Mollie. Redhead. 30-something stay at home mom of two. Happily back in the 716 after 9 years in the 512

 

One year ago today we were visiting Buffalo. It was a perfect sunny Buffalo afternoon, so we took the kids on a walk in my parents neighborhood. It was on this walk that we decided it was time to come home for good. 

Two short months later, Jason was getting ready for his drive back here from Texas to start his new job. Six weeks after that, we left Austin behind for good. 

It’s been an awesome year full of challenges and triumphs. We survived our first terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Buffalo winter in 10 years, we both found jobs we love, bought our dream home, and most importantly- we’re surrounded by people we love. 
As someone who hates change, I fully embraced it this past year!

One year ago today we were visiting Buffalo. It was a perfect sunny Buffalo afternoon, so we took the kids on a walk in my parents neighborhood. It was on this walk that we decided it was time to come home for good.

Two short months later, Jason was getting ready for his drive back here from Texas to start his new job. Six weeks after that, we left Austin behind for good.

It’s been an awesome year full of challenges and triumphs. We survived our first terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Buffalo winter in 10 years, we both found jobs we love, bought our dream home, and most importantly- we’re surrounded by people we love.

As someone who hates change, I fully embraced it this past year!

A good bike makes all the difference.

The past few years I’ve been tooling around on a $90 walmart single gear beach cruiser bike. Once I started riding with Grady attached to the back of it, it was miserable. It felt like I was riding with 2 flat tires and he had a sail on the back.

I was so desperate that we picked up my 18 year old mountain bike from my parents house, and planned on rehabbing it, just so I could have multiple gears.

When we picked the kids up from the in-laws yesterday, my MIL gave me one of her old super fancy Trek hybrids. OMG. It was such a change that it actually felt like I was being propelled. I wiped out once because I forgot I had my feet in the toe clips, but other than that, it was awesome.

We just need to remember to start packing lunch though. I could have gone forever, except I got super hangry.

Drunk walk to my parents house? Yes, please. 
Life is good.

Drunk walk to my parents house? Yes, please.
Life is good.

Sunday bike ride done! 15.5 miles from Niawanda Park to the marina and back.

Sunday bike ride done! 15.5 miles from Niawanda Park to the marina and back.

My dad is pretty great

I’m a day late on the Father’s Day stuff, I know, but we didn’t find out until tonight that my dad won Coach of the Year for WNY. Not just for girls basketball, which is what he coaches, but for ALL high school sports in WNY. He was one of 5 coaches nominated, and he truly never thought he would get it. So he didn’t have a speech prepared. He rambled for a while, and managed to get out what he wanted to say, and at the end, threw in a “God Bless America”, and it was hysterical.He has put his heart and soul into coaching for the past 24 years; this was a long time coming. And what makes it even more special was that it was the inaugural ceremony. 

How cute is he? You practically have to treat him like a toddler to get him to smile for pictures, I think my sister was actually talking to him like he was a baby. Otherwise, he just looks like Chandler. That’s his dad to his left. It’s even harder to get him to smile. 

The keynote speaker was former Buffalo Bill and Football Hall of Fame nominee, Andre Reed. 

After the ceremony, dad was too cool for pictures, so we took a sibling selfie. 

The end. 

Have I mentioned how much I love being back here? Because I love it.

This kid turned FIVE today. How? 

Other stuffs:

I love our new neighborhood. We’ve met more of our neighbors in the past few weeks than we did in the 7 years in our neighborhood in Texas. So many kids, too. Actual neighborhood > development neighborhood. 

I need to get back to the gym. I feel gross. I’ve been on hiatus for the past several weeks since we closed on the house because we’ve been getting this place in order every possible second and shit’s tiring. Related: I fucking hate painting. And the people who painted every goddamn thing in this house turquoise. Just, why would you ever? 

My bro has said that our gym friends have been asking where his “buddy” has been. We’ve never talked to any of them, but apparently they notice when you’re not there. 

Despite the fact that we will be working on this place for an eternity, I love it. The space is so much better than we had before. How did we survive without an attic and a basement? I do not know. 

Work is good. Busy, as my boss has sold a lot of homes in the past couple weeks, and he’s been in NYC since Friday. I’ve been checking his emails and it’s giving me hives. But busy means I get paid, so… wine. 

