Texas Roadtrip

Well ladies and gents, it is official – we have a house!

Last week, hubby and I climbed into our minivan and drove a very long 13 hours down to Abilene, TX. It’s technically only a 12 hour drive but we stopped a few times. It was very interesting watching all the scenery change as we got closer to our destination. Definitely going to have to get used to somethings – like a lack of speed limit signs.. and road signs in general. Except the ice signs. Plenty of those, warning that bridges may ice over in cold weather. This is something we live with in Iowa but apparently its not common in Texas. And wow do they drive fast down there!Β The fields were different too. I’m used to my corn and soybean fields but not in TX. It’s cotton and shrubbery, everywhere! They have these shrubs that look like trees but are small. Kind of weird. All sorts of changes for us to adapt to!

The town is definitely smaller than what we’re used to but it did have the majority of stores that we shop at. Walmart, Target, BB&B, BestBuy, a decent mall, and a few movie theaters.. No Aldi though and that’s my main grocery store so that’s a bummer. We’ll have to make some adjustments but we should be okay. Food selection is a lot more limited. Lots of Mexican, BBQ and steak.. not so much on the variety. I’ve been told there is one good Chinese place but we didn’t try it out so not sure how good it is. We tried a Tex Mex place and I gotta admit, it wasn’t as good as what I’ve had in Iowa! Next time I’ll try authentic instead. Or maybe a classier joint? One steak house we drove by had a sign out front – they deliver! Steak delivery, only in Texas. On another sad note, there is no Panera. I’m very disappointed about that one. I love Panera – awesome sandwiches and soups and omg those bagels! I guess I’ll have to get my fill before we go. And every time we come back to visit. And anytime we go to Fort Worth or Dallas. Lol.

We spent about an hour our first morning looking at houses. We saw 5 altogether and ended up getting our 2nd choice (the first got rented before we made up our mind – they move quick down there!). We’re pretty excited about it – its bigger than our current place and the master has its own bath and huge walk in closet. Theo and Addy will have their own rooms with lots of space and also big closets. There’s a bonus room in the garage – perfect for Daddy’s workout equipment! We were super disappointed about losing our favorite house but this one is actually saving us money with cheaper rent and its right down the street from the elementary school. So really, its a great house. And the backyard is huge – and flat! Hubby has been mowing the hill in our current yard for two years, he’s thrilled that he won’t be doing it anymore! Our new landlord agreed to us getting a temporary style above ground pool too – can’t wait for that one! The yard has a nice privacy fence so it’ll be a great addition for us and the kids with the nice warm Texas weather. Did I mention it’s hot in Texas??

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The front of our new house!

We did a little shopping while we were down there. Got hubby to try on a pair of cowboy boots and a hat. Not a bad look on him if I do say so myself.

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We considered buying the boots.. but decided to wait until we’re moved and settled. Lots of expenses coming our way, not the best time for extra purchases! But I will say, I loved the boots I tried on! I’ve never thought about buying them before but they were so cute! There’s a regional fair and rodeo in September so I’ll probably be heading back to the store for those boots before then.

We drove back after only 2 days in Abilene – it was a short trip! Got back just in time to pick Addy up from Nana’s house and go home and sleep! We celebrated the 4th with family and had a really awesome weekend just relaxing. It was much needed after all that driving, trust me. Still kind of recuperating – it’s been a long week, despite only having 4 work days. I have less than 2 weeks at my job and we move in 3! Still a lot of packing to do at home and I have a lot of last minute stuff at work so these next few weeks will be stressful. But once it’s all over we can work on settling into our new life in TEXAS!

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Happy 4th of July!
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here comes summer!

These past few weeks have been insanely busy at our house!

