Thursday, January 5, 2012

Our ever-growing family and our ever-busy lives

What a whirlwind week and a half it has been!  In addition to the baby who will be making its debut in just five months, we have added another family member.  My youngest brother, Matt, has moved here from Utah and is now living with us.  We are all excited to have him here, but it has been BUSY as we have prepared for his coming.  The day after Christmas, we began the process of consolidating all of Ty and McKay's clothes and toys from their separate rooms into one bedroom to make space for Matt.  This is of course in addition to trying to find space for all of the Christmas gifts from the day before, too.  Let's just say it was a lot of work!  Then we had to buy furniture for Matt, assemble the furniture, and arrange it in his room.  By the end of the week, we had gotten everything done that we needed to, but we were seriously worn out.  The boys are loving sharing a room and sleeping in bunk beds, though!

We had talked about hosting a New Year's Eve party, but ultimately, we were just too tired to think of doing that.  Instead, the four of us just hung out at home, played a bunch of board games, and ate junk food.  In the words of one of our favorite storybook characters, it was "perfectly perfect."

At the very late hour of 8:30 (which really is late for our kids!) we let Ty hit pots and pans on the front porch (McKay was long asleep at that point).  He thought it was awesome!

Matt flew in from Utah on Monday morning.  We had all the priests over that afternoon for lunch so Matt could start to get to know some of the guys before school started.  The last couple of days have been spent getting him registered for school and seminary and buying those few last things that he needs.  Today is the first day that I feel like I am hitting my stride at last.  Everyone is getting into/back into their routines, and I am figuring out what our new "normal" looks like.  It's definitely different, and in some ways challenging to be raising toddlers and a teenager at the same time.  But we are happy and optimistic that this will be a good thing for everyone involved!


LeChem Fam said...

I love that when you have young kids new years celebrations are celebrated at whatever time they can make it till!! Way to go on getting your brother moved in.

The Castleton Family said...

wow!! young kids and a teenager...hats off to you meggin! btw, i love those bunk beds you have!

shiloh said...

Awesome. My youngest brother is a nice guy who makes pretty good choices but is still trying to figure out what he wants from life. I've thought of offering a place for him at our house so he can try something new, but I'm too nervous about how it would go having young kids and trying to parent my brother as his sister. I look forward to seeing how it goes for you, sounds like it is off to a great start. :)