Wednesday, May 24, 2017

That time again...

Well, I am in Morgantown again this week, so that must mean it's time to update the ol' blog.  I think I left off with us moving into the new house.  We are pretty well settled in now, and thankfully under contract on the old one!  We do miss our old neighbors, but our loving the new place!

So, what have we been doing since February?  Connor and Levi had soccer season, and baseball is underway for Connor now.  We got chickens and have had a bear visit the backyard a few times.  (We haven't seen it...just pictures from the trail camp!)  We had company for Easter and went to Muster (where we met some Aggies who live on our street!)  I went back to Puerto Rico and we did the Blue Ridge 10K/half marathon.  Abby turned three (!!!) and today was the last day of 2nd grade for Connor.

Starting with a few pics of the new house....

Love all the natural light in here!

Abby's room before we got her curtains hung!

Some happy little kiddos that they have a playset again!

Our sunrise view!

And for a few other random pics...

Aggie and I took a walk through the woods during lunch...a great little mid-day break!

This little boy LOVES his Aggie-dog!

Abby's teacher called one day to tell me she fell and bumped her head and had a decent size goose egg.  She mentioned "size of a quarter" but you may be able to see from this pic, the bruise was maybe the size of a quarter, but the actual goose egg was WAY bigger! They said she only cried a minute or two and thankfully she wasn't phased by it, but sheesh!

I was usually too busy stressing out cheering Connor on to take many pics at soccer, but I was proud of this little guy playing goalie this year. He loved it and takes after his Mama!

We lost one of our hives due to a later cold snap, so we extracted all their remaining honey.  We got 45 lbs of honey, which was close to 5 gallons! This kids love sampling it!

We planned a picnic one afternoon, but it rained, so we moved it into the barn!

Our girls...Molly, Maisy, Lexi, Lucy, Rachel and Rita.  Don't ask me who is who, though!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The rest of Feb!

Ok...last post and I think I am pretty much caught up.  After Mexico, it was crunch time...we closed 10 days later on the new house!  What I didn't count on was strep throat for Abby or double ear infections for Levi.  Seriously?!

Little Miss wasn't feeling good the day after  we got home...and the day our help left!  They confirmed strep...I was honestly surprused it wasn't her ears!

Working from the couch while my assistant watches Peppa!

Blaket monster!!

As I mentioned in another post...Abby is into picking out her clothes. This outfit was a doozie!

Might be getting too big...haha.  I have told him to stop growing, but he doesn't listen!

I *may* have bribed our kiddos and the neighbors with ice cream for picking up all the Legos.  Even with buying 5 ice creams...I came out ahead in that deal!

These neighbor kiddos have made moving bittersweet.  We will def miss having them right behind us!!
Enjoying the trampoline before Daddy took it apart to move!

Back to the peds!  We hadn't been there in MONTHS and were now back twice in one week.  Levi woke up the night before inconsolably crying because his ears hurt so bad.  Thankfully Ibuprofen took the edge off, and he was back to his silly much I was actually doubting myself about bringing him in.  You could definitely tell when the medicine started wearing off, because the pain would pick right back up!

We opted to rent a Penske and move all the boxes and non-furniture items ourselves to save some money.  It worked out really well.  We used two men and a truck for the furniture and could not have been happier -- they were GREAT!

Closing day!!  Abby and Levi saw the house when Connor and Clay were in Texas, so this was Connor's first time here.

Looks a little different now that we have moved our stuff in, but I don't have any after pictures yet, as there are still tons of boxes!

This picture doesn't do the kitchen's great!

Penske truck selfie...I learned how to drive a big truck!  We live up a pretty good mountain, so it was interesting getting the momentum to get up the road!

The reward for all our hard work...the sunrise our first morning in the new place.  The view has not gotten old...and I don't see that happening, either!  Also can't wait to try out the fire pit!

This girl was a big helper almost three year old fashion.  Connor was a great helper, too!

Taking a walk in our ginormous backyard!  We can pick up a trail in the national forest from our yard.  Pretty cool!

Phew.  Marathon blogging session is over.  I am in  Morgantown this week...glad to have a free night to catch up!!


MEXICO, baby!!

Yes, in the middle of the the crazy busy time of trying to move, Clay and I took a long weekend in MEXICO!!  We met some of our good friends who it had been way too  long since we had seen them. (We were supposed to see them in Tennessee last Easter, but we were downed with Tummy Bug 2K16 and missed out!)  They live in Cali, so it's not really that easy to make plans together!

Anyway, we had a blast.  And, there were some busy bees at our house packing up boxes while the kids were at school, so double win for us!  (THANKS, MOM AND DAD!!)

Kicking off the trip right with drinks in CLT the night before our flight!

Thankfully not our flights...We almost sent this to our friends as a joke.  Good thing we didn't because they actually ended up having a really stressful morning with their flight being cancelled and United automatically rebooking them 24 hours later.  Thankfully they discovered this and were able to get to the airport where there connection was and get on their original connecting flight.

Don't mind if I do!

Love this guy!

We made it to our room!  Each room has THIS:

Waiting for our friends!!

There were concerts every fun!

We took a scuba trip one morning.  It ended up basically us having a private catamaran for the morning, as the excursion was just the 4 of us.  After some time checking out the fish, they took us to a bay where we could just hang out in the water and drink the beverages they provided!

The hotel that the excursion left from had a dolphin area.  While it was really cool to see them, it also made me sad they were in a pool and didn't have that much room for the 5 or so of them that were in there!

Someone, who shall remain nameless, forgot to take my picture actually climbing the wall!

We thought we were being all smart and proactive by going down early to these little cabana things and putting stuff out to claim one.  Apparently they didn't work that had to reserve them for $200 a day!!  And they had been booked since December.

Oh well...we found a decent spot!

 Deep thoughts with Jack Handy.

Last morning!

BOOOO to leaving Mexico, but happy to get home to our littles, too!!

I had to send this pic to  my friend.  There was a bar tender at one of the pool bars where we hung out that loved to make something called a guacamole shot.  He also really loved us and if he heard anyone say the word "Guacamole" (even not talking to him!), he would make more and more and more!  Made for a fun afternoon.