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Monday, 13 August 2012 00:00

Although I truly appreciate all the thoughtful advice my parents are giving me (did you know that if kids don't make their own beds, you might as well kiss their Ivy League educations good-bye?) while we live with them, in the evenings the husband and I flee to our "new" century home to escape the heart-filled advice and breathe a sign of relief. Ahhhhh.....

 

It's where I feel the most comfortable to say, "Take a pic of me stripping,

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the wallpaper!"

 

Although we have a crew of handymen working throughout the day, the hubs and I like to expedite things in the evenings.

 

The kiddos are over the moon with their newly found independence in their new 'hood. They can walk to town in ten minutes or bike it in three minutes. They pass by the same people sitting on their porches just waiting for a "Hello" on the tree lined street. Their new goal is to make it to the lake (Lake Michigan) in under twelve, on their bikes. Go kids, go!

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However, they have yet to learn the rules and etiquette of alleyways. We've become the porch monkeys in the alleyway - observing life without a care. Pretty sure the neighbors think we are a family of hoodlums with Ohio license plates. But curiosity kills, an alleyway is so new to them.

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We are all figuring things out and starting from scratch. From zero. (One day, I will fill you guys in with a summary of how someone tried to break up my family). I have to be honest, things are not as picture perfect as updated but we are keeping our chins held high while starting this new chapter in our lives. We have each other and loving family to lean on and that's enough to feel like the luckiest people on the block.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 08:52
 

Comments  

 
# Naomi 2012-08-14 00:06
There is something awe-inspiring about starting over, don't you think?

Keep those chins up, babes!
 
 
# sarah 2012-08-14 00:31
Keep your chin up. This to shall pass and what was new will become your normal. Love that your kids are having a blast exploring.Hopefully soon you will all be settling into the new home!
 
 
# Headless Mom 2012-08-14 00:49
I'm excited for you, and quite jealous! You'll be just fine, and the kids? They look like they are loving it!
 
 
# Kristin C 2012-08-14 01:23
As long as your chin is up and you are moving forward or at least not falling too far backwards, you will be alright. School will be starting soon and you will have a new routine to fall into. You guys will do great!
 
 
# Miss Britt 2012-08-14 06:35
Alleys. Who would have thought? It's always the silliest little things that never occurred to us. :)

Happy home making! xo
 
 
# Marlo 2012-08-14 07:03
When do they start school? Do you think you'll be in the new house by then?

Looks lovely and I know you'll embrace this part of your journey!!! Miss you tons, though! xoxo
 
 
# amy 2012-08-14 07:06
IT is a clean slate to start over. We miss you here in CLE but you family looks happy and alleys are the best way to take in the hood. Enjoy
 
 
# Jessica B. 2012-08-14 07:24
Love Love Love! I miss the alleys of Chicago as well as the ability to ride our bikes to town. In our new house #1 can ride to his best friend's house which has made him the happiest boy on the block. Miss you!
 
 
# PolPrairieMama 2012-08-14 09:08
Lol, for a second I was confused with the wallpaper stripping photo! That was funny.

The alleyways are a pretty new thing for us still as well but for us, it's adjusting to the constant surprise of "Why is someone walking behind our house?!" and then realizing it's just a neighbor or kids walking and playing. It's nice, actually.

Stay strong, you all will come through this together. Don't feel you need to share what heppened if you don't want to, we all understand and support you anyway. Whether we have met you irl or not.

Also, Thank god for family.
 
 
# marlys 2012-08-14 09:55
I absolutely love the trees that line the street -- especially on the piece of grass closest to the street. Home is where you make it, I am a true believer of that, and you teach that to your children every.day.of.the.year. I see it in every post. So those moments you aren't showing your readers? The hard, not-so-picture-perfect? Those are still lessons about the home you are making. You know what is important, and you have rescued and preserved that. The same will be said of your new home and all that fills it.

(OK, that is as sappy as I can get. I just want you to know that you are admired for your strength.)
 
 
# mexmom 2012-08-14 10:49
I have a feeling that you will be so happy in your new city, that soon will forget about the crazy things in life.
 
 
# Elizabeth 2012-08-14 14:43
Parents are always "helpful", aren't they? I appreciate mine so much, then the comments come. Love them! I love hearing about your adventures and I'm glad you're kids can ride their bikes all over. We are in such a big city that I really stress about it.
 
 
# Kat 2012-08-14 21:45
Your arm looks really skinny in that picture...I need to try that pose.

And YAY for new experiences and being together and STAYING together.

And boo to negative people who take some strange delight in their attempts to end that. I've had my share. So sorry you've had to deal with it!
 
 
# allison 2012-08-15 12:00
I love your updates and can't wait to see what the new house looks like.
 
 
# Laurie 2012-08-15 17:25
Love the new adventures! We are kinda "tied" in this "move to a new place and get settled in" scenario, and I'm SO enjoying meeting new neighbors, riding on bike paths, and just discovering things. I hope things continue to go well for you guys, and I can't wait to see pictures of your "new" house! What fun! :)
 
 
# Tracey Becker 2012-08-16 16:57
Honey, honey... I can't imagine what was going on, but I am glad that you guys are settling into the new digs. Hoping to see you at a blogger function sometime soon. :)
 
 
# Jessica@Team Rasler 2012-08-17 08:12
I'm glad you get to start over in a place that your kids are safe and happy exploring and being independent. I can't wait to see pictures of the house once you've got it ready for move-in!
 
 
# Weekend Cowgirl 2012-08-18 14:18
It looks like you may have moved to a more "rural" small town area. If so you are going to love it and your kids will love it too!
 
 
# Flea 2012-08-20 19:02
You ARE the luckiest kids on the block! Y'know, and I've probably told you a million times, we moved half a country to get away from my in-laws, and toward my mother and brother. Best thing we ever did as a family. Ever. On so many levels.
 
 
# Kim from 3 peanuts 2012-08-21 07:38
P,

I am so sorry that this move came out of or with some really awful experience. I cannot imagine what happened but please know that I just stepped up my prayers for you and your family. It sounds like you are still healing.

I do think keeping your chin up is the only way to go. I have a blog called Choosing Happiness (I never post there but it was photo related) because I really do believe we have the power to choose to be happy or not. We cannot choose what happens to us, but we CAN choose how we deal with it right? You are choosing to make the best of a bad situation (it seems) ad your kids will learn SO much from that someday! As will you. I think our whole life is about learning God's lessons. Big Hugs,
Kim
 
 
# Hailey L. 2012-08-23 21:34
I can't wait to see the end result of the new house. Whatever life may bring, hold your head high. Like the poster on pinterest says, "So hold your head high gorgeous, people would kill to see you fall." Maybe you should buy that print for your new house... etsy.com/.../...

:-)
 
 
# Margie 2012-09-03 14:19
I would be lying if I said I wasn't super curious about what precipitated your move... but it seems like, as usual, you are shaping your destiny and creating a happy place for your family, even if this change was born from some unpleasantness. This is the difference between people who allow life to happen to them, and simply accept what they are handed, even if it is misery, and people like you, who take life by the horns and make it into what you want it to be. Inspiring! Best wishes to you and your family!
 

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