Update

I feel like we haven’t been up to a whole lot lately until I begin to scroll through the photos on my phone and realize the last few months have been busy. Hope is now 7 months old (time flies with baby # 2) She is sitting up on her own now and rolls to get to anything she pleases. Most often she ends up in the dog bed (which is totally gross because she rolls out covered in hair) I still cannot get her to eat solid foods. She has no desire but Mia thinks it is pretty cool to have her sit in her high chair at the dinner table. She still naps three times a day for 45 min at a time much to my dislike. So we spend most of our days at home. I feel like we are the napping house.
Mia has had a pretty big month as well. She is now potty trained! Praise the Lord! One day she decided it was time and she took off from there. Little Miss independent just about goes crazy when I ask her to use the potty 50 times a day. She has even started using her “I don’t have to go potty” phrase when I ask her to do completely unrelated things. Apparently she assumes that is the only thing that comes out of my mouth. She has also really taken to reading books. I feel like all we do some days is read books together while poor Hope rolls around on the floor with the dog.
We traveled a lot for Thanksgiving. First heading to Orange to be with Tim’s family. Mia had a blast with her favorite little cousin Jada. All of the siblings even got to go out to a gastropub while Grandma and Grandpa babysat. Then we drove all the way up north to drop the girls off with my parents while I surprised Tim with tickets to the Niners game for his 35th birthday.
As far as house building goes we are in a stand still jumping through hoops with Cal Fire and the city on regulations that need to be met and site work that needs to be done before we are given permits. It is a bit frustrating right now. I have already made many trips to Home Depot picking out various things. They just got brand new shopping carts that Mia is very fond of so that buys me a bit more shopping time.
We managed to get a small Christmas tree up (mostly for Mia’s sake) in our rental. All of our Christmas items are in storage so it has been hard bringing Christmas to our tiny rental. There really isn’t room for much else anyway but we found the stockings and called it good. It has definitely been an adjustment living here but we are trying to stay positive.

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Halloween

I think our Halloween lasted a span of two weeks. We had done so many little Halloween activities with the girls before the actual day that I debated whether or not to even tell Mia on the actual day that it was indeed Halloween. I think this is the last year that I could have gotten away with that. It didn’t help that we are all sick but we made a go of it anyway. Mia enjoyed trick or treating with Tim and I stayed back with Hope. Her first candy attempt was a sucker but she realized very quickly that it was not fun to just sit there and lick it so she gave it back to me and opted out for a peanut butter cup. The best part is that the next day she forgot all about her huge bucket of candy and never even asked for it. Good thing because I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle that one. The week before Halloween Mia dressed up for her parent participation class and did a little parade at school. Then we did the Munchkin March at the park (basically another parade and outdoor movie night in costumes). We carved Mia’s pumpkin while Grandpa and Uncle David were in town (which she wasn’t really into, saying it was too sticky) and finished our festivities with the actual trick or treating on Halloween.

Free photots taken at the Munchkin March

Free photos taken at the Munchkin March

Kitty Cat

Kitty Cat

Excited to head to school all dressed up

Excited to head to school all dressed up

Mia and her punk rocker buddy at school

Mia and her punk rocker buddy at school

School kids and her teacher (whom she just loves)

School kids and her teacher (whom she just loves)

Hope the cow

Hope the cow

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All ready to head across the street to the park for the Munchkin March

All ready to head across the street to the park for the Munchkin March

Getting ready to watch Curious George under the stars at the Munchkin March

Getting ready to watch Curious George under the stars at the Munchkin March

First look as to what was inside that pumpkin

First look as to what was inside that pumpkin

Grandpa Romano

Grandpa Romano

The loot

The loot

Back in SLO

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It is hard to believe it but we are officially SLO residents once again. Here we are in our rental (which is now completely moved into and might I add very full) Moving from 2700 square feet to 800 square feet proved a little tricky but we are making it work. This picture cracks me up because I am pretty sure I am going to be standing next to that wall heater all winter. I think I may have gotten a little too used to central heating. Our building plans are in the works. Tim is working countless hours every night after the girls go to bed designing our home and doing calcs to get us ready for the permit stage. We will be very excited to hand those plans over to the city soon. And Tim will be quite happy to gain a little more sleep. We have only been in SLO a week but I am loving it. Tim has been able to come home for lunch a few times this week (For this first time in 5 years) and it is so nice to see him earlier in the evenings after work. It is also nice to be so close to lots of activities for Mia. I did a lot of driving in Paso and don’t have to do nearly as much here. However, we are starting to miss our dear friends in Paso and Mia asks everyday if her buddies are coming over. We are hoping she will meet some new SLO kiddos soon because the girl is a little social butterfly always asking for friends to play with.

Life

Life seems like it has been standing still for a little while since our house has been back on the market. I know it’s not standing still because all I have to do is look at “baby Hope” as she is affectionately called in our home, and realize that these long days have turned into months. Or better yet watch Mia pedal her tricycle around the block by herself or say prayers at the dinner table. When did she learn how to do that? We are in this holding period it seems until we sell the house. Waiting to know where we will call home for the next year, waiting to pack boxes upon boxes, waiting for the permit process to begin on building our dream home. Tim has completed our architectural plan for our new home so we are making progress. I have been going through boxes of trophies, old swimming medals, and high school uniforms purging like crazy. Mia thinks this is great fun. And I must admit its pretty cute to watch her try it all on. We have been showing our house to potential buyers quite a bit which is good but stressful at the same time. Keeping the house in perfect condition with a two year old, four month old, and a dog has turned into a full time job. It is amazing what needs to be picked up by 7:30 in the morning. We have been spending most mornings at the park lately to clear out of the house. Life is a bit crazy right now so I definitely have to remind myself to enjoy the day to day because the kids really are growing up.

