Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Things and more things

A few short weeks ago at 1145pm while wrapping up our huge magnetic/chalkboard wall (pics to come) I decided it was time to put away my junk of a cell phone and low quality photos (waiting for the next iPhone to release in September) and dust off all my nice camera equipment.  It’s been too long since I captured these beauties. 

I love watching them being them.  Just enjoying life without a care in the world.  Other than a bug on the trampoline.  Teagan cares about that.  Girl FREAKS at bugs.  I get it. 

I don't think that I'll ever get sick of our backyard view

So high!

In a little over a month at the new house we've had countless days out in the court, in backyards, or on porches with the neighbors and kids.  We had a neighborhood bonfire and a party.  A rib and beer party (that we sadly missed.  Kris was in CA for work and me and my gals headed to OH), a summer sub party, and another adults only party on the calendar for Saturday.

 Have I mentioned that I am in love with this sub? Because I am. We're so lucky to have been welcomed with open arms by those we'll see on a daily basis for hopefully many years to come.

Back to Ohio.  The weekend was jam packed with two trips to the county fair, El Vaquero (cannot resist!), and the Columbus Zoo.  Ahhhh do I love that zoo! We were lucky enough to get a look at the new Africa area and it did not disappoint in the least bit.


Can you see the concern plastered all over her face? 

Nope, nope...not actually in Africa.  Columbus, OH rather!

Monkey see...

...monkey do

We're gearing up to fly out to Disney in about three weeks! I cannot believe this trip we've planned down to the detail for the past 9 months is almost upon us.  Almost daily Parker and I chat about it. How we're eating lunch w/ Cinderella, riding Aladdin's magic carpets, and meeting Anna and Elsa (thank the lord for FastPass.  No 6 hour Frozen lines for us!

Happy August!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Home sweet home finally!

Let’s start with the good.  We hit the subdivision jackpot.  The bulk of our cul-de-sac is filled with young kids and parents just like us.  The selling agent actually lives in the sub too.  Always a good sign when a real estate professional lives next to you!  While we spent a lot of the weekend unpacking and painting, we also spent a lot of time outside socializing and watching the little ones run around.  SO refreshing, especially coming from a sub where it’s on the more antisocial end of the spectrum.

We LIKE to have fun!

Parker transitioned to a big kid bike this weekend. Big kid princess bike to be exact, training wheels and all.  The other three and four year olds in the sub were riding around so time for Parker to do the same.  Scares the hell out of me watching her whip around the court but I’m so proud of her.  Got right on it, no fear, and started riding like it was no big deal.

Goofy as can be dressed in her Hawaiian gear for luau day at school.

In other Parker news, she slept all night by herself in HER OWN ROOM.  I can count on two hands the number of times this as happened.  We've been talking a lot about the new house = big girl room = you sleep there all night and don’t get up.  All our chats paid off! Go Parker!

You go girl at Goldfish too!
Poor Teagan was a bit sick during the move.  Fever, grumpy, body rash (which turned out to be bug bites + some irritation (perhaps from the new carpet we had installed) but was in the good hands of Nana and Pap! Thank God they came up and whisked the children away from us for an entire weekend.  Without their help moving would  have been impossible.  Not exaggerating. 

I am loving decorating this house.  My vision really is coming to life. From curtains to throws to pillows, I have been searching, buying and color coordinating for months now.  It’s really fun to put our personal touch on this house and make it our home.  Parker’s room is completely painted, I half ass hung curtains (15 mintues to hang the rods said the instructions.  Ha.  Triple that number), and the decorating is underway.  Teagan’s room is half painted.  Baby steps but we’re on our way!

We are both happy about it!
The new carpet upstairs was a well needed update.  The new stainless appliances make the cherry cabinets and corian countertops look even better.  The movers did a fantastic job and took some of the moving stress off our hands.  The swing set mover was phenomenal.  All the kids in the sub have enjoyed it this weekend. Along with the trampoline left by the previous owners!

Now let’s chat about the bad, shall we?

