-Winston Graham, The Loving Cup
Well, March came in like a lion ... and went out like a lion, or at least, not at all like a lamb. I know that every year I say I've never anticipated spring more, but I'm for real this time, and for completely different reasons. Namely, I just want to pack up my winter stuff for good! I can't tell you how many times I've pulled out a scarf or sweatshirt after packing it up the day before. When it comes to the upcoming move, I'm just aching to DO SOMETHING. I've got one box packed so far. A box of books for storage. And that's the extent of my Hawaii move prep.
|Happiness: eating at my favorite restaurant with some of my favorite people. Sadness: wearing a scarf in April.|
|This is what the past two weeks have looked like at our house ...|
|You know it must be bad when she falls asleep IN THE MIDDLE OF SWINGING!|
|Yay, it's in the mid-60s!!|
The chimney and septic also took longer than we anticipated. I had the girls (and the dog) while the boys were at school, and since it was the first day back after spring break, we weren't very well prepared. We took an unnecessary Target run, visited a new (and questionable) donut shop for a treat we didn't need, attempted the park while it was entirely too cold and windy, and drove around the block about a half dozen times.
We had some work to do after the inspections, which meant visits from the chimney people (or firemen, as Julia calls them), roofers, and a electrician. Instead of being out of the house for these occasions, we just all huddle in one room and try and stay out of the way. This is challenging enough with kids (very social kids that want to be friends with everybody who walks in our door, I may add), but throw an anxious, emotional dog into the mix and things just keep getting better and better.
|"Monkey" enjoying the island life!|
|Getting all practiced up for those .07 acre Hawaii yards!|
|It's so exhausting watching all the cars drive by...|
|The good news is, we were able to fix it ourselves with a YouTube video plus replacement part from Amazon. The bad news is, it was a royal mess!!|
|... and After. Also, the day of Jon's promotion--something we've been waiting on for over 18 months!!|
|The kids cleaned out the minivan as an anniversary gift!|
|Sunrise over Keuka Lake.|
|Views from our bedroom window.|
|Sweetness down to the smallest details--like the handmade pottery at our breakfast table.|
|Ya'll know I've been wanting a card catalog for ages. The B&B owners have this one in their kitchen! I about died.|
|Views upon views.|
|This was the restaurant we ate at on the lake ... totally desolate.|
|I think the chef was extra-happy to have some guests to serve that night, because the food was phenom.|
|Jon re-enacting his childhood--skipping stones at his great-aunts lake house.|
|Antique shopping--our favorite thing to do without kids!|
From there, we drove to the very tippy-top of the bluff and found this gem of a farmhouse way above all the rest.
Part of me is all, "I could so live here!" and the other part of me remembers how often we run out of toothpaste and toilet paper and thinks should probably live a little closer to civilization.
So while the big 1-0 wasn't exactly what I had pictured, it wasn't without it's glitz and glam either. Because my husband surprised me with diamonds! And not just any diamonds, but my grandmothers' diamonds!
Apparently he'd been working some time on combining both my grandma's wedding diamonds, along with the gold from their wedding bands, to make me this beautiful symbol of our love. A diamond for him, a diamond for me, and four little chip diamonds for our four little sweeties. Baby, you are so much better than any farmhouse on a bluff!!
And while we're on the subject of big, momentous occasions that get squished into all-encompassing blog posts ... we celebrated another anniversary that last week of March. Anyone remember our fancy-schmancy lodgings from our 9th anniversary?
Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
It's only been a year but all those tears and fears of my baby facing open-heart surgery are so far behind us I hardly think of them. (Except when she's acting extra-2-year-old. Those days I'm convinced the surgeon added an extra little umph to her heart before he stitched it all back up.) But we'll never forget what makes this little miracle girl so special!
And that's not bad for a decade of marriage. We've come a long way. I'm so eager to keep going farther. I can only imagine what the next 10 years hold!