I miss it. A lot.
Let’s give this whole thing a go again, shall we? The Reader’s Digest version of the past 24 months:
Piper’s now SIX. How? How can that be??? Her hair is long (although still as blond as can be- she calls it her Rapunzel hair), she’s tall (considering she was my kid who barely touched the Down syndrome growth chart for years, I can’t believe she’s about 60% on there now…), she’s hysterical, and she enjoys life. She loves anything artsy- she can sit and paint for hours if I let her. Confidence is not her strong suit, which is hard to watch. She still won’t let us watch her work at something until she knows she can do it. Depending on the environment, she can be fiercely independent or horrendously resistant. We try to foster the former. I still know of no kid who gets more attention from strangers; no one can resist her smile, wave, or “HI!”
Piper is best friends with little sister, Addy. Addy just turned four and is a spitFIRE. She started preschool this year at a FARM. She has sheep, chickens, peacocks, goats, ducks, and a bunny named Jack. Best of all, though, are the ponies that they get to ride. How cool is that??? She just started back at gymnastics after a eight month hiatus and she’s in heaven. Sometimes I worry that she (and us!) put too much responsibility and pressure on her. She’s rather mature for a just-turned-four-year-old, and we have to remind ourselves that she’s still little. In the last year or so, I’d say, she’s slowly started taking over the role of Big Sister. She seems to hold herself accountable for the wrongdoings of others. She gets mad- no, more than that, it hurts her heart- when she doesn’t do things to her expectations. She seems to worry. We’re working on it. She is also the most genuine, loving kid I know. Her compassion for others is far beyond her years. She has a sparkly personality, and I’m loving watching her grow up.
Perhaps the BIGGEST news of the past
Last summer, Luke had a chance to take a job with a start-up in Boulder working on data storage. We hadn’t planned on moving until at least this summer, but between adding another body to the mix, and Luke’s now three hours of commute each day, we decided maybe we’d start looking sooner. Luke got his job in August. We thought this spring would be a good time to move. But then maybe Christmas break would be better.
We moved in October.
We started willy-nilly looking at houses mid-August. Found a house we loved the first week of September. We signed a contract on Saturday morning. We packed our house Saturday and Sunday, and had it cleaned, packed, staged, and ready for photos on Monday. The house was on the market Wednesday night, and we had it sold on Thursday. We closed on both houses in less than a month. Still not entirely sure how it all worked out so quickly. We doubled our space, added two bedrooms (and an office!) and what feels like a never-ending line of toilets to clean. We love our house. We’re at the base of the foothills which is awesome. The community will have two swimming pools (one of which will be lap lanes indoors), two rec centers, a dozen parks, a community garden… They have concerts and movies in the park, community picnics, Easter Egg Hunts and Santa Claus visits. We feel very blessed!
Life has certainly changed. We’re exponentially busier. Life is chaotic. But it’s OUR chaos, so it’s all good. I look at the kids and can’t figure out how they got so big so quickly. As much as I hate to see each stage phase out, I’m always tickled to see how they grow. I’ll never know how I got so lucky to have the three of them!