Bad news say baby T.
Our brand new Samsung French door fridge…Doesn’t fit.  But I’m hoping with a little nudge of the surrounding cabinets we’ll be able to make it work.  Our brand new Samsung microwave…Doesn’t heat up food.  So it was returned and exchanged.  The existing washing machine on the second story…I ran a load of laundry and came back twenty minutes later to water gushing out the front.  Thankfully the issue (broken seal) is covered by our inspectors warranty.  The hot water tank…Exploded.  The walk out basement…Flooded by the water tank.  My precious baby Teagan…found a red Sharpie in Parker’s empty bedroom at the old house.  Drew all over her legs.  By the grace of God not a dot ended up on the beige carpet. We were late to her sick doc visit so red Sharpie covered she went.  My precious baby Teagan again…was playing around in the car while I was chatting with the guy buying our house, pooped in her diaper, diaper leaked, and poop ended up all over my car.

Add this to the general stress of all your belongings in boxes, all parties exhausted, and new commutes…ugh! But life is good.  We feel very fortunate to be able to have our children in a nationally ranked district, in a great house, and in an even greater subdivision. 

Til next time!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Moving day and what we've been up to

Hi all! Moving day is tomorrow.  To.mor.row.  We close at 9am and then crazy mode commences.  Kris will take down the current swing set at our new house in preparation for the swing set movers on Saturday to move our set. Then he will work on moving boxes.  My job is to completely decorate Parker's room.  I really want her to be excited about sleeping in her own big girl room so I let her pick out her paint colors, new bedding and accessories, and even glitter to add to her paint.  Since we started talking to P about moving she has requested/demanded a room with glitter.  Then glitter it is baby.

I’m looking forward to getting settled in, decorating with all the new window treatments, pillows, and throws I’ve purchased the last few weeks, and getting some fresh paint on those walls! I am also dreaming of the relaxing bath I’ll be taking asap in the fab master jetted Jacuzzi tub with my US Weekly and glass of Merlot.

The new house is pretty updated so we don’t have a ton of huge projects.  The upstairs carpet is all being replaced the day after closing and the only carpeted room on the first floor (sunken living room) is being ripped up and replaced with wood (by my handy husband!).  We’ll have the rest of the wood (entire first floor) restained to a darker, more modern color when we're at Disney in September, and Kris is fixing up the walkout basement.   A custom breakfast nook will be built in the kitchen, the fireplace will be updated with a modern stone (like Kris did to our current fireplace) and built in cabinets will be installed.  Other than that it’s a bunch of crown molding, chair rails, and wainscoating, all those little touches that really make a home pop! Good thing Kris is so handy.

Saturday will be busy.  That's when new carpet will be installed and all new stainless steel appliances will be delivered.  Movers come Monday, we hand over the keys to our current house to the buyers, and we're off in a new zip code.

Other things:

Teagan is 21 months! Right smack dab in the middle of one of my favorite ages.  Why? Because every single thing this child does is cute.  The way her face lights up when she sees her very first Minnie Mouse balloon, the way she cannot help but to dance anytime music is playing, the way she’ll say “HI KARKER!” in the morning with a big smile on her face, the way her language is developing and she’ll ask for “sippy too” (sippy of milk), or “more cracker/appo (apple)/Jews (juice). “  It’s all so sweet, silly, and fun.

Apple mouth

It still amazes me how much Teagan mimics Parker.  If Parker runs circles around the house, Teagan runs circles around the house.  If Parker screams at the top of her lungs, Teagan screams at the top of her lungs.  Teagan really does look up to the bigger version of herself, even at such a young age. 

Cheezin it on my birthday.  Ending a fun day at the waterpark with Coldstone cake.  Minutes later the candles were lit.  Teagan thought it would be fun to grab the flame.  Turned out that wasn't fun at all.
Teagan is great at following directions so we’re probably going to enroll her in gymnastics this fall, just like we did with Parker when she was two.  I’m very big on having one-on-one time with the girls.  I think it’s important to spend time as a family but equally important to recognize the individual relationship between mother/father and child.  Enter date days! Gymnastics will be the perfect one-on-one time for Kris/me and baby T.

Those curls! Ahhh the cuteness. 
Speaking of date days, a few weeks ago it was time for a mama-Parker date.  First up was a visit to our fave mall play place, followed by dinner at Rainforest Café, then popcorn and an Icee at the movie theater for Rio 2!   Both Parker and I enjoyed the movie so much that we bought Rio 1 later that week!

