Friday, November 30, 2012

Getting Settled in Our New House and Thanksgiving

We were officially moved out of my dads house on November 20th. I am so in love with our new house. It is smaller but feels more like home. The down stairs is completely done and everything is put away. Half of the upstairs is done. Kids rooms and kids bathroom is all done. The only thing we have left to do is finish up our bedroom and the den. The garage is filled with a bunch of stuff. We have to go through it and figure out what we are going to put in storage and what we are going to donate. I think we may tackle that this weekend. We have met a couple of our neighbors. Our one neighbor was my neighbor in the neighborhood i grew up in. It is so weird to see her all grown up and with a baby. They moved away when she was still pretty little. Crazy small world. We have a pool in this house (community pool), it is heated and we went swimming Thanksgiving day before we went to my moms to eat. We have gone swimming a couple other times since then. With the weather being in the low 80's and the pool being heated, it has been a great distraction for the kids.

Thanksgiving was pretty uneventful. We swam in the morning and went to my moms for dinner and filled out bellies with yummy food. It was a great day. With all the stress of moving and the family drama that has stirred up it was a nice distraction and made me stop and see how thankful and lucky i am for everything we do have. Yes, moving has been a nightmare but we have a beautiful house in and nice neighborhood, good health, and food on the table. 

I am super excited about Christmas in our new house. I have decided not to decorate a ton this year. One reason i just don't have the energy and the second reason i can only find about half of the decorations. I did put up a small tree and some of the kids decorations, but that's about it. And since we moved and had time to go through all the toys we already have, we are donating a lot of toys this year. Caiden is super excited about this. He picked out all the toys he doesn't play with anymore and we will be donating them. He keeps finding little things and asking if he can donate that as well. Very proud of him. I thought he would have a hard time with donating. 

The New House

Caiden swimming Thanksgiving Day

Hanging out in our new pool


As you can tell i am a little behind on posts! Better late than never...
This year for Halloween Caiden was Buzz Lightyear and Ashlyn was a Pumpkin Princess. We went to our friends Rocky and Samantha's for a chili dinner and trick or treating. We did this last year and it will defiantly be our new Halloween tradition. So much fun! of course Caiden has so much fun trick or treating with his friends. Ashlyn still a little young wasn't to sure about the whole thing and hated her tutu. lol

Buzz Lightyear

Pumpkin Princess

5K Mud Factor

On November 24th Chris and I ran Mud Factor 5K mud run! Half the proceeds were donated to Helping Heroes Kids. The nice thing I like about this particular obstacle course it was not a race, you could go as fast or as slow as you wanted. They did not time you and everyone was a winner. I really liked this because I DO NOT run and although not horribly out of shape i am in no shape to run 3.2 miles. There were a ton of muddy obstacles. I was so proud of myself, I completed every single one. The one down fall of this run, was because it was not a race at some of the obstacles small lines formed, because no one was in a hurry to finish. (which was nice for me, rest time) It was a beautiful day in the low 80's which made the mud and water not cold at all it actually felt good. All in all it was an amazing experience and i defiantly plan on doing this again. We were not able to get pictures of our self's super muddy because the last muddy slip n slide was more water than mud. They probably did this on purpose to help wash you off. but below are a couple pictures form the run.  

Action shot, Climbing the rope wall

All done and dirty!!