23 Oct

I’ve been a little bit absent the past couple of weeks.

Along with getting used to life with our little Clara, we’ve also been up to a few other things:

1. My parents were here.  For the first week we were home with Clara.  I’ve mentioned before how amazing it was to have them here, and how thankful I was for their help.  Still true.  So glad that they were able to be here.  For serious.

2. Pam and JD were here.  They came for a couple of days to meet their newest granddaughter right after their return from a fabulous anniversary cruise in the Mediterranean. You’re jealous, right?  I know, me too.

3. We had a few days alone.  Just me and Clara.  And Joel at school.

4. My grandma came to meet her first great grandchild.  It was amazing to watch her hold Clara.  I loved every second of her visit.

4. Pam came back for her “official grandma duty.” (Her words.)  She was here for about 10 days.  We had a great time hanging out.  We took Clara out to dinner for the first time while she was here.  What a rockstar – baby girl slept the whole time!

5. We took our first trip to the beach house as a little family.  We didn’t venture out on the beach, but it was nice to know that we are capable of packing the required items for a baby, getting it all in the car, and making a trip together.  It was a great weekend, and JD joined us too.  Clara loved cuddling with her Papa.

6. Clara and Pam and I went to see a house that Kelli and Brandon liked and wanted to buy.  It was the perfect house for them!  And we got to be there when they got the call that their offer had been accepted (after a counter or two)!  I was a little jealous, but mostly really excited for them.  They will get to move to a place all their own, really unpack and move in, and this place couldn’t be more perfect!  I could see them living life in it already – even with someone else’s furniture in it.

7. We  put our house up for rent.  It’s still for sale too.  So, if you know anyone interested in renting/buying an 1800 sq ft house near NCSU, downtown Raleigh, and Cary Crossroads, get them in touch with me!  4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, hardwoods and ceramic tile downstairs, fresh paint downstairs.  Perfect for college students!

8. Joel and I put an offer on the house we like in Holly Springs.  And after a counter offer and a re-counter, our offer was accepted!!  We will be moving into it in early/mid November!  It’s in a great neighborhood with lots of families and kids, and a pool!  We got a great deal, and I can’t wait to move in!  So, now in addition to all the other stuff we’re doing, I’m working on all the details that go along with moving.  It’s a good thing I’m a list person, because I am going to need lots and lots of lists!  Maybe I’ll write a list of the lists I need to write….. ha.  I took pictures when we were out at the house the other day, but I haven’t gotten them off my camera yet… soon.  I’ll be needing opinions on paint colors and stuff, so stay tuned!

Thanks for sticking around while we are in a bit of transition.  It’s fun to look at the blog stats and see that there are still around 50 people or so checking in on us every day.  It’s hard to type with one hand, and most of the time one of mine is busy with this sweet girl… I’m trying to take advantage of all the snuggle time she will let me have!

This picture is from our trip to the beach house.  I grew up in Wilmington, and the youth group at our church there sold (and still sells) pumpkins every October as their fundraiser for the year.  It was really awesome for us as kids, because for every hour we worked in the pumpkin patch, we earned pumpkin credits, which could help pay for trips and retreats we went on during the year.  So since we had to go almost right by it on our way home, we decided that Clara’s first pumpkin pictures should be in that pumpkin patch.  My youth pastor and his wife and a couple of the other youth counselors came out and met us, and met and snuggled with Clara for a while before we took pictures.  It was great to be back there, even for just a quick visit – and I just adore this picture of Clara in her first halloween costume.  My little ladybug. 🙂

2 Responses to “Lately…”

  1. Ginny October 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Oh my goodness, this post is awesome in so many ways. I love her costume and the pumpkins, that is so sweet you could go back to the same pumpkin patch you worked at as a kid! I am excited for your house! I can’t wait to see it, and if you need any help and I can do anything, let me know. And I love lists. 🙂

  2. Pedestal Table · November 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    beach houses are really nice and it would always be a warm and relaxing place ,-;

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