Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Our new [temporary] house

Here are a few photos of our new [temporary] digs. Although it's only a 2-1 (and yes the 1 part is a bit of a challenge for us) the rooms themselves are actually larger than our past ones. This is especially nice for the girls who were outgrowing their space in the baby room.

We didn't pick the wall color but we did add the decorative stickers to give it a personalized feel. Thanks to Grandpa Bob we also relocated their custom closet to this house so they still have their shelves but slightly larger hanging space.
While there is only one bathroom after a quick wallpaper removal/paint job it came together in a livable fashion. It's a huge bonus that this house has quite a bit of storage space. Turns out that's actually more critical than bedrooms for making a house livable.
Thanks to Auntie Suzie we had almost no challenges moving in space-wise. She helped determine what furniture should be packed for our return and what should come with us (and where it should go). This hybrid of our family room + living room + den + dining room worked out brilliantly.

We did break down and replace the god-awful light fixture in the dining room. Yes, over investing in a temporary space but I'm guessing it might help with finding a renter to replace us if/when we get done on time and want to break our one year lease early.


Of course, being sisters has with it a built in tension. And at other times it has a kind of friendship that cannot be matched. I find myself wondering why all the great sister photos I have of the girls involve sleeping though. Here are a couple to make you smile.

There are times where you really need a side-kick who will follow your lead. If that is your situation, Jacqueline is your girl. She takes every new idea Ashton has and gives it her own special twist.
You will notice dressing alike is a common theme as well. Again, Ashton is the trend setter and Jacqueline is the clear joiner. On this morning before school it was fun to see how much Jacqueline likes Ashton's friends as well.

In case you have heard otherwise, being sisters really has an awesome upside.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ashton's acting debut

Ashton did a small play as part of an after school program. She was an outstanding narrator -- you could actually hear her from the back of the room. Of course, her mom forgot to bring a camera with a zoom so the only footage of her debut is iphone quality (doh!).
They let the young siblings sit in the front which was nice. You should note her cool hat which was sparkle silver.
Several of her friends from the block were also in the play which made practice a bit less boring (although I'm told it was pretty boring still).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patricks Day

From our Irish home to yours.