Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sold

It's been a whirlwind of a week. We had a showing on Thursday, an offer on Friday, we negotiated and accepted on Monday, and signed the papers on Tuesday! It is such a relief to have our house sold. Especially before it was even officially listed on the market. No more keeping it immaculately clean all the time (HAHAHAHAHA) or having to pack up everyone and the dog for showings. And the best part? The buyer is going to lease it back to us until our new house is done!!!! I am so, so thankful that things seem to be falling into place.

The cherry on top is that we sold it to a friend of a friend. When Harper's teacher learned that we were moving, she asked me to send her pictures because another teacher at their school has been looking to move in our area. She had been looking for a long time but hadn't found the perfect house for them until they came to see ours. She is a first grade teacher at our kids' school and has two of her own kids, a boy and a girl. It makes my heart happy knowing that they will love our home like we have. That probably sounds silly but it really does give me peace.

I'm going to miss this house. We've lived here for a decade. It was our first home and the place we welcomed each of our kiddos home to. We've watched the trees grow as we've watched our kids grow. They all took their first steps on its floors. We've enjoyed countless evenings playing in the backyard, listening to laughter and watching the sun set. I am looking forward to more space and new memories in our next home, but this little house will always be special to our family and hold a fond place in my heart.

I'm posting the pictures that our realtor had taken because when I look back I want to know that it was perfectly clean for at least part of one day of the 10 years we lived here :)





















Harrison told me he went up to the teacher yesterday and gave her a big hug and asked her if he can come over and visit from time to time. :) He is so excited about our new house but has also shed a few tears about the idea of change and having to leave our old house behind. The bigs are young but I hope they do end up with some memories in this home.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Few Updates

So remember my last post where I introduced Griffin Theodore? 

Yeah. Scratch that.

I took him to his first vet visit last week and discovered that HE is actually a SHE. 

Ummmm....say whaaaat?? 

It was quite a shock. Both because he had been in our family for a month and the thought that he was not a "he" anymore was really hard to process, and also because he had been in our family for a month and nobody noticed he didn't have a penis and HELLO, someone totally should have noticed that! 

But in our defense, when I called about the litter, the breeder said that there were only two boys left. When we got there, they brought out two puppies for us to choose between. All of his (her) paperwork said male all over it. So we never even considered that he could be a she. We bathed her several times and rubbed her belly countless times and it never once registered that there were boy parts missing. 

It makes for a really funny story now but the day it happened was pretty rocky. Harper was excited and had no issue at all with the news. Harrison, however, is like his mama and doesn't handle change very well. He sobbed for over an hour because "nothing is the same anymore!!!!" I have to say that I could relate to his feelings a little bit. ha! I felt like I was the mom to a puppy switched at birth and while it didn't change my feelings toward him (her) it felt like life was a big fat lie and what about the name we picked out for him and the personalized tags and stocking and he's been wearing a bow tie for a month and why why WHYYYY??? But then we both slept on it and the next day the melodrama had calmed way down :)  

can we just pretend he's a boy????

It's been over a week now and we are still slipping up with the gender pronouns. We have also tossed around the idea of changing her name and have tried a few out. But none seem to stick. She knows her name reeeeally well, mostly due to constant phrases like no, Griffin!! and Stop it, Griffin!! and Griffin, don't chew on that!!! and GRIFFIN, NOOOOO!!!! So we tried to come up with names that were similar. We tried out Gretchen for a few days but none of us really loved it. So we finally decided to just stick with what we all know and love with an updated middle name. Because my children insist that their dog have a middle name. lol. 

So, re-introducing Griffin Eleanor:


She has a multitude of nicknames: Griffy, Griffy-Girl, Griffy-Griff, Griffy McGruff, Finn, Ellie, Ellie-Belle, and Rick sometimes calls her Jenner (har har)...try explaining that one to the kids. 

