Thursday, April 17, 2008

Oh Joshua Tree

These past few days have been pretty hectic around the apartments. We’ve had several vacancies, 30-day notices, and no waiting list. Then everything changed and everyone became interested in the apartments. We’ve had to let vendors in, potential residents had to be shown apartments, paperwork had to be done for new residents, walk-throughs for move-outs/ins… We’ve been very busy and stressed. Joshua has been a good sport throughout the entire ordeal – although he is trying to come up with new cries to get our attention.

Yesterday Joshua decided to not take an afternoon nap on yet another busy day. The plumbers were supposed to come but called 15 minutes before to cancel; our cleaning lady was coming just in time for Joshua’s breakfast; I had to finish cleaning an apartment for a move-in later that day; Amanda had to get all the paperwork ready for the move-in; two different people were bringing their reservation deposits by in the afternoon (one of which wanted to look at their new apartment); and our financial advisor was coming that evening.

Back to the Joshua incident. One of the couples had come by to drop off their reservation deposit while Joshua was finishing up dinner and we were getting ready to start ours. Amanda invited them in to get a receipt. Amanda, Joshua and this couple were in the dining area, and Joshua started to cry very hard. I tried calming him down but he kept getting upset each time he’d look over and see that the couple was still there. I cleaned him up and got him out of his chair, but he really wanted Mama. The couple left and Joshua was placed in his mother’s arms where he nuzzled up to her. He still had the sniffles a bit. We were trying to figure out what could have caused him to burst out into tears (lack of nap, shots from day before, the guy’s beard, getting more teeth finally) when Joshua did a strange thing. He laughed. It was his haha laugh. It sounds fake and is hilarious and it was especially hilarious after all the crying he had done.

What a goofball.


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