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So, yet again a whole bunch of time has passed between updates and we have two big bits of news:
1.) Katie turned one!! She's doing great. She's getting close to being able to walk, but she doesn't know it yet. She's working on her top teeth, which is just super. She really enjoys walking around (with us holding onto her fingers) and eating bananas.
2.) We're buying a house!! It's in Beaverton, around the Murray and Scholls area, if you're familiar. It's a new neighborhood and new house. Townhouse, technically. It's so exciting that our first house will be a NEW house. It's three bedrooms with 2 baths upstairs and a half bath downstairs. 1 car garage, plus driveway. backyard with patio, fenced. It's great!!

And here you can see a slide show of the whole place. My grandparents were visiting so they are in some of the shots. (password: katiebear)

Our New House from Jen Brown on Vimeo.

Anyone in the neighborhood want to help us move in early June?


Jan. 24th, 2008

2nd interview tomorrow!!! Yay! Wish me luck. edit: Again! Thanks for all the luck (and not luck) the first time around!
Yay! I have an interview with a job that I actually want tomorrow! Yippee. Wish me luck.
Katie has a bit of a cold which is a bummer because she doesn't sleep very well at night. It doesn't seem to bother her too much during the day, though. She's become quite proficient at crawling. Her other party trick is putting her hands one a box and getting up on her knees. Then she pushes the box around the floor. She loves it.
I don't have a whole lot else to say right now. My life just isn't that exciting! Maybe it will be soon. :)

Jan. 15th, 2008

Hate job hunting. Hate, hate, hate it!
So, a lot has happened since I last posted.
Got back to Portland on Christmas day. The very next day we started looking for places to live and three days later, signed a lease for our own place. We found a very apartmenty-apartment in the Mountain Park area of Lake Oswego. It's a nice two bedroom with a huge living room. Good heat, nice closets. It does the trick. It doesn't have a whole lot of character but we won't be here forever.
So we were working on getting settled, unpacking, etc.
My grandmother passed away about 2 weeks ago. She slipped into a coma and died with my mom and my aunt next to her. So last week, I flew out to Rhode Island for three days for her funeral. I'm glad I went. It was a nice trip and it was good to see my mom. I was able to make it back on standby flights about 5 hours earlier than I thought I was going to which was especially nice because it was Jeramie's birthday.
Jeramie started his new job last monday. He had quite the week being a single parent and starting a new job. Luckily, we got Katie started at the Kindercare across the street from our place which is really convenient. She's been doing well and she seems to really like it. She's doing really well at eating more foods and mastering finger foods. She's also a really good stander!
And since last Thursday, I've been looking for a job. I have applied for about 5 jobs and 2 temp agencies. I'm hoping to hear back on something this week. the money would be good and getting out of the house would be really nice. But the job search is going a little bit more slowly than I would have liked. Blarg.
Well, I guess I should get back to it.
So we made it to Indiana. It's been a big week ...
Last Friday was our last days at work. I don't feel like I got everything done that I wanted to but, it was good enough. I feel like I left the organization better than I found it and really helped them turn a corner toward the bigger and better. What more can one ask for when leaving a job?
Our boxes got delivered on Thursday of last week. We didn't start loading them until Saturday morning. Courtney came over and helped watch Katie so Jeramie and I could pack up. Then we had lunch with my mom, Nana, Courtney and her boyfriend Adam at Souplantation. Yum. Then, running around commenced. Went to Target to buy shit and goodwill to drop shit off. Rolling out of goodwill, someone informed us that our tire was flat. Pull over into a parking spot, open the trunk and then a random memory blinks into my head: "Isn't this the car that we don't have a jack for?" Sure enough, the car didn't come with a jack and we've never gotten around to replacing it. So we look around and a block and a half away is an Express Tire. We limp over and they are just closing. The manager didn't want to help us but the guys in the shop were kind enough to change the tire for us. So the next morning, I went back to them, with donuts, to actually repair the flat.
Sunday: Fix tire, trip to Kragen to buy a jack for said car, back home. My mom came and picked up Katie for the day so we could pack. Basically finished loading the box. Had dinner with (and said goodbye to) my mom, my grandmother, and my aunt who had just flown in to help to take care of my grandmother. It was fairly tough. Mostly the grandmother part. I know I'll see everyone else again, but ...
Monday: Had to go back to work to drop off a handtruck that we had borrowed, plus I needed hugs from a couple more people. And they all got to see Katie. Took Katie to daycare and then resumed packing. Took a bunch of scrap wood to the dump. And started packing the car.
Tuesday: Walked Katie up to daycare because the car was already mostly packed up. Took another trip to the dump to get rid of the mattress. We actually got all the way down to the pile where we were supposed to leave the mattress and the people next to it said they would take it instead. That was just fine with us, much better than the vision of it sitting in a landfill for the next 250 years. Jeramie finished stuffing things into every last nook and cranny in the car and the box. Had lunch with Jeramie's dad who then drove our car up to Portland. Shipped the three or four boxes that wouldn't fit. Hand-carried a load of stuff to the thrift store across the street. Courtney came over and we finally started cleaning. We did a really basic, not very good job cleaning. But we were just happy that all of our stuff was actually out of the apartment and that we weren't leaving a pile of discards in the middle of the floor. Courtney drove us over to pick up Katie. Went and checked into our hotel. Courtney ande I went back to the apartment to pick up all the stuff that she was taking and it was a steel. She got a lot of stuff. So much that we spent aboug 45 minutes trying to fit it all in to her car. Drove back to Courtney's house, dropped it off. Called in a pizza order. Back to the hotel. watched biggest loser finale and fell into bed.
Wednesday: we flew to Chicago and met my dad and Cindy and went to my stepsister's house and met her new baby (5 days old!). We came back to Indianapolis on Friday. Saturday we went to a big family gathering over in Columbus and now it's Christmas Eve.
Phew. It's been crazy, but good. We're excited to get to Portland and start looking for apartments. In fact that's what I'm going to do right now!
Merry Christmas everyone.

