Oregon to Idaho

Oregon to Idaho

Lately we’ve spent a lot of time in a next-door-neighbor state: Idaho. Our family will be relocating, sooner rather than later, to the Great ‘Tater. And while we’ll miss the big green state of Oregon, and all of our family and friends we’re leaving behind, we’re looking forward to this adventure and all the opportunities laid before us. Not to mention, there’s not much leaving behind when it’s just a 7 hour trip to my family and a 5-1/2 hour trip to Cam’s. Couldn’t have worked out better.

This last week Cameron had some business matters to take care of in Idaho and was flying out to Boise. We also found out recently (the night after we sold our house) that the home we were hoping to make ours was sold. The DAY before we sold ours.

Well, we just must not have sold ours fast enough, right? HA! No. We listed on Thursday, Open House on Saturday – and sold! We received an offer Saturday night and not only was it an offer. It was an insane offer. Here’s my Instagram post to see what I mean:

Sunday is a good day to reflect on the week, right? Let’s start with last Saturday.

Saturday: we find out that our company will NOT be moving us. We scramble to find a realtor and luckily find the BEST ones (@talulajoy & @micdee0z) at a recommendation of a close friend (😘 @emily080686). They help us quickly get our last-minute listing going.

Sunday: clean. A lot.

Monday: clean some more. And pack.

Tuesday: photos are taken of the house – and all my hard work! I’m deathly nervous but loving this minimalistic heaven we’re “forced” to live in. (🎉😈🎉)

Wednesday: more worrying. More nerves. More cleaning and packing. Cameron has a dream.

Thursday: our amazing photos (thanks, @micdee0z!) Go live with our listing. 🎉🎉🎉 Cameron tells me about his dream. (See text.) In the dream we sold our house for $313k. I tease him about the random number and push forward with my worrying.

Friday: nerves nerves nerves! More, albeit minimal because the kids have worked hard to not trash the place, cleaning.

Saturday: open house! Kids get Happy Meals and play at the Salem playplace for hours. Only two people come through the open house. Not gonna lie – felt awful. —

Saturday PM: while organizing my Roku channels (yes, this is a thing) I notice I missed a call from our realtors. Cam runs downstairs saying he got one too and calls them back. He excitedly tells me that one of the two people who came through has placed an offer and we’re going to meet with our realtors to discuss it. The offer is $313k. 😲🙊😲 Guys. I’m married to Lehi. #itslikeihaveespnorsomething 🙈😂🙈 We counter with an earlier closing date and tell them yes they can have our new fridge (😭) and they respond that same night. We email our realtor in Idaho and start the process there.

Sunday: die from shock. 😂😂😂 Did we win selling our house or what?! #tobecontinued

Can you believe it? 313 might be a lucky number around these parts for a bit.

So – we got our fast offer! But, sadly, our “dream” [no pun intended] offer came one day too late for the home we were hoping to snag. With Cameron needing to be out to Idaho already anyway, I called on one of my amazing sisters (we love you Sidney!) to come sit with my kiddos while I drove out to Meridian to look at houses. Again. But! We found one. Placed an offer, they countered, and we accepted. We are officially in contract and (inspection and appraisal passing) have a place to live after all the chaos, yay!

On my drive to and from Idaho, it was nice. Cameron was so worried that I would be tired, fall asleep, not be able to make the 7 hours twice in just over 24 hours. But it really was nice. I swapped CDs, found a radio station in Meridian that just might come close to replacing my beloved NRK, yelled at people who clearly don’t know what the left lane is for, you know… the norm.

Here are a few of the sights I saw during my 14 hours of driving in a little over 24 hours. Eesh.

Road Trip Essentials ^

Calcifer?   What’s Bob-omb?   What the heck is Samsonite?

Here’s to a new adventure!

 

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March!

March!

Quick drop in to say hi. As was the case in February I am still in school. The finish line for this term is coming, I can almost taste it.

