Saturday, May 10, 2014

7 months between posting!

Hey there!  I have thought off and on about posting again and hadn't realized that it had been 7 MONTHS since my last post.  With Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, and so on, there really isn't much need to blog.  However, I like to do it once in awhile.  :)  

We have been very busy with life.  Jack continues to amaze us with all of the learning that he's been accomplishing.  He is saying sentences and understands SO much!  He is such a good buddy to hang out with and our favorite times are when we are together as a family.

Over the past 7 months, we've had visitors, visited Michigan over Christmas, our dear dog Presley passed away, and we've continued with our adventures.  We really enjoy visitors.  It is a lot of fun to show our new home and town(s) to our loved ones.  Plus, you can't beat the weather!  It snowed here this winter and actually stuck for a day or so, but since everything basically shuts down, there really isn't anything to worry about.  I had such a hard time with Michigan winters and especially the icy conditions. 

Jack recently turned 2 and we had a birthday party at our house - Jake and the Neverland Pirates themed! His Grandma Sheila and Aunt Stephanie came to visit during that time too so we had family and friends share his party with him!  He received a coloring book at the party and LOVED it.  He absolutely loves books. 


                       



My sister, Beckie and her kiddos (Alana, Katie and Nathan) came to visit earlier this year as well.  We had such a great time while they were here and cherish the memories.  Jack loves his cousins and we all love them too.  My sister is such a wonderful friend and momma!   


After we lost Presley, we decided to take an extremely last minute trip to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  We all needed to get out of the house and the trip was the trick.  We visited the Ripley's Aquarium while there and it was pretty cool!  The Tennessee mountains were beautiful.  We were only there for about 24 hours but it was so worth it!  


My mom came to visit earlier this year too!  We visited one of our favorite places - Heritage Park.  The flowering trees were in full bloom.  I miss my mom so much and we just love having her visit.  



We've been working on adding fitness/physical activity to our lives.  We've been hiking at Paris Mountain (with Jack in the hiking backpack which we share carrying) and we bought Eric a bike so that we can bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail as a family.  Jack tolerates both for awhile and I am convinced that the more that we do it, the better he'll do.  I'll keep trying!  I love all of it. 


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

No Pressure!

I love blogging and sharing our adventures with family and friends.  However, when its been 3 months between posts, it almost feels like too big of a monster to tackle.  So, instead of trying to cover the last few months in a post, I'll just share a few things!

We've had some amazing visitors to our new house in Simpsonville!

First up were the Perrys (my sister and her family).  They drove all the way from New Hampshire.  We are so thankful that they were willing to come!

Jack absolutely loved spending time with his cousins.  His buddy Nathan was a great playmate and Alana and Katie took such great care of him.  It was such a fun time with so many memories.  Having Beckie and Brad in town for Brad's birthday was fun as well.  We made amazing steaks on the grill.  

One of our adventures included a yummy meal at one of our favorite places, Smoke on the Water!


We also made it to the zoo!


Hanging out at night.  All of the kiddos in their PJs!


And...downtown Greenville. We hope we sold them on our wonderful area and home.  We hope to have them visit again! :)


  
We also were SUPER lucky to have a visit from the HOAGS!!!  Darci is my best friend.  I have had a hard time being away from her and her family.  We both love a lot of the same things - running, crafting, spending time with our families, and so on.  


Jack and Greyson loved catching up as well. They played in the water table in their PJs.  Who wouldn't love that?


We also checked out this unique park at the city airport.  It was HOT but also super fun. 



Our sub's pool!


And... Downtown Greenville!  Everyone needs to see this city.  It is special.


My parents came to visit as well. We did a lot of hanging out and checking out Simpsonville, including this amazing train that is at Heritage Park.  We've been there a few times.  It is a quick ride around for a fair price. It was so nice to have relaxing time with Jack's grandparents!  We can't wait for the next visit....



AND, tomorrow Grandma Sheila arrives.  YES!!!  More fun to come!

Friday, July 26, 2013

"Before" pictures

 We are in our new home!  We decided a little over a month ago to look at buying a house instead of renting as we had planned.  Our temporary housing was great and we are thankful that it was provided but we were ready to go!  (Plus it ran out at the end of this month so we really had a short time to find something and avoid paying a TON of money to keep our things in storage and find a new rental.)

The search began.  We had a wonderful real estate agent, Beth, who quickly realized what we liked.  We looked at homes that were both brand new and also ones that were built within the last 10 years or so.  After seeing the brand new homes, we realized that was the way the way that we wanted to go.  We thought about a couple we had seen and decided to make an offer on one.  Well, guess what?  Gone!  They sell super fast apparently.  We had a couple of 2nd choices and looked in to those and guess what?  Gone again!  We found that we really liked one particular builder, Legendary Homes, and decided to go back and look at the communities in our price range and area that we were interested in.  We found OUR HOME!  We made an offer that was accepted and the financing part began.

