Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Summer Favorites

Since today is the first day of the most wonderful time of the year, I thought I would post a few of my favorite pics from the whirlwind Summer we had!

We ended our Summer with our nephews finishing their t-ball and coach's pitch season. They both did great and we're so proud of them!! Riley is quite the ballplayer for a 7 year old....and Colin.....well, Colin is Colin and he beats to his own drum. He was there. 

 Colin graduated from Daycare! And just like that....he's now in Kindergarten. WHAT IN THE WORLD!?!
We managed to squeeze in some fun "Double Dates" with friends. And for the record, it still very much counts as as date when your friends' kid comes along! Dinner and snow cones? Yes, please!!
 BY FAR, the biggest event for Summer 2014.....

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!! I still can't believe it sometimes. We started the process back in late February. Looked at 16 houses and the one that would be "ours" was the last one we looked at. We had NO desire to look beyond it. It's like finding your wedding dress....when you know it's yours...you know! 

We made an offer only to find out another offer was on the table before ours. After two days of nerves and LOTS of prayers, we got a phone call that I honestly wasn't prepared for. "You got the house!" DO WHAT?!? Stephen told me in the Kroger parking lot that we were homeowners. I didn't believe him. Then we met our realtor at a local place that has nothing but those kids' bounce houses that they rent out for birthday parties to sign paperwork immediately. Kroger and Jumpville.....we take this home ownership thing to a whole new level of class folks!

It didn't sink in until several hours later. HOW did this happen?! Answered prayers! That's how it happened. 

That was the easy part, find a house, make an offer, offer accepted, sign a TON of "paperwork" via our iPhones....piece of cake. Everything after that was the awful part. On paper, everything was fine. EVERYTHING. But due to the type of loan we were seeking, we started to have MAJOR problems the DAY BEFORE we were SUPPOSED to close. Back and forth our bank went with the mortgage company. Our closing date was rescheduled twice. The poor little old lady who previously owned the house had already moved to Arizona. It was bad. 

Finally, our bank stepped in and took our loan off the table with the mortgage company and financed it "in-house" which apparently they NEVER do or that would've been our FIRST step months prior. 

We finally closed at the end of May and moved in on June 7th!
 We QUICKLY learned our way around Lowes! And made several carload trips from our apartment to the new house. We were so blessed to have SO many friends and family help us move that weekend!
 On our very first morning waking up at the new house, I opened the blinds to our back porch to see these beauties sitting on our patio table! My friends are better than yours! :)
 As if we didn't have anything to do after moving in, we took a weekend trip with my family to the mountains. We found ourselves playing putt putt everynight. He was THRILLED as you can tell.
 On July 12th, these two surprised the entire family during dinner that, "Oh yeah, we're having the baby tomorrow!" We were all shocked and OH SO EXCITED to finally meet Baby Girl Brady and hear her name announced for the first time!
 A little over 24 hours later after the big announcement, we met Miss Arabelle Mae Brady! She is gorgeous and PERFECT in every way!!
 To celebrate my grandparents' birthdays, we loaded up the car and went on a double date with them! Gotta love 80 something year old and car selfies!!
 More car selfies! Stephen got off work early one day, picked the boys up, and went swimming! He's THE BEST uncle!
 And wrapping up our Summer, we had the great privilege of being in our friends Robert & Katie's wedding! And yes, those of you who know me or have been reading for a while, this was bridesmaid dress #15! Katie was beautiful and Robert was handsome and the day was made for them! We are soooo happy for these two!

We love being in September weddings together! Our 1 year is less than a week away....but more on that later!

As wonderful as our Summer was, I can't wait to celebrate Fall and Christmas in our new home! There may or may not be all kinds of pumpkins on display. Who am I kidding, they've been up for two weeks!!

Happy FALL!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Well, Hello There!

Here's what happened...I knew good and well when I published my last post on September 3, 2013 that I probably wouldn't be posting for a while with the wedding coming up. Never did I EVER imagine that it would be 379 days later.

I could list a 101 excuses, but I don't like excuses so I'll spare you.

ALOT has happened in 379 days. ALOT of mindless, non-important stuff and ALOT of life-changing moments. To say it's been a CRAZY 12+ months, is somewhat of an understatement. I look forward to the days when we have nothing to do and our weekends are not booked 5 weeks in advance. #keepdreamingerica

While I hope to get back involved in this, I will go ahead and promise that it won't happen on a daily or even at times weekly basis. But I do hope to get back into it enough to document our life. Looking back that's what I have missed the most and regret the most....that so much has happened in the past year and I didn't document it.

However, that's the greatest thing about having photos. You can always look back on all your memories. That's what I hope to do here in the coming weeks. A 379 day review if you will.

I also have some housekeeping to do on this site. I'll be getting to those small changes in the coming days and weeks as well. For starters, the "About Me" section has been updated. Next up is updating pictures (because I'm CERTAIN those two pics of Stephen & I were the first two we ever had made together.....time FLIES) and my favorite....the blogs I stalk! I completely took that section out for now, because that list has changed quite a bit. I still follow some of the same great daily reads, but I've also found several news ones that I just adore! I look forward to getting that part back up soon!

For those of you wondering, I do still paint, just not as much as I once did. Everything has its season. Quite honestly, it's just not been a priority of mine in this past year. But, I do still do it and enjoy it. "The Waiting Game" section to the right of this post has been updated as well. Those are all of my current orders in no particular order.

So.....that's it! I'm glad to be back and I'm so humbled by the ones who have asked me a million times, "Remember that time you had a blog?" or "You've not blogged in forever!" or the simple "I miss reading your blog." That kind of encouragement and support really meant more to me than anything else could!

With all that being said, let's get started........again!