Birthdays in February were a success, including mine which hadn’t happened yet during my last post. I shared photos of gifts on Instagram and we ended up spending my birthday weekend in Lincoln City with my parents at their beach house there. It was  a nice break from our usual. LOTS of games from family and extended family, saw whales from the beach house (for the first time!), and Cameron made an apple pie for my “cake” – we get tired of cake, as you can imagine.

Things are going pretty well! It was a great February.

There are big things a-brewin’ in our future. BIG. I can feel it, and while some things are in my control and exciting, others are still developing and unknown. Life movement! More to come… if I survive finals!

The Birthday Month

The Birthday Month

Note: Yes, I’m still here! There’s sometimes so much I want to say, but I have a hard time pushing it down and out the ends of my fingers.  Sometimes I process out loud. But processing in writing tends to flick the switch on my editing mode. When something’s bothering me and I process it vocally, it just comes out and what’s said is said, you can’t go back and edit. But when I process on paper or on virtual paper, it’s all too easy to edit. So there’s a lot of second guessing my written stream-of-consciousness. (Yes, even that sentence!) In the end, the post is more organized than it started, and that’s okay, but it does significantly lengthen the process.

That being said, there isn’t something bothering me now, ha! RANDOM, what can I say? But! The thought does still apply to normal things like reporting current events, sharing photos, etc. It always feels like there’s a right way to do it, and my way just isn’t. One day.

Current events! February has hit us again and we’ve officially celebrated the first of four birthdays this month.

Our little family gatherings are almost always incredibly simple and low-key. Especially since most of my birthday resources go to kiddo parties. Or sorry – TWEEN and kiddo parties. You know, because Mom planning games and organized chaos at parties is just SO. NOT. COOL. But at the little family one on the night of your birthday? Mom reigns, child. Well, kinda.

Duncan chose Chicken Crescents for his birthday dinner, and Coffee Cake for his birthday cake. As much as I love to obsess over something not looking enough like a birthday cake, this was kind of a relief. This month I will make cakes/cupcakes/etc. SEVEN times. Literally. #momlife

This cake was a bit complicated as far as all the side things I needed to have ready. But the recipe was super easy to follow, and came together great. Will Bake For Books shared it on her blog and I found it there via Pinterest. I’ve never baked anything of her’s before, but I certainly will again! The cake was more complicated than your average cake when you know you’ve got six more cakes to go that month (i.e. BOX cake!) but considering how good it was, and how good it looked! It was amazing and so worth it! Even Charlie ate it. Check it out!

Next up is Rachael’s birthday party with friends, her birthday at home, her baptism, family visiting… I’ll just stop. It’s a long list and a busy month.

This is a shorter post but hopefully that means I’ll be back for more. Right?

October

October

October has been… an October.

In general, the month tends to be a little crazy for us. I always fight it and try and make October last longer as it is the month with my very favorite holiday. It never works and it always turns into costume creation procrastination! That should be a SAHM sport: Costume Creation Procrastination! Just look at her not pulling out that sewing machine!

I only fought it for so long and then Saturday morning I ran through everyone’s costumes to verify it was all ready. Because a certain mom might have been thinking Monday, Monday, Monday and we had a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!

But let’s back up to Friday because a certain large kitty is too cute to skip…

And then Saturday. I really wish there was a way to effectively photograph glitter. You should see the piles of glitter all over my office right now. CRAZY TUTU MAKING MASSACRE.

But it was worth it.

Monday evening meant Halloween and our traditional pumpkin pizza. Not “actual” pumpkin, just shaped like one. And this year – orange dough! We used to buy a pumpkin pizza each year from Papa Murphy’s but they quickly shrunk in size with each passing year and kept raising their price. Not to mention the line and waiting and then cooking – I opted out a few years ago and started making our own pumpkin pizza. I was massively thrilled with the shape, not too shabby if I do say so myself! Next year I’m going to try and remember to set aside some dough to dye green for a stem. That’s the only thing missing from ours! (Okay, let’s be honest, it’s also missing massive salami slices cut to real-life jack-o-lantern shapes. But we made do.)

Then we had “real” trick-or-treating on Monday. Check out Cam’s costume!

Happy Halloween!