toys are the Fisher Price piggy bank, Nemo couch, mom's phone, mom's purse, and anything Parker is currently playing with.  She seems to really love the new house, which makes me happy.  Welcome home baby bear, we can't wait to celebrate many more milestones here!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Visitors from Nebraska

The cousins we stayed with over the Fourth of July came to Minnesota for a visit; Ramsy, Angie, Presley, Lydia, and Rogan Robertson. .  We went to the beach on Saturday afternoon.  For some reason I thought it was Esme's first time, but we went once last summer when she was really little.  It took some encouragement for her to get in the water.  It was chilly at first, but nice once we got in.  The weather was hit or miss and it got cold when the sun was behind the clouds for a while.
Nothing like Fruit on the Foot to take off the chill.
The kids started jumping off the dock so my dad had to show of his skills.
 We went back to my parents for dinner and to hang out.
 The girls loved doting on Esme again.  Ramsy was up for our wedding, but it was the first visit for the rest.  Hopefully we will get to see them again soon.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The First Week

The first week was a bit of a whirlwind.  Lots of hoping we could finalize the sale and trying to settle in without settling too much in case it fell through.  My parents took the kids overnight Saturday after the move in since things were still a bit messy.  Since we still owned the old house we stopped by to watch the Frolics fireworks.  I was kinda bummed we were moving right before so it was a fun final fireworks show.
We got our first neighborhood breakfast the next morning.  The diner was way too busy, so we settled for Bruegger's.
Sunday was the first night we all slept at home.  It was also Esme's first night in a real crib! She had no problem transitioning to her own room.
On Wednesday our closings were rescheduled for Friday and the final walk through was Thursday night.  We stopped by one last time after that to say goodbye.
I thought I would be a lot more emotional with the move, but I think the drama helped to mute the sadness.  I did get a little misty as we pulled away.  It's the house we moved in to when we got married, where we brought our kids home and built our family.  A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went in to making it beautiful.  We are immensely grateful that all our work and good timing helped us get in to our forever home.
Things went through as planned on Friday and it was legally ours!  We were already in Bloomington, so we headed to IKEA to grab some furniture we really needed!
Welcome Home Herrmanns!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Moving In

Things didn't go exactly as planned the week we were supposed to move in.  We were notified Tuesday morning that there was a delay with our buyer's financing.  We hoped it would be resolved quickly, but Wednesday and Thursday came with no progress.  We had a lot of fun at Grandpa and Nana's house.  Lots of tasty meals and we even got to pick some fresh veggies from a friend's garden.
 The U-Haul needed to be back Saturday afternoon and we were running out of time.  We were planning to unload it in my parent's shed if we couldn't get in to the house.  We got an 11th hour miracle and found out we could have the keys Saturday morning.  It was a temporary rental agreement until the closings could be finalized.  We got loose in the hot tub before heading to the house.
 It was also Crystal Frolics weekend, so I dropped off the truck and we headed to the waffle breakfast to fill our bellies.
 I didn't get any unloading pictures, but we has another great crew and the truck was empty within 2 hours.  Here are the listing pictures of the new house and I will share more once we settle in a bit.
Possession is 9/10 of the law, or so they say, right?  Hopefully we will own 100% soon! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Moving Out

We've been preparing for moving out for a while now.  There was a lot of decluttering prior to listing.  We borrowed a trailer last weekend and loaded up everything in the garage.  It had pretty low side boards, but we were able to build them up with ladders and other stuff.  We took the back roads and parked it in my parents shed.
This is all the boxes from before we listed.
Jimmy went to pre-sign for our sale on Tuesday morning and we had the U-Haul booked to pick up that night.  He was told there may be a delay with the closing, but we decided to go ahead with loading.  Half the house was already packed and in the garage so there was no going back.
We had lots of helpers to load and to watch the kids.
 We got everything loaded in under 3 hours even with a short rain delay.
 My dad drove the truck back to there house since it would be a few days before we unloaded.
 All that was left last night was Parker's mattress, Esme's pack n' play, an air mattress for us, some clothes and a few random things.
 Jimmy went to bed and I had to lounge on softest thing I could find (it wasn't very soft.)
We will be spending the next couple nights with my parents and hopefully we get to unload on Friday as planned!