This is our garage, which is big enough for 3 cars…. but no car can fit.  Just looking at this picture makes me tired.



Moving Day!!!

We made it!  We’ve all worked our tails off, and the movers are on their way.  While waiting for them to arrive, we got a few last pictures of our family of five on the last day we will stand on these steps.  Bittersweet – mostly sweet – but still a bit emotional.

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Our movers arrived at 8:00 am, and they finally left our new house at 9:30 pm – a FULL day.  AD surprised us by coming into town and helping.  The move took a little longer than we expected, but it went well.  Ninnie and Big Poppa ended up taking Caroline home with them, and Chloe and Cole went with Pappy and Papa to a hotel because we had no where for anyone to sleep by the kids bedtime.  By 9:30 though, all beds were assembled, the movers left, and we were STARVING.  And what do you know??  We found  a Mexican restaurant right down the road, so Matt, AD, and I made it there before closing time for some food and margaritas.  It just may be our new spot!

But for now….. we need sleep…. because we have a LOT of work ahead of us!

Closing Day!!!!

I think we are gonna pull this thing off after all!!!  It’s taken all of us – Matt, Chloe, Cole, Mom, Dad, Sandra, Dennis – ALL of us to make this happen!  We closed on our new house today and started making small loads to the new house.  We had to move the planter, so we had to cut Cole’s sunflower down.  Bummer.  One last pics (with silly kids) before it goes.  And….. movers coming tomorrow morning!

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Celebrating 10 Years of Us!


In the middle of all the crazy that we have going on, it was so nice to get away for a few days.  We planned this trip several months ago thinking it would not interfere with us moving, but of course….. it did!  At the end of the day, though, the timing was perfect.  It was just the break we needed.  We left VERY early Thursday morning, and while at the airport, the first thing I did was buy chocolate and magazines.  I was so, so, so happy to be buying my favorite chocolates (because I can’t eat dairy while nursing and will not be nursing while we are away but dumping).  After one layover, we arrived early at the beautiful Grand Caymans.  Wow.  It really was so pretty and the weather so nice and we were completely pampered the entire 5 days we were there.  We didn’t lift a finger except to walk to lunch or dinner every so often.  Matt told me he wanted me to be able to just relax and enjoy having nothing to do or no one to take care of – and that is exactly what I (we) did.   We were waited on hand and foot.IMG_0873

We were total beach bums.  We were on the beach all day and enjoyed great food and drinks. We had read reviews about the pina coladas at our resort (which I love anyway), and they did NOT disappoint.  I only had one a day, though, because they were $20!  Everything in the Caymans was so very expensive, but we knew that before we went.  We were totally prepared for that, but still…. a $20 pina colada is crazy!  IMG_0875 IMG_0877 IMG_0878 IMG_0880 IMG_0881 IMG_0882 IMG_0883 IMG_0884 IMG_0885 IMG_0888 IMG_0890

On the 19th, the actual day of our 10th anniversary, we went to Blu for dinner.  It was the very best dinner we have ever had.  Everything that we ate was fresh, local seafood, and the service, wine, dessert, coffee, etc. was amazing.  I don’t think we will ever not talk about that meal!

Also, there was a full moon the entire time we were there, so the nights were beautiful.  We were very low key at night and watched movies and went to bed early.  It was very quiet – very unlike what we are used to at home!  The next day we took a 45 minute boat ride out into the middle of the ocean to Stingray City (which we were told was a total tourist trap but totally worth going to check out).  It was beautiful – clear water and sting rays everywhere!  And the crazy thing was how shallow the water was – it was waist deep!  We got off the boat and the sting rays were HUGE and swimming between our legs.  If you held your arms correctly, the sting rays would swim into your arms for a hug.  But….. I was the biggest scared-y cat!  I kept getting freaked out and jumping on Matt’s back and could not stop laughing.  I wasn’t the only one though – some people got back on the boat because they couldn’t handle it.  I wish I had pictures of all this, but I only have pictures of the ride getting there.  It was a very neat experience, and then we went snorkeling after.  IMG_0894 IMG_0897 IMG_0899 IMG_0902 IMG_0903 IMG_0904 IMG_0906 IMG_0908 IMG_0909 IMG_0914 IMG_0917It was such a wonderful trip – the best we’ve ever been on – and a great time to celebrate our anniversary.  10 years!!  It was also great getting to spend time alone – something we really don’t get to do now that we have 3 kids.  It was truly a relaxing, reviving trip; however, on our way home, we could NOT WAIT to get our hands on our kids.  We got to the house and Caroline was already in bed.  Chloe and Cole were waiting for us, and they were W-I-L-D.  They were all over us and would not stop hugging or kissing us.  Cole even told me, “I’m just so happy to see you I want to give you a mill-ee-on (million) kisses.”  He sure knows how to melt his mommy’s heart!  They made coming home all worth it…… and now….. we have to be completely out of our house in THREE days…. and Matt has to go out of town for two of those.  Back to the real world.  Buckle up!