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Anniversary with WordPress

Three days ago, I had my one year anniversary with WordPress. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. So much has happened since that first day when I decided to blog because my husband was. I remember posting about Christmas and now we’ve only had our tree up for a week this year. We finally have some presents under the tree but really no other decorations. Anyway, let me sum up a little of what’s been going on…

Christmas 2012

Last year’s Christmas Tree

Last December we were celebrating our son’s first Christmas! It was such an exciting time and I had lots of big plans. Many fell by the wayside. Come January, little man got to see snow for the first time. My husband even brought a snowball into the house for him to enjoy.

First Snow

Little man’s first snow

Little man got his first tooth! We started the 1,000 books before kindergarten program at our local library in Virginia.

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In February my husband gave me the best Valentines ever! March was a very hard month for me. It started off with some wonderful firsts. I got to see little man sign “eat” and my husband got to see him crawl. But later on in the month, my grandma passed away and I was sad for such a long time. In April little man turned 1! His first birthday was awesome and I was so excited that my parents flew cross country to see us for the monumental event.

Grandpa and Grandma with Little Man

Grandpa and Grandma with Little Man

It was quite a monumental month. Lots of birthdays (Little Man, two of his buddies, his uncle, and his great aunt). Also, my Dad got to see the Mariner’s Museum in Virginia which he’d been looking forward to for years. May gave me my second Mother’s Day! My husband gave me a nice new sewing machine. In June, we celebrated our 7th wedding Anniversary. Also, we had my husband’s second Fathers Day and, my little brother graduated from High School. July was overall quiet. But my husband did manage to put a hitch on our Subaru. He loved being able to work on a car again even if it did take many hours split over two days. Come August, I had my birthday. I finally got flowers and I loved it!!! My husband was super sweet and got me red roses for my birthday and my brother got me the coolest ice cube tray ever! It’s a Dr. Who ice cube tray. I love Dr. Who. And I love flowers. Great Birthday!! Also in August, my husband started looking for a new job.

In September, my husband got a job offer! We were so proud of him (and still are)! We found out that we would be moving from Virginia to California. Also, my brother officially became a Sailor in the US Navy. We are very proud of him too! In October we moved from Virginia to California. Just before the move, little man and I finished the 1,000 books before kindergarten program. We will miss our little library so much!! And all our friends back in Virginia too! We drove from Virginia to California with two adults, one baby, and two dogs in a car towing a trailer with a full rack on top of the car too. We stayed at KOA campgrounds the whole way through. Our first night we had our first hack at tent camping and then after that we stayed in cabins since the weather was so cold. It took 9 days and we were so exhausted by the end of it. We found a cute little townhome to rent and are very happy where we live. At the end of the month my husband had his first day of work.

In November I got a brand new crock pot! And started using it a lot!! We finally got our things from the movers and lived in boxes for most of the month. I hope all the boxes in the house will be gone by the end of this year. I won’t hold my breath on the boxes in the garage though. We did enjoy our first Thanksgiving here and a post I wrote awhile ago (and scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving) finally posted and it reminded me of my blog which I’d been neglecting.

December has come and as I said before, we don’t have much decorated. We have the tree up and the presents below. I’ve put the two Christmas cards we’ve received on the wall. Little man and I decorated the tree. It come pre-lit since it’s fake but he put the ornaments on the bottom and I put the fragile ones on the top half. I’ve decided to make our own Christmas stockings this year since I want to start anew with our own little family. I was never a fan of my husband having a stocking that was huge compared to mine. It was too hard to fill up. We’re a week away from Christmas and I hope that you make some memories like we will. It’s amazing when you end up downsizing the size of your home and your possessions, just how happy you realize you are with what you have. I didn’t have much on my Christmas list this year (but Dr. Who is always on the list) and we don’t have a lot of space for things. Everything we own has to be functional in some way really.

Anyway, now that I’ve caught you up on the last year, I hope to start post up some great recipes again. And always, you can check our my Recipes Page or just type anything into the search bar at the top right if you’re looking for a certain recipe or ingredient. And one more thing, to spice things up a bit, I’ll even take requests. If there is a recipe you’re looking to try or trying to find, let me know. I’ll create a great recipe and test it out on my own family, then post it for all to enjoy!

Have a Very Merry Christmas!!

Moving: The First Steps

So you’ve found out that you’re moving. Now what?? Well, I’ll tell you some step by step things to do in the beginning.

Step 1: Breath

Really, breath. Moving can be overwhelming and you need to remember to relax. Everything will be OK in the end. Will stuff break? Yes! Will You miss your old home, neighbors, friends, favorite store…? Yes! Will you move on and make new friends, find a new favorite shop, fill your new home with memories, and keep in touch with your old friends? YES! So, no matter the problems with moving, it will all be OK in the end and you just need to take a moment to breath and assure yourself that it will all work out.

