Missed a whole week…first fail

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Me, the girls, and Mushy

I just realized today that I didn’t post last week. Non-stop action packed fun, that’s what’s been happening! Ok so there’s been some fun but a lot of schooling, organizing, unpacking, cooking, and general momming. Again, I have to ask, why are the boxes multiplying? If you saw how much I threw out, donated, and sold, you too would wonder how I am still unpacking. We even had a dumpster for two weeks.

With the holidays upon us we have really been trying to savor this time with our little ones while they’re little and not stressing over house stuff. That being said, the day after we savored, there’s moments of insanity and throwing boxes out of the garage door in an “effort” to organize. Our annual holiday party is approaching in less than three weeks and all of our guests are family or like family so much that I am in no way worried that they’ll judge what our new home looks like. However, I would like them to walk in and love it as much as we do! I’m so excited for all of those people to be with us celebrating (extra so for ones who moved away and we miss so much).

Homeschooling is still going splendidly thank God. The girls are still loving it and I think I am still doing a great job of helping them. We added Bible and Geography to the subjects they are learning. We eliminated as much Science as they were doing. Occasionally I’ll throw in a fun science project but what they were doing was not necessary. Natalie keeps insisting that she wants to continue homeschooling next year and start fresh in middle school/6th grade. I guess I’m doing something right?!

In the past few weeks we had lunch with Santa with some of our besties, went to Rockefeller Center with Mushy (aka my mom), cut down our Christmas tree (not completely decorated), met more nice neighbors, mailed our official letters to Santa and Christmas cards, welcomed back our Elf on the Shelf, Sprinkles, had a Junior Girl Scout meeting, playdates with the girl’s new, sweet neighbor friend, donated to a local foundation and two families in town, surprised the girls with Annie tickets with Mushy, and more!

It’ll probably be the day before our Christmas party that’ll be the day I finally take some good pictures of the house to post for you all to see. If it gets hectic, you might just get to see a whole bunch of pictures filled with our loved ones having a jolly time…bonus for everyone!

During this season I hope that everyone is taking time to give a little to those less fortunate, those who serve our country so we can have our freedom, and those who just need a little cheer! Enjoy the little ones, enjoy the elderly, enjoy the happiness from those who don’t always have it and enjoy enjoy enjoy!

One Day To Just…

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Thankful on Thanksgiving!

Let me preface this post acknowledging that I live a very American-Dream like life. But…yup here’s the but…I would just like one day to just sit and be. You feeling me moms out there? Sitting, drinking copious amounts of coffee, snuggling my girls and dog under the blankets, reading a little, taking a too long hot shower and just being. We’ve been purging, packing, in limbo with the closing, living out of boxes, moving, reflooring, painting everrrrrything, still semi-living out of boxes, attempting unpacking, and it’s never ever ever ever ending.

Today is Thanksgiving and today of all days I shouldn’t be whining like a toddler. I am beyond thankful this year for my incredible family, my new, lovely home and what is to come in the year ahead! This weekend I will continue to enjoy our home by finishing painting the girls closets so we can unpack their boxes. Shaun will install all the new moldings so we can then put the furniture where it should be. We will unload the bins and bins of RV stuff that are in the garage and should be in the basement. And on and on and on…

We are so blessed to be able to move into our home and be able to make all of these changes but it’s a bit more overwhelming and time consuming than I ever dreamed. Shaun’s grandmother said to me today that moving is exhausting and would be if you moved just across the street. Truer words couldn’t be spoken!

Along with trying to assemble a life in our home, the girls and I are homeschooling all morning long. Normally they’d go to school and I would power through getting stuff done around the house and errands but it’s a group effort to do those things now which is delayed by about 3 hours of learning/teaching. Thankfully the girls have expressed how much they are loving homeschooling, phew! The only thing that they miss is seeing their friends every day. I get it, because I’m missing my day-to-day life a bit too. It’s an adjustment and a short life phase. Next September they’ll go back to public school and we’ll be right back into the life we had this past September and those before it. I’m sure when that happens we’ll all miss homeschooling lol. Double edged swords we so often carry.

I know that once our house is settled and we get into more of a rhythm of our new day-to-day we’ll acclimate. With the holidays coming, my absolute favorite time of year, we have a lot of fun to look forward to. Our annual Christmas party, a few shows my mom and I are surprising the girls with, a Santa lunch, opportunities to help others, Christmas service, Christmas music and more. In our new home, it’ll be a magical time most definitely.

