Monday, November 28, 2011

Elf On The Shelf

I am having a lot of fun with our new Elf friend Buddy. Have you ever heard of this fun tradition? It is a lot of fun for the kids and it really helps behavior, ha ha. The kids named our elf "Buddy" the elf. Fitting since our favorite family movie is The Elf. Buddy has been showing up in a new area each day reporting back to Santa or mom,hmmm...Buddy and I are tight.
The kids found him in the birdcage. This is one of my favorite decorating pieces. Seems odd to have a large birdcage in my living room with no bird but I use it as a statement piece it really is cool. It is 3ft tall or more. I love finches so maybe someday I will actually use it.

Sneaky


He even showed up in my car one day where we have some of our greatest behavior. Mom's you know I am lying right now. I like to use my radio in the car we will leave it at that.

We stayed home this year for Thanksgiving because of packing and all the junk we have to get done before moving. I missed seeing my mom but we really needed the time to get work done. We were invited for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast 10 min away at my BFF Jackie's house. She did such a beautiful job with her place settings. The food was so good too, seriously awesome food. I brought my camera to take pictures and only managed this..I wish I would have got some pictures of all of us.

When we got home I took this picture of Lauren because she just looked cute. She is so cute and ornery as they come. Our tree looks so sad this year. Right when we get over to PA we are putting up a tree but for now I am using this little tree. So far things have been weird this year not pulling out the decorations yet, I am usually in full swing by now. I haven't done any shopping and don't know when I will get to it. I figure I will go to Toys R Us once we are there and work all night long wrapping and decorating. Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. Jackie and I also saw the new Twilight movie. With our own subtitles throughout the movie it was fabulous but without them I don't know how great it really was. They are defiantly milking the saga out now. I have been a little depressed thinking about leaving our life here. I know that it is for the best but it is hard to start over again and leave friends. I know God will provide for us and I am excited about the future it is just the transition time that is so hard. I better go pack some more. Love you all!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Okay, I think I can get excited now!

This is our new home!! We love it, it is older and needs some updating but it is one of those "Buy the cheapest houses in the best neighborhood deals." It is such a beautiful setting and the house just feels right when you walk in, we knew right away. There is elementary behind it with a baseball diamond, Rob is in heaven. Trees everywhere on a beautiful street something we have always wanted, trees!!.There is going to be so much renovation that this blog is going to get interesting and creative for a long time. Everything checked out good here and things are moving along. On my half I have had nothing but drama. God is teaching me to step back and not to get bitter and to try and understand where people are coming from. I have had lots of emotions but I have finally come to the terms that if I were moving into a new house I suppose I would want it perfect too. Wait that is not true though, this place above is beautiful but not perfect and I am realistic going in. You pay for what you get and when a home has been lived in it is not perfect. Okay I am going to stop (: For the record my home now is move in ready very few issues!! I am not a bitter person but we have had nothing but hoops and red tape trying to make the buyers understand that any home has little things and you don't need a license contractor to fix a door latch..You get my drift.. I am going to continue to adjust my heart on this issue and pray that they find happiness with the home and neighbors. We do have great neighbors but sometimes they don't get along either so this should be a interesting addition...Anyway thanks for the prayers we do need them we have had more then enough stress. With Christmas coming I don't know how I am going to do it all let alone have a tree for the kids this year. In all things I am thankful and this is just little stuff that builds. God is good all the time even in our biggest sadness He knows more then me! I need to tell myself this daily when things don't go according to my way.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lot's going on...wow!

Here are some of my favorite people. Here is our small group from church. These people are some of the best people I know! We started out in another group a year or so ago and it grew so big we split off and Rob was asked to co-lead a new group. So neat to see God work in each of our lives and to see prayers answered. We have been there for each other for our ups and downs and I am thankful to have them all.

It is so nice to be able to do stupid human tricks and laugh our butts off together.

Oh and My little Lauren is so cute, I just had to post this picture it got missed in the Halloween pics last blog.

Saying all of this..It is going to be hard to leave friends that are dear. We decided to put our house up for sale a few weeks ago to see what would happen. With Rob being in Pittsburgh so much we knew we were going to eventually try and move over there. He is gone anywhere from 2-3 days per week most weeks so it can be a challenge and the kids miss him. We went to visit the area a few weeks ago and liked it. We actually found a neat house but didn't want to get attached since we wanted to sell first. Between my mom and bff here they told me to list the house and not wait till spring you never know. We also prayed that night that if it is Gods will for us to move the house will sell and we will know we are meant to go and if it doesn't we will stay put. A couple days later a couple looked on a Friday night and we got a offer on Monday. So it looks like we are moving in a month or so. So it has been crazy lately!! Wow, we were not expecting this to happen so fast. So last weekend we went back to PA and that same house that we loved was still the one we loved the best so tomorrow we will hear if we have a deal. I can't wait to blog about this new adventure. Part of me is sad to leave friends and what is comfortable but part of me is super excited to have a more normal family life with less travel and to enjoy a new adventure. The kids are a little nervous and somewhat excited. So here we go again. So that is our crazy life lately. Lots of fun to come and looking forward to a new adventure. Jaden said it best "Mom when it is God's will it goes fast." The wisdom of Jaden is remarkable.



The kids enjoyed a great season of Upward Soccer. All three played and had a blast. Lauren was more then thrilled she could actually play a team sport. She now thinks she can do everything the boys do. We signed the boys up for Upward basketball and she was not old enough and she threw the mother of all fits one for the record book. It was actually sad she just wanted to play so bad but did not understand the age restrictions and told me she is not 4!!! Over and over lots of yelling and tears, poor baby.




My handsome Jaden



She is so proud. She is a good little athlete but was a little confused on which way to go and sometimes would purposely fall and roll in the grass a while. My brain is a fog and I am getting tired but wanted to share all the excitement. Looks like I have lots to do this month. We will move in right before Christmas if all goes well. Thanks to friends on Facebook who prayed for me this week. I was so overwhelmed, Rob gone, two sick kids..and working on selling this place and fearful of not knowing where we were going to live next month. It is all coming together and I need to trust that God will take care of us and knows all our needs. Each day I can only do my best and He will do the rest.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Trick Or Treat

What a fun night we had on Monday. The kids are at the perfect age for this. Jaden was a mad scientist, Drew a punk Rocker, and Lauren who else but The little Mermaid. I love dressing them up it was so much fun for mom too!!
So funny how they got into their roles once the costumes came on. Lauren become princess like, Drew had attitude below which is not like Drew and Jaden acted like a scientist and talked like one.

Kind of creepy he then kept telling me he was a vampire from Twilight. He cracks me up!!







So cute!

Love them!









This is from Lauren's preschool class, they all looked so cute.

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