Thursday, November 18, 2010

Settling In

The kind of “settling in” I need right now is into the new house. But instead, it is “settling in” that we are moving. Today I am sad, thinking about all the friends I am leaving behind. Sad that all my favorite stores (like Crafts Direct) are not at the new place. Sad that I have to make all new friends, and find new friends for my kids. Sad to leave our wonderful church parish. I should be excited, but today… I’m sad and tired. It has settled in now that our house is empty and we will never be in here again. That all the hours and days, over three and a half years, worth of work we put into making this place a home… we will have to start all over again.

 

We are leaving a house, but not our home. Our children are snug in their sleeping bags at Grandma and Papas house, and we miss them already. That is where my heart is. With them. And that is where our home will always be, until we enter Heaven – our eternal home.

 

God Bless you all, and good night kiddos.

Happy Thanksgiving, since I will not be writing again until after then.

Tom & Melissa

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wrapping up loose ends

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On the Left is Stanley, on the right is Jonathan. Amazing isn’t it!? Stanley is now 6 and Jonathan almost 1 1/2. I love my boys. They have decided to continue to bunk together at the new house.
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I just love babies. We went and saw our friend Kathryn’s new little girl, and what a cutie she is. She looks just like her mommy and sister. Sabrina didn’t want to let her go, and the kids couldn’t stop petting her hair. It was so sweet.
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Jonathan wants to be all grown up now, which includes climbing on the counters and hiding in cupboards. He’ll adjust well to the new place, I think.
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The kids and I had a “fun day” with the empty boxes. I think it lasted a few hours. Here they are playing restaurant. Nothing says lunch like Fisher Price cows and chickens with blocks.
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MOVING COUNTDOWN IDEA: One box I made especially for the kids is a countdown box, counting down the days until we move. I put in a gift, covered the box with a paper bag, then taped it up real tight. Added an image of a moving truck on front, drawing the numbered squares on the side. They add a card each day (a paper that is printed with a moving box and words/pictures describing what we’re doing that day.) When the last “box” is added to the “moving truck” they get to open it up and there is a surprise gift inside to use at the new house!
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On the back I drew the two truck doors. One door said “Leaving from…” and “Moving to…”
They also each have their own backpack that they can add their favorite stuffed animals or other things to, so they don’t get packed up.

When I left the box castle/restaurant, they grabbed the camera and put on their best silly faces and put on a dance show. I so love that they are home for us to share this time together. It makes packing harder, but the memories of it all are worth it. We are learning so much… about each other!
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And last night I felt like we were in a commercial, or something, with Stanley handing his Daddy a wrench under the sink. He was right in there the whole time. The girls helping as they could. [Dismantling the water distiller.]
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Just a matter of days and we can move in, spread out and enjoy the holidays.
Still Making New Memories!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Here’s the Plan

Here’s the plan we drew up this morning. Very technical…
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1st we pack the boxes.  Of course I made labels for all the boxes, which nearly all are packed. The pink tape means FRAGILE and the green tape is OPEN ME FIRST. Most boxes are from the grocery store, liquor store, and a diaper company – which came from a big pile we found for free on Craigslist. The creepiest of all the boxes we found are the Vodka boxes that stare at me each time I enter the garage.
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That pile is all we have left to fill. Luckily I am over-organized, and everything else is already in bins.
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Jonathan (16 months old) is the most enthused about cleaning up and doing school. He puts stuff in the boxes for me, and often takes it out! Sabrina age 3 refuses to be potty trained. Here she is lining up her pullups and grouping by princess designs – on the empty shelves. So changing two kids often takes up my free time.
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2nd on the list: Go to Mamaw and Papa’s for a few days. Spending time with them, Auntie Annie, Uncle Michael and puppy Ginger. They can take a turn changing all those diapers. :-P
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3rd The Moving Truck comes and hauls our stuff away. In which we say a final goodbye to our house.
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4th Tom and Melissa go sign all the paperwork for sale and purchase. It is in this moment you wish you could just stamp your signature, or had a shorter name!


5th we clean the new house and the next morning the truck arrives with all our stuff.

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6th and Finally, Mamaw (grandma) brings the kids over so we can all live happily ever after in our new home.
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I pray it goes that smooth!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Autumn Memories

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Those mushrooms look like fairy houses!
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Dressing Up For All Saints Party and Hallows Eve:
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St. George, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Joseph, St. Therese of the Child Jesus
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Mikayla was in the All Saints play, one of the Apostle’s fish. Her first play, and she had so much fun!
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All Hallows eve was fun. We made the rounds at the local grocery store and strip mall. The candy has been moved to the pantry in bags, because I found way too many wrappers in bedrooms and hyper kids.
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Every expression on Jonathan’s face looked sinister!
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Fairy, Dancer, Soldier, Dad, and Mr. Mischievous!
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I can’t wrap my head around all these boxes!

Not knowing when we’re going to close on the house is driving me insane. It could be one to two weeks from now. Either number is stressful. But it is really happening. The reality of it all is settling in my mind and heart. At that point where I just want to get to the new house so I can resume life as normal. Everything seems to be on hold right now.

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I am beginning to wonder if I packed up too much, leaving nothing for the kids to play with. This picture is of Jonathan who took out mommy’s prayer books because all of his are in boxes. Luckily he was a happy guy. School bookwork is an impossibility right now. Just too much to do. We’re “unschooling” for awhile. Thank the Lord for my Mom and Sister who are coming to help me today. Help me make some sense of this maze of boxes!

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It is not until you empty the closets, and uncover all your “projects” that you realize how much you’ve started and never finished.  Tis my life.

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God’s Grace – who can do this without it?

..and “I get by with a little help from my friends” and family…

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Love at first sight

You know it’s the home you should buy when you get all teary and choked up when you step into the yard and peek in the windows. We found our new home last night and should close on it very soon because the owners already moved out. For friends and family, I thought I’d share a few pics and thoughts.

 

I was excited as a kid in a candy shop when I found this home online just yesterday. Priced perfect (no negotiating) and taxes good number. Square footage just a bit smaller than our current home. But the yard and woodwork makes up for it.

 

MLS Description: Beautiful custom blt home on almost 1 acre of woods, loaded with extras, hickory cabinets, wood flrs, stainless steel appl, 3 BR 1 level, walkout, picture perfect lawn, spklr sys, extra wide asphalt drive, inflr heat (-boiler),heated & insul gar & more! Well, shared septic. Move in ready.

 

New house aerial

The yard is almost an acre with a wooded back yard, and woods across the street.

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The house is just the color and styles we’ve always wanted. Plenty of natural light from the windows.

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The yard is beautifully landscaped and taken care of. It’s sad these people couldn’t afford it anymore, but we appreciate all the details they created.

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The kitchen is nothing short of fabulous. It has hickory cabinets, slate backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. The floors are wood laminate, tile and frieze carpet. Love it. It’s certainly our style.

 

So excited things are going very smoothly thus far. All due to our fabulous realtors, St. Joseph, as well as Brandy and Chris of Edina Realty. No complaints.

 

It’s a great buyers market, for certain. We’re just lucky and rare to win on both ends. Anyone else playing the real estate market?

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