Monday, June 26, 2017

Houston House #4

Cue the music, we are moving... AGAIN. What! I know. I truly feel like a nomad some days. This move was not planned, but the pieces are all just falling where they've fallen. So, yes we are moving.

I'm not sure Hubs ever felt like Savannah was the FOREVER home, although I saw myself being here longer than 3 years. There is so much to LOVE about this city, but also concerns we have, too. Mainly schools. It is no secret you really can't send your kids to public school in Savannah for all of K-12. There are some pretty good elementary schools here, and of course excellent private schools, but when it comes down to it none of them are a great fit for our family.

So, Hubs and I had some time to kill on a car ride at the end of April when we went to see Neil the man Diamond in Charlotte. Somehow the conversation went from where Evans will go to pre-k, to where would we move in Savannah if we had a million dollars... to which my reply was-- if I had that kind of money I'd be living on Lake Murray next to my parents. Then our wheels started turning and haven't stopped.

I had kind of hoped that when we came to Savannah, my parents would move here. I think I always knew in the back of my mind that they wouldn't be able to leave their lives in Ballentine. I mean, they've been in Columbia 40 something years. That's a LONG time to just pick up and go. Plus, my dad's side of the family lives in Columbia area as well, and I know he would have a hard time picking up and leaving. So, I understand completely.

We never thought we would move back to the Columbia area. Like ever. It's not that we didn't enjoy our childhoods. We did. Columbia area just never felt like an option after leaving for law school in 2007. Hubs moved to Atlanta in 1999, and we lived there until we moved to Savannah in 2014. So, Columbia is kind of foreign to us now. The only way I could get Hubs to move back was to promise him the lake. Ha. SO.... we started looking at different neighborhoods in the Ballentine/Irmo/Chapin area just to see what we could get for the money, etc. This was in mid-May.

You can get so much house for the money! We were both shocked. I guess after living in Atlanta and Savannah, we were just used to bigger stickers. When we got back to Savannah after looking in SC, I called our realtor and told her we weren't quite ready, but if she had someone that wanted to see it let me know.

Well, someone wanted to see it. And as fate would have it, that person is buying it. It happened SO fast, like almost to the point we had zero time to second guess anything. God has a way of orchestrating things, doesn't He?

So, suddenly here we are, no plans and a house under contract in Savannah. Crap. Where to? We prayed about it, talked with our parents, prayed more... and ultimately we have decided Chapin is the place for us. We know we want more space, excellent public schools, and the lake, so Chapin is definitely the answer. We want our kids to be able to see their grandparents everyday (which Hubs' and my parents live in the area!).  We don't want to pay private tuition. So::  Chapin.

A buddy of mine is a realtor, so he helped us navigate different neighborhoods and areas and let us know about the different school options. We ultimately decided we still wanted to be close-in, but still have the lake and Chapin schools. Our priorities landed us on a search in Lakeside at Ballentine. I've always liked that neighborhood (and the fact that it is DIRECTLY behind my parents land!).

After looking at houses in there, we liked two of them. Unfortunately, one went under contract before we could offer. The other one- well, it's OURS if everything pans out!!!! I've never had to worry about timing two closings in two different cities, just days apart. Hopefully everything goes the way it is supposed to go. Fingers crossed for smooth transitions.

Houston House # 4!

We plan to do a few renovations before moving in, so we will be living with my parents for a couple of weeks while that is done. Nothing major like structural or addition wise. Just changing some flooring/paint/backsplash. That sort of thing. Purely cosmetic. This will be the NEWEST home Hubs and I have ever bought. The condo was 1995. The Roswell home was 1984. Our Savannah home is 1953. This one was built in 2002. Moving on up, HA!!

We are a mix of emotions right now. Sad to leave family and friends here. I've done the ugly cry and wondered should we really move several times now. Excited for a new adventure. Excited to live right around the corner from my parents. Stressed about packing. Stressed about wrapping up some projects. Stressed about uprooting the girls. All of it.

But, I know if everything works out that come August we will be enjoying a cold one on Lake Murray watching the sun drop.... with free babysitters.... :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lately & 15 Months

Another catch up! Life has been a bit busier than usual here lately, more on that later. No, I'm NOT pregnant as so many have asked me lately!! Maybe that's a clue to lose some weight? HA! 

It is HOT here. Woo. Too hot to enjoy outside most days, but the baby pool, sprinklers, and beach sure help. 

Mae Caroline turned 15 months old (and she's almost 16 months now, oops! ) She is into EVERYTHING. She's been super fussy (fussy for her at all is really out of the normal). Three of her molars are coming in aaalllll at once, poor kid. She's just not having it! I can usually distract her with outside time, stroller rides, car rides, new surroundings, love. Etc. Etc.  