Step 2: Gather Information

It’s important to gather as much information about your move as possible. I like to keep all of this information in my “Moving Control Binder” which is a binder in a red zippered case. We move a lot and it comes in handy time after time. You don’t need to have something fancy, but at least grab a spiral notebook, binder, or make a new notebook in Evernote to place all the research you are doing. Here are a few things you’ll want to find out:

  • When are you moving?
  • Where are you moving to?
  • How far away is it?
  • How many days will it take to get there?
  • Will you drive to your new home or fly?
  • Are you renting or buying?
  • Will you need money set aside for deposits at the utility company for the new house? (This can range from $0 to $200 per utility I’ve found based on the part of the country you’re moving to and if you have a previous history with the company)
  • Are you moving yourself or is a company moving you? (If you’re moving yourself, I recommend renting a truck from Penkse over U-Haul or Budget)
  • Do you have a set weight allowance (mainly for military moves)?
  • Are you moving with school aged children? Do you need to register the kids with the new school?
  • Are you moving with pets? Are their shots all up to date? (Make sure to get a copy of their records from your vet to take to the new vet)
  • Who do you need to notify of your new address? (Make a list of banks, utility companies [for deposit refunds], friends & family [don’t forget your Christmas card list], magazine subscriptions, health insurance, car insurance, DMV, rewards or loyalty programs, credit cards…)

There are hundreds of other questions but this is at least a start for you. As you find more information, put it in your notebook!

Step 3: Declutter and Downsize

When you are moving, it is easier to do when you have less stuff. If you know the size of your new house, you’ll know if all your furniture will fit. If some pieces won’t fit, sell or donate the pieces so you don’t have to pay to move it. With the big stuff figured out, start to declutter other things too. Go through your closet and see if there are old clothes or shoes that no longer fit, are irreparable, or just plain out of style. If you don’t need it, use it, or love it, out it goes. **Once you are in the new house, everything that gets hung up should be placed on hangers and put the hangers up backwards (hook it from behind). Once you wear something, put it back up the normal way. Then in about 6 months, 1 year, or the next time you move, you can easily see what you don’t wear. This makes getting rid of it much easier emotionally.** 

Go through other things as well, do you need all of your kitchen gadgets? tools? kids toys? seasonal decor? How about going through your papers. Now is a great time to make sure everything is filed correctly and you know where the important papers are (birth certificates, shot records, bank statements, mortgage papers, marriage certificate…) that you will want to move by hand. Recycle or shred any papers you don’t need. I like to use my Neat Receipts portable scanner to scan in the really important papers, and some that are mildly important. The less important ones I will scan and then toss/shred the original. Make sure to use a good quality Crosscut Shredder to shred your documents for higher security.

Great ways to get rid of your stuff:

  • Sell (craigslist, local classifieds, garage sale)
  • Donate (freecycle, church, local thrift shop)
  • Trash

**Please be safe if you are selling or donating your items! Be aware of your surroundings and look out for scams. Pick public places and always have someone else with you if possible.**

Step 4: Start Packing

I don’t mean start packing everything (unless you have a very short time frame). But start packing things you don’t need right now. Pack up your clothes that are out of season, extra office supplies, hobbies… If you don’t need it again before the move, pack it up. Ziploc bags are a great way to keep small things together like office supplies (pens, pencils, paper clips…), kitchen items (chip clips, corn on the cob holders…), bathroom items (hair accessories, nail polish bottles…).

Step 5: Use What You Have

A major pain about moving is that often you can’t take your half used bottles or food items with you. So, use up the last of your soaps, shampoos, lotions… and work your way through the food in the house.

In preparation for my own pending move, I’m currently working on eating us out of stock for every item in the freezer, fridge, and pantry. I took a blank calendar and started planning my menu carefully. I first took stock of all the pasta I had left and decided that every Monday we are eating pasta. Wednesday’s we are eating chicken. Friday’s we are eating sandwiches. Saturday’s we are having breakfast for dinner. Sunday’s we are having a crock pot dish. I went through my recipes and penciled in dishes all the way out to our moving date. We don’t follow it 100% all the time, but we are thinning out our stock of everything! We just finished up the last of our turkey so we won’t be eating that again until after the move. We have one ham, one pork shoulder, one pack of sausage, 3 lbs of ground beef, 3 packs of dogs, some bacon, and a bag of chicken. I have bread in the freezer, and some veggies. In the pantry I need to use up flour and some emergency food supplies we opened. There are other canned goods but they can be donated to the food pantry if we don’t eat them before we go. The fridge gets cleaned out regularly so the only foods we purchase anymore are fruits and veggies, milk and eggs. It has dramatically helped the budget. Click here to see our menu plan, in progress, for August and on with links to the recipes I’m using! 

In the bathroom, I’ve taken stock of all our open items and I’m using them up! I use up the ones with the least amount left first. I’m not opening anything new unless I have to. If I really don’t like it, I’ll either donate it on freecycle or trash it.

Moving: Inventory and Condition Report

While many people are fortunate enough to own their own homes, some people rent. I’ve rented a few homes in the past many years and one of the things that we’ve always done is fill out a condition report on the home when we move in so that when we move out, we can prove that the stain on the carpet (hole in the wall, tear in the screen…) was already there and we won’t be charged for the damage. I’d advise anyone moving into a rental house or apartment to fill out a form like this to help cover them for any damage charges (or at lease fewer charges) when they move out.

If you would like a copy of an Inventory and Condition report, click here and you will be taken to see a free PDF that I created. And always!! Always!! Keep a copy of every file and document that’s signed between the owner/property management and yourself!!

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We’re Moving!

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Hello blog friends! I’d like to announce that we’re moving! Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to find me here. 🙂 My husband is changing jobs and in 3-4 months we will be moving to Anywhere, USA. We are excited for the change and a bit nervous too. Even though this will be our 6th move since we’ve been married, there is always something to be nervous about. This time, I have little man to take care of during the move. I’ve amassed quite a bit of knowledge when it comes to moving and I have many tricks up my sleeve. I’ll be sharing some of these as the months go along. If you have any tips on moving with a little one, I’d love to hear it!! My little man will be around 18 months old at the time of the move.