Pictured above is a Killdeer nest in our front yard, the second of the season. The first time was special as the mama bird sat and sat in the splendid springtime weather. We waited anxiously for the babies to hatch and didn't mind the mama yelling at us each time we went outside or the daddy who feigned a broken wing to lead us away from the precious nest.
The second nest became a tedious. The weather was much hotter, and so mama bird looked frazzled and worn while she sat and sat and sat. Each time we came outside now, her squawks and screams began to grate on our nerves and the daddy bird was nowhere to be found.
Sometimes I feel like that mama bird, especially since Adam is gone half the time on his long distant commute, but that's for another post.
And so it was a year ago that we moved into this brand new house. As it settled with pings, pops and bangs as new houses do, our family settled in too. Although I'd prefer an old, uniquely built house in the country, this new house in a subdivision suits us for now (and hopefully for a long time).
Our U-haul was packed to bursting when we pulled up on June 27th, the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The biggest reason we moved realized itself in the many hands that came to help unload: Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, uncles and cousins. Even the elderly neighbor got into the action; a relationship that has grown over the year. St. Joe, as we call him, and his wife, Midge, are especially fond of Adam and come around quite frequently when he is home.
The gray flooring is interesting, but not my favorite. I do like this rounded doorway that leads to the girls' bedrooms and bathroom.
It was hard to pick window coverings and I had to do it quickly. I like the earthy look of these bamboo shades, but am on the lookout for something a little more sophisticated. The open floor plan is nice when it's just the fam, but any time we have people over it is very loud and there is nowhere to escape. The patio door is angled just to the left of the dining room. It is so much better than a sliding glass door off the dining room like many houses are built. We spend a lot of time on the patio.
This is Kylo Ren practicing his handwriting on our granite topped island. Love. I also love the sliding barn door that closes off the den which now functions as a place to pile toys and home school books. It's pretty much a disaster all the time, so that door is a sanity saver.
Here is a lovely picture of my mom, Darlene (left) and Adam's mom, Patty (right). They sit in the same spot as Kylo Ren and you can see what I see anytime I'm in the kitchen, except instead of our beautiful mamas and tidy living room, I usually see kids flopped on the sofas and toys strewn around the room. The gray entertainment center was a major purchase since that wall really needed something to anchor it down. Some day we plan to get a fireplace and move the entertainment center to the den.
I thought I'd throw in this picture of pictures (now on the wall). This is down the hallway to the laundry room and my bedroom. I love to come out of my room and see my babies all at about eight months.
This is a little section of our little patio and Eli looking awesome. The yard is not very large, but plenty big enough for us. The fence is interesting since it us up a little hill and once you climb up to it, it only comes up to my chest. From the lower part of the yard or from the house all you can see is this fence.
This is what we see beyond the fence. It's a great view for tall people. Adam's tall friend came for a visit and kept mentioning our awesome view. If only I were a foot taller I could see it too. Right now that field is full of blooming onions probably to be used for seed. I love to climb up the short hill at sunset to look at the view, however the view of the sky can be readily seen from our dining and living room windows. The sunsets are amazing and at night we have a clear view of the stars. Adam and I go out on the patio most nights and enjoy the warm evenings, but we do have to chase off the mosquitoes.
All in all, it's been a great place to live and I plan to stay a good, long time. Maybe you'd like to come visit? We'd love to have you.