Where We’ve Been

Helloooooooo out there!

My days have been very full lately, and I haven’t had even a spare moment to browse around on Pinterest, let alone read any of the blogs I follow or check in with my Babywise group. Today I have been fortunate to find some downtime. Whew!

Just after my most recent post, Jonathan got a new job in a different city. This job has more to offer Jonathan as he pursues his career: higher salary, better benefits, and more advancement opportunities. Needless to say, we are thanking the Lord for blessing us with this adventure. It came at just the right time, and it’s really nice (for me) to see Jonathan getting affirmation in his career decisions. I think he does a fantastic job, and I am glad to see that others recognize that potential as well!

Once we were 100% positive that Jonathan had the job, I turned to craigslist and newspaper classified ads to find a new home for us in a new (bigger) city. It took me four days to find “the one,” and I had to fight for it. It was listed with a “no pets” policy, but I have found that if I talk to landlords, the majority of them are willing to accept pets with a few extra stipulations or a higher deposit or something to that effect. After several attempts to speak with the landlord of this property, I finally learned that he was at the home and that I could go talk to him there. I jumped in the car, drove the 40 minutes, and spent an hour speaking with him and convincing him that we were the family for him! He still isn’t certain that he’s happy about us having our little kitty-cat, Riley,  but we offered a pet deposit and we’ll steam clean the carpets before we go. If we ever go.

Seriously, I love this house. I am sure that in a few months’ time, I’ll be able to provide a list of things that I’m not fond of. But for now, this house is the best one we’ve ever lived in (as a married couple- the ones we grew up in were pretty great, too!).

We’ll be moving in three weeks with the help of my parents (whose main assistance will come in the form of babysitting) and our best friends. Even though moving is no fun, we’re looking forward to seeing them. They’re great.

The day after I was able to secure our new home, Jonathan’s little sister, affectionately known as “Nay-Nay” in our house, came to visit. I had been keeping her visit a surprise for Jonathan. We’d been planning it since May! That is a long time for me to keep something a secret from him! I am pretty terrible at keeping things a surprise for Jonathan. I almost slipped up and spoiled it several times in the weeks leading up to her visit. Fortunately, he believed we were going camping with my parents, and had taken time off work.

During Nay-Nay’s visit, we did a lot of fun summery things. We went camping for 2 nights, visited a dinosaur museum, watched the entire Free Willy series, ate a lot of *really* unhealthy food, and had a good time. Jonathan and Nay-Nay even went down to see a hokey home-made castle an hour away from our house. They said it was super scary going 160 feet into the air on some steel beams a guy screwed together all by himself, without the limits of building codes and permits! I can’t imagine why…

Nay-Nay went back home to California today and we’ll miss her!

I feel like this was a very concise overview of everything that has happened with us recently. Add in some cooking, cleaning, baby-minding, game-playing, and maybe catching a few zzzs, and you’ve got the whole picture.

I plan to update on Hula Girl soon. She said her first sentence today: “Hi, Riley!” It came out more like, “Ha, Waaah-woohh!” It was followed by a very gentle head-pat and then a slobbery kiss on the nose. I was beyond thrilled. Needless to say, Riley was not. 🙂


  1. Kristy said,

    September 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Wow, what an update!!!!!! I am sure you have been crazy busy. Was glad to “see” you on the Chronicles group the other day. I am trying to get back to doing more there and with blog-reading, too. 🙂

    • September 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      I hear you, Kristy! I have been so on and off with blogging, facebook, and the groups lately just because of life. I imagine you’re doing so much right now with school starting and family transitions. I hope that I can be back permanently now. I actually scheduled blogging on four days per week again, so I will be over 50% consistent. HA!

    • September 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      And, I expect to visit your new blog soon… I can’t wait to see what all you’ve done!

  2. Kristy said,

    September 28, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Thanks, Kim! Well, if there was ever a good excuse to be on and off with online activities, it’s real life, right? 🙂 I’ll be looking forward to reading!

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