Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Welcome Home

When I say these past few weeks have been a whirl wind that would be an understatement.  I know I've totally dropped off the face of the planet.  Let's see... we started our new jobs June 4th, we closed on our house in Bartlesville June 11th, moved out of our house in KC on June 15th, moved into our new house over June 18th & 19th and closed on the KC home on the 19th.  On top of all that, we've been to a wedding, birthday party, golf tournament and lots of fun gatherings.  Right now I'm back in Kansas City for a week training my replacement for my old job.  Whew!!!

Can I just say that I'm ready to do nothing for awhile?  Well, that doesn't look like that will happen because we have lots of things coming up and lots to do on our new house!  Look out for a blast of blog posts coming your way.  ;)
Here we are the day we moved out of our old home in KC.  We looked a little worn out!

Fortunately, our company takes good care of us, and they had people come to pack us up and move us out.  We really didn't have to do much which was so amazing.

Seeing the moving truck outside our house was so surreal.  I just couldn't believe we were already leaving Kansas City when I felt like we just got there.

Here we are in front of our new diggs right after closing on it.  We have so many fun plans and I can't wait to share all the details with you.  This home we were really looking for a one story after having to go up two flights of stairs from the basement that housed our washer & dryer, all the way up to our master bedroom.  Also, a three car garage was essential since there are no basements in Oklahoma for storage space.

This is what we've been doing for the last week... Trying to unbury ourselves from the mass amount of boxes!

This time I decided to video our house before we did anything to it.  Since it took me forever to show you pictures of the house in KC I thought this would be a better way for my family, friends and bloggie friends to check out our new place.  I always hate hearing myself talk and I sound really tired (which I was).  I'm such a dork.  Also, this video is kind of long so only watch it if you have about 10 minutes to burn.

I definitely was keeping it real for you folks with all the piles of junk everywhere.  Ha!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Memorial Day

Sorry guys, bare with me as I'm trying to get settled here in Oklahoma.  This coming weekend we will be moving out of our home in KC and moving into our place here in OK early next week.  I promise once I get a little more settled I will update you on the new digs and life.  I'm just feeling a little out of sorts right now.

Over Memorial Day my mom, Ryan & I all traveled to southern Missouri to visit family.  My Godmother, Pat, & Rocky came in from Dallas to make the trip with us as well!  I hadn't been down there in a few years and thought the long weekend would be the perfect opportunity (never mind that I was moving and all. Ha!).

Our first stop was in Springfield, MO to visit my cousin Sherry and her gorgeous family.  We missed seeing her oldest son, Alex.
Derek, Sherry & James

Rocky, Pat, Sherry, Mary, (in the back) Derek & James
The crew in front of James & Sherry's beautiful home.  I was taking notes on all her fabulous landscaping.  :)
I love this picture of everybody.

Here's one that I hopped into the picture.

After a nice lunch at their home we moseyed on over to my mom's hometown of Summersville, MO.
My Uncle Bill & Aunt Roena still live there on some gorgeous land.  I spent hours out there just gazing at the rolling fields.

Ryan said those two love birds were him & I.  Hey, it was our anniversary weekend people!

We did a lot of catching up with our family out in this backyard enjoying the weather and views.

My mom had a hard time taking our picture apparently.  She kept snapping them when were weren't ready!

This weekend was also a chance to learn more about my family history.  My mom took me by their old church where my great grandfather donated all the materials to build it.  It's such a sweet church, and I used to love going there when I was little on our visits.  It's still operating today!

I had to include this photo of a miniature pony that we saw along one of our walks.  How funny is that tongue?

My mom & Aunt Roena after one of our nightly walks around town.

Roena's bird houses she puts out every year.  That is such a childhood memory of mine.

Another childhood memory was running around her beautiful backyard and admiring all her flowers.  I have no idea how she keeps up everything plus all the land!

Another amazing thing about Roena is that she keeps up this huge vegetable garden.  She grows everything they will need for the whole year and gives a lot of it away!

I mean this was legit!  It kind of made me want to start something like this but that would be so much to keep up with.  Maybe we will start with something smaller...

I even got to eat some of that fresh broccoli for dinner one night.

Quite the setup.

Since it was Memorial Day weekend we ran around to 5 different cemeteries to visit graves from our family. Roena makes all these gorgeous arrangements for over 50+ graves!! I thought it was going to be weird to visit all those graves but it was actually really interesting learning about all the family history. I had no idea how much of my history is in southern Missouri. The above picture is of my grandmother's grave (my mom's mom). She passed away when I was a freshman in high school at the age of 91!

The cemetery was dedicated to the Plowman family with was my grandmother's maiden name. I even think Ryan was a little bit interested in all the history. It was a little rough on him to visit 5 cemeteries in one morning. ;)

We also stopped by my cousin, John's, house to visit and check out his new ride.

Ryan got to take a ride in this little thing, and that may have been the highlight of his trip.

Mom, Hellen, Julie & her kids in tow
There was a gorgeous hydrangea bush behind them but it's kind of hard to see in this pic.

On our last day there Roena made a homemade angle food cake for our 6 year anniversary.  So sweet!

I think this is the only picture I got of my Uncle Bill (my mom's older brother).

Blowing out the candles.

My other cousins, Mike & Dee, came to visit too.  This is where you would find us if we weren't outside on the swing.  Roena is an incredible cook and Ryan & I where just dying over her food.  I want to get all her recipes!!

Rocky, Pat & Ryan

It was such a great trip spending time and seeing so many family members.  I still need to get photos of the river and other family spots that are rich with our history.  Next time!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Last Day

Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth last week.  It's probably high time I update you on the move to Bartlesville, OK.  We are in Oklahoma now!  Everything has just happened so fast.

This past weekend we loaded up our cars and headed south.  We will be back and forth pretty much the whole month of June moving and closing on houses.  But we report to our new jobs this Monday!  We're excited for the new opportunities but so sad to leave our family & friends.  I've had very conflicting feelings this time around.  The thing I think I'm looking forward to the most is just a slower paced life.  I'm ready to step back a little bit and focus on taking it easy.  I'm hoping to get back on track with a healthy life style again.  Listing your home and then knowing you are about to move makes for a lot of unhealthy eating habits and irregular workout schedules.  We are definitely ready to be settled again.  Bring on July! Ha!

My last day at work in KC was this past Friday and it was hard not to get choked up a little bit.  I worked with some pretty great guys and it was so hard to say goodbye.
My boss had a little going away party for me and my mom even came for it.  I totally didn't deserve any of that!  I'm one lucky girl.

Smoke House BBQ mmm mmm good!  It's so hard to get good pictures with the lighting in this room.  These were all taken with my boss's camera.

The gang
John, Sean, Rusty, Me, Derek, Gary and Danny
(missing from the picture was Greg, Brad & Steve)

I'll miss these guys!