Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Beautiful July Weekend

This past weekend's weather was absolutely gorgeous, and just what we needed.  We spent a majority of our days outside, and the boys were all smiles.  They both love to be outside, and would spend all of their days in the great outdoors if we let them.  Trust me----you would have thought someone was getting seriously injured when the words "nap time" are spoken to them, which means they have to go inside.  Gasp

This weekend brought abnormally cooler temps for a typical Iowa July weekend, and we welcomed it with open arms.  The heat and humidity is definitely welcome in my book for the Summer, don't get me wrong.  But when we are graciously blessed with a weekend that has 60 degree weather, we do our best to enjoy it to the fullest.  I had to hold myself back from making a soup in the crock-pot, as that will come all too soon.  We forced ourselves to grill, because that is just what you do in the Summer.  Carl asked me to keep the crock-pot in the cupboard for a while, and I didn't argue.  

A little update of our weekend........in no particular order.  Actually---this post is all over the place.  Which is pretty reflective of my brain right now, I feel.  Ha.  

This is the view that I am so privileged to see almost daily.  Carson loves to go on bike rides, and Weston truly enjoys his time in the wagon.  It's a win-win-win for everyone.  We all get some exercise, Carson loves to bike, Weston enjoys the wagon......and wait for it----Weston sits still for a good 10 minutes. :)  

We have our own little "route" that we have established at our new home, and we all love it.  It is the perfect distance for everyone, not too hilly for the little biker, the scenery is gorgeous, and it makes for some great memories.  

We live on the "edge" of town, and this beautiful view is located just down the street from our home.  It makes the walks even more fun, and Carson loves to ask a million bajillion questions about everything along the way.  I love that little boy and his drive and curiosity level at this age.  

Last Friday Night we got the opportunity to partake in our very first "Movies Under the Moon."  Last week was supposed to be The Lion King, but last minute got switched to Finding Nemo.  Carson really enjoys both movies, so we were excited to watch the "fish movie" on the big screen.  This fun event takes place in Overman Park in Cedar Falls, and a big screen is hung in the band shell where the movie is displayed.  Everyone sprawls out on blankets on the ground, or sits in lawn chairs while cuddled up with blankets as the sun goes down, and the movie begins.  The movie started shortly after 9:00 that evening, and that was truly my only concern for the night.  The boys are usually zonked, or on their last leg by that time---but we decided to brave the event anyway.  We brought a bag of goodies, and bought some popcorn and pop at the concession stands while we were there.  I felt that there was a great turn out for the movie, and everyone had so much fun!  The boys did great considering the late bed time, and the weather was gorgeous.  No need for bug spray on a late July evening that brought 60 degree temps.  (Side note:  I was perfectly content laying on a blanket under the stars and trees that evening until Carl just had to point out all the bats that were flying and swooping right over our heads!  I am not scared to death of them, but I wouldn't say they are my favorite.  I gave a large thank you to him after that comment.  not.)

Carl and I are really enjoying the wooden log swing that we have under our giant weeping willow tree in the backyard.  The boys love to play, and wrestle, and tackle, and do boyish things while we swing and watch.  And occasionally intervene.  These two have a love/hate relationship at the moment.

Carson is full on busy these days.  He is full of a million and a half questions, wants to help with everything, and is so curious and interested in the little things that make up this great big world.  I love to see him soak up as much as possible in his sponge of a brain.  He starts preschool in about a month, and I am so excited to see him grow.


Oh.  And this boy.  Does this all the time.  We are trying to teach him when it is appropriate, and when it is not.  When neighbors are outside?  Not appropriate.  In the front yard for cars to drive by and see?  Not appropriate.  He has done both so far.  

These two little guys have had a lot to explore at the new house.  There have been a lot of bunnies and squirrels that they enjoy watching in the backyard.  

Ice cream dates are a favorite of mine.  I love everything about them.  Especially when it is T&Ls ice cream, which is to die for---if you were wondering.  

These two monkeys are just plain silly and crazy.  I love to see both of their different personalities shine through pictures.  

And nap time.  Sweet nap time.  A snoring toddler and Daddy, and a cuddled up baby on my chest.  With pudgy hands that have little dimples in them---which are my all time favorite. 

The view that I pull into everyday now.  The new house.  We are both so grateful, and can feel all of the happiness that surrounds us as we enter through the doors.  A lot of love lives here.  

Monday, July 22, 2013



Ok.  So that word is potty talk in our house, and we don't say that word.  But I feel like that is the only appropriate word to use when describing a family moving their entire house from one, to another.