I can’t believe we’ve been back home for 7 months now. We’re settled, but I still feel unsettled. I still don’t feel like this is our permanent place because we spent so much time in temporary housing. I’m hoping to feel more settled soon. Maybe when we’re done painting never. 

Grady’s birthday party is Saturday and it’s really exciting that all of our family will be here, and they just need to drive down the street. 

Because of all the work we’ve been doing on the house, I’ve been too tired/busy to drink. It’s nice to kick back with a pizza, cupcakes and wine tonight.

Let’s talk about weather. It’s gorgeous here. I love being able to go outside and not melt. 

Saw TFIOS last night with mom, dad, a bro and a sis. So much ugly cries. 

Wine. So much of it tonight.

This kid turned FIVE today. How?

Other stuffs:

I love our new neighborhood. We’ve met more of our neighbors in the past few weeks than we did in the 7 years in our neighborhood in Texas. So many kids, too. Actual neighborhood > development neighborhood.

I need to get back to the gym. I feel gross. I’ve been on hiatus for the past several weeks since we closed on the house because we’ve been getting this place in order every possible second and shit’s tiring. Related: I fucking hate painting. And the people who painted every goddamn thing in this house turquoise. Just, why would you ever?

My bro has said that our gym friends have been asking where his “buddy” has been. We’ve never talked to any of them, but apparently they notice when you’re not there.

Despite the fact that we will be working on this place for an eternity, I love it. The space is so much better than we had before. How did we survive without an attic and a basement? I do not know.

Work is good. Busy, as my boss has sold a lot of homes in the past couple weeks, and he’s been in NYC since Friday. I’ve been checking his emails and it’s giving me hives. But busy means I get paid, so… wine.

I can’t believe we’ve been back home for 7 months now. We’re settled, but I still feel unsettled. I still don’t feel like this is our permanent place because we spent so much time in temporary housing. I’m hoping to feel more settled soon. Maybe when we’re done painting never.

Grady’s birthday party is Saturday and it’s really exciting that all of our family will be here, and they just need to drive down the street.

Because of all the work we’ve been doing on the house, I’ve been too tired/busy to drink. It’s nice to kick back with a pizza, cupcakes and wine tonight.

Let’s talk about weather. It’s gorgeous here. I love being able to go outside and not melt.

Saw TFIOS last night with mom, dad, a bro and a sis. So much ugly cries.

Wine. So much of it tonight.

Progress. This used to be covered in hideous wallpaper. And turquoise woodwork.

Progress. This used to be covered in hideous wallpaper. And turquoise woodwork.

Grady was our post ice cream entertainment 🎶🎹

Grady was our post ice cream entertainment 🎶🎹

Finally got my king bed back today! It’s been a long 7 months in a double bed. Especially when the kids crawl in with us in the wee morning hours. 

We’ve had a long road these past 10 months with living away from Jason for a couple months, then shacking up with my bro for 7 months with half of our stuff in storage, then slowly moving to our new place with our stuff in 3 places. We finally got the rest of our stuff from storage today and are currently getting our house all comfy and cozy. 

Even though our place is a disaster still, I’m feeling a lot more settled. I love our neighborhood. It’s old and established with huge trees, and we feel like we’re more a part of civilization instead of being in a development. I love hearing the traffic (for now) and I love our little courtyard like patio. Hopefully we love this house forever, because it’s perfect for us. Also, I never want to move again. 

I know I’ve said it a million times already, but I’m loving living so close to family now. It’s great to have so much help from everyone, and I can’t wait to have big family parties here. So glad we found such a big place, which is rare for this area.

Finally got my king bed back today! It’s been a long 7 months in a double bed. Especially when the kids crawl in with us in the wee morning hours.

We’ve had a long road these past 10 months with living away from Jason for a couple months, then shacking up with my bro for 7 months with half of our stuff in storage, then slowly moving to our new place with our stuff in 3 places. We finally got the rest of our stuff from storage today and are currently getting our house all comfy and cozy.

Even though our place is a disaster still, I’m feeling a lot more settled. I love our neighborhood. It’s old and established with huge trees, and we feel like we’re more a part of civilization instead of being in a development. I love hearing the traffic (for now) and I love our little courtyard like patio. Hopefully we love this house forever, because it’s perfect for us. Also, I never want to move again.

I know I’ve said it a million times already, but I’m loving living so close to family now. It’s great to have so much help from everyone, and I can’t wait to have big family parties here. So glad we found such a big place, which is rare for this area.