Parker also enjoyed the 5th of July festivities in our backyard.  The 4th was spent at the county fair (I am from a country town you know so this is a  must) drinking lemonade, getting the most out of our all day ride wristbands, and watching fireworks.

Last week was another date day for me and P.  It started off at Goldfish Swim School for Parker’s first swim lesson! I’ve heard great things about Goldfish from friends and the reviews are phenomenal.  Cute décor, even a tiki hut hairblowing bar (!!), and a low teacher-child ratio (max of 1:4 though Parker’s group is 2:4) made it a clear winner.  We’ll most likely stick with swimming until dance and soccer resume mid-September and then start swimming back up in January or so.  After that we hit up Michael Kors for a new purse for mama.  Parker felt especially fancy walking around with her own little MK bag and MK stickers provided by the MK girls.  Some play place time after and singing in the car on the way home capped off the evening.

Dance girl before her spring recital.  

I turned 31 on Monday (how?!) so I spent my day with my loves. I also took off half of last week as well for family time and were we on the run.  Will chat about that later. Great job, nice new house, two sweet gals to call my own, amazing hubby…it’s pretty good to be 31!


Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer is in full swing!

Last weekend was nothing short of delightful.  Saturday started off with dance class.  With only three more classes and one recital to go before we break for the summer, I can’t believe that Parker has completed her first year of dance.  Both of us have made friends during the year and have really enjoyed this activity.  I’m looking forward to picking up with the same group of girls and moms in the fall.  With that said, I’m loving that we get our Saturday mornings back! Well, depending on when we schedule Parker’s swim lessons at Goldfish.  An evening might work out best so that we can dedicate our weekends to the beaches, lakes, and pools!

Parker gives the okay to spending lots of time outdoors!

Teagan's not mad about it either.
After dance was nap and Kris’ parents arrived.  We chilled at home, grilled salmon and brats, and enjoyed the nice weather.  Sunday we were up and at the Rochester Heritage Festival.  Downtown Rochester on a sunny Sunday…doesn’t get much better than that.  A long walk next to Paint Creek, small business vendors, classic cars, petting zoo, playground, and a camel ride (these will NEVER get old!) made for a memorable day. 

On one of the 30 fire trucks.  We also got to spray a fire hose :)

Best $10 I've ever spent.

Loving her family

Country gals!

Hand sanitizer please!

Back home for naps then to the beach! 80 and sunny, who cares about the temperature of the water.  Actually, it wasn’t too frigid.  The local lake has a separate kid area that’s about two feet deep so we didn’t get too submerged, until we had to chase fearless Teagan all around.  That girl! No fear of the water that’s for sure.

Pineapple popsicles. Life is good.

My little ladies.

 Monday we headed downtown again for the Memorial Day parade. Every night before bed I ask Parker to tell me about the favorite part of her day.  Every night since Memorial Day she has replied with “the parade.”  After the parade we took a leisurely stroll through town, ending at the park again for playground fun and river wading/rock picking.  Back home again for naps, a dip in our huge inflatable pool, more grilling, more romping around outside, then bed.

Enjoying the show luxury style, double BOB

Whew! I forget how busy our summers are until we’re in the midst of them once again. But it's fun busy, the best kind of busy.

Busy summers also include plenty of sidewalk chalkin.

The home buying and selling process is progressing as it should be.  On Monday we get to meet the family buying our home! From a quick Facebook search (creepy? probably) we found it’s a couple, late 30s, with two young boys.  And the kicker? The husband is from OHIO! Knowing that a family like us is buying our home gives me the warm fuzzies.  It’s a great house.  I know they’ll love it for years to come.

The inspection on our new house went great.  A few minor repairs are underway, appraisal will be soon, and we have a close date of July 11th. Happy 31st bday to this lady!

We had quite the home search list.  Want to hear it?

-In Adams High area

-End of cul-de-sac

-Not backing to neighbors

-Not backing to a road (we back to a major highway not.  Blocked by trees but still noisy.  Not ideal)

-Not full of wood trim, wood doors, and general dated feel (the bulk of the homes in this school district are 70s and 80s.  Very established area so this was the impossible task).

