August brought a lot of changes. First of all, we moved into our new home, which was both exciting and terrifying. Although we are just three miles away, we have found there have been several changes in our routine. The first week in our new ward was the first week Hannah has ever been the new kid in primary, not knowing anyone. I was in primary helping Paige when they sang the welcome song to the girls, and Hannah looked as though she was going to cry. By the end of the two hour block, Hannah came bouncing up to me to tell me that she had two new best friends (though she couldn't remember their names).
Hannah adjusted to the move the easiest, and has the best perspective. She loves her room and her new bunk bed. She loves our new neighborhood and playing with the two big girls across the street.
Most of all she loves first grade. She is in Mrs. Doughty's first grade (track four) class and it's been wonderful for her. Every day she comes home from school professing that she loves learning, and she loves school. It's difficult for me to have her gone all day, though we are all adjusting. The first day she was at school all day (she missed the first day because she had a fever!) Sam walked around calling for Hannah, not knowing where she could have gone. She loves going to school with her daddy, and most of all she loves that she can be in Mrs. Evarts class in the morning with four of the Evarts kids.
Grandma came for a visit in August, and we had a lot of fun hanging out, and watching The Gnome-mobile. Hannah and I started reading Harry Potter together, and she was sorted into...RAVENCLAW! She was slightly disappointed, because she wanted to be in the same house as me, but I showed her how awesome life was as a Ravenclaw and she quickly embraced it. Hannah had a bunch of play dates and she even got to go up to Spring Mountain Ranch to watch Tarzan. It was a great month.
We finally moved into our home! Everyone was excited, everyone but Paige, that is. Paige cried every day for her "little house with the blue door." It wasn't until the carpet was installed, and all our furniture and decorations came inside that Paige declared our house a home.
Grandma came into town, and we went on a visit to the Shark Reef with her. We also went to see Tarzan at Spring Mountain Ranch, which Paige enjoyed, but mostly slept through.
Paige started Pre-K, and though she'd been talking about it all summer, she cried, and was very nervous to go inside. It was rough, but she made it, and she even made a new friend, Cheyanne. Cheyanne has been over for many playdates since, and Paige loves school, although she occasionally cries because she's missing her mommy and brother.
Paige started her very own Let's Play Music class, and is loving it emensly. She loves being a big girl and doing grown up things, as long as her mommy gets to tag along. I sure love her.
The best part about moving into a new house, for Sam, was being able to help Daddy assemble any and all furniture. Sam believed it was his duty to assist his daddy, even if that meant chipping paint off his sisters newly painted bunkbed by bashing a Philips screwdriver into the wood. Helping.
Sam was very excited when Grandma came into town, and gave her lots of love and kisses. He especially like when she took him to the Shark Reef and let him dip his hand into the water to try and pet a stingray. He loved the animals at Shark Reef.
Sam can talk your ear off, and he's one of the best fifteen month conversationalists I know. His word list includes, but is not limited to, the following: Mama, Dada, Hannah, Paigey (he says Gigi), Sister, Grandpa, Grandma , Ball, Toy, Doggy, Car, Cookie, Bottle (baba), Peek boo!, Bonk/bang , Uh-oh,Uh-uh, No-no, Hello (not hi), Bye-bye, Please, Thank you, All gone, Lay down, And my favorite: Let it go. He also barks, makes car noises, grunts a lot, and makes minion noises whenever he sees characters from despicable me.