Caelan Conversations, Part 14

October 24, 2014

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Warning, this post contains accidental adult language 

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We are in the car driving to school

CAELAN: Mommy, did you see that school bus?!

SARAH: No, I didn’t, honey.

CAELAN: Mommy, you need to watch for school buses when you’re driving!

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CAELAN: Mommy, when I grow up, I’m going to be a Daddy like Daddy. And Leah is going to be a Mommy! Does that sound like a good idea?

SARAH: That sounds like a great idea, monkey!

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CAELAN [singing]: Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, is your butt a dream.

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Caelan does a somersault.

SARAH: What was that you just did?

CAELAN: A flipper-kit.

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SARAH: What number is on our door?

CAELAN: Sixty-one.

SARAH: Try again.

CAELAN: Onety-six….Sixteen!

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CAELAN: What was that monster we saw again?

SARAH: That was a Grim Reaper.

CAELAN: Grim Reaper. I’m gonna tell Daddy I saw a Grim Reaper.

A few minutes pass…

CAELAN: Mommy, what was the monster called again?

SARAH: Grim Reaper.

CAELAN: [pauses…..] I’m just going to call it a “monster”.

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I hear Leah crying.

SARAH: Caelan, what did you do to your sister?

CAELAN: Nothing. I attacked her and she attacked me.

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BILL: What’s the dinosaur’s name?

CAELAN: Fuck a duck.

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We are driving to Grandma and Pop’s house.

CAELAN: This is the way to Grandma and Pop’s house. It’s also the way to Grammy and Pappy’s house. Ooh firestation!!

BILL [laughing at Caelan’s abrupt change of attention]: Squirrel!

CAELAN: Did you see a squirrel Daddy? Where’s the squirrel??


The HOUSE Project: Finished

October 3, 2014

I did a horrible job following our house building project on the blog. I posted pictures occasionally on Facebook, but I never felt like I had enough to SAY about it to warrant a blog post.

But now…IT’S FINISHED. And we started moving in less than 24 hours after it was officially ours. To say “we couldn’t wait” would be a ridiculous understatement. We’ve been living there for 3 weeks now and somehow it feels both surreal AND like this house has always been ours. Because, really, it HAS always been ours. It doesn’t feel like we moved into someone else’s home because it never did belong to anyone else.

Selling our townhouse and living in temporary housing was not fun at all, but putting that aside, watching our house being built was amazing. We drove by to visit probably 2-3 times a week during the 4 month build time to check on the progress. Anytime a friend or neighbor drove by and then texted us to tell us the drywall truck had arrived or the siding was going up, we squeeeed and loaded the kids into the car to drive by for a visit. (Okay so it may have just been me doing the actual squeeeeeing, but Bill was excited too 😉 )

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Our empty lot – March 2014

Our house - September 2014

Our house – September 2014

It’s very surreal to remember standing in our house when it was just plywood – no walls, even – and then now standing on the same spot and seeing…a kitchen…a hallway…

Looking into the kitchen - June 2014

Looking into the kitchen – June 2014

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Looking into the kitchen – September 2014

Since we’ve moved in, we’ve been working hard at unpacking. It is likely to take forever and ever. “You have time!” everyone says. And we do, but…we’ve been living in chaos for the past 6 months -first in our super sterile house on the market and then in our box-filled apartment. We’ve been waiting and waiting and counting the days and seconds until we could move into our new house and FINALLY unpack and feel at home again.

So that’s what we’re doing. We’re getting window treatments for our 24 (omggggg) windows. I got a Welcome mat, shelves, storage units, fabric drawers (you can never have too many 😉 ), and other such random organizational crap. The UPS guy learned where our house is REAL quick. No doubt we will be BFFs by Christmas (or he’ll hate me, we’ll see).

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Welcome

People keep mentioning painting and decorating to me and yes, I can’t wait to decorate. And yes, despite good advice from a friend to stay away, I’ve been on Pinterest. But really, for now, I am happy to stash any box that says “decor” on it in the basement for the time being and just get things put away first, decorate later. Except for my Fall wreath – gotta have that 🙂

We are slowly learning how to care for a lawn bigger than a postage stamp…assuming of course that we will even have a lawn! Our grass has struggled during the mostly dry September, but it is starting to come up now. While I squeee over mud room benches, Bill can’t wait for the tractor (riding mower) to be delivered.

Finally some green

Finally some green

When it comes to what I love most about the house, there are a lot of things to choose from! The kitchen, of course. I’m so pleased with how it all came out. It’s hard to choose cabinets and counter tops with swatches but I like the choices we made. I really love the space though. In our townhouse, if all 4 of us were sitting at the dinner table, we couldn’t open the refrigerator door – that’s how cramped it was. Granted, we sort of tried to force that kitchen to be an eat-in kitchen when it really wasn’t, but still. Now we have the morning room and it is perfect. I browse online for a new kitchen table and chairs almost daily. That’s definitely at the top of my wish list but we will probably hold off for awhile.

Morning room

Morning room

A new kitchen table is just one thing on a very, very long wish list we have for this house! But in this case “You have time!” really does apply. We have time for projects and organizing, finishing our basement, adding a patio/deck, etc etc etc. But for now, we are happy to just be HOME.