T minus 1 week

 Aaah! We're flying to Indiana in a week. Yikes. So that means three more days of work, one day until our moving pod thingys arrive, five days until 90% of our worldly possessions get picked up, six days until our car goes away, and well, 7 days until we go away.
Jeramie and Katie and I are all sick. We all keep trading this cold around. Too bad we can't all isolate ourselves from each other for the next few days until it goes away.

It's not helping that we stay up too late packing because we still have a lot of work to do. 

People at work and stuff keep asking me if I'm sad to be leaving. I sort of am. I am sad to leave my mom  and Nana and Courtney. I'm sad that we're not going to get to have Christmas at the beach again. I'm sad that in the last year I've been too busy to do much outside of nuclear family (volunteering, going out, etc.) and maybe I've missed out on parts of San Diego that would have been really cool. But I'm so excited. Just the idea of living somewhere else right now is so phenomenal. I just can't wait to get into a new place and get settled. Even if it's just to pack up and move again when we buy a house (notice the WHEN!!!). I also can't wait for the different vibe of Portland. I can't wait to not have to deal with mean Californians (except for the transplants of course), and just to be in a place where people care more about other people. I know, I know. It's an idealist view of Portland, but that's okay with me.

Katie is so cute right now. She's learned how to clap her hands and so whenever she has a burst of emotion, she'll clap. Babies have this habit of being obsessed with whatever they just learned. When they first learn something, they'll repeat it over and over again, do it right away when they wake up, etc. She first started clapping last week when she had a pretty bad cough. She'd be woken up her cough and then while she was still half-asleep and coughing, she'd start to clap. It was hilarious! She's also getting closer and closer to crawling. A few months ago I said that she was almost there ... well, obviously that's not quite true. But she really is getting there. She gets up on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth and then face plants. Good times. As long as we don't react, she doesn't scream. We took her to the doctor last Friday and she weighs 18lbs 4oz. Jeramie and I got all sentimental looking at some pictures we were packing remembering when she was first born. She was so tiny! She's gained 10lbs 3oz since birth and she's just such a person now. It's really neat. 

