The Nardiello Family

The Nardiello Family: April 2014

The Nardiello Family

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Past Two Weeks

It hasn't been a month but it has been damn near close to a month since I posted. Let me briefly go over the last maybe two weeks in no particular order....

Packed a 3500 sq ft house, had PODS delivered, went to Home Depot for boxes x10, started keeping Mary at home during the week, applying for jobs, turning in a car, buying a car, celebrating Easter, unpacking boxes, moving boxes to an apt, setting up an apartment, White House Easter Egg Roll, closing on the old house, sitting in the DMV for endless hours, driving to SC, a wedding, driving home from South Carolina and trying to keep my sanity.

Yeah TWO weeks...all that happened. Not to mention today is our 8th Anniversary and honestly we haven't even had a second to sit down today to say Happy Anniversary.

The new house is coming along, we have electrical and we went and put in the cable placement and the prewire for the speakers in the kitchen and family room. The front porch has been put on and you can see the molding getting ready to go up, too bad it's raining and 50 degrees today.

Mary's sleeping sucks, yes, sucks. It's been taking hours to put her to bed, I mean how could it not with all that is going on. Some nights we were just too tired to even bother and just let her stay up. Well, we all know that is not the right move. Then of course after losing two hours of your evening putting her to bed, you get to get up at 2:30am because hey, she is screaming again. The fact that my eyes even open is close to a miracle. Tonight, I started her back at 7pm in hopes she would be sleeping by 8:30-9pm. The man upstairs was looking down on me, because she was asleep by 7:15. Who wants to bet this bites me in the ass?

Staying home with her is entertaining to say the least. Some days feel like they last a week while others go by pretty quickly. Her favorite part of the day is usually going to pick up Henry at daycare. Probably, because she is happy to get away from the crazy lady who is keeping her all day. We are adjusting and running errands. If you need an errand run, let us know, because honestly, some days I talk myself into running an errand, just to get out of this 900sq foot apartment.

All in all we are above water and we are looking forward to the new house. A lot of stress was relieved when we knew they closed last Thursday. It was one of the best phone calls we had received. We were able to relax for a few days.

I'm hoping now that things have calmed down, I can get back to blogging on a more regular basis.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Silly Girl

A local photographer in Brambleton posted about needing some toddler models to build her preschool business, so I signed Mary up. We went over to her house and she was able to catch some great shots of Mary. This one being our favorite.

It totally captures her and her mischievous self. She was being a Diva that day so I am happy we were able to get one that I love.

If you are in Brambleton or the Ashburn Area contact Kate for some family photos. Here is a link to her webpage...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Golden Ticket

What were you doing at 4:45am this morning? I'm guessing most of you were still sleeping. ..not me, I was registering Henry for Kindergarten.  Yes, at 4:45am, I walked up to the elementary school and sat in line with a 100 of my newest friends.

When I arrived,  I wasn't too far from the front. The first person got there at 3:30! They don't even open the doors until after 8 and I thought waiting 3 hours was bad. I brought a chair and a blanket with me, along with US Weekly and got cozy. Most of the time you just talked to the parents around you and waited.

Now, most of you are thinking, it's a public school of course you get in...nope. We live in a community where we have way more kids then spots. There are only a 150 spots and after that, you would get bussed to a school further away. This is why so many parents wait because who wants a 5 year old to be bussed across town at 6:45am.

We finally hit 7:30 and you get to see life around the school.  You watch the teachers arrive and the parents forming the "pony express" (car pool line - we are the Creighton Colts..get it) and hope you friend sees you to bring you coffee and she did! It was much needed to make that last hour.

Finally the doors open and you file in. I ended up being #16. After you get your number, you get cozy on the bleachers and wait to be called.

Of course the PTA is there selling t shirts and of course I bought Henry one. Hey, it felt like I was waiting for concert tickets so a t shirt was a must to show my dedication.

The rest was pretty quick. There were stations and they call your number. You better make sure you have everything because at this point you don't want to hold anybody up. First station photo copies,  2nd station. .nurse and then the golden registration ticket table. Review paperwork,  make sure you signed everything and bam...four hours of waiting is over and you feel accomplished.

I didn't even have time to be emotional about my baby going to Kindergarten. Maybe when we take him over the summer for evaluation, I will be but right now, I'm going nap.