April 20, 2014

Disney!

Our trip to Disney was amazing.
All our planning paid off big time!


Mother Nature did have some fun
and spread some snow the morning
we were leaving. Happy to leave!


Our little guy B had no idea where
he was going. That was the best,
waiting for his final reaction once he knew!


Big B and little B, heading to the plane.


Finding his seat.


First plane ride and he decided
that the best parts were the turbulence!!


Big surprise when our bus to take us from L.A.
to Anaheim pulled up with McQueen on the side.

We played, we tanned, we ate, we slept
and we rode all the rides. We met all the
characters and splashed in the pool. It was
sunny, hot but not too hot, perfect in so many
ways. Everyone started planning the next
trip in 2016 before we were even off the plane.

Fun!!

April 10, 2014

Ready to go!


The house is organized, the bills are paid, work is done for the next 10 days and our bags are packed. We need to choose our seats, print off our boarding passes, send our granddaughter's Easter package, buy a few groceries for our youngest dd who is staying home and reformat my camera cards. Tomorrow, I have one counselling session with a family and other than taking our grandson to preschool in the afternoon, it should be a quiet day. We leave the house at 7 on Saturday to get to the airport, go thru security and be ready to board for 10:30 a.m. Arriving in L.A. by 1:30, it's a coach ride to our new home for 7 days. Sun and fun, all the way!! 

I'll post if I can but pictures will likely have to wait until I get home. 

See you on the other side!

April 8, 2014

Rain!!


After months of snow and weeks of mud and slush then dry pavement and dusty landscapes, tonight, the rain began to fall. Washing away the dirt and the dust, we are so grateful for this much needed moisture. It's so comforting to listen to the rain hit the roof and the windows. The first step to making our bleak and brown world become green again!!

April 6, 2014

Hard work rewarded!

We often reward ourselves for
working hard all weekend.


This weekend's reward?


A yummy homemade stew,
a frosty lime cooler and the season 
premiere of Game of Thrones!!

Worth every sweaty moment. 

What do you do to reward yourself?

April 4, 2014

Packing and more packing!

We've started our packing journey early but for a few good reasons. With just 6 months before the big move out to the country, we need to decide what we are taking, what we are selling and what we are donating. So far, we've packed up 24 boxes of things we'll take (our treasures), thrown out 12 blue bags of recycling items that are no longer functional or paper that we don't need, and boxed up 4 boxes of items to donate and 4 bags of clothes. My Christmas dishes are tucked away in tissue and snug in heavy duty boxes. Our excess bedding is no longer crowding up our tiny linen closet but packed and waiting for the new house. All the dollhouse fixtures and furnishings are boxed up and books are slowly leaving our bookcases to their designated cardboard homes. Next on our list is the basement storage room where we'll go thru old toys and kids clothes that are no longer needed. My husband is going thru his office this weekend and will be getting rid of his old photography equipment and film accessories that are now outdated and he no longer uses. 


Amazing how comfortable we've gotten here over the last 22 years. Doesn't matter how often we purge and reorganize, we still have tons of "stuff" that really isn't needed. I remember when we were flipping houses how freeing it was to move every 2 years and along the way, purge the stuff we didn't need any longer. I like this process and we'll have to make sure in the new house, with all the new extra space, that we don't start to fill it up!


The second level of packing we're doing is for our upcoming Disney trip. We leave in just 8 short days, so the packing has begun! Today, I'm going thru my list of what needs to be packed to see if there is anything I need to pick up. A bit of shopping is on the agenda for the weekend or later today, if dh gets home early as he's planning. Passports are ready to go and my camera is charged up. Almost ready to go!

Any packing tips to share for a big move?

April 2, 2014

And, it's done!!

All the planning, drawing, erasing, rewriting, negotiating, dreaming, worrying and intense number crunching has ended. The house plan is complete, with no more changes anticipated. The deal has been finalized, with a successful $75,000 drop in the original price, without taking out any features. We've signed, initialed and cross-referenced. And to celebrate this major accomplishment in our long journey, our builder invited the youngest member of our house to sign off on the final drawings. 


B was happy to oblige.


And even added in a few extra "notes"!


Out came the chai tea ....


.... with homemade lemon loaf to celebrate.

Now, the fun part begins. Our building adventure is finally a reality. The next 6 to 8 months are going to be very stressful and incredibly exciting, all at the same time. But we're ready and on our way!

March 26, 2014

On a rough day ....

.... chocolate and white cupcakes are heavenly!


All that's missing is the wine!!

March 23, 2014


Well we finally, after 14 years of dreaming, planning, worrying, fussing, scheming and saving, signed our formal contract on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 to build our new home out in the country. A custom home that we got to design and should meet our needs, while including a dedicated space for our adult daughter and grandson to continue to live with us while she is in school full time for the next 4 years. Currently, they live in our basement in one big open space. In the new house, she'll have 3/4 of the lower level, with a family room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. Our grandson will finally have his own bedroom and place to play. We'll have the upper two levels that we'll share with our youngest daughter. Pure bliss and heaven and worth the long wait!

Our move in date will be November 1st, 2014 but our builder gave us that date as the latest. His goal is to get us in mid October, if not earlier. It feels so far away but he tell us it will go incredibly fast. For now, we'll be very busy painting, purging and packing, while he builds our new haven. Can't wait to have Christmas in our new home in the woods! 

Have you ever built a new house?
Any tips to share?