Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Our House

I want to give you a little tour, so first we'll start with the outside. Here's the front of the house...

This is the deck and back view.

The kitchen and dining area

The master bedroom (including a baby on the bed)

One of the bedrooms is for the two girls and the baby,

and the last bedroom is for the four boys. One of the bunkbeds is finished and shown here and one is still in the garage waiting for me to apply stain. So the toddlers are in the playpen and one is still sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor. :(

Downstairs there is a family room,

and the other half will be our school room.

I think it suits us well.
Some of the rooms are a bit empty looking still, keep in mind we didn't bring much. Almost all of the furniture is stuff we've acquired since we got here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Move

It's been a LONG week. So much has happened that I think it would be easiest to just give you a few highlights with a promise of lots of pictures to come.

  1. We made it from Washington to Illinois in 36 hours flat. The kids did awesome and slept 2/3 of the time. Night driving is by far the best way to travel!
  2. All we brought with us was our van and a uhaul trailer (5ft x 8ft) with essentials.
  3. The rental house is nice but has proven to have some quirks...I'll blog about those later.
  4. There has been a lot of furniture building. Two benches for the kitchen table, a desk, three sets of bunk beds, a queen size bed platform and a huge cabinet for homeschool supplies. The bunkbeds are super cool, instead of mattresses the kids are getting hammocks. :)
  5. Ian and I got to go on one last date night before our friend/babysitter travels on to Pennsylvania. The Olive Garden has great food. Mmmm.
  6. The second day here we saw snowflakes, the kids are really hoping to see more.
  7. Noah ate his first solid food (well, mushy food to be exact) today. He gobbled it up nicely.

And do you want to know the best thing by far?

We haven't had to ride on one single ferry boat since we left Washington!!! (sorry Vashon folk, but it's the truth)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

We're Leaving....

In a big van...don't know when I'll have the net again....(sing it to yourself with the jet plane tune, you know you want to)

We pared down, WAY down. All of our belongings fit inside our van and a 5x8 Uhaul trailer.

We are all packed up and are heading out in the morning. We'll be traveling down to see some super wonderful people tomorrow before heading out for the long leg of our journey.

Prayers for our sanity and safety would be much appreciated!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Husband Tag

Emily had this tag and it just seems like the perfect post for today to get my mind off of the stressful things for a few moments. I think today will be my last post before next week when we will (hopefully) be in our new place!!

Husband Tag...this is a new twist!

1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
Probably the Office or a World War II documentary

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Ranch

3. What's one food he doesn't like? Spaghetti and pretty much any other tomato sauce based food pizza included (major bummer)

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? A beer. In a nice frosty mug.

5. Where did he go to high school? Macomb, Il (when he went hehe)

6. What size shoe does he wear? 13

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? Anything? Hmmm, I'm gonna guess guns?

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? Sandwiches are overrated. (He'd say)

9. What would he eat every day if he could? Shrimp or popcorn. Or popcorn shrimp.

10. What is his favorite cereal? Almond Honey Bunches of Oats?? That's a total guess. I really don't know.

11. What would he never wear? Speedos. HAHAHA!

12. What is his favorite sports team? None. Sports aren't something he's in to really.

13. Who will he vote for? Alan Keys.

14. Who is his best friend? Me, I think he kinda likes me too...shh don't tell k?

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do?
Spend too much time reading blogs :(

16. How many states has he lived in? 2. Washington and Illinois...wait make that 3 he spend 2 months in Florida as an infant.

17. What is his heritage? French?

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what would it be? Cheesecake.

19. Did he play sports in high school? Football.

20. What could he spend hours doing? Talking....he has great stories and lots of opinions.

21. What's something cool about him? He has an awesome card trick.

Your turn.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The final 9 days

Everything in my life right now is focused on or around us moving. I think that we are pretty much on schedule with what we've accomplished so far. Our entire upstairs is empty as is our basement. Now there's just a small amount on the main level and a few pieces of furniture....then the deep cleaning *sigh* that's not my favorite part. Mostly because it's hard to clean and then keep it clean a couple of days with all of us still living and eating here. Putting all of it off until the last minute just isn't feasible either though. It's a dilemma I tell ya.

Anywho, I'm going to be scarce around here another week or so...but soon I'll be posting pics of our trip and our new place :)