We are now officially Parkersburg residents, and we are completely in love.  In love with our new house, the space, and all that comes with a new house.

The boys and I went over to the new house in the morning of the 12th, to look things over before the closing.  We were pleasantly surprised when we walked through the doors to "Congratulations on your new home" balloons, and a beautiful potted plant from the previous owner.  The previous owner was so extremely sweet, and so amazing to work with.  The boys also got to run around the empty house, which they found to be so much fun.  I think they played with nothing for an hour.  Just ran around.  That made me smile, and so happy, because that was my first glimpse of them in the new house.  A very happy memory, no doubt.

We closed on our house last Friday, the 12th.  I had a wedding that evening, and family pictures Saturday morning.  We were set back a bit with getting a jump start on moving, but we kicked butt after pictures.  The boys spent the weekend at Aunt DiDi's, and that was definitely a highlight of their weekend.  We can't thank our family members enough for being so amazing when it comes to helping out with the boys!

The boys got to see their new rooms on Sunday afternoon, and they were both so excited.  Carson was bouncing off the wall-- running and jumping around.  It was so much fun---as a Mama under a lot of stress---to see your kids smile and be so happy about the same thing as you.  I can't always relate to Carson's elevated excitement---but this time, I could.  I mean, finding a cool leaf in the backyard doesn't give me the same excitement as it does to Carson.  But this time we were on the same page.  Not to mention, Carson slept in his new bed, new room, and new house----all. night. long. the very first night there.  That is a miracle, people!  

We were completely done with our old house on Tuesday evening.  I haven't felt such a huge weight lifted off my shoulders in a long time----until that evening.  We were struggling with the last bits and pieces, cleaning, and painting the basement floor.  All things neither one of us wanted to deal with.  We eventually got the job done, and it feels so good.

I didn't really get any pictures of us physically moving.  I did get a picture of the truck and trailer, but that's about as far as I went.  I was one of the active participants during this move, and I didn't really want to get hurt by my few helpers with busting out the camera to take a picture of them working hard.  :)

Carson admired this truck and trailer for the entire week we had it.  Notice him standing there with his hands behind his back.  He really studied this thing, and asked a bajillion questions about it.
Now---a week later---- I can finally say I feel like we are getting somewhere.  We have new bedroom furniture, bed, and living room furniture ordered, but it won't be delivered until August 28th.  Our living room is livable right now, with our old furniture still doing its job.  But our bedroom?  That is not allowed for guests to view.  We are currently sleeping on our old mattress, on the floor.  We feel rather classy, to the say the least.  And on top of the classy mattress that is placed directly on the floor--- our clothes are scattered throughout the room, because we don't have any dressers.  I smile, and laugh inside every time I walk into our bedroom.  It bothers me a little, but not really.  I am excited to have our bedroom put together after the furniture comes, but it will eventually get done.  I would rather play outside with the kids.  Like this......this is my happy place.

This would be another sight that I got to witness out our kitchen window in the one week that we have been in our new house.  Carl and Carson had some hardcore Father/Son bonding time one evening, and my heart smiles big when I look at this picture.  Carl gave Carson some golfing lessons, and that was followed with some chatting on the log swing that is housed under the giant Willow Tree in our backyard.  The Willow Tree is one of Carl's favorite things about the new house.  Seriously, it is.

Another highlight after moving into the new house would be doing a load of laundry.  It sounds crazy to some, I am sure.  But when you are without, you are very happy when you get it back. The boys were also very excited.  This lasted a long time.  Extremely cheap entertainment, hands down!

We have already had little friend visitors over, and have met most of our neighbors.  We have had banana bread, cookies and brownies brought over to welcome us to the neighborhood, and we are so grateful for such generous people. 

Moving sucks is not fun, but with it comes great results and joy.  I continue to remind myself that when I see another pile that needs to be looked through and put away.  Or another toy that needs to find a home.  Or a bill that needs to be paid but got lost somewhere.  Or hek----a single glance upstairs.  Our upstairs is a complete disaster, with it partially being the attic.  I feel like every box is being housed in the attic, and we have our work cut out to organize that thing.  It will come.  But when I look at the big picture----it will all be fine.  The hard part is behind us, and now we will continue to move forward.  We will make this house or home for a very long time.  And the boys are in love with it, as are their parents.  Smitten may be a better word for it, actually.

Onto the millions of memories that are waiting to be made in our story book of life..........