highlights from the past 5 months::
garrett and i decided it was time to put our first home on the market in may. we decided to go 'for sale by owner' just to see if it would work out. it was SO WEIRD to think that we could live somewhere else - this was the only home we knew together!
we went on our first vacation since our honeymoon in June with our best friends, Dustin & Stacey. The Meiers married on June 28, 2008, two weeks before G and I tied the knot on July 12. We both went to the same honeymoon destination and for the past FIVE years we've talked about taking a trip together to celebrate our first milestone anniversary. i guess, it's a milestone....well, we made it one anyways, so that we could have a good excuse to book a trip. we chose cabo, and we spent 7 FABULOUS days on the beach. we layed out, drank, ate A LOT, and most importantly relaxed. there was absolutely nothing to worry about and it was so nice to just get away and not have a care in the world - except for missing baby banks, of course. we made a promise to take a 'big' trip every 5 years - but, it's only been 4 months since our trip and we are itching for another. i'm thinking a yearly trip sounds more like it - the checking account doesn't think the same way though.
once we got back from Cabo, we officially celebrated our fifth year of marriage. i really cannot believe it's been five years already! food, ice cream and g's movie choice = casual celebration. we also decided around this time due to interest rates going up that we would put our home up for sale with a realtor, despite several promising showings, we just didn't have the right buyer.
2 days after our house was for sale with a realtor, we had 2 offers on our home. crazy much?
and then we bought a house. our 'new to us' house. a house that is much, much roomier, much closer to all of banks' grandparents, 1 mile from my best friend and about forever away from work. we love it and have enjoyed making it our home for the past few months. i think garrett is excited that there is do demolition needed, but he knows (and has already experienced) me putting him to work!
.... pictures to come.
BANKS:: is amazing. i love him so so much. he changes so much everyday. he LOVES to fish, walk, make coffee and toast, put together puzzles, LOVES to read, is obsessed with saying ' i did it' or 'mama did it' - he is so proud. he has gone potty on the potty a couple of times.... but we are far from tighty whities. we love our new (west) daycare and so does banks. he labels every item with a person. for instance he'll pick up my shoes 'mama's' or a paintbrush 'papa's' (thanks dad for all your painting!!!) - asks be 24/7 if i want boffee (coffee) and i say yes most of the time. i'm planning his 2nd birthday party and cannot believe it!!!!!!! he had a case of hand, mouth, foot - which was AWFUL - what the heck is that stuff anyways?!?!? and then his friends got it ( didn't know the 'diaper rash' was hand foot mouth at the time). and i felt so horrible.
MISC:: garrett is 29 - weird. banks is is almost two - crazy. i just ran my 4th half marathon and i wish i could run another one tomorrow. my best best best friend also ran - which i don't think she thought she would ever do and i'm so so so so proud of her. i had so much fun running side by side. spirit sucks. we cross our fingers everytime there are layoffs, so far so good. and then g worked overtime. and then they cancelled his project or something like that and now he doesn't work overtime. and there are going to be more layoffs. my new job is going well. one event out of 3 down for the year - tripled numbers and hoping that success will continue in the months to come. check out pedalfest.org and lightsonthelake.org to see the events i've planned thus far! (and look 'em up on Facebook and instagram too!) i met bobby bones. we've been to weddings. lots of kiddos' birthday parties. banks loved tanganyika. hadley hates banks. banks loves hadley. banks has broke 3 of my favorite coffee cups and more than 5 wine glasses since we've moved. i wish there were 48 hours per day. i'm sure i'm fogetting so so so much as we've been busy in the past 5 months, but basically life is grand, it goes too fast and i LOVE my little fam.
here's to no more blogging breaks! cheers!!