Not Settling

Don’t let the title of this blog post confuse you. We are positively settling, but not for less, just into more. This house is so warm and already wrapping its arms around us in a way that is hard to imagine anywhere else. Although a bump in the road, the delay in closing and life in boxes longer than anticipated, has really been a blessing by pushing me into a place of contentment at closing time, which was yesterday.

Throughout the week I can’t say I felt as much complacency as I do now. After Natalie, my oldest, was born I experienced some severe postpartum. After Brie, my second, was born I had it again but was slightly more prepared. This move has made me feel like my first postpartum in some ways. The feelings that progressed were unexpected, intense, numbing, and ultimately confusing.

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Just me & my girls

After we slept in the new house for the first time I didn’t feel any different. It was a similar feeling to waking up in a vacation house. The boxes stayed packed and we were living out of luggage in the days following because the rooms weren’t painted, the closets weren’t finished, and the floors were not completed. Some great news for everyone reading, the floors are finished! The master closet is also finished! And we are working on the painting epidemic but it’ll happen along with a lot of electrical work. With a lot left to do and we are all thankfully comfortable with a slow settling, we haven’t had anyone over yet and probably won’t for a few more weeks. Just us living and melding into our new space.

In my life I have not moved a lot and so I connect myself emotionally and physically to my home. Our last house, was all our daughters knew, the place our second daughter came home to from the hospital, where our first daughter was potty trained, the place they both learned to swim, every room filled with firsts, some lasts, and a lot of in-betweens. It’s a chapter in our life that has happened and we’re supposed to move on from. Not easy! There’ll be times in the future where Shaun and I will say “remember when” referring to memories in our last home like it was yesterday but the girls, being still so young, won’t remember and these thoughts throw me. The circular motion of bleakness to excitement haven’t stopped for the past week. I hope that the girls’ best and more memorable moments are to come, in this house, and last with them forever.

Family room and kitchen floors during reno, post, and pre-cleaning but still gorg!

Tuesday I started homeschooling the girls. The one major lesson I have learned already is that we have to set boundaries during our homeschool time. Such as, I don’t answer the phone during this time. Monday we played hookie while the floors were being finished and we got errands done, like cleaning the old house and returning our snowboard equipment from last season. Tuesday after homeschooling we caught up with some friends (picture below) at a Girl Scout event at Curly’s Ice Cream. As you can see below, they had so much fun! We are now three days into homeschooling and we are loving it! The decision not to start the girls in a new school mid-year and to live out my dream to home school them seemed to just fall into our laps with our move timeline.

The girls are still involved in their regular gymnastics class, we’re checking out our local library (which we didn’t have one of before) and so much more is keeping us in tune with the rest of the world. We women in my family normally hibernate come cold weather so our slight exclusion from the world is not abnormal for this time of the year anyway. Honestly, everything couldn’t have fallen more into place thank God.

Here’s pictures of Day 2 of homeschooling…in pjs!

 

So, to summarize my chaos of feelings, it’s all bittersweet. The good memories, neighbors/neighborhood, life we had in our old house was beyond amazing and beautiful. However, our new house, home, is nuzzling us and bringing us a different kind of joy. Our family is growing in time together and different kinds of experiences with a future that is so wide open and promising!

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Our neighbors (Whitney, top left, was 9 when we moved in and now she is 16; Cole is 14 yesterday and was 6 when we moved in; Natalie, bottom left was 2 and 3/4 when we moved in and is now 10; Brie was 4 weeks from being born and is now 7+)

Long Live the Valley of Empty Boxes

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The key to it all!

We have officially moved in! We are sleeping, eating, waking up here and all. Thanks in part to my high caffeine intake provided by San Fransisco Bay Fog Chaser coffee, it’s happened! Once the coffee maker changed addresses, then we were officially home.

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It’s happening!

The floors were done! I know you’re happy that I’d stop talking about them now lol. However, we’ve decided to keep the footprint of the kitchen for a few years and have the cabinets painted. So now the flooring, as of Monday, will be throughout my entire house YAY!! So, the glass half full, there’ll be one more floors post.

The painting downstairs will begin in about two weeks. Shaun started painting the girls’ rooms. I, with Shaun’s help, painted the master closet and the new closet system is going in this week. Shaun is finishing up the flooring on the stairs. I am still figuring out where I want all of the furniture. Settling never felt so good!

