Saturday, October 15, 2016

back and forth

So this happened.  Twice.  Why is it we have such a hard time selling houses?  (P.S. right after this picture I got stung by a wasp.  Fun times).  The first people that bought our house backed out after the inspection.  I didn't even know that was possible without some kind of penalty.  I mean, we had signed papers and found a new house in our new town.  We were super annoyed with these people.  Our agent thinks they got cold feet.  So we started all over again and thankfully a few days later we sold again.  
We lived like this most of the summer.  Boxes everywhere, and everything half packed, half thrown all over and half the things we needed we couldn't find.
We were lucky enough to be able to rent from the sellers of our new home for a couple of months since our closing got delayed due to us having to put our house back on the market and start all over.  We spent the end of July moving things out of the storage unit and into our new home.  We drove back and forth (an hour and a half) several times a week, and Craig was driving every day to work.  Thank goodness it was still summer!
The kids were excited to come and "help" unpack (aka- dump everything out of the boxes and find all their toys!)  And Andrew was happy with his new man cave!
I came around the corner after we had been unloading the U-haul and saw this and about died laughing. #movingprobs
We were smart enough to hire movers this time, but we had just a couple U-haul loads to take from the storage unit before moving day.  The day this sucker pulled up reality hit.
And these guys started moving all our stuff as we sat and chatted.  It felt a little awkward but we were sure glad we weren't doing it!
Thank goodness for my sweet friends and our babysitter next door.  Angie took the girls for a sleepover the night before so Kerigan would be occupied.  And Olivia took them swimming at her house on moving day.  #ittakesavillage
Once we moved, since I didn't have a new salon yet we drove back to my old one which I had a hard time giving up!  And this girl decided to chop her long locks.
I was torn, but she was so happy and got to donate it.
She looks so grown up now
Ready for Kindergarten!
We came back to our old town several weekends after we moved for various birthday parties and getting things done at the old house.  We had August and September before we had to be completely out.
So we got to go to Payton's birthday party and it was so fun!
They had the best time and Kerigan was so happy to be back with her old friends!  It almost didn't feel like we had moved yet!

I can't even handle this big girl look. #shelooks13
She wanted to give Payton a Frozen scooter just like hers.
Then the next weekend we went back for Parker's birthday!
I came across this old picture of them the first summer we met.  They were just babies!!
I can't give up my old pedicure place either so Angie and I had to squeeze that in when we were back!
This time we took all the girls and they had a blast! #schooltoes
Getting her Kindergarten mani and pedi!
So the whole day she kept saying "Mom, I miss Lily, can we see Lily?"  And I told her we couldn't this time.  Ashley was opening a new day care center and I knew they were super busy.  So when we walked into Zeno's and saw her family, I about died.  Kerigan just thought it was magic! #bestsurpriseever
Andrew had a birthday party for his best friend Gavin.  So we were back in town another time for this, and I was doing something at the house so he decided to throw paper airplanes over the railing with my packaging materials!  Ha!  I never let them do this when we lived here, so I let them live it up!
The party was at the aquatic center and the boys had the best time.  Andrew is really going to miss Gavin.
This kid always had his back.  I knew Andrew was taken care of when Gavin was around!  Ha!
Then that night we went for dinner at Wendy's and look who we ran into!!!  Kerigan was just beginning to think I was planning these surprise meetings!
I came across this sweet picture of Kerigan, Annika and Lily the first day of day care when we first moved.  These girls have been besties ever since.  They were thick and thieves and I know they all miss each other this year!

So I know they say that when you move, if you want to get to know people and make friends you have to stay in town.  We had a hard time leaving these people and this house.  But once school started we have followed this "rule" and it has made a big difference.  More about our move coming soon!

