Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Week of Firsts

 This is a big week around here with a lot of firsts and new beginnings.  Closing on our first house, beginning this new chapter of our lives Nashville and today was Matt's first day at his new job.  

He headed out bright and early to get his workout in before heading to the office.  It's hard to believe he hasn't been in a corporate job in almost 2 years.  He said it was a little overwhelming with so much to learn but I'm sure he will settle in quickly.  

The boys were so excited to see daddy when he got home!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One Chapter Closes and Another Starts

This past weekend we traveled to Cincinnati.  We had a few things to finish on the house before we closed yesterday.  We picked up Ryan from school on Friday and headed north.  It's such an easy drive.  We made it in 4.5 hours.  

Our first stop for dinner was our favorite - Copper Blue in Milford!  Yum, yum!  

Saturday we got up and headed to the house early so Matt could get to work on taking down the swing set in the backyard.  That was the only thing the owners asked for in the contract.  Thankfully we have some friends with a sweet 18 month old who wanted the swing set.  Awesome!  Done!  Our friend and neighbor helped Matt on Saturday.  

The boys and I headed down to Josh and Jake's house to hang out and see them.  They boys had the best time and loved seeing their friends.  I loved getting to catch up with Melanie!

Saturday night I went out with my girlfriends while Matt took the boys to Skyline.  Win win for everyone!  

Sunday we went to church then met up with the Krafts for lunch.  The boys were so excited to see the Kraft girls.  Ryan had been asking for days when was he going to see Jillian.  

Of course no outings with the Krafts is complete without going to Menchie's for ice cream.  

Love these two cutie pies.  They are missing each other but so glad they got to hang out.  

Sunday night we got to hang out with the Gleason's.  We love, love, love them and we all had the best time hanging out and playing with them.  Ryan's best buddy is Bret and he was so excited to see him. They picked up right where they left off and had the best time playing together.  Matt and I enjoyed catching up with Kevin and Jennifer as well.  It was a great day and night.  We are so blessed with some great friends.  

Our closing was scheduled for Monday afternoon.  In the morning we went to Lifetime (boy do we miss our old gym.  The Y doesn't even compare).  And of course we had to do lunch at CFA with friends.  Good times!

Our closing went so smooth and we are thrilled about the new owners of our home in Loveland.  An actual local celebrity bought our home.  Ken Broo, who does the sports on channel 9, bought our home.  Matt has been watching him since he was a little boy.  Kinda wild and cool to think he will be living in our old home.  

We have officially closed a chapter of our lives.  We no longer own a home in Ohio and the chapter of our lives living in Cincy is closed.  Now it's on to the next chapter.  Even though we have been here for three weeks it really feels like a new chapter.   We are settling in well and we really love it here!  So excited for this new chapter! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


I had plans to blog on Friday and this past Monday but unfortunately our cable and internet were down all weekend until this afternoon.  Frustrating was an understatement.  We missed all our football games.  Boo!!!  We battled with AT&T U-verse to find the problem and get the right technician to fix it.  It was a fiasco to say the least.  Thankfully we are back up and running! 

Saturday Ryan had his first soccer game of the season.  It was H-O-T!!!  Even though it was 10am it was roasty toasty.  He was so excited!  Ryan did well but sadly his team didn't win but they all played so well.  Way to go Blue Racers. 

 The boys finished up a great first week of school.  They both love their new school and are adjusting great to our new schedule.  

I also started my new MOPS group.  I am so looking forward to meeting some new fiends here and plugging in.  I LOVED the group and think it's going to be great.  Everyone was warm and friendly.  They had a pool party on Friday that Colton and I went to.  It was fun!  Colton had a blast and I enjoyed meeting so many moms.  

Such a great week and here's to another good week.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Day of School

Today was the first day of school for the boys!!!  They were super excited about their new school and couldn't wait to go to school! 

I couldn't decide on these two pictures so I'm just posting both, ha!

Ryan is in Pre-K 5's class.  There are 9 boys and 2 girls.  That's just how it is with summer birthday kiddos.  Most of the kids in his class have april to september birthdays.  He will go to school four days a week from 9-1pm.  He eats lunch every day at school. 

Colton was so excited to go to school like his big brother.  I'm so glad they are both in the same school this year.  Makes my heart it's pretty convenient.   Colton has two wonderful and sweet teachers and I know he is just going to thrive this year.  He goes 2 days a week from 9-1pm.  

Matt doesn't start his job for a couple of weeks so we were excited he could come to school and see the boys off on their first day.   The boys wouldn't take a picture together but they agreed if daddy joined in.  

Colton walked in like he owned the place.  He went right down the hall to his class.  He was a little hesitant to walk in but that only lasted about 2 seconds.  

He quickly went in and hung up his backpack.  

He gave mommy, Ryan and daddy hugs and kisses and said "bye mommy, have a good day".  I only cried a little,  maybe!  That sweet thing is so cute I can hardly stand it.  He has my whole heart.  

And this big boy was a pro.  He walked with authority right in there and couldn't wait to see his teachers and get started.  I love his teachers and know he is going to be so prepared for Kindergarten next year.  Don't regret the decision to wait a year on kindergarten for a second.  This handsome fella is going to thrive in school and be as smart as his daddy.  

Since it was a special day we decided to stop at Sweet Cece's for some ice cream after school.  They loved the sweet treat.  