Okie, coworkers taking me out to lunch. Yay! I love being treated to lunch. Have a good day, y'all.

This just in ...

I'm bad at updating.
More importantly though, I'm happy to let you all know that Jeramie, Katie, and I are moving to Portland!!!! Jeramie has secured a job with an engineering consulting firm doing proposal writing and such. I don't have something yet, but I'm sure I will. The current plan is to pack up all of our stuff into those nifty pack and ship boxes. They'll get picked up on the 17th. On the 19th, we'll fly out to Indianapolis for Christmas time. On the 25th, we'll fly back to Portland. Camp with the Brown family for a few days while we find a place to live and hopefully be moved in before the end of the year. Phew! It's a huge, very adult move. It's not like we can just throw our stuff in the back of a U-haul and drive all night anymore.
It's sad to be leaving San Diego. So much of our lives has happened here and we're finally in a place that we're comfortable professionally and personally. But we're so excited to get back to Oregon, be able to get a bigger place, buy a house, save money, send Katie to good public schools, send Jeramie back to school at some point, so much is possible up there. San Diego just sucks the cash from us everyday. Ugh.
Our big project now, besides packing, is stocking up on warm clothing for Katie. Poor kid isn't going to know what hit her. One day she runs around in her onesie and the next she'll be like the little brother in A Christmas Story.
so that's the news. I hope that some of you may be back in Portland after Christmas. I would love to see you all!

still here

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick note to let you know that we're still okay with all the craziness in San Diego. It's pretty surreal, but we're a long way from all the action. The air quality is getting pretty crappy and we're trying to keep the baby inside but she's getting a bit of cabin fever.
It's really, really unlikely that the fire could get anyway near us. Basically, the entire city would have to be on fire. Right now, it's mainly the county with the outlying cities and suburbs. So we're okay.
jen and jeramie

Look at me in my cute dress!

I put up a few new pictues on flickr. Click on the pic and it will take you there. I promise there will be more ... eventually!
So it's been a while since we updated but things are going great! Katie is a little over a month old and Jeramie and I are settling into being parents and Katie's getting used to being a baby!
The first week home was such a blur. My mom drove us home from the hospital and helped us out that first evening. I just remember feeling so overwhelmed. Everything would make me cry and I was still so physically incapable. I don't think I've ever been more thankful for my mom. My dad and Cindy were here later that week. which was so wonderful. They were such a huge help. They went grocery shopping for us and drove us to our first doctor's appointment and so much more.
The second week, Jeramie went back to work for about 5 hours a day andit was my turn to really be a mom. The first few days went pretty well. We just kept thinking, "wow, she's such a quiet aby. hardly ever cries, etc." and then the 10th day came!! She figured out she wasn't in her nice watery warm womb anymore and let us know. For about a week, it was really hard. She would just scream and scream! But we've found some tricks and she's settled down a little bit. Plus, her crying just doesn't bother me so much anymore. I've learned to deal with it a little bit better. If she's fed and dry and been held for a little bit and she's still crying, I can't do anything about so why should I go deaf holding her? So I'll put her down and let her scream for a few minutes and then go pick her up again.
So now Jeramie's back to work full time and Katie and I hang out most of the day on our own. Yesterday, though, I woke up with a big headache and I called in sick ... meaning, Jeramie called in sick and gave me a nice day off from being a mom.
Katie's starting to do really cute stuff. She will follow toys and faces with her eyes and holds onto toys for about a minute. I think she's starting to make some little sounds.
Anyway, time for more babyness.



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