Thursday, July 17, 2014

Our local retreat




Cheer Practice has begun!!

Gone are the lazy Sunday afternoons and trips to KI. Cheer has begun again and she can't wait for her first competition in October.

Challenges

We have had a few bumps in the road lately with house repairs and van and truck repairs. However, we are not letting it steal our joy and am looking forward to our only summer getaway this weekend. It will be so much fun going to the state baseball tournament that is a 4 hour drive north. The kids can't wait to swim in the hotel pool and I can't wait to finally get out of town this summer. It's nice to spend time with families who are like us who struggle with the same issues and who really get it. Our hotel is sold out and it will be awesome to see it filled with kiddos just like mine. It's so hard to "fit in" in this life and we'll actually feel it this weekend!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

4th of July

We had our first annual 4th of July Cookout at our new home. We had 20 or so guests and a good time was had by all. It was fun decorating and showing our home to everyone. The kids had fun playing and Charlie enjoyed all the attention.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Just the three of us and a dog

Matt's aunt passed away on Monday morning. In an effort to help his parents drive, plus be there for the family, Matt left this afternoon for southern PA and Maryland for the rest of the week.

This will be the longest time that the kids or I have been away from him. Mr. C doesn't grasp it fully, but Cinderella understands somewhat. 

We are keeping busy with VBS at my sister's church, Kings Island with the cousins, and a few appointments. Thank goodness for a busy week!!

Summer Fun

We are making most of every day! Yesterday, we went to the Dollar Cinema for a cheap, but adorable movie called "Rio 2." I am trying to do something fun every day plus they are going to my sister 's VBS this week. 


Another KI Visit




Thursday, June 12, 2014




Lazy Summer Days

The real first day of summer vacation began last Monday. It has been great despite the three days of gloomy and rainy weather! I have been working on  clearing more boxes out of the garage and putting more things away in the new house.

The kids are getting used to the new normal and love the house much more than they did the old one. They have lots of children to play with their age now. Charlie is getting used to life in the Schmidt family and is now sleeping all night. Crate training has been challenging, but he is slowing getting used to it. He is such a feisty puppy he loves to nibble on me or my clothing. I cannot keep enough toys and bones around for him. We have have him for almost 3 weeks and I am amazed at how fast he is growing! Next week, he goes back to the vet for more shots and I will be curious to see how much weight he has gained. (He was a whopping 2.1 lbs at his first vet check.)

We are planning some staycation events this year as we have so many costs with buying the house, plus purchasing things for the house so we could not afford a big family vacation. No doubt that we will find lots of fun things to do locally.

We are gearing up for our big 4th of July - House Warming cookout in July and look forward to showing our family and friends our new home.






Monday, May 26, 2014

Charlie Candids



Introducing Charlie

This bundle of precious fur joined our family Saturday morning and our lives have never been the same. He had captured out hearts forever! How can you love something so tiny so much??!! He is 12 weeks old and the much anticipated member of the family. We have been waiting for over 16 years for this little guy!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Settling In

We are settling in to our new home and it's going great. I think the biggest transition is getting used to "cul de sac" life. For the past 16 years, we have been used to not having neighbors in close proximity nor having lots of kids next door. We have children on both sides, across the cul de sac and a few down the street. This is not a total as there is one empty house two houses down that could possibly have children in the near future.

My wonderful Dad helped build our wooden gate and now we are ready for the kids to play safely without fear of them getting out without our knowledge. PLUS, now we can get a dog we have been waiting for for like FOREVER! We looked a few shelters and pet stores. We fell in love with a Maltese very similar to my sister's little Lucy, but I wasn't paying a $1300 for a puppy!! So we are still searching. I have a few leads online that I hope really pans out. The kids cannot wait to get a puppy! And Matt and I are very excited too!!

We are looking forward to a 3 day weekend and summer vacation that is coming soon! I hope to have all the boxes unpacked and out of our garage by the end of June. Let's hope it happens!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Moving Day!!

Due to the impending rain on Friday and Saturday, we decided to move in Thursday evening. We had quite the team of volunteers who helped move us rather quickly.  And we only broke one photo frame out of all the loads of boxes and furniture so I think that is really great!!

The first night was rough as we didn't get the beds up until after 9pm. Then getting showers and into new bedrooms for the first night was a little rough. Mr. C had a meltdown for about 20 minutes. Then, he settled down to sleep. Cinderella was exclaiming she was exhausted as I was brushing her hair. She crashed in less than 5 minutes of getting in bed.

Matt and I were exhausted and a little in pain from all the lifting and carrying. It took us a LONG time to settle down to sleep. I kept waking up and had the worst night of sleep in quite a while.

Despite the exhaustion, we are so thrilled to be in our new home! And the best part is that it is OURS! We love our hardwood floors, new carpet in the bedrooms and ceramic tile in the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen. The house flipper did a great job making this house look like new!  It feels and smells like a new house. And we LOVE all the brand new appliances!!

Today, we had our new washer and dryer delivered, internet installed, and now satellite tv is being installed as I wrote this blog post.

We love our new home!!