Tuesday, December 29, 2009

house stuff

Okay, so I said I would share deets. (details!)

... as long as we've been in Natchitoches, I have been looking online at houses. Knowing that Kelly's mom was joining here, we knew we'd need a bit more room and we were ready to be homeowners again.

Claire & I went to look at a smallish house in a great neighborhood where many of our friends now live. We looked very casually, and decided that it was just too small for us. A friend told me about a house she walked by on her "route" each day with a For Sale sign out front. She didn't know much about it, other than the fact that it had 4 bedrooms and a saltwater pool. After stalking the property online, Kelly & I decided that we needed to see it in person. We were sold.

After some time, an offer was accepted. The process was a bit slower than usual since we were negotiating with a relocation company out of California. But our patience and persistence paid off! We are so excited! It does have a saltwater pool, a large yard, 4 bedrooms, 2 living areas with fireplaces and a large covered patio. It needs a lot of love. New paint. Carpet. Counter tops. Appliances. Like I said, lots of love. But we see ourselves on Tahoe Drive for many, many years to come.

Welcome Home!
So, I know I have more to share... I'll promise, I'll be back!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Hello Friends! I know - it's been FOREVER. My last post was on my last day at Northwestern. SO much has happened since that day. I won't cram it all into this one post, but I will give you a quick update:

NEW JOB: I love being an elementary school secretary! Especially at our school. It sounds so cliche, but it's a school with amazing, talented teachers and staff (not to mention incredible kids). My days have actually slowed down a bit, with the exception of an emergency school closing and the occasional tornado warning. My day starts earlier, but it ends earlier too, all with Claire & Nolan in tow.

Nolan visits me and says hello each time he gets a drink of water or heads upstairs to Art. Claire's teacher often sends her on errands which usually involve making a stop at my desk. I truly, truly love it.

THANKSGIVING: Wait. Back up a week. The weekend before Thanksgiving Kelly drove to Florida to pick up his mom, who has relocated to Natchitoches. We brought her here permanently with the notion of placing her in a nursing home. After much talk, prayer and doctor's visits, it's been determined that she can try to live on her own with some part-time assistance. She would stay with us until an apartment opened up for her. She's still with us.

Later in the week, Aunt Pam, Uncle Roy and Nana joined us for Turkey Day. We ate, shopped and enjoyed their company!

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas SOAR BY without much time to catch a breath. Christmas parties at church and school (for kids and adults, alike), tests, doctor's appointments, karate and basketball are just a few of the things that keep us spinning. And in the midst of it all, we managed to place an offer on a house for sale. An offer that was finally accepted and finalized on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

We are thrilled!!

I'm dying to share details, but it'll just have to wait. Christmas stuff, too. Tomorrow? Until then, I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!