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All I have for now….

Snapshot of our backyard from our little balcony. The black plastic is where our future garden will be.

I have been terrible about taking pictures since we’ve moved into our new house; both of the family and of the house itself.  This is all I have for now. It’s going to be a while before the house looks like I want it to. And the habit of picture taking needs to be reheated. Moving into a big empty house that needs to be filled just before a baby is born is not the easiest thing to do.  So many things on my to do list or my want list.

That house you see between the trees in the background the one with the white pillars is ours

Even though we are doing the midwife thing again which apparently is waaay less expensive than a hospital birth, we still have to come up with that extra expense somehow, not to mention all the baby stuff that I’m basically starting over with. I have a crib (minus the mattress) and some blankets…but that’s it.

We have 3 nice little apple trees that make for a nice shady spot in the back yard!
I love the Wellsville mountains so close!

Thankfully I have an amazing friend who spread the news to another mutual friend who just had a baby boy and is looking to pay it forward with baby clothes! I can’t believe how lucky we are with that! What a blessing.

But I do love this house.  Ya, it smells like old house (built in 1909) and it has more cracks in it than the great wall of China which allows all sorts of bugs in.   It does have it’s quirks and I’d probably never buy it but I love all the space. I love the charm is has with it’s 10 ft ceilings and wood trim around all the doorways and the 1.5 ft baseboards. I love the kitchen cabinets to the ceiling that I thought I’d hate because of the color. I love the huge porch that someday I’ll get to decorate. I love the huge yard with the old barn and horse. I love that Lucie finally has her own room. I love that it’s already becoming home.

The plans for the future are uncertain. Our ultimate goal is to someday build our own house (it’s a dream of David’s) and I think that it’ll happen. We just don’t know exactly when…or where for that matter. So for now we are setting up shop here.

I’m excited to bring baby boy no name into the world in this home. Here’s to hoping that I can have the ability to ‘nest’ to my liking as it’s a big part of giving birth comfortably, naturally and painfree at home (more on that later).

 

Life as Expected

That’s a joke. You got that right? Life is never as expected. We’ve been anxiously waiting to move out of our apartment for months. The time was getting closer, I would try to bridle my searches of our next home. Our hopes were high, things were moving in the right direction.

Then the neighbors get the windows smashed in by a phys-co path and we’re outta there. In with my parents only very temporary while we search for the perfect rental.

Look at several, not exited. Think maybe it’s not the right thing. So we stay put for a bit longer. We start thinking about the real possibility of buying our own house. We look, we wait, we talk we have to wait so we wait some more.

Buying a house right now is not the best choice for us so we rent. Looking again, look at a few and find one!

Not at all what or where I would have expected way back in March of this year but I have to faith that things progress they way do sometimes for no reason at all but that Heavenly Father will make the best of our choices…meaning we will learn and grow in the way we’re supposed to.

If I told you I was smiling from ear to ear about renting for another year I’d be lying. I am not excited. I am not happy about being under the wrath (haha) of another landlord. I am not excited about not having the freedom to do what I want with the space we’re living in.

But I am excited about having own space again and A LOT more of it. Our last apartment was about 800 sq ft I believe.

I have LOVED living with my parents. The boys have LOVED IT even more. The yard here is dreamy. I can nap on the couch while they play outside and not even have one little worry. I could go on about why we have loved it but it’s just time to move on.  I need to nest.

Another thing that was not expected was that we are having another baby BOY! I really was smart enough not get my hopes up either way, sure a girl would have been so fun but I knew there was just a good of change that it was a boy. Somehow still when that sonogram revealed the gender I was surprised!

But boy am I excited.

I always wanted all boys!!

So here is to the next several months where the expectations I have of Ben going to kindergarten and William to preschool, the new house, the new baby and our financial status will probably be totally wrong! But right!

In the words of Catherine Thomas, “What is, is right.”

Life Happens

Wow. I am not very good at this blogging thing. Life happens and I stop. Obviously it’s not the biggest priority in my life….or maybe it’s just that life has been extra crazy? I will catch you up and you decide.

Hmmmmm ……

It might not seem like a big thing but the cold!!! Ah! It’s been so cold and so wet here! It really dampens my mood. Ugh. My face tells you how I feel about driving in snow in April.