Thank God for NJ Teachers Convention because the art studio by our new home is having half day art camp and the girls are super pumped to go. During those few hours, I am fitting power box emptying time in, probably clothes because I miss my clothes. We packed most of our clothes about a month ago before the closing was pushed up almost three weeks. Since, we have had limited items that have been washed a lot since, choices will be very welcome. Now that the girls are going to be homeschooled we’ll have A LOT of time together but time to unpack by myself is going to be time well spent.

Homeschooling the girls has always been a dream of mine and I can’t wait to get started. My favorite hashtag is #noschooliscool because I love having the girls with me! It is going to be priceless, quality time together. The girls and I are making excessive lists of topics we want to learn, science projects we want to make, outdoorsy activities to keep us physical, and more. The lists just keep growing and expanding and it’s so exciting!

I do have to say that I am already missing our home, friends, neighbors, and general everyday regular life. On the flip side, I am loving our new home, looking forward to walking the sidewalks, enjoying the view of the beautiful surroundings out of my kitchen window, shopping the local farms, and more! It’s such a change of scenery but totally loving what we are enveloped by. I also found an amazing coffee shop called The Coffee Potter! They make my coffee to perfection and that’s no easy feat.

We are all sharing much love of the office space. The girls and I love when Shaun is home so much and this space will allow him to work at home with more ease! Even if he’s busy working or on the phone, it’s just better having him share space with us. We will also be able to do lunch together, take early morning walks together, and more often than not be together for dinner.

We are truly four solid corners that completes the square shape. The feeling of goodness, happiness, and an exciting future is definitely in the air and I am so excited for it!

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Cheers!

Drawing to a Close, Closing That Is

This has been the biggest reno week I have ever experienced in one of our homes. I’m sore from head to toe but also equally excited for what’s to come. Making this house our forever home and a home we are proud of is my driving force. Last weekend we ripped up the rug on the stairs and hardwood flooring in the foyer and dining room. The worst part was getting it all, nail, dust and splinter filled, from the house to the dumpster. Hands, arms, shoulders, everything hurt!

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Snippet of the flooring

Wednesday the floor dudes started installing my beloved flooring, Cali Bamboo Antique Java from Lowes (no payment taken for the endorsement). Here’s a snippet of what’s been started. Shaun has been a godsend going from eLend to the new house and back to our house for days. We also picked paint colors for all of the bedrooms, family room, and dining room (the current color is visible in the pictures above, just ugh!). The kitchen will be renovated at a later date so the floors in the kitchen and family room will stay for now since those rooms flow together. Forward thinking genius moment, we purchased enough of the same flooring we are putting down now to cover those rooms too so they will mesh perfectly.

On top of that, we also bought mass quantities of white paint to cover the dark moldings and the built-ins. This is going to unequivocally change the downstairs rooms because every single one of the moldings are super dark. Then the light fixtures will be replaced, or in the bedrooms case be added since there aren’t any. If you could see the dining room fixture, you’d know why this is third on the priority list.

The girls are enjoying their extended time in and around town. We had our trunk or treat, Halloween festivities at school, Halloween on our street (which is a BIG deal!), girl scouts, and more. They were excited to have more time at school (they’re still young LOL).

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2017 Trick or Treating in BT

I think we’ve hit the point in the changeover where we are no longer more sad to leave then we are to move. We’ve reached a juncture where we love where we live and do not want to leave but are more apt to go and start our new chapter. I think part of this transition is that we are ready to not be living out of the literal box, ready to be settled into our new home, and excited to be in the place we’re working so hard to make home.

The movers come next week and we will finally move into our new home and start our next chapter. I will post a lot of before and after pictures in the weeks forthcoming. My hope is that by the end of November we’ll be unpacked, painted, finished with some of my projects, and decorated a smidge. It’s essentially like starting anew with regards to decorating since I’ve rid of so much and am not rushing buying shtuff (not a typo but two words joined together) to just fill the spaces but want to really find things we love when we do and do without until then. It’s going to be ongoing and a huge work in progress. It’s going to be a fun trip we are on! So happy we took the leap!

Here’s a picture of one of the things I’ll really miss, my favorite tree in our yard in Fall.

