Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One year later...

I'm alive!

It's been almost exactly one year since I wrote in here...  Just a few things have changed since then.

Michael got a new job.  We moved to a new town (the town we moved away from 5 years ago actually).  We bought a new house.  Oh, and we had another baby...  A boy.  


We have three kids.  Life is crazy.  

I am pretty positive my last post was the day I found out I was pregnant with Levi actually.  I'm amazed I could even focus on writing anything.  I was just a little bit surprised by the whole thing... :)

We've been in our house for over 8 months already but I feel like we just got here.  Maybe because we're finally just starting to get things the way we want them.  Getting closer at least.

I miss the cuteness of our old house so much, but this feels like home.  The girls don't even remember living there already which is a little sad, but good I guess.

We were kind of rushed into picking a house, which I might just be bitter about for the next 20 years or so but what are you gonna do? ;)  This wouldn't have been my first choice if we had had more time to look, but that's alright I guess.  We have a house to live in and we're all happy and healthy so I'm good.

The people who lived here before us had some seriously questionable taste though.  The outside of the house is yellow with black shutters... the basement was bright yellow with black trim.  The main floor was a mustardy yellow and two different shades of green?  The bedrooms upstairs were navy, green and grey.  The basement bedroom is green with black trim.  Our master bathroom was a yellowy orange.  Two of the other bathrooms were an orangeish brown.  The basement bathroom is a little bit of a disaster.  The kitchen cabinets, backsplash and counters all clash terribly and it hurts my eyes to look at it every single day. I just don't even know...

It was not attractive.  At all.  

But as of a couple of weeks ago I've painted over every single wall in this house that needed painting.  Which was basically all of them.  I've also painted all of the woodwork. I did not paint our bedroom because it is grey and I like it well enough that I won't be messing with it.  Maybe someday, but not anytime soon. I really don't like painting, so getting all of that done is a pretty big deal.  We also got new carpet upstairs and it feels soooo good and made a huge difference.

Sometimes I feel like we should have more done by now, but considering the fact that I was pregnant when we moved in (and got us unpacked in less than a week, thank you very much) then had a baby and now still trying to figure out how to have three kids... I think we've done pretty good.

Some day soon we'll paint the kitchen cabinets and hopefully get a new backsplash, and then later on a new countertop.  We're also going to put cute new hexagon tiles on the fireplace surround once we actually order the tiles and figure out how to do it.   

I'm already so much happier with this house with all of the painting that got done, but it's so fun to get to choose more and more things to change to make it even better.  I could make a list of everything I still want to do, but it would be very very very long.

 Yesterday I was looking at pictures of the house that Michael took when we had our home inspection done and it looks so different... which makes me happy.  I am excited to see how it looks after we've been here for a bit longer and we stop adding new family members...

I'll post some comparison pictures one of these days once I take them.  Our house would have to be clean first though and that doesn't happen very often.

Levi is the cutest stinking boy.  He's 3 months old now and amazing, but he was not my favorite baby of the 3 for the first 5 or 6 weeks because he was just always fussy.  Now it's a very tough competition.  I'll still give Claire the Easiest Baby award, but they were all pretty great.  He's super happy and talks/screeches/coos all.the.time.  Adorable.

Claire just turned 3 and is so sweet and the biggest chatterbox and will be your best friend 5 minutes after you meet her, but she is also crazzzzzzzzzy.  Like seriously crazy.  Or I'm just crazy because of her.  I don't know which one.  Good thing she's so cute.  

Natalie is 4 1/2 and hilarious/weird and a little smarty pants who TAUGHT HERSELF TO READ 2 months after she turned 4 years old.  That's when we realized she was reading at least and not just memorizing things.  Now she can read absolutely anything you put in front of her... it's so cool.  But she's still Natalie and she's dramatic and can't control her emotions sometimes :)  She also thinks every toy in life belongs to her lately which is super fun.  Then Claire likes to run up and take away the toys that actually ARE hers just to start trouble and then cries when she gets in trouble for it. 

Oh my life. 

But look how cuuuute:

My babies on Mother's Day.  Before all of the painting happened.

 My pretty flower girls!

 I wish I could look this pretty while I'm asleep.

 I love this boy.

 Claire loves him 95% of the time.  If she's already grumpy and if he's anywhere near her she'll say "I don't want Levi to look at me!" and get mad at him and cry hysterically... or something equally ridiculous. 
Love love love. 

Again, on Daddy's birthday.

Happy boy!

Claire's third birthday party with the newly painted walls.

I kinda like these people and this little life of mine.  It's a good one.

Maybe I'll start writing in here more now that I've started again...  I'll try.