Phoenix friends

(I realize, of course, I am WAY behind in telling these stories.
If you want a more up-to-date look at what we’re doing, check out my Project Life 2012 gallery)

These images are from the first week of November, when we were in Phoenix for Miranda’s wedding.

Andrew and I both had work on Monday, so we didn’t plan on staying late Sunday.

Just breakfast with my family, quick stop to see Mat and Lisa’s new house, and then home.

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We actually stayed a little bit later than we intended, just because we were dropping Kevin off at the Mesa airport (which was nearish where we were going to see Mat).

After dropping off Kevin, we put Mat’s address into the GPS map program on Andrew’s phone and basically drove blindly to find it.

I miss the days when people gave you actual directions.

Somehow we got the address wrong (typo in the text when Mat gave it to us, maybe) but the map program still found the street. Which is kind of remarkable. We were parked on this little culdesac, trying to figure out which house was Mat’s because we couldn’t see any address numbers that looked like what he told us….

… when he came out of one of the houses across the street with Owen in his arms.

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Owen turned 2 in December – and he is such a smart, expressive adorable kid! So fun seeing him again with so much personality.

Only child getting to lay claim to this whole new house and backyard. … He handed Andrew and I each a bunch of rocks. Sharing his backyard with us, I suppose.

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He showed us his bedroom (wanted to turn out the lights like naptime) and his playroom (he got to ‘open’ a new playroom for Christmas) and all in all slowed down the house tour.

But, you know we really came to see him and not the house anyway :)

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We stayed a little while to chat and see the rest of their house – and then left town straight from there.

6 hour drive home.

(with plans to do it again in another 2 weeks)

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Christian and Avalon in town

(My harddrive died at the end of October and I had resigned myself to the loss of these photos. AND THEN! I found the memory card that they were on and resurrected them. One of the perks of being slightly disorganized)

Back in October, two of our favorite favorite people came to stay with us for the weekend!

Christian and Avalon flew into town and got to our house mid-morning. I love that we have a guest room now to offer people! Even if there isn’t a real bed yet.

They got the tour of the house and we caught up a little bit, but they had plans to see Christian’s family in the afternoon.

Once they got “home”, though … it was our kind of party : Coffee and card games :)

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Shang-hai – my favorite card game.

It’s a big time commitment and you can’t really play with fewer than 4 people so we don’t often get to.

They brought one of Christian’s brothers with them too – Kelly – but he didn’t stay for cards.

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SUNDAY:

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Sunday morning we got to hang out a little bit more.

We made plans to meet another friend – Justin – at a restaurant where one of Christian’s other brothers works as a bartender.

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Christian’s brother went on his lunch break, so we went over to a different restaurant nearby to eat a little and visit.

I completely forget the names of both the restaurants. Both chains. Both at the mall here.

My first time at the mall since we moved back.

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Then another errand: getting more work-appropriate clothes for Christian’s new job.

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Then Andrew had to get a Cinnabon. He *claims* he had never had one before.

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Then home for a little bit. Andrew had to go to work, and I hung out w/ C&A before they went out again to see more family.

Khaleesi made friends. She really will take any lap she can get.

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Christian and Avalon left again Monday morning. Sad. But we *might* be able to see them over Christmas while they’re in town. We’ll see.

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TCS Gift Guide

Andrew and I don’t really buy each other gifts. We haven’t done Christmas for each other in years. We did 30th birthday gifts, but no birthdays for awhile.

That doesn’t mean we don’t think about gifts for other people!

Here are just a few ideas for holiday gifts for your loved ones…

(note: Because I don’t really go shopping all that often, this gift guide may seem a little limited. But every item on here is awesome)

For the new home owners:

Custom rubber stamp with the new address 

I like these from AnnMarie Loves Paper. I’ve put off getting Andrew and I something like this since we were moving every year. But now that we’ll be staying put for awhile I think it could be fun.

Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Loveby John and Sherry Petersik

The Petersiks have a very popular home DIY blog that I’ve been following for awhile. They’re much braver than I, but I imagine this book has some fantastic ideas in it.

Cookbooks:

I love to cook … and I love looking through my cookbooks for something new to try.

