Tuesday, October 7, 2014

We've Moved. Again.

After two years of renting small spaces, we finally decided we needed more space.

We have loved living in both the apartment (minus the smokers and noise) and the small house if for no other reason than the low rent. Two years of low rent meant we got to put a huge chunk of money to our loans (student loans suck). It felt really good to see those loans shrink by leaps and bounds.

While our loans are not fully paid off yet, we decided that for our last year here, we just needed more room to spread out. We wanted dedicated space for school work (both mine and Emma's) and we wanted Emma to have a space all her own. She's been great sharing a room with us, but she's been talking about wanting her own room for the last few months.

And really, Jared and I are ready for our own room again.

So, we started looking. Ideally we would have liked to find a house with at least two bedrooms and rent that wasn't way more than what we had been paying. All we could find were run down houses in not so awesome neighborhoods. The one that we found and liked had already been rented. Another one that we were interested in collected applications for a few weeks before making a decision (it's still for rent a few weeks after we saw it). I'm not that patient.

So, desperate to move at this point, I started looking on base. Moving on base wasn't really what we wanted, but we had made up our minds that we wanted more space (and something insulated for the coming winter). Moving on base means that all the money Jared gets paid for housing would be taken and we only had two floor plans to choose from. Oh, and they had a six month waiting list.

Then I realized if we were willing to spend that much money to live on base, why not look in that price range off base?

We loved the first house we found. A few hundred less than what it would cost to live on base, a huge fenced backyard, 2.5 car garage, and FOUR bedrooms. We drove by the outside a few times and the neighborhood looked good. We called and found out it's still available and we made an appointment to check out the inside. We fell in love again.

Empty room photos are courtesy of Emma.

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The Gallery- the front door enters into this room

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The Gallery

We plan to plop a huge farmhouse table in this room (that I hope to build in the next few months) and line the walls with all our art and creations. Hence, The Gallery.

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The Kitchen

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Breakfast Nook

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Stairs to the basement

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Living Room

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Mine and Jared's Bedroom

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Emma's Bedroom

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Exercise Room

Across from the Exercise Room is our Library, but we both forgot to take photos of this room while it was empty. Now for a few photos of the unpacking in progress. 

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The Library
Emma is working on signs so that those awesome people that helped us move would know which rooms were which. 

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The Living Room
The cable got hooked up Saturday morning. It was a rough job hanging out waiting for the cable guy.

We were all to busy moving stuff to take any photos during the moving. I did manage to get one before everyone left though. 

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The conclusion of our Moving Party.
Emma and her friend Megan are putting on a show for us. 

And here are some photos after we have unpacked and organized and rearranged a bit. 

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Emma's bed after her first night in her very own room.

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We had pizza in the Gallery after all the moving was done. 

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The bulk of the boxes ended up in the library and Emma's room. 

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This will be the craft corner of the library.

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The sign says it all.

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Mostly put together kitchen. The portable dishwasher will be used as a drying rack. 

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The hardest part about organizing the library is not getting caught up in every good book. 

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Dennis the Menace

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It feels so good to have these shelves mostly finished.

And I realize I also forgot to take photos of the living room. Oh well. Over the next few weeks I will post more about each individual room. 

But for now, I need to get back to work. Today will be all about my bedroom and the living room while we wait for the garage door to get fixed. Then it's off to the old house to empty out the shed and start the clean-up process over there. 

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Healing, Horses, Houses, and Stuff

Just a quick update, mostly photos.

Jared is healing well. He goes in for his six week follow up on Tuesday where they will take x-rays to see how the bones are doing. He started work this week after being out for five weeks. He is still pretty sore, but is finally sleeping in bed now instead of our recliner.

And he is getting ready to purchase his next two bikes. No keeping this mountain biker down!

Photos from August (from most recent to earlier in the month)

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Scene of the Accident

One week later we were hitting the trail (on foot) to see if Jared could figure out what happened. He couldn't. It was a nice hike anyway. 

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"Ha ha ha, ouch, ha ha ha, ouch."

We find it hard to eat all fancy (pinkies out) when there is a glass of pee on the counter (it was actually apple juice). It was so good for all of us to laugh! Then we felt bad because it made Da hurt a bit. But we all kept laughing anyway. 

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Horse lesson for Emma and Skylar

The Wednesday after Jared was out of the hospital Emma and I really needed some horse therapy. We convinced Skylar to come along and even got her riding! 

Math Helps Heal

Yes, I am the type of wife that will put her battered and broken husband to work. His job was to help Emma with this number chart. They were working on multiplication. 

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Emma and Breezy 13Aug14

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Jared racing in the Montana Enduro series the weekend before his crash. 

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Mama riding Jordan 6Aug14

Photos from September (not really in order)

Visits from Gramma
School with Gramma

Gramma came out for a visit and it was so good to spend time with her! It also was fun to get to go to the movies (twice!) with Jared. 

