Love, Fun and Football

Feb 23, 2017

Beware, the SAHM

Since becoming a stay-at-home mother, I have realized how desperate I come off for adult conversation now. It was a slow, gradual realization I had. Like when I scheduled a girls night out for the first time since T was born and then I completely monopolized the conversation all night without realizing it. I just had so much to say! I was sitting in a restaurant with real clothes on, no diaper bag or baby on my hip with two other female adults. Hello, world.... I'm Erin and I'm out on the town!!!

Then there's the other moms I feel the need to cling to whenever they are around. The moms at the grocery store pushing their kids around in strollers. We smile or make a passing comment to each other about how our babies are looking at each other and then move on our way. But I have that 'missed connection' feeling. Wait! Come back! Be my friend and stand in Kroger's produce section for another 20 minutes (or until one of our babies cries- whichever comes first) and talk to me! I don't care what we talk about, it just feels good not to be reading The Pout Pout Fish for the 12th time today.

On another note, we've had a lot of people coming into our house lately due to some updates, repairs and inspections that come with selling a house. Typically these are men working on such projects, but that doesn't stop me. I welcome them in with exuberance which, come to think of it, might be why they work so quickly and get things done in less time than estimated. I just thought they were efficient. Occasionally one of them will give me a small nugget of real life which I hungrily accept. The guy working in our basement this week saw T and said, "Cute kid. My wife is 5 months pregnant." So I took that as my cue to congratulate him, ask him if they knew if it was a boy or girl, recite any and all baby names I've ever liked, gave him the pros and cons of registering at Target and was sure to let him know what the best diaper brand is.

The UPS man, bank tellers, neighbors out for a walk or the woman at the deli counter... none of them are safe! Beware, the SAHM does not discriminate. You have been warned.

Feb 22, 2017

Reconnecting the Community

I've been working with my blog friend Steph for awhile on this idea that we are excited to finally share today. We've watched the blog world transition quite a bit in the last few years and we both miss the funny, real, inspiring posts that have seemed to dwindle. We want YOUR help.

Many of you reacted to my post about what's changed in the blog world, and Steph wrote an awesome post similar to that topic. We wanted to reconnect with those out there who still love writing and still want to be part of this awesome community.

I would love to share a few of my favorite posts recently, but we want you to do the same. Share something you've read recently that you loved. It could be something funny, something serious, a challenging topic whatever it may be- as long as you loved it :)

Please take a few minutes and share something! We thought it would be cool to have one big place to go read some awesome stuff and also hopefully find some new bloggers. We'll put together all the responses and share them with everyone once we have a good conglomeration of them. No real rules to this, and feel free to share something you've written if you want!

We're really excited to see what you all submit and what you think of this idea. Please share with others you know so this post can hopefully reach far and wide! :)

**Since I'm too dumb to figure out how to embed the google form just click HERE to submit your stuff :) 

Feb 20, 2017

Under Contract

We showed our house a total of 7 times over this past weekend. SEVEN. And ending up declining two other showings. Why, you might ask? Oh- because we're already under contract.

Holyyyyy moly! The housing market is crazy right now. I don't know if it's this insane everywhere or just in our area, but things are happening fast. Obviously nothing is official until it's all said and done, but we do have a buyer! They gave us a pretty low offer so when we countered we didn't think they were going to come up that much on their price. After some back and forth overnight on Friday, the buyer woke up Saturday and knew they still wanted to make a deal so they met us exactly where we wanted price-wise.

Now comes all the fun of an inspection and what not, but hopefully that goes well and we continue to keep things moving. We are excited to be one step closer to being in our new home, and it's also kinda' cool to think about a new, young family moving into this home and making it their own. Jared and I have lived here for 6 years and while I'm not sad to say goodbye to it, it was a wonderful first home together.
The night we got the keys!

We bought it just a couple of months before we got married and over the years have made it our own. We have hosted countless parties and game nights here. We've decorated for the holidays and made snow angels in the yard. We made our final student loan payment while we lived here. We've laughed and cried, but mostly laughed in this house :) We've painted rooms and updated appliances. We welcomed our little boy home to this place.

We didn't have a clue what we were doing the first time we bought a house, and looking back now- maybe we should have rented for awhile- hehe. But now? I wouldn't change a thing. I'm getting so excited about all the new fun to be had once we move and cannot wait to have our next place to make memories in. Now, to just keep my sanity until then!!

Feb 17, 2017

One Crazy Week

What a crazy week it's been! Our house officially went on the market yesterday morning and within a couple of hours we had our first showing. And two more today. And another one scheduled for Saturday. Holy moly! When they said the market was hot right now around here, they weren't kidding.

They also broke ground at our new home this week so Jared and I have already driven by twice to watch the progress. Right now it's still a lot of dirt being dug up and moved around but I know things are happening fast. We can't wait to stop by and see the framing actually going up! Hopefully starting next week I can blog about the process as we go through it. We are building what I guess you'd call a "semi-custom" home. Meaning, there is a developer/home builder that we are going through and while we get to customize the things we want within the house, it's not like we are starting totally from scratch and designing our own blueprints or anything. In all my blog stalking I haven't found as much about that process as those who fully customize- so I plan on sharing our experience :)

It's going to be in the 60s for the next week or so starting today and I swear I'm about to put on shorts and flip flops I'm that excited! Since we have to get out of the house a lot for the showings I'm thrilled we'll be able to be out and about, hit up some parks for long walks and maybe even do something fun like the zoo if we're really feeling adventurous. I truly hope winter just never shows up... but I worry this crazy weather will come back to haunt us and and it'll be snowing in April. Which is not allowed.

I hope everyone has had a good week- and maybe some of you are getting a long weekend? I never got President's Day off while I was working, but it seems a lot of places do. All the schools around us are off today and Monday- sheesh! What's everyone getting into this weekend? Anyone want to entertain us while people traipse through our house and fall in love with it ;)