I’ll be back!

I meant to post again before now, but my brother got here, and our long-lost friends arrived, and the holiday took over.

I have a post in the works though, something that will recap my week.

Last week was fantastic, by the way.

Kinda makes real life seem not so vibrant.

But its all good. Bug and I are out running errands today, we will be getting a late lunch with Handsome later, and the sun is shining. It’s a good day. 🙂

More later!

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So Thankful

Last week was simply incredible.

We spent the first couple of days getting things unpacked (still) and cleaning up the house. My brother, and 2 of our best friends, our “adopted” brother and sister, were coming into town, and we were hosting a big shin-dig, which I posted about earlier.

My brother, Tall Guy, arrive Wednesday night. While we were waiting for him to get here, Handsome and Bug and I went out to find our Christmas tree.

This is a very important tree. This is Bug’s first tree, and the first tree in our new house. It needed to be perfect.


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Handsome and Bug checking out the prospects. Bug is our little Goldylocks. This one was too short.

imageShe was fascinated by the trees. I love watching her make new discoveries! (This one was too prickly.)

imageThis one was just right! It even fit our new angel!

imageHandsome tied the perfect tree to the roof of the truck. So exciting! And Uncle Tall Guy was almost here, so we headed home.

imageIt’s me and Tall Guy! Reunited!

Tall Guy helped Handsome get the tree in the stand and brought it upstairs. I didn’t get a picture of that… But there will be more pictures of the tree coming. It’s not decorated yet! But it sure smells good!

We decided to host Thanksgiving in our new house. People thought we were crazy, hosting dinner for 10 (including 2 little kids) after only being in this house for a week and a half. And we probably were. But I was determined to pull it off. And we did!

To start the day off right, I made these.

imageThey are called “holycraptheseareamazing” cookies. And they are. Amazing. I’ll share the recipe soon. I made 2 batches, and am not ashamed to admit I ate more than my share.

imageThis was the spread! We had turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, carrots, asparagus, 2 kinds of stuffing, mock turkey loaf, dinner roast, green bean casserole, 2 kinds of gravy, plus the mandatory pickles, olives, and cranberry sauce. We did not make all of it… about half was contributed by our guests. All of it was delicious.

imageWe washed up our thrift-store china, our cloth napkins that we haven’t used since we got them as a wedding gift, and Handsome set the table. He also trimmed some holly from the bushes outside the front door and decorated the table. It looked so nice!! But holly is sharp! (You can see our tree in the background!)

Tall Guy has the pictures of everyone at the table. I didn’t get them from him before he went back home… But it was so much fun. Good food, good friends, and good conversation. I couldn’t have asked for more from our first Thanksgiving here. It was a busy morning, but amazingly I wasn’t stressed. I loved every minute of it. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

imageEven with all the dishes left behind. And what you see here is only half of them. I’m still not done washing everything. (yes, you see a dishwasher. But the first load I ran needed to be washed again, so I’m just hand washing everything until  further notice.)

For our first Thanksgiving as hosts, in our new home, I couldn’t have asked for a better day. The week continued with visiting more friends on Friday, games Saturday night, and finally sending off our loved ones Sunday morning. I miss everyone already. I can’t wait to see my brother again at Christmas, and maybe even stopping in to see our “adopted” brother and sister and their little boy.

Time for me to go. Handsome wants to decorate the tree tonight!

Friends

Today was a good day. I spent most of it cleaning up the house, setting up our living room, and preparing for dinner.

Oh, and watching these two.

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Aren’t they cute?

Two of our best friends are in town for Thanksgiving. We haven’t seen them in about a year, and we finally got to meet their little boy. Tonight, we invited them and 2 other couples over for dinner. A family reunion. One couple couldn’t make it, but the 6 of us and our kids had so much fun.

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This was dinner. It’s a crappy cell phone pic, but that doesn’t matter. It’s family. We are happy. And even a crappy cell phone pic can’t hide that.

We had spaghetti.

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Oh, and my fantastic, uber awesome hubby made this for dessert. It’s pumpkin cake with a sugar glaze and chocolate syrup.

It’s pretty much amazing.

Just like hubby.

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These are our kids. Three couples are represented in this photo. I can’t put into words how much I love this picture. We all went to school together. We were around each other almost daily for years. We went to each other’s graduations, weddings, and now we all have kids.

Just…wow. I love it.

I love these kids.

And I love their parents.

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And I think I love this picture even more. Squish those cheeks!

And now everyone has gone home. Bug is in bed. It’s just Handsome and I awake now. The dishes are done, the leftovers are put away. It’s quiet. Except for the buzz of one of the dorm refrigerators.

I feel full.

Full of spaghetti and salad.

Full of pumpkin cake.

Full of hot chocolate.

And full of love and life. I have so many things I’m thankful for. I have a beautiful family. We have a new house. We have amazing friends, who are more like family. We have food in our cupboards, gas in our car, lights and water and heat.

And I’m also thankful for the simple things.

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Simple things, like a light over the sink. And a husband who put a bulb in it. Love this.

Tomorrow, we buy our Christmas tree! And we have found the perfect angel for the top. And my brother will get here tomorrow night. And Thursday we will be surrounded by more friends.

And…I think I just might burst.

One Week

Today marks one week in the new house. One whole week.

