OKAY! Moving is the most stressful, tiring thing ever! Especially when your husband works nights, I pretty much did it all. A BIG thanks to Steve and Mckenna Dutcher for letting us borrow their truck. We couldn't have done it without you!
So without further ado, Here are the much awaited pictures of our condo.
Kitchen... Self explanatory, Yes there is a dishwasher next to the sink.
dining room off the kitchen, there is also a window and a back door beside me, that you can't see.
This is also real tile.
Then we head into the living room.
The downstairs half bath at the bottom of the stairs...
Then we go upstairs...
This is the view from the top. The kid's rooms on the right, the bathroom and then our room is on the left.
Jake's room. He is now sleeping 10+ hours a night (yay)
Upstairs full bath.
Behind the bathroom door, storage shelves.
Other wall of Lucy's room
Here is a closer look at the dresser that Tyler and I repainted last week. Ty picked the colors, turned out pretty cute!
Our room... still not completely unpacked, and we have no "bed" or nightstands yet, just mattresses. But I get to watch the pretty sunset out my bay window every night!
His and Her's closets.. nice!
Then this is the other wall of the living room.
We have a small little front yard with grass, and then a little parking lot in the back where Lucy loves to ride her bike. we only have two neighbors, who are pretty nice so far. Neither of them our LDS though. We are much happier here and excited to meet new people in our new ward! Feel free to comment! (heehee)
So we got our number 1 choice! this will be our new home.....
we will be living in the one with the For Rent sign in the window. Once we get settled I will take more pics of the inside. It is a newer place, 3 bedrooms, that top window is the Master bed, with a bay window. It has 1 full bath upstairs and a 1/2 on the bottom. The kitchen is super nice. AND... this is a first for us.... a designated DINING area! I am excited about that. There is a storage space so we will be able to get rid of our storage unit. We are totally and completely excited to move in. It is ours as of tomorrow, so we will be moving in for the rest of the month haha. So in a few weeks, COME VISIT!!
I HATE moving, but we have grown out of this apartment. We found a place, but we are still waiting to hear back from them. And if we don't get it, we have a plan B, which we already know that we are accepted into that one. But I really want plan A.... Its a little more in price, but I think I will be a lot happier there. We know people in both wards we would move into.
The other thing, we would probably be moving close to family reunion time, can you say STRESSFUL??? I haven't made up my mind whether to pack before, or try and do it quickly after we get home. moving is always stressful either way. The other thing, where do we get boxes? I am already in the mode for downsizing our stuff, and organizing. I am excited to move into a bigger place, the kids will have their own bedrooms, we will have two bathrooms, and a little yard! And no more retarded neighbors. Ugh... I am so sick of neighbors that don't have a clue.
My Actual birthday was pretty cruddy. I was sick, the kids were sick, and Ty was at work. So it wasn't really anything special. Which I guess i kind of expected that. But it was even worse when the kids got sick because then i couldn't even go out with them. The Saturday before we celebrated though. We went to my favorite place to eat in town, Wingers. Then Ty got a babysitter and took me to a movie. Then Lucy and him made me a cake and i blew out one candle! Then after the kids went to bed we played games together till late.
This shirt was a gift from Tyler... I LOVE IT! This is our new favorite band, the problem is that they sent one that was smaller than the size he ordered. He asked me if i wanted him to send it back... and I said no. I wanted it to be my motivation to lose my baby weight! So now it is hanging on our wall as a constant reminder. You have no idea how badly I want to wear this shirt!!
My running shoes are on their way, So I am also looking forward to that! PLUS a present from my Mother-in-Law is also in the mail... CAN'T WAIT!!
Here are two pictures of my two sickies on my birthday.
This is pretty LONG... so make sure you have a little time to read. If not, You can skip this one...LOL
Another year. Why is it that the older you get the less fun Birthdays are? I remember counting down the days till July 2nd. But I think this year is the first time where I feel like it is no big deal. Why? IS it because Tyler has to work 10 hours on my birthday, so it will just like any other day? or is it because I am turning 25? Liz said this was a big number for her, and I totally feel it. I am kind of depressing over this number. But its not really different than 24. Why do I feel different? Maybe because I need a change. Not anything in my life, because I have never been happier with my two kids and my adorable husband. But in me. I need to be happier with myself. I have let myself go for the last 5 years, and it is time to get back to the old me. I am going to try and be more outgoing, and initiate things with friends. Get out of the house more. I think a lot of this has had to do with the fact that Tyler has worked nights for the last 3 years and I just got into the habit of staying home and being with my kids. we stay up really late and sleep in in the morning. Then he goes to work, and I just mommy at home all day. It has been this way for 3 years. We haven't been able to have any friends over because Ty is at work most nights. And the few nights he has off, we use them to reconnect with each other. I have missed him so much.
The good news is he just put in for a shift change, he will find out on Tuesday whether he will be changed to days. If he does then he will have a 8-5 job! Thank goodness. We are really praying for this. This will encourage me to make dinner every night and have it ready when he gets home. I want to start going on nightly walks/runs with each other. We can put the kids to bed together.
We are sleep training Jake, so Lucy has been sleeping in our room the past few nights. I have to say it has been working out well. A lot better than having Jake in our room. BUT I don't want Lucy to get use to being in the room with us. So needless to say, we are again looking for a 3 bedroom place. I don't know for sure if we will move, to tell you the truth it is a little overwhelming to think about packing everything up. We have been here for two years. The longest we have stayed in one place since we got married. There are positives to this place, like the price. You can't really beat what we are paying. Plus there is the park across the street. Awesome trails for walking/running. Negatives, well it is far from Tyler's work....like a 20 minute drive. So there's the gasoline issue. The neighbor kids are little terrors... They steal our stuff. Lucy's bike has been stolen every day since summer began, so we finally had to keep it inside our door. Our neighbors smoke, but we have had to deal with this everywhere we have lived. (I can't wait to have our own house) Last night our babysitter said she saw our neighbor bring a pipe into her house. Awesome. I mean, they are super nice, but really? And the last obvious one, it would be nicer to have the kids in their own rooms. We are being pretty picky about it though. Wherever we move has to have all of these things, or we won't do it.
no smoking neighbors
closer to work
cat friendly (I want a kitty)
On another good note Tyler does have Wednesday off! My favorite day of the whole year, The 4th of July!! I am so happy that we get to spend that together as a family. We are going up to Idaho Falls to watch the firework show. I am VERY excited. Every year on my birthday my Grandpa Matson would send me some money, and I always bought fireworks with it. So maybe in a way this holiday reminds me of him. So Wednesday night when all those fireworks light up the sky, I will be thinking of him. I just have always loved everything about this day, the BBQs we use to have on the lake at my Aunts, swimming all day long, sitting by the fire until it was dark enough. The red, white, and blue. And the oooos and awwwes as the sky lit up with cool fireworks. And then driving home seeing the sky still lighting up, hearing the BOOMs all night long. I love it all. i am not one for doing it myself, but i like to watch it. Now I can try and make it that exciting for my kids. And watch their amazement.
Okay since this is basically a NOVEL now, I am going to quit. Hope you all have an awesome 4th!!