I guess we will start with our living situation. One normal night we were in our beds sleeping with the window open letting fresh cool air in and all the sudden I hear this horrifyingly loud noise coming from outside. I was frozen. Was it an earthquake? Was it a car crash? Was it a car crashing into our apartment? Was it something I just couldn’t comprehend? All I knew was I frozen for about 20 seconds . David however spring out of bed quicker than a cat and was at the window frantically trying to see what was happening.

Then it was over. We still weren’t sure. He said he was going to go outside and look around. I called him back and said I had a yucky feeling and that I wanted him to stay here for a minute.

After a while of looking out windows and speculating we finally saw our neighbors (who happen to be the managers) outside talking with our other downstairs neighbor.

Longer story, shorter…a drunken, high physcho boyfriend of our downstairs neighbor had kicked in her window, (2 layers if thick glass!) crawled through it (without hurting himself) and strated to beat her.

He apparently took off because his story to the managers was that someone else broke in and he had to chase them off. Eventually the cops came and questioned everyone and then the search was on. They caught him which was great BUT the darn judge set his bail very very low and so he was released that very same day. Now she has a restraining order for him.

They day they brought a photo of him around to everyone and said “keep an eye out for him and if you see him on the premises call 911 right away”…was the end if it for me. We moved out that night.

Thankfully my parents were kind enough to let us bunk with them if only temporaryily.

My sweet neighbor is doing ok. I feel pretty guilt about leaving her there but I knew sleeping good would be over for me if we stayed.  She had a good bruise in the side of her head but she is tough.

So now we are on the hunt for our own place.

We were planning on moving out this summer anyway, so I guess this experience just hurried things a bit.

The next big news is that we are expecting baby #3!!!!

I am about 13 weeks right now. I am finally starting to feel a little bit better.

During this whole scary moving experience I was not feeling well at all…it was rough. And all new to me because with my first two babies I felt pretty darn great.

Grrrrrrrrrrrr. This is hard. I have so much more empathy for women who are sick during pregnancy.

But we are so excited.

Around this time we also had to plan David’s Graduation party. I had sent out invites already and it was happening! Don’t get me wrong I was so happy this was FINALLY happening but since I had become pregnant and not feeling great my motivation and umph to get this party going basically disappeared.

THANK HEAVENS FOR MY SIL MERICAR!

She took over and saved me.

She is an amazing party planner and cook and the party was more than I could have imagined! I may have to save that for another post altogether.  What a great day !

This is where I announced I was pregnant to all the family and friends that were there. It was fun.

So anyway you can see now maybe why I have MIA from my blog.

The only stress I feel now is finding our own place which is not an easy thing to do in cache valley right now. The competition is fierce.

Wish us luck, send a prayer or two. I don’t know but hopefully things work out…I know they always do the way they are supposed to.

Our Humble Abode

I promised pictures of our new little place.  We’ve been here for about 4 months.  It feels like home.  I am embarrassed when people come over but I know that’s just pride.  It’s mostly about the carpet….no it’s all about the carpet.  It’s awful.  I’m still holding out on a couple of runners to cover the last bit that I can without it looking really ridiculous.  The dining room floor is homemade by yours truly with plywood and cheap vinyl tiles.  It works.

But anyway this is it.  It’s our space and I love the people that fill it.

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William saw me taking pictures and he came up to me and said, eeeeeeese!  Love this boy.  Ben was taking a nap in our room so I couldn’t take pictures of our sweet new bed.  It’s just a bed though…not something amazing to look at…just to sleep on.  🙂 Life’s good.

Hey there

I might take pictures of our new little apartment if we ever get fully moved in and cleaned.  I’ve been able to practice lots of patience because since we’ve moved David has basically been MIA. He did his comprehensive exams which was a week of 8 hr tests followed by a 4 hr. oral test.  It was intense…not for us as much as him obviously but man.

Then it’s been random busy work with the business and school so I’m in limbo with this new place.  It’s not put together yet but it’s close.  I like it.  I hated it first.  But I’m doing better.  It doesn’t have a garbage disposal and the carpet is somewhat horrible but practice and pretty rugs help with both those situations.

I think this week is when we will finish moving in.  Maybe I will get pictures up after that.  It’s nothing to oh and ah over but in case you’re curious.

