My sweet Hayley turned the big 13 through all this craziness of preparing for the move and we celebrated at Sky Zone and then carried it on at home so she could say goodbye to her friends.... gut wrenching to see... yeah you could say that. Not an easy move to begin with but certainly not at this age either.
Lol.... she wasn't too amused.
This was just some of her crew that came back to the house after Sky Zone. She is blessed with great friends! Throughout the night we had a yard full of neighbors and good friends come and go.
Kathleen's best friend was there also and they were having a grand time! Totally inseparable!!
Another big event that happened on May 28th was Jerry and I celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary, hard to believe it's been that long and 24 years together total!! Although he had been living in a hotel in Ohio for work while we finished school he came back to celebrate our anniversary and Hayley's birthday. I thought it was pretty cool Hayley posted this picture of Jerry and I and wrote such a sweet note underneath it...
It's moments like these that remind me why I do all I do as a parent.... bringing them up the best way we can. Always going that extra mile to show them how important they are to me and to Jerry. Showing them the value of a true, loving, and stable home life. That marriage takes work but it's worth it! So many people give up way too easily nowadays or have children before they are truly ready to stay committed to their partners...sad to see.
Hayley did this gift for her boyfriend to give to him before we left and it's filled with letters for him to read when sad, happy, missing her etc. He is a wonderful boy and we really hit it off well with his parents and sister too. Of course they are never unsupervised and I never thought my then 12 year old would have a boyfriend that young....but so far I'm handling it.... now daddy on the other hand really likes him too... but struggles... it's his "little" girl....hard to live up to those expectations for what he wants a guy to be to his daughter. ;-)
So my posts may be random and scattered as I gather my thoughts on everything and catch up! But we bought our little piece of heaven here in a small Ohio town....
This is some of the back yard.... I've been taking tons of photos so will have lots more to share.
After unpacking Kathleen.... she wasted no time working on her fairy houses! I love her imagination and creativity and she loves our new yard!
Kitty's never far behind either....
Patiently waiting for the movers to arrive....
She was super excited to find a 4 leaf clover in our yard and has since found several more!!!
Not to mention goodies in the garden we stumbled a crossed! It needs some love but we totally plan to have an awesome garden!
Before the movers even arrived we painted both the girls rooms and added areas of chalkboard paint! Turned out really cool! More pictures on their rooms to come as we finish them. You can get a glimpse in this photo of part of the amazing view Hayley has from her window!
Lots of projects, but we're plugging right along! Keeping busy to distract us from our sad thoughts for awhile. We have great memories and that's a blessing in itself.
Our new home
We downsized houses in our move, but gained land and I absolutely love my new home and property. The views here are amazing and it is so relaxing and peaceful. Have a bit of a challenge going through items and deciding what will go either in a yard sale or by donation but a 2400 square foot house can't house a 3500 square foot house!!
The girls are enjoying the yard. When we were painting our bedroom I captured this shot of Hayley out on our front lawn Face Timing with her boyfriend.
Kathleen is loving the strawberries in the garden, can't wait to see what other surprises are in store for us in the garden. Even the flower beds are showing new things each week. Love it!
Kathleen also about gave me a heart attack when she hung her doll in my laundry chute! LOL. Never a dull moment in this house... wouldn't have it any other way.
Jerry found me this beautiful rose in the store that opened so lovely in my new window. I love how the windows surround the kitchen area. Right now I have a cardinal that we watched her and the male build a nest in the tree right outside my window. The past few days she's been sitting on her eggs she recently laid. Can't wait to see the baby birds!!!
Well this is a good place to stop for now... a brief update but so much more to come! Feels great to be blogging again!