Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Farmhouse

So...how about a little more detail on that house I mentioned in the last post?! The big selling (renting?) point on the house is that it is about ten minutes from where Matt will be working, so in theory he could even come home for lunch!  We are signing the lease for a year starting in July, and we have our current townhouse until the end of July, so ideally we will be able to slowly move our stuff up there and hopefully avoid living out of boxes.

There is the snag of Matt being gone for about two weeks in the middle of July, but we will make it work! (He is going to CUBA as a translator with our church mission trip! How cool is that?! I know! Really cool!)  The house is a three bedroom, one and a half bath, renovated farmhouse.

As you can see from the watermark, these are NOT my pictures, they were emailed to us by the owner, who is very nice by the way.
The outside could use a little curb appeal, and I am excited to do some planting! Hopefully I don't end up with a flower bed full of shriveled up little plants! Haha - it's happened before!

The downstairs is definitely the best part of the house, there is a cute little kitchen, and a open dining room/living room.
Matt and I have some big plans to make this little house 'ours' (for now anyway).
This is the owners old furniture, and because it is so massive it makes the room look small, but this living area is actually pretty huge, which is good because - have you met Jack? Yeah...open spaces are good.

I don't have any pictures of the upstairs, but rest assured - they will be taken eventually! We were happy to hear the owner tell us we are more than welcome to paint, and Jack has already picked out a VERY bold blue for his room...we will see about that!

So there you have it! The farmhouse rental that we will be calling home for at least a year! This may not be the route I wanted, but I am going to do my very best to make this a wonderful place to call home for us. 

I would LOVE to hear your feedback.  Matt and I have some pretty good ideas in our little noggins, but what do YOU see happening in this house?  What colors would you paint?  What would you plant outside?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tidbits

Oh man, the days are flying by so fast! Every time I turn around another weekend has come and gone!  So let's see...what has happened around here lately?

-Luke has officially gotten two teeth, and his two upper teeth are on the way! In other words - we don't sleep at all right now. Yawn.

-Luke started army crawling! Actually, he started army crawling very slowly a few weeks ago, but now he is a so fast!  He is across the room as soon as I put him down.

- My niece Gemma turned one! They has the cutest little shabby-chic tea party for her, and I had fun taking pictures for them so my sister could just enjoy her baby girls day.  This was one of my favorites!
- Oh and this one too!

-After Matt and I put the boys to bed on Sunday we were cleaning up the downstairs and Matt told me to grab my camera and go out of the deck.  A storm was rolling in, and it was so crazy-looking! It came in SO fast, and was SO dark.   We were both reminded of the scene in "Independence Day" when the UFO's roll over the city in the clouds!

- We spent part of the Holiday weekend with Matt's family, and part with mine.  We had so much fun soaking up the sun, and Jack had a blast playing with all of his cousins.

-I went to my photography class last week! I was so nervous, and I was pretty sure they would look at me and just tell me to go home! Haha, that didn't happen, but I did try to back out at the last minute.  Matt wouldn't let me!  I ended up absolutely loving it, and it helped me understand some things that had kind of been just conceptual to me before that.  Taking the class gave me the confidence boost to begin shooting in manual!  I know some people are definitely the type that can just teach themselves, and that is great, but I am a classroom learner - having someone actually show me EXACTLY what they mean was the best way for me to really understand some of the more complicated concepts in manual photography.  (note: I don't use manual focus - I let the camera do that!)

- Matt only has about a week left at school, and while usually that is extremely exciting, this year it is just sad.  He has made some great friends working there, and he really loves his job.

- I think we found a house up where he will be working.  It's a renovated farmhouse, so it definitely has its quirks, but it should be a good place for our little family for a little while.  I am still hopeful that Matt will find another job in teaching, if not this year - then the next - or the next.

So yeah....that is a portion of our lives lately!

What is new with all of you?! How was your Memorial Day weekend?  Anyone else out there with a sunburn?!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Rodakates

Mommy! Look at my rodakates!
Your what?

My rodakates Mommy!!
Honey, I don't understand...

MY RODAKATES.
Ohhh! Your ROLLERSKATES?
Yeah! My Rodakates!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Yard Salin'

Back in September, Matt and I cleaned out our basement and had it nice and organized.  And then?  Then we had freak flooding in PA and our basement flooded.  Picture us spreading tarps and throwing boxes around hulk-style to get them out of the water spreading across the floor, and you can pretty much get the idea of the state of our basement.  Then throw into the mix that we had a baby the next month, and yeah...our basement was a bit of a disaster. 

