Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Theurer Town House

Looking at all these pictures makes me a little homesick. Brad and I did so much on this little Townhouse. When we moved in we stayed up every night until almost 2am doing projects. When people came over or we were sitting watching tv at night, I was proud of our little home and every choice we had made to change it and make it ours.

We painted every surface in every room. We switched out fans and light fixtures. We stripped, sanded, painted the cabinets white, and added hardware. We visited scratch and dent sales until we found the perfect fridge we loved within our budget. We installed flooring all throughout the main floor and in the laundry room upstairs. We learned how to tile and re-did all the bathrooms. We painted or bought new cabinets on sale and made custom frames for all the mirrors in the bathrooms. We painted the garage, added insulation, carpet and baseboards. Brad spent days trying to figure out the electrical so I could have more light and a fan to make it into a classroom for me to teach. We rented a pick up from home depot and brought in soil and laid down sod. Then, when they were replacing fencing, we took all the old stuff to build a garden bed in our backyard and even cut some of it up to make signs that I gave to friends or hung in our house.

We learned in this house how much we love to do projects together. We would make plans together and research YouTube and Pinterest for the best way to do it ourselves and then go for it. I held multiple girls nights and baby showers here. We had friends over for pizza and s'mores in the backyard. It's where we had 3 Thanksgiving dinners and two Christmas mornings. We loved walking around in the evenings as a family when Brad got home. We would ride bikes and see our friends and enjoy chatting by the mailbox. Its where Jaxon learned to talk and ride a bike. It's where we brought Sara home from the hospital. We had hundreds of family dance parties, and popsicles in the backyard. We set up facetime calls next to our kids rooms and would go across the street to play games with friends (bad parents?). It's where Brad and I shared hundreds of tubs of bluebell and late night Dr. Pepper. It was a special and perfect place that we loved. We were ready to move, but it will always hold a special place in our hearts for this time in our lives.

April 2018

April was our big moving month. I downloaded the app offer up and sold a lot of random stuff around our house. I don't like having people I don't know, show up at our house, so I would meet them at the McDonalds around the corner. The kids and I enjoyed quite a few happy meals and Diet Cokes over the first two weeks of April ;) I helped throw two different baby showers for amazing friends I love, who are each getting their first babies this summer through IVF after years of trying and waiting. I only got a pic of one of the cakes I made.
 Brad sold his motorcycle and it made me the most emotional out of everything. He's had that thing since I've known him. I remember watching him ride off on it the second time I ever hung out with him and thinking "wow, I like him"lol. I rode on the back of it to pick out my wedding ring and many early mornings up to campus. I have memories of waiting for him on our street with Jaxon and watching him race his dad home, or just hearing it pull in the garage and watching my kids get excited to see their Dad. It worked out to be the perfect second vehicle for us for 7 years, and seeing someone else drive off on it was just weird. It was the first thing that really made me realize that we were ending an era of our life that has been so special.

 There were a lot of lasts this month. We visited our favorite parks for the last time, went to our last library singing time, and went to the children's museum for the last time. We played a lot in our little yard, and did lots of packing. I got to speak on our last Sunday and my heart was so full. It's been a challenging time of life, but also such a great one. That ward and so many good people and friends helped our little family grow and gave us the opportunities to serve that we wouldn't have had anywhere else.

Moving weekend was a crazy one. We loaded up the truck on Friday and my Dad flew in later that night to help drive our van back. I met up with some good girl friends for a final late night ice cream trip. (Side note-One of the things I was/am most nervous about moving back to Utah is that I won't find friends like this. I love these girls. So many fun girls nights and play dates with our kids. I'm going to miss this a lot.)
 We bought some appliances from a warehouse in Dallas and so Brad took off around 5am with the moving truck, that was also pulling a car. And took a longer route through Dallas and Fort Worth to pick up our appliances. His Dad was at a conference in Fort Worth so he picked him up to help drive and they met up with my dad who had taken off with the van later in the day after helping me clean our townhouse and dropping me and the kids off in Seguin. The three of them drove the long trip non stop for two days. Brad said as he drove into the valley on Sunday and felt a lot of emotions, but overall was just really excited to be back home. He unpacked and saw our house for the first time. I wish I could have been there with him, but it just worked out better for me to stay back with the kids. Brad unpacked the boxes into the garage and slept a little before he flew back to TX the next day. 

 We signed the papers to close on our Townhouse the day after he got back and it was a relief to finally have it all done. We still had a month to go in TX, but it was actually really fun to just live it up and spend time with family with the stress of moving and selling our stuff out of the way.

We did a lot of yard work for the Burns to earn our stay lol and spent a lot of time in the pool! Brad only had a few days left in clinic and was around a lot. The only last stress hanging in our way was his big WREB board exam the first weekend in May.

