a year in review, kinda

I hate overused phrases. I think I acquired this distaste from Mick – he remembers every silly phrase used to sell something or ones used by people with nothing intelligent to say: let’s do this, get er done, you only live once, LOL, why the face…etc. He doesn’t just despise all things phrase, he then overuses them to make a point as to how annoying they are. SO when he said the other day, what a difference a year makes, I had to LOL because he was actually serious. The first of this month marked the one year anniversary of our arrival in Idaho. After two weeks traipsing across the US in the worst weather, we arrived alive.

It really is amazing all that has happened in the last year, how we’ve changed, how we’ve seen others change, or not. There was also Mick’s hand, the new house, the first week at the house, and so much in between! I can say for us, as a couple, we are so much more relaxed. Its as if our little house and personal space bubbles are lined with cotton balls – everything stressful that happens, is entirely muted once it actually reaches us. We belly laugh pretty much everyday, we talk about anything and everything under the sun, and we enjoy every single day, even the no good, terrible ones. We have met some kindred souls who are always genuine and always gracious. We have been welcomed and practically adopted into some wonderful families. We have been fed every holiday, celebrated and valued on our birthdays even by strangers. What a gift to be accepted as you are, for exactly who you are and immediately shown grace. To move 4,000 miles away and feel the same kind of love we knew back east – such a blessing.
I am watching Mick flourish as a person – he is grasping and soaking in all those things we all have seen in him for years. He is making a mark, one he doesn’t even see, on so many lives. I couldn’t be more proud to see him recognize and use his many gifts – it blows me away how special a person he is…without even trying. This baby is one lucky lady to have him for a dad.
The only thing that remains the same is Lil Buddy. He’s just as broken and special as always, probably more so, but he keeps our life interesting and hilarious. February will bring it’s own surprises for him – not just cries and coos but new furniture with which to maneuver and objects that seem to move on their own. The floors will be yesterday’s news. We are looking forward to the year ahead but hope it does not rush by – we are really enjoying the here and now and living each day simply and happily.
**italics = annoying phrases

Five pounds later

Mick’s mom leaves Tuesday. whomp whomp. It’s been awesome having her here and she’s spoiled us rotten. Lil Buddy is going to need xanax when she’s gone. He has to be by her side at all times and they talk to each other throughout the day. He sleeps with her every night and actually smells like her now. I hope she doesn’t smell like him. This weekend we are making the best of every hour with delicious meals, movies, and martinis. I will need a detox come Wednesday.

We are back in the game! House projects are set to resume and we have quite a few ahead of us. Remember how Mick wanted weathered wood for our main kitchen wall? Welp, he used his charm and acquired 90 feet of an old white picket fence, fo free, and all he has to do is pick it up.

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He has been working on a new condo – the fence was between what used to be an empty lot and the neighboring house. The neighbor isn’t too pleased to be rid of a fence, so, they are taking it down as they put up a new one [the homeowner also asked if he could toss his wife in the new sewage ditch they’re digging – happy guy]. Once we get it to the house we will go through, pick the best pieces and set the layout. I really didn’t think it would happen this soon and I dreaded it costing an arm, a leg and a lil buddy! Although, I did dream about bugs climbing from the walls and vacuuming them up as I freak a freak…I’m sure this won’t happen. [tell me this won’t happen!] Mick is super pumped and I don’t know how this thing works so it should be an experience. We are also still mulling over a couch. We picked the fabric and are pretty certain on the style, it’s just pressing “continue to checkout” and waiting four weeks for it to be made. ugh. Once we make said decision, we will be doing minor construction on the living room to widen it and create a more usable space. More to come on that.

I shall leave you with this: