Sunday, February 22, 2009

He's Here!!!

Ethan Grant Hartley was born on Feb. 9, 2009!!! He weighed 8lbs 14oz and was 20 inches long. He is a very sweet and mellow baby, the only time he really cries is when he is getting his diaper changed. His sisters adore him and are constantly showering him with hugs and kisses.

We're a little late getting the news out because his birth was followed with some complications for me which resulted in an extra week in the hospital. But we're all home and healthy now and we're excited to have Ethan in our family!

Pictures of Ethan

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hello Seattle!!

We are just about settled into life here in Seattle. Clark has been at his job for about a month and loves it, we found a great house in a great neighborhood, Isabelle started school and we're starting to make some friends in our ward and neighborhood. Here are some things we love about living here:

-The neighborhoods are wonderful! Everything is so clean and nice and there is a park or a playground on almost every block.

-Half day kindergarten. I LOVE half day kindergarten. Isabelle is in the afternoon class so we don't have to wake up and rush out the door. We walk her down to the bus stop at 11:15 and she's home by 3:20. I am amazed at how much she learns in just those few hours at school, it seems like she does more in those few hours that she did all day in her previous school. Isabelle loves it too. She loves her teacher and her class and has made lots of new friends.

- We are so close to Costco!!! Oh Costco, how we've missed Costco!! Since moving here we have spent a lot of time and a whole lot of money at Costco.

-The people are so nice here! I went to Target and an employee came up to me and asked if I needed help and then actually took me to the aisle I needed! If you've ever been to a store in Owings Mills you would know why this made me so excited. And it's not just the people at the stores that are nice, it's just the people in general here are nice.

-The cost of milk. Wow. In Maryland we were paying $4 a gallon, here it's $1.98. We'll be able to go on a vacation with all the money we're going to save on milk!

-The bus system. Clark has gotten familiar with the bus system here and has found it to be a great way to get to work. He doesn't have to deal with traffic or parking, it's great.

We found a fabulous house to rent until we find something we love enough to buy. Things we love about our new place:

-So much space!
-2nd floor laundry room (I'm never going back to laundry in the basement!)
-2 1/2 baths, we've never had more than one bathroom!
-Walk in closets. Wow. I've never had this much room for clothes, now I need to go shopping!
-A walk in pantry in the kitchen
-A garbage disposal (I've never had one, now I don't think I'll be able to live without it)
-Gas stove. I've always heard how gas stoves are so much better than electric and now I believe all the hype.
-My absolute favorite thing about the house is that it has a huge soaking tub in the master bath.
-It's in a great neighborhood with lots of kids that are the same ages as our kids, in fact there are 2 little boys on our block that are in Isabelle's kindergarten class and one of them has a sister Kate's age.

Here are some pictures of our new place.

Good-bye Maryland!!!

Good-bye Maryland, Good-bye Owings Mills! Here are a few things we're really going to miss:

-All of our great friends (how will we live without the Clausers?)

-Being so close to Aunt Cherie (luckily Southwest runs some great sales so she can visit often)

-The wonderful Hampstead ward

-Being close to DC and all the great stuff there

-The metro (yeah it could be scary but it was so convenient!)

And of course we're going to miss our house. 15 Walk Ave. was our first house, we put a lot of work into that house and we had some really great memories there: pool parties, campouts, birthday parties and holidays. We were lucky enough to sell our home quickly to some great people, hopefully they'll enjoy it as much as we did! Here are some of our last photos of Walk Ave (I can't figure out how to get the pictures to post where I want them so the post starts with our last pictures of Walk Ave., you get the idea).