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Exciting News! We’re Homeowners.

Monday was a big day for our family. After almost 9 years of marriage, my husband and I finally made one of our dreams and goals a reality: we bought our first home.

We actually moved into our home on July 31st because we had put in our 30-day notice with our landlord after being told originally that our closing date would be July 15th. It was a crazy day of loading up the moving truck, cleaning the old place, signing the temporary lease, unloading the moving truck, eating pizza from the local restaurant down the road, unloading the moving truck some more, dropping the moving truck off at the overnight drop-off, and falling exhaustedly into bed to get a few hours of sleep. It was very much worth it though.

We LOVE our new place. We have 1/2 acre of land, some of which is wooded and rocky, so it is perfect for privacy on that side. The largest portion of the backyard is fenced in which gives the kids and dogs a great space to run around. my husband is planning a chicken coop for us to build this winter so that in February we can get some chicks.

Looks great so far!

Looks great so far!

The area we are living in now has a LOT of deer. Because of the deer and the rocky ground, I will be needing raised beds and an enclosed are for my garden that I am planning for next spring. Something a lot like this:

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Our new house has 5 bedrooms. Our oldest is probably the most excited to have his own room. He plans to eventually decorate it with a Florida Gators theme. something like this:

The little 2 haven’t exactly settled on any special theme for their bedrooms. Right now, they’re just happy to have their own rooms and nice, big house.

Our bedroom will have a purple and grayscale color theme. I am a HUGE elephant lover so last week I went to Pinot’s Palette with a friend and painted a fantastic elephant.

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It kind of turned into a Mardi Gras elephant and I like it! Also, the camera angle is off, not the painting.

Our kitchen is amazing, as is our master bathroom. I love that I now have a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer! I also love that our whole family can be in the kitchen and it doesn’t feel like we are on top of each other. The master bathroom has 2 sinks, a built-in vanity, a garden tub, and a shower. I’m pretty sure it is bigger than any living room we have previously had.

I am so pleased with this home we have been able to buy. Mostly though, I am looking forward to all the memories we will be making in this home. 🙂

 

Here are some pics of our home:

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Master Bath – taken while still unpacking, hence the garbage bags on the floor

New Orleans Souvenirs on my Bathroom Counter

New Orleans Souvenirs on my Bathroom Counter

I LOVE my kitchen!

I LOVE my kitchen!

And I love my fridge/freezer.

And I love my fridge/freezer.

 

in the wooded area of our property

in the wooded area of our property

Playing "Wise Old Grandpa and Wise Old Grandma"

Playing “Wise Old Grandpa and Wise Old Grandma”

A Man and His Dog on the Front Porch

A Man and His Dog on the Front Porch

As we work on some of our projects over the winter, I will be sure to blog about them. I will share as much information as possible in case anyone is interested in using our ideas for their own.

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End of School Year Business Part 2

Phew! So, are you ready to find out what else my family and I have been up to this past month? Well, here it is! [If you havent read part 2 from yesterday, check it out here!]

 

On Memorial Day, the LBJ Library and Museum was free to the public. So, the hubs, kids, and I headed out to check it out. I didn’t really take many pictures because I was too busy reading and explaining to my younger 2 children about all that “old” stuff (from the 60s!) that they had no clue about. I know I wasn’t alive back then either, but it is crazy to me how much of that stuff was still around when I was a kid (in the 80s and 90s) but is almost unrecognizable to my children today. They were very excited to learn that my grandma still has a rotary telephone that works. They plan on calling their daddy on his cell phone next time we go up for a visit. We really have made some incredible advances in technology in recent years.

Here are a couple pictures that I did take though:

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The other thing that kept me busy for a few days was our Beagle, Katie. About 6 weeks ago she had a random seizure that freaked me out and I took her to the vet immediately (thankfully it happened at noon). I didn’t really think to take a video at the time that it happened, so I just had to try to explain what I saw to the vet. She agreed that it sounded like a seizure and they did a few tests. All tests came back normal and I was instructed to get it on video if it happened again. Well, it did happen again, 34 days later. I was able to get it on video this time. It happened at 9:30 pm and Katie was back to normal very shortly after it was over, so I took her to the vet the next day. They watched the video and reviewed her test results from the previous visit and diagnosed her with Epileptic Seizures. No medication is required at this time because the seizures are mild and more than a month apart. If that changes, medication will probably be necessary to prevent them from occurring. Other than the seizures though, Katie is a healthy, happy dog. She loves our family and is adequately spoiled.

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I also just completed a 6 week Early Childhood Education class with my little guy, N. The class was 2 1/2 hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. It focused on teaching parents how to help their preschool aged children be successful in school. Here is the breakdown of all 12 classes:

Class 1

Introduction. What should I do before my child starts kindergarten? Ready for School Checklist

project: dream catchers

 

Class 2

Social and Emotional Preparation

project: feeling faces

 

Class 3

Phonological Awareness

projects: rhyming memory game and hearts

 

Classes 4 & 5

Letter Knowledge

projects: ABC visual, ABC visual (mixed up), name book, vowels book, name tree, ABC Bingo

 

Class 6

Narrative Skills

projects: 3 little piggies, sequences, story book dice

 

Classes 7 & 8

Math Skills – Numbers, Colors, and Shapes, Math in Our World

projects: math visual, counters, number book, shapes activity, bean numbers, number Bingo

 

Class 9

Pre-Kindergarten Science – Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Safety & Health

projects: color wheel, popping pepper, weather chart, sink or float

 

Class 10

Vocabulary Skills

project: new words dictionary

 

Class 11

Print Motivation and Fine Motor Skills, Developing Writing Skills

projects: play-doh exercises, lace-up apple

 

Class 12

Review

projects:graduation picture frames and graduation caps

 

At the end of the class we had a little party/graduation to show off all the projects that we had completed over the 6 weeks. Each of the participating parents had to get up and talk about 2 projects, the child’s favorite and the parent’s favorite. It was a fun class to take and I really enjoyed making and playing with the projects with not only N, but his older siblings as well.

Here are some pictures of my spread of projects. It really was a lot of work over that 6 week period.

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My next post will be about awards ceremonies, my boys’ graduations as well as school year before and after pics.