First, I threw my first every garage sale – and made about $250! Not bad. I plan on having another soon. Trying my best to de-clutter as much as possible before we move. I did discover a few things though. It wasn’t work taking work off on Friday – I hardly had anyone show up and only made $20. Saturday was a killer though and there were people coming from the time I set up till we put everything away! And labeling every item with a price is a pain. Easier to put out signs with group prices (like books $1, DVDs $2, all baby clothes $.50, etc). Some items needed individual prices still but that was easier than labeling every single thing. I put out signs but I think my postings on FB got much more attention than the signs did. Our garage is currently taken up by tables and clothing hangers. It’ll be good to be done with it all but I haven’t signed off yet. Whatever we can’t sell is being donated so trying to sell as much as possible!

The day after my garage sale ended, hubby graduated. Seriously, I was trying to kill myself! Two day garage sale and then a grad party. Honestly, I’m not sure what I was thinking but it worked out. It was exciting to go and watch him accept his *empty* diploma (they mail it out to you later). Such a huge accomplishment for him! Couldn’t be more proud πŸ™‚ and now its grad school prep time plus moving! Of course, he’s still wrapping his head around that fact that he is DONE with his undergrad. It’s surreal.

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It is impossible to get a nice photo of everyone looking!
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Caught this pic of Addy clapping for Daddy!

After that, Theo graduated from kindergarten. I cannot believe he’s going into 1st grade and will be 7 at the end of the summer! What happened to the adorable little toddler I had? It was a cute little ceremony. The kids all wore caps and gowns and got a little tassel to take home. They sang a few songs and then got a diploma and a new adventure Bible! Back in the classroom the teachers had gifts laid out for each kid – a little water pail with a shovel that had all kinds of goodies inside! I am truly going to miss this school and the wonderful teacher’s he has had. There were lots of hugs and tears as we left, everyone wishing us well in Texas. Also! Theo has lost 4 teeth! We had to pull 2 to make room for the adult teeth, poor kid had a rough time eating with no teeth on the bottom for a few days. I tried to get a picture of this but he always wraps his lips in so it doesn’t work so well. Β He’s now at his dad’s for the summer – 8 whole weeks away! I miss him already.

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Theo and his awesome teacher Mrs. Carlson
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Awe, they love each other!

Adeline turned 10 months yesterday. She is sort of crawling, pulls herself up anywhere she can, and walks while holding on to things. I think she’ll be walking before her 1st birthday! She has 4 teeth – 2 on top and 2 on bottom. She loves to chew with them and to grab the spoon when we feed her. She is a little resistant to solids, still loving the purees. Trying to transition her to more table food but its a slow process. And she has a tiny stomach! She has thrown up a number of times from eating too much. Sigh. It’s a joy. But overall she is still a happy baby and we adore her. She says “dada” but no “mama” yet. Little stinker. Big talker. Very loud. I think she may out-talk her brother some day. Ha. That’ll be fun!

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She looks so quiet.. its a trick!

I have something every weekend on my summer calendar. It’s gonna be crazy! And we’re getting ready for a trip down to TX to house hunt in about 4 weeks. Not gonna lie, its a little stressful. But we still have lots of time to go so I’m trying not to worry too much. Hubby and I are really looking forward to our trip down. It’ll be exciting to find a place and to get a feel for the city. And Nana is watching the baby for us so we’ll be kid free for 4 whole days (2 of which will be spent in the car)!

Lots and lots going on and so much to do! It’s a busy summer!

New Endeavors

Hello all!

I know, I am way behind in keeping this poor blog up to date. I think I forgot just how much work a baby can be! Addy is just about ready to start crawling – eck! She is 9 months old and just a doll. We LOVE her so much! Her giggles, her nonstop chattering (seriously, she is a talker!), and her adorable smiles just make our day. Come on, look at these faces – don’t you just wanna kiss her little chubby cheeks??

