update - 08/28

Well, we're still trying to find a house. Seems we've been looking and looking and just not having any luck at all. There was one house we liked, but won't pay what they want for it. Another we were about the go see (and then probably make an offer) but right before we went to see it, the sellers pulled it off the market. Today we were planning to see 2 more, but they either sold or were pulled off the market... AS we were on our way there.
I just don't know what more to do now. There's nothing more out there. I mean, we'll keep looking, but really we've looked at everything in the price range, within nearly an hour of Brandon. And there's nothing. And probably nothing much more will be coming up, as it's nearing the end of the selling "season". So I'm not sure where exactly that leaves us. I guess we just hope that the house we're renting doesn't sell out from under us, or we'll really be up a creek then!
So, Josh is busy getting to the school some days and getting things all planned out and ready. I don't envy him, that's for sure. I don't know how he's able to handle thinking about going - I'd be SO nervous! Maybe he is, but not letting it show? I don't know.
I'm busy with the kids, as always. Now that fall is coming, things will be starting up again, like play groups and my MOTS group, so we'll have to get more of a schedule figured out for us. That's not a bad thing, I don't think!
I'm also going to be putting Ruthie in dance class one night a week. She's very excited to "do ballet". :o) I can't wait to see her!! She wants to get tap shoes and pink ballet shoes... unfortunately that level only wears black ballet shoes... but I'm sure she won't care once she's going!!
Zech and Isaac are busy just being themselves! They're happy and healthy, as always. Isaac's smiling all the time, and has just started laughing at times. He can't quite control it yet, though! We'll have to try to get a video of him laughing to share with you all. It most definitely is one of the best sounds in the world!
And that's about it for now. I hope that the next time I update it will be with news of our new house. Kepp fingers crossed for us!


Isaac is 3 months old!! - 08/19

Well, that about says it all. Isaac Benjamin is 3 months old today! I can hardly believe he's been here for 3 months all ready, though in many ways it seems he's been here forever.
There are more pictures and videos uploaded on our website for you all to see!! A really funny video of Zechie on there, being his normal ham self!
Things are going pretty good here. Josh has been down to the school a couple times getting things prepared, and he did a ton of work through the summer here at home - lesson plans and such. Just a couple weeks left of summer vacation and then he becomes "Mr. Baker"!
We're still working on finding a house for ourselves. We made an offer on one, but it wasn't accepted, and the lowest the sellers will come down to the house just isn't worth. So, that one's not going to work! We made an offer on another one today, which wasn't accepted either, but the sellers made a counter-offer so it's left to us to think about it and either say yea or nay.
I'm feeling very worried and scared about all of this. Buying a house is SUCH a huge step, and I hate that we really can't afford to do it. Though, we also can't really afford to throw money away for another year or more renting. I just hate having to ask for help from our parents. We appreciate everything more than words can say, but it's not a good feeling to not be able to make things work, to make ends meet sometimes.
So, I'm not sure what we're going to do about this house. I thought yes for sure, right up until they came back with their counter-offer. I was hoping, I guess, for more of an offer back from them, or at least that they were still willing to negotiate, but they're firm on what they've decided and that's it. So, I don't know!
...and I'm trying to put some pictures on here, but the website's not really working right right now, so I'll have to post this and try to get pics later.
Bye, all!


few more pictures - 08/10

Here's a few of the kids taken while we were in Souris (town about 30 mins from Brandon). Zech's pretty good about pictures when it's just him in them, but not so great when we try to get all of the kids together!!

Hello! - 08/10

Hello All! It's been a while since we've been on to update, but have no worries - all is well with all of us! Just very busy!! We've been enjoying Josh's time off this summer, getting out every day and going camping a couple times with friends. Ruth and Zech have really had fun having Daddy home so much - I'm not sure how they'll react when he has to go teach all day! But I'm sure they'll adjust.
Isaac's growing, though not quite like a weed. And that's good seeing as how he started out so big!! He had his 2 month check and needles on July 31st. He's now 12lbs 5oz and 25 inches. He's actually lighter than Ruth or Zech were at 2 months, though he's the same length as they were at 4 months!! No wonder he's long and skinny! He did well with his needles, no reactions other than a little fever, but easily treated with Tempra.
I'll post a few pictures here, and I've put a bunch more onto the website (the photos and videos link).
Here's one of Isaac I really like! Such a snugglebug, he is.
Here's a couple I LOVE of him - especially the face in the first one!!
Some of Ruth and Zech with Isaac.