-Updated roof and windows.  Do you know how much windows cost?? Like a full year of tuition at OU.  Or an amazing vacation.

-In the school bus zone.  Practically impossible to find.  The first home we offered on was .5 mile from all schools, so no buses (have to be 1.5 miles away).  I can't count on my children to walk every day (in middle school) so buses HAD to be available.

-Kid friendly.
Let me tell you, we got kid friendly.  The three times we've visited our new home, the entire cul-de-sac, parents, kids and all, are all hanging out together outside.  The moms are great . The kids are young.  The parents have vouched about what a great sub this is, and how everyone here is just like us--moving to this area for the schools, and that we'll be so happy with this street.

I'm overjoyed!

The nice door! The nice walkway! The shutters! The everything!

Part of the kitchen :)

Another fun and busy weekend started today.  Getting the not so fun out of the way first—quote from movers (MUCH more affordable than I imagined) and doc appointment for Teagan.  BUT it was followed by delivery pizza and a movie.  Dance tomorrow, my parents visit, then the beach.  Sunday morning is open followed by a bday party for Parker’s friend and soccer.

Weekend, we're ready for ya! Hope everyone has a great time breaking in June 2014!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello all!

I am living in a whirlwind right now, and here's why:

-our home listed on a Wednesday afternoon.  It sold that Saturday morning.  3 ½ days. Almost full asking price. Uhhhh...what??

-we found a house we thought we loved.  Offered full price.  Got the house.  Backed out due to inspection findings. 

-viewed 12 homes.  Put an offer on another under asking and way under budget and in our coveted school district. Signed deal.  Contingency in effect though so I'm cautiously optimistic until keys are in our hand.  Once the keys are in hand you better believe I'm breaking in this master bath.  And the master closet.  And the backyard that backs to endless subdivision woods (read: no potential homes being developed in our backyard.  Rare find.  Also rare find: one of the multiple huge sub parks is just next door).  

-must be out of our house by second week in July.  Clock is ticking. 

-this house search has consumed my life and has sent me on an emotional rollercoaster.  I've been stressed.  I've lost weight.  I've been excited.  I've planned room designs and paint colors. I've went back to being stressed.  Right now though I feel good :) 

-Parker’s spring recital costume came in and there’s only one word to describe it: DARLING! Even more darling was the rehearsal. Recital is next month.  Very much so looking forward to seeing what miss P has been practicing for endless weeks!

P's BFF.

Parker is concerned.

Still side eyeing this entire process.

Warmed up and nailing it!

-Soccer went much better thanks to naps.  Parker is doing it on her own, listening to the coaches (Rochester High soccer players), following all the drills, and has even made a friends with a teammate.  Parker and L love running around right next to each other.  The minor details of actually kicking the ball into the net are being overlooked.  Socializing is much more interesting. A certain mother often got in trouble in school for talking to friends "excessively."  Please, define excessive because I'm certain I'll disagree. I guess it's hereditary.

Preschool Adidas? Yes!

-Dare I say Teagan has outgrown her milk intolerance?! We’ve experimented by giving her dairy at dinner and knock on all the wood you see, it hasn’t upset her belly, sleep, or general happiness.  Hopefully we’re on the road to serving one meal that everyone will eat (ha, hilarious!)
**update: I wrote this post weeks ago.  The dairy did in fact wreck Teagan.  Back to non-dairy meals...

Zoo trip, Mother's Day. 

-The bigger she gets, the more fun it is to see all she’s able to do.  Stringing words together to form sentences (not nice, Parker—that never goes over well—to uh oh ehtio—uh oh, spaghettio--I just love seeing that little mind grow and grow.
-Teagan will now give us kisses and hugs whenever we ask.  Hands down, one of the best things about being a mama.

You would not believe how often we get asked if the girls are twins.  Matching outfits or not, it's a question we answer on the regular.

Out of 46 mom-daughter pics, this is the best shot.  For real. 

What else, what else…

We're looking forward to family visiting for the holiday weekend.  The inspection on hopefully our new home is Saturday.  Rochester Heritage Festival on Sunday.  Parade Monday.  Online shopping deals all weekend long ;)

Happy long weekend everyone!!