This summer has flown by. I can’t seem to remember what we have been doing for the last months because it has just been one big blur. Guess that is what happens when you move across the state yet again. As I was looking back on pictures on my phone I realized that I have not done an update on our crazy lives lately. I am going to have to do this in segments because there has been a lot going on! So here is part 1 of many!
The summer started with an across the state move back to the homeland of Minot. While we really enjoyed the Fargo-Moorhead area, we realized that Minot is home and with the booming economy of the area, it made sense to come back to where the architecture work is for Ryan.
We said goodbye to our Moorhead home of 1 year….
And hello to a new (old) house in Minot!
This picture was taken before summer clearly since there was still snow on the ground!!
In the middle of the move, we spent several weeks at Ryan’s parent’s house in the country, which was a nice respite from the craziness of packing and moving. There was rock skipping in the ponds, walks on gravel roads, drives through the countryside, and even a late year snow complete with snowman making.
Because of timing of this move, Luke had a few months of school left and we decided to enroll him in an online school for the final 2 months of the school year. There were many days of school at Barnes and Noble Cafe! No complaints on that one!
Moving into a new house brought with it the joys of unpacking boxes and decorating (yet again!). We still have a lot to do and many projects in the works, but have gotten a few things done.
This was our first night in the new house and Luke’s first night in his new bed
Every room of the new house is painted some shade of tan or brown with a hint of reddish pink undertones. Not my favorite, but since I really hate painting (have done a few too many rooms!), I am going slow with the painting projects. The living room still needs to be painted, but I decided to put up some decor in the meantime to make it feel more home-y.
When June rolls around, my dad comes for a visit and so I set to work getting the spare room ready for him to stay. Over the past 5 years, he has stayed in a new room in a new house every year. Because the flood and the multiple moves since, our spare bedroom furniture has seen a lot of new homes!
I hadn’t hung the pictures on the wall above the bed when I took this picture, but they are on the wall now.
The yard at the new house is really a complete blank slate. It wasn’t kept up very well and needs some love. I do not have much of a green thumb (I am trying!), but Ryan has a patience and love of plants and shrubs that I will never have. I took this picture of him and call it, “Ryan dreaming in flowers”! He was not that impressed, but it is the truth. He is in heaven when he can pick out new plants and shrubs for our yard.
Anyway, that is part 1 of our Summer 2014. Stay tuned tomorrow for more pictures of our summer. And then probably more to come the following day :) Guess I better stay a little more up to date with the updates!