August was all about getting the house completely livable before school started. We also tried to make it down to see some friends and family a few times. It was good to visit, but driving 3 hours each time with a 2 year old who doesn't really ride well, plus being gone all day, made for a learning curve.
Our boy-friend, Breken, at his 3rd birthday party
It's been ok, moving up here, away from my side of the family. It's taken some time, but we have a pretty good routine. We love the Cody just got the job at B. MacDaniel so he won't have to drive so far to work each day. We love hanging out with Kelly, Julianne, and Tessa. They keep us sane. We also have dinner with the Hempkins' every now and then. Plus, we are still searching for a new church, so we are meeting lots of new people.
One last playtime with Julianne before she starts school as a big kindergartener
Cody does tons of work outside on the land. He burns trees, cleans out the barns, mows the yard, and takes care of everything outside. It's A LOT. It will take years for it to all be done, but it's slowly getting better.
This old tree (probably 30 feet tall) took over a week to fully burn down.
It went up in enough flames that his parents saw from their house and rushed over
because they were afraid the barn was on fire.
Replacing the septic tank lid was HORRIBLE. We had to dig a ton, pull up huge chunks of concrete, and put a new one down. Buddy even jumped in to get the concrete out of the bottom - what a good FIL! We were all wondering who was gonna take the plunge.
Harper and I have had lots of fun together lately. We play, do chores, bake, play outside, run errands, etc. She is getting so big and loves to help with everything. She has loved baking lately and always insists on pulling her stool up to the counter. She is talking nonstop these days. She loves to repeat things and is saying 4 and 5 word sentences. She has also just learned that Harper, Me, and You (when I say it to her) all mean the same thing. So she sometimes gets a little confused when she says, "Toy back to You-Harper-Me".
Sometimes she won't go to the bathroom on her own, but if we take her pullup off, she has no choice but to go eventually. So we spend a lot of time naked, which she likes.
Harper had a big growth spurt this summer. She just looks like a kid now instead of a baby. She is still in 18-24 month clothes, but she'll be wearing 2T this fall. Oddly enough, her feet didn't grow hardly any in length, but got even chubbier! So now are down to 1 pair of shoes again. No cute Toms, none of the 5 pairs of shoes I bought at the beginning of summer. I'm sure CPS will love my kid playing all winter without shoes.
So here's to school starting, life changing again, and the sweet days of fall that should be coming soon!