Ummm, Hello October!

You guys, what HAPPENED, seriously?!? We are already into October and I am so behind in posting it’s ridiculous.

Since I will have some extra time on my hands over the next few months I plan on going back and writing more detailed entries about the last few months but in the meantime I wanted to share a quick snapshot. I know it seems silly at this point but over the last 6 years this blog has really become a journal for our family. I’d hate to have a missing 6 months, especially when it involved some BIG changes.

Once I am done with that I have quite a few reviews of local parks, museums, and hotels for ya’all.

In February we took another trip to Disney! This time we had a whole crew with us. My parents, sister, BIL, niece, and two of our good friends Tim and Tara. This year Tim, Tara and I did the 5k, 10k, and 1/2 marathon, it was crazy but so much fun. I have a whole post about our trip and staying at Shades of Green I will be publishing soon.

While we were there Tara, Tim, and I completed the 5k, 10k, and 1/2 Marathon during the Disney Princess race weekend.

March we found out our extension to stay in Canada for another year was denied. Since we were under the impression it was going to be approved we went into full panic mode. The first decision was where we would move. While I loved living in DC, it was the LAST place I wanted to go back to. Too expensive, congested, competitive, and well overall exhausting. After recommendations made by a few of Rob’s coworkers we decided to give the Mid West a try and now call Illinois home.

I also finally caved and purchased my first Rae Dunn mug. It’s been so much fun hunting for her pieces and building up my collection. I love they way her style fits right into my decor style. Not only that but I have made some amazing friends along the way.

In April Rob and I took a trip to St. Louis to check out the area we would be moving to. Although we had quite a few house visits set up the market was so crazy most were gone before we landed. We ended up taking a huge risk and go the new build route in an upcoming development. While we were there we got a chance to explore the area a bit and ended up at the Budweiser plant which was a lot of fun.

Then in May I took a solo trip back to St. Louis to pick out all of the fixings for the house. Rob and I did a lot of research a head of time so I walked in knowing exactly what I wanted. It was nice to get away from the kiddos for a bit and do something I really love. I will say by the second night I was ready to come back home though. I will be posting a lot more on this. As I am typing we have about 3 more months till closing which seems like a million years away.

In June Parker celebrated his 6th birthday with friends at a super hero themed birthday party. He had so much fun being the center of attention and the personalized capes I made with each friends favorite super hero was a huge hit!

The kiddos finished school for the year and Summer vacation routines commenced. We had a busy summer traveling to the States a few times to visit with family and friends before the big move.

Niagara Falls had been on our bucket list since we arrived in Canada so we celebrated Canada Day and 4th of July there. We had a blast and there is so much I want to tell you about where we stayed and a few tips we learned during the weekend.

Later that month we took a trip to see our Maryland family and friends. We got to spend a few nights out and got tickets last minute to a Better Than Ezra & Bare Naked Ladies concert. We felt so old but they are still amazing in concert.

In August my parents volunteered to watch the kids while Rob and I, along with our good friend Tim, went on a glorious 10 day cruise. It couldn’t have happened at a better and and was exactly what we needed to rejuvenate after a stressful and emotionally draining summer. The trip was amazing and I will be posting a lot more about Grandeur Of The Seas, our excursions, and all the fabulous drinks we tried.

The day after we returned to Canada the kids started school. They were both pretty excited for our schedule to calm down a little and Caity couldn’t wait to take the bus with her brother.

With all the hustle and bustle of packing out, living in a hotel, and getting ready to leave we decided to throw Caity’s birthday party at a local bowling alley. Everyone had a blast and I have to admit being able to show up, enjoy the party, and leave after was a welcomed change.

Now here I am, typing this up at a local coffee shop waiting for school dismissal. We are getting acquainted with our new town but are still living in a hotel about 30 minutes away. It isn’t the most convenient situation but we are making due and get to start seeing some real progress on the house in the next few days.