Thursday, July 26, 2018

Pioneer Day!

Pioneer Day has become a little holiday that I really look forward to every year. It's so fun seeing the girls dressed up in pioneer dresses and I love going to do some fun activities together as a family since Ryan gets the day off of work.

I snapped this of Jane the morning before we left. She's playing with one of the 14 wooden ducks that my brother, Jarom, carved for all of the grandkids a few years ago for Christmas. It's held up so well and I love the craftsmanship and timeless feel of it.


We went to Provo to join in on the Pioneer activities. It was very crowded, as usual, and SO extremely hot. We all were getting cranky from the heat so we didn't actually stay long, which was too bad because there were so many great activities going on. 



We went out to eat at one of our favorite Indian restaurants, just like last year, and then went to see if there were any seats left at the movie theater, but no such luck.
My parents have a big neighborhood party in their cul-de-sac every year on the 24th and we went to join, but Lucy and I were both starting to feel under the weather so we couldn't actually stay. It was sad that our festivities came to an abrupt stop, but we still have so many other things to look forward to for the rest of the Summer! :)

Moving Day! πŸ“¦πŸšš

On Friday, July 6th we closed on our very first home! And then a week later we rallied everyone we could to come help us move in. 

I had been working tirelessly the couple of weeks before to just get everything packed and cleaned. So early on Saturday the 14th we had both sides of the family come and help move, clean, and watch the girls. My parents spent nearly their entire Saturday helping us get moved.


Despite my attempt at keeping donuts out of the house, we somehow ended up with two boxes of donuts and the girls were in donut heaven. 



I sure will miss these big windows. It was the first thing I fell in love with at this house. 



In front of our new home!


We still had a few things left to do at our old house before we could check out and we figured we would just go back later that evening to finish up, but we were so dog-gone tired, we decided to do it another night. And since we had already paid rent for the entire month of July, we didn't feel too rushed to get it done. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Battle of the Home Buyers

For the past several months, Ryan and I have been looking to buy a house. Every day both of us would scan through all the home listings and occasionally go to look at one. There weren't very many listings and it would seem discouraging at times, I started thinking that we would just have to settle on a less-than-ideal home. I went to see a house in Cedar Hills and wasn't totally in love with it, but it was in a good neighborhood and had a huge yard. But Ryan didn't want to pursue it and so I felt like we would never agree on a house. Everything that was in our price range was either in a dumpy neighborhood/ on a really busy street, or was in serious need of repairs. I truly thought we wouldn't be finding a house any time soon and that we would just have to accept that we'd be staying where we were. 
But the very next day Ryan texted me a link to a house in Lehi. I thought it looked pretty cute, so we texted our realtor to go through it. We wanted to go through as soon as possible since we were about to go to a black tie event for Ryan's work. Luckily, we were able to squeeze in time right before leaving to Salt Lake. As we were driving up to the neighborhood we saw a couple of kids on the corner selling lemonade, and then we turned the corner and saw some more kids selling lemonade. Then as we got closer to the house we saw a family playing basketball, another family out working on their yard, and a couple neighbors out chatting with each other. I was already smitten with the neighborhood and loved that it wasn't on a busy street. 
We walked through really quickly, but then chatted with one of the neighbors for a bit before leaving. 
Pretty much as soon as we were driving home, we knew we wanted to put an offer in. There were so many things that checked off on our list of things we wanted in a home and we just fell in love with it. 






















We talked with our realtor about all our options as far as what to put in our offer, and we felt so confident and excited about it all, but had to wait 2 days before they would even review the offers. 
So that gave us some time to write up a little personal letter for the seller. 

I looked up some ideas for personal letters and saw that someone had made a cute flyer type letter so Ryan helped me piece this one together. 
We figured it was time to put those three cute faces to use and hope that they would sway the sellers toward our offer haha--even if it did end up having some grammatical errors. Oops! 
On Monday night I was chatting on the phone with my sister when Ryan nudged me and showed me that our offer had been accepted!
We were SO excited and throughout the whole process I didn't have any anxiety about it and just felt that it was right. 

Everything was lining up perfectly and we didn't have any issues with the appraisal or the inspection and we were even able to move the closing date up a week! It all couldn't have come at a better time because our shower had been broken at our old place for over a month and our landlord wasn't fixing it for us. It was also one of my goals to buy a home before any of the girls started school, so it was perfect. We went to register Norah for kindergarten at her new school and we happened to meet a family who had just moved from California into the home right across the street. They have 6 girls ranging from ages 2-14 so we were so thrilled about having friends in the neighborhood. 
It's been such a blessing in so many ways and we are so excited to start a more permanent life here!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Moving On, Moving Up!

Yes! We are moving! Their faces in this photo crack me up because Norah is feeling all sentimental about the whole ordeal (she was very concerned/mournful when we sold our kitchen table and chairs), Lucy is pretty excited about the prospect of bunk beds, Jane is just over there picking her nose, not seeming to care too much, and I’m all glitter and sparkles about buying our very first home! 
We’ve been in our home for 3 years now and we’ve made some great memories, but we are so excited! Norah was 2.5 when we moved here and even though she was so little, it was still a big adjustment for her. 


