First Day of School

Friday, September 22, 2017
A couple of weeks ago, Cullen started K-4. He has been waiting for the first day of K-4 since the last day of K-3. All summer long he asked "Do I go to school tomorrow? The day after tomorrow?" He is still just as excited every school day.

The preschool is at our church, and he has the same teacher that he had last year and just loves being in her class! They work on letters and numbers, have snack, play outside, and have music class. They have holiday parties and even a few field trips this year. Some days he comes home and wants to tell me all about it. Other days all I get is "I'm too tired. I don't want to talk about school right now." Preparing me for the teen years I guess.

I love that he is having so much fun learning and playing with new friends, but Colette and I certainly miss him during those few hours. As soon as we drop him off, she starts saying "I miss Cullen" in the saddest little voice. And our whole car line conversation consists of "I need Cullen! Where is Cullen?" louder and louder until the van door opens.

While a part of me is a little sad at the start of a new school year (how is he this big?), I am mostly looking forward to all of the memories he will make and the things he will learn!

We Moved!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I mentioned that we had some exciting things happening this summer. Probably the most exciting is our move! For the last seven years we have lived about thirty minutes away from church, Cullen's preschool, and Corey's office. We have been hoping to move closer to where we spend most of our time for a few years now. We were actually under contract on another house when I was pregnant with Colette, but it didn't work out. We kind of adopted the attitude that if we found the right house then we would move, but we didn't have a realtor and weren't actively looking.

At the end of March, someone that Corey knew through work mentioned that he was thinking about selling his house and was willing to give us the first look. After one walk through I was in love. It took Corey a little longer to see the potential, but by the middle of May we were under contract and were getting our house ready to sell.

We didn't use a realtor to buy this new house, but we did use a realtor to sell our house. We listed Friday afternoon and by lunch on Monday, we had a contract over our asking price. We closed on our first house on June 30th, stayed with my parents for the weekend, and closed on our new house on July 3rd.

This whole process seemed to move so quickly, and was a little unexpected. We have been here for two months now, and it is really starting to feel like home. I can't wait to share more about our new home and all of the plans that we have for it!

A Blogging Break

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thanksgiving was the last time I really even thought about the blog. That was not intentional. Life got busy. Work was crazy. There is a whole list of excuses. But I'm back! We have some exciting things happening this summer and quite a few things to catch up on!

A Weekend to be Thankful

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This Thanksgiving has to be one of our best so far. We had lunch with Corey's family, and then dinner with my family. We filled our bellies with all of the best turkey, dressing, mac and cheese, and my take on this cheesecake. It was all absolutely amazing! Colette ate as much as some of the adults, and Cullen had a blast playing with his aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Between lunch and dinner, the kids spent the afternoon jumping in an enormous pile of leaves. And what is more fun than a leaf pile?!

We completely skipped Black Friday shopping, like most years, and had breakfast with my family followed by ice skating lessons from soon-to-be Aunt Sarah. Cullen skated until his feet hurt, and Colette wanted to get out on the ice so badly. They can't wait to go back!

For as long as I can remember, we have cut down or bought a real tree on the day after Thanksgiving, but because we are a house of allergy sufferers, we opted for an artificial one this year. After not-so-patiently waiting all day, Cullen spearheaded our tree decorating operation. He hung all of the non-breakables (which all ended up in the same section at the bottom of the front of the tree). I have not even re-arranged them once. (Yay, me!) Colette, on the other hand, thinks the ornaments are there just for her to play with.

After such a wonderful start to the holiday season, I am excited for what the rest of the year holds!

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