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Hurry and Wait...

Hurry up and get the house cleaned to get it on the market...wait for a buyer.

We had our first two showings last week...we are still waiting for feedback.

The house transformation is moving forward. This weekend thanks to my fabu hubby, his Aunt Pam, and our friend Evan, Helen (our house...yes we are those annoying people that give inanimate objects with it) got the first part of her face lift.

The drab dingy yellowy tan is a thing of the past, replaced with a nice warm "winter wheat". Honestly it's a bit darker than I had envisioned, but it feels so fresh...and as Scott has pointed out there is no changing things now! This weekend starts trim work. Bright white trim to make it all pop. I can't wait!

While I didn't get in on much of the siding painting, I did give our house numbers and mail box a little spray of flat black paint to match our light fixtures. Lovely. Fresh. (Why didn't we do this 6 years ago?)

I think one of the hardest parts of this whole hurry and wait roller coaster that we are on is not knowing WHEN we might be moving. It's hard for me to be patient as I'd really like to get moving on not only finding a new home for our family...but also a new home for my work. But after today I think we are a bit closer to knowing WHERE we might be moving! Brea and I went community shopping today in Indianola. In addition to nice neighborhoods, affordable housing, good schools, thriving local businesses, great parks, a small liberal art college, and recreational activities...the coffee shop ROCKS!

Coffee shops, in my opinion, say a lot about a community. Our coffee shop is always a bustle. I can always count on finding a friendly face there whether I'm popping in quick to grab a treat, or settling down for a sit. It's about way more than just the coffee and yummy treats...though let's be honest, that's important too! Today we were greeted by tables full of chatty customers and a GREAT latte at Uncommon Grounds. The ladies were very friendly and suggested places in town we should check out during our exploration. Brea really enjoyed her home-made gingerbread man. (It was DELICIOUS...I had to have a little know, for research purposes.) The atmosphere was bright and warm and had lots of natural light from the big front windows. I really enjoyed feeling like we could make Uncommon Grounds our new home town coffee stop.

But first we must wait...



My Most Read Thoughts


Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
I send my kids off to school everyday without a second thought that they will return safely come day's end, just as I'm sure each one of those parents in Newtown did this morning.
Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
Theories will be published. Evidence will be presented. Words will be exchanged about gun control and the need for change in our current culture of violence. I don't suspec…

DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.