Before I get to the CRAZINESS of our moving, I have to talk about the wonderful things that happened in April.
Elliott had his first pinewood derby!!! He made a Minecraft car. That is a building game that he LOVES to play; the car turned out great. It's hard to see here, but he and Mike painted pixels on the sides to make it look like the video game. He won the award for "Most Creative" car!!
And, Elliott played baseball for the Salem Volcanos!!!
With the move, and Christa's funeral, Archie's birthday was much less of a celebration than I would have liked. So, to make up for it, He got candles with every meal. It was a big hit, the boy LOVES candles!!
Then the lucky boy got even more candles with his birthday dinner with his Aunts!!
Archie's birthday was our last celebration in our home. One week after his birthday, on the 18th of April, we spent our first night in our new home. Good bye Redwick house...
Hello NEW HOME!!! Let me tell you a little story about this house....
A few days after the offer on our house, my friend, who lived a mile away in Saguaro Canyon posted a picture of some moving boxes on Facebook. I asked if she was moving, she said Yes and told me I should come over to take a look...so I did!! It was beautiful, but we were really more interested in a house right by the park/pool in the same neighborhood, also owned by a friend of mine. But, I couldn't get the house out of my head, so I brought Mike over to take a look. We agreed the house was too big: twice the size of our Redwick house, and too fancy. That weekend we had a realtor friend take us to look at other houses. We just couldn't get the house out of our heads!!! We took the kids to look at it Sunday night. We fasted and prayed, and we just knew that although it wasn't the house we thought we wanted, it was the house we were meant to have. We joke that something big must be in store for us if this is the home we are meant to buy :). One thing we knew for sure was that this home was going to help us be more actively engaged in each other's lives. We also know it will be a gathering place for family, which makes us so happy. Mike and I can't describe why, but something about it reminds us that we are here to enjoy each other. Our friends left their trampoline, and the large screen and projector, and that has helped a lot. When we left our house, we wanted a home with a bonus room upstairs to facilitate toys, games and fun. We got it!! We have had family movie nights every friday, and hours of fun on the trampoline. We have also loved the neighborhood pool and bike rides around the LARGE neighborhood.
I have particularly enjoyed the EXTRA large kitchen island and counter and cupboard space!!
Another favorite feature is the mud room!!! Being a Korean family, shoes always seem to be a problem!! What a fun solution this is!! Finally shoes are organized and out of the garage. Mike is happy.
How we survived the first night :)
Our home was quickly christened with Easter festivities. The second floor balcony offered a GREAT place for Easter FISHING!!!
Then it was off to Harmony and Habi's house for eggs and eating!!
Kristine helped me set up our first personal touch. I don't think any boxes were unpacked yet, but it was already starting to feel like home.
This picture of the kids at our old house was actually taken on the morning of the day we closed. We left before the poppies were in bloom which is probably a good thing because I would have had a harder time leaving those behind!!