Two days ago, we closed.  Since it was a new build, we took immediate possession and happily headed over to our new house.  We moved our apartment belongings over, picked up Jack, and spent our first night in the house.  We had zero furniture for the first night.  Well, actually Jack had his seat!  We had Jet's pizza and had a great night.


Some things from Michigan (and other places too!)


Lucky for Jack, his toy load increased over these past few months.  He had many things available to him until the rest of his things arrived!


I took yesterday and today off from work to take delivery on everything and try to get the house in order.  at 7:30 a.m., the truck appeared!  It took them 6 hours to unload.  Twice as long as it took the guys to pack and load in Michigan, BUT there were only two guys this time.  


It was weird and kind of emotional to unpack Jack's bottle and baby things.  He was still using them a bit when we moved but they are useless now!  They were unpacked and then packed again.  


I was super happy to see our Cuisinart again.  I love making burritos and quesadillas on this thing.  In fact, as soon as I unpacked the spices, I started some chicken in the crock pot (which was also VERY missed) for burritos later!  


Keep in mind, these are "before" pics.  We have a lot of work to do but I know some of you wanted to see pictures and honestly, I have a little time right now to do this.  :) 

Our amazing master suite bathroom.  We have a deep and wonderful tub, a shower, a nice walk in closet and a double sink.  


Our new bed and bedding.  Again, we were very grateful for the temporary housing.  However, the bed was quite possibly the cheapest bed that they could buy.  It was TERRIBLE!  This one here, not so much. We slept on it for the first time last night and it was perfect!


This space off of the bedroom is pretty cool!  


The future office and craft room.  I am excited to have space to do a little work in the evenings and also to craft again.  


Jack's room definitely needs some work but he slept like a rock in his crib last night.  He seems to like it.  


One of my "must haves" - an open floor plan.  I am standing in the dining room, looking in to the kitchen, with the breakfast table area and then living room farther out.  Oh, and there is Presley.  She scared us pretty badly a couple of weeks ago but is here with us and seems to enjoy the home.  She has a hard time with the stairs so she may have to do her guard dog/lazy duties primarily downstairs.  


More on our home adventures to come!  I think Jack is going to get a chance to check out his new sprinkler and water table today.  He LOVES water so I can imagine he'll have a good time.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Michigan Trip

We made a quick trip to Michigan this past weekend to visit with family and friends and meet Caleb, our new nephew.  He is such a great baby and we are so happy for Andy and Cheryl!!  

Jack's cousin, Alana, was quite the helper!  She played with him a lot and kept on eye on him which we loved!!!! :)  He loved hanging out with his cousins.  


At Grandma Sheila's house, he decided he needed a big people cup, which was about as big as he!



We hosted a baby shower for the new and expecting parents, Andy and Cheryl.  They are awesome!


The two Prince Fielder fans were checking out the patio area (and Zoe too!).




On our return travel day, we visited Jungle Java's with Grandma Sheila. They had a blast playing in the toddler area. 


All of my parent's grandbabies!!!  So cute!


We met up with the Hoags on Saturday night for some downtown Ann Arbor fun.  They boys were holding hands and hanging out barefoot style! SUPER cute.


Then there was more playtime with friends - swimming with Sophia and Greyson.  


Post swim!  Swim hair is the best!!!!! 

 

We had flight issues both ways on this trip.  On the way to Michigan, we had a 3 hour delay.  We arrived at Detroit Metro around midnight.  On the way back, the air conditioning on the plane wasn't working really well, which caused sweaty head!  Jack is such a great traveler overall but the heat and being "stuck" sitting on our laps on the plane doesn't create the best conditions.  


We arrived back in Greenville late Tuesday night.  It was back to work the next day and then a walk through on our new house.  More on that soon!  

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Wonderful visits from family

We were lucky enough to have visits from family for the first 
two weekends in May.  My parents came to visit first.  We visited downtown Greenville, tried to find a peach picking farm, swam, attended a Greenville Drive game, visited the zoo - all around a great time!  

Friday night we visited Downtown Alive in Greenville.



The zoo!  

  We had a special surprise for them!  I had submitted Jack to be a contestant during a baby-toddler race in the 3rd inning of the Greenville Drive game.  He did so well for about 1/4 of the race, then was distracted by the mascot and announcer and ran to another mom. Priceless!

Still looking good here....


Eric's mom, Sheila, came to visit the following weekend.  We went to the zoo, hung out in downtown Greenville again, where Jack danced, and we drove up to Asheville and on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was so beautiful to drive in the mountains on such a long and winding route!  



Greenville has a fun little water area that Jack has hung out at before but not completely enjoyed, until Grandma Sheila was here!  He played in the spouts and thoroughly enjoyed himself.  He wasn't too happy to leave.  


Great memories.  We can't wait to have more visitors... in our new house!!!!!  3 weeks until we move in and we are all thrilled!