Her bow tie has been removed and she now sports a pink glittery collar. Harper couldn't wait to shop for it. Although she was kind about it and took me aside and told me even though she was really excited to get her a new collar, she wanted to wait until Harrison was less upset. Sweet sister. 

a boy and his dog
2 peas in a pod right here
waiting for her people in the car rider line
She is one very loved puppy. And also one very mischievous puppy. Sometimes borderline psychotic, so she fits right in with the rest of our crazy bunch. Just last night she conned Rick into letting her on the bed while he was watching tv. I heard something fall onto the hardwood and walked in to find Rick passed out and that Griffin had demolished his glasses. 😐 Nothing on the floor is safe and really nothing within her reach is safe. She is a digger, a chewer, and a destroyer of All Things. But boy is she cute! And I can't lie and say I haven't smiled inside when it's been discovered that she's chewed up something that I've asked the kids to put away countless times. That's what we call natural consequences, kids. Now pick your freaking crap up! 

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In other news, our new house is coming right along. 


It's been really fun and exciting seeing it progress. We met with our builder today for the pre-drywall walk-through. It's intriguing seeing just how much detail goes into the construction of a home. It's still on schedule to be finished in about 2 1/2 months. They broke ground on Harrison's birthday last month and we drive by pretty much every day since it's only a mile away. The kids get so excited when they notice the progress. They started laying the stone today and I thought Harper was going to cry tears of joy. lol. She's all about home design and will be the first to tell you her favorite tv show is "the Chip & Joanna show". 😊 

Here are a few of the finishes we finally decided on. 


We chose hardwood flooring for all of the first floor except for the master bedroom, bathrooms, and laundry room. I'm a little nervous about the extra maintenance of hardwood in the kitchen but it's going to be beautiful. Our walls will be SW repose gray. Our kitchen cabinets will be white with a gray subway tile backsplash. The granite has a lot of gray but also ties in some warmer colors as well. We decided on oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and basin sink. 

Our master bath is going to be pretty modern and I'm excited to see it come together. The flooring will be a gray porcelain tile laid in a herringbone pattern. The cabinets will be an antique gray finish with granite countertops. And our shower will be a large white subway tile with pewter grout. It was so fun (but also kind of stressful!!) picking everything out!


We met with our realtor last week to get all our ducks in a row as far as listing our house. He's pretty confident it will sell quickly and we are trying to time it so we won't have to find temporary living arrangements and move all our stuff twice. If everything stays on schedule, the new house will completed in April so we agreed to list our current house mid-February. Cool, I thought. That gives us plenty of time to get the house in shape,I thought. I made a check-list of about 500 things I wanted us to do to get it perfect for showing. And then our realtor called us Thursday to let us know he had a couple of interested clients that wanted to look at it THAT DAY. Yeah, no. We were not yet in our-house-is-on-the-market-so-it-must-stay-clean-all-the-time mode yet and there was no way I was about to let people come see it yet. So we agreed on the next day and then Stacie and I pulled an all-nighter getting it deep cleaned and repainted and decluttered and staged. She is the best, y'all. I thanked her for her offer but told her I didn't need any help and she showed up anyway and insisted. (And I totally did need her help!) (Why am I always so stubborn?)

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And I'm going to post a few random pictures because they were taken within a week of this post. That's a record lately. 

This girl. Y'all. She is a hot mess. 


She was supposed to be our easy-going kid #3 baby. She is the opposite of easy-going. She is feisty like a firecracker. She brings me smiles and laughter and joy but she also leaves me feeling bone-tired at the end of the day. It is a full time job just following her around and keeping her out of mischief. She can now open doors and child-locked cabinets. One of her favorite things to do is open the door to the laundry room and dump out the dog's water. She also enjoys unfolding laundry, dumping out drawers, pulling all the clothes off her hangers, and playing in the dog's crate. She is a mama's girl and cries as soon as our babysitter walks through the door. She is possibly even more strong-willed than her brother...and that is no small feat. Homegirl wants everyone to know who's boss, that's for sure. 

But isn't she just the cutest???



Until you threaten to take away her ice cream cone, and then she's all I WILL CUT YOU.



Last weekend Harper and I had a date at a local tea room. It had been way too long since she and I got to sneak away for some one-on-one time. That morning we gave each other manicures and pedicures and helped with each others' makeup. I think getting ready was just as special to me as our date -- uninterrupted conversations with her are so precious.


all dolled up and ready for some tea!

Rebecca joined us too, of course

and a little hello from my grandma in heaven...she had this same china


It was a fancy affair...and she informed me that fancy affairs call for fancy high heels. So I bought her her very first pair and she was just too cute prancing and twirling around in them. By the time we got home she had already learned an important life lesson: that being a lady ain't easy.