Fall on The Lane

Fall on The Lane

Caffeinated and Calm in the Calamity! Buttt….and it’s a big BUT

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2 Alden Court

One week ago we closed on this gem (not the best pic but the photographer is 7 years old). Saturday we got right to work! Although we love our new house, we bought it for its good bones. As the new flooring was delivered (yay!) Shaun and I got to work ripping out the rugs. This was a bigger undertaking than I ever imagined and a lot of physical labor. I’m coining the term wife labor instead of child labor because I really didn’t sign up for this!

Thankfully the girls were just happy to be in the new house with their essentials, American Girl dolls, gymnastics mats, balance beam, Magnaforms, bikes and their new love, which was so very graciously left for them by the previous owners, a piano.

Then around midday, my mom aka “Mushy”, came to take the girls for a sleepover. This was such a blessing because Shaun and I powered through the cutting, ripping, rolling, and throwing the rugs and pads out our bedroom window. There was sooo much dust I could not believe it! We had to wear face masks almost the whole time. By the time we were done I could not feel my fingertips and the bottom of my feet were completely swollen.

The pic below is about 2/3 of what we ripped out. After, we went back to our boxed up house, scoured for food and passed out exhausted. The next morning we returned to our now carpet free home and started pulling out staples. Oh, I know this is an invigorating life I lead (insert sarcasm overload)! After that, the girls returned, we ate, they played some more, and got ready for a typical Monday.

This particularly vitalizing Monday for me involved a 7:45am meeting, caffeinating, packing, inspector #1, packing, inspector #2, picking up the girls, homework and snack, caffeinating, inspector #3, dinner and crashing in bed.

The original plan was that Friday the movers would come and start Day 1 of the big move. Friday night we have our town’s Trunk or Treat. Saturday is Day 2, the last day, of the move. Sunday was emptying and organizing some kitchen boxes. Monday was the BIG DAY! The closing on our house in BT. The girls last day, and what a fun way to have a last day at their school, will be Tuesday/Halloween. For trick or treating we will enjoy our last Halloween on The Lane with all of our people.

BUTTTTTT plans change and we roll with it. The closing was pushed back a bit. The girls will go to school until NJ Teacher’s Convention week and the movers will also come then too. The silver lining, lemonade from lemons, break in the clouds is that the flooring should be done before we move in and potentially some painting, electrical work, more too.

So for now, we are cracking the tape on some boxes to get some essentials out, but not unpacking anything and the girls will remain in school. We continue to work on the new house and live a little in both places. I vow to continue to remain caffeinated and calm in all of the calamity!

I did get to enjoy coffee by myself Sunday morn on my deck aka my new fav place!

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Morning on the deck

Here’s a beautiful picture of driving to Home Depot for the 3rd time in one day

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Beautiful drives

Guess what’s happening Yesterday?! UPDATED

At 4:30pm today/Thursday, we are CLOSED on our new house at eLend!!!!!!! So exciting and made it a Hamman family event!!!!

 

The hardwood flooring is being delivered on Saturday and I can NOT wait until the rug upstairs is out and the new floors are in. I really can not wait until it’s in the whole house but the top floor is getting done and needs it first. Have I mentioned how much I freaking love these floors…LOOOOOVE! Once there are a few boards down I will post more pics of the lovliness as whole.

Today I finallllly found time to get my hair done. It really needed it! So fresh feeling and new and revived a bit. Pics above. Another big moment this week was buying some furniture for the new house. We had a lot of cheap, hand me down, and generic furniture still because it was easy and just didn’t want to replace it until we knew what we wanted. The move has really opened our eyes to the modge podge and, thanks to my friends (I wish!) Joanna and Chip Gaines, we are going for the farmhouse style. It’s easier when a husband and wife agree on whatever it may be and for the most part in life Shaun and I do, including the style for our new home thank goodness.

A few days ago we ordered our new bed for the master (and a few other things, wink wink) and it was the first time I had something delivered to our new address which was special. Along with that purchase, we also acquired some antique furniture from a buyer for a famous designer. We brought home an apothecary chest, a cobblers storage hutch, two metal stools, a beautiful sofa table I’m going to fixer upper, and my favorite, an old school metal card catalog we will repurpose as a coffee table. If they weren’t stuffed in the garage under some lighting I’ve also purchased, I’d show some pics but it’ll be prettier in the new house so you’re gonna have to wait patiently for the big reveal. Facebook Marketplace has been an amazing place for me to find these really expensive items I think we’ll make the new house our home for a lot less. Also, setting up a Wayfair business account saves 15% on each order too.

