Tuesday, June 28, 2011

V and Co: we're moving!

after 3 full months of trying to figure out exactly what we were going to do next, after my husband's job announced they were closing their doors, i am FINALLY able to say we know where we're going and what we'll be doing. it feels like we've been in limbo for.ev.er. and there's a lot i haven't mentioned here on the blog of what exactly we've been going through.
jake and i sat when this all went down, and decided we were going to be picky where we landed next. we wanted a safe place for the kids, a job with a little more security, and last but not least we wanted financial security (as in it wasn't going to cost us more to live than we made with me staying home with the kids). we were offered many jobs, (i say we...but i mean him) some that he didn't even apply for, and we didn't get one we set our sights on first... that was heartbreaking but it happens. we almost (i say we but i mean me) started saying yes to the jobs being offered that weren't necessarily what we both wanted due to the fear of "what if we pass up everything and that ONE doesn't happen?" but jake kept reminded me to have faith. so last week we told the last "other" job offer "no" and "yes" to mount mercy university. jake will be a professor and the clinical director for the marriage and family therapy department there.
it's what we (i say we and i mean we) went to school for. to do this exact thing. it's been a bumpy road to here...but we're finally doing it.

forbes listed the capitol of iowa as one of the safest cities to raise a family. and while we may not be moving to des moines, we are moving two hours away from there to the cedar rapids area. while there we were able to do a little sight seeing...
aside from the gorgeous rolling hills that we saw driving on the freeway...we were able to do a little detour to a famous little place...
remember The Bridges of Madison County? yeah that picture i showed a post before was me standing on one of the bridges. i think i'm going to read the book again just to remember it...and we'll plan on taking the kids there someday.
these bridges were built in 1880 and the reason why they are covered is because back then it was cheaper to replace the wood they used as covers rather than the boards on the bridge. it was pretty neat to be on those bridges realizing they were there for over 130 years.
madison county also just so happens to be john wayne's birthplace.
yup pretty cool. when i told the kids we went there i was explaining who john wayne was and again i was surprised when the two older boys chimed in "mom, we know who he is he was in true grit." "yeah mom he's rooster cogburn."
what in the h...really you remembered that? we watched that together like last year. i'm lucky i remember all my kids' birthdays!


i finally wowed them with telling them we saw fireflies for the first time EVER. never seen them before...i was in aw and jumping around going "look jake!!!! it's like in the movies!" yeah i grew up on the beach, all you midwesterns grew up with fireflies.

sooooo...we're moving to iowa, i don't know too much about it yet, i'm excited and i'm nervous, as i've never lived past utah...or heck i've never lived anywhere but california and utah...

and well this is our new home.
we bought it this last week. Or at least we are in the process of selling oir townhouse and in the process of buying this house. yeah i just threw that out there like it's nothing but in actuality, i was a walking panic attack trying to decide which house should be ours. we were actually in the realtor's office signing papers on another house when i freaked and stopped the process and went to see this house instead. i'm pretty sure our realtor (who happens to be the nicest guy) must of thought i was nuts...but seriously this is suppose to be the house my kids grow up in...like for a long time...i don't want to make a mistake...anywho it's that kind of thinking that's made me panic that i made a bad choice and what if this and what if that...what if that other house was suppose to be our house. blah blah blah diareah blah blah blah panic attack blah blah blah husband wondering if i'm going to make up my mind blah blah blah AHHHHHHH okay this house!
anyways *says the crazy one writing this post*

If all goes according to plan this is where i'll be sewing and talking to all of you from starting august. and i'm not going to lie to you...inside...it's going to be bare for a long time. we sold most of our furniture and have downsized (and still are downsizing) to just a few essentials for our trek across the plains... i mean we're taking the important things like beds, a kitchen table, and the kids...those things we can't downsize on...but everything else...yeah.
soooooo...any iowan's out there? any word of advise on how to take full advantage of living in iowa? what do we need to see? do? experience?
anything would be great.
now if you don't mind me...i'll be over here downsizing...packing (yet again) and getting ready to hit the plains baby!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

V and Co:sponsored giveaway winner

we did a little sight seeing on our trip this weekend
this last week jake and i took a trip...yeah a super important one... one that confirmed where we're moving and what we'll be doing for the next oh who knows how long but we're hoping for a VERY long time.

i need to finish looking at pictures, and pick a few to share... and more importantly i need to tuck kids to bed and answer questions like "will you show us around when we get there?", "do they have a pool?" "are there a lot of kids?"

i'll post pictures (and possibly open comments!) on where we're re-locating to and if any one has any info of like best place to take the kids or great place to eat or "what ever you do you have to do this because you are so close to it."
but untill then...
here's a few hints:
it's in the midwest...
i've NEVER been there before this last week...
the state capitol (which we'll be two hours away from) was voted one of the safest place in america to raise a family in 2010.

