1) Painting is hard work. I thought we'd only paint a few rooms starting out. Well, everything got painted except the kitchen and two bathrooms. So, three bedrooms, three ceilings, one large living room (and we had the ceiling done/textured by a friend), the entire basement room and floor and stairs/walls going down to the basement. Whew. I may never paint again. Just kidding. I already have about a million "little" painting jobs to do . . . like frames, and small pieces of furniture, and . . .
2) Sanding floors is hard work. And man, those machines are powerful and scary all at the same time. Oh my goodness, it looked so much better when we were done! Come see for yourself! :)
3) If you move in to a house thinking you'll only do a couple things, a couple will turn in to many more. And cost more than originally thought. And be a lot of hard, but rewarding work. I'm pretty sure IF we ever move again, hehe, it will be into a house that needs NO work at all. Those homes exist, right? I guess since Ethan and I love older homes, that's not very likely. (And I say "if" because I can not possibly imagine moving ever again right now. Give me 5 years. :)
4) Moves are stressful. I know, obvious. I had forgotten already though. Plus our 10 am pickup for our U-haul fell through, and we had to scramble for a new one. And of course we had people waiting/ready to help us, which really made me stressed. But, we started at 10:30, and were done moving in the last box by 1pm-ish. (We had three different places to pick up stuff from. So not too bad, considering.) And we were lucky to have some great help from friends!
5) I love our new house. Oddly enough, it feels much bigger with all of our furniture in it. With our Front Street house, it took us awhile to fall in love. (I think we were just really nervous about the large purchase for awhile.) But we are instantly in love with this one. Probably since we've already "given" so much to it. It's so perfect for us. And has some old charm to it too - fireplace, built in cabinet, original maple floors - which we've always been drawn to. It is a little weird being in a one story; I feel like we have to be more mindful of privacy, but at the same time I love everything being on one level. (Oh, and there is the basement play room, but that's only usable when the space heater has been going for awhile, or the kids are completely bundled up to go downstairs . . . but it'll be awesome in the summer! :) Anyway, we are happy to have our own place again. Especially this place. We feel very blessed with how everything turned out.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
So, I'm not doing resolutions this year . . . although I always have things I'm working on. Mostly, I just need to get settled in my house and get back into our normal routines, and lifestyle, and space, etc. We pushed our moving day back to this coming Saturday, the 14th. Everything just took way longer than we thought it would, but all the major stuff is done now. So we're gradually moving in this week, and then renting a moving truck on Saturday for all the storage unit stuff. Ah, I'm so excited!!!!!!!
I'm so focused on the moving stuff, getting the final touches on the house, etc. that my birthday week snuck up on me. And with everything going on, I think we'll only have time to celebrate on Friday, my actual birthday. How sad, huh? hehe. I guess that's okay for this year. Especially since moving in to our new house is like the best birthday present ever!!! (Also, some of our stuff has been stored for 31/2 years so it'll be like Christmas opening up some of these boxes. Yay!)
So, as I was filling out my new calendar for 2012, I also took the time to look back over 2011's calendar. We had lots of good stuff happening - play dates, baby blessing, birthdays, etc. Also, there were ALOT of doctor appointments. hehe. I thought I'd do a short recap on all of us from 2011, based on what showed up on the calendar. Here it goes . . .
ETHAN - Ethan did a lot of traveling for internships. A lot! Even though Eth was gone tons, he still managed to be an awesome daddy and husband to his little family. Thanks for everything, babes! He also had some biggies this year, like - graduating from his Doctor of Physical Therapy program, turning 30, passing his licensure exam, and getting his first "real" job with an awesome company. Hooray for Ethan! :)
ANGELA - I turned 30! And I took care of kiddies alot . . . including our new, sicky one. hehe. (Not that I wrote that on the calendar . . . 'cause it's an every day kind of thing . . . but I tried to keep things going as best I could while Ethan was gone.) I feel like I spent the first part of the year trying to keep my head above water with all the appointments for Caleb (and me too with working through the thyroid/blood pressure stuff after the pregnancy), all the medications he needed, getting Anna and Ben-Ben out and about, and to different activities. Things eventually managed to calm down . . . somewhat. I got a new calling this year in the Primary Presidency, and was pleasantly surprised with the excitement I felt, since I thought I'd been doing the primary thing for long enough. Love the people I serve with, and love those kids!
ANNA - Had her first ever ballet recital. She turned 6, and started kindergarten at Sandy Knoll. Anna had a kidney infection for the first time, actually two back to back. It was quite the traumatic experience for both of us, and included many different tests, IVs, ER visits, overnight hospital stay, and lots of antibiotics. Also, Anna had lots of play dates with friends, and continues to be a social little butterfly. And such a sweetie! :)
BENJAMIN - Ben-Ben turned 3. He went to lots of MOMs Club activities with me. He started pre-school, and also ended his pre-school career. (It's a long story . . . well, mostly I just felt like it wasn't the right thing for Ben. . . which is sad 'cause I really liked having a break for a couple hours M-Th. :) Benjamin also finished his time in nursery at church, and transitioned to Sunbeams in the month of December. Oh my. All my kids are growing up too fast! Ben's best friend - Logan - moved, and he still talks about him all the time. (And apparently Logan does too. :( We're still working on finding him another bud to hang out with, but for right now he thinks that all of Anna's best friends are his best friends too. Poor Ben. hehe.
CALEB - Caleb had about 40 health related appointments in 2011. Ridiculous! A totally healthy baby would have had 3-4 appointments in that same amount of time. (I'm counting all kinds of things - lab work, synegis shots, MRI on his big head, two trips downstate to specialists, regular checkups, dr. appointments for sickness, developmental appoints with early on, PT pediatrics appointments, etc.) Wow! That's alot. Besides all the appointments on the calendar for his health, he was also blessed in February, and turned one in November. What a first year! (He's actually been sicker this season so far, I swear he's catching everything. Plus, he only caught one cold last season. We just know him better now, and what's normal for him, so it requires less appointments.)
So, here's to a HEALTHIER 2012 for all of us - hopefully Caleb will continue to grow out of these lung issues (I'm hoping his appointments will at least be halved!), and Anna won't get any more kidney infections (or any new kind of infections!), and Ben-Ben will stay healthy (although he's been getting rashes lately. . . I think he has some mild allergies, geesh we can't catch a break! :), and Ethan and I will just get healthier in general . . . (once we're in our own space, and actually have a place at home to work out again, and are eating better again . . . and . . . . :).