Thursday, July 20, 2017

Our new house!

Oh my gosh, I have not been here all summer! The last time I updated was the kids last days of schools, and now we only have two weeks of summer break left. Needless to say we have been super busy and this summer completely got away from me.

But, we have a good reason! We bought a new house!

We've been looking at buying something bigger for over a year now, but nothing had come up and we had actually taken out house of the market and decided to give it six months before we started looking again. Then randomly one day, we saw that this house was having an open house and decided to stop in. Now, I'd looked at pictures of this house before and didn't like it, which is why we never went to see it. But anyway, the open house was there and we decided to step in, and oh my gosh, it was perfect. Well, it actually wasn't perfect at all, it needed a lot of work, but I could totally see what it could be and I fell in love. So we put in an offer and re-listed our house.

And, they accepted another offer.

Whomp, whomp. We were so bummed. I was so bummed! But we decided to keep our house on the market and keep looking. Then a few weeks later (actually, as I was flying back from my Grandma's funeral) we to a call that the other offer had fallen through and they were accepting our previous offer! So excited, except our offer was based on selling our house, so we needed to get ours sold asap! We had literally a ton of showings and a ton of interest, but no offers and we were worried we were going to lose the other house, so we did probably the most grownup thing we've ever done and bought the other house before we sold ours. Want to know whats really scary? Two mortgages are really scary! Then we had a somewhat sketchy investment offer on our house that we accepted, and then it fell through, and we were getting really stressed. But thankfully, we accepted another offer this past weekend and things are going smoothly so far!

Anyway, about the new house. Since we closed a month ago we have been working, working, working. the whole house needed to be repainted and we are also redoing all of the flooring with wood plank tile thought the downstairs and in the master bedroom and bath, and new carpet in all the rooms. The painting is about 70% done and flooring demo and install should start next week, so we are hoping to be able to move in in the next 3 weeks or so. Once we get moved in we are looking at getting new appliances, new counter tops and paining the kitchen cabinets. And one of the biggest draws to this house was the huge backyard. Our goal is to put in a pool and extend the patio area and put in new landscaping over the next two summers. The house also is surrounded by greenbelts on two sides, which is so nice for the kids, and is on a nice quiet street. We love it!

I'm including a bunch of photos from the sale listing. It's not much to look at in these pictures, but hopefully you can see the potential! I can't wait to start posting some "after" pictures!

The huge yard and you can see the greenbelts on the side and in the front!

Two story front entry way and foyer!

Formal dining room and living room

Family room



3rd bathroom

Laundry room

Master Bedroom and bath

Upstairs bath

So, this is one of the things that has been keeping us so occupied this summer! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

End of the school year!

And just like that, the school year is over again! 

L graduated from first grade and will be a big second grader next year! That is seriously unbelievable to me. He's getting big way, way too fast.

And little R finished his first year of  Pre-school. Our little November baby still has two years of pre-school left before he's ready for kindergarten, but luckily he loves school just like his brothers!

And our big graduate this year was L2, who finished up his last year of Pre-school and is moving on to Kindergarten next year! Heading on to Kinder is obviously a big deal, as it signifies the beginning of real school. And we could, from the very bottom of our hearts, not be more grateful for L2's school this year. He got into Phoenix Day School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in November, and it has literally changed all our lives. The amount this little boy has flourished this year, the way his confidence has grown and his language, both spoken and ASL, has improved is amazing. And so we are so thankful he will be attending PDSD next year, and that he was accepted into their summer school program so we can keep his progress going. 

 (R enjoying L2's graduation program!)

The graduation was super cute, including shows from all the classes and a "ceremony" and certificate at the end to congratulate the new kindergartens. 

And after we got to chat with his wonderful teachers, where I shed more than a few tears as we thanked them and told them how much we would miss them next year. (although his teacher is so stinking amazing she face timed L2 tonight just to chat!)

And, after all the graduations and last day of school events, what better way to kick off our summer vacation than with a pool party with all of our favorite friends!

Let's do this, Summer 2017!