Here we are at our home we've rented for the last 3 years. 


This is us last year at the same time.


And this is us when we very first moved in. I didn't take a photo of us all after living there for a year, which is kind of sad, but oh well. It's funny to see how everyone has grown so much, especially Jane! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚
It's funny to think that when we moved in, we thought we would only be here for a year, but I'm glad we stayed and made so many good friends. We will definitely miss our AWESOME ward and I will especially miss Relief Society (something I thought I'd never say haha), however I've already met a few people in our new neighborhood and I'm so excited to live there!



I'll write more about our experience finding our new home once we actually move in, but here is a photo of the house that we are supposed to be closing on next week!


One-On-One Dates!

Norah has been asking about going out on a hot date, just us two, for quite a while. Every now and then we'll go run an errand together, but I thought we should do something more special. A couple days before, she got in my lap and said, "I want to spend more time together just you and me" so we set a date and she was SO excited about it. 

The girls took baths and got ready for bed, and Norah and I got ready to go out for a treat. Lucy was feeling really sad about being left behind and started crying, but I told her that I would take her out two days later so she was a little consoled by that idea. Jane, however, really didn't understand and wouldn't calm down enough to let me explain that she would get her turn. She had just got out of the bath and was naked except for a shirt, but she was so anxious to come, she was scrambling to grab her shoes and run after us, naked bum and all. It was SO sad/sweet and it broke my heart. πŸ’”πŸ˜’πŸ˜­

Norah and I thought about getting ice cream, but then we saw a shaved ice stand on the way and decided to do that instead. We were the only ones there and she got to choose from tons of flavors of juice. She went with the birthday cake flavor. ;)

We chatted for a little bit and these are my favorite takeaways: 

When I’m grown up ad you’re having a tough time with a new baby--if you have another baby--I’ll, like, help you take care of the baby while you take care of the house.

I asked her what she loves about being five: I love being little. Because we get to snuggle more and play more and chat more.

Totally random remark: I’ll really miss you when you’re like dead. πŸ˜‚


We finished our snow cones and then drove to this field that I've been wanting to check out. 



It was beautiful, but Norah said she was starting to get tired so we wrapped it up.


We rolled down a hill just before leaving, though she was careful to cover her face because "it just scratches".




We went home and while I was tucking her in bed we had this little conversation:

Norah: I wish that daddy and Lucy and Jane were disappeared and that it was just you and me.
 
Me: You would miss them! It’s so fun to have sisters. 
Norah: Well yeah, and then they would appear. πŸ˜†

Norah is so sweet and sensitive and my big helper! I'm so glad we got to go out on a hot date and she can't wait for our next one!

I took Lucy out a couple days later and leaving the house wasn't much easier. It was Norah's turn to be sad about us leaving her behind. πŸ˜₯

Lucy was VERY excited about being able to sit in Norah's booster instead of her own carseat (something she always tries to do whenever we go anywhere--in fact, that is the one thing she wanted for her birthday, however, I just want to keep her in a 5 point for as long as we can😬). She got to watch a little movie during the drive just like Norah which is quite a treat since we reserve movies in the car for long trips only. 

We stopped for ice cream and Lucy chose the birthday cake one just like Norah coincidentally πŸ˜‹


I tried chatting with her and asking questions, but she was so distracted by the cars passing and people eating and all sorts of things haha so we mostly just ate in peace.


We stopped at another little spot close by for some pictures of her. haha this one cracks me up! πŸ˜†


I told her it was time to go and she tried all sorts of tricks to get me to extend the time. We decided to walk right over to the reception center next door for a few more pictures and she was more than willing to model if it meant staying up later haha

  


It was still a little bit of a battle getting her back home and into bed, but she had so much fun and I hope this can be a fun memory for her! 

Jane and I had to postpone our date so we had a little mini outing together while the older girls were at a friend's house for the morning. She got a sucker and said, "Just me and mommy" because she was so happy to have me all to herself! I didn't get any pictures, but we'll do a proper date together soon and I'll definitely get some then. Love my girls so much!

Update:

I took Jane out on a date tonight after finishing this post. She was so excited when I asked if she wanted to go! The other girls, of course, burst into tears when we were about to leave. I don't know if there is really anything I can do to help that from happening, but hopefully once we make this a regular thing, it'll get better on it's own. 🀷

It was close to bedtime so I thought we would make it quick and just do a walk around the block together with a popsicle. She was in heaven!


She was licking her popsicle so much that when I asked her to smell the rose, she got confused and licked it instead haha




Just a mom with her camera and a girl with her popsicle.


I love this one of her looking up. She spotted the cow across the street so we went over to have a look.


We walked over to say hi to the cow and when we were standing at the fence he ran over really fast! Then when we were trying to feed him grass he moo'd really loud and scared the beejeezeez out of us! haha


It was only about 20 minutes, but she totally loved it and felt so special to get her own time. She walked into the house and yelled at Ryan, "We went on a date!"