We have so many light switches in every single room! Seriously, panels of 3 switches side by side in some rooms equaling 6 switches! It's craziness trying to remember what switch does what.
As soon as we had the doors secured & the essentials unpacked we started hanging ceiling fans, window shades & replacing some of the lighting that came with the house. What better way to figure out what switch operates what?
Garren helping out MomMom
Donna & all her little helpers
I love this light & the matching one over the dining room table!
Matching one ;)
I think these are my favorite though
Gigantic 60" fans in the living & family rooms
Slightly smaller fans in the bedrooms
I think we are getting the hang of the switches now, the boys most certainly have them all figured out since they practice with them quite a bit.
We had Fall Family/3.5 year photos taken a couple weeks ago, I know, more photos. I promise I'm cutting back to twice a year but sometimes I just can't help myself. Anyways back to the photos, I always have great intentions of keeping the photos to ourselves so the Christmas card photo will be something new, no one has seen yet but I have a terrible time deciding which photo to use so I'm posting them here on the blog & asking for HELP?!?!?!
Kellan, Donna, Garren, Caden & I
Kellan, Garren & Caden
Caden, Garren & Kellan
I love the smirk on Kellans face, haha
I love them all & love that they were taken here in FL just as we moved here. You can only see it in one photo but the truck has an old Florida license plate on the front of it. I didn't notice it the day of the photos but it kind of seems symbolic now :)
So which is your favorite? What should I use on our Christmas card?
A few weeks ago Garren's speech therapist told me that Garren was meeting all his goals, that if he continued to display meeting all goals for 3 consecutive weeks he would be discharged from speech services. On the third week, the day I expected to be his last appointment his speech therapist told me that it was time for his re-evaluation so she was going to go ahead & complete that before discharging him.
Yesterday his re-eval. was completed. Garren only had a slight delay to begin with so it was no surprise that he did just fine. So that was it, yesterday was his last speech session.
One of the first things we had to do when we moved into the house was childproof the exterior doors. In the apartment we were able to use knob covers long enough that the boys pretty much gave up trying to open the doors, that is until they came around and changed all the knobs to levers, then it was on! The boys opened & closed the door all the time. They also opened the door & ran outside quite frequently, most often in the nude! The apartment was small enough though that I could hear if the door opened from pretty much any room. The house is a whole different story though in size & number of doors for little escapees to get out.
So my bonus dad hooked us up with these cool, discreet little locks for the front door & the door that leads out to the garage.
The house came equipped with a handy little aluminum pole that locked the sliding door in place. It took the boys exactly 3 minutes to break it & 3 days to completely disassemble it :-/ So we had to find another solution for that door too. Some similar little flippy hinged lock did the trick there as well & now everyone is secured in the house & I shouldn't have to worry about any streakers running down the street :)
We got the call Tuesday that our paperwork was finally back & we were ready to close, woohoo!!!
Wednesday was another lets induce a panic attack day with a phone call saying we were missing a notarized signature on our last bank statement. What?! None of them had had to have signatures let alone notarized signatures??? Anyways it was 3:15pm & we had 45 minutes to get to the bank & get them to print, notarize & email the statement back. Everyone involved on both ends stayed late to get the job done so we were not delayed any further.
Thursday we got the call from the title company with the time of our closing & the final number for down payment & closing costs. We wired everything off & got zero sleep Thursday night in anticipation of finally closing.
My mom joined us Friday, we wanted the boys to be with us at closing but knew they would be a handful for us to tend to while signing a bagillion papers so my mom was there to help out :) We finally met our mortgage lady/new friend, Amanda in person at our closing. She came with her husband & baby just for the special occasion. It was really great to meet in person after all these months of phone calls! We headed to lunch after closing & then to the house to get the keys from Roger, the head contractor. Then it was back to Brunswick for a whirlwind evening of vet appointments, truck rental, packing up the last bits & another sleepless night anticipating the move.
I dropped the pups off at the groomer bright & early at 7am Saturday so that they wouldn't be in the way while we were moving. My BIL, Steven arrived at 7:30 & he & Donna left to get the truck. My mom & bonus dad arrived at 8 with donuts & coffee & our sweet sweet friend Pat came all the way from Tampa to help out. A little after 10 Donna & Steven arrived back with the truck & our stuff that had been in storage already loaded up. The groomer called saying pups were ready about that time & the mattress company called to say they would delivering our new bed in an hour, so I loaded up the boys, picked up the pups & arrived at the new house only moments after the bed people. It wasn't too long after we arrived that everyone else showed up with all of our belongings in tow. The boys proved to be a bit of a hendrance running up & down the ramp of the truck so i loaded them up once again & headed out for pizza. By the time we got back the truck was unloaded & everyone was hungry! We spent the rest of the afternoon & evening unpacking. My mom put the whole kitchen together, we unpacked clothes & got them hung up & we got the bathrooms put together.
My parents stayed the night so we went back to work Sunday morning hanging ceiling fans, blinds, & TVs. My BIL came back to help & my sister, niece & nephew tagged along so we could sing happy birthday & eat some cake. Today is actually my sister's birthday.
We still have a lot of unpacking to do & more blinds & cieling fans to hang, not to mention painting & all the new furniture to arrive! Its been awesome seeing the boys run all over the house playing, I love the giggles & voices I hear from different rooms as they play.
I can't wait to share some photos of finished rooms with you so I better get back to work!
We NEED more positive in this world. It does not have to be elaborate, though that is always welcome, and can be a simple picture or a short few sentences of something, someone, anything, that you think is wonderful. If you feel inclined to do the same, be sure to leave a link to your Wonderful Wednesday in the comment section so others may enjoy it as well!
There really is so much wonderful in the world right now but all I can really think about is...
WE ARE FINALLY CLOSING ON OUR BEAUTIFUL NEW HOUSE FRIDAY!!!
This Friday, like day after tomorrow Friday!!! :)
We are beyond excited & aren't even worrying about painting before moving in at this point. We will close Friday & move in Saturday with the help of some wonderful friends & family.