Harper: Mommy, are you SURE my shoes aren't on the wrong feet? My toes feel all scrunched up and smushed and it's not comfortable to me at all.

Me: Welcome to the world of pretty shoes, sweet girl...



Monday, January 9, 2017

Meet Griffin

Hello, 2017! Along with getting organized, eating better, and exercising (how original, I know), I am also resolving to dedicate more time to this neglected blog. I need it to become a habit again to sit down at the computer for 15 minutes or else it's just never going to happen.

I have so much to catch up on but to begin with, we have added a new member to our family!

Meet Griffin Theodore Boyd:





He is a goldendoodle and we are all smitten! We were planning to wait until after we sell our house and move into our new one before we adopt any pets again, but the kids have been commenting about how much they missed our trio pretty much every day. And by kids, I also mean Rick. ;) And then Harper came home from school last month bawling and when she finally calmed down enough to tell me what was wrong she informed me that they had watched a video in class that had a fluffy dog in it that reminded her of Sadie and it "made her heart hurt really really really bad."

And that right there sure makes all the reasons not to get a puppy right now seem pretty insignificant.



Seeing the shock and excitement on their faces and they way they went on and on about how this was their FAVORITE CHRISTMAS EVER!!!! will be a memory I will treasure all my days.

Harper: "I love him SO much! He's the best present I've ever gotten since I've been born! You can take back all my other gifts under the tree and I'll still be so happy!"

Harrison: "I love him so much that it's actually TOO much. Like, I feel so connected to him that it makes me sad to even think about leaving him for 5 minutes. He's my favorite member of our family!"






I will say that it's a good thing he's so incredibly adorable. Because it's been a lonnnng time since I've gone through the puppy phase, and let's just say that I feel like instead of one toddler terrorizing the house and sucking up all my time and energy, I now have two of them! I am positive that they are in cahoots with one another. Just when I didn't think I could say "no" and "get away from that" and "come back in here" and "don't put that in your mouth" any more than I already do, I now say these things twice as much. I also spend far too much time taking chew toys out of Hadley's mouth and rescuing baby toys from Griffin's mouth (especially her beloved pacis...he loves to swipe them from her). And then there's trying to wrangle the dog into his kennel and keeping the baby out of it. Those two. Did I mention it's a good thing they are so darn precious?






The kids made him a stocking and are always leaving him little notes. He sure is one loved puppy dog. Welcome home, Griffin!



Friday, December 2, 2016

Seven

Harrison,

You are 7 years old today. Happy birthday, bubba! Time insists on marching on and you keep getting older and taller, but I have to say that I think you as a big kid is my favorite stage so far. I think my mama heart will always miss your baby and toddler years -- they were so special and I am typing through teary eyes as I remember them fondly. But I sure am enjoying the heck out of you as you continue to grow and mature. You are smart, witty, kind, and a giant ball of energy that keeps us all shaking our heads and laughing every day.

We recently started journaling back and forth to each other and it is the BEST. After you've written in it you are so eager to hide it under my pillow, and I'm just as eager to read what you've written me and to respond. I know one day you will be too cool to do this fun activity with your mom so I am savoring the time I still have with you where you think I am a total rock star. I think you are pretty amazing, too. This world would sure be boring without you in it.

Happy birthday, sweet boy. I can't wait to celebrate you and the day you made me a mommy. Love you BIG!

Love always,
Mommy





Thursday, November 3, 2016

One

Hadley Claire,

When you wake up this morning, you will be ONE. This triggers a lot of emotions in your mama. It actually brings out a lot of emotions in your siblings, too. They both cried legitimate tears yesterday over the fact that it was your last day to be a baby and how they don't want you to change. They are so silly but I sure do relate to their sentiment. These 365 days have flown by far too quickly if you ask me.

I know that I will be choking back my own tears throughout this special day. Tears of sadness, as your babyhood is forever behind us. Tears of joy, as I watch you with wonder and soak you in. Tears of gratitude, as I thank God for the gift that you are. You are the bonus baby we didn't know we needed...but oh my how we most definitely needed you. You are incredibly loved and cherished, Haddie Lou!

Wishing you a very happy 1st birthday and looking forward to another year of watching you grow.

Love always,

Mommy






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