Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I'm Baaaccckkk!

It has been exactly one year since my last blog post and wow has it been a year!  I am not sure where to start.  My blogging last year was pretty infrequent too.  I will go all the way back to December 2014.  I got an exciting promotion with Enterprise.  I went from managing a team of 20-25 employees to managing six managers and a total team of 130-140 employees in as many as 19 different states.  So when I got to walk away from my computer at the end of the day, I was DONE!  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job, I really do!  I get to work with some outstanding people and do it all while working from home!  It is such a blessing.  During this transition, Jeff and I continued to look for a new house.  We were pretty picky in terms of the space we wanted for our growing boys and looked at a LOT of homes.  Fast forward to October 2015 and we put a contract on a new house for us.  Not new construction, but new for us.  We made the contract contingent on selling our current home and luckily it didn't take too long.  A contract on our house was signed on our 11th wedding anniversary, January 8, 2016.  Probably the best anniversary present we could have asked for!   We closed on our old house on February 28th and bought our new house on March 1st.  We were homeless and without a mortgage payment for 2 days!  Pretty exciting stuff! 

This is pretty much what the house looked like when we bought it - we called it the brown house!  Wow, it makes me realize how much work we have done to it in the last 8 months.  Another reason I haven' t been blogging - I have all kinds of excuses.  :)  Working full time, mom to 3 boys, wife, new house...I could go on and on but if you are reading you probably really don't care.  

With the new house I got my very own office space.  I am no longer in the basement.  I am on the first floor and I have a huge office with two walls of shelves (you cannot see the other wall as it is behind the door.  I sent Jeff this panoramic photo as I was unpacking thinking I was never going to get organized.  Honestly 8 months later and my office really doesn't look too different.  Eek!  The boxes are off the floor but it still isn't how I want it.  All in due time.  

This is the brown foyer with the 1983 light fixture.  So many 1983 "features" that we will get to replace and make our own.  

All my shelves to put books and craft supplies on!  Again, these shelves will eventually get updated but I don't even mind all the brown right now.  It's my own space! I can work.  I can craft (in all my spare time that doesn't exist).  I can sew (again in all that free time).  But it is my space!  

The boys like the bar stool counter with again...brown...countertops.  I wish I had a photo of the kitchen wallpaper or linoleum floor.  So amazing!  (insert SO much sarcasm here!) 

We took a break from moving to have a drink!  I love all my boys cheers-ing to our new house!  

I am pretty certain I am the luckiest lady in the world to have these 4 boys in my life!  

Moving from house #1 to house #2 was no small feat and we couldn't have done it without our family!   Everyone helped!  From cleaning to large item hauling it truly took a village!  We were and are so thankful for all the help!  

I will be able to hopefully update our last year over the next few days as I am in the hospital for a bit...more on that in a later post, but like I said it has been a wild year!