Monday, August 31, 2015

Summerfest: June Edition

This summer has flown by, FLOWN. Actually, when I really think about it, this whole year has been a blur, a glorious blur of crazy life changes and tiny everyday bits that have made this summer one for the books. This last weekend I had kind of a slap in the face and I realized (probably for the 5th time) that since I'm not the best at journalling, this is it my friends. This is what Ellie and all future offspring will have to refer to. I really need to be doing this for them.

So for tonight, being ridiculous exhausted, but also carrying around the guilt of things unwritten, we're recording June, also I've also covered some of it so this should be speedy!

Besides some skydiving adventures and Father's Day festivities (see post below!) Our June looked like this:

Lots of dog walking...mostly to avoid unpacking. I did an amazing job and avoiding unpacking for the last 2 weeks of June. Did I curse myself all of July? You betcha!

We're slowly discovering Bountiful and all of her charms. I love it here. Love it. If you're considering moving, move to Bountiful. Really, it's that good. I'm never leaving. Never. Ever. We hit up the local farmer's market and food truck league in June and that's where the love affair started. Can I also mention that we are within walking distance of basically everything? We are, it's fantastic. Another perk of living here is how close we are to J.rue's twin brother and his family. Ellie loves her cousins and I love my SIL, and it's so nice to have them a block away. They're also never allowed to move from Bountiful.

We also spent many a mornings and evenings on our porch swing eating bomb pops and blowing bubbles. Ellie and I have also started a little tradition of painting her fingers and toes in the morning before church. The polish usually doesn't make it thru nursery, but I'll never tire of hearing ask to "paint nail?" I'll really miss 1 o'clock church, which I never thought I'd say.

My gorgeous BFF since 6th grade tied the knot towards the end of June and I couldn't be happier for her! The 3 of us have not done the greatest job and regular catch-ups, but I could honestly go years without talking to them and pick up right where we left off. I love them and am so grateful to have them in my life, no matter how long our gaps are. Childhood friends for the win!

Ellie and I spent the end of June in Wisconsin with my dad's side of the family. We try our darndest to make it out every summer, and one day j.rue will make it out with us! Thank goodness Cale made the flight there and back with us. I don't know what I would have done without him. We ate our fill and I couldn't get enough of the Twin Dragons or Potosi Brewery. I wish I wasn't such a food girl...but such is life. More importantly, we loved catching up with family, celebrating my sweet grandma's birthday, visiting with my grandpa, and talking with my dad who we don't see near enough either. Needless to say we're looking forward to next time!

I think that about sums it up! We came home to a half unpacked house and a 30 page list of projects. I would have paid good money to fast forward (just for a peek) at how our to-dos panned out. Ooooh moving while pregnant is not fun. I have two unwritten posts that I'm actually glad that I didn't post because they were full of incoherent emotions. While I don't expect this space to be all rainbows and unicorns, things really are never as bad as they seem, and our little family is living an incredibly blessed life. 

Happy June! And onto July...and in the real life, September!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Father's Day 2015

This year was not my best Father's Day production, but luckily one of j.rue's many positive attributes is that he's laid back enough to overlook my celebratory short comings and was just happy to spend the day with us. All he asked for was a chocolate cake (bought from Smith's) and a big breakfast. So, we whipped up a big breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sausage and enjoyed each others company before church. Ellie helped make the eggs, her most favorite breakfast food in the world. Her daddy was patient enough to let her whisk.

Ellie gave her daddy the gift of a well behaved sacrament meeting and a card made in nursery full of silver stars and purple crayons. That evening we went up to my grandparents to have dinner with some of my extended family. It was nice to be able to celebrate my grandpa as well, he's done so many things for us and has been a father and grandfather most of my life. I love him.

My Aunt made us a delish Texan inspired meal, after she decided to jump out of a plane with my mom and brother. They're crazies I tell you. 

All in all it was a wonderful day. I think j.rue only had to change one diaper and spend the evening playing foosball with my brother. Who can complain about that?

