Friday, August 29, 2014

'Scaping the land.

We spent last weekend attempting to make the front of our house look a little less abandoned.  Since spring arrived, we've been so busy inside the house that we haven't had much time to devote to the outside.  The previous owners were avid gardeners and took many of their favorite plants with them when they moved.  Half empty beds and a vacant house made for incredibly overgrown landscaping, especially after a summer of neglect in favor of indoor projects.  So we finally decided to dedicate time to freshen up the outside!

First things first, we needed to clear out the front beds.  There were lots of basic perennials - hostas, lilies, irises, seedum, etc; and about a million bushes - arborvitae, Japanese maples, different evergreen bushes, and plenty of other things which I have zero clue as to what they are.  We trimmed back bushes, split and transplanted a bunch of the perennials, and cleared the weeds.

Neither of us have the greenest thumb, so we just kinda muddled through.  We also didn't want to put anything into the ground this year, so we worked with what we have.  Some of the bushes look pretty awful, so I trimmed as much of the dead branches off as I could, and we'll see what happens in the spring.

Next step, mulch.  We went with very cheap, very basic cypress mulch.  I wanted something that would provide a nice thick layer of weed protection and add a little more color, without breaking the bank.  It turned out nicer than I had imagined!

We love the outcome!

Friday, August 22, 2014

House tour, anyone?

Well hey there!  I'm alive!  And we own another house!  And we actually live in this one!

I thought I'd sit down for a bit and put together a quick tour of the place we now call home.  Actually, the boys consistently call it "our new house", even though we've lived here for 6 months.  I'm waiting for it to wear off, but not holding my breath!

There she is!  In all her pretty windows, gag-awful trim color glory!  Seriously, I HATE that trim color.  It actually burns my corneas to look at it for too long.  But lucky me, when the bank was getting it ready to sell, they painted right over quite a bit of rotting wood, so we  Brian will have to replace and repaint plenty of it anyway. 

These photos were all taken on our inspection day, so the house is nice and empty.  But I had the wrong lens on my camera, so I didn't get the best, widest angle photos.  Also, they're straight out of the camera, because ... well, just because.  You'll get the idea!

The Kitchen

We bought a fridge for that big gaping hole, moved the faux-green-marble topped island to the side of the room to open up the space a bit more, and added a kitchen table.  Everything else is really functional for now.  I have lots and lots of plans for this space, but they will have to wait for more cash-flow.  

The Living Room/Dining Room

The living/dining area is so full of gorgeous windows and light.  I love it!  For the first six months, this space functioned as a play room for the boys.  Now that the basement is coming along, we moved the toys down there and this space is pretty empty again.  Eventually it'll function as a sitting room and dining space, but since the dining room table is still holding a bunch of boxes in the garage, it might be a little while.

 The Family Room

The kitchen opens up to the family room, and the big windows and awesome light continue.  The high ceiling makes it feel bigger than it actually is, as does the giant mirror above the green-marble-and-shiny-brass gas fireplace.  That weird opening above the bookcase/open shelving is a little peek-through to the landing on the staircase.  I thought it was weird and kinda quirky at first, but honestly, it's insanely convenient to be able to check on the boys if I'm upstairs and they're downstairs.  We have lots of plans for this room too, mainly the fireplace wall - mirror down, stone (or something) up, chunky wood mantle, and of course Brian's dream of the TV mounted above the fireplace.  Again with the cash-flow situation!

 Stairway/Upstairs hallway


Upstairs, we don't really have a hallway as much as an ... open space?  It's actually one of the things I really love about the house.  The house is just very open and airy and full of light!  The 3 bedrooms and the boys' bathroom all open to this area, as well as a little balcony-thingy that's open to the second-story foyer.  And our awesome 90's chandelier.  Plans for that thing too.  Plans, plans, and more plans!  

The photos of the bedrooms and bathrooms are really just beige walls and 90's bath fixtures, so I'll spare you.  But as we carry out some of our many plans, I'll keep updating!  

Monday, February 3, 2014

The moon. It's a crescent.

These boys are growing faster than I can keep up with, especially when it comes to vocabulary and just knowing things in general.  As always, car conversations are my fave.  

