Wednesday, September 7, 2016

new house

This is house number 17 for me.  Why not...?  You all have been with me for the last five houses at least.  We decided we were at a point where we needed to either put some money into our current house to make it still work for us, or start looking. We looked.  And we looked.  Our realtor called one day and said she had families who wanted to look in our neighborhood but the inventory was really low.  So we decided to list it and give it a little while and just see what happened.  We sold in 10 days!  So we had to start looking hard.  

We had one house fall through- but we never loved it.  After we thought all hope was lost and we'd be living in a hotel, we found it. 

This picture is from the assessors website- so it's not the right season. 

It never even went on the market.  A friend and collegeue told us about her neighbor who was thinking of selling. We went over and fell in love and begged them to sell to us. 

Then the seconed part of the hard work started.  With the deadline of school starting in our vision, we worked like crazy to get it all unpacked.  Crazy.  

The kids are happy to have some carpeted rooms.

There's so much light and it's just so open.  We are happy campers. 

The only immediatd project we did was to change out the track lighting fixtures in the kitchen.  The others were fine, just a little modern looking.  These hanging Edison bulb fixtures were the perfect addition. 

Every room is white, but we love it.  It's clean.  

After much debate and hem-hawing, we took out the grids in the windows.  The family room (to the left) has floor to ceiling windows and matched the rest of the house better with the removal of the other grids. 

Bee is happy with her room.  Lou asked for no picture of his room so it can be a surprise for our family when they visit. Ok, buddy. 

Perhaps the best part is that we have room for lots of friends to come over.  Is there aything better than a huge pile of shoes by the front door- when it means that you have a house full of friends?

We are right by several acres of woods. The pets love it.  We own like 8 feet of it, but we've been exploring beyond that line!

Here's our first day of adventuring.  Clearly fashion concerned. 

I found a whole bunch of poison ivy (which I'm now paying for), and we found a skull- racoon maybe, fox?  

The new house and the woods are giving the kids lots of time to play adventures.  Bee just finished reading Hunger Games (after me!) and the survival and hunting theme is coming out in their play.  Here is Lou working with his flint and steel to start fires in the driveway.  

I've said it before, but this is the last house.  They're going to have to drag me out of this one.  And if there is another move- we're getting movers! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

summer of baseball (and other sports)

Hubby and I determined early on that this was the summer of baseball for our family. 

Here we are enjoying the local farm team.  

Lou finished up one season where he played on two teams, our regular spring team and the 'Nationals' league as well.  Then we went right into summer all-stars.  It was more baseball than I ever expected to experience, and all in just the short months of the summer. 

It was a hot one too. 

There was a bit of gear involved in All-Stars. (Which explains why it's so expensive to play!)

We didn't have a super successful season if you're counting wins.  But the boys had fun and learned some new skills.  

At some point we snuck in a basketball camp. 

And I snuck in some shirt making... 

My sweet neighbor made these flip flop clips for me and Bee. 

What's a sister to do during all this baseball?  Eat form the concession stand. 

Make friends.  Read.  

Watch a little ball.  Maybe. 

Here are my two favorite player.  Lou and the cutest coach out there. 

Eventually, Bee embraced the baseball lifestyle.  

My sister sent me a picture of her little ball player in a hand-me-down onsie from Lou and I sent her this picture back.  

It seems like no time that he went from that onsie to this ball outfit.  Oh time, slow down. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

4th of juluy

Just pretend it's still July.  Happy 4th.  It's been a busy summer.  A house for sale.  A house sold.  Serahing for a new house.  Packing.  Moving.  Baseball.  

What are the boys up too?  Just boy stuff.  Blowing things up.  You know.  

We usually end up at a friends house for the 4th and took our little man for some more fun.  Here was his final ride.  The neighbor kids thought it was pretty great too. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Baby Love

That sister of mine has had her baby.  And he's pretty wonderful.  

Welcome George Edward!  
8-20-16  1:30 am  
6 pounds 5 ounces   19 1/4 inches

This sweet little guy was breech and scheduled to arrive via c-section.  He had his own plans and decided to arrive a week before the planned date.  My sister's water broke after dinner on Friday.  She had taught her little firsties that day, completing the first week of school.  She called me at 7 and I got to the hospital at 1am.  My little van could not get me there fast enough!  My sister spent the night in a hospital waiting room for the arrival of Bee 11 years ago, this time it was my turn.  Baby arrive at 1:30 and I was able to go back to the room about 3:45am.  I got a lot of graing done in the waiting room. And listened to Hunger Games on audiobook.  If you want to talk Hunger Games- I'm in!

Here he is meeting Grandparents.  

His timing was great.  I got to spend the whole weekend up there and gt home in time for school on Monday.  

My sister is doing great. I think his daddy's doing alright too. 

Being an aunt is pretty great too.

So much preciousness- it's just about too much to handle!

His puppy likes him a little too.