Monday, August 16, 2010

We are IN!

We are finally moved in. There is still plenty to do, but we are living here and loving every minute of it. It is such a good feeling to be a home owner and make a place your own. I have a feeling we will be here for quite awhile and I am so okay with that! I feel so comfortable here. I sit here with no curtains and I am not even scared! It's weird. We are getting curtains soon though. Abe is loving the freedom to crawl from the living room through the dining room allll the way into the kitchen and allll the way back with a BIG smile on his face and sometimes a little burp with spit up. haha. Hey, it happens! Well, I am going to post house pictures soon, but first I wanted to share one of my VERY FIRST MEMORIES here at my new house (sad that Nate wasn't here to witness, he was being an amazing husband back at the old apartment cleaning the whole place!) But I was sitting on the porch, our huge awesome porch with my sister, Jessica and Abe. My nieces and nephews (minus Ruby) Macy, Nolan, Evan and Avery were getting to know my yard and one of the kids walks up from the back yard with a bundle of grapes.. And asked "Are these grapes???" I told them that yes they are grapes and that we have a grape vine in the back yard. Let's eat some!

[side note] My sister broke one open and had me smell it.. We both looked at each other and were instantaneously reminded our our very first home growing up (our neighbor had a grape vine in their yard and we picked the grapes and ate them all the time). It made us smile! ...

So we all tasted the grapes and decided that we should make some grape juice! So.. that's what we did. First the kids went and picked a bunch

then we put them in a bowl and smashed them up,
then heated them to a boil,
added some sugar and water and sifted it though a filter,
then added some ice
and drank it, it was pretty tasty. Nolan, bless his heart overheard me say "isn't this how you make wine".. he wanted to make sure he wasn't going to be drinking wine. It was such a fun little memory that I know my nieces and nephews will talk about forever.. And probably want to do every time they come over! ;) I would love for them, when they get older to say, We made grape juice at my aunts all the time! I just can't wait to get all settled in and enjoy sitting around with Nate and watching Abe grow up here. I am going to take some pictures of the house when things all get put away and show you all. So fun! Check back soon.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ch Ch Ch Changes..

We close on our house today!

The time has finally come. We have bought our first home! We are so excited to move, but we are sad. The apartment we are leaving has been an amazing first home (technically 2nd, we lived in Wheaton for the first 2 months of marriage) where soooo many memories were made. This apartment was the place we called home for 3 years! We brought our first child into this home! And we may never step foot back in it. That is sad. But we know that this next house is just the next chapter in the story of our lives. It is going to be a fun and exciting chapter. Our house has room for our family to grow and more memories to be made. I can't wait to have our own yard to play in and our own real neighborhood to walk in and have more than one neighbor. I can't wait for FALL!! So we can decorate our house and make it smell like Cinnamon and Pumpkin smells and have little cute kids come to our door on Halloween and us hand out candy, I can't wait to decorate my house in my style and actually see what my style is. I can't wait to watch Nate crawl after Abe and play chase. I can't wait to finally have guests over and cook dinner for them and serve them. I can't wait to watch Abe take his first steps there, I can't wait to decorate for Christmas in our new house and play in the snow in OUR YARD! OH my GOODNESS! I am getting so excited.
So, as it may be sad moving out of this apartment, We are so very happy to move!
123A N. Main, You have been good to us!! Really, Really good to us! We will miss you and always drive by you and say "Abe, that is the first house you lived in!" :) Making memories is so fun!