Kiernan: Hey Mom.  There's the moon! Right there, straight ahead!

Me: Yeah buddy.  That's the moon.  It's pretty isn't it?

Kiernan: Yeah.... (silence)  Hey Mommy.  I have a question. 

Me: Ok bud.  What's your question?

Kiernan: The moon looks like a crescent. 

Me: That's right Kiernan!  The moon is shaped like a crescent!

Kiernan: Yeah.  I know. 

So cocky.  And  

Saturday, February 1, 2014

New beginnings.

I miss this space.

My absence here mostly stems from lack of time and a bit from lack of inspiration to write.  Actually, maybe less of a lack of inspiration to write and more from a head full of things to write about and an inability to get anything out of it.  Part of me feels like I have so much to write about that it's all too much to catch up on.  But then again, this is my space.  My tiny little corner of the web.  And that means that I get to make the rules.

So I've decided to sit down and let my fingers fly over the keyboard and just see what sails out of them.

It's been 4 months since we left Florida.  In some ways it has flown and in others it seems like we're just frozen in place.  While we are so fortunate and so grateful to have a space here in Brian's parents' home, we're itching to get back into a place of our own.

The good news is that we found one.  We're under contract and hopefully closing this week.  For now we're planning and dreaming and imagining ways to make it perfect for our little family.  I'm making lists and packing boxes while Brian works 18 hour days and the boys maintain their normal level of chaos.  It's just another day in paradise, and we can't wait to continue the chaos in our new home!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

That stride.

This summer Brian and I signed up for a race in our town in FL - the full marathon for him and the half for me.  So I ran once or twice and then moving chaos began and I just kinda fell off the wagon.

Then last week I remembered that I have to run 13.1 miles in a little over 3 months.  Oops.

The first few runs were slow and painful and .... jiggly.  One of the worst things about running when you're overweight is all of the jiggling.  But that's just part of the process.  So I pull on all kinds of compression work out gear and hit the treadmill.

Tonight's run was different.  Tonight I hit that stride.  That stride that almost makes you feel like you could keep running for forever. 

I know.  It sounds batshitcrazy.  But I'll never forget when I felt that feeling during my training for my last half marathon.  It's weird and surreal and incredible.  There's no science to it.  No telling when, or even if, it will come.  Sometimes it just does.  And it pulls you through and makes you feel amazing.  

It's that feeling that has me excited for my next run.  Weird?  Yes.  Necessary?  Yes.  Awesome?  Yes.

Friday, November 1, 2013

I'm flying ... north.

If you follow me on Instagram or if you know me in real life, you may have been waiting for this post.  I know.  You've been on the edge of your seat.  Or you know, probably not.

Either way, I have some news ...

I know.  Crazy, right?

So, we've actually already landed back in the Mitten.  In fact, it's been about 6 weeks now since we said goodbye to the Sunshine State and headed north.

To make a long story short, Brian's company is expanding to SE Michigan and as Program Manager, Brian was definitely included in the move.  It all happened pretty quickly, and before I knew it 2 months had passed since I last sat down to write anything in this blog at all.

While we wait for Brian's company to find a permanent spot for their new location and try to decide where we ultimately want to live, we're staying with Brian's parents.  They live in a big house with lots of space for us and they've been incredibly accommodating.  We're so blessed to have a place to land while life works itself out.  Don't get me wrong, squeezing 4 adults, 3 kids, and 5 dogs into one house, no matter how big it is, is not without its' challenges.  But we're making it work and focusing on the positives while working out the kinks.

Now that we're a bit more settled, I look forward to taking the opportunity to sit down and let some thoughts out of this crazy head of mine every once in awhile!  Since about 4 minutes after she stopped crying happy tears about our move, my BFF has been nagging me about changing my blog name to "I'm Flying North".  But it's staying "South" for now.  Even though we literally moved back north, writing is so cathartic for me that I feel like I've taken a bit of a vacation after I click "Publish".  So while "I'm Flying South" started as a very literal description of life, it has transformed into a figurative description.

Well, that and it'd be too much work to change the blog name and I already have enough shit to do.