Hope you guys have had a good weekend. Ours was busy and productive! No other way to be while transitioning.
First, let's cover that finally, at the age of 3, Lainey is in a big girl bed! We sold her crib in Kansas City and moved her into this bookcase bed that I adore. Can't wait to fill it with cute Lainey-esque trinkets and all things girly.
My original intention with these photos was to showcase her "mothering". New houses = lots of time to get acclimated to new surroundings = a daughter who spends more time putting her babies to bed than getting to sleep herself. All in good time.
I love having a girl. This part is so much fun. The squealing? Notsomuch.
We've been running around the house since Friday at noon when the truck arrived trying to get things in order, all the while keeping kids busy and out of trouble. Today, we painted:
Sea shells, of course.
Did I mention that the truck is empty? THE TRUCK IS EMPTY. Can you believe it, Delts?
Here's Blake being a smart ass, as we honored him with a Griswold-like drumroll upon removing the last box. That sucker rolled down the ramp, as if to mock his sarcasm. Awesome.
Have I mentioned that we moved into a neighborhood plucked right from a real estate website, google earth and all of the other creepy tools at one's fingertips via the Internet? Never saw it in person. Little did we know that a cul-de-sac full of the kindest people ever awaited us.
We planned to hire day laborers to unload the truck. Nope. Neighbors came over to help and emptied about 85% of it. 2 houses have shown up with cookies. Another lady gave me the scoop on everyone and offered a heartwarming welcome full of sincerity. We're blown away. Can't wait to get to know these fine people.
Before that, I have some laundry to do. Upon finding this house, we inquired as to if they had electric washer/dryer hook ups. We were misinformed on the dryer........had to take to Craigslist to find a gas one.....and ended up locating the exact match to our washer. For $100. Nice.
And, finally, part of the house that is resembling a livable space. The back yard. The entire reason we chose this house.
Several spots to sit alone and read or with other peeps. This one provides a view of the San Bernardino Mountains if you peek over the iron fence.
Cute trellis. Just needing some love.
Gardeners arrived today to trim back the plants and trees, paint the fence and work on the fountains. I am in love with the fountains.
Little punks have their space.
We have 2 patios......this one opens up from our master bedroom with French doors. We can see the darling gazebo and mountain view from inside. Lovely.
The other direction.
Fire pit. Blake wants to find some funky old chairs and paint them different colors to sit around the pit. Good idea.
Carter said we can hire out our yard to hold weddings. That kid is always thinking.
The breeze out here is so nice. We are up on a hill, so we get lots of air flowing through. The views are incredible and our neighbor plays Billie Holliday and Frank Sinatra from her yard. Blake and I sit out here and wonder aloud, "How did we do this?"
Shells for the punks to paint and I had to indulge in the Beach Party candle. Had to!
Put the chicken cabinet outside to hold arts/crafts and paints. We do everything at the outdoor table. Haven't eaten a meal inside since arriving.
More views off the back.
Looking toward the house from the gazebo. We're in heaven.
The punks have been riding their bikes and scooters like mad.....we house them on the side of the yard in a concrete area that trails around the house and back to the driveway. Our garage is Batman's domain now since we don't have a basement. Can't be opening it every day. So, this was a perfect solution.
I guess I don't need to tell you that we're loving life here. Seems funny to think that about 7 weeks ago, we were on vacation in La Jolla brainstorming about how to make this happen. We had some luck no doubt......and a lot of help from friends......Katie babysitting......Sass providing our movers with pizza and entertainment......the Delts packing.....new neighbors unpacking.....schools cooperating.......I could go on and on. So grateful!!!!
Hoping to have the house finished in the next day or so.
Carter starts school tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more pics!