Sunday, September 23, 2007

Settling In

Sunday morning we started off with some praise and prayer in our new home before heading off to church. When we got home from church we were all so tired from the late night before that everyone needed a rest.

Meanwhile back in St. Stephen my parents were not resting as they were trying to pile everything they could onto the back of Dad's truck to bring up to us. I think they managed to get more then we excepted to come on the truck.

Mom arrived late in the afternoon. We once again unloaded all the stuff that she had brought up. Before we knew it the boys had the tree trimmers out, that she brought up, and were working on the back yard. For the next hour or so everyone was cutting branches down and hauling them off to a conner in the yard. Mom and Rhonda were a little intense as they were right up on the ladders using a hack saw to get at some pretty big branches.

The next day mom and I were off to the old apartment to give it a good cleaning. We did make some time to do a little bit of house shopping. We purchased some curtains and when we got home mom put them up before she headed out side to mow the lawn.

While mom was outside doing work I was busy inside taking pictures of our new home !!

This is my beautiful kitchen. Its the first room you enter when you come in the back door. I really love that its yellow; it makes it very warm feeling. My second favorite thing about the kitchen is the mugs that are hanging!!! I just love the idea to have our mugs hanging over by the coffee pot.

This is a shot of the living room, which was taken from the kitchen. This is what sold us the house, we just love that the kitchen opens into the living room through an arch way.

This is the washroom. We really like the color blue in this room and I love how our old shower curtain from our first apartment made an excellent bathroom curtain when we cut a lot of the length off of it.

When Micah came home from work him and mom were hard at work putting the crib together.

It took a little bit of time to figure out where all the parts went and to figure out the length of the screws that we needed but they continued to work at it.

And then finally...they had figured it all out! It looks great! The nursery still needs a bit of work before we show the real final pictures of this room. A creative man from our church is working on a mural for the baby's room of Noah's arch, its going to look so cute!

Even after all the work that we did with our parents there was still more to be done this weekend. Micah's grandparents decided it was their turn to come and put there expertise to work.

Dora is a great painter so once the boys had the doors off and outside she was hard at work. She painted three doors for us that didn't have any paint on them and even did a touch up job in the spare bedroom closet.

The boys were busy at work scouting out the landscaping stuff early in the morning and then getting right to work building shelfs. Micah took a quick run to the hardware store to pick up some boards and he came back with this pretty cool stud finder!

Gramp did most of the cutting while Micah was busy inside finding the studs; so the shelfs would be strong!

They worked hard all day and by the end of the day they had put 7 shelfs in the spare room closet for our books and one longer shelf in the baby's room closet.

We feel so blessed to have had so much help getting us settled into our new house. There is still work that needs to be done but we feel we are well on our way of making our new house a home!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Moving Day!

It was an early morning on Saturday as it was moving day! Micah and his dad took off around 8:15 to go get the U-haul truck that we rented. They arrived back to the apartment a little before 9:00; it just so happened it was the same time many of our good friends had shown up to help us. Once the truck was in place the boys started packing it up. Within 1 hour the truck was packed and they were on there way to get some stuff that we were storing at our friends house. By 10:30 the truck was at our new home and it was being unpacked.

The boys had great team work as they unloaded the truck, brought the items in and received direction from me as to where to put stuff...however there was so much stuff it was hard to direct everyone where to go with it.

While the boys were unloading the truck our girl friends where also very busy. They were helping put away all the boxes that were coming in, making the beds, re arranging the furniture in the bedrooms, cleaning out the cupboards and cleaning the bathroom!

Rhonda was also hard at work cooking seafood chowder for our helpers.

Before we knew it the truck was empty and everything that we own was squished into our new home. It wasn't even 11:30 when Micah was pulling out of here with an empty U-Haul to take back. When Micah arrived back home I was told to meet him outside with the camera. I went outside to find my husband sitting in the trunk of our friends car with a rocking chair that he had just picked up at a yard sale for $5.00! It was just what I had mentioned that I wanted for the baby's room earlier that week!

After enjoying a delicious lunch of seafood chowder, biscuits and banana bread for dessert it was back to work as we tried to make the house look like we lived there.

Our two friends Jamie and Stephen put together our conner computer desk,

We tried to orangize the food and dishes in the kitchen,

And Micah and his dad decided to clean out the attic so we could put some more insulation up there....they ended up finding some wacky and cool things! (this is Micah inside of an old TV)

The rest of our day was filled with more cleaning, putting up shelfs, getting a curtain rod for the bathroom and putting things away in the basement. By the end of our first day in our new home things were looking great!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Labour Day Weekend

After finishing up my internship, Micah and I decided that we needed a vacation to celebrate not only my graduation accomplishment but also our two year anniversary. So on Saturday Sept 1st we headed to Nova Scotia for a wedding. After the wedding we headed into Halifax to spend the night at a hotel. On Sunday we decided to get up early to attend a lovely church in Lower Sackville (Yeah Gateway!). After the service we went back to the pastor's house with his family and 2 of our close friends to enjoy the yummiest craziest salad ever made! It was such a beautiful day that we decided after lunch to pack into the Aveo and head out to Peggy's Cove.

It was my first time there; I couldn't believe how amazing the view of the ocean was.

We had such a fun afternoon taking lots of pictures,

Climbing through the rocks,

And even taking a break to stop and chit chat for a while

Once we were tried out from all the rock climbing we decided it was time to head back home. What a great vacation!!