Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Coming Together.

So I am thrilled to tell everyone that things seem to be coming together quite nicely for our move to Austin.  We pack up Monday and head out Tuesday morning.  It's amazing how many things Cliff and I have been so stressed about that have all worked out in the last week or so.  First I should tell you that Cliff and I decided to rent out our home here instead of selling because the market still isn't the greatest and we knew we were going to rent in Austin for 1-3 years so there was really no rush in selling.  So.....the first thing we needed to do was find a home to rent in Austin and rent out our home here.  When we went down to Austin over Memorial Day Weekend we had a real estate agent show us some homes for rent.  At that time we thought we needed it for an August 1st move in date.  We found this one (pictured below) and reallllly loved it.  However, we found out that there were already several applications on it being processed and that if we wanted it we would have to rent it out for July.  This was not something Cliff and I wanted to do but we also did not want to fly down there again to look at more rentals and it was really important to me that since we could be living in it for more than one year that I actually get to see the house first hand as well as the neighborhood.  So we decided to go ahead and put in an application.  Later that week we were very excited to here that we were chosen for the home and that they were even allowing our sweet dog Luther to be there even though it said no pets.  Little did we know that we would find out about a week later that we had to be there July 1st instead of August.  So it worked out wonderfully!!!!

The home is a 4 bedroom 2 bath.  It has a really nice size eat in kitchen so I will be able to turn the formal dining room area into a playroom for the kids.  The master bedroom is huge with two walk in closets, a garden tub, shower, and dual vanity.  The kitchen leaves something to be desired but it will be fine.  One of the best things is the neighborhood.  Some great shopping very close (including Super Target!!!) and a short commute for Cliff!

Next on our list was renting out our home.  I was not too excited about this but knew it was what we needed to do.  We hired a property management company to take care of everything which has been a great choice.  When we told him that we wanted to try and get it rented out by July 1st he said he would try but since that was only a couple weeks away he didn't know.  We found out this morning it has been rented out and for July 1st!!!!  Best of all, it is to a newly married couple who are Christians and that we got to meet.  I had so much peace after I met them because I knew they would take good care of the home!

There have also been so many little things that have worked themselves out....For example we have to buy a fridge for the rental home and the money we made from selling off some furniture we don't need anymore pays the exact amount we need for the fridge.  Also we thought it would be a good idea to get a GPS for me cause Austin is HUGE and as a partying gift a church member gave us one!!!  Just little things that are making this transition so much easier for us.

Finally I am so excited for our actual move because we get to see some friends and family along the way.  It is going to be a five day trip so that we only have to drive around 6 hours a day for the kiddos. We will be spending one our nights in Denver with our good friends the Packers.  It will be so nice for Ryla and Aidan to be able to run around all day and get out some energy other than a hotel.  We also get to spend and evening with my oldest brother and my parents in Wichita.  This is also awesome as neither of my brother's families have met Noah yet.  Finally we are stopping for lunch at my brother Darrel's house on our last day.  Really looking forward to it.  We will spend the night in a hotel on Saturday night in Austin then get up to go to church there the next morning.  Cliff is technically not working that day so this will allow us to get the kids familiar with their classes and the church together. We then will head over to the rental to unload.  It will be a busy day but we are excited!!!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day 2012!!!!!

Really could not ask to have a better Father for my children then I have in Cliff.  The best part is not only is he their Father but their Daddy.  My kids love him to pieces and count down (with me) to 5 every day when he gets home.  We love you Clifford.  Thank you for being you!!!!


Friday, June 15, 2012


So to make a VERY long story short......Our family will be moving to Texas in less than 2 weeks.  Cliff has accepted a job as a Connections Minister at Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin, Texas.      We are very excited about the journey ahead of us but also sad to leave our church family here at Northside.  This move will give us a chance to be much closer to family.  It will be great to drive to family instead of always flying.  Please pray that the transition will go smoothly.  Cliff and I have so much going on but it seems to be working out in God's time.  Don't know how much blogging I will be doing for awhile but I will try.  As you can see below....Ryla is ready to be a Texan!


Monday, June 4, 2012

Noah at 4 Months!

Noah turned 4 months at the end of last week.  He is a biiiig little boy!  He has the cutest little laugh which I was able to get a little of on camera.  Unfortunately, his cough is STILL here.  I feel so terrible for my little guy.  He has had it now for 3 months and it has not gotten any better.  It wakes him up 2 to 3 times a night and then I usually have to nurse him to get him back down.  There have been a couple nights that his cough hasn't been so bad and he only wakes up once so we still keep praying that he will get through it soon so that he can get some sleep.  However, he remains one of the happiest babies ever.    He is such a trooper!!!  He reminds me a lot of his brother at this age.  They are both so easy going and all you really have to do is look at him and he smiles at you.

My little princess turned 18 months while she was in the hospital.  I would say that she is "getting so big" but she really isn't.  LOL.   She is, however, a sassy britches.  It really is pretty crazy the difference between little girls and boys.  Ryla is all about bringing out the drama in our house.  We laugh and chuckle at it now but I often wonder what our lives will be like 15 years from now.  We love her to pieces and simply can't get enough of her.

  • Wears 12 month clothes
  • Size 3 diapers
  • Size 4 shoes
  • Takes a 2-3 hour nap
  • Goes to bed at 8 and wakes between 6 and 7
  • LOVES spaghetti and chicken nuggets
  • Doesn't talk too much but says mama, dada, bye bye, and please
  • Wants to cuddle ALL the time
  • Has us read about 15 books to her a day
  • Favorite book is the "Berenstein Bears B book" from her Aunt Ryla
  • Loves to chase and irritate her brother Aidan


Friday, June 1, 2012

Medicine is Working!

Ryla is DEFINITELY feeling better.  As you can see from the pics below, her appetite has come back in full.  Spaghetti is still her favorite.  It is also been so wonderful to see her get her energy back.  I have never been so happy to have a messy house again.  She is running around getting into anything and everything she can get her hands on.   LOVE IT!