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This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 7 and 2 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Exploring

Our weather is super warm right now so today we took the boys out. First we went to the town park! It's super nice and all the equipment was just replaced last year. They had a ton of things for the boys to climb on, plus several picnic tables and grills.







Next we went down the road to check out the Albion Cemetary. That might seem weird, but it's beautiful! There were several others there walking their dogs and jogging. It's very terraced and has several levels and areas. There are some beautiful monuments there and impressive tombs. The oldest ones I saw were from the late 1700s but most were from the 1800s with whole families buried together.










I ordered a new swingset for the boys and that should be in next week. I'm hoping we can squeeze out a few more weeks of good weather so they can enjoy it.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Visit From Family!

Last week my mother in law Penny came for a visit! She rode along with some friends in Oklahoma who just happened to be coming to NY for an event. They brought her right to our house last Tuesday morning, and she stayed with us for a week and just left this morning. Nick had a great time being able to visit with his mom, and the boys loved seeing their Nan. We didn't think she would ever make the trip to visit us, but everything worked out so she could!


She loved it here, and even wanted to check out some houses for sale! We went thru this one right down the street from us.



Tonight was open house at Brad's School, so I got to take him and meet his teacher. Her name is Mrs. Schepis and she seems very sweet. Brad just loves it there, and I was really pleased with the facility.



In other news....I got my granite counters installed today!! But I'm saving those pics for another post. Check back soon!
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Outside Fun in the Last Days of Summer

Today we got the tire swing put up! The boys love it of course, and I know it will be enjoyed for years to come.







Yesterday Nick's project was to paint roof sealer on the porch roof. Now it's ready for the winter!



He also restored our front door! He restained it, rebuilt the handle/lock (from 1890!), and installed a brass kickplate.


We also ordered a custom address number sign and got it in today!


We love this house, and are so excited to do all the little touches we've been dreaming of for years.

In other news... Nick's mom is coming to visit! Who would have thought?! She is arriving late tonight and staying with us for a few days, so my next post should have an update about that.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Day of 3rd Grade!

Bradley went back to school today! His new school here in Albion is Ronald Sodoma Elementary and his teachers are Mrs. Schepis and Mrs. Burrell. He is so excited so meet new friends and be back in school. The bus picks him up right in front of the house.

Of course we had to do our annual pictures!





Here is a collage I made of him from Pre-K to 2nd grade wearing his special shirt I made him! You can see him starting to grow into it.



I hope he has a great day, and I can't wait to hear all about it.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place

As we unpack boxes, I'm finding all the cute new things I bought just for this house. They've been packed away, never even taken out of the wrapper until now. It's the little things that make this house a home!





I mowed half of the backyard yesterday, and decided to cut a big bouquet of fragrant herbs for the kitchen window!


While I mowed, hubby got to work assembling the new grill, and all the patio furniture. It turned out so nice! We will break it in tomorrow for our Labor Day cookout.



I got this pathos plant from mumsy when I was in the hospital having Bradley, and it finally has a nice sunny window to live in.


Of course we couldn't wait any longer to put up our Kit Kat clock in the kitchen! Yes its eyes and tail move back and forth.


I am off for a few days in a row, so I'm determined to get the rest of the boxes unpacked before I go back! Our big guy starts 3rd grade on Thursday so we will also be getting ready for the new school schedule.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

We're Here!!

We have officially moved into the new house, and are now residents of Albion, NY! We got a moving truck yesterday and loaded up all vehicles to the brim. Our friend Kary loaded her van and followed along to help watch the boys so Nick and I could unload the truck. With just me and him we managed to move 3 couches, 3 beds, table/chairs, washer/dryer, tons of patio furniture, lawn equipment, and countless boxes. You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to box it up and move it!


The boys did pretty well, even though the little one didn't get a nap. We made it a priority to get their beds situated so that they could get to bed at a decent time. We however did not get to bed at a decent time...more like 2am.


Cuddles seems to be adjusting well. He isn't acting all skittish like the last time we moved. He seems pretty comfortable with the new place!


I definitely needed to do some laundry, but was a bit surprised to find that this house has hookups for a gas dryer instead of an electric! So until I can find a good deal on one, I am making good use of the clotheslines I found in the basement!


I am really trying to hustle on the kitchen unpacking so that cooking meals isn't such a hassle. You know these boys would starve without me....either that or eat burger King for every meal!


While Nick was getting another truck full last night, I managed to wrestle the wrapping off of one of our new couches!! It's super plush and it was so nice to sit down for a few minutes. It's kind of a gray-brown and looks nice with the slate blue walls and new rug.


I searched most of last night and today looking for the new shower curtain so that i could shower before going to work tonight. I finally found it (in a box in Brad's closet...) And it looks great in the bathroom! The shower head is really nice and has a detachable handheld device.


Tonight will be my first commute to work, so pray for an easy trip with no traffic!

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