In only a few short weeks, we will be leaving this house that holds so many memories. I thought it might be fun to do a photo post and take a stroll down memory lane.
We have been in this house 3 years and 8 months (as of the end of March 2014). There are so many special things to remember that it is hard to limit this post to the truly memorable ones from each year but I’ll try. To keep this as short as possible, I’ve not included Christmases or any special holidays, though those do hold some special memories for us.
Warning – lots of photos ahead. I’ve given links to some old posts but you don’t have to read them unless you really want to.
We found this house in June 2010 after a month of intense searching. We had seen many other places, including one just down the street from this one that we almost took, but this house was the one. The photo below was taken just before going to see it for the first time.
Logan, 2 yrs. 7 mos.; Lila 14 months.
We moved into the house in July. This is what the balcony looked like before we put the wire mesh up for the kids’ safety.
I took photos of the house when we first moved in, but the flash had died on my camera so they came out dark. If you want to see them, click here.
Shortly after that we bought a new camera, so the rest of the pics from that time are clear. The balcony became a favored play area, enabling Logan and Lila to be outside without having to leave the house. I was pregnant with Scarlett at the time, and did not always have the energy to take them to the park. This balcony is the main reason we took this house.
Logan celebrated his third birthday.
The big event of 2010 was, of course, Scarlett’s birth. You can read the story here and here.
5 days old.
Lila celebrated her second birthday.
And she caused me a great deal of stress. Read this story to see how she terrified me when she was only 2 yrs, 1 mo. old, and this one about all the trouble she caused as a toddler.
Logan began preschool.
He also had his first stage performance during his school’s annual day. Daddy had to stand with him to keep him in place.
Logan is furthest right in the back.
Logan celebrated his fourth birthday and Scarlett her first.
Lila and Scarlett kept each other company when Logan was at school.
Logan had his first sports day at school. Click here to read the funny story of how he did.
We started making our own popsicles regularly.
And we got a new pool for the summer (and the rest of the year).
Logan graduated from preschool.
Logan and Lila went for their first summer day camp. And you won’t want to miss the story of the longest power cut we had in this house, that happened on this day.
Logan 4 1/2; Lila 2 weeks shy of her third birthday.
Lila celebrated her third birthday.
Lila began preschool and Logan move up to kindergarten.
Lila had her first annual day performance. This was also her first public performance.
Lila is furthest left.
During an all-night power cut, I almost burned the house down.
Logan celebrated his fifth birthday and Scarlett her second.
We took the train to Mangalore to visit Nana Mable.
This year we sent in our applications for Glad’s and the kids’ visas, and began the long wait for them to be processed.
Logan and Lila took skating lessons for a few months. You can read about it here.
Lila had her first sports day.
Lila graduated from preschool and Logan from kindergarten.
Lila celebrated her fourth birthday.
Logan and Lila had a home school year, since we had no idea how long the visa processing would take. I’ve not covered grades so much as focus areas for both of them. Logan has focused on writing skills and printing neatly. Lila focused on learning to read and write. Both have made so much progress and have learned a lot this year.
Scarlett had her first major accident that scared me.
Lila and Scarlett both had their first beauty shop hair cuts.
Logan celebrated his sixth birthday and Scarlett her third.
And we ended the year by driving to Mangalore to spend Christmas and New Year’s with Glad’s mom, his sister and her family.
This house has brought us many adventures. I just spent I don’t know how long going over old posts, looking for things that have happened here that would make interesting reading. It’s good I’ve kept all these records, because my brain just can’t hold so many memories.
If you are really curious, and you have a crazy amount of time on your hands, you can read everything I’ve posted from the time we first moved in to this house. Just go up there where it says “Previous Writings” and select June 2010 as your starting point. Everything after that, up ’till now, happened in this house. Well, except for any travels, of course.