Yesterday’s lesson was being grateful in every circumstance and I was grateful for the reminder.  There are so many opportunities for growth!  I have so much to be grateful for.  These two would be at the top of my list for sure!

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Ironic

IMG_1407If ever there was a time in our life that was titled IRONIIC, now would be it.  It’s funny.  It’s hilarious actually what’s happening right now.  I just laugh.  I have to laugh or I’ll cry.  No that’s not really true.  I don’t think I’m that upset about it…it’s just….funny.  So here’s the scoop.

My parents bought a little house.  Yup.  And we’re super happy about it.  Excited they finally get a little place to call their own.  But this isn’t the reason we’re moving back into a tiny apartment.  Yup.  We’re moving….again….BACK into a tiny apartment.  Even if my parents weren’t buying a place and in the process forcing us to move too we would be doing it anyway and here’s why.  This is ironic part.  We’re broke.  Yup, broke.  We’re more broke than we’ve ever been in our entire marriage.  Why is it ironic?  Well because we’re basically knocking on victory’s door with the business and his research…we’re SO close to being OK and yet we have to sell everything and squeeze into a box.

I just can’t stop shaking my head…it’s just so funny!  We’re calling it the calm before the storm…or is it the other way around??  hehe.  But when all is said and done and I get over the headache of moving and cleaning, I feel pretty happy about it.  It’s more refining and learning, it’s the ability to have a little more breathing room for fun activities or clothes.  It’s me being exited about getting a part time job because I’m excited to get out of the house and have a conversation everyday with an adult and let the boys spend more quality time with their dad.

And as MUCH as I am going to miss living with my parents (going to miss it  A LOT) I am of course excited to have our own little place, humble as it may be.  It’s a good thing all around.  It really is and we’re excited for the next chapter in our lives.  It’s good to have ironic in your life I think…it’s funny.

I think I can officially say that we’re settled…there are only little things here and there that need to be done and some cleaning here and there but we, including Wally (the rabbit) have made this ‘home’.  I took some pics and you’ll have to excuse the clutter or any mess that you see, I didn’t bother cleaning for the pics. 🙂  I also didn’t photograph our room, the bathroom, my parents upstairs domain and the basement.
We love our backyard.  It is so shady throughout the day but gets plenty of sun as well.  I think Wally is much happier here too. 🙂  Ben loves Wally.  He gives him loves and kisses…kind of just snuggles into him.
I love my boys.
Ben is so much fun.  He is growing such a spitball personality.  So loving and independent.  I wonder what is going to happen to his world when this baby comes.  I think it’s going to come crashing down around him.  We will do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for him but it will be interesting.  He really is the center of all our attentions and that is about to change drastically.  Boy do I love this little boy.  I wonder how I will be able to love another one the same.
About to pop!  Any day now!  Probably another week or so. 🙂  Sooooo ready!!

Well we’re here.  The boxes are down to just a few scattered here and there and the ‘junk’ is slowly finding it’s place in this new home.  It seems like progress made is a ‘one step forward, two steps back’ kinda thing but it wont be like that for much longer…I hope.

I feel like this baby is so close.  Maybe it’s just wishful thinking/feeling but I don’t know!  I have all of the preliminary signs that it’s getting close and unfortunately I am not as patient with this baby as I was with Ben. Looking back now, with Ben I felt great all the way to the end! Sure I waddled around like a fat penguin but I wasn’t uncomfortable or hurting or any of those things that you normally hear from a 9 month preggo woman.  Well I’ll tell you what!!  I one of those women now!  Ugh!!! When is it going to be over!  I am SO uncomfortable 95% of the day (maybe more…just trying to be optimistic).

My back kills when I sit down, my belly hurts when I stand, my feet hurt before noon because they are swollen and my sciatic nerve feels well like a sciatic nerve! I can’t recline back because it’s hard to breath (and bad positioning for the baby) and when I have to pee (ALL THE TIME), I get braxton hicks contractions up the wahzoo that make it harder to get to the bathroom in good time!  See!!  I am not some weird woman whose pregnancies are unusually easy!  I can complain!