I'm so thankful that I married a man who has a strong desire to be such a good father. He's so thoughtful in all of his interactions with Ellie and works so hard for the both of us. He's going to be the fun parent until forever. He's totally in love with Ellie and I love watching that.

Happy Father's Day Jeremy! We couldn't love you more.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Love Note to Ruesch Manor

Welp, we've officially been Bountifilians (probably not a thing) for over a week now. I really struggled to leave Kaysville and Ruesch Manor in the week up to the move. I knew it would be hard, but I didn't realize how strong my attachment actually was to that house we had made a home over the past 5 and a half years. I left a little bit of my heart in Kaysville on June 13, 2015.

Also, please note that this is a HUGE photo dump of every corner of the house. I don't want to forget a single corner of the house, so feel free to scroll through quickly :)

 We bought Ruesch Manor on October 13, 2009. We had been looking for the perfect starter home for 6 months and I was starting to loose hope. We started looking in SLC and slowly moved north, much to my chagrin. We thought we found the perfect place in Centerville, but it ended up not feeling right so we backed out. Of course this was after we gave our landlords notice so we had to be out. If you know me at all, the unknown nevers sits with me well, but luckily, j.rue's parents took us in for 5 weeks. Random side note: All of our earthly possessions, besides basically our clothes and cars, fit in one half of their garage. We've learned from our most recent move that this would not be the case anymore.

Ruesch Manor was a tiny bit over our budget, but after much convincing on my end, j.rue and I put in an offer. The day we put in our offer, another offer came in. I'm telling you, it's our lot in life. I will be shocked if we will ever buy a home without there being multiple offers. So, a multiple offer addendum was rolled out and we drove to Ruesch Manor one more time to look around and decided if it was worth playing that game. I remember sitting on the front lawn, crying, because I knew we were supposed to be there, knew it. We decided to add a measly 2k to our offer without a lot of hope. The next day we found out that it was really meant to be, we had gotten the home, and we moved in two weeks later!

Over the next 5.5 years, together, j.rue and I celebrated the following:
- our first anniversary (thru our 6th, but the first is the biggest deal) - 2009
- both of our college graduations  - 2011, 2012
- adopting our two puppies, Coop & Maggie - 2009, 2010
- our first full time jobs (and multiple part-time jobs and internships) - 2011, 2012
- finding out Ellie would be joining us - 2012
- bringing Ellie home - 2013
- taking the plunge and quitting my full time job (so worth it!) - 2014
- finding out baby brother would be joining us- 2015
- selling our home & buying another - 2015

I don't know if any home will ever measure up. So many memories and milestones reside there. Of course a lot of disasters and learning experiences came with it, but thank goodness for those. Windstorms, basement floods, broken windows, 100 gallons of paint, the A/C & furnace, and soffit and fascia taught us what it really took to take care of a home. We learned as we went and Ruesch Manor was patient with us. Also, please note that our house was NEVER this clean or un-cluttered, We were planning on using these photos to list, but lucky for us it never came to that!

Our home was always a work in progress. The only thing that really stopped me from changing things up is knowing we wanted to list our home in a year or so. After that I added finishing touches and let it be, and I ended up loving it. It's amazing how different your perfectly placed things look so different and not cohesive in a different space. I'm really struggling with that right now. There probably won't be photos of our Bountiful home until we list it, just kidding, hopefully! One of my favorite rooms in the house was Ellie's room, it was my labor of love for her. If you want to see the loveliness that was her room before I took the reigns...CLICK HERE ...oh boy. Putting her room together was so fun. I over thought every little detail and made j.rue re-hang pictures more times than I like to admit. Oh, and I'll never tell how long it took me to pick out the paint color, never.

And there you have it. Ruesch Manor in all her glory. She will be missed, but on to new adventures! I keep telling myself that she was just the setting for all of the wonderful friends that were made, events that transpired, and lessons that were learned. If that's the case (which I know it is) then I'm excited what our new home will facilitate in the next several years. All I know is that I'm never moving again...for at least 5 more years. Unpacking is killing me.

Cheers Ruesch Manor.