I've been wanting to make my own but my coffee maker is buried in the garage somewhere! Oh well, I guess I'll have to settle for Starbucks!
I'm kind of glad summer is over. This summer has been a tough one for me. My need to plan and know every detail before it happens has really been challenged, and I'm learning to be ok with that. I'm learning how desperately I need to lean on God in times like this because I'm just not strong enough on my own.
I've had to give up order, organization, personal belongings and planning while we are in this waiting period which is so against my nature, but it's going to be ok - I say that in faith because I don't always "feel" it!
This isn't meant to sound like a complaint or that I'm not incredibly thankful for our new home, I'm just being honest and letting you know that this waiting period hasn't been easy in many ways!
We actually heard back from the builder on our estimated closing date...and wouldn't you know? They suggested Audrey's birthday...October 25th. I wasn't actually surprised. I just had a feeling they would say that. Our original target date was the end of September, but the builder made a mistake which cost us about a month. We have gone back and asked them to expedite what they can for us to try and get us in before her birthday. I'm praying that will be the case! But for now, there is more waiting to hear back from them.
A recent picture - they're just getting started on the wood siding.
I've been thinking about Audrey's birthday for months now, and in a lot of ways, this second year has gone by even quicker than her first. I can't believe that she's such a little girl now. I miss her as a baby so much, but I love her at this stage too!
The planner in me wants to throw her a big celebration, like we did last year (see pictures here and here). I love planning a party and creating a special event just for her, but I just don't know if the timing will work out this year. Even if we are able to move in before her birthday, it will be quite a while before we are settled in, and then to plan a party on top of it - even if it's delayed, might just be too much.
I have to check myself sometimes, and weigh my motives. I love creating things and planning parties, but at the same time, the day is about Audrey and she couldn't care less if there are fancy homemade decorations and food, or not. I just want it to be about her and her happiness.
I guess we will see what the builder says about our closing date and we will go from there. I'm thinking we will just have something simple...friends and family with some delicious pizza. No fancy homemade stuff like last year, but I think Audrey would be just as happy with a few giant Pooh balloons!
Part of me still wants to do this, though:
A barnyard animal party! She loves farm animals right now, so I think this would be perfect for her. I spent some time putting together this little inspiration board in the event that I do have time to plan a party. I really don't think I should put that expectation on myself this year, but this is just a nice little dream of what I'd do if we were moving in sooner. I may file this idea away for next year, though!
I'm just so looking forward to being in our home and making memories there with my family, no matter if that means having pizza delivery for Audrey's party or something elaborate and homemade.
What are you looking forward to this month or this upcoming fall?!