Friday, October 14, 2016

endless summer

*Ok, I sat down tonight and uploaded a ton of pictures from my phone and created about 8 updates that I'm behind on!  So over the next few days I hope to post every day or every other day just so I can catch up by Halloween!  Then I'm going to back date everything to August!  Ugh.  Life is catching up with me... I have so much to update about!  So starting at the beginning...
In the midst of the craziness of selling our house and buying our new one, I saw this quote and it is totally how I felt at that moment.  I hate when summer ends, but I love fall.  That doesn't really make sense, but it's the way it is!
Sleeping in one morning, I rolled over and saw this.  I think she wants a never ending summer too!  Ha!
My favorite thing to do on weekend mornings is sleep in and peruse Zulily in bed when I wake up.  Angie got me in the mood for the upcoming months!  HA!  I won't say more, but let's just say this shirt is PERFECT for me!  I have to have a little "me" time in December.  Mental health days is what I like to call it!
To get ready for the move, Angie and I had a double garage sale at her house.  The girls had fun playing with all the stuff and I think Angie and I traded so many clothes and toys we barely needed the sale! Ha.
This is what we were told was a low shed cat.  #theylied
Belle found a new home.
This was a cute picture of daddy and Kerigan putting together her birthday Legos.  Daddy always ends up doing most of the work as the kids watch!  
So we love snapchat.  Like every day the kids want to see the new ones and I won't admit to them but I secretly love it too!  We laugh and laugh and have so much fun!
One night Angie sent me a snapchat of she and Chad and so I made Craig do it.  I could not stop laughing.  Craig didn't want to admit it was hilarious!  I was texting Angie and my mom and we were all laughing so hard.  #welovesnapchat
Because we have packed most of our stuff by now, the kids were limited on things to play with!  They got super creative with the fort builder!
We had to have a blizzard on Miracle Treat Day!
Kerigan's tumbling ended with a summer picnic so we went with our neighbor Brooklyn and her mom.  The girls had a blast!
Kerigan had a first- going off the diving board!!  I was shocked she did this all by herself!
They weren't allowed to wear floaties down the slides for some reason, so I was nervous about her making it all the way to the side in the deep end but she did it!  Over and over again.
She was so proud of herself!  #littlefish
She and Brooklyn and Avery went to horse camp this summer!  Last summer she was too young and she was so happy she could go this year.  #fiverocks
Andrew remembered how much fun he had last year and was happy to go again too!

Kerigan's little boyfriend Asher.  These two hung out and were so cute together all week!
Making horse crafts!
Silly boys!
On the last day Shauna and I went to take pictures and watch the kids ride.  It was so fun!  But it was a rainy morning!
This is Andrew and his favorite horse
Kerigan and her favorite
It was such a fun week!
We always look forward to the heart picnic with our friends!  The kids all had a great time playing!
It was kind of chilly, but that didn't stop the water balloon toss!
Andrew was so into this!
We left the picnic and headed straight to Principal Park for the semi finals of Craig's new baseball team.  It was such an exciting game!
Andrew got so into the game!
And this girl just wanted to eat!  She was loving the concession stand food!  She had popcorn, nachos, pizza and ice cream!  Ha!
This was the coolest game I've ever watched.  Craig's team was down by 2, but a freshman hit a 3 run walk off home run!  I've never seen the ball hit outta the park before!  The excitement in the stands was just awesome!
Sister was so tired she couldn't make it to the end!  But this little man loved it!
On our way out he found Ga Ga!  I thought that was pretty clever!  I texted my mom who was vacationing in Alaska and she was thrilled!
Four days before we moved my girls and I had to watch Bad Moms.  It was such a funny movie and a great night!
Afterwards we sat outside a favorite sports bar and were trying to decide what to order when Amanda returns with a huge pitcher of margaritas!  #yes
They had this amazing gas firepit and we all sat around it and chatted about life.
Then we finished the night at our empty house full of boxes, which was kind of sad.  We have had many, many parties and celebrations at this house.  Lots of fun memories and to think I didn't know these girls 3 years ago and now I call them my besties.  I will miss them a ton.

So as much as I wanted moments like these to last forever, summer has to end and we have to move on.  

More coming soon...

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