Moving Day is Coming…

I’m feeling a little stressed about our upcoming move.  I never want to be guilty of complaining about a blessing, and our new home is definitely a blessing.  I decided to make a list of some of the things I love about our new home, in hopes that it will distract me from the pile of boxes in my living room…and kitchen…and bedroom…

  • First and foremost, it will the first place we live in that will be OURS.  Walls can be painted, floor plans can be changed, and gardens can be planted.  We will not need to worry that our landlords will decide to sell the house we are living in, or be forced to leave because the landlords want to give the place to a close family member that is going through a hard time (which has happened to us!!)  We can turn this house into a home that will be efficient and comfortable for our family.
  • Let there be light!! Our current home has front and back porches that block all light from entering the house, which has honestly effected my mood since we have lived here.  Our new home has big, beautiful windows in the living room, sliding glass doors in the dining room, and a large window in the kitchen-all of which should get plenty of sunlight
  • There is not an outhouse in the backyard, which can not be said of our current home.  This one is pretty self-explanatory =)
  • The new home has a dishwasher and a garbage disposal, luxuries I have never had before (Except in one apartment I lived in during college-unfortunately the two were somehow connected, and whatever went through the garbage disposal ended up in the dishwasher.  We had a maintenance guy look at it, but it was never fixed.  Needless to say, we never used either one.)
  • We will have a master bathroom in our new house.  I never really cared about this before, but now that I’m a mom, I think I will appreciate having one room of the house I can relax in without a mound of toys present.  Our current home only has one full bathroom, which shares a wall with Jude’s room, which means that every morning he is woken up when one of uses the bathroom-our bathroom will now be far away from Jude’s room, and we might even get a few more minutes to get ready in the morning before Jude joins us.
  • Our yard is a blank slate.  I have always been interested in gardening and landscaping, and I’m anxious to “decorate” our yard.

I’m sure once we move I will find many other things I love about our new place, but for now these are my favorite things.  I promise to share pictures once we close.

Have a happy, happy Tuesday evening!

 

D-O-N-E!!

The 2011-2012 school year is officially in the history books for this chorus teacher, and I am happy to report that I survived my first year as a working mom!  In retrospect, it went really fast and I had to make a lot of adjustments throughout the school year with my attitude, expectations and schedule.  It also occurred to me today that I pumped at least 3 times a day for the 150 school days that remained after my maternity leave…and I’m so glad that I’m done with that stage!!! I am so thrilled that I can be a stay at home mom for the next two and half months with this cute boy.

I absolutely love my job, but I’m also looking forward to a few weeks of being addressed by my first name and being able to finish a sentence without someone asking me to go to the bathroom =)  Who knows, I might even start blogging on a more consistent basis!

A few weeks ago I wrote that we were beginning to look for a house, and I’m happy to report that we are moving at some point during this month!  We found a great 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home in our hometown of Chambersburg with a very motivated seller so my goal of hosting Jude’s 1st birthday party in our home will turn out to be a reality (isn’t it cool when God orchestrates things so that even our unimportant desires are met?)  The house was not the seller’s primary dwelling and it is currently vacant, so we can settle as soon as all the paperwork is finished, which we are hoping will be in the middle of June.

My house is currently filled with boxes and I’m constantly surfing through Pinterest to figure out what color to paint my walls as we are hoping to settle in time to paint before we move in.  We started packing super early (even though we probably won’t move until the end of the month), but after 5 years of living here, there has been quite a lot to go through and donate, throw away, or sell.  If you want to be convinced that your current home is just fine, come see my house in its current state-it might make you think twice about moving =)

Jude quite enjoys having all of the boxes around-the trick is keeping him from emptying the boxes =)

Any packing/moving tips out there??