When I met my husband and saw Philadelphia for the first time through his eyes, I fell in love with him and I fell in love with Philadelphia. I call it “the city” even though it’s not The City, and I have loved being in walkable distance to so much culture, good food, and fun activities for the whole family.
We’ve now lived in our home for over four years, a blink to some but a lifetime to us. Raffi came here as a baby, and our other two little ones have never known another home. At the end of the summer we will be moving to the suburbs, a path I laughed at before and swore I would never take. But here we are.
We are so excited for so many reasons. A yard! A pool! No rules but our own! A home to truly decorate! No stairs when bringing groceries home! Bedrooms for each child! Being close to family! Having room for guests and parties! It’s so, so bittersweet too though. Our home in Philadelphia is the first place either of us have put true roots down since we were children. It will be hard to leave, but we are looking forward to making memories for the rest of our lives in our new suburban home.
I’m someone who lives in the moment but also looks ahead. We had been looking for a home in a specific area for months but hadn’t intended to leave Philly for another year, in time for Raffi to start kindergarten in the suburbs. But our dream house came on the market and we couldn’t let it go. Trig and I walked in, looked at one another with goofy grins and immediately knew that home had to be ours. So now we are packing and planning and organizing our lives so that we’re ready for this next step, which is coming in just days instead of weeks, or months.
We’re moving, but this isn’t the end of Philly for us. I said Rhode Island would always have my heart, but now Philly does too. And it always will.
How is it possible that in the blink of an eye my second child is already 3 years old?
I used to religiously follow a blogger who doesn’t blog anymore. I would laugh at her little anecdotes about her girls and smile thinking of the day when I would have similar stories to tell. I know I need to embrace these moments now because soon they won’t be little snuggly buggly kids anymore. That blogger’s girls are tall and grown up and can read and write and do so much more. I’m in shock every time I see them on Facebook because in my mind they are still those little girls.
That was vague and awkward but what I’m trying to say is that I know this time is fleeting and I try to remember that every single day and to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly. Seems like just yesterday I was announcing Raffi’s pregnancy and now we have 3 kids!
Here are some random thoughts about Alessandra as she turns 3:
1. The girl still loves cheese, and food in general. Remember this video? She is still as passionately in love with cheese as she was then. She is also known to ask to eat something about 30 times a day.
2. Every morning Ali asks what she can wear that day, and like a stereotypical girl loves picking out clothes, getting dolled up, putting on makeup and getting her nails done. Here she is with Auntie Alexis getting her lip gloss before going out to dinner:
3. I love that Alessandra will go with the flow, try anything, and make friends with everyone around her. She is equally as happy sitting in a coffee shop “reading” magazines as she is playing soccer.
4. Ali loves her siblings to the max. Sometimes she loves them too much! Valentina usually whines a little when Ali gets too close as Ali has been known to hug Valentina until she falls down, squeeze her cheeks really hard, and in general play rough. She is also the first one to check on her siblings when someone gets hurt and tries to be a little momma all the time.
5. Music is a huge part of all of our lives, but Alessandra shares Raffi’s love of the Jersey Boys soundtrack. Her favorite song is “My Boyfriend’s Back” but she calls it KAY-DA. KAY-DA = Hey-la, hey-laaaa my boyfriend’s back. She cracks me up.
A few more random thoughts. Ali loves washing her hands with too much soap. She stopped sucking her thumb 2 or more weeks ago. Her favorite breakfast is Honey Nut Chex dry with a cup of milk on the side. She loves drinking Trig’s morning smoothie and adores cantaloupe. She thinks of everyone in her family and loves to be surrounded by everyone. She can rough-house and keep up with the boys, even much older kids, and enjoys having her best friend Bella come over for playdates. She and Bella always get into trouble, painting their own nails or hiding in a corner eating contraband. Ali is our goofball and loves to make everyone laugh.
I think she will be that way forever. I hope she is that way forever.
P.S. We let Alessandra pick anything she wanted for her birthday present. Her decision? She asked for a homemade carrot cake like last year…. and an electric pencil sharpener. Seriously! She makes us laugh