Monday, July 18, 2011

We're Home!

I haven't had internet in a few days, so I'm up here at Starbucks during CJ's nap to give a quick recap update!! The two nights we spent at the Miramar Inn were "challenging". The room had two full beds, so JT and I each had our own beds, which would have been nice had CJ slept through the nights! He was having a hard time both nights and therefore slept with me both nights (because JT needed to go report to the military and "check-in" on base and needed to sleep!) Doesn't my Navy Man look so cute with my Little Man? :)
After one of the long nights, CJ took a nice long nap!! He always looks so sweet when he is asleep!
He discovered Fruit Loops because I took a couple of individual cereal bowls of them at breakfast and they are now a new fave!!
We went to the playground on base while JT was doing military stuff. CJ loved the "vroom vroom" wheels! Ha ha!
And OF COURSE my daredevil child did not want to play in the baby/toddler area...Nope, he climbed to the VERY top where all the big kids were. I was right there with him the whole time but it was still scaring me! I like the way the playground has giant tarp-umbrella things so that the play structures are in the shade!!
We found a neat "Kebab Shop" in Mira Mesa that is between the base and our house in Rancho Bernardo that was really yummy! CJ tried Lamb for the first time, and really like the saffron rice. I kept trying to give him some of mine, but he preferred just grabbing right off my plate. Ha ha!
He also tried out a new way to sit while you are eating...ha ha!! It is hard to put food IN your mouth when your foot is in FRONT of your mouth. Silly boy!
I took a picture that "sort of " might give you an idea of the crazy traffic here?! This was around rush hour, so it isn't this bad all the time!
Just a quick background on how military housing works: The military gives "x" amount of money per month based on your rank just as "housing allowance" (separate from your actual paycheck). If you live in a military house, y0u just don't get the housing allowance (covers rent, water and electric). If you don't live in a military house, you can save money by finding a home less than your allowance!! The wait for a military house here in San Diego is at least 9 months. It is hard enough having to move every 3 years, that I knew we would NOT want to move again 9 months from now! JT did SUCH A wonderful job picking out a house for our family! I could NOT be any happier!!! Not only is it $500 dollars less than our allowance (which will easily cover water and electric as well), but it also has everything we wanted and is in a nice neighborhood!! On Friday, July 15th we got the keys to our new house!!! It is one story, 4 bedroom, 2 bath. Has a dining room, a den, and a living room. I did take pictures but it is hard to get an idea of what is what with all empty rooms. Here is CJ playing (lining up his cars! while wearing his cowboy hat) in what will be the living room. We plan on putting the TV and couches in this room. (The tile you see in the back is the foyer and those double doors are the front doors).
This is part of the kitchen! CJ is eating breakfast on the floor (so I can easily wipe up the messes!) I am SOOO looking forward to getting all of our belongings, of course, but especially CJ's high chair, because he is so easily distracted the he gets up off the floor and runs around in between each bite during mealtime right now!!
CJ is already loving his new backyard!! He enjoyed "vroom vroom"ing his car along the bricks surrounding the patio!
Our "little bully" (hopefully not really, but I thought the shirt was cute!)
More lining up of the cars on his chair! It's hard work, but somebody's gotta do it!!
CJ woke up in a REALLY good mood in his new bedroom!! We had one pretty rough night that resulted in all of us sleeping on the air mattress together, but last night CJ slept through the night again in his pack n play! Poor boy is probably just sick of sleeping in that thing after almost a month!! One more night, and then tomorrow our household goods get delivered and CJ will have his crib and we will have our BED!! :)
CJ is LOVING having an entire empty house to run around and play in! He enjoys climbing in and out of the master shower! (It helps when you wear your cowboy hat and book bag!-look for another blog about the "big boy book bag")
And running down the hall having a BALL!! :)
Yesterday we went to the mall to check it out and see what stores they have, etc. It is a nice mall that has every store I would want with the exception of J.Crew. I think I will be able to live with that! ;) It is just one exit up from us on the interstate, so it is pretty close! There is a good play area, and this mall has a "family lounge" almost as great as that other mall we went to! :) When we were in Hallmark picking out some birthday cards, we glanced over and someone must have gotten tired of wearing his shoes and socks because there was a trail of footwear...
Today we went to the San Diego Zoo. (We have to do something because it gets boring sitting around in an empty house!) We got a yearly membership, and I got the "single" one because then I can always bring one other adult with me for free (either JT or a guest!). CJ is free until he turns 3. It is a HUGE zoo, and just like is the kind of place that we will NOT try to do all at once with CJ. That would just be pushing him too hard! He loved the meerkats, and it was so funny because I told him "those are meerkats" and he started saying "oww" (meow). Ha ha!!! Meerkat = Cat to him. So cute!!
Stopped for a quick snack of milk and cookies!
CJ with a lion!! "Rooaaaarrr"
Part of our membership gives free unlimited rides on the sky tram so we took it back to the front of the park since we were getting close to naptime! (which saved us a lot of walking & time!!)
CJ loved looking down at all the "mam-i'-mals" (animals).
Tomorrow we get our stuff delivered and then the unpacking begins!!! I can't wait to make our new house into our "home". We get internet on Thursday, so I probably won't have another chance to update until then! Prayers for a smooth move in are appreciated! I've gotten lots of great advice from other moms to do CJ's room first to "keep him busy" while I work on the rest of the house!! Hope doesn't try to "help" the movers too much tomorow! ;)


Sue said...

Yep, I agree you got good advice. When he sees all his stuff he will be so occupied that he will feel even more at home. I use to love to watch Claire and Wes line up their toys. Claire even knew the order she would line up her dolls. I would sneak and reverse the order when her back was turned and she would fix it back to how she had it. Also, I loved to take a doll or in Wes's case a car away from the lineup and they would immediately start looking for the missing object. I wonder what it is about a hall way or long room? It must be the idea of an out of doors space that gets kids so excited. Maybe it is the echo that they like????? I am so excited for you and Jay and look forward to the new blog addition.

Ashley said...

Gosh, he is getting so big! He has the cutest personality. I love that he lines up his cars. That is just precious! I saw the pics of his room on FB and I'm sooo glad that y'all got him all settled! Congrats on your new place! I can't wait to read all about your CA adventures!

HMC said...

I recognize that backpack! It is the same one we got for E :-) I'm glad you guys are getting settled in and your new house look great!