Saturday, August 23, 2014


I've mentioned several times that the previous owners of the house we bought were nothing but kind and generous during our home purchase. They wanted us to have this house and they worked hard to make sure we got it. Time after time they generously met us in the middle, if not gave us more.
Last night we went to our new house and upon entering the kitchen saw two bottles of wine and a card. Instantly, I was overcome with emotions and started crying. The card was addressed to Bee and I. The outside said, "A new place- a new world where all your dreams can grow" and on the inside they wrote a lovely note signed with love. But that's not all. In the refrigerator, they left bottles of water and sprites. In the cabinet, they left four glasses in case we needed them. All the bathrooms were left not only stocked with toilet paper and soap, but there was also a complete fresh set of towels in each one.
I feel like we just bought a home filled with love, blessings, and warmth and we haven't even moved in yet.
Just amazingly wonderful.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Night Leftovers: So Much Edition

What a week! Let's recap:

  • Bean started kindergarten. All week she reported nothing but great things. She happily let us know she also stayed on green all week for her behavior (whew!).
  • Tot started third grade. Although Tot doesn't share much, she did say she liked library this week and so far, she has said nothing but positive things.
  • I started work. I was warmly welcomed everywhere but I haven't been to so many meetings in all the past years combined. There was a ton of new information to learn. I don't know when I'll find my groove, but I'm excited!
  • We did our final walkthrough of our new house. It was awesome.
  • As a result of the aforementioned final walk through we discovered this week that Tot is allergic to poison ivy. I am not allergic but Bee is crazy allergic. None of the kids have ever shown any signs either way. I guess while we were walking the property during the walk through Tot found some poison ivy. So far it is very manageable and she hasn't really complained too much.
  • The appraisal of our house happened this week. The buyers should get the report early next week.
  • The buyers of our house also had their home inspection here today. We hopeful there is nothing weird that will show up and no ridiculous requests will be made. You just never know.
  • Today we closed on our new house. We are the proud new owners of eleven acres and a lovely home! We will be moving a few small things in this weekend but we won't be moving the bulk until next weekend. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


"God made fireflies to make things fun. They're like little stars that are close and you can catch them." ---Bean

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One Step Closer

Big news this week on the house front.
1. The contract we received on our house is now ratified. Whoooo to the hooooo! I'm still a little nervous because we still have to get through the home inspection and their VA loan but I am optimistic. The girls and I changed the sign from "for sale" to "under contract" this week. It felt pretty darn good.
2. Tonight we had our final walk through at our new house. I cannot say enough about how nice the sellers have been. They welcomed us with open arms and it was as if we have known them for years. They showed us all the ins and outs of the house and we talked about our future plans. They shared how sad they were to leave but how happy they were that we were buying their house. Apparently their grown children were sad to see the house go but we made sure to tell them that they were always welcome to visit.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Day Of School Report

Sadly, I didn't get to see the girls off yesterday. Even sadder, I wasn't here when they got home either. I shed quite a few tears about missing them coming and going. I'll get to that in a second.

Tot reported that her day was good and she has some new people in her school. She went outside for recess and had P.E. Other than that, Tot didn't have a whole lot to share. She says she likes her teacher and came home with some reading for homework.

Bean reported that her day was also good. She couldn't tell me a single child's name but she knew she liked it. She loved going to the playground and "learning." Tot shared with me that Bean did cry once they got to school but the principal helped her out and led her to class. I asked Bean why she was crying and she reported that she was "nervous." She said she didn't cry during the rest of the day and she was excited to return to school today.

I missed the girls in the morning and afternoon because yesterday was also my first day. I started work yesterday and had quite the long day. It was filled with the prerequisite human resource dump of information. Bee called me as the girls' bus arrived so I could hear them getting off and hear any immediate conversation. Surprisingly, they both spent quite a bit of time on the phone with me, telling me all about their day.

Overall, it seems like everyone's first day was a success. A long week is ahead but it will also be an exciting one.

Monday, August 18, 2014

First Day of School

Here they are! Ready for school. 
This one had a countdown going leading up to going to school. When she saw the bus coming, she ran to get on.

This one just says she's excited. On my end, I can't get over how big she looks. Third grade, you guys!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Night Before School

Tomorrow is a big day around here.
Tot starts third grade.
Bean starts kindergarten.
I start my new job.

Everyone is super excited (and maybe a little nervous). Let the year begin!