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Building LEGO Friend's 

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"What's this I am wearing?"

First time wearing a t-shirt in five weeks. It felt pretty good!

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Da was feeling up to coming out to the ranch with us so he could watch Emma's lesson. He was in charge of the camera...

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Oh yeah, I cut all my hair off a while ago. 

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Benton Lake Wildlife Refuge

We took a family field trip to check out some of the local sights. This probably wasn't the best place to visit as there was MILES of construction with gravel roads and then the wildlife refuge is a 9 mile gravel loop. My bad. Thankfully Jared was healed up enough at this point that it wasn't too awful. 

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Our squirrels are seriously crazy. This guy loved attacking the sunflower then eating the seeds upside down. 

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What Happened at Mohenjo-Daro? 

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Fractions and Distractions

Emma started her homeschool lessons back up after Jared went back to work (which I should have a picture of). It's been going pretty well so far. Working with her on her school work is so much easier when I don't have my own to struggle with. 

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Emma riding bareback. 

After a year of living in our super tiny (530 sq ft) rental house, we have finally gotten to the point where we just need more space. So, we spent a few months trying to decided if we want to move or stick it out here for the last year, but more space just won over all the objections. We signed a lease yesterday and will get the keys on 3Oct. We are so excited! 

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More photos to come! 

Well, that's about all for now. We have more photos up on our flicker site if you want to check that out (https://www.flickr.com/photos/readysetjet/) and you can also follow us on Instagram

Hope the summer is treating you all well!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My New Glasses

"I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it."
Charles R. Swindoll

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Every situation has a thousand possible outcomes. Our choices do influence those outcomes, but there is no way to know what chain of events one simple choice will create. Sometimes we knowingly make not so great choices. But most of the times, we make choices that we believe are good, safe and mundane. 

Every day, Jared makes the choice of whether to ride his bike or not. Granted, some days work, weather or other commitments make the choice for him, but on most days, the choice is up to him. Just last week he decided not to go for a ride, for whatever reason. He figured he would just ride the next day. It rained the next day. 

After that, he kinda made the decision that passing up a riding opportunity without a good reason was not a good choice. 

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Riding is his stress relief. Flying down the single-track keeps him happy and healthy- both physically and mentally.

So, when he wanted to get a quick ride in this Saturday before we headed out to camp with friends, it was no big deal. The choice to go ride is one he makes most days of the week (on a good week). 

Dirty new tires(plate)

Did the same ol' that he always does (except he forgot his sunglasses and had to run back home to get them). Once he had everything ready to go, he sent me a text to let me know he was at the trail head (11:42 a.m.). 

Jared was barely a mile down the trail, which means he had only been riding for about five minutes or so when something happened (about 11:50 a.m.).

The next thing he remembers is waking up with his face in the dirt. At first he thought it was a dream. Then he realized it wasn't (about 12:05 p.m.). 

Jared sat for a while, dazed and confused, trying to asses himself and figure out what happened. A fellow mountain biker, Tim, found Jared sitting on the side of the trail. This gentlemen happened to be a doctor (around 12:15 p.m.).

Tim assessed Jared, letting Jared know his options were Life Flight (medical helicopter), or Jared could walk out. Jared decided to walk out (around 12:25 p.m.).

Once the guys made it back to Tim's truck and were headed to the ER, Jared gave me a call. He sounded awful (12:55 p.m.). 

Jared is not a massive risk taker and he doesn't push himself way past his limits. In fact, all the non-mountain bike riding he does is to increase his mountain biking skills. 

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Riding BMX teaches how to control his bike. Same with riding in the bike park. 

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When we go out for family rides or when he takes Emma to the park or around the block, he's always working on his bike handling skills. 

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We even took a family vacation to Colorado so he could attend a bike skills clinic! 

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Jared is a skilled and responsible rider (though he wouldn't admit to the skilled part). 

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Always wears his helmet and glasses. Takes enough water and snacks for the ride he plans to do. Carry's a few tools in case of a bike malfunction. And always let's me know where he's riding, when he starts out, and updates me every hour or so. 

But sometimes, life just kicks you in the ass.

First night in the hospital

At that point, your really have two choices. You can have a pity party, or you can put on your perspectacles

This is what I imagine my perspctacles look like. However it's spelled :0)
(This is how I imagine my perspectacles look.)

While I may not be able to spell perspectacles, I seem to be great at wearing them. Here are some of the things that I have seen while wearing them:

#1 and most imoportant- Jared came back to us. He came back broken and bleeding, but he came back. 
#2- He walked out and will walk away from this accident healthy and whole. 
#3- We have the worlds most amazing friends and family to help us and offer us support. 
#4- We have health insurance and...
#5- Access to fantastic medical professionals that are taking amazing care of Jared (and me).

And really, the list just goes on and on. Every day, heck, every couple hours my perspectacles reveal something else that we can be thankful for.  

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure today is going to be a beautiful day.