View of backyard from deck
The toy room in our basement
More toy room
The craft table in the toy room
Can you tell we really like the toy room? I love it because I'm the type of personality that craves order (just like David!) and having Ethan's toys strewn all over the house has always been an "issue" for me. I compulsively pick up after him and in so doing, he hasn't learned to do so for himself. Having a room in the basement where he can make messes is good for all of us. Though I guess these pictures aren't really showing much of a mess. It's a sickness, what more can I say?
I've had the unreal pleasure of reconnecting with my two best friends from childhood. I found them (or they found me) on Facebook and we quickly realized that we live very close. One friend is only 3 miles away and the other is 9 miles from us. It's amazing seeing them again and picking up so easily after 23 years!
Another odd coincidence that I haven't mentioned is the connection we found with the original home owner and his realtor. He has a daughter who is now a pediatric audiologist. She was delighted to hear that a little boy with cochlear implants was moving into her childhood home. To top it off, we found out at the closing that his realtor is on the board of a local nonprofit that raises money for deaf education!
I don't actually believe in coincidences though :-)
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And we found another babysitter online who A) Happens to be an interpreter for deaf children and B) Lives really close to us, like a mile or something! HOW CRAZY IS THAT PEOPLE?