Monday, January 24, 2011

Brief update:

Okay, I know how I have been a terrible blogger recently, so I am apologizing to all my faithful readers (whoever you are!) and am giving a brief update:

Christmas: Everyone in my entire immediate family was at my parents for Christmas and it was super fabulous! You should have seen that ginormous pile of presents under our Christmas palm tree! Yes, Christmas palm tree. Every year, my parents do two trees: a beautiful, real, flocked tree in the front entryway, and then a little decorated, fake palm tree that the presents go under. It is really fun :) Anyway, being that there were five siblings, four babies, three in-laws, two parents, a dog, and a partridge in a pear tree, there were soooo many presents under that little palm tree! It was really fun to see :) It was all Ella could do to keep from attacking them all! Ha! She was good, though, and didn't unwrap any of them.

So our Christmas trip consisted of airsofting, paintballing, a helicopter ride, and other various activities. It was super fun :) Also, it was kind of crazy with so many people in the house, but luckily my parents house is GINORMOUS so it didn't even really seem that crowded. It was just funny when we all tried to eat at the dinner table at the same time! Haha!

Christmas was also super fun this year because this si the first year Ella has really gotten the concept of Santa Claus. We made cookies and she put out juice, not milk, for him. In the morning when she saw that they were all gone. She was quite astounded!! She kept asking where Santa was - she thought he was still going to be in the house somewhere. It was pretty cute :)

So that was Christmas - after Christmas, we headed back to Chicago and started packing. Yep, we were moving again. So we packed everything up and we were off - kind of. Because my husband is AWESOME, he decided it would be okay if Tommy and I flew to California for the weekend to the NAMM show, while he and Ella DROVE with everything from Chicago to Salt Lake! Yes, my husband is awesome. So Tommy and I flew to California, where I got to attend the NAMM show for the second year in a row! IT WAS SO AWESOME AGAIN!! We will save that for a later post though :) the NAMM show.

Anyway, after the NAMM show, I flew to Salt Lake, where Tom picked me up. They had already unloaded everything from the trailer and it was just up to us to unpack everything. Well, that was a week ago, and we are still unpacking. Yes, it is a slow process. This is the first time in three years that we have actually had our own stuff to use! It is really nice :) I'm opening boxes thinking, "oh yeah! I forgot we had this!!"

We are living in Salt Lake at the condo my dad owns, because my parents are super awesome and are letting us stay here, even though it has just been completely renovated! It is really nice! Ella and Tommy share a bedroom and so far it seems to be working out. The only bad thing about that, is when one of them wakes up crying - it wakes the other up. Oh well, I guess it will teach them to be deep sleepers?

Other big changes in our life - Tom has decided that the Medical School route isn't for him. So, right now he is getting his MBA though Cal Lutheran in an online program. After that, he is thinking about law school to practice medical law. We will cross that bridge when it comes. Needless to say, it has been a difficult concept for me to grasp...and we'll just leave it at that. But things seem to be going well and Tom is a lot happier with this new decision, so that makes me happy.

Baby Tommy is getting bigger every day, of course, right? He is on the verge of crawling and does that rocking back and forth thing. He also just cut his first tooth! So cute! So cranky, too, though. He also got shots, which has made him a terror the past couple days. Sheesh! Poor thing, though: teething, and shots. But he seems to be doing better now.

Ella and Tommy seem to have made the adjustment pretty well to our new place. It is a lot smaller than anywhere else Ella has lived, so she gets a little hyper sometimes and I'm not quite sure how to calm her down when it is FREEZING outside. I think I will take her to the little playground in the mall or something...I'm not sure.

Anyway, Tom is working full time at my dads lab, so that means I don't have to work, which is nice. I'm having a hard time readjusting to being a full-time mom, though. This is the first time since Tommy was born that we are living on our I'm a new "two-baby" mom. It is exhausting. It makes me not want to have any more least not for ten years! Haha! :)

Well, that's about all. Again, sorry there are no pictures. if you want to see pictures, go on my facebook, I guess. :)


anushka said...

hi laura! it was nice to get an update on you all. i'm glad to hear you are getting used to your new surroundings in salt lake and are in a good place with the help of loving family. it's good that tom is on a new path that feels right to him. medical law sounds like a great idea. i can imagine how creative you have to be with your two kids being cooped up in the condo when it's cold out. makes me think of my own situation here when it's super HOT out and there's nowhere to go but stay home. luckily, ez is a homebody and is very happy with all of his toys. maybe you can find a gym nearby that has a little daycare with a jungle gym in it. oh i just remembered! you don't like to sweat! lol... that's funny. but, maybe there is one with a pool where you can swim. all the best to you and your family! hugs! anushka

Brittanie said...

great update Laura! We're in Utah too - sometime all of us Utah-Camarillo girls should get together for lunch or something. Glad things are going well for you so far!

Alicia and Roger said...

Laura! I'm still following your blog and glad to see an update! Utah has some good things going on there doesn't it?? I hear ya on the cabin fever. I've gotten bored with rereading her same books and now change the stories... we're working on a kitten who befriends a rabid squirrel right now... :)

{cody.amber. chandler} said...

Yay, I am so happy that you guys are back in SLC!! We're making a trip out there after the baby is born (so September-ish)so it is absolutely imperative that we get together! I really miss you and can't wait to see Ella and meet Tommy (oh and Tom too, he's pretty cool Ü) Also, I'm pretty sure you win the wife of the century award- I would FREAK if Cody went through so much school and decided to make a career change! But at least Tom figured it out rather than like 10 years down the road. San Antonio has a pretty good law school (St. Mary's) that you guys should totally check out ;) Glad things are going well and you get to be at home with the kiddos!