Girls are still sharing a room and loving it! Thank GOODNESS! Some nights it is a challenge because one of them is fully wired and the other is super tired, but mostly they just play and giggle for about an hour before falling asleep. 

Evans started summer camp and is loving it! And so is Mommy! HA! It gives me some time to actually get things done without two girls at home. I still have a sitter keeping MC two days a week. 

MC is about to drop a nap I think. Although the past few days she's been taking morning and afternoon like a champ, there are times where she will just play right through one or the other. Who knows. I think Evans dropped a nap around this time. 

Took the girls to Tybee a couple weekends ago. Evans FINALLY loved the water! It has taken her 3 years to build up the courage for ocean water. HA! This time she was really into it. MC pretty much just played in the sand under the umbrella the whole time. 

Now that she's got molars coming in, she's trying out those chompers :) She prefers me not to break up her food (obviously I still do). Wants to be like Big Sis. 

Even when she's fussy, I can pretty much count on taking her outside to cheer her up. She LOVES to be outdoors. Just like Daddy. Thank goodness we have a fenced front and fenced back yard. I can pretty much just let her discover and roam (from a safe watchful distance, of course, I am still a mom after all!). 

I can also count on bath time. She LOVES bath time. Some days I bathe Evans super fast and just let MC stay and play a while. She gets so excited when it comes to water! 

I went on a girls trip with my best friends to Pawleys Island. It was THE BEST. We laughed and giggled and talked like we were still in college. Girl time is good for the SOUL, I swear. All three of us have kids now and it's hard to get together (we don't all live in the same city, either), but when we do get together we catch right back where we left off. Aren't friends like that the absolute best? 

Of course we missed our kiddos, but we did decide next year we need a WEEK not a weekend, HAHA!!!

Mark and I celebrated EIGHT years married last week. Holy moly. Wouldn't trade that guy for anything. We went to A. Lure here in Savannah, which is our absolute favorite. The best food and service in town. They go above and beyond. 

Can't beat that Savannah sunset...

For Father's Day the girls got Daddy a gift card to Bass Pro... so of course we went there on Father's Day. He cashed it in on some good looking Columbia gear. :)

The girls love Bass Pro like most kids do... all they want to see are the fishies.....

Bedtime shenanigans.... Evans love to hug her sister... which ends up being more of a choke hold.. and Mae Caroline protests every time....

Mae Caroline is wearing size 18 months, size 4 diapers, size 4 shoes. She is saying mama, dada, bye bye, heeeeeeey and hiiiiii (draws them both out like a true southern girl), uh oh, and oh no. 

Loves her mama. But REALLY loves her Daddy. This one may be a Daddy's girl. I am ok with that :) 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Massive Catchup

Two months away from the blog- where did time go! The girls are still at home with me three days a week, so life has been so busy. I hate that I haven't had time to document things going on, especially Mae Caroline's updates! So here we go for a catchup, mostly in pictures!

Mae Caroline started walking soon after her first birthday, and now she's running. Hooray!

She can say uh-oh, bye bye, thank you (tan-u), peekaboo (pee-boo), and peep eye! She's into EVERYTHING constantly, I hardly get to sit down. Evans will soon start going to school 5 days a week for summer camp, and I hired an awesome babysitter to come sit with MC 2 days a week. On those days I try to cram in everything I can from errands to The Houston House, LLC work. It's crazy right now, but I know this is just a season of life. Although most days I feel a thousand years old!

Evans is really growing up. She is testing everything, her boundaries, independence, everything. But in the end she is a really good girl (just quite head strong ha!) She loves to do arts and crafts, sing and dance. Probably her favorite right now is dance party in the living room. She always asks me to turn the music up and put on a pretty dress for her to twirl. It's precious! She really enjoys my 80's tunes, although she'll put up with Daddy's Neil Diamond as well. Her favorite song right now is the B52's love shack. She sings over and over KNOCK ON THE DOOR BABY! HA. Hilarious.

I hit a slow period with work for a couple months, which is never fun. But lately it's picked back up and I'm thankful! I have a couple of bathroom renovations I'm working on, and just wrapped up a porch addition for my cousin. A few other projects are in the works, so fingers crossed!

We went home a few weeks ago to SC. While there, my mom and I took Evans to see Disney on Ice. She loved everything except for the evil queen on Snow White. She was terrified! But, once the queen was gone all was well again.

Easter was spent over at my Aunt Paula's. It's a tradition each year. Church, Easter egg hunts, lunch and chocolate. What could be better?

I think that's a good wrap on what's been going on the last two months. Yay, another baby book entry. Until next time, hopefully it won't be another two months!