Nope. Nothing. Nada.

So, I’ve been sitting here for a whole lot longer than I really care to admit, trying to come up with something to blog about tonight. Sorry folks, I got nothing.

Our good friends, the Flores’, are coming to visit and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! Every time I think I might have an idea or something to write about, I get distracted thinking about things we can do while they’re in town, thinking about how much the girls have probably grown since I’ve seen then last, thinking about how much fun Erin and I used to have sharing a cubicle, randomly quoting movie lines back and forth to each other throughout the day, and how much fun we had hanging out at the softball fields watching our husbands play softball together.

Tick…tock…tick…tock…

I can’t think straight. I just want their plane to get here. I’m thinking Cadence and I are going to get to the airport early so we can hold a little sign that says “Flores”, just like the New York City livery drivers. If only we had matching chauffeur hats! Maybe I can dig something up.

In the meantime, I really need to get to bed. It’s been a long day of cleaning and organizing and chasing my ornery 2-year-old around the house. Tomorrow, the Flores Fun Train arrives! Woohoo!!! 🙂

You Should Smell Like Dirt

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” -Margaret Atwood

 

I’ve always been an “outdoor girl”. Staying cooped up inside for very long tends to make me a little crazy. I need sunshine and fresh air. I need to feel the wind on my face. And to be quite honest, I need a little dirt on my hands. It makes me feel alive and grounded and connected to something bigger than myself.

When Steven and I moved into our new house in December, one of the things we were most excited about was the big chunk of property it was sitting on. We pictured ourselves barbecuing on the patio, hanging out on the front porch swing, and chasing Cadence and Electra around the yard. And now that the weather is finally warming up, we’re really getting a chance to enjoy it. It felt so good today to hang outside with my two favorite girls, working in the yard, soaking up the sun, enjoying the beautiful day.

Of course you know I brought the camera.

Every day, we see something new blooming…

And I couldn’t help but to snap a few (um…a lot) of photos of Electra lounging on the front porch. There’s just something about a hound on a porch…

And Miss Cadence was very excited to wear the new pair of shades her Grandma Jayne bought for her. I might be biased, but I think she looks like a rock star. 🙂

And I love that I was able to catch her faker faker bellyacher drama queen pout on film today. Makes me laugh every time.

So tell me, what are you enjoying this spring?

365 Project – Day 333-338 – We’re Movin’ On Up

What a week! I gotta say, whether you’re going 1000 miles or just 1.5 miles, moving is no joke. It has been a crazy few days around here. Steven and I closed on our new house on Tuesday and the moving mayhem officially began. We were working quickly, trying to beat the snowstorm that the weatherman was predicting to roll in on Friday, so I didn’t get a chance to take too many photos. But, here are a few highlights…

Tuesday – Day 333 – Closing day! Woohoo!!! Papers signed. Keys in hand. We’re homeowners again!

I gave the house a good cleaning, and then Steven started loading and hauling all the boxes he could fit in the back of the minivan. He hauled 2-3 loads, and then we decided it was time to break for the night and head down to the Haymarket for a celebratory sushi dinner with Miss Cadence.

Wednesday – Day 334 – Mom and Dad arrived around noon on Wednesday with Dad’s pickup and a trailer. Boy did things start to move a lot faster after that! Our goal? To haul all of the boxes and beds over to the new house so we could spend our first night there. Papa Shawn even hopped a flight from Denver to come help, and once he arrived that evening, we were on a roll. Mission accomplished.

Thursday – Day 335 – Dad, Steven and Shawn spent the day hauling everything that was left, which consisted of a whole lot of odds and ends (things like Steven’s life-size R2-D2 cooler, our drum sets and more hangers than we know what do with) as well as all our big heavy furniture. After getting our king size mattress stuck in the stairwell for a good 15 minutes before we managed to muscle it through (thank God the box springs are split or we would have had some real issues), we knew that it was going to take some manuevering to get everything where we wanted it. We managed though, and with the exception of our extra couch being banished to the sunroom instead of the office, the boys managed to make everything else fit.

