Thursday, April 10, 2014

9 weeks.

In nine short weeks the kids and I pack up and leave*. It seems so soon - especially because I am not ready! Lots of sorting, purging and packing left to do to start doing. Two and half years ago when we moved into this rental home it felt as if this day would never come...and now it is nearly here! Seriously where does the time go?!

But before we leave I want to document this house. Our {rental} home. It is nothing grand. And it certainly isn't very beautiful. In fact it's quite small and ordinary and dated. But it has been our home. And that is worth recording in my opinion. 

It was the home in which we went from a family of four to a family of five. It is where my little boy became a big kid. An elementary student. It's where my toddler became a big sister and a ballerina. It's where I re-learned how to be a full time stay at home mom. It's where my husband studied and learned how to be a doctor. It's where my baby first rolled over, crawled and took her first steps. 

These four walls have contained so much life in them. Our life as a young family. We have stretched and grown in ways I never thought possible when we first moved in. So many memories. The house I will forever associate with medical school and Hannah's infancy. Some of the best times of my life. And some of the hardest. All wrapped up in one small 1960s ranch-style home. 

[Just a warning. This is our real house. In its mostly natural state. I did not stage anything. I may have tidied a thing or two up. But mostly I left it "as is".  Be prepared to be underwhelmed!]

*Entryway/Living Room*
[view of living room from the entryway]
[view of entryway from the living room]

*Dining Room*

[I included this picture because I liked the message on the etch-a-sketch]


*Isaiah's Bedroom*



*Master Bedroom*
*Charlotte & Hannah's Room* 
Not pictured is the basement, which includes our guest "room", my sewing/crafting corner, more toys, laundry room/Joe's "office" and a storage room. Oh and I am missing a picture of the actual house...from the outside! I completely forgot to take that picture. Oops. One of these days I will add it.
*The kids and I will be leaving two weeks earlier than Joe in order to give him quality, uninterrupted, non-distracted study time before his second boards exam! Besides we have fun things in Minnesota to do in June. Can't wait around for boring old tests to be taken:)
This is my last post about moving (until the actual move).  I promise. I will be back to my regular scheduled rambling shortly:) Thanks for tolerating all my complaining and sentimental thoughts this week. I appreciate it. 


  1. I seriously can't believe you will be moving in 9 WEEKS!!! It seems like yesterday you guys left La Crosse for Chicago and now you are onto your next big adventure. You will be glad you took these pictures, and treasure them always as a chapter in your book of life. We have fun memories of visiting you in this place and can't believe we won't get a chance to be there again. Happy packing and positive thinking for the future adventure!!

    1. It has been quite the chapter! You guys better be a part of the next one too...

    2. You better believe it we're going to be part of the next chapter!! And the next 20+ also! (hopefully not 20 more moves, but you know what I mean!)

    3. I hope we are at a point where we have more moves done & behind us and fewer moves in the future....but who knows?!?

  2. I love the name banners in the kids room! What an exciting time - good luck with the move!

    1. Thank you - they both are decorations from birthday parties that I just couldn't throw away because I liked them too much:)

  3. Aw, this post made me teary. Things seem so hard at times and then they blink, and we are onto the next "hard." Your home is lovely and every picture screamed, LOVE, FAMILY, HOME. I wish I lived closer and could help you pack :).

    1. And to me it screams, "clutter, too much stuff and a whole lot of packing left to do"! I am going to have look at through your lens because "love, family and home" seems much less daunting!

  4. *we (not they)… I hate auto correct
    How I intended it to be read: "things seem so hard, and then we blink and are onto the next "hard"

  5. Remind me to take pictures like this if I ever move! This was a great idea. So sad I never made it back there.