Sprouted Kitchen: The Sprouted Kitchen is a popular food blog that focuses on whole foods. Every single recipe on that site looks amazing, so I’m sure the cookbook is as well. It’s actually a husband-wife project – he shooting the photos, she writing the recipes. ” Sara Forte is a food-loving, wellness-craving veggie enthusiast who relishes sharing a wholesome meal with friends and family. The Sprouted Kitchen features 100 of her most mouthwatering recipes. Richly illustrated by her photographer husband, Hugh Forte, this bright, vivid book celebrates the simple beauty of seasonal foods with original recipes—plus a few favorites from her popular Sprouted Kitchen food blog tossed in for good measure. The collection features tasty snacks on the go like Granola Protein Bars, gluten-free brunch options like Cornmeal Cakes with Cherry Compote, dinner party dishes like Seared Scallops on Black Quinoa with Pomegranate Gastrique, “meaty” vegetarian meals like Beer Bean– and Cotija-Stuffed Poblanos, and sweet treats like Cocoa Hazelnut Cupcakes. From breakfast to dinner, snack time to happy hour, The Sprouted Kitchen will help you sneak a bit of delicious indulgence in among the vegetables.”

Smitten Kitchen: Also a popular blog. I’ve made several of her recipes and they are fantastic. “Deb Perelman loves to cook. She isn’t a chef or a restaurant owner—she’s never even waitressed. Cooking in her tiny Manhattan kitchen was, at least at first, for special occasions—and, too often, an unnecessarily daunting venture. Deb found herself overwhelmed by the number of recipes available to her. Have you ever searched for the perfect birthday cake on Google? You’ll get more than three million results. Where do you start? What if you pick a recipe that’s downright bad?

So Deb founded her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, on the premise that cooking should be a pleasure, and that the results of your labor can—and should—be delicious . . .  every time. Deb is a firm believer that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. She has dedicated herself to creating and finding the best of the best and adapting the recipes for the everyday cook.”

The Dutch Oven Cookbook: I believe my mother gave me this for my birthday … and it is now so well-loved I have essentially memorized a couple of the recipes. One of my favorite things is to make a big pot of soup or chili or similar and have it for several days, and this cookbook has a lot of great options. (P.S. The tagline is THE BEST “Recipes for the best pot in your kitchen” …. none of the recipes call for marijuana though, which was surprising.

For the tech geek:

iTunes gift card: Always

For apps or movies or songs. SO many ways to use this.

Cell phone lenses: Looks like so much fun!

Buy the Photojojo Phone Lens Series at the Photojojo Store! The Fisheye, Telephoto, Wide Angle and Macro Lenses are like pro-lenses for your phone! Especially for that friend that is interested in photography, or is addicted to Instagram, I would imagine this kind of toy would get a lot of use.

Castegram: Create an iPhone case out of your Instagram photos via Castegram (there is also an app for iPhone). What a fun idea!

What are some of your gift ideas this year?

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old friends

We’ve now lived back in California for about 4.5 years …. and I *just* saw some of my old friends from growing up a few weeks ago.

I made plans with some of the girls from my old church youth group for them to come over for lunch – to see each other, and so they could see my house.

Anna arrived first – and brought her 8 month old Harrison. Look at that cutie. He was super interested in the cats (and they in him) and the boxes we leave out for the cats to play with.

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My favorite meal to make for guests is salad and turkey chili. Easy, healthy, plenty of food.

We sat down for lunch and caught up on gossip and news and all.

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evidence of guests:

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Fun to see these girls ….

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Meeting baby Mary Claire

We finally got to meet Michelle’s little girl!!

Mary Claire was born in June … we were initially planning on visiting Tucson to meet her when we went to Phoenix for Kim and Jed’s shower. But then it turned out Michelle was bringing her family to CA anyway!

Michelle and Dusty drove up (from Orange County where they were visiting Michelle’s cousins and all) on a Wednesday morning…. They got to see our new house and new kittens and we got to see their new baby!

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The 5 of us went to Greenhouse Cafe for breakfast/lunch and just spent some time catching up….  holding Mary… and getting all kinds of “your baby is adorable” compliments from the waitstaff and other patrons.

SO funny being in public with a baby. Everyone thinks they’re your friend.

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And then I had to go to work like a chump.

Can’t wait to see her again!!

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Breakfast with the Haugens

We got done with maternity photos around 945a or 10a or so….

Andrew and I weren’t planning on staying in town too long – I had to be at work the next day – but we decided to meet up with my parents and Kim’s parents for breakfast!

I love going out to breakfast. It’s one of my favorite things!

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Kim and Jed recommended Butterfield’s Pancake House.

Even though we lived in Phoenix for 6 years, neither Andrew and I had been there, so we met up the padres there ….

They squeeze fresh orange juice right in the restaurant, and the jugs of syrup on your table are big!

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Andrew got lunch. He doesn’t love breakfast as much as I do.

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After breakfast we went back to my parents’ house to get our things … and then drove home. Arriving in L.A. just a little bit before sundown.

QUICK weekend. But definitely worth the drive.

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Kim and Jed’s maternity photos

Since we were going to be in town anyway, I got to take some maternity photos of Kim and Jed!!

They’ve been married almost 8 years and haven’t ever had professional photos taken of them – other than their wedding. And even then ….

We met up EARLY Sunday morning (early for me), and went over to the Scottsdale Civic Center to *hopefully* get some good images before it got too hot ….

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Then over to their house for another few poses and images ….. including with the pup!

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Brayden is SO wanted and loved already ….

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Kim and Jed’s baby shower

Waaaaaay back in January, I made a quick, surprise visit to Phoenix to see my brother while he was in town.

While there we got together with a BUNCH of old family friends, including my friend Kim. She is my mom’s best friend’s daughter, so I’ve known her her entire life (she’s about a year younger than me, I think).

And while THERE, Kim told us all that they’re having a baby!

SUPER exciting news since this is something I know she and her husband Jed have wanted for a long long time….

So, of course, when my mom gave me the dates of their baby shower I told Andrew we’re going. No question.

The first weekend in August we left the cats a bunch of food, hopped in the car and drove the 6 hours or so out to Phoenix.

(Dear Kim: That is how you know how much we love you. We went to Phoenix in August for you. Never happening again)

The “baby shower” was not really your traditional baby shower, but more of a friends-get-together with baby gifts.

My parents have several couple-friends that we’ve known my whole life, and those 4 or 5 families get together all the time. Now with their kids and their kids’ kids.

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Saturday night we went over to the Thrushes to see everyone!

My mom did this Winnie-the-Pooh decor to match little Brayden’s nursery…

And Andrew finally got to meet our friends Shawn and Nicole’s kids…. and I got to meet their new twin boys (born in April), Nathan and Jonah.

Look at that little cutie!

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The bulk of the evening was just spent talking, catching up and eating …. while Jed and Kim opened baby gifts!

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Emolyn (age 4) and Elsie (almost 2) helped. Isn’t that thoughtful of them?

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You can see the twins were passed around from person to person all night. In Sharon’s arms here….

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The other one in Aunt Miranda’s lap here.

I’m sure I held one of them – if not both – at some point during the night.

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Cadence spent much of the night playing – she was in her grandparents’ house after all, so she knew where all the goodies were. We didn’t see her much and then she shows up in the kitchen with all these necklaces!

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Fun night. Fun friends.

Up early the next morning for photos …..

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Fourth of July BBQ

Fourth of July is usually pretty low-key for us. Mostly because we don’t care a whole lot about seeing fireworks, so we don’t have to plan a our day around getting a good seat anywhere.

This year’s Fourth involved a lot of Mad Men (Andrew got Liz hooked on it. She watched 2+ seasons in the 5 days she was here), some work on the computer and work around the house, Andrew drove Liz down to the airport to pick up a rental car for the next day, and then in the afternoon we saw Fernando and Jessica.

Fernando is an excellent cook! Dinner at their house is always fantastic!

For the Fourth of July he made some burgers and brats and fed us well with homemade salsa….

Liz and Fernando talked beer, Andrew made Liz laugh about something, and I made friends with their dog August :)

We could see a couple fireworks from Fernando and Jessica’s backyard – but it was really more fun to just hang out and relax in a comfortable home…

I hope we do something similarly low-key next year!

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another out-of-town guest

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Last week we had another out-of-town guest! It’s so nice having a guest room to offer you people …

Our friend Liz came out to visit us from Wisconsin.

Liz grew up in Wisconsin, moved to AZ for a couple years where she worked with Andrew at Hall of Frames, and then moved back to Wisconsin – where she now teaches art full-time to kindergarten-3rd graders! (doesn’t that sound like fun?)

Liz is fantastic so we were SO excited that she wanted to come out and see us!

She flew in early Sunday morning, and left Friday noon-ish, and during that almost-week we did a lot! Visited Joey and had a birthday dinner and they went on a hike, and she watched 2.5 seasons of Mad Men and a Ryan Gosling movie and fourth of July and she visited some friends out here.

Busy busy, and I’ll have photos of most of that for you … but for now – just a glimpse of Andrew and Liz drinking beer and playing Nintendo.

Liz is a beer connoisseur. She brought us several bottles from Wisconsin breweries and told us all about touring breweries when she was in Colorado the week before!

SO fun :)

P.S. Just noticed Andrew’s strange facial expression. Sorry, honey.

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Memorial Day

Monday morning Memorial Day!

The first Memorial Day in 4 years that I haven’t worked – previous years I volunteered to work for the overtime pay because I assumed Andrew would be working. And then he never did.