While they did that, Mom kept an eye on Cadence, and I got started unpacking the kitchen. Here’s a little surprise I found in one of our boxes of wine glasses. All I have to say is, I’m glad this little guy was already dead when I found him…

Friday – Day 336 – By Friday, everything had been moved, except for cleaning supplies and a few groceries in the refrigerator. We spent most of Friday unpacking more boxes and arranging furniture in the house. Steven got the TV and Blu-Ray player hooked up so Miss Cadence could watch a movie while we worked. Somehow Papa Duane got sucked into watching Despicable Me, and whether he wants to admit to enjoying it or not, he sat right next to Cadence and watched the entire movie.

Then, Friday afternoon, Mom, Dad and I headed over to the old house to give it a good cleaning and to make sure there wasn’t anything left behind. We called the landlords to let them know we were finished, locked the keys in the house, and said our final goodbyes to the rental. Then, we headed out to dinner to celebrate.

Saturday – Day 337 – After being gone for four days, Wendy, Whitney and Collin were sure missing Papa Shawn and no doubt counting every second until he returned home. Unfortunately, we weren’t quite sure if the weather was going to cooperate. The rain began late Friday night, and then the freezing rain and snow came. By midday Saturday, we were driving on icy roads through several inches of snow to get Papa Shawn to the airport. His flight ended up being delayed just 20 minutes, and he returned home without a hitch. We are missing him something fierce around here. After getting to see the Osborns on Thanksgiving, and then having Papa Shawn return almost immediately to spend another few days, we are having serious withdrawals around here. Guess we’re going to have to start planning the next visit.

Mom and Dad originally planned to head back home Saturday, but after seeing how bad the roads already were, they thought it was probably smarter to spend another night in Lincoln and wait for the weather to clear up. Cadence, Electra, and I just couldn’t pass up the winter wonderland outside our windows. While Electra tracked squirrels through the yard and Steven shoveled the sidewalks and waited for the guys to arrive to hook up the internet, Cadence and I bundled up to go play in the snow and build our first ever snowman. Cadence was great help, until she discovered how delightful the frozen snow felt on her sore teething gums. After that, I spent most of my time making sure she wasn’t sampling any yellow snow. We had a blast, and luckily Mom snapped a few photos for us.

Sunday – Day 338 – After a long week of moving, we decided the best way to spend our Lazy Football Sunday was to do a little bit of work around the house, and then to just hang out and watch some movies (since we don’t have our satellite hooked up yet to actually watch football). At this point, the kitchen is nearly finished, Cadence’s room is completely unpacked, our computers are set up and online again, our dining room is recognizeable and our living room has been rearranged (for the 3rd time). We still have a lot to do before we are completely settled, but we’ve made a lot of progress already, and we’re both just really excited to find a routine in our new home.

As you can see, Electra is already feeling quite comfortable here. She’s a big fan of the latest living room arrangement, since the squirrels seem to enjoy playing in the tree outside this window the most. From her new perch, she can sun herself and catch a few zzz’s while keeping an eye on them at the same time.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to a new beginning in our new home, and to Mom, Dad and Papa Shawn for helping to make the transition here a smooth one! Now, who’s gonna come visit next? 🙂

365 Project – Day 329 – I’ll Know When I Get There

Anyone who knows me well knows that I always go with my gut instincts. The few times in my life that I have chosen to ignore my intution always yielded devastating results. Yeah, let’s just say I learned my lessons.

After moving last December, Steven and I started looking for a new house almost immediately. We knew that it may not be possible to buy right away, especially since we were not going to be able to sell the property in Arizona until the market recovered. But we wanted to be prepared. We wanted to know what was out there, to explore our options, and to see if it might be possible to find a house that felt like home here in Nebraska.

I’m not lying or exaggerating at all when I say we spent the last 11 months looking at hundreds of houses. Hundreds. We covered every neighborhood and scoured listings on real estate websites, Craigslist, and even For Sale By Owner signs. We made lists of things we liked and didn’t like about the properties. We weighed pros and cons. And we grew increasingly frustrated by the fact that we just couldn’t seem to find what we were looking for in any of the homes.

