Here's a breakdown:
-Move back to the States: We've been in California for almost 7 months now and I think we can say that we are pretty well settled.
-Decorate our house and make it feel like HOME: I'll just say that this is a work in progress. I was off to a good start but once the morning sickness hit I really didn't do much of anything. I still have quite a few projects I want to do but Adelyn's nursery will take precedence. We also know that we will probably eventually move before our time in California comes to an end so I definitely don't want to put a lot of money into buying things particularly for this place.
-Create Emerson's toddler room: I ended up using all of the decor from her nursery and just revamping it a little bit to fit into her smaller room. I have a few more tweaks to make and then I'll be sharing pictures.
-Organize, organize, ORGANIZE: I think I can just say that this is also still a work in progress. The house is fairly organized so the main struggle is just keeping it that way. I can only imagine what it will be like with another kiddo in the mix.
-Set up a playroom in our new home: So I'm sad to say we only have three bedrooms here and that leaves us without a playroom. I did convert a portion of the laundry room into a little art station for Emerson and we have found a way to stash her toys throughout the house but we don't have a dedicated playroom at the moment.
-Complete as many items as we can off of the Toddler Time Bucket List we created based on this one: I have no idea what I did with this list so I'm going to have to chalk this one up as a big fat fail!
-Join and get involved in a church: We've been working on this one since we arrived and I think we may have finally found the place for us. Since it's just getting off the ground it should give us plenty of opportunity to get involved!
-Start selling embroidery projects on the side. I did this for a couple of months but I really slowed down when the morning sickness hit. Then Jesse broke his leg and I decided to shut down shop indefinitely. I may or not return to it but for the time being I'm staying busy with project for E and A.
-Get into a regular date night routine. We had a few date nights when we were still Abu Dhabi but we haven't had a single one since we moved. I haven't really pursued finding a babysitter and I'm not sure when I will.
-Take Emerson on a vacation: I counted our trip to India even though she doesn't remember it!
-Start the transition to a toddler bed: Emerson has been successfully sleeping in her toddler bed since the end of April. She does seem to be outgrowing it so our plan is to buy her a twin size bed very soon.
-Potty Train Emerson- I'd say we are about 95 percent of the way there on this. She's doing great at home and on outings (with a few accidents here and there) while still wearing diapers at naptime and at night. I wrote more about that here.
-Spend LOTS of quality time with my sweet girl: I think I've done a pretty good job at this. Moving here has given us so many opportunities for fun activities and I've been able to take Emerson to do so much. Jesse's injury has also allowed us quite a bit of time together as a family of three!
As with any to do list,once you cross off one thing there seem to be 20 more that pop up. I have quite a few things I feel like I need to get done before January (AKA before I get so huge that I can hardly move!) I'll be sharing those in my next post!