Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Upstairs at the Ashworth House

One day, as our move neared, I noticed that my house was semi-clean (although there are signs of the impending move especially in our room and office area). It's weird to me that one day our days in PA will only be vague memories for Nick and Chase and that Cora won't remember it at all. I decided to snatch some pictures of the upstairs of our townhouse, so that they'll remember where we spent five great years and so Chase and Cora will see the house they came home to from the hospital. 

The master bedroom

 Cora's room (which was once decorated for a boy and was Nick's and Chase's room).

 The kids bathroom

 The boys room (Nick and I will NOT miss making that loft bed!).

 View from the top of the staircase (usually covered with my kids artwork, but I had taken it down in preparation for the move).
I meant to take pictures of the downstairs but I never did. At least I have photos of the kitchen and family room from this post after my mom and I redecorated.

I was very ready to leave this house. 1300 square feet, no storage besides a closet under the stairs, no garage, and a smoking neighbor often tried my patience. But now that we're gone I look back at it with fond memories. My kids grew up and all had many very important "firsts" here. We loved our neighborhood and all the friends we made there. The school system we were in was fantastic. I can tell I have some sentimental posts coming up as I sift through our "moving" pictures. Five years is a long time and we were very attached. We'll always love PA.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A summer schedule

As excited as I was for Nick to get out of school it didn't take more than two days for me to be reminded of one very simple fact: MY.BOYS.FIGHT. And it drives me nuts. We only had about three weeks after Nick got out of school before we moved and we had a lot of "lasts" to cross of our list. Some days we were gone all day but other days we just had one activity in the morning or afternoon. I quickly learned that I HAD to have a schedule ready for the kids when they got up in the morning. If I kept them busy and they knew what was next, we were all happier. Here's a sample of our daily schedule:

And here's a picture of Cora in a basket, just because she's so dang cute: