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Monday, June 1, 2009

Movin' On Up!

Cue The Jefferson's music here...

So, I know some of you know that the Molly Lou's have purchased a new home. We are super excited and are closing in just 11 days. This new home is an ADORABLE Cape Cod style home with hardwood floors, nice yard, and a SWIMMING POOL. I have always wanted a swimming pool and used to BEG my parents for a pool: "I'll never ask for anything again, EVER!", "This can be my birthday present for life.", "Molly Lou Sister* and I will be so good and we will swim everyday.", "I'll clean it everyday.", etc. This NEVER worked (sigh) and has carried in to an adulthood desire. Molly Lou Mini #1 is very excited too, especially about the yard and pool. He has already deemed a certain part of the yard as his fort spot.
There are two bad things about this house and the second one is HUGE! The home is a good size, but if it were slightly biggerwith one more bedroom, it would perfect. We still have some room to grow though. I hope you're sitting down for this one...I will be 25 minutes from TARGET!!! AHHHHHH! I am having a breakdown just thinking of it. I have never in my whole life been that far from a Target. 10 minutes MAX. When we lived in Vegas, I was less than ten min. on either side from two Targets. Mini #1 is starting to have nightmares about this as well...that boy loves some Target. 3, 2, 1...1, 2, 3...Breathe.

We were starting to search for homes and this one kind of fell in our lap. I don't know if I have explained the Molly Lou family crazy life story, but here goes. Mr. Molly Lou and I married 5 years ago. He works for a large construction company and I was a school teacher. Just a few short months after getting married, he emailed me at school one day to tell me that he was moving 2,200 miles to Las Vegas for a project the following MONDAY. We decided that in the best interest of our young marriage, I would teach until the semester's end and then follow him. I did, and we lived in Vegas for 10 months.

You know the saying: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Not so true...just a few short months after arriving in Sin City, I was expecting Molly Lou Mini #1. I was seven months pregnant with the mini when this project was over and Mr. Molly Lou was going to take a job in Jamaica, but having a three month stop over in Toronto before going to site. We bought a house in Columbia, SC where I grew up so that I would have my parents close to help with the new mini. We did this and then when Mini #1 was 2 months old, we packed up and went to Toronto for a month to be with Mr. Molly Lou. We came back, Mr. Molly Lou went to Jamaica and when Mini #1 was six months old, we started going to Jamaica for a month, home for a month and then back. We did this until the mini turned 1 and Jamaica was over.

Then, Mr. Molly Lou did some work in California and the mini and I went for a few weeks to visit, then he came back and was doing some work in the home office in the upstate of SC where we started our newlywed life and he commuted from our home. Then, came Florida. Mr. Molly Lou did a project in Palm Beach County and we decided to follow him. It was hard for Mini and Mr. to be apart and we had spent so much time apart that it was best for our family to be together. We kept our home in SC, but lived mainly in FL for 1.5 years. Molly Lou Mini #2 arrived during this time. Sadly, our time in FL came to a close and I agreed to do one more project before FIRMLY planting our roots somewhere. We packed up Florida, our children, and were headed to the great swing state of Ohio. We put some stuff in storage, the kids and I came back to SC, and Mr. Molly Lou had to finish up in FL for a few weeks. Just before we were to move, we got a call that the project had been "slowed" due to federal funding and we weren't moving. Mr. Molly Lou got put on a great project back in the upstate of SC and we decided to follow again. We got a temporary apartment until we were sure of our life plans, so for the past few months we have been stepping over each other in this apartment. This new home will feel like the White House as we seem to have forgotten what a spacious home might feel like.

This crazy life we have has been interesting and fun. I am so happy to finally have a resting spot and know that this is home for a long time. I am such a "home body" and Mr. Molly Lou has always been a "pack up and go" kind of guy. Our children are ready to slow down too and we look forward to many happy memories.

Bring your suits and come visit! Have a great day! Cheers!

PS-My apologies if you have been singing The Jefferson's theme song and will be for the rest of the day. Know that I am too!


  1. Congrats! House is adorable!

  2. I love, love, love your house. It is adorable! I also wanted to tell you that I am so glad you shared this story with us...the husband and I have been in a similar situation for the past 3-4 years in terms of moving all over creation for this opportunity and that opportunity...and he's currently gone for 9 weeks. It is nice to know other couples who go through the same distance and craziness...this summer is my last hooray - after that, we are putting roots down. Though I have to say, the decision to put roots down is a stressful one because all of a sudden everything seems to have a sense of permanent-ness that it didn't have before. C'est la vie!

  3. the house looks GORGEOUS!! I absolutely love it!! The Target things is a liiiiiittle bit of a bummer but I guess you give and take right?

    Congrats on the house!! and thanks for voting!!

  4. OMG!! I freaking LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! You are more than welcome to stay with me anytime so you can be back in a 10 minute Target range again. It will be hard, but you will be OK. I promise!!!! :)

    I am seriously going to visit so I can swim in the pool. Sigh. I always wanted one too!

  5. That house is adorable!!! I would love to have one just like it! :) You have had a one busy life my friend and I'm so glad things are starting to settle down for you now...all that moving, bless your heart! But we do what we gotta do, right?! Can't wait to see more pics, including that fabulous pool! YAY! :D

  6. Wow, Molly Lou Hubby is a lucky man to have such an understanding lady! The house is ADORABLE!

  7. I absolutely love the house - it is adorable! Both the husband and I grew up with swimming pools and we really, really want to have one whenever we purchase a home :-)

  8. That song is tormenting me these days - hahaha - My cousin is also currently moving into their "dream home" and every FB pic is titled "moving on up". Hilarious!! Love your house. Such an exciting time!!!

  9. CONGRATULATIONS MY FRIEND!! I can feel your excitement! YAHOO FRO ALL THE MINI'S!!!

    I just had to lol reading all the traveling, that is the main reason we started homeschooling! {ofcourse continued once Baylor was diagnosed with Tourette} We all enjoyed seeing the world! We made the most of every stop.....big fat orange cat in tow! {hotels and all!}

    I will be waiting on my cute preppy invitation for the pool party to arrive, you know my address!

    I am LOL'd at the target comment! Girl, when I lived at the beach, ....let me tell you, it was the BEACH....the only thing you were getting was something from Souvenir Shop or gas station. Subway was like Ruth's Chris! The ONE burger King burned down, then they built a McD's! {you KNOW i don't eat that stuff} and the closed Walmart was about 30 min. away.....right when we were moving it started to boom...they now have a TARGET! lol {still about 30 min away though}

    So now, don't hate me, I am less than 2 miles from HOBBLY LOBBY and less than 1/2 mile from the shopping center with POTTERY BARN AND WILLIAMS SONOMA! Gas stations and restaurants everywhere!

    I am all about me some mega posts today,,,I need to stop! CONGRATS!!!

  10. The house is adorable, but don't worry! I'm totally panicked about my house-Target distances! When we moved within our town, and it took me away from Target, I was freaked! I still complain to the hubs about it!

  11. Your new house is GORGEOUS!!!! Congrats!


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