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!