SO this year I elected to just take the day ….

We got up Monday morning and Andrew went right to work on changing the oil in my car …. because he is a crazy person.

And I love him for it.

My dad’s brother Ted and his family (Kristi, Spencer and Lucas) all live a few blocks away from our new house and they came over for breakfast on Monday morning!

God bless my parents for doing the necessary grocery shopping AND cooking for this crew!

It’s always fun to visit with the ‘other Hanns’ …. geeking out about the new Les Miserables movie with my uncle, for example… Talking about the idiocy of English professors with Spencer.

Finally, the Hanns left around 1p, and my parents left to drive back to AZ not long after that ….

So for the first time in 3 days our house was empty – but it only lasted a few hours as Angela stopped by for a bit and then more friends came over that night.

But in those few hours, what do you think we did? That’s right! ANDREW WENT BACK TO WORK ON THE HOUSE.

Maniac.

We really need to reseed the front lawn (we need to be all landscaped by mid-August for our HOA), and part of that project involves getting rid of ALL THIS gravel.

And there is a ton! …. more or less literally. I actually have no idea how much it is, but nearest the street the patch of gravel is about 6 feet wide and about 6″ deep

So, you know. A lot of rocks.

We’re going to end up keeping *some* of it for other projects, but the bulk of it we just need to haul away … (another post about that to come)

(Andrew is planning on building screens for all the windows, but in the meantime, this side window works perfectly for his outside-music-listening)

And finally, as a cap to our LONG weekend ….. Monday night Andrew invited over some friends for a record-listening-party.

Andrew’s record company (post to come) is putting out the LP of Justin’s band …. so we got the test lacquer the week prior and Andrew just needed Justin to OK it before we had all the actual records printed.

So, we had over Justin (photo below – Andrew has known since high school, and I’ve known since  1999 or 2000 or so), our friend Marie (who I’ve known since junior high and Andrew has known since high school)…. Jenae, Wallace, Jihae, Fernando and Jessica ….

Andrew grilled burgers, got some beers, and we listened to Justin’s band ….

I got them to finish the Marie Callendar’s pie from the night before, and the deviled eggs that Ted and Kristi brought over that morning.

And Andrew broke out the NES for some Mario Bros games!

We finally got to bed around 130a or so ….

I woke up Tuesday morning still exhausted and physically sore …. and I spent the rest of last week just relaxing …. because apparently I am OLD!

But we had such a great long Memorial Day weekend!

What did you do for Memorial Day?

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a day at home

Now that we have bought our house … our days off together are FILLED with house work. Our to-do list is plenty long to keep us busy for awhile, and it’s so nice to work on those things TOGETHER.

Team Schubert.

At the end of April, Andrew and I had a Sunday together ….

I think this shot below is the closest I’ll get to a ‘BEFORE’ shot of this side yard … Full of leaves and twigs and junk.

Not only yardwork – which he had to quit when the trash barrel was full – but touching up paint in the guest room and the living room ….

Around 5p Fernando called us and invited us over – one of the perks of living in SCV!

They live only a mile and a half away, so we stopped by the grocery store (a few blocks from our house) for drinks and headed over for pizza with Fernando and Jessica….

I got a bunch of ideas for our backyard from visiting F&J

Lovely lovely Sunday …. these are the kinds of days I would do all the time if we had more days off together ….

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Kaitlin’s 2nd baby shower

As I type this Kaitlin is basically due any time…. But I still have TWO baby showers to show you!

In mid-April, Julie hosted a baby shower for Kaitlin involving all of the old family friends from when she was growing up … all ladies that Julie just loves and have been part of Kaitlin’s life since she was little. And me. And I was invariably introduced around as “Andrew’s wife” …. But everyone loves Andrew so I guess it could be worse.

One of Julie’s friends finagled her the use of the community building as part of their neighborhood HOA … This HUGE room with lots of natural light, a kitchen attached AND all these tables and chairs included…. It ended up working out perfectly.

Plus it was only a mile or so from my new house, so I could head over early to help without having to set my alarm for 6a!

Julie did the colors in this bright blue and red …. with a cars/trucks theme on the cake and favors. SUPER cute for a little boy :)

The shower started at 11a or so, so we did lunch and a couple games before opening gifts.

That lion bag in the image below? About 5 people wrapped their gifts in one! They must have been on sale at Target :)

homemade quilt from Kaitlin’s aunt…

Joey’s room is jungle themed, and a LOT of the clothes Kaitlin has been getting are animal themed too … I kind of love this shark outfit!

I can’t believe Joey is going to be here any day!!

