Monday, March 27, 2017

Ten Things That Have Me Pumped About Moving

1. Andrew's commute will go from a little over an hour to less than ten minutes.  This means more time together.  It means we can eat dinner together.  

2. Wal-Mart Pick Up....I cannot say how I'm excited I am about this.  Grocery Shopping will never be the same.

3. All the gym options.  I'm excited to find a gym and join some classes.  I miss Zumba.  And who knows...maybe I'll try something new.

4. We will have more than a handful of options when we want to go out to eat.

5.  Proximity to golf courses.  My husband is going to play golf regardless.  Being closer to the course makes those golf days a little shorter.

6. Shopping.  Oh the Shopping.  I'm going to be right down the road from Hobby Lobby and a mall and Ulta husband may need to take my debit card away.

7.  Church...We never really found a church that was a good fit for us when we moved to Heber Springs.  There are so many more options where we are moving.  One of my biggest prayers, expectations, and excitements is finding a church home.

8.  Friends...With a new church a new gym, I'm praying for new friends.  I miss having a group of women that I can connect with it - people I can encourage and who can encourage me.

9. Infertility means lots of doctors appointments.  It will be nice to be 15 minutes from our clinic instead of an hour and 15 minutes.

10. New Job.  I'm happy in my current position at my current school.  But I'm sort of hoping God leads me to a new position out of my comfort zone.  I want something to push me and stretch me as a teacher.  Scary but exciting.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Why Are We Moving?

So about this move...

We love our little town.  We love our old house.  We love being close to the lake and spending time on our boat.

What we don't love is Andrew spending 2.5 hours in the car every day.

We don't love never eating dinner together.

We don't love those nights where he's getting home from work as I'm going to bed.

As you can imagine those things get old after awhile.

We've been talking about moving back to central Arkansas for a while now, but that talk became serious a few months ago.

We found a lot we loved and Andrew designed a house we loved.

We looked at buying a house instead of building. 

We talked about selling our current house...something that neither one of us really wanted to do.

I'm not good at talking through big decisions like this.  It takes me awhile to adjust to the idea of change and then once I adjust I'm set on that plan.  I struggle to discuss various ideas all at once.  I just want to scream at Andrew to pick something, pick a plan and I'll get on board. This of course is frustrating to him as he is the complete opposite.  He wants to thoroughly discuss every option and doesn't settle on one thing until he makes his decision.  

It's can be a very stressful least for me.

So I was much relieved when a decision had been made, when a plan had finally come together.

We will keep our current house.  This allows us to continue hosting porch parties - something we absolutely love - and it gives us a place to stay when we want a weekend on the lake.

We will be renting the adorable little house I shared in my last post.

It is less than 10 minutes from Andrew's office.  That little fact in and of itself makes it the perfect house.

I am applying and praying for a job closer to the new house.  If nothing comes up, I will take my turn at having the commute.  

I think we are both pretty excited about shortening his commute and having that time together.

Because we are keeping our current home and not moving everything we own this has been the easiest move ever so far.

It feels a little bit like we are getting to have our cake and eat it too.

And we aren't complaining about that!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Five on Friday

I can't seem to put together a proper introduction today so let's just dive right in...


We're moving!!  We started having conversations a few months ago and now we are just a couple of weeks away from moving into the cutest little rent house.  There are so many things that I'm looking forward to with this move.  I'm working on another blog post to cover that and the why behind this move.


New house means new decor.  I'm having a blast shopping and designing everything....well letting my super talent sister-in-law design everything.  I would be so lost without her.  These are some of the color palettes I'm loving.


I've been obsessed with face mask lately.  I love how they leave my face feeling moisturized and refreshed.  This avocado mask from Sephora is probably my favotie.


A little Valentine's Day leak led to us getting a new roof.  Such a big difference.  The house looks amazing!!


Tonight my championship team takes on Andrew's championship team.  Pretty sure it will be a first since we started our family bracket challenge.  Hopefully he won't be in too bad of a mood when his team loses. :)  (Go Bruins!!)