Sunday, October 28, 2018

July 2018 - We Moved!

We have so much more stuff than I realized...but we eventually got everything to the new house in Lehi.  We're ripping it apart at the moment, but will eventually throw up some photos of the work we're doing and layout of the new home.  We had a last-minute issue where Lehi City wouldn't let us move in because there was a lien against the house that their broker didn't disclose, which pushed back the move-in date.  We cut a deal to move in a week later, but still couldn't get under contract because the utilities weren't switched over and approved by the city.  The house was on sewage, well water, and propane but had to have everything switched to city utilities before we could officially transfer ownership.  So we "rented" our new house for a couple weeks, and scrambled to move in on a Wednesday night because we had to be out of our house in Orem by that Friday.  It was really bittersweet to leave the keys and say goodbye, we have had so many memories in that house.  Including three cute little boys who were born there.  We moved in when Alexa was 4 months old, so all of our kids have grown up there. 

We hurried on laid a new layer of shingles as part of the selling and moving process in Orem.  It was hot, long work and made me grateful for really good friends and neighbors, as well as the fact that I am not a full-time roofer!

We are in love with the new home and space.  We have all enjoyed going out and running around in a huge backyard together and playing tag after dinner in the evenings.  Nothing beats a great backyard in the summer.  We have wonderful neighbors and the kids have made friends quickly, although Alexa still cries occasionally because she misses her old friends.  Our kitchen table was ironically one of the last things to come over, so we ate our meals on the front porch for a couple of days.  Honestly, it was heaven.  The first day we moved in our sweet Alexa found some wildflowers and unprompted put them in a water bottle to put on our "table" outside.  We sat there eating in camp chairs and I was overwhelmed with how blessed and happy I felt.  We only have neighbors on one side and they're on the far end of our rectangle-shaped 0.60 acre lot.  We ate outside in peace surrounded mostly by horse fields and dirt.  Eventually that will change because the area behind us will be developed into 1/2-acre lots, but for now we are really enjoying the space to ourselves. 

We will spend the fall and winter renovating some of the inside of the house--rebuilding the stairs, new flooring on the main floor, repainting, rebuilding some (or all?) of the kitchen, putting in an office / guest bedroom, and building out a new pantry.  Kyle demoed the stairs within the first couple weeks with Quinn's help (thank you!), so we climbed up to the second floor using a ladder for a couple days.  It was fun holding baby Liam in one arm, his bottle in the other hand, and then climbing a ladder to lay him down for a his crib on the second floor.  The kids thought it was the best house ever--climbing a ladder to get upstairs was awesome!!

Before the move...we had fun celebrating the 4th of July.  The kids convinced me to take them to the parade, which was fun and full of princesses much to Alexa's great joy.  Tad loved all the horses.  Alexa woke up early that morning and made a sign to decorate the door so she could wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. 

Casey and Jess also invited us out on their new family boat.  It was beautiful weather and a busy day at Jordanelle.  Alexa was the only kid who wanted to go on the tube, Tyler had absolutely no interest whatsoever.  Kyle was feeling sick so he stayed home with baby Liam.

We are happy, healthy, and grateful.  And Liam discovered Cheetos and black beans.  He says they are both delicious.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

June - Playing in St. George

We were happy to have Grandma and Grandpa Sweeny here to visit in June!  We played lots and enjoyed time together at Snowbird, in St George at Peggy and Paul’s new place, at the Ludlow family reunion, and the Thunder Junction park.  We saw lots of deer at Snowbird and loved the outdoor pool and game time.

Thunder Junction is a free city park in St. George and it’s incredible!  It’s free to get in and has a dinosaur splash pad, “active volcano” (that rumbles and shoots out smoke every 30 minutes), tons of playground equipment, and a working train ($1/ticket).  The kids loved it so much that we went 2 days in a row.

We recently discovered the skate park near our house and have enjoyed throwing bikes, scooters, and popsicles in the car to go play there together.  I laughed that despite all the toys I brought Tad thought it was more fun to just push Liam all over the place in his stroller :).

We celebrated Father’s Day with the best dad ever!

I put Liam down for a nap in his car seat and looked down a few minutes later to see that I was highly successful--

Sure do love these boys.

May - We're Moving!

Miss Alexa turned 7 and asked for a Greatest Showman circus party.  We brought home the big popcorn machine at my work and ate cotton candy and peanuts, decorated the house like a circus tent, and watched Greatest Showman.  We celebrated her birthday at the Curiosity Museum and she specifically asked for a white, tiered (like a wedding cake), sprinkled animal birthday cake and chose a picture on pinterest.  She and I got matching dresses for her birthday and she thought it was the best thing ever.  Her big present was to pick out decorations for her very own room.  She’s been sharing with brothers up to this point but now she gets her very own mermaid room!

I came home early from work to get her party set up and laughed when she ran up and told me that she just met new people at the part so she invited them to her birthday party.  That’s Alexa to a T.  She LOVES people.  Only Alexa would invite strangers from the park to please, please, please come to her birthday party in an hour!

Kyle and I celebrated 9 years together with a really cool Korean cooking class at Sur La Table in Salt Lake.  We had a lot of fun together learning cool tricks and eating delicious food.

Alexa joined the Music Club at school and has been staying after every Thursday with the children’s choir.  They had their recital at the end of the year and got to dress up like animals.

Tyler also graduated from preschool and is excited to start kindergarden next year.

Our big news is that we listed our house for sale!  We found a great place on an acre in Spanish Fork, and put an offer in of $30k over asking price, but still didn’t get it.  However, then we stumbled on an amazing place in Lehi.  Smaller home than Spanish Fork, but nicer and the lot is much better.  And it has animal rights and an out building.  We are so excited!  And sad.  And happy.  All the feels.  We will really miss our ward and neighborhood, but are excited for land and more kids to play with.  Honestly I loved our little home and we don’t need something bigger than 3 bedrooms because the kids share, but we’re excited for a mini Swingle farm.  We spent every spare second getting the house show ready—lots of little paint touch ups, cleaning, and moving excess furniture into the garage to hide it.  Now we just fight with the kids to keep it clean constantly for ongoing showings, inspections, etc.  So the night before our showing Tad took a Sharpie to the bedroom door!  It’s a miracle he’s still alive.  We had an Open House so we escaped to the mountains while everyone was walking through.  We tried a fun new hike on the Nebo Loop.  We listed the house over Memorial Day weekend and immediately got 8 offers by Tuesday morning, all at or above asking price.  The first buyer we chose backed out on the last day of due diligence, demanding that we pay them $10k in concessions or install central air.  Yeah, right!  We politely declined and went to the next buyer, who was honestly still a pain to work with and we’re glad all of this is behind us now.

We got a new toilet and the kids thought it was so cool that the old one was in our front yard for a couple hours.  Talk about exciting new toys. 

Mother’s Day breakfast in bed and other shenanigans.