Casey graduated medical school. It was fantastic, and I am so proud of him for his hard work. Now people call him Dr. Pickett (which is still kind of weird to me).
We moved to Pennsylvania at the end of June last year. We decided to rent a house, but the current (at the time) tenants' lease didn't technically end until the end of August. I say technically because they told the landlord they were looking for somewhere new to live, and would be out as soon as possible, but worst case scenario we were looking at being homeless for two and a half months during the start of Casey's residency. Thankfully, Casey grew up in nearby Elizabethtown, and still has friends in the area, so we moved in with the Shaffers for an indefinite period of time. We will forever be grateful to the Shaffers (Hi Lyn and Byron!) for their kindness.
We were able to move into the house the first few days of July (even better than we hoped for!). I experienced a number of difficulties starting this month.
- Previous tenants owned a cat that did not consistently use the litter box.
- We discovered I was pregnant with baby #3, and morning sickness set in shortly thereafter.
- The combination of 1 and 2.
- I took on a number of house projects that required much more work than I anticipated (Casey tried to warn me) shortly before said-morning sickness set in. I started having a really hard time, emotionally, and therefore
- Felt guilty for not being thrilled and grateful and happy for all the good things that were happening (Hello! House to live in, job with a real income, baby coming, etc.).
Worked on settling in. I managed to capture some happy moments.
It was really hot. James liked to lounge on the slide.
It's been really fun to see Owen grow in his capacity as the big brother. He's good at making James laugh, and James is pretty much his copycat in everything (good and bad). It provides many opportunities to discuss the example that Owen is setting.
At Owen's request we dressed up as Star Wars characters for Halloween. I only agreed because we already had a Yoda costume for James. I suppose this was the start of the "Star Wars fever" that currently has a firm grip in our home. (I'm talking light sabers of all colors, pretend playing Star Wars EVERY day, Star Wars books from the library, coloring Star Wars pictures, building Star Wars lego creations, talking about Star Wars, and endless singing of various Star Wars songs).
I made my dress, Casey made his blaster, and I'm going to be pretty sad the day that any of our children don't want to do a family costume.
Thanksgiving in Utah with Casey's family. Christmas in Virginia with mine.
Owen asked me to take a picture of him in our magnolia tree. You'd never know it was the middle of November in this picture.
Which pretty much brings us to the present.
James really likes having his picture taken, and any time I have the camera out he requests a picture. Hence this one and the next few, taken just days ago.
Owen wanted to join. We were practicing real smiles. This was the best I got.
Brothers. I spy Darth Vader.
I feel like now I'm working on finishing as many projects as possible while waiting for this little boy to come. I'll try to do some future posts of our home projects and before and afters, although I didn't get a lot of great before pictures. Mostly they'll be for Allison (Hi Allison!), who expressed an interest in seeing them before we left Columbus, and also for Amber (Hi Amber!) who helped with some of the hardest parts and never saw the end results. Also for anyone who is interested. :)
Lastly, our baby still doesn't have a name...not even a short list of names, so if you want to contribute a little boy name idea, I wouldn't mind a bit. ;) Happy Sunday!