Monday, January 28, 2013

We're officially moved in!

We closed on our house on Thursday morning (it went much quicker than I thought it would).  I wanted to grab the keys and run but we had to go back to Marla's and start loading the U-Haul.  My brother and Dean's dad came to help Dean so I could go out to our house and wait for the cable company and Nebraska Furniture Mart deliveries.  It was so fun to finally be in the house and not have to leave.  I spent the whole day cleaning, unpacking, and organizing as much as I could before the movers came on Friday morning with the rest of our stuff.  Dean and I stayed there that night--thank you to our parents for taking care of the girls for us on Thursday and Friday night...and most of Saturday so we could get things done.  It was extremely helpful! The girls were at the house for a couple hours here and there and it was clear that I wasn't going to get anything accomplished while they were there. :)

The movers came bright and early on Friday morning and were unloading the trucks for several hours.  We. Have. So. Much. Sh*t.  Ridiculous.  I can't believe we had all of that stuff crammed into our old house.  What in the world?!  I was pretty overwhelmed seeing countless boxes constantly coming in.  I tried talking the movers into keeping some of it. :)

At this point, the kitchen and living room are completely unpacked and settled.  The girls' rooms are pretty much done as well--just a few more things to hang up on the walls and Ayla has a couple random boxes in her closet that need to be emptied.  I'm pretty sure that child is a hoarder.  I have not touched a single one of my own boxes.  Our room and closet are disastrous right now.  That's next on the list as well as the girls' toy room.  I'm thrilled with how much we've been able to get done already considering we just moved in four days ago.

Our families have been over a lot to help in all different ways--unpacking, organizing, bringing us meals, watching the girls...and we appreciate it so much. What a crazy few days it's been! 

Yesterday, our friends--Jim and Lisa and their three boys; Megan and Mike; and Johnathan (our realtor, who has become one of my very best friends throughout this whole process) came over to hang out.  It was soooo fun to to have friends over and just relax for a while.  It was exactly what I needed after going non-stop for the entire weekend.

I am so happy.  I love our house and I love that we're finally in it.  It was definitely worth the wait. :)

Now, come visit us! :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013


I didn't think I'd ever be able to say this...but...

We're moving into our house this week!!!!!!!! 

Thursday the 24th, to be exact.  Our walk-through is tomorrow.  On the 24th, we close at 9:00 a.m. We have a U-Haul rented to move all of our stuff out of Marla's house.  The movers come on the 25th with all of our things that have been in storage the last few months. 

I really can't believe it's finally here.  I can't believe we finally get to live in this house that we've been just visiting for the last several months.  I can't believe it's actually going to be OURS.  What a long process it has been!

I'm excited beyond words.  I'm excited to be home-owners again.  I'm excited to see the girls running around in the house.  I'm excited to start our life there.

Can't. Wait. :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

17 more days, House, 17 more days...

Eating yogurt all by herself...big girl!

Lego Land!

After the Hallmark shoot in Kansas City, we took Ayla to Lego Land for a couple hours of fun!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

via Instagram

Friday, January 4, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hallmark shoot

Last month, Ayla and I were booked for a Hallmark shoot in Kansas City.  Dean took the day off to drive us was on a Friday so we decided to stay the night and make it a quick mini-vacation for the three of us.  Miss Aubree stayed home this time.  After the shoot, we went to Lego Land for a couple of hours (pics to come) and then we met Dean's Aunt Kathy and Uncle Terry out for dinner.  The next morning, we had breakfast in the hotel and headed to The Plaza to do a little shopping.  Before heading home, we stopped to see Dean's cousin, Dana, at her new house.  Like I said, it was a super quick trip, but it was so fun!  It was nice to get away for just a day and it's always nice to be able to give all of our attention to one child.  I know Ayla loved it, too.  We need to do things like that more often with each of them.

The shoot was at a really cool house--big but charming at the same time.  They had some fun, colorful clothes for us to wear and Ayla was so delighted to have her hair and make-up done. :)  During the actual shoot, she didn't really want to listen.  It was a bit of a struggle, but I think they were able to get the shots they needed.  

These are the cell phone pics that Dean randomly shot during the whole process: