Monday, September 29, 2014

A Wedding - Bryce and Leah Hanson

Introducing the Happy Couple as Husband and Wife

We were blessed to be a part of a wonderful wedding this past weekend.  My brother, Bryce married the lovely Leah on Saturday, September 27 at our church.  It was a beautiful day (almost 80 degrees!) for a late September afternoon and we were so happy to be part of the ceremony!

William was one of the groomsmen, Elizabeth was the flower girl and Edward was the ring bearer.  They all did a wonderful job!

September 27, 2014

The ring bearer and flower girl.  They kept asking if it was time for cake yet!

Edward and Elizabeth were so excited to do their part in the ceremony, right up until it was time to actually DO the job of walking down the isle - but luckily, the personal attendant was able to bribe them with cake and they happily walked down the isle.  They were so cute.  My heart just exploded with pride and happiness for my children!  Not to mention that I am usually very emotional at weddings anyways, but since I have known the groom since before I can remember, it was even more so than normal!

Our family.

We were able to snap a couple family portraits after the ceremony during picture taking time and the one above is one of my favorites.  We were all dressed up so nice and since that rarely happens, I knew we had to get a photo of it!

William and Elizabeth sat at the head table during the ceremony and I was able to get a cute photo of the two of them as well.  It was really dark, but using Instagram, I was able to make it a little lighter so you could see their faces.  I love it.

William and Elizabeth at the Head Table.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The New House Saga: Decorating the Outside of our Front Entry

The front entry needs something.

What that is, I am not sure. 

Granted, we are going into winter soon, so I won't have to worry about anything but keeping the sidewalk and stoop clear of snow, but it just feels like it needs something.  Something to make it feel more like a home.

A bright red metal star?  A colorful outdoor rug?  A small metal table and chair - painted a super bright color?  Even a large planter with a few smaller ones around it would help brighten up the space come spring.  The area doesn't get much sun (a bit of early morning) so it would need to be shade tolerant plants.

The space isn't that large, but it is big enough that it does need something in that corner. 

Maybe a straw bale and corn shuck for fall/winter?  That could look nice. 

Any suggestions?

Then, what color should we paint the door?  The house is yellow and has a brown roof.  I want something bright.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The New House Saga: Living Room Walls

I need to pick paint colors for the kitchen and living room walls.  I am tired of looking at the patches!

This is what you see when you walk in the front door...

Plus my favorite paint is on sale this week.

I am having a hard time choosing the colors.  Nothing feels just right yet!  I need to head out and take a look at more  color combinations at the store.

But first, a wedding to enjoy this weekend!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The New House Saga: Dishwasher & Sump Pump

When we bought the new house, we knew there were going to be issues that came up due to the cleanliness (more the lack thereof) of how the previous homeowners cared for the house. 

Last night, William ended up taking apart the dishwasher to clean out the bottom of it as he could see a little bit of food remnants in it.

A little bit of remnants was not even half the story. 

There was a small chicken bone in there, I kid you not. 

After pulling out the components and taking them outside and power washing them, he put it back together and we ran a load overnight.  Needless to say, the dishes were all spotless this morning. 

Amazing what a little proper maintenance (and even a slight rinsing of the dishes) can do.  I was just ready to cough up the money for a new dishwasher it was so gross.  William specifically told me NOT to look into the dishwasher until he was done cleaning it.  He told me twice, so I knew he was serious!

The dirty dishwasher.  Yuck.

Then there was the sump pump.  I am not quite sure how it would even be possible, but it appears there was a bag of clumping kitty litter dumped in the hole where the sump pump is located.  It stunk.  Bad. 

But after vacuuming out the hole and cycling water through the sump pump again, it is at least clear of the kitty litter mess. 

Makes me stand firm on my stance that the previous owners realized there was some maintenance needed on the house and since they didn't clean or do any maintenance, it was time to sell the house.

So grateful this morning I have a husband who can fix almost anything and WILL DO IT.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Beautiful Day at the Park

We headed out to the local Lion's Park yesterday afternoon to run off some energy before nap time.  It was such a beautiful day and I couldn't resist running through the grass with the kids!

She really likes to slide.

A caged Eddie-Bear!

Getting ready to race down the slide.

Eddie, William & Libby - September 21, 2014

Eddie, Amanda & Libby - September 21, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just Because

Annual Fall Festival 2014

Church's Fall Festival 2014

Kids loved the tractors, bouncy house and cotton candy!  And the animals, but the tractors were the hit!

First Day of School

Libby started school last week.  She LOVES it!

Eddie was trying to run onto the bus with the kids and was pretty sad when he was denied!

So one week later we are already dealing with our first round of illnesses.  That part of school really sucks!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Morning View

It is strange living in a new house. 

My stomach gets butterflies (and not the good kind) every time I get home because I am not comfortable there yet.  Granted, we haven't even been living there a week yet and everything is still in boxes until a few more repairs and cleaning projects are completed, so it doesn't surprise me that I am not "feeling it" yet. 

I think once we get a little more settled into the house and our new routine, things will begin to fall into place for me. 

But until then, at least I can enjoy the view.  And listen to the cows as they moo and eat grass in the field behind our house.  I love cows.


Monday, August 18, 2014

An Empty Shell

We closed on the sale of our home on Friday, August 15, 2014.  It had been our home for a little over 10 years.  We took a beat up and neglected house and turned it into a home.  It will always be the place that helped me grow into a (more) responsible adult, Wife and Mother.

An Empty Kitchen
Many delicious meals (and some not so great - lemon pepper tilapia comes to mind!) were prepared in this kitchen and served at our little round table.  Our kids began to learn to eat solid foods at the table.  We had conversations, birthday parties and arguments in this kitchen and around our table.  Wesley the dog ate cookies off the table and begged for food while on this floor.
Dining Room Table is gone
We spent time together as a family watching television in our living room, pizza picnics on the living room floor and even slept here a time or two when we were sick or had sick babies that needed to be held through the night.
Empty Living Room
When Elizabeth was born, she had jaundice and we spent time in the sunroom trying to get as much natural light on her little body as we possibly could.  My jade tree lived in this room for many years before it finally grew too large.  Our kids put on their winter jackets and snowpants here to get ready for outdoor adventures.  Many adventures.
Bare Sunroom.
It was very sad to see our home empty.  I was hoping that once all our belongings were out of the home, it wouldn't feel like our home anymore.  I was wrong.  It still felt like our home. 

The memories we made in this little home will be with me the rest of my life.  And I realized that I wasn't envisioning my stuff in the home - it was the memories I could still see there.  And since I get to take those with me, the home will always be mine in a small way.  Even if I don't live there anymore.
Our Home - February 2004 to August 2014
Now it is off to our next adventure.  For two weeks, we are living in a basement until we can close on our new house.  The first few nights have been rough, but I have hope that we will thrive and come out of this mini-adventure with a new-found appreciation for a place of our own.  Even if we are starting all over again!