Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Big Day, Moving Day!

The big day was upon us...moving day! With Kevin's job relocation, our move was a full pack and unpack of the house. However, one of the chores that the movers will not do is unload or move items from an attic, in fear that someone would fall through the ceiling. Well, that is just what happened, Kevin tripped and fell through the ceiling! I wish I was joking but as you can see from the picture I am not!

Thankfully, I have our handyman Pedro on speed-dial. (That is who Kevin is talking to in the picture) He was able to come on Monday morning and patch the ceiling so that it is as good as new.

Along with the mess of the hole in the ceiling, the movers packed the house. Which was another disaster with boxes and stuff everywhere.

But as you can see, they took great care of packing everything so that it makes it to Ohio safe and sound! Even though it is going to storage.

And just to add to the stress of the move, falling through the ceiling, and whatever else could happen, we do not have a house in Ohio yet! We pulled our offer on Thursday after the inspection report revealed several major problems. Now, out to look at houses again. I have been trying to remind myself, as I go back out looking at houses, that you make a house is a home by the memories that you share there. I just hope we find something I like in the process:)

As we embark on our new chapter, we have to say goodbye to our first home! To think 6 years ago we moved in as newlyweds and now we are moving out as a family of 4. (and tons of stuff too!) So much has changed! Along with so many great memories. However, I am certain we will share many more as we begin our lives in Ohio.

We are traveling back on Friday to Ohio, so keep your fingers crossed that nothing else goes wrong! At this point it is just comical! (Or at least that is how I am trying to look at everything right now!)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


What better way to procrastinate the dreaded organization of the move? Take a day trip to Greenville, South Carolina. The boys I packed up this morning and head to see our cousin Wesley for the day. Besides going to see Wesley before we move, we wanted to see his new store he opened last week, Roots "An Urban Gardener's Oasis" . I must say, it was fabulous! (As to be expected) Wesley has such a talent! He can make something extraordinary out of something so simple. The concept around Roots is to offer home and garden accents, houseplants, houseplant arrangements and gifts. He is going to offer workshops and design sessions for interior and exterior plantscaping. Gosh if I lived closer I would have to attend since for some reason the "green thumb gene" seemed to skip me! So if you are ever in Greenville area drop by and shop or if you just want to learn more visit www.rootsofgreenville.com

After checking out the store Holden decided it was time to eat at none other than "Happy Meal". Unfortunately, McDonald's was just down the street and was spotted as we drove by! Wesley was a good sport and joined us. The boys just love him! We went back to finish shopping (I bought a great door accent for the new house) and visiting before his interview with Skirt Magazine.

We all had a great visit and I am so glad that I put off "the move stuff" for another day to see and support Wes. We wish him all the best in this new endeavor! I know he will do wonderful.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Am I Really Getting Old?

A little background behind the quote of the day...I went to stretch my back and it popped.
Holden looked at me and said, "How did you do that?"
I asked, "How did I do what?"
Holden responded, "squeak, how come your body squeaks?"

Hmm, that makes a girl feel old! When a 3 almost 4 year old asks why does mommy's body squeak! The things that this boy will say always amazes me but most of all makes me laugh.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Painting with Pudding

I borrowed an idea from Jon and Kate plus Eight, painting with pudding. The boys had a blast paint, eating and getting messy! I think Rylan almost had more fun than Holden eating and playing with the pudding! Who would have thought this would be so much fun? I must say this will be a family activity for years to come.After we finished painting it was time to spray off. We enjoyed playing in the water for the remainder of the afternoon. I just love summer fun days!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Are You Ready For Some Football

Quote of the day: "I am going to play football with the "real" Tim Tebow in the swamp with all of the alligators"

Do you think Holden has been brain washed by Daddy to love the Gators?

Never Leave These Two Alone!

This morning I gave both Holden and Rylan a cup of water and walked out of the kitchen to grab the list of things to do from the office. I was gone for a BRIEF moment. Then I walked back into this scene...If you can not see water is EVERYWHERE! And both boys were soaked! So much for going to run errands.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ahoy Mates!

Ahoy Mates! Captain Holden Port is turning 4! Shiver me timbers and Yo! Ho! Ho! We're having a party before we go! And that is what we did on Saturday. We celebrated Holden's birthday early and a he was able to see his friends before we set sail. The kids enjoyed Pirate Crafts, Pirate Tattoos, Treasure Pool, Water Balloon toss, Pin the Tail on the Fin, pinata, pizza, cookies, cake and so much more! It was a fun but HOT party!
After the party I asked Holden what was his favorite part of the party and he said, "I liked everything, but especially when my buddy Jameson and Holden jumped in the pool" I gather from his response he had a great time! Which was well worth it!!

I can not take credit for any of the decorations or paintings, my wonderful Aunt Becky Ann is the master mind and talent behind it all. I could not have done this party without her help and generosity. She means more to me and the boys than she will ever know. She has always put others before herself and has always loved me as if I were her daughter and the boys as her grandchildren. She is my second mom! Each day that we would receive a package from UPS Holden would say, "I know this is for me from Aunt Becky Ann, she loves Holden" Thank you again for everything!! We are so grateful to have you in our lives and love you so much!!!

A little bit of this and that...

Busy! Is all that I can say to describe the past couple of weeks. We are set to close on August 27th and the movers will be here to pack us up on August 24th. Two weeks from today-wow! Additionally, we have a contract on a house in Ohio, however, we do not close until September 22. It sound like a long time from now but I am looking forward to not really having alot to do once we get to the apartment, with the exception of celebrating both boys birthdays, finding parks, attractions, local activities, and such! Oh yeah and Holden is enrolled in a wonderful preschool which begins September 9th, perfect timing with our move. Everything seems to be lining up as if this move was meant to be. Even with our busy or rather hectic days I managed to capture some cute pictures...The boys first bubble bath together--as you can see they both had a great time

Fun at the park

Something is wrong with this picture? Rylan who is 10 months old pushing Holden who is almost 4!!! Yes, the little man is strong!