Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We Moved!

Home Sweet Home!

Apparently the thing to do after returning from a 2 week vacation is to pack up and move......or so that's what we did.  We got home around midnight after a great trip, and the next morning we rented a big ol' moving truck and a few dear friends (who we are forever indebted too!) helped move furniture and other belongings....and we hadn't pre-packed a single thing.........oye!

The move was just about 8 miles from our old house....but it's a very exciting upgrade since we now have a YARD (previously we'd been on a golf course and stray golf balls were a common occurrence and the yard was more of a concrete slab), and it has an extra bedroom (which will come in handy.....given the upcoming arrival of Baby #3 in March!),

and it has a PLAYROOM (okay, maybe it's supposed to be a dining room, but right now it's the perfect place for all the toys and it's nice to have a family room that's not looking like a toy store that had a tornado whip thru....although at times...that still happens, although mentioning that toys that aren't in the playroom might end up in the garage or garbage seems to help corral the toys back to where they belong!

Not so exciting is the packing/organizing that still remains....but some day perhaps we'll be organized....hahahaha - or so I like to think. 
Bryce on one of the many trips back from the old house.  Animals are safely strapped in!

Exploring the New Neighborhood

A new neighborhood means we need to find new parks and new go-to-favorite restaurants.  Enjoying the new adventures - and loving the new area!

 Stopping to pick flowers :)
 Some parks are ruled out as "not good for one parent with 2 kids" due to the crazy amount of climbing apparatus and various contraptions they are climbing around...but definitely a park to return to if you can be 1-on-1 with the hooligans!

Duck pond and super fun playground = a great find!
Another park that received two thumbs up...although - where are the bathrooms???? Hellooooooooo - kiddos and pregnant lady need a bathroom!?  

Things We Miss:

  • Our amazing old neighbors!  The new location does seem to have a plethora of children (halloween trick-or-treating was super busy!) , but we haven't become close friends to the point we can just drop by for a random playdate and share a few beverages with them...or the sweet neighbors that would randomly call and say "meet me at the door - i have food/cookies for you"..........but I'm guessing with a little more time we'll become more connected with the new neighbors...and hopefully still stay in touch with the old ones!
  • Boopas Bagels and Los Molcajetes and the grocery store being a short little walk away.....those were the days!
  • And that's about it..... :)

Perhaps there is a bit more on the "things we miss" list....but really - the new house seems to be an amazing fit for us with a great, functional layout and a yard and more space....ahhhh - we are settling in and thrilled to be here!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fall Foliage At Its Finest!

We enjoyed a family trip to Canada and NY.  So thankful that my sister-in-law picked the Fall to get married and gave us a reason to make the trek up North!  I hadn't seen a 'real' Fall since I was in high school - so to get back during that time of year to see the leaves at the peak of changing colors was a special treat - in addition to seeing family and friends!

Our trip involved some extreme traveling (pretty sure any travels involving 2 children is fairly extreme!), but we put a lot of miles on our rental car (something about flying into Detroit and driving past Toronto, then a 4 hour journey North towards the French River for a beautiful wedding, and then down to Western NY, and then back to Detroit....) - but we survived it and it went quite smoothly!  So grateful that it was a fabulous trip - and included one of the most beautiful weddings EVER!

So without further ado.............a bit of a picture recap of our adventure.

Three generations of fabulous mustaches - celebrating Cousin Albany's 1st b-day!
Intense playdough action

 Toronto Island!

We were incredibly lucky that we have amazing weather for the majority of our trip!  Our day trip to Toronto Island was one of the many highlights!

Blue Jays Game!

Parks and Other Fun


Pingle's Fun Farm!

Picking delicious Honey Crisp apples!
This might explain why the apples we brought home had little nibbles taken out of them...

Wedding Weekend!

Such a beautiful wedding weekend at The Lodge at Pine Cove!
Scoping out the bunk beds...
Scoping out the lovely welcome gift basket!

Checking out the caterpillar with Grandpa  :)

Ahhh - so peaceful (despite the 2 kiddos running around rambunctiously....) :)
Hiking Trail!
 Extreme hiking when you have kiddos that want to be carried since they are 'sooooo tired'....

Cousins!  Love!!!!

Blurry pic...but priceless moment of B and Bryce crawling around behind Cousin Albs!

The Wedding!

 The beautiful couple!  Their wedding was such a perfect day, in such a perfect location!  So happy that we were able to celebrate with them!  Brianne and Bryce are soooo very excited to welcome Uncle Will to the family!  Love you guys!

My little photographer...probably deleted 100+ pictures that he took....but some are priceless :)

Snuggled up with his new blankie from Aunt Krista!

Western NY - Home Sweet Home!

 Fish Hatchery!


Carrots from the garden!


I was off-the-charts excited when I realized I'd be able to take the kids to my childhood pumpkin patch!  Pumpkinville is one of the greatest places EVER.  

Pumpkin donut - YUM

So excited to meet lil' Cousin Charlie! 
Story time with Auntie Alison - reading one of our old childhood books... :)

Reservoir Road!

Attempting to recreate the most delicious pancakes that I've ever had....not the same as when Aunt Marie made them...but still tasty!

Pumpkin carving with Grandma and Grandpa!

Visiting Grandma
The kids were a bit shy when we visited Grandma - but I was very happy that as we were leaving they each ran back to give her a big hug.
RCS Class of '99 Rocks.  Glad I was home for the mini-reunion!

Pitstop on the journey to the Detroit airport - amazing Children's Museum!

Snack time in the rental car....
Homeward bound after a fantastic fall trip!