Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Anyway.....as the title states, Monday was a day for firsts.
We have a new puppy, our FIRST dog. (technically he came to live with us last Tuesday, but you know...firsts). His name is Lewie (named after Jeres G'pa) and he's a cheagle. Not a great pic, but he really is a cute little puppy. If you know me, you KNOW I am NOT an animal person. Me no likey animals, most especially in a house. So, Jere fought hard and I caved. BUT, he lives outside, because that is where animals belong. However, I won't lie, he sort of makes me feel bad for him, 'cause he's really sweet and cute. I'll try and take a better picture someday soon.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
This is her on her first birthday, which was a rousing big party. She's such a little baby here. Wasn't quite walking, only saying a few words. Oh my goodness what a difference a year makes.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Here's the deal....we have needed to move for a LONG, LONG time. We'd long outgrown our apartment. However, if you know me at all, you know that I do not deal well with change. Besides, there always seemed to be some reason we couldn't move. Money, timing, MONEY, something. But, with Max's arrival it was MORE than clear we had to do something. Here is the part where I need to start acknowledging the Lords hand in our lives more. I'm horrible about that, and I need to be better. In January Jere and I sat down and tried to come up with goals. We sort of really suck at doing those too, but hey, we tried. One of the goals that I said was that I'd like to be in a house by Maggies birthday. So, we started looking for houses in the spring, thinking hey, now is the best time. I'm SURE we could find something and make everything work out. When that didn't work out, I was in quite a funk. I just couldn't see how we were ever gonna get out of there. I sort of gave up a little bit. In the mean time, we have wonderful friends who are always looking out for us. I'd get a phonecall here and there from a friend saying, "hey there is this house here for rent, or this, etc." Jenee has been on a serious hunt for the last year. She probably called me at least once a month with a hot tip on a house near her, or near this family member, etc. I always politely listened and then just thought in my head, whatever, it's not gonna happen. We can't afford it, we can't, we can't, we can't. So, at the beginning of July Jenee called again, and she was so excited. "There was this house...." I immediately put up my wall and said, ok Jenee, thanks. But then she told me what they wanted to rent it for and I perked up. Ok I said, I'll go look at it. Her Uncle called and we set up a walk through right away. The minute I drove up I felt happy. Then after walking through it, I felt hopeful. It is truly a sweet little house. It's not all that big, but it's exactly what we need. But, even then I was very cautious. It was a lot of money to come up with, what about this, what about that. So, I told them I was very interested, but would have to show Jere and talk it over. He of course wanted to move in the next day, but I held back. So, for a week I just kept playing it over in my mind. Could we really do this, should we, etc. But in the end, it was all too perfect. The people renting it, the location, the situation, the cost, everything. I don't know where else I'd find people willing to compromise and work with us and be so sweet. They said I could paint it anyway I'd like. Out of nowhere the owner asked if we'd like to pay our rent on the 15th of the month. HELLO, HUGE answer to prayers there. So, obviously we said yes and we started making the transition. I know the Lord is mindful of us, and that he made this possible. He put this house in our path, with these owners, at this time. It is perfect for our little family. It offers us space and room and a yard and a neighborhood and a great ward. And best of all, we moved in just 2 weeks after Maggies birthday. I don't think it's a coincidence. And by saying all this out loud and acknowledging it, it gives me peace. I have to look at it and say, it all worked out, therefore I know that things will continue to work out as we need them too. I won't lie, it's scarey. We're taking on greater financial responsability at a time when Jere is going back
to school. But, I trust in the Lord and I know that all will be well.
With all that said, I thought Maggie might be at least a little confused by it all. But, such is not the case. She has just moved right in and accepted this as home. She loves her big girl bed and all the space to move around in. I can't wait for cooler weather so she can go out and run around and enjoy the backyard. We're so excited about our new ward. The people are so friendly and there are SO MANY kids it's amazing! The nursery is HUGE and Maggie went right in and had a great time.