Until this one.

I knew the moment I walked through the front door that this was the home I had been looking for. I loved everything about it–from the location and the large landscaped yard to the undeniable turn of the century charm.  Stepping inside, I had a very distinct vision of myself and my family living and growing there. I could picture us sitting in the living room, having dinner in the dining room, chasing each other around in the yard.

At first, Steven wasn’t so sure. After all, his tastes are much more modern, minimalist. He likes everything to be pristine and shiny and new. A 120-year-old farmhouse is not exactly what he would have chosen as his dream home. It took a little bit of convincing to even get him over to look at the place, but he finally relented, and I was surprised at how well he actually liked it. Suddenly, I wasn’t the only one excitedly talking about where to put the furniture and how the space would be perfect for all of our family and friends to come to visit.

We figured it was worth a shot, and that somehow it would be ours if it was meant to be.

Now, we are two days away from closing. The sold sign is up. Our garage is full of packed boxes. And we’re just waiting to sign on the dotted line and settle into the place that feels like home.

Tick, tock.

Tick, tock.

Tick, tock…

365 Project – Day 307 – Our House, in the Middle of Our Street

Okay, so it’s not technically “our” house yet, but we’re inching closer. We made it through the home inspection tonight and got back a fantastic report. Besides a cracked window on the sunporch, a couple of wires in the basement and on the dryer outlet that need casings, one loose shingle near the top of the roof (but no leaks to be seen), and one pipe under the kitchen sink that’s a little drippy, everything checked out and we’re one step closer to closing on our house and moving.

Whew!

I was pretty optimistic about the inspection. I mean, some houses you just know have issues. You can see them (or smell them) the moment you walk through the door (and believe me, we’ve seen and smelled plenty of them these past 10 months of househunting). This house, on the other hand, just felt solid. Hell, you have to give it a certain amount of credit for the fact that it has survived over 120 years. And my guess is, with a little TLC, it’ll be around for at least another 120.

So, we’ll keep moving foward and, if all goes well, we could be moving in by Thanksgiving! Keep those fingers crossed for us! We’re one step closer to seeing this…

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to checking one more item off our home-buying checklist. Just a few left to go!

365 Project – Day Three-Freakin’-Hundred! Go Me!

I’ll admit, back when I first started this 365 Project, I wondered how far I would get. 60 days? 3 months? Maybe, just maybe 6 months? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not usually the type to start something that I don’t finish. In fact, I tend to be the type that will see something through to the finish, even if it nearly kills me. Let’s just say I have a highly overdeveloped, and downright irrational fear of failure. Just the thought of failing sends me into a panicked frenzy.

So tonight, as I log in to blog my 300th consective post, I have to say, I’m pretty proud of my accomplishment so far. Granted, not every entry has been Pulitzer Prize worthy, but there has been something written every single day, and that, I am proud of.

Today’s blog is even a little sweeter because Steven and I got word on the house we bid on earlier this week. The sellers accepted our offer, and we got to sign the papers on our house today!!! Woohoo!!!

We are still several weeks from closing, but everything seems to finally be moving in the right direction for us. We cannot wait to move in and finally unpack all the boxes that have been cluttering up this rental house for the past 10 months. Finally, we will be able to say goodbye to the leaky basement, and to install a dog door so Electra can come and go as she pleases instead of harassing us to let her out every five minutes so she can rid the yard of rabbits and squirrels. And boy, will she be in hound dog heaven in her new home. The yard is huge, stretching all the way around the house, and there are plenty of nooks and crannies and places to sniff. Plus, the chainlink fence perfectly suits her nosey personality, and will allow her to keep an eye on the neighborhood and everyone walking by.

So, we’re just asking everyone to continue to send positive thoughts and prayers our way so that we can make it through the inspection period and closing with no major issues! If all goes well, we will be moving in and celebrating our first Christmas (and maybe even our first Thanksgiving) in our new home…

Tonight’s 365 Project is dedicated a quick and painless move, and to me on my 300th post with year! Thanks for dropping by and reading!