Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Our House--outside

I'm not quite ready to give an "inside" house tour yet, but I do want to show some pictures of the outside! The weather has finally cooperated and we've been able to get outside and start working on a lot of the outside projects.

Our front sidewalk. I'm excited to see what all of the plants are!

The steps to both doors are granite.  

The front yard. There is a good mix of trees in the front: oak, maple, cedar, and more that I haven't identified yet.  

Across the street is this little graveyard. They are everywhere here! The kids like to go over and look for our long lost "cousins".
Back yard. Abby and Brinly are learning about square foot gardening with a master gardener. It's a cool program! These are their beds. The trees in the back yard are mainly evergreens.  

Finally, our back deck. We've been working on staining it and it's finally done. (Almost!) 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Leaving Hancock Street

To say this last year has been stressful would be an understatement! We've had so many great experiences as a family and have been VERY blessed, but change and stress have been pretty constant. Earlier this month, we bought a home, moved in, and said goodbye to our rental.
We found this rental when we weren't sure what we needed to do in regard to housing. We had been in seasonal rentals up until last summer, but rent increases exponentially here during the summer and we needed to find something fast. We explored a lot of options and it seemed like nothing was working. Then, we heard about this house. It was for year-round rent for only one year. The house is owned by a church and they use it as their parsonage. However, the current pastor didn't need it and so they were looking for renters for a one year period. It was in town, close to everything (80 STEPS to Trevor's work!), had enough room for four kids, and....old!

When we first looked at it, we weren't terribly impressed. They were still cleaning it out, some areas were horribly outdated, and honestly, it smelled a little bit. We weren't sure what to do, but were really running out of options. We decided to go for it!

Living here turned out to be an incredible blessing. We were able to finally "unpack" our bags and settle into regular life. Our street connected to the Shore Path. We had wonderful neighbors and we got to live in downtown Bar Harbor during the summer!

Once we got settled, I really appreciated the house and it's beautiful details. We had FIVE mantels--all different, all beautiful, two stained glassed windows, and something I hadn't expected, but totally loved: a second floor laundry room! (Old basements can be scary!)

We knew we weren't going to live here long-term, and that did make it a little harder to feel settled, but all and all, it was a great place to start to feel a part of the community. We're SO glad we got the opportunity to live here!

When we did the final walk through after we'd moved out, the  man in charge of the property told us it took him about half a second to realize we were the right people for the house--he was right.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A few pictures from our fall

Fall is beautiful here. The weather dries out a big and the days are absolutely perfect.
 Queen Mary 2 was in port.
 Jordan's pointing at the ship, but these are also the rocks the kids like to climb on and find crabs. We're missing seeing the cruise ships!
Headed to Swim--the constant (possibly the only one??) of our lives. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fourth of July Weekend

We had an extremely hot, but fun, Fourth of July weekend. I didn't take a lot of pictures--probably because it required too much energy as I was sweating to death from the temperatures and the crazy humidity. July 4th is huge here and I was excited we live in a great spot for enjoying all the festivities. We walked down to the end of our street and enjoyed the parade in the morning. We checked out some of the other activities, including the lobster races. I had high expectations for the races, but ended up a little disappointed. I'm not sure what I was expecting, because I'm sure anyone else could guess how "exciting" it would be watching lobsters "race"!
Bryant had a small meltdown after watching for a minute, so we cut everything short and walked home to let the kids rest for a little while. When we got home, we discovered he had a tick embedded in his neck...the second one I've found on one of my children since we've been here. Gross!
We held a barbeque in the evening with some friends from the branch. The girls were excited that the new set of sister missionaries stopped by. (The elders did too, but they're old news.:o)) After dinner, we walked down to the harbor for the fireworks. They were great and the weather at that point was perfect!
When we got back to our house, the kids lit off a few fireworks that another family had brought. The kids LOVED this part.
Friday, Trevor worked, but we were able to go to the beach after he got done. I don't think the beach will ever get old.
Saturday, we drove down the coast to another little town. It was so beautiful! There were several beaches in this area, and we stopped to let the kids swim at this lake. They had a good time.


Brinly had a rough time with the humidity. It just seemed like that plus her regular allergies made it super hard for her to breathe. We're glad she's feeling a little better today! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

First Week of Summer

The kids didn't get out of school until the Friday before Father's Day! That seems so late to us! The weather was pretty rainy until then, so it was probably a good thing.
Last week was beautiful, so we were able to start our summer in full force:

 I think the kids' favorite thing to do is go to the beach. We are a very quick drive from a great one. They've had SO much fun.

 As part of our summer "schedule", we go for a walk or hike every morning. This path is at the end of our street. Very convenient.

 When we walk past this boulder, the kids always want to pretend to push it over.
 Check out Jordan's teeth in this picture. He hasn't lost any four months ago and now he's lost five!
 The kids and I are doing a hiking program where we hike a variety of different trails through the park. We did this one last Friday.
Finally, we've been trying to take advantage of the free ranger led programs that are also really close. This one was about bugs.

Sometimes after swimming practice, we drive to the beach and let the kids play a little bit more. Fun times!
All and all, it's been a good week!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend


We had a wonderful time with our Gardner cousins for Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday, we met them in Boston. We went on a Freedom Trail tour in the rain. The kids didn't seem to mind. There's so much history in that city. We'll have to go back.
Monday, the sun finally came out. The kids enjoyed playing at Sand Beach. Trevor and I were trying to move all our things out of storage and into the house we will be living in. It was a fun, interesting, and very busy day.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Our First Two Months in Numbers

1 LONG day at the airport
2 Snow days
2 times we've moved houses--hopefully we'll only do this once more...this year!
3 kids with the stomach flu...Twice!
3 music concerts for the kids
3 times I have heard one of my children use the term "wicked".
3 somewhat unexpectedly emotional parent teacher conferences where I got to read stories entitled things like, "The time I had to leave my best friend"
4 lighthouses we've seen
4 known people in our branch (besides us) who have lived in Wyoming at one point :o)
4 baptisms for kids in our branch, including Brinly!!

5 new pairs of waterproof boots (Mom just needs some now!)
5 teeth lost (Including THREE by Jordan! He hadn't lost any before we moved!)
5 birthdays and holidays celebrated
10 trips to Sand Beach which the kids LOVE
22 kids in primary today
35 days of bad weather--we do seem to have turned a corner and spring is looking beautiful!
50 times the kids were able to walk to school (approximately)
1003920392 times someone has said something about missing someone in Wyoming!

It's been a long, short, good, hard, crazy, busy two months. I can see things are starting to fall into place and our lives should be getting a little more stable!