Videos!

Matt finally figured out how to use the video function on my camera. It is pretty easy to use and even creates files that are instantly uploadable to flickr! So hopefully now we will start taking lots more videos. Here are a couple of videos that I have uploaded.

First up, Greta riding her little car around the house. Other than reading, this has been the only toy she has really been interested in lately.

Here is a video of Greta going down the slide at the park. She loves the slide! Each time she turns over to her belly toward the end of the slide.

If you want to see either video larger, go to flickr and watch them there.

trip to houston

A few weeks ago (maybe two) we went over to Houston to see my aunt, uncle and cousin. We wanted to get over there one more time before we head East. While there Greta got to go to a football game. My cousin’s team was playing in their new fancy stadium. It was definitely impressive for a high school football stadium. Greta loved it! It was a at a perfect time (4 pm), so she was alert and cheering and not crabby at all.

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Greta got to meet the head cheerleader, who is a long-time friend of my aunt, uncle and cousin.

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Mostly, Greta had fun sitting in our laps and cheering. About half-way through the game, she finally realized they were playing with a ball on the field.

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On Sunday before we left we just played around at their house. It was very humid, so Greta’s hair was extra curly.

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We decided to wait and go to church when we got back to San Antonio and that again confirmed why we go to morning mass. Thanks for having us, Aunt Donna and Uncle Jeff! We hope you come visit us in PA.

17 months

Right before Halloween, Greta turned 17 months old. Since we have been so busy I haven’t gotten a chance to write the post. Here it is.

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This month we went on two trips, one to Atlanta for my Dad’s birthday party and one to Clearwater, FL to see our college friends. On both of these trips Greta got to meet lots of new people. She met my aunt, uncle and cousins from Alabama and she met numerous college friends. Greta is still a pretty good traveler, although by the end of the second trip she was tired and a little crabby.

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Just this month Greta became very interested in her baby dolls. She carries them around, hugs them, rocks them, tries to change their diapers. It is quite adorable and I’m hoping it keeps up so she can help with the new baby.

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Greta learned to blow her nose! She is too successful at getting snot out of it, but she sure does try, and she has the general idea down.

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Greta does this funny arm folding thing. It doesn’t seem to mean just one thing, but many. Sometimes it means she is mad, others that she is cold and often just that she is thinking. I haven’t been able to get a picture of it yet, but maybe next month.

This month Greta really took off running. She pushes her little car around the house and can really get going very fast. I think she is definitely officially running.

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This month Greta has really started to explode in verbal development. She says lots of words and I can’t really remember many of them. She likes to repeat words after us, even if she doesn’t use them all the time. She still loves to read. In fact, most days I’m pretty sure the most popular activity is reading. We read many of the same books over and over and over again. If anyone is looking for Christmas ideas, books are great!

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Greta’s top two molars broke through at the beginning of the month and have pretty much stopped since then. They are only barely sticking out. She is definitely still working on the bottom molars and her eye teeth. Lots and lots of teeth coming in!

Greta continues to follow Dada around all the time. She wants to do everything he does.

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Halloween

I am way behind on posting, but I’ll try and catch up sometime soon. Here are some Halloween pictures of Greta. She was going to be either a ladybug or a cat and well she decided she liked the cat costume the best, so that was it. It was next to impossible to get a picture of her with the hat up, since she didn’t really like that part of the costume at all. Here is our cat:

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We let Greta have one piece of candy on Halloween night. She loved it, of course.

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After we visited the few folks we know in the neighborhood we sat outside and handed out candy for a little while. Greta liked seeing all the kids in their costumes.

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One day when Greta and I got kicked out of the house for a showing we went to the pumpkin patch down the street. Greta doesn’t really want much to do with looking at the camera these days and she also likes to make a funny face when I tell her to smile. I think it is adorable, but I’m not sure the grandparents will love her squinched up eyes smile 🙂

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so much…

1. The midwives changed my due date to Feb. 24, which is where I thought it should have been along. So that picture I posted last week was actually 23 weeks instead of 24 weeks.

2. Our house is on the market. We are doing a pretty good job keeping it clean and orderly. I’m out of ideas of where to go when we have buyers come to look. I’ve been to Target way too many times and soon this whole selling a house is going to get quite expensive.

3. Speaking of expenses, we never realized how much it actually costs to sell a house. Thanks to a very generous relocation package we won’t be losing much money at all, but if we had to sell on our own, it would get quite pricey.

4. I’ll try and post some pictures of our house, so you can see how it looks with nothing (well nearly nothing) in it.

5. We have had a buyer pretty much every day since it went on the market, which is good.

6. The first buyer actually put an offer on the house! We have accepted the offer after a few back and forths, since the first offer was ridiculously low. Today a contract was drawn up and signed by the buyer and hopefully our relocation folks (who do all the signing, we don’t sign anything anymore!). So pending any problems we have sold our house. We have an inspection coming up and we also have to hope the person’s finances all come through. But yea!!

7. We are busy trying to find a place to live. I have a long list of questions that I am emailing prospective places. We won’t be visiting before renting and I want as much information as possible. We are hoping to find a house or townhouse to rent rather than an apartment. We plan on renting for 6-12 months and then finding a house to buy (assuming we can find something affordable).

8. Phew. I feel like we run non-stop. We are on constant alert for showings and so trying our hardest to rein in the mess and clean up immediately after meals. I’m not sure any of us are enjoying it, but it shouldn’t be too much longer! If you do email me, it may take a while for me to respond. I pretty much follow Greta around picking up her toys and such and then try to make dinner while not making a huge mess and then it is time to head out again.