Sunday, July 14, 2013


Well, the Katolin 5 have officially made the trip across the country to our new house in Virginia.  We're getting settled and starting to feel like this place is home.

Base housing wasn't available so we decided to rent instead.  I think it's actually better.  We were able to get a big house in a great neighborhood.  The school is walking distance away, across the street from an awesome library.  The people on this street have been super friendly and welcoming.  I think this is where we're meant to be.

We're still working on getting unpacked.  With working and taking care of three kiddos, it's certainly a slow process.  We're keeping in mind the "How do eat an elephant?" approach (one bite at a time) and we are slowly and surely making progress.

I decided to upload some pictures from my phone.  These are from the past month or so.  The kids and I were lucky enough to be able to hang at my parents' house while Dennis did the driving and the unpacking (can you imagine if we had driven with three kids, including an infant, across the entire country?! No thanks!)  So some of the pictures are still from CA, some from St. Louis and some from our new place in VA.  I'll try and get some pictures of the new house up at some point...not making any promises!  We were lucky that we got to see lots of friends during our time there.  I wish I had been better at taking some pictures of everyone.
THe girls loved the pool at Nana and Grandpa's.  The little flipper in the background is the neighbor girl

Strawberry Picking

Elyse hanging out with the waiter statue at our favorite Italian place in CA
This is me trying to get out of the car on the way to the airport.  We borrowed a friend's car...I sat back in the third row and had to navigate through all our stuff packed in there on my way out.  
On the way to St. Louis from CA.  My mom flew with us...made it much easier!
My mom's friends were so nice to give us their Cardinal's tickets when Dennis was driving through town.  Sam was a good luck charm at his first game....the Cardinals had 5 Home Runs!
Elyse invented this the tail on the donkey...Christmas theme  with pictures of baby Jesus and Mary.
Reading books with Grandpa
Our brand new minivan!  He's named Stan the Van.
Smiling Sammy...2 months old!
Visiting with my college roomies
The girls got breakfast in bed on the day we left for VA
Maddy entertaining Sam during tummy time
Hanging with Pappy
Trip to IKEA
Elyse started a lemonade stand (gift from YaYa).  She's quite the business woman.  
Sam loves his bouncy seat
The girls got new bikes.  They had to ride them out of the store.

Elyse found the dress-up box
Sammy boy
We were lucky enough to get a visit from Lisa and Deacon.  The girls though he was HILARIOUS!

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