Moving day was quick. I can NOT say thank you enough to my amazing family and friends. They were all there rarin to go at 7 a.m. We had the truck and other trucks loaded in no time it seemed. Our sweet friend Taylor took it upon himself to pretty much empty our entire shed and deliver it to the house. It took two loads, but he did it. THEN, he organized our new shed and worked tirelessly on trying to fix the doors on it. My sweet, sweet sisters stayed behind and scrubbed my apartment squeaky clean. My Mom watched all the young grandkids so everyone else could work. The Elders Quorum of the new ward showed up to help unload the truck at the new house. Everything was unloaded in no time all with smiles on their faces. The real fun came in putting away and configuring the furniture. Somehow, we got it all done. Peggy brought over a delicious lunch for everyone, which was enjoyed by all. Thank you Peggy for providing that and doing what you could. By Saturday night everything was in place with just a few more boxes to unload. Sunday Lana and Porter came over to help hang pictures and get the place "homified." THANK YOU Porter and Lana!! And a huge thanks to my sisters and sis in laws for coming to help tape and paint beforehand. Like I said, I TRULY could not have done this without my amazing family. By Monday I had everything truly put away and hung. There are some things that are still a work in progress. Like the kids room, it needs bedding and a valance and Max's name. My living room couch wall is a bit bare, need curtains in the kitchen, etc. But overall, it feels good. Now, if I could just get all my lessons scheduled and feel settled on that account, all would be well.
Without further ado, I give you pictures of the humble abode.
Living room view from the front door.
And finally.....Maggie has truly known no greater joy than the ability to take a bath in a real bath each and every night. She asks for baths and runs to the bathroom. It is the GREATEST tub. It's seriously so deep that Maggie can sit under the spout with room to spare. I can take a deep soaking bath in it. What JOY!!!
You know, friends can be found in so many different ways. Sometimes they're in a class at school, sometimes you've known them since birth, sometimes you meet them through another friend, or you happen to start talking to them at the park or church or whatever. And THEN there are those friends that you meet not in person, but in the magical world of the internet. We have one such friend, her name is Danielle. We "met" her almost 6 years ago through an old diary site we used to write on. She stumbled on Jeres diaryland page and then hooked up with mine and we shared a mad love for Clay Aiken so we were destined to be besties. Anyway, over the last 6 years Danielle has "been there" to share to hard times, the joys of babies arriving, the stresses of life, etc. She has loved our children from afar and been just so great to chat with whenever possible. She lives in the greater DC area, but enjoys traveling quite a bit. Imagine our delight when she wrote to say she'd be in Phoenix with her beloved man Tony at the end of July. And so it was that on a hot and balmy July night we ventured into the heart of Phoenix to meet our long time and lovely internet friend Danielle. We met up at a cute and delish little restaraunt named Switch near Phoenix Theatre. They rode the light rail from Glendale and we showed up family style in the mini. It was such an easy, fun and enjoyable evening. Danielle (and Tony, shouldn't leave him out) have such a gift of conversation and easy going way about them. It was as if we'd always known eachother and this couldn't possibly be the first time we were meeting face to face. Maggie and Max took right to them and were on their best behaviour. We're so glad they decided to follow the Phillies (I think) and come see a game and take the time to visit us as well.
Monday night there was a strong knock at the door. It sounded like my Dad, or someone we knew, so I yelled a "come in" but no one came in. So Dana (happened to be here) opened the door to find this bunch of goodies sitting on the doorstep. Can you even STAND it? How freaking adorable is that? I mean, not only is it clever and cute, it's so practical. I don't have to buy toilet paper for a couple of months. How fabulous!!!
So yeah, we're pretty excited to be there, thrilled "we rolled in", if you will!
Toity rolls and neighborly love,
Thursday, August 6, 2009
101 is a BIG number, don't you think? Well there were 101 dalmations, which is A LOT of doggies, don't ya think? Then there is 100 degrees, that's HOT. 100 dollars is a good amount to have in your pocket. Let's face it, 100 is a big number, ESPECIALLY if it's the amount of weight you've lost! YEP...Jere has officially lost 101 lbs. Can you stand it? He did that in 3 1/2 months, it took me 5 1/2, whatev. He is looking great, even if he doesn't think there is that much of a difference. HA! He's confused!!! Below I offer pictoral proof.