Theo is enthralled by her – always wants to hold her and play with her. And she just lights up when he’s around! Those two are gonna be close. (And me being such a bad mommy, I don’t have very many pictures of them together! Gonna have to work on that more…)

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So in addition to taking care of two constantly on the go kids and getting ready for our big move at the end of July, I’ve also started a new Etsy business! (I know, I’m crazy) I am making printable cards for birthdays, weddings, showers, etc. So far, I’ve been doing custom orders for some of the mom’s in my mommy group on Facebook. I’m trying to take anything I make custom and post it in my store as well. This has not worked out super great yet – I only have one listing lol. But I’m excited about it – and hubby is excited for any extra money it brings in! So please feel free to check out my store –Β Paper Lilies by Alicia!

This weekend is already looking a little crazy. We’re having a garage sale Friday and Saturday and then hubby is graduating on Sunday! So yea, I’m really stretching myself thin trying to prep for all of this! And *gasp* I’m buying decorations from the party store for the grad party. I just don’t have time! Oh well. I’ll make it up to him in the future. His grad school graduating party will be over the top. I’m hoping to take lots of pictures on Sunday. It might be one of the last big family get together’s we have before the move. And hopefully we can get some family photos done too since everyone will be all dressed up!

We’ve got less than 3 months left until the big move. The garage sale is step one of getting ready. I’m in big time de-clutter mode! Whatever we don’t sell is getting donated. We’ve outgrown our 1100 sqft home so we definitely have too much stuff! I’ve sorted toys, baby clothes, kitchen items, movies, books, etc and we have some furniture items that are leaving as well. Once this phase is over it’ll be time to start packing non-essentials. I’ve always hated living out of boxes so I will definitely be happy when it comes time to unpack! Hubby and I just booked a hotel for a trip down to do some house hunting. We’re excited to find a place – it’ll definitely be big item off the check list! And hopefully we’ll have some time to check out the town while we’re down there. Pretty soon it’ll be “Texas here we come!!”

 

 

 

Change in Scenery

For those of you who do not know, my hubby is currently a student finishing his undergrad. After 4 years of active duty in the Navy, he decided to go back to school. He will be graduating with a BA in English in May. We are all so very proud of him and what he has accomplished! And now that he’s finishing his undergrad, the time has come to prepare for the next part of our journey. Grad school!

Hubby got accepted into his top school (one of the top Christian grad schools in the country) and is beyond thrilled! While we’ve talked about it and known it was a possibility, our future plans are now a lot more solidified: we are moving to Texas. That’s right, Texas. I can’t say it was ever on my radar for places I’d like to live but we’re both really excited about this opportunity and what the future holds for our family. A lot of thought and prayer went into the decisions we’ve made and are making and we’re ready for this new adventure.

Right now, everything is planning, planning, planning. I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at school districts and housing. Trying to figure out where I’ll be applying for jobs. I joined a Facebook group for the area to find out more info from mom’s who live there. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to plan! I’ve got an entire pinterest board dedicated to everything about our relocation. We still have 5 months or so before we’re going so plenty of time to figure things out.

The tough part about moving 13 hrs away is leaving family behind. But we are grateful for all of the love and support everyone has been giving us as we prepare. Grad school is such a big step for hubby and I know he’s excited and nervous about it. We’re so blessed to have so many encouraging people in our lives, who are sharing in our excitement! We’re going to miss everyone so much. Thank God for skype!

I’m a little nervous about the housing. No basements is a scary notion. The toy room is in our basement currently. It’s been great having a room where the kids can go play (well so far just Theo) and watch movies. Now we’re hoping for either a 2nd family room or large enough bedrooms so the bigger toy items can fit in their rooms. Obviously, there is going to be some downsizing. I am excited about the prospect of 2 bathrooms though. One is definitely not enough! And we’re hoping we can still find a place with an extra room for an office. But I have a feeling that we’ll be making some sacrifices in that area. I can’t wait until hubby is done with school and settled in a job and we can buy our own home. Ahh dreams…

So yea, exciting news for our family! Lots of changes ahead and we can’t wait!