This while has been awesome crazy. Amelia's currently napping and we have to leave in 20 minutes to get the boys. She doesn't nap every day any more although she definitely still needs it. She is like her brothers and dad in that holding still long enough to fall asleep is excruciating.
Well, if you don't already know, we got a new to us van. We are really excited and have had a few outings to celebrate being able to fit in one vehicle again. Jared has been busting his behind working so hard so we could save up the money to purchase. It's a 2004 Toyota Sienna with 104,000 miles on it. Jared is hoping it will last at least until Elijah and possibly Xander are out of the house. Even though it hurts to spend the money it is really fun to save up and be able to buy something big that we need and want.
Last Friday we were just waiting around for return calls from the different feelers we had out. It was between this Sienna and a same year Honda Odyssey that had less than 60,000 miles and was the super luxury edition. The Honda would have left us tight for the month of May but we felt if it worked out it was worth the lower mileage. I think God watched out for us and helped us get exactly what we needed. Also, Jared, aside from working so many extra hours, did a lot of research and looking at vehicles so that we would be ready to buy as soon as we had enough money and the right vehicle came up. We looked at everything from Sequoias to Flexes to Quests. He even looked at buses, old VW buses, and a hearse Online.
We got the van in the nick of time. Jared was taking the Camry to work this week and on the second day he got a flat tire which led us to see how startling bald all of the tires were. I have been nervous driving the Camry for several months now for more than just the tires and was praying constantly every time the kids and I were in it. I would check the tires every time before leaving the house and they didn't look anywhere near as bad as they do now a short bit after we got our van. So God blessed the Camry to work for us as long as we absolutely needed it to.
We still haven't figured out what to do with it. I'm leaning towards selling it and sinking the money in the Suzuki, but we'll see.
Once Jared got that stress off of his mind he started working on the pool. We have
needed to redo some of the plumbing and the concrete slab that the filter and pump are on since we moved in, but the time and money just never came together. This morning he put in the concrete slab which is at least 4 inches deep as opposed to the old, cracked one that was less than 2 inches deep. He is such a man, I love it.
Xander ended up getting to play in 5 soccer games which was great. He scored 4(or maybe 5) goals in those games. Elijah and Maxwell are still loving baseball. Amelia is maturing and becoming more coordinated by leaps and bounds. Her language skills are still mostly dependant on us knowing what she is saying rather than it being easily understood, but she is a serious chatterbox when she is awake. She seems to be really bright and coordinated for her age. Despite her size, most people guess she is over 18 months. I know I am probably just a proud, biased mom, but I treasure every moment I get to spend with her.
If you couldn't tell from this post, I am super grateful for Jared's hard work and efforts at being an engaged father, husband, and supporting me being a Stay At Home (or in the car turned van) Mom. He rocks! Sorry for the sticky sweetness of the post. And yes, we will most likely "Get a Room!" so don't feel like you need to offer that advice or anything. Sorry for the TMI. (But not really)