Clearly Ryan was excited about some chocolate ice cream with sprinkles.  

Colton loved some vanilla with m&m's.  

It was a great day and the boys had awesome days at school.  So thankful for a fantastic school and exciting year.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Getting Settled

We are slowly getting settled here.  There are only a few boxes left in the house.  Things are still not in their final place but we are slowly getting there.  

Last week the boys had meet the teacher days at school.  They both loved meeting their new teachers and are excited for school to start soon.  I found their preschool through a recommendation of a friend who used to live here.  I think it's going to be a great school and really prepare Ryan for kindergarten next year.  

I don't know anyone at the school but I was excited to meet some moms last week and start some new friendships. 

 Last week we also got our new washer and dryer delivered.  Moving and a week and a half without a washer and dryer was a little rough but we made it.  Let's hope we never have to do that again.  

I switched to a top loader from a front loader and I am liking it a lot so far.  Its gets the job done and I'm looking forward to no more mild dew smell.  

Of course we have made our way to Chick-Fil-A around here.  The boys were excited to go and I'm sure it's because it's familiar to them.  We missed our friends we always met there but praying we meet new friends soon.

This weekend we ventured out for a little celebration.  Matt has accepted a new job at LBMC here in Brentwood as a staff accountant.  WOOHOO!!! We are SOOOOOO proud of you sweetie and thrilled to death that God has provided yet again (should I really be surprised?) putting all the pieces together.  

He starts his new job in a couple weeks.  It's been amazing to watch God orchestrate and put all these pieces together.  Honestly I look at life right now and think wow, we are so blessed and only GOD could make all this happen.  

We tried out this new BBQ place called Judge Beans BBQ and it was awesome.  We all loved it and now Ryan is obsessed with BBQ sandwiches.  Love it.  After dinner Matt took us by his new office.  The company seems like a great fit for him and we are so excited about this new adventure. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome Home!

 Just like that we have moved to Nashville!!!  Last Saturday the packers came to pack up our entire house and on Monday the movers came and loaded it all onto a "big orange truck", as the boys keep calling it.  

 Our house was full of boxes over the weekend.  

Monday night we "camped" out at our empty house for one last night in our house on Silver Fox Court.  The boys were excited to sleep in their sleeping bags and did awesome.  The movers didn't finish up and pull out until about 9pm so the boys were good and tired after a long day.  Mom and dad were exhausted too!  

Tuesday morning we finished cleaning up the house and loaded our cars with everything left.  We finally hit the road around 11am.  We drove straight to our new house here in Nashville for our finale walk through before closing.  

We stayed in a hotel Tuesday night in Franklin then got up early to go to our house closing.  We decided to hit up Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for breakfast.  It was the boys first visit and they were in donut heaven.  

They stared and watched all the hot donuts come down the conveyer belt.  It was a fun experience for sure.  

And of course we enjoyed some yummy donuts and chocolate mild for breakfast.  

We wrapped it up and headed to the closing.  Our movers called on the way to the new house and said they were ready and waiting.  Talk about perfect timing!  It was HOT and muggy but these guys got started right away and worked their tales off until every last box was in our new house about six hours later.  SO thankful for the Allied guys!  They were so gentle and careful with our stuff and new house.  Would highly recommend them if you are moving local or long distance.  

After they left my fun began with unpacking.  For the first few days I felt I was up to my eyeballs in boxes and packing paper.  It felt like it would never end.  

Slowly we are getting more unpacked.  It's hard when you go from three floors to just two.  We have about the same amount of square foot but we lost our basement so trying to figure out where all that stuff goes is a little challenging.  We are getting there.  Slowly the house is coming together. 

Thankfully I had the kitchen unpacked within a few days.  That was priority.  Matt was tired of eating out but we made a dinner night out to Puckett's in downtown Franklin.  One of our favorite places here.  We are enjoying eating at new local places around town.  

At Puckett's I had this AMAZING chocolate chess pie that was to die for.  It was SOOOO yummy!  

It's been a crazy week but I will say it's all gone very smooth.  Moving is not easy and I don't know if we will ever do it again but I will say it's been good and the boys have been real troopers.  They seem to be adjusting well and excited to explore our new city.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Spending Time with Friends

 Our theme this week has been "spend quality time with friends and family".  We had a busy week of play dates and fun lunches.  We went to Kings Island twice this week with our neighbors, Josh and Jake.  

Josh and Jake are also five years old.  All four of the boys get along so well.  Colton of course thinks he is five and tries to do everything like the big boys.  

The three amigos heading to the big train.  

The highlight of both days was riding the big train.  They LOVED it!!!

 Josh and Jake and identical twins and I still can't tell them apart.  I think this is Josh!

The Beetle Bugs is one of the boys favorite rides.  It cracks me up to watch them fly around the corner. 

On Friday Colton rode his first roller coaster - the Great Pumpkin Roller Coaster.  He was a little scared but he liked it once he got it.  

On Friday. the highlight of the day was when they got to meet conductor John and get a tour of the train engine.  They were all in heaven!  Trains are the way to all their hearts. (Colton was intimidated by the big engine, he chose to hang with mommy)

We have enjoyed seeing all our friends over the last few days.  We are going to miss them all so much but we are looking forward to our new adventure.