Friday, February 22, 2013


So, we found a new apartment! Not gonna lie, it was a bit of a rough search this go-round but we finally got one. We are currently surrounded by a fairly big mess and I predict it will be this way for a little while. Joe moved in about a thousand or so boxes today (all by himself! what a husband!) but Official Moving Day is tomorrow.  So until all the dust settles with this move we are going to disappear a bit from blogland. 

Oddly (and wonderfully) enough, the new place is just a few blocks down the street from our current home. We picked up the keys today and took Sody over for her first look at the place. We have been talking it up a lot and trying to pump her up, and her reaction did not disappoint: she ran out to the covered porch/sunroom (my favorite feature) and started shouting, "Wow! This is great! You picked the best house! You are the best family!" Which basically made us melt into a big puddle of happy parent goo. Very thankful that she is excited about the move too...but really, all we needed to tell her was that the new building has a pool. The day we told her that she was sold.

We toasted our last night here with pizza and root beer. Can't really think of anything more fitting for us. It's been a great little house for us for the past three years, longest we've stayed in one spot for some time. And the things we like most about it - great location, nice neighbors, friends nearby - are all things that are still going to apply. I will be even closer to Trader Joe's than I was before! I have turned a five minute walk into a two minute walk! Ridiculous! And though we are still on the same street, the new building is set back so we won't be missing the crazy traffic and thumping bass and horrendous motorcycles and huge semis that literally shake our windows. Good riddance to all that. Onto bigger and better. Though it was weird to make the realization tonight that Sody just turned four and is about to move into her fourth home. Eeeek.

New transmissions from our new pad coming soon!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Has it been a while since I have sung the praises of Sody's preschool? Because I am about to do that again right now. We love her school. We love the teachers and the setting and the curriculum and the food they provide and the friends she has made there and the friends we have made there through her. She's kind of popular (not bragging or exaggerating here, she just is...everybody just knows her. Parents included - she's got her own in-jokes with some of the other parents there. There are so many parents we have met where we have no clue who they are but they totally know Sody. So we jokingly call her the Mayor of the place) and she loves it there too. It's hard to get her to leave at the end of the day most of the time...which, after being there from 8:00ish to 5:15, is pretty damn impressive. Definitely a good sign.

And we love the curriculum. Here's something that impressed me at pick-up the other day. The kids are studying Black History Month right now, and when we went into the main classroom there were pics of Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, etc. And Sody just pointed to Rosa Parks and started telling me her story. Correctly! So impressive. So great.

They get music time too, with a music teacher coming in weekly. And they have the songs they sing every morning as a group in circle time. The other day I said something about a band to Sody and she said, "Hey we learned about a band at school! Pop band. Soul. Rock band." Which just killed me. Sometimes she sings to herself at night after we tuck her in, and the other night I caught her singing my favorite song she learned at school:

"Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Then comes Saturday
Let's begin again.

Domingo, Lunes, Martes
Miercoles, Jueves, Viernes
Luego viene Sabado
Aqui terminamos."

I hope she keeps loving school as long as possible!