Monday, April 2, 2018

March Updates

Brad and I went on a date two nights in a row without kids! What?! That never happens, but there was a dental thing Friday night and I had already scheduled a babysitter for Saturday so we just decided to go with it. March 10th is the day Brad proposed to me in Vegas 7 years ago so we had fun remembering that time of life and talking about what is different now. At dinner Brad looked at me and said "I knew I was making a good decision and I wanted to marry you, but I don't think at the time I realized how GOOD and perfect of a decision it was." ...cue the teary eyes. He doesn't just say stuff like that everyday, so it made my heart all warm and I didn't want to forget it..love my Brad.
Spring in TX is my favorite! The weather is perfect and we love being outside. The little play beach at the zoo is one of our favorite spots.
We bought a house! It's in Smithfield, about 10 min from Brad's office and 7 minutes from his parents in North Logan. We sent Teresa to FaceTime and walk through a few homes for us. While they were looking at one being built in this area they drove by and saw the for sale sign and took a picture for us. It wasn't listed on any sites so I called the number on the sign and the agent said they had barely put the sign up and were listing it the next day. Teresa walked through it and I was in LOVE! We quickly made an offer the next day along with someone else, but because I called the agent first they gave it to us. So it's kind of weird because we haven't actually seen it in person yet, but we've seen lots of pictures, and had Teresa and Scott and Parker and Tiauna walk through it for us. It was nice to get a few perspectives and overall we were really excited about the area and the price. 

We also sold our Townhouse, accepting a full price offer the day we listed it. We were both so shocked and so happy. Everything seems to be working out and falling into place. There have been times in my life that I felt like I have received direct answers to prayers and questions I have. As we prayed to know what to do after school I never felt that distinct feeling that we were supposed to be in Utah. As we weighed our options though it just made sense. I was nervous about our decision to move, but as we've moved forward with our plan we've had so many small tender mercies that have helped confirm that we are making the right choice. Brad and I have started to feel so much peace in our choice and it has been a good example and reminder to me that we have the gift of agency in this life! Sometimes answers are clear and direct through the spirit, and sometimes He wants us to seek and decide for ourselves and will let us know if we are making the right choice. 

Aquatica is open! The weather is warming up and we've been spending a lot of time outside. Its been fun to see how much Sara has grown up since last summer and loves the water.

Our kids love the dirt! We seriously go out there almost every night after dinner and just let them dig and play and get dirty for an hour and then go up to bath and bed. It's been so nice outside, and Brad and I get to just hang out so it's been a fun nightly ritual lately. 

 Jaxon and I went on a afternoon date to Aquatica. I read a book while he played and then we burried each other and he insisted on taking a picture of his work lol. He's a fun boy, and sometimes I feel like I'm too hard on him. It was nice to just enjoy him and not have to worry about anything else.
 I had plans to road trip up to Spring at the Silos with a friend, but her family decided to visit at the last minute. Brad volunteered to come with me and we'd take the kids, but the craziness of Magnolia would have been too much. He said something to his sister and Lisa jumped at the idea of going with me for the day. We had so much fun! Lisa is always up for a party, and we fit it all in. We shopped and shopped, ate cupcakes, and shopped lol. I was exhausted when we got home but it was so fun, and I'm glad I could go to Magnolia one more time before we move.

 Sara looked so cute in a dress from my grandma...That Sunday was seriously one of the worst though. Right now she is a rough age for church and sometimes Jax is just not in the mood. Brad is usually gone from 10am-6pm, so Sundays are LONG. I'm running around with both singing times and nursery music time and we somehow juggle Sara in there between the two of us.
Neghborhood walks. Sara loves walking around these days and is just happy to be outside
Brad was real proud of his Kale plants that have grown for almost 2 years and are taller than Jax!

 Outdoor dinners and Torchy's! We will miss the tacos when we move.
 Easter weekend Brad made his conference donuts and we took the kids to an Easter Egg hunt at a ward members house. We had been doing little hunts in the yard all week and everyone was impressed that Sara knew what to do lol. She was all over it. Jaxon loved it too and is always happy to be with friends.

A year ago we put down money to be in a raffle to maybe get chosen to buy tickets to the final four. We weren't picked and figured we wouldn't be able to afford it later. Well, Lisa ended up buying tickets for her boys and got an extra one for Brad to join them. I was pretty sad I wasn't going with them, but I was happy Brad got to go. Seriously a once in a lifetime thing and it's been fun to see our city get all ramped up for it.

During conference Brad came and laid on my lap on the couch. Once the kids noticed they both climbed up and wanted a spot on my lap too. It made us laugh, but also made me so happy. Conference weekend is always one of my favorites. I loved the messages of love, self acceptance, personal revelation, and our saviors deep and eternal love for each of his brothers and sisters. I know He loves me and knows me personally. He understands my anxieties and forgives my shortcomings. These humans mean the world to me and I don't ever want to forget the moments like these that fill my heart with so much Joy.