Well, we moved in on Saturday and I am still in awe of all the support we got from our family and friends. The move went surprising smooth and quick. We managed to get everything out of the apt in 2 hours and I don’t think anything was broken or ripped!
Saying goodbye to our apt on Dekalb Ave.
Then is was off to the new house were we pulled the truck right up to the front door and got the house filled.
The rain held out, but provided us with a cool sprinkle as we brought everything in. There were a few pieces of furniture that I wasn’t too sure about getting up to the 3rd or 2nd floor, but the teamwork everyone showed was beyond anything we could have asked for.
So thank you to everyone who help us move and walk up and down tons of steps with heavy boxes, desks, couches, bookshelves and many other fun items.
We can’t wait to say thank you again at our 1st house warming!
This is it. The last night night in Brooklyn. I decided I needed to go our for a walk before bed. My emotions are high and I’m trying to stay calm with the move tomorrow.
As I walk down the stairs I smell smoke and think, thank goodness I don’t have to deal with that anymore. Then I get outside and see people coming and going and head toward my familiar areas. I walk to the subway and think about getting on and seeing where the night will take me, but decide not to And start walking. I look up and see the Empire State Building and wonder why it’s green tonight. I pass the laundromat thinking how great that I’ll have my own washer and dryer. I get to c-town and remember all out last second grocery needs or just getting out for the day and Eleanor loving that place. I stop and listen to the rumbling under my feet and think that the L train is no longer our train. I walk a bit more but then decide to head back home and sit on our stoop.
This has been home for the past 4 years and while tomorrow I will officially move to New Jersey;Brooklyn will always have a piece of my heart because where else will you see a couple holding hands carrying 1 bag of groceries, a girl in a very short skirt and high heels rushing to the train, people pushing a stroller with a toddler wide awake or someone getting delivery all within moments of sitting down. I’ll miss you DeKalb Ave. thanks for the memories!
Something I have always done is danced around my house, my favorite thing was to spin in the living room. While my technique may be rusty I took some advice from a friend and danced around prior to moving any furniture in! Just for you JH!
Yesterday we closed on our 1st house and when we walked through the door and said we’re home we felt it. We knew this is where we would grow as a family and we will have some amazing memories there,but what took me by surprise was what we saw sitting on top of the fireplace.
We walked in to a bottle of champagne, a note and box of cat food. The previous owners left us a welcome letter and gift.
The first line of the note said “Welcome Home!” and that they have some fond memories in the house and they know we will too. They also went on to tell us about some idiosyncrasies of the house.
They left some very useful house maintenance notes, with some local contact people for locks, cleaning, and other things. They also told us some tips about the heat and they left all the a/c units!! They also left us tools to start a garden and gave us the tip that we can’t fit a queen sized box spring up the stairs (this just saved us some major time/energy). We also learned that she adopted a feral cat, who is a free spirit, but she would feed.
Overall is was a wonderful and useful thing to walk in to. When you purchase an older home you understand that others have lived in it and by receiving this kind gesture I can feel that the house is already filled with love and memories, and we can’t wait to fill it with even more. So if your selling your house take a moment and give some useful advice about the heater or the fun activities in the area and write a quick welcome note, because this gesture goes a long way and truly will make the new family feel welcome in their new home.
It’s official we just bought a house!
This weekend I got to celebrate Mother’s Day and a Mom-to-be! On Saturday I headed down to DE to a jungle themed baby shower for my dear friend Kristin. She’s expecting her 1st baby in a few weeks and I feel so lucky that I was able to make it down to help celebrate Baby P!
She looked so good. She’s having a surprise, but I’m predicting it to be a girl!
There was also an added bonus of seeing a lot of the Smyrna/Lake beach girls.
It was a beautiful shower and I just loved all the little touches, but I have to give a big shout out to Geneva and Jessica for the favor. I mean look at these they are too cute.
They made these from scratch and not only is it adorable, it’s one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. I wish I had a few more!!
So Kristin a piece of advise I didn’t give to you at the shower, would be after the baby is born get the girls to make you a huge batch of these, because they will make you happy, and I just know that you will be an awesome mom to Baby P. Love you!
Mother’s Day is wearing a beautiful necklace made by my loves, playing at our park and taking some silly photos! I hope everyone else had an amazing Mother’s Day!
This week is Teachers Appreciation Week and I wanted to do something special for the teachers at Eleanor and Camden’s school.
I wanted the kids to be a part of the gift, so it was important that it be a child friendly activity. That’s when I realized a sugar scrub was perfect.
This is so easy and quick to make even a 3 year old can do it!!
- Here’s my recipe (to fill 6 pint jars):
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 1/3 cup Light olive oil (or any light color oil)
- 1/8 cup melted coconut oil (I added a little more than this, you can do either more or less)
- 1/4 tsp mint extract or essential oil
- gradually add color if desired
Now I am in no way an expert at this. I kind of added a little here and a little there till I got the consistency I wanted.
What I love mostly about this is the fact that Eleanor can help measure and pour and stir it all together, there’s no dangerous chemicals and you can be done in under a half hour (that’s including clean up!).
I swear I spent more time tying all the ribbons and tags then making and packaging the sugar scrub.
With Mother’s day upon us this would be a great gift for a little one to give Great Grandma, Grandma or Mom! Just an idea (wink, wink)!!!
I’m having a hard time believing that in 1 week Mike and I will be homeowners. I mean are we really that grown up? I’m also having a really tough time breaking up with the NYC. I thought I was ready for this, but as the date approaches I’m getting more and more sentimental about NYC. I know I’ll still be working in the city, but I know what can happen, the trips into the city will become less frequent and start to be “special”. Nothing is wrong with that and I know once we’re settled in I’ll happily accept our new life and enjoy all of the new things open to us, but I’m having a hard time thinking about it. So in the meantime I’ll go to ballet class, hit up Juniper Valley park, visit the Union Square market, see my 1st burlesque show, and ride the L train with pride because I’m still a Brooklyn mom who loves this city.