And if I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it again.  Do NOT move when you are 8 months preggo…maybe not even when you are 7 months preggo…or 6.  It’s just not a good idea.  Too much stress.  Too much work.  Too hot.  It does help though if you have an amazingly amazing rockstar husband like I do who will clean your entire apartment that you just left a disaster from top to bottom better than you ever could to ensure that you get your entire deposit back to buy you nice things for the new house.  Yup…that’s my hubby.  And it doesn’t stop there.  Rockstar…that’s all I have to say.

I really don’t want to sound negative about this pregnancy though.  Because it’s not all negative.  It’s not even mostly negative.  Yes, I am extremely uncomfortable but throughout the day, my little William (yes, we’ve decided on the name) is moving and grooving inside just reminding me how lucky I am to have him there.  How lucky I am that he is mostly likely so stinking cute that I’ll hardly be able to handle it.  I can’t wait to meet him.  I can’t wait to carry him on the OUTSIDE.

But as anxious as I am, this little one BETTER wait until this house is in order!  It’s not there yet, infact it has a long ways to go so little man better stay cozy for now.  I’ll post pics soon of the house.  First I need to find my camera charger among the mess.  🙂

We’re moving!
 
I can’t believe it really.   I am a month away from giving birth and we’re moving.  If you ask me the timing is horrible and it’s giving me my share of anxiety.  BUT I think in the end it will be worth it.  It’s a bigger place…well it’s a house for starters, not an apartment so that’s wonderful.  The backyard is awesome.  Super excited about that part.  There is a wood stove for fires and cooking, a big tree swing and a sand box!  The trampoline was from the previous owners, we told them to leave it just in case we decided to get another mat for it.
 
The house itself is ancient but it’s been updated and its pretty nice.  Oh and did I mention that we’ll have live in babysitters?  🙂  Yup!!  My parents are being brave enough to move in with us!  And it’s a big enough house that we’ll have enough space for everyone plus some!  So come visit!  (preferably in August after baby is born and we’ve gotten used to everything).  🙂
 
 We move in on the 10th.  I’ve already started packing and even though our apartment is relatively small, packing is going to be no small feat.  I am glad I got a head start.  It makes me want to take a nap just thinking about it.
 
And then I have to think about cleaning and unpacking and setting up in the new house BEFORE the baby comes and I want to lay down and cry. It doesn’t help that no matter how much iron I suck down I still seem to be extremely anemic and exhausted all the time.  Oh well…keep moving forward…even if at a snail pace.
 
I will post pics of the new place sometime soon.  They are having the carpets cleaned, floors sealed and some windows repaired right now otherwise I’d already be over there cleaning and ‘nesting’.  Ah!  It’s driving my preggo hormones/instincts crazy!!!
 
Did I tell you that we’re having baby #2 at home?  Yup!  That was going to mean our little apartment but now it means in this new big house.  I’m a little anxious.  It means more space for all the wonderful people going to be there to support me and more space for baby and I and all of us but it also means making sure it’s ‘set up’ enough for my weird nesting needs in less than a month!
 
My mom assures me that I could squat and give birth anywhere if I needed to…maybe she is right but my instincts tell me that things will go more smoothly and best if I feel like I am ‘home’…in a comfortable nest or den.  With Ben we were at the Birthing Center which is just a big house with a gorgeous kitchen and the ‘birthing suite’ is something you imagine your dream bedroom looking like.  I felt very comfortable and at home there.  I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to give birth in a hospital setting…at least not the way I want…calmly and quickly.  Too bright, hard and cold.  So here is to hoping I can have the energy and the time to set up this new house the way it needs to be to feel like ‘home’.  Wish me luck!
Ben has been so fun lately.  And I just realized today it’s because two molars have cut through! Finally!  He has not been feeling good because of those buggars coming in. I am excited about these chompers because then he will finally be able to chew things up!  Been worried about him choking for too long!
He shows his personality more and more each day.  He will just start doing something new and we wonder where it came from…well I am sure most of it comes from watching us but a lot of it is just pure Ben personality…it’s so fun.
Here are a few videos of said personality that we’ve been lucky enough to catch on camera.  The first one is kind of long…sorry but it’s stinking cute.  This is definitely my son and mimis grandson! He loves MJ and motown!  Note how hard he concentrates while dancing…so precious.
Oh and please excuse the mess you see in the background…we are packing up house (more on that later).