So I accidentally forgot to blog in April. Time flies when you're having fun right?...or running after two munchkins. We've been busy. In April we celebrated Easter at my parent's house. Matt, Betty, Matty, Joe, and Maryann joined us for a feast that my mom prepared. Yum! The kids loved finding eggs, and Andrew is getting pretty good at it too! The week before Easter we spent the weekend in Anza Borrego...the desert. It was hot, but nice. The kids loved playing in the dirt, going on hikes, and visiting Grandma and Grandpa's trailer. I forgot to take my camera, so I have no pictures. But I will tell you, it was a beautiful desert in bloom.
May has been a busy month. Last week I took the kids to the San Diego Zoo with some of my Stroller Stride mama friends. Andrew was fascinated with the snakes. We spent tons of time walking along the reptile tanks. We enjoyed seeing the pandas, lions, bears, sea otters, monkeys, and everything else packed into that zoo. And I got a great workout pushing that double stroller up and down the hills. Yesterday we went to Disneyland to celebrate Allison's first birthday. We had a good time there, we always do. Allie really enjoyed Small World. Kids are wide awake on that ride, I always get very sleepy. And today we celebrated her actual birthday with some cake and neighbor friends. I can't believe my baby is growing up so darn fast.
Andrew has started with every parent's dreaded word...'Why?' At first I would try to explain why....and now I am my own parents when I say 'Because I said so!' He is such a good boy (for the most part). He loves his sister (for the most part). And he listens so well (for the most part). Allie is now attempting sprints across the living room. She is looking a little bruised up...but she is really building up some speed. She is now able to snatch a toy from Andrew in the tv room, run, and make it all the way past the dining room before Andrew catches her. Impressive. The kids and I will be flying out to Texas on Sunday to visit grandma and grandpa Gillette. I'll be taking pictures to post here next month! Prayers for a quiet and safe flight would be appreciated, with emphasis on the quiet.
Jake is working hard, as usual. Wells Fargo has bought Wachovia...so combining the banks has finally finished this month. He has been working many late nights. To say 'thanks', his boss got us a hotel room in LA for Friday night, and a dinner with his coworkers. An overnight trip with NO kids!!!!!!! Thank you Grandma and Grandpa Brewer for babysitting!!! I am busy fundraising for the Relay for Life walk. We are walking it May 22 with our Stroller Strides team. AND we are preparing for the Liver Walk on June 26th. Busy, busy, busy.
House news: Arg. The bank gave us their counter offer. They asked for more money (of course) and that a lein on the house be taken care of. A lein?!? What lein?!? The IRS has a lein on the house from an inheritance tax for $7,000. The sellers must take care of the lein before the house can be sold. We countered the bank asking them to pay it...we shall see. I doubt they will pay it, but at least it gives the sellers a little more time to figure this out before we open escrow.... IF we open escrow. Which is why I started with ....arg.
Health: I went in for blood tests in April, my liver levels were rising and I was feeling super itchy. I had my blood tests retaken a week later and they went down, which means another ERCP was not necessary. That is good. The doctor thinks I may have had blockage and it passed on it's own. I do feel better. I still itch like a mad woman. But as long as I'm staying out of the hospital, all is well.