I know I’ve said it before but it still befuddles me that I am still throwing bags and bags of stuff away and still donating bags and bags of stuff to Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s so mentally cleansing to do this much cleansing of our crap. How did we acquire this much crap? Reading the above paragraphs may make it seem like I’m a big shopper/buyer but it’s not the norm for me at all. In all honesty we really did get great deals on each and every thing we’ve bought and they’re all pivotal items we need. What I’m throwing out isn’t furniture either it’s just shtuff. I’ve sold or posted any furniture we didn’t want to bring with us so that someone else can use it. At least we are moving with only what we need. The movers first day is next Friday so I still have time to purge more thank goodness lol. I’m moving so fast that I took this picture of me running img_6420rampant by accident with my phone

During all of this cleansing of excess and junk, I have donated about two-thirds of my clothing. One of the best parts of getting rid of the unessential, unworn, or cruddy clothing is that it opens the door to wearing more “adult” clothes and less lounge wear or so I thought anyway. I still find myself wearing sweats and yoga pants, especially during the packing/purging days that have been one after another the past few weeks. I’m still holding hope that once we settle I’ll adapt a new sense of adulting when I get ready in the morning.

Monday I called Shaun at work with tears in my eyes because I had to share with him my feelings. After spending the morning scheduling town inspections, dropping stuff at the school, and packing, I realized that I’m internally confused. Yes I am 100% not in denial that we are packing to move but I don’t feel like I’m going to leave this house at the same time. Ok, ok, ok I know that sounds a little cray cray and like I’m in a state of denial but to clarify, I half feel excited to move to our new house, have a fresh start, etc… but the other half doesn’t feel like we are really going to leave this house, the girls won’t stop attending their school, we’ll still food shop at the same stores, I’ll get mail from the same mailbox, Gilmore will still go out the sliding glass door to the backyard, and it’ll all remain the same. I’m torn.

Ok now that I’ve made the big announcement, it’s time to get back to work aka packing. I’ll have more pictures for you soon so you can see the new abode. Hoping things hit home and my emotions start to level out. Prayers welcome and as always, any advice or helpful hints please leave in the comments.

I ordered business cards and can not wait to show you when they come in! Exciting!

Become a FOLLOWER so you don’t miss any of the fun or at least the emotional rollercoaster I’m riding…

 

Guess what’s happening TODAY?! UPDATED

At 4:30pm today/Thursday, we are CLOSED on our new house at eLend!!!!!!! So exciting and made it a Hamman family event!!!!

 

The hardwood flooring is being delivered on Saturday and I can NOT wait until the rug upstairs is out and the new floors are in. I really can not wait until it’s in the whole house but the top floor is getting done and needs it first. Have I mentioned how much I freaking love these floors…LOOOOOVE! Once there are a few boards down I will post more pics of the lovliness as whole.

Today I finallllly found time to get my hair done. It really needed it! So fresh feeling and new and revived a bit. Pics above. Another big moment this week was buying some furniture for the new house. We had a lot of cheap, hand me down, and generic furniture still because it was easy and just didn’t want to replace it until we knew what we wanted. The move has really opened our eyes to the modge podge and, thanks to my friends (I wish!) Joanna and Chip Gaines, we are going for the farmhouse style. It’s easier when a husband and wife agree on whatever it may be and for the most part in life Shaun and I do, including the style for our new home thank goodness.

A few days ago we ordered our new bed for the master (and a few other things, wink wink) and it was the first time I had something delivered to our new address which was special. Along with that purchase, we also acquired some antique furniture from a buyer for a famous designer. We brought home an apothecary chest, a cobblers storage hutch, two metal stools, a beautiful sofa table I’m going to fixer upper, and my favorite, an old school metal card catalog we will repurpose as a coffee table. If they weren’t stuffed in the garage under some lighting I’ve also purchased, I’d show some pics but it’ll be prettier in the new house so you’re gonna have to wait patiently for the big reveal. Facebook Marketplace has been an amazing place for me to find these really expensive items I think we’ll make the new house our home for a lot less. Also, setting up a Wayfair business account saves 15% on each order too.

