April marked the beginning of some big changes for us. We finished packing up the “big box” and watched them take it away a few days before we planned to move out ourselves. That meant saying goodbye to 2/3 of our stuff. The next 6 months we’ll be living in a 2 bedroom apartment and the fewer things we have to move twice this year…the better.
On Thursday, April 3rd we signed the final paperwork to sell our home. It was a bittersweet day, it was the first home we owned and I had thought we would be there for a long time. But there was excitement for the opportunity to build our dream home. Signing those papers made us absolutely debt free (for a few months at least until our house is done). We had been working hard since we got married to pay off cars and student loans and in the month before we sold our house we made the last payment on a student loan. It is so nice to know that we don’t owe anybody anything…and it helped make it possible to build our dream home! It almost didn’t seem real when they showed us the amount of money that was going to be wired to our account from the sale of our home. Real estate is a funny thing, I just don’t understand how the value of our home could have changed so much in just two years but I’m sure grateful. Here’s a picture of our little family taken just after closing.
Then we picked up a Uhaul and headed home to load up the remainder of our belongings and move into an apartment just down the road a ways.
Paxton helped take apart his crib.
And I guess those are the only pictures I took from moving day. We had several of our friends and neighbors help out and even though we didn’t start until late afternoon, we had everything moved and the house cleaned by that night.
Here’s our little family leaving our first home for the last time.
After the initial move was over…there were days of unpacking and trying to find places for all of our stuff in our apartment. We didn’t really care about making it look nice, we just wanted it to be functional. In fact, we didn’t even bring our bed because we didn’t want to have to put it together and take it apart for all of the moves. So we just threw our mattress on the floor and called it good. The kids had a blast playing in the packing paper though. For the first few weeks Lillya kept saying she wanted to go back to her old house, and talked about how much she missed her old house. We just had to keep explaining to her that it’s not our house anymore and that somebody else lives there now.
Casey’s Aunt and Uncle invited us over for the Priesthood session of General Conference. Casey went with the men to watch the session and then they went out to dinner. The ladies and kids stayed at their house to eat and have an easter egg hunt. Here we are all ready to go out in the backyard for the big hunt.
Lillya had a great time finding all of the yellow eggs…she certainly wasn’t the fastest finder but since we only let each kid find one color of eggs she wasn’t at a disadvantage. 🙂 The baby boys even got their own buckets and eggs to find. We live in Utah…so it was pretty cold…but we still had fun.
Here we are after we were all done finding our eggs.
Here is another picture with our egg-cellent egg hiders!
As if the egg hunt wasn’t enough, they had even more surprises in store for the kids after we all got back inside. Each person had a numbered egg and that egg corresponded to a wrapped present. The girls got coloring books with crayons and the boys got some awesome socks and a rattle. It was such a fun evening and the kids got spoiled. We are so grateful that we live near the awesome Coombs family that invites us to join in on their fun. It sure makes being so far from our own parents a little easier.
Such silly kids…
With little ones in the house…it is impossible to predict what will happen next. One evening I was talking to my mom on the phone and Lillya came out wearing a bunch of pairs of her panties at the same time. I have no idea why she decided that was a good idea…but I got a good laugh out of it!
Springtime is the perfect time to visit a farm…right? So we did, we went along with some friends to the Wheeler farm. We had a lot of fun feeding the ducks…until a giant goose flew right at Lillya! The poor girl was a little traumatized but she still enjoyed the day there.
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My little girl has a best friend just like I did! She absolutely loves “Lizbeth” and they are pretty adorable together.
We took a fun little wagon ride that was pulled by a tractor. I love this picture…Pax has figured out his role as a pesky little brother pretty early in life. Lillya loves him anyways…most of the time at least!
There was this sad mishap that came from that day. While leaving our apartment to head to the farm I was focusing on the people walking around behind my car and wasn’t paying enough attention to the pole of the carport on my driver’s side as I turned out of the parking space. That sturdy brush guard actually did more harm than good because the pole went between the guard and the fender. So I ended up a little wedged between the two and we had to go forward before we could back out again. Fortunately, we had a strong neighbor who bent it back into place enough so we could put a new light in…which Casey did all by himself…and it works! This is why I shouldn’t drive nice, new cars…so it’s a good thing I don’t!
Who needs toys when you have plastic grocery sacks…lots and lots of them!
We got together with some of our friends from college and had a blast as always!
Lillya especially enjoyed dancing around with Jack.
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In honor of springtime we made some oatmeal honey bunnys.
And went back to the farm…this time we brought daddy along!
We got to pet the goats and they had such fun personalities
Daddy helped Lillya get really close to a cow and horse.
One benefit of living in an apartment complex is that there was an egg hunt just outside our door.
Lillya had decided that she was only going to pick up blue eggs…so in her efforts to find only blue ones she missed out on the opportunity to really fill her bucket up. But she enjoyed it so that’s all that matters.
egghunt2014 from Shaundra on Vimeo.
We died eggs for the first time since Lillya was born. It was our first time using kool-aid and it sure smelled wonderful!
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Easter morning came and the Easter bunny sure found us. There were plenty of treats and toys to go around.
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Here are the kiddos in their Easter Sunday best!
To end the month…we finally had a sold sign put up on our lot. It’s starting to feel a little more real!