and now for your winner of 4 yards of echino fabric sponsored by SWELL CLOTH:

paige said...
I will be working this summer while my kids enjoy summer camp. And, I hope to get my daughter's big girl room completed and convert the guest room to a nursery for our upcoming arrival. :)

well congrats paige! winner was picked via random.
thanks to you all! we'll talk soon

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

V and Co: sponsored giveaway: swellcloth

our first summer giveaway has come up! it's by the lovely little fabric shop Swell Cloth. sarah is offering some pretty gorgeous fabrics (ahem echino people...you may want to run)
and if you haven't seen it in person well, here's your chance at winning some!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

V and Co: summer pics: riding a bike

i couldn't handle it anymore...
it's been a month.
or so.
i can't remember the last time i let that long of a time pass without sewing.
but it's like riding a bike...
i was kind of nervous to attempt it again after so long...
but once i got the wheels moving...
i was going at full speed.
it's nice to feel the excitement again.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

V and Co: summer pics: relax

for the summer months i'll be blogging here and there with a few pics of what we're up to. i'll be closing comments so that i can focus mainly on my family and this special and rare occasion of having my WHOLE family at home. you can still contact me via email, facebook, or twitter. please feel free to! and we'll "talk" more on the blog after the summer months! thanks so much!

this last week was a little on the "oh my gosh are things falling into place?!" and of course when you are dealing with the future and it's details...stress and excitement arises.

this last week i was grateful for some distractions like:
fresh cut flowers.
freshly painted finger nails...

and time at local parks...

where we could let the kids play so we could talk about our plans and what exactly we are going to do, which job we finally will decided on, and of course starting our mass search on the states we will possibly be moving to.
but for now i'm just going to relax...till things fall more into place.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

V and Co: summer pics: cousins

for the summer months i'll be blogging here and there with a few pics of what we're up to. i'll be closing comments so that i can focus mainly on my family and this special and rare occasion of having my WHOLE family at home. you can still contact me via email, facebook, or twitter. please feel free to! and we'll "talk" more on the blog after the summer months! thanks so much!

katie has two little girl cousin's right about her age that she's just getting to know.
oh they've seen each other at christmas or thanksgivings past and done just fine in staring at each other from across the room or even playing dolls next to each other...
and well a couple of weekends ago my cute niece got married and...
...for some reason...it just CLICKED

and they went from being "just cousins" to the phrase: "can i play with my friends that are my cousins?" like a hundred times a day. a mother can take only so much repeating of the same phrase before she wants to pull her hair out...so just to relieve the headache...we'll call them to see if they can play.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

V and Co: summer pics: unpacked

for the summer months i'll be blogging here and there with a few pics of what we're up to. i'll be closing comments so that i can focus mainly on my family and this special and rare occasion of having my WHOLE family at home. you can still contact me via email, facebook, or twitter. please feel free to! and we'll "talk" more on the blog after the summer months! thanks so much!

so, week 2 at our temp location and we're finally out of boxes. well...almost.
i've taken the "hometel" attitude that my kids call this place (home/hotel) and decorated it minimally...just enough to show someone that they really want to buy the place.
because well, we're only planning on being here for a few months till we decide where we're going to take a job and a more permanent residence...

but even after just two weeks of moving back into our "first purchased home" i am all nostalgic and remember just how much i loved living here and am having kind of a hard reality that after 10 years of owning this little place...we're finally putting it on the market...and i have a sneaky suspicion that if it sells i'm going to be super sad.
seriously...i can clean the whole place in like an hour flat.
who doesn't love that?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Winner of jaybird quilts

Welcome to our temporary home. This is where we'll sleep...

And this is where we will be living during the day. :)
We still have no internet hence why I'm doing this through my phone. We *should* have internet by next Tuesday.
Now for the winner:
Random #6
Jo said...
I really like all of Julie's patterns my fav of the moment would have to say Chopsticks

Julie has already been notified and forwarded your info Jo!
Thank you all for playing!

Okay, while I'm in limbo this summer, I'm going to be closing the comments and just blogging a few lines of our life and what im up to with a few pictures to go with it. I will of course let everyone know (uh after we tell our families first) where and when we will be moving for the second and more permanent time (lets hope ita sooner than later!) And then if I get stuff done I will post it, but basically I'm taking the summer off...sort of. I'm going to enjoy the husband and kiddos all being "home" at the same time...of course we'll be spending it mainly at the water park, but that's okay. So yeah. Starting next week closed comments, but I'm still here. And you can contact me via email, or Facebook, or twitter.
We'll talk soon :)

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