Being Organized in the Face of a Storm

Let me show you guys a picture. Just a little picture of a storm…

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You see that?

That is the forecast track for the CAT 5 Hurricane Irma, as of 11:00 this morning! 

And do you see where it says Tampa down there in good ol’ Florida? Yeah. We live in a suburb of Tampa, so if you look REALLY close, you might see me waving…

In short, we appreciate any prayers you feel led to send towards us as this imposing storm heads our way! There is still time for things to change and the track to shift, however, we are BIG on being prepared around here, NOT waiting until the last minute, so we are ready for whatever Irma has for us. We are Florida natives, we know the drill, we’ve lived through this stuff before and we are ready…but we are also feeling pretty cautious…because this is a HUGE storm, folks. We’re talking breaking records HUGE. As of now, we are planning on riding it out. Our home is strong and in excellent repair. Concrete block, double-pane windows, and not covered with trees that could take out the roof. However, as we monitor the path of the storm, we may decide to evacuate. We have places to go, and babies and animals to care for.

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Going Downtown

I’ve lived in quite a variety of areas in my lifetime. Suburbs, city, country, apartment, house, dorm…the list goes on. Right now we live in a house out in the country, where the loudest noise we hear are the cows mooing in the pasture next door. So when I visit a friend in the city, it always tends to give me a little bit of excitement. The city sounds. The fast pace. The ease of accessibility. Very different locations, yes, but so many positives to each, depending on your family dynamic! 

So when Matt Towns contacted me about an article regarding communities that are being super innovative in their urban core planning, I was pretty interested in it! After all, the Road to Domestication can be anywhere! Let’s see what Matt has to say…

Since the end of World War Two, people have been moving out of the cities and into the suburbs. Commuting between home and work was considered an acceptable sacrifice to escape the crowds and problems of urban areas and the American dream settled in the suburbs.

As new generations are born and come of age, however, the dream of near rural living that the baby boomers cherished is passing and cities are, once again, growing in both population and importance. The face of the suburbs has changed from nice houses on nice lots to an endless sprawl of postage stamp sized lots holding the largest house that can fit on it.

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The wholescale adoption of the automobile and access to easy financing after the war began the trend of sprawl in the suburbs. Prior to that, homes had to be within easy walking distance of mass transit and shops sprang up organically near the transit lines allowing people to shop on their way home from work.

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Automobiles made longer commutes and living further away from shopping centers easier for homeowners. The importance of mass transit declined and the retail stores located near transit lines were forced to compete against chain stores that were not part of their community.

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Come Tour the House We Sold

Yes yes, I am still here! Are you shocked?!

Y’all, we’ve had a LOT going on over the past couple of months, but things are moving back towards a routine, and I’m excited to be back in the land of blogging! Woot woot!

So the biggest news is, we sold our house and bought another one! And can I just say that it’s WAY easier to move with no kids than WITH kids?! My goodness! I really had no idea!

We’re getting settled and establishing new routines in the new house, and there are lots of awesome things coming for us and for the blog, but for now, I wanted to share some fun pics with all of you.

NOTE: these pics are of the OLD house. WHY am I sharing pics of the OLD house with you, you ask? Well, I never really got to share ALL of the room tours I wanted to from the old house, and since our realtor brought in a professional real estate photographer to photograph the old house, well, my goodness! I wanted to show off the pics! Plus, you’ll get an idea of what the new house might look like from looking through these – most of the decor is the same, for the time being!

Without further ado… 

…welcome to 6843 Cabernet Crossing, our previous home!

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This is the first home my hubby and I ever purchased, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts!

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The Top Movie Houses in Cinema

My husband and I LOVE “vintage” TV and movies, we call it. The stuff we grew up on, ya know? Full House, Family Matters, the Father of the Bride movies and the Home Alone series. Good stuff that reminds us of our own “good ol’ days!” But we were laughing the other day when we we got to talking about the house in the Father of the Bride movies, and wondered how much the mortgage cost. “Or what about the electric bill?!” he gasped. So funny. I guess this is what being adults does to your perception of things!

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So when Louis from Cast Iron Radiators 4U contacted me with a neat infographic on the Top Movie Houses in Cinema and neat facts to go along with them, well. Let’s have a little fun on this Friday, why don’t we!

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On the Road to Conception

This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.

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By now, most of you have seen me reference our twins, Baby G and Baby M, here on the blog. Seven months old they are now – I can hardly believe it!

But if you are fairly new to the blog, you may not know the story behind our sweet girls. (If you want the FULL story, just look up at the tabs along the top of the page you’re on and select the “Our Infertility, Pregnancy, Birth Story & Resources” tab – you’ll get all the details! (Or just CLICK HERE!)

In a nutshell, my husband and I tried for three years to get pregnant. One of those years we devoted to trying everything “medically” possible to get pregnant – which made for an EXTREMELY rough year. If you’ve had a similar experience and tried some of the same things we did, you KNOW just how hard it can be! You know the conversations you had to have with your partner were uncomfortable enough, but to have to have those conversations, with your doctor(s), too? It’s not for the faint of heart!

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And then there are the conversations that you have to have with those around you!

You’re familiar with the questions. “How long have you guys been married now? When are you planning on having some kiddos?” “So, do you ever want to have kids? Or do you plan on being one of those people who just focuses on their career?” Or the famous comment, “You’re not getting any younger, you know!” (Thanks. I wasn’t aware of that at all. I’m so glad you pointed that out!)

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