I know I’ve said it before but it still befuddles me that I am still throwing bags and bags of stuff away and still donating bags and bags of stuff to Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s so mentally cleansing to do this much cleansing of our crap. How did we acquire this much crap? Reading the above paragraphs may make it seem like I’m a big shopper/buyer but it’s not the norm for me at all. In all honesty we really did get great deals on each and every thing we’ve bought and they’re all pivotal items we need. What I’m throwing out isn’t furniture either it’s just shtuff. I’ve sold or posted any furniture we didn’t want to bring with us so that someone else can use it. At least we are moving with only what we need. The movers first day is next Friday so I still have time to purge more thank goodness lol. I’m moving so fast that I took this picture of me running img_6420rampant by accident with my phone

During all of this cleansing of excess and junk, I have donated about two-thirds of my clothing. One of the best parts of getting rid of the unessential, unworn, or cruddy clothing is that it opens the door to wearing more “adult” clothes and less lounge wear or so I thought anyway. I still find myself wearing sweats and yoga pants, especially during the packing/purging days that have been one after another the past few weeks. I’m still holding hope that once we settle I’ll adapt a new sense of adulting when I get ready in the morning.

Monday I called Shaun at work with tears in my eyes because I had to share with him my feelings. After spending the morning scheduling town inspections, dropping stuff at the school, and packing, I realized that I’m internally confused. Yes I am 100% not in denial that we are packing to move but I don’t feel like I’m going to leave this house at the same time. Ok, ok, ok I know that sounds a little cray cray and like I’m in a state of denial but to clarify, I half feel excited to move to our new house, have a fresh start, etc… but the other half doesn’t feel like we are really going to leave this house, the girls won’t stop attending their school, we’ll still food shop at the same stores, I’ll get mail from the same mailbox, Gilmore will still go out the sliding glass door to the backyard, and it’ll all remain the same. I’m torn.

Ok now that I’ve made the big announcement, it’s time to get back to work aka packing. I’ll have more pictures for you soon so you can see the new abode. Hoping things hit home and my emotions start to level out. Prayers welcome and as always, any advice or helpful hints please leave in the comments.

I ordered business cards and can not wait to show you when they come in! Exciting!

Become a FOLLOWER so you don’t miss any of the fun or at least the emotional rollercoaster I’m riding…

 

Short, Sweet, and Spazzy

In less than one week, six days, on October 20th, we will close on our new house! For a refresher, we close on our current house on October 30th. As usual the majority of this week was consumed with packing and on top of that I also subbed for three full days. I subbed in Brie’s, my younger one, class because her teacher went into early labor (both are doing well thank God). It’s fun to be in their element and see them do their thing. Also, a bonus is getting out of the house, being forced to look like an adult for the day, and seeing the outside world. img_6343On the other hand, being out of the house when I need to do so much within those three full days was not on the docket.

Monday we celebrated Natalie’s tenth birthday at Six Flags Great Adventure. It rained hard in the beginning, turned to a drizzle, and then let up. We went with her BFF, her mom and bro. It was amazing to go during Fright Fest on Columbus Day and ride the rides with no lines and repetitively without even having to get off. The day really couldn’t have gone any better and been more fun.

Thursday night we met one of my closest friends and her daughters who live in our current town for dinner and then we went for ice cream. I refuse to have any goodbyes, lasts, or farewell events and especially with someone I am so close to and who is such a great person and friend. I know that times will come when I say goodbye to some people but I know that my true friends will be in my life for longer than our time here in our current town. This friend, and her lovely daughters, are definitely in our lives forever and I’m so thankful for that bond. Not a million but some great bonds have been formed in our time here and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

This week we emptied our walk-in closet into wardrobe boxes. This after we sold our bedroom set. So now all of our clothes, underwear, socks, etc… are all in boxes that we are living out of. Never did I think that when I got out of the shower I would rummage through three or four boxes to get dressed. It gives new meaning to the phrase “out of the box”. Almost all of the kitchen is packed and that is the hardest part. There’s a lot of paper plates, plastic cups, and other landfill filling items currently being used to eat.

The girls are super excited to have a basement! Natalie (and Brie) got two gymnastics mats as part of her birthday gift. They are more than ready to put them in the basement and get to flipping, handstanding, and whatever else that keeps them going.

Just a heads up, the next blog post is going to be from our new home. So, if it’s delayed a few days or week, please stay tuned and I’ll be back ASAP. It might be short and sweet and spazzy, it might be a few short updates that are short sweet and spazzy but it’s coming…

Here’s a fun picture of me and the girls in the rain this week. All smiling and happy! img_6298