Friday, May 26, 2017

A sad goodbye

So, literally a few days after I got home from my trip for my Grandma's 96th birthday, I got the unfortunate call that my other Grandma had passed away. She had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer a few months earlier, so it wasn't like it was unexpected, but obviously it is always heartbreaking to get that phone call. So back on a plane I went, this time to Casper, Wyoming. I promised my Dad years ago that when the time came I would come out and help him with the house and everything else, plus I of course wanted to attend the funeral.

The truth is, my Grandma has been missing my Grandpa since he passed away fifteen years ago. Seriously, never in my life have I met a couple more in love. They lived for each other, adored each other, and living without him I think was pretty torturous for her. So I feel better knowing that they are together again, but it's never easy saying goodbye.

Grandma was one hell of a lady. She was undeniable proper, always a lady, and stubborn and hardheaded as anything. I like to think I get a lot of my strength from her. And about a week before she passed I had an urge to call her on a random Sunday morning. She sounded so good and we talked, and I later found out that that was her last good day. I'm not super religious, but I'm thankful for whatever prompted me to call her that day.

The Funeral was sad and small. I suppose when you reach a certain age there are not as many people around to attend. And it was sadder then I expected. I think when you know something is coming you expect that it will be easier, but at the end of the day it's not. It's still saying goodbye, and that always kind of sucks.

And then there was the house. The adorable, eclectic, old Hollywood glam, house that my Grandma and Grandpa bought all the way back in the 70's. Going through a house that has been lived in for 50 years is no easy task. And neither is deciding what to do with everything. Obviously we kept things that were sentimental, but at the end of the day you can't keep everything and you feel kind of awful giving and throwing away things that you know made up the life of people you love. But we managed to do it. It took a good solid five days of work and there was an estate sale, multiple trips to the Salvation Army, an antiques dealer, consignment store, and eventually the trash people.

So that's it. It was sad and a lot of work, but I"m glad I could be there to help my dad. The rest of this post is just picture of the house, because I've been going to that house since I was a baby and I don't want to forget it.

 (these wing chairs. I love them. So glam. And i think we found them a good home.)

 (So much art in the house. A lot of it painted by my Great Grandmother Miggie.)

 (The sun room)

 (The Patio)

 (My Grandma. She must have been around R's age)

 (The family room)

 (The entry way. I love the gold wallpaper!)

 (the living room)

 (The dining room)

 (The guest room)

 (Grandma and Grandpa's room)

So that's it. All we have left now are the memories. I love you Grandma. I know you are with Grandpa, wearing a fabulous fur coat, smoking a cigarette and having a cocktail. Tell him I say hi and I love him too.

Grandma turns 96!

A few weeks ago I flew to Minnesota with my parents, and then proceeded to get in a rental car and drive to the middle of nowhere Minnesota, to celebrate my Grandmother's 96th birthday. This party has been about a year in the making, and even though I ended up leaving my family at home (there was just too much going on and it was too close to the end of the school year) all of the grand kids, except for my brother since he just moved back from France, managed to make it.

 (This is what is looks like when your whole crazy family is rolling up to the only bar in town to celebrate a 96th birthday!)

I had some nerves about this trip, because like all families, ours has it's far of crazy issues and fighting. But every time we get together I'm always reminded that, despite the crazy and the differences, at the end of the day we are family and we love each other and we are a hell of a lot of fun.

We all originally hail from Wyoming, and although no one is left there and we have all scattered to separate corners over the years, we still drink and party like the true Wyoming-ites we are.

 (My lovely Grandma, still taking selfies and drinking bloody mary's!)

It was a quick trip, but ended up being even more fun than I expected, and I love getting to spend time with my cousins.

 (And my sister!!)

And I know Grandma was thankful to be surrounded by her three daughters.

And..... almost all of her Great Grandchildren. (L, L2 and R were the only ones missing. I got a lot of shit for that! They definitely have to come next time!)

I guess, at the end of the day, even when they drive you crazy sometimes, family are you people.