(All these photos are from my phone, so I apologize in advance for the poor quality.  My camera card reader has gone to the big electronics store in the sky.)

And by "a bit of a disaster" I mean it was REALLY BAD. 
See.  I told you.  You know what makes this picture even worse? 
As you can see, the basement was out of control. Over the past few weeks I have been sneaking down there during nap times or when the boys are in bed and sorting through our mess.  I put things into boxes to either keep, donate, or sell.  Meanwhile, a few miles away, my sister was doing the same thing.  Although I can promise you that she would never allow her basement to get to the point that mine did. 

She came to pick me (and all of my crap) up on Saturday, and we headed to the park down the street to set up our very own booth at a community yard sale.  I have a really cute picture of Em and I standing in from of our truck piled high with stuff, but it's on my camera :(.  Picture the opening montage from the Beverly Hillbillies

We got there two hours before it was supposed to start and found that the 'serious' yard salers had been there since 5:30am! Yowza.  We set up our little canopy and spread all of our stuff out on tables, sat back, and drank our coffee.  It was fabulous. 
Emily at our booth
We seriously had such a fun time together.  Sitting back at a yard sale makes for some excellent people watching!
Me lounging at our booth.
We knew that the kids were all in good hands with their Daddies, and it was oddly calm in the midst of the yard sale, simply because there were no little hands clinging to legs.  Aaaaaahhhh....you take relaxation when you can get it!

We sold quite a bit of the stuff we had put out, and what was left over we loaded into the truck and took straight to Goodwill to drop off.  There was no way I was bringing ANY of that back into my house!

We decided that this sister yard sale thing will become a yearly tradition, and at the end of the day we had had a lot of fun, made a little extra cash, and my basement? 
MUCH better! I still have a huge pile of stuff to drop off at Goodwill, but the basement has come a long way.  The boys and I don't generally hang out down here, but Matt does keep/play his guitars down here, so it's nice to have this area checked off our "to do" list!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Knowing vs. Feeling

You know how when one aspect of your life is unsettled, everything feels unsettled?  That's where I am right now.  We still don't know where we will really BE next year,  we are pretty sure it will involve a move about two and a half hours away, but even then, we can't find any decent housing in that area, so yeah...unsettled.

However,  I do know that the important things are all right here, within my reach.
On days like today, when it's raining, and I'm feeling angry at the circumstances - mad about my inability to do ANYTHING to change this (and I'm wondering why I even bother taking care of our house when I know we are just going to have to move in a few months anyway), these pictures help ground me. 
This is why.  Because I have been given so much.  These boys, this husband, this life.  It doesn't change the fact that Matt is losing his job.  It doesn't change the fact that, once again, we are going to be moving away from the place we have called home, and not because we want to.   But the REALLY important stuff, that can't be taken away because a school board made a decision to cut a program.
I'm not happy about it, but I am trying (not always successfully) to focus on the blessings, of which we have so many.  
But isn't it hard to KNOW one thing, but also to FEEL another?
I know all of this, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't heartbroken at the prospect of moving two and half hours away from everything, and almost everyone, that I know.  Leaving the area where we thought our boys would grow up, the church that we love, the friends that we have made, and don't even get me started on the distance from my family. 
I know that this-the love that is easily seen through these pictures-that has nothing to do with WHERE we are, it is simply WHO we are.

And while I KNOW that we can and will be happy no matter where we end up, I don't FEEL that way all of the time.   The school year is drawing to a close, and will we ever look forward to another summer with Matt home?  The playgroup that I take the boys to is planning it's end of the year picnic...will we see these moms and kids again?

Everything feels like a very slow goodbye at this point.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Recent Firsts

Both of my little dudes have recently have recently marked a few important firsts in their lives.  Behold...
After what felt like weeks of teething, he finally has a tooth! Also he now bites, a lot.
Friends of ours recently gave Jack a bike that their children have outgrown, and he was SO excited.  We went to the store where he picked out that wicked shark helmet, and couldn't wait to get home and ride his bike.  He doesn't actually pedal yet, but darned if he doesn't look good anyway!
He absolutely loved sitting in the swing at the park.  He just sat there with his little tongue poked out like that (this was pre-tooth, so we saw a lot of that little tongue).

Any recent firsts for you (or your littles) happen recently?

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