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Moving

I am not quite sure how to begin this post without cutting right to the chase…we are moving back to San Luis Obispo! I know, we are a little shocked ourselves. We have really liked living in Paso. Great community, great friends, great church, and great neighborhood. But we had to weigh all that against. 1. possibly living out one of our dreams and 2. no longer having Tim commute 45 minutes to work everyday. We have been talking loosely about wanting to be back in SLO by the time Mia would start Kindergarten (3years). Well all of a sudden that timeline went out the window when we came across 3.7 acres to build on. (Enter in Tim’s dream here) We found out just a few days ago that we did indeed get the land and just like that the for sale sign went up in our front yard. Of course now the fun begins as we first need to sell our home, look for a small rental to live in in SLO while our home is being built, and of course work on house plans. Most likely this process of building will take a couple years. It is all very fresh and still in the works but we are beyond excited and continue to pray that all the pieces in the puzzle come together.

Jason & Charity

What a week/weekend we had! Bachelorette/Bachelor parties were attended, rehearsals and rehearsal dinners went off without a hitch, and of course Jason and Charity’s wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect. With both Tim and myself being in the wedding we knew this was going to be one crazy event so we enlisted my parents to help take care of the girls. We absolutely could NOT have done it without them. They were such a blessing to us for the last five days shuttling the girls back and forth, getting them napped, dressed, and entertaining them for countless hours. You name it and they did it. (I might have developed an ulcer just thinking back on all this but it was worth it) Charity was the most beautiful bride and I still tear up thinking about her special day. We are so excited to welcome Jason into the family, especially Mia who has quite a fondness for Uncle Jason. Speaking of Miss Mia, she played the flower girl role quite well carefully placing each petal where she thought it should go and proclaiming “all done” to the audience when she was out of petals.

Enjoying some downtime at the house we were staying at in Palo Alto

Enjoying some downtime at the house we were staying at in Palo Alto

Enjoying Mexican food at the rehearsal dinner

Enjoying Mexican food at the rehearsal dinner

Getting ready to have our hair done at the Drybar

Getting ready to have our hair done at the Drybar

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The beautiful bride

The beautiful bride

When Mia first saw Aunt Charity her exact words were "oh wow!"

When Mia first saw Aunt Charity her exact words were “oh wow!”

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The happy couple

The happy couple

Goofing around with Uncle David

Goofing around with Uncle David

Dancing with Grandpa Romano

Dancing with Grandpa Romano

Father-Daughter dance was a tear jerker

Father-Daughter dance was a tear jerker

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Stopped at Grandma's house on the way home to meet up with all the cousins

Stopped at Grandma’s house on the way home to meet up with all the cousins

Hope’s 2 Month Update

Time is starting to speed up a little as I can’t believe Hope is going on three months. It has been hard not to compare Hope to Mia in everything that she does, especially milestones. I realized I had to give up my lofty idea that just because Mia started sleeping through the night at seven weeks, Hope was supposed to do that as well. I am starting to realize just how different they are going to be. I already know that Hope is going to be much more sensitive compared to the tough cookie that her sister is. I definitely see a lot more of myself in Hope’s personality, and I think features. Hope is in the 50th percentile in her weight and the 75th percentile in her heighth. She has so much hair that it gives her a personality all in its own. We have really struggled with trying to figure out her reflux that she continues to be on meds for it and just doubled her dose. We are hoping that will do the trick and she will sleep a bit more. Hope gets most excited when Mia is in front of her and just loves to watch her. Although I am surprised Hope is still so tolerant of Mia as Mia just doesn’t understand that babies are fragile whatsoever. I can’t wait to see how her personality continues to take off these next few months!
The look on Hope’s face in this picture just cracks me up. She is completely overwhelmed and just about to break down by the combination of getting her picture taken and sitting so close to Mia. Little Miss Sensitive.

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Can you tell who is who? I commented to Tim the other day that in 10 years when we look back on baby pictures we are going to have a hard time deciding which one is Hope and which one is Mia. (Mia is on the left; Hope is on the right)

Can you tell who is who? I commented to Tim the other day that in 10 years when we look back on baby pictures we are going to have a hard time deciding which one is Hope and which one is Mia. (Mia is on the left; Hope is on the right)

Party Weekend

Lots of birthdays to celebrate this past weekend. Mia’s good buddy Harlen turned two and she had a great time celebrating with him at the children’s museum. Then it was off to San Juan Bautista to celebrate cousin Olivia’s first birthday. All these kiddos are growing up. Time is flying by.

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Showering Jill

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You don’t have to give me much of a reason to set up a bunch of quilts on the lawn under a shade tree, enjoy homemade pies with girlfriends, and drink pink lemonade, but today I was able to do all of that and celebrate a good friend having her third boy. Anybody having three boys deserves a few hours to relax in the shade and be showered with gifts. Only a few weeks to go until we meet Whitacre baby boy #3!

4th of July

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The Romanos had a pretty low key 4th of July this year. We dressed the girls up (thanks for the outfits Aunt Charity) and headed to the Templeton Parade. Then it was back to the air conditioned house for naps. Happy 4th of July!