Saturday, April 30, 2016


The last rent check! Woohoo!!!

 Poor Lila.. it's a harsh reality when you find out that in fact, you aren't a baby anymore..

Weird shot.. but you know, there are so few pictures of me.. gotta show the sisters my eyebrow game..

(I wish you could hear better!)
Lilly loves to sing to the radio and she's pretty good too!
She knows almost every word to every song played on the radio!

While out running errands the kids saw this and asked what it was!?!?!
They also had never heard dial tone before....

Running errands and had to stop for some lunch. Jack's pick- CostaVida for chicken tacos!

I have no idea where she came up with this!
She cracks me up!

 This is what Uncle Jacob does when he stops by.. weird face swap!

 In an effort to try new things Ryan took me on a date to get some Indian food.
I liked two things. No thank you.

 With the weather finally starting to get really warm that means time for yard work!
We started with taking all of the rocks out of the flower bed and pulling all of the weeds.
Already looks so much better!!
Now to put ground cover and bark chips!

 We hauled out about eight loads of these rocks.. 

 Sometimes my sisters and I compare crumb piles.. and dirty clothes piles and dirty dishes piles. All in effort to make each other feel better. I always win though... :(

 Fun park days!!

 With spring here all of the animals are out.. we love watching the ducks and look forward to all of the little ducklings!.... unfortunately that means we get a lot of this first..

 When you need a nap, you need a nap

 It's almost time for the recital!! Can't wait!

 Almost every time we go to Grandma and Grandpa's the kids are so helpful and sticky roller the couches. Yucky dog hair..

 The snow is melting off the mountain!

 Ryan helped a family in our ward move and this was his reward.
Pretty cool.. except I couldn't get it down the stairs.
Ryan had to take it apart to get it through the doorway.

Worth it I guess..

So happy that I finally moved all of the kids toys to the basement!
I've been waiting and waiting to have Sami's house close and for her to move all of her boxes out.

 With some spring cleaning I made a couple of purchases. Ella a bookshelf and the babies a little couch. Ella needs a full on desk and everything and the babies just need a bigger bedroom.

 A before and after....

 I love that after years and years of me mowing the lawn I finally just hired a neighbor boy to do it for me. SO much better!!

 Sometimes Ryan works far away, so when he moved to a model closer to home it's been nice to stop by and say hello and bring him some lunch now and then.

 "Look Mom! I have ice cream lip stick!" 

 The girls love shopping at Smith's for one reason only.

 First day of swim suit weather!!

 Fingers crossed! Time to start my first garden. I'm pretty sure I have a black thumb, so we'll see how things go.

 First BBQ of the year! Love those little butter drenched faces!

 April showers bring May flowers right!?

 Flowers are always a good idea.

 I really love our youth group here! The leaders are so amazing! I wish that I could go to everything...

 This is a problem..

 Ryan went to renew his drivers license... but since he had over four tickets in four years, that meant that he had to take the test. He was NOT thrilled!

 Mary and her kids came to visit for a couple of weeks! It's been so much fun having them here!!
We love Lolette!

 She takes making home made pizza very seriously!

Running into friends at the store, awesome!

Mary Visits

 We love when Mary and her family come to visit!
We always find fun things to do.
We went and got lunch at one of our favorites.

 We went shopping and tried on some new sunglasses!
(I see you Mary)

Again, one of my most favorite videos ever..

 It's too bad that Ella did some, because finally the puppy barn had PUGS!
I was so temped to get her!

 Another day, another lunch date!
Lilly and Harvey wanted to sit at their one table.

 It was so fun having Mary around for so long!
She loved tagging along on our trips to Costco and Home Depot.
Who doesn't love free food?
We got all of the supplies to make a garden! The benefits of finally owning our own home again!

 So much playing outside! Loving this weather!

 Bunny dog.

Sometimes we feel bad that bunny is always inside or that she's tied to a tether in my parents yard, so we've let her come over a couple of times and play in our backyard.

 Now that we've closed on the house it's time to start working!!
First task- PAINTING! I've hated this color since the second I saw it. I can't believe I've lived with it for this long!
So excited to be done with it!

My sweet and VERY PREGNANT sister Mary helped paint the entire down stairs!
I couldn't have done it without her!

It's coming along! Maybe someday I'll post "after" pictures. But that will probably be right before we move out of here. Our houses never end in projects!

Monday, April 18, 2016

We Bought Our House

Over the past couple of months Ryan and I have been thinking more and more about buying a house.
We moved into this house as a rental because we still weren't sure where we wanted to live, but couldn't stay where we were.
So we started praying and looking online at different homes in the area. We even went to see some.
With our lease coming up in June we needed to make a decision fast.
Then one day we get a phone call from our landlords, they wanted to come over and talk with us.
We figured that they wanted to talk about continuing the lease, maybe raising rent.
The previous renters had really wanted to buy the house, but the landlords didn't want to.
So the day came and they came over, they looked nervous.
They told us that actually... they wanted to sell the house.
They would give us first option since we were already living in it.
Ryan got straight into real estate mode and talked numbers and how it would all work out.
Without much talk, we knew we would just want to buy it.
Although it's much smaller then we would like, buying it would give us the stability of staying in one place until we really figure out where we want to be. Because I don't want to move again for a long time.
Ryan and I also decided that we wouldn't tell anyone, not even our families!
It would be a fun surprise!
It took a couple of months to have all of the inspections and get all of the paperwork and lending in order.
But finally today we closed!
So now everyone can know- we bought our house!!

We took some "Before" pictures.
These are to show what it looked like as a rental.
We already have plans to do SO MANY things!
I've already bought all of the paint! No more yucky yellow walls!!

 I didn't post pictures of the basement, because that's not finished and it's also where all of the toys are.
We are so excited to be home owners again and to start making this house our home.

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