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Kaitlin’s (1st) baby shower

Joe and Kaitlin’s baby is due in about a month!!!!

Which means these last couple weeks (and next couple weeks) are full of baby shopping, baby showers and maternity photos….

Between the 2 of them, Joe and Kaitlin have so many family and friends that she actually is having 4 baby showers!!

Little Joey will be well-loved….

A couple weeks ago, there was a baby shower on Saturday (that I did not attend) and another on Sunday (the first of 3 I will attend)….

I drove down to Orange County with Julie a little bit early to help if we could:

This shower was thrown by Kaitlin’s friend (and bridesmaid) Lindsay as well as Kaitlin’s cousin’s fiancee Kahla.

They did a jungle-theme (which matches what Joey’s new bedroom will be decorated in)….

A couple of the shower “games” just waiting for guests

Ok. This cake. Creepiest, ever, right?

Andrew and Kaitlin’s cousin Chris made it (bless him) … Got the chocolate mold and covered OREO cookies with jungle-themed chocolate images (around the sides of the cake), and jungle-print edible paper as a border around the top …

But the top? That main image? That is one of the Gene Machine results…. At Dave and Buster’s a few years ago Joe and Kaitlin had their photos taken and processed together and *this* is what their future child will apparently look like …

No-neck and all

So Chris “borrowed” the photo to surprise Kaitlin with for the cake!

One of the fun little shower activities was making custom onesies with iron-on text/graphics….

A few images down you’ll see the clothes line set up with more onesies finished.

Guessing how big Kaitlin is

little boy gifts!

Kaitlin has such sweet friends …. so fun to spend the afternoon with them!

2 more showers to go!

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Moving day!

March 10, 2012 …. Team Schubert moves into Schubert Headquarters:

First, I’ll say that we hired movers. Even though we really could have used the money we spent, I found that the expense was totally worth it in NOT breaking our backs. NOT stressing about getting our king-size bed and fridge down stairs (and up again in the case of the bed). NOT stressing about having to guilt our friends into helping us. NOT spending 12 hours doing physical labor (which I am clearly not built for).

Totally worth it.

Our movers were scheduled to arrive sometime after 11a … So Andrew and I got up about 630a to do the finishing bits of packing – including taking apart the bed frame:

Once most all of the PACKING was done, we loaded up my car with the important things and the difficult-to-move things (like dirty laundry, my camera equipment, internet cables, etc), and I headed up to the NEW HOUSE on my own!

priorities: setting up the iPod dock

this is our kitchen. Dusty floor. Nothing in it but an oven

I made a run to the local grocery store (paper towels, water and non-refrigerated snacks), and then got to work on CLEANING

The bathrooms, in particular needed help. Plus this front window was just a disaster ….. hard water spots and packing tape goo (from the ‘this house is vacant’ signs)

I ended up using the blade of a box cutter to scrape some – not all – of this off

Andrew’s dad came by in the afternoon to hang our front curtains for us!

SO grateful…. Not something I could have done on my own, I’m sure, and Andrew was busy with other things

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The moving truck finally got to the house around 4p or so….

When Andrew booked, he told them we just had a 1 bedroom with a few large pieces of furniture …..

Apparently we should have been more clear about how much non-furniture stuff we have (books, records, etc), because we think they should have sent 3 guys instead of 2!

It’s so weird having someone else move you, when you’re just sitting around the house trying not to get in the way.

There was still cleaning to do, but some friends and family stopped by to see the house and get a little tour, so mostly we just hung out and sometimes directed where to take boxes or furniture

those poor guys

Photo below by Jenae….. Me sitting in a corner of the family room, surrounded by stuff that doesn’t yet have a home (alcohol, extra toilet paper, etc)

The corner of the window deceived Andy …. One side is not quite a squared off corner, so that side of the curtain rod was slightly higher than the other…..  The front room gets darker sooner than the back of the house, so we found the 1 light available and plugged it in there.

Photo below by Jenae

Photo below by Jenae. That is a KING-size bed, so yeah. The master bedroom is ridiculously big.

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I made sure I knew exactly where the sheets were….. Big star on the side of the box and everything. I was DETERMINED to sleep comfortably our first night….

Team Schubert self-portrait near the end of the long day. We are lit only by the hall light since we don’t own enough lamps to fill this place

Julie wasn’t able to come over at all that day (too bad, I would have put her to work :)  ), but she made tacos for dinner and invited us over….

So grateful for that, since we have no kitchen to cook and we’re basically out of money to go out to eat ….

Long day.

Happy day.

SO grateful for Andrew and all he has done for me and for our home ….

so we live in Santa Clarita now! Let me know if you want to stop by!

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