Saturday, May 9, 2009

It's little, it's old, it's cute, and it's OURS!!!...

Or, at least it will be in 30 years! Yup, that's right, Erik and I finally took the plunge and bought our first house here in the Seattle area. We really enjoy it up here and decided it was time to plant our roots. The market just happened to be perfect for our small budget. We found a cute little "fixer-upper" in the Renton Highlands, just a few miles from our apartment. We even have a view of Lake Washington and downtown Seattle! OK, so the view will probably disappear once all the trees fill in, but still! Anyway, we're pretty proud and excited to be home-owners. Someday I'll get all the boxes unpacked and the pictures put up on the wall, etc., and then maybe I'll post some pictures. Here's one of the outside at least. We even got our first visitors the day we moved! My sister Heather and her family came into town for the day for Don's (my bro-in-law) nephew's wedding. Brooklyn had a blast following Carmen around, or should I say BOSSING Carmen around! Oh, and did I mention that Carmen is 11? Yup, she's a little sweetie to let a little "almost" 2 year old tell her what to do! Anyway, fun times seeing them. Thanks again for coming guys!Lots of heavy lifting! Show those guns boys!The sustanance. Brookyn and Troy really didn't seem to mind the chaos, they embraced it. Our first family photo in front of our house. Yes, we know we look hot after a day of moving.Can you see the lake? The first mow. Erik is so thrilled I'm taking pictures! Heather, Carmen, Brooklyn, Don, and Troy. How's that elephant taste Troy?Cousin Carmen...how precious is this?! Brooklyn was so sad when she left.Cousin Shawn and Troy.Me, Brooklyn, Carmen, Troy, and Don.Shawn and Brian. Just proof Brian was there too. :)The next big occasion was my 29Th birthday. So for all of you who forgot, next year is my big
3-0. Oh yes, I'm excited! I will be expecting lots of chocolate, flowers, MONEY, gift-cards, condolences, you get the idea. So mark your calendars for May 4Th 2010. This year was a great birthday. My two favorite girls surprised me with breakfast. Then the kiddos and I met Erik for a little birthday lunch at one of my favorite lunch places, Panera Bread. Erik brought home Chipotle (another favorite!) for dinner, along with a HUGE double chocolate cake, and strawberries. We had cake and ice-cream with the Rigtrups and Bakers. It was our first "get-together" in our "new" house! Fun! And there weren't even any casualties, so it was a success. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures. Ahh well, there's always next year!

Blowing out my candle on the yummy coffee cake!Today for a little break from unpacking and yard-work, we took advantage of the beautiful sunshine and headed down to Coulon beach. Brooklyn and Troy had a fun little joint adventure in a swing (I'm sure all the parents were wondering what the heck we were doing). But the kids loved it! Tandem swinging is the way to go, you only have to push one swing! Oh, and we were taking a walk on the dock and passing the boats "moored" there and Brooklyn spotted a ski boat with some kids in it, proceeded to say "my boat" and try to climb in. She really thought it was hers. It's destiny. Time to get a boat I guess. Whatever Brooklyn wants, she gets!! :)
Double swingin'!They loved it!Check out that hair! Weeee!So there's our week in a nut-shell. We have our first overnight guest this weekend ("Uncle" Troy). I hope he doesn't mind sleeping in the midst of boxes. But we're very excited to have him! Erik is like a giddy little boy before the first Yankee's game of the season. What? Not every little boy gets giddy before the Yankee's play? Hmmm, thought that was normal. :) More to come on all that later, I'm sure. It's always a party when Troy is around!

Just too cute not to post. He's such a sweet baby.
Umm Troy, are you stuck?

21 comments:

Carmen Duffy said...

I miss Brooklyn and Troy too! They are soo! cute!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday, sorry didn't know, I hope it was a great one! Congratulations on your first home! Isn't nice to not have to worry about being loud?!!

Heather and Don said...

What a marvelous post! Love the pictures of your new home and yard and again, Happy Birthday. Can't believe you will be 30 next year! It's a wonderful life!

banananutmeg said...

WOW! A HOUSE! Happy Birthday, you! I can't wait to see all the fabulous things you will do with your new place. It will be picture perfect and decorated totally gorgeous in no time, I'm sure! How exciting! Congrats guys!

I'm loving your haircut.

Steve O'Connor & Shay Yost said...

Congrats on the home! You'll do such a good job of fixing it up and decorating!

jenae waters said...

Wow, Am I the biggest jerk or what! I am so sorry I spaced your birthday. I am glad it was a good one. Your house is ADORABLE. How fun is that to know it is totally yours, and nobody lives above or below. It is really cute. Congrats!

Sheri said...

Congrats you guys! How exciting! Happy Birthday too!

The Wi Family said...

What a great house!! And a view?? That's awesome! I'm so sorry that we weren't around to help you get moved in :( I know we didn't usually see each other at church anyways, but I was sad that you weren't there....hope you like your new ward. See you soon.

Carolyn Benik said...

Congrats on the house!! Such an exciting time for you! And Happy Birthday too! :-)

Mandi said...

CONGRATS! That is so exciting! You look great! Can't wait til it's our turn!

Brian or Julie said...

Love the house! Happy b-day too!

Nicole Cope said...

Happy late birthday!! And I love the house. That's so exciting. I'm so happy for you!

Nicole Cope said...

PS: I love the picture with Troy's lovely hair! haha, made me laugh.

Weavers said...

Congrats on the new house! It is adorable and the best part is, is it's YOURS!!! Happy birthday too!

The Stratton's said...

Hooray! Here's to getting out of that stupid apartment complex. Happy birthday Marcie.
-Rod

Cassie said...

Love it Marcie. Congrates. I'm excited to see how you will work your magic with that house. Happy Birthday again! We are the same age until August:)

Bree said...

A house?! That's a pretty great birthday present! Congrats on your house that is so fun! I'm excited for you and anxious to see more pictures. And happy late birthday.

The Chandlers said...

congratulations on your new house! that's so exciting! i'm sure you are ready to have a place of your own to decorate as you please!

ej said...

Your 29th might be hard to beat, you got a house! lol Congratulations on both- your house is adorable- it's so nice to have something that is YOURS. And no more noisy upstairs neighbors!

The Merricks said...

Congrats on the new house Marcie that is so exciting! I hope you had a great birthday!

Philip and Melissa said...

That's so fantastic! Congratulations you guys!