I’m exhausted.

I figured it’s time I shared the story of this house, because really it’s been a God thing from the beginning.

Handsome and I began actively looking in June for a house to buy. Up until now, we have rented a small, cute house close to where we went to college. It was on a quiet road with a few neighbors and 20 acres behind the house. It was almost perfect for 3 years. But it was built in the 20s and was poorly insulated and had no central heat or air. Our heating bill in the winter was astronomical. And with a baby, we needed something easier to keep warm.

And so the search began.

We decided to look at foreclosures, because they were most likely to be in our price range. We looked at several. Some big, some small. Some with garages, some without. And one that was painted goldenrod yellow inside, over switch plates and outlets and everything.

Then, one hot day in late June, we found it. A split-level with 3 bedrooms and a 2-car garage. In the words of Goldylocks, it was just right.

But the same day our realtor took us to look at it, another realtor was showing it to someone else. We were looking at the house at the same time.

We prayed about it. We loved the house, and we really wanted it. We talked with our parents. And finally we put in an offer.

And then we prayed some more.

And then we got the call that another offer was accepted. Not ours.

I cried.

We prayed.

And we started looking again.

We looked at a few more houses, but didn’t find anything that was just right.

Meanwhile, we started packing the house. We knew we would be moving eventually.

One Sunday afternoon towards the end of September, I was taking a nap with Bug and Handsome was packing in the other room. He told me he had been praying we would find the right house. Then he got the impression to check the HomePath website again.

And right there, at the top of the list of newly posted homes for sale, was the house. The same house we had made the offer on earlier. The same house we had lost. The house that was just right.

And it was for sale again.

He woke me up and told me. I couldn’t believe it. He called his parents. Then he texted our realtor. The next day we went to see the house again. It was still just right.

We prayed.

And then we prayed some more.

And then we made another offer on the house.

And then we waited.

Handsome was getting ready for a work trip overseas for 3 weeks. While he was gone, I was going to be visiting my family out of state.

The October day that Handsome left, while he was on his way to the airport, he got the phone call.

We got the house.

The just right, 3 bedroom, 2-car garage split-level was going to be ours.

And we were not even going to be in the same state for 3 weeks.

The following month was a whirlwind of travel, signing papers, scanning and emailing documents, setting up inspections, and wondering how in the world we were going to pull this off.

We finally signed the final papers on November 7, and they gave us the keys.

Since then we have hardly had time to make the move, Handsome has been working overtime on some big projects at work. But most of our things are at the new house. We are still making trips back and forth to the old house to bring things to the new house.

And don’t even ask me how unpacking is going…

But our new house is still just right.

More importantly, our new house is ours.

New Beginnings

This is a big year for firsts.

In May my husband and I had our first child.

In November we bought our first house.

This blog will share some of our adventures as parents and homeowners.

Thanks for reading.

Bathtime

I really didn’t think I’d have something worth writing about happen so soon, but Bug made sure I did.

Bug was in her exersaucer, bouncing away. I was steam-cleaning the carpet in her room. Bug rumbled.

Now, this was not a hunger rumble. Nor was its vocal rumble. No. This was an icky rumble. I immediately scooped her up and checked for leakage. This girl always leaks.

I didn’t see any signs of leaks, so I brought her to her changing pad, layed her down, and that’s when the trouble started.

Kick! Kick! Kick! Leak! Leak! Leak! Her outfit was toast, a true test of the powers of Oxyclean. And in the process of getting her clothes off her, well, you get the picture. It was bathtime.

Her dresser is still in the garage, due to her carpet getting cleaned. So I carried my naked 6-month-old down to the garage. I grab the first outfit I find, and Bug decides now would be the perfect time to spit up. She is naked, after all. Luckily she missed her clean outfit (how, I’m still not sure).

Back upstairs, I need to clean the tub. I stick bug in her carseat, its the closest thing I can find. While I’m cleaning the tub, Bug goes after her toes, folds in half, and now has the carseat like a turtle shell. She almost flipped.

So now my naked baby is buckled into her carseat and sitting in the middle of the bathroom.

Baby shampoo has leaked. All over everything. Rinsing that gets suds all over everything.

Finally the tub is clean, we are ready! I pull the drain so the tub will fill. It takes a while, but finally its deep enough for Bug.

But its draining. By the time I get Bug unbuckled and in the water, half of it is gone. So she got bathed with the water running. That’s a first.

Did I mention that through all this, Cat was weaving in and out between my feet? Going upstairs and down, Cat was there. In the tub, out of the tub, Cat was there.

But my little Bug smells so much better now!

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Our new home

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This is our house. That’s fun to say, “our house.” Up until now, Handsome and I have rented. It wasn’t too bad either. But to be able to say this is OUR house, well, there’s nothing quite like it.

We are still settling in. We’ve been in this house for 4 days so far. I’ve gotten my new kitchen cleaned and I’m still working on unpacking.

I’m also attempting to shampoo the carpets with our friends’ steam cleaner. I think that thing doesn’t like me much. It worked fine when I was on the phone with its owners. But now…

I hope to post some nice pics of our home soon. But my camera
is currently in a box. Somewhere. Unlabeled. Until I find it, I will do my best with pics from my phone.

Bug just woke up from her nap, so it’s back to steam cleaning I go!