One More Thing

One more quick thing.  I got a couple emails last week with people asking if I'm on Instagram, and the answer is Yes!  You can find me @madebymonica. I love Instagram, in fact, I'm slightly obsessed with it.  I find it infinitely better than twitter (which by the way, I closed my twitter account).  Anyway, long story short, I update Instagram multiple times a day, so if you are wondering what's going on with us over the next few weeks, go on over to Instagram for lots of picture updates daily.


Our Easter and a Setback

We had a lovely Easter weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect, which meant most of our time was spent outside (when we weren't running errands and packing, that is).
Our Easter Attire (notice Cohen's mouth is filled with peanut butter crackers from his Easter eggs)

Chris and I were completely shocked by Cohen's egg hunting skills, it was as if he'd been hunting eggs for years.  He picked up every egg, put them all in the basket, and even knew how to open them up. Once he figured out there were crackers inside, I think each egg was opened in less than a minute:) He was pretty cute to watch.

I'm glad it was Easter weekend so we could keep our minds off the house issue we unexpectedly ran into Friday.  Long story short, our closing was moved from Monday (yesterday) to Wednesday because there was an issue with the seller's bank.  Not a huge setback, but still annoying.  I'm an extreme planner, so when things like this pop up at the last minute, I tend to get more stressed out than I need to be.  Keep your fingers crossed everything goes as planned tomorrow, we have really busy schedules for the next 2 weeks, so any other delays would be really difficult.

On the subject of really busy schedules, I know I've often said we are busy lately, but this time I really mean it!  No really!  The next two weeks will be insanely crazy around our parts, so please be patient with me, as I'd be shocked if I find the time to write anything over the next few weeks. Here's why: The rest of this week will include: Three 4 hour round-trip drives (between our old house and new house), closing on our new house, two important phone interviews, a going away party, a 30th birthday party, the movers arrive to pack our house, and Chris has a conference in Des Moines.  Next week: The movers will deliver all of our belongings to the new house, my parents arrive from Washington on Tuesday, we have tons of new house projects to attempt while my parents are here to help, unpack a bazillion boxes, we're hosting Cohen's first birthday party with family, attending the Olympic Trials, and hopefully we'll have time to visit my cousin who just delivered her son 15-weeks early (major prayer request by the way).

Oh and did I mention, do all of this while attending to our one year-old's every need.

Phew!  Tired of reading my explanation of why I'll be MIA for awhile? Cause I'm tired of writing about it. Next time I write, I hope to have lots of pictures of the new place!  Be forewarned it's a MAJOR fixer-upper, so get ready to see lots of house projects in the near future.

Until next time, Monica


An Easter Basket

I had grand plans of creating an entirely handmade Easter basket this year, but between our move and being a single mom most days it just didn't happen.  I did manage to make an Ugly Doll-esque Easter rabbit, but everything else was picked up here and there. Hope he likes it.
1. Playschool Pop-Up Toy (here)
2. Giant Bug (similar here)
3. Monster Puzzle (similar here)
4. Handmade Easter Rabbit (Love This Handmade Rabbit here)
5. Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks (here)
6. Books (The Dumb Bunnies Easter (here) & The Story of Jesus (here))

Our Easter plans look a little something like this: a family breakfast, Easter egg hunt, church, lunch, drive to Iowa City to do the final walk through on our new house, then hopefully get some sleep before we sign all our house papers on Monday!  That's right we are closing on Monday!  I'm so happy I could cry (oh wait!? I've already cried 3x this week in excitement). What are your plans? Wishing you all a lovely Easter weekend! {Monica}


My Apologies

I'm officially the World's worst blogger as of late.  I'd like to blame it on a myriad of things but really we've just been in our own little world.  We've been preparing for the move, visiting my grandparents who just returned to Iowa from Oregon (where they spend their Winters), and taking time to enjoy this wonderful State we live in.  Friday Cohen and I spent half the afternoon outside, watching my grandpa mow the lawn (Cohen is obsessed with lawn mowers at the moment), playing in piles of grass clippings, rolling down the huge hills in my grandparent's back yard, and bird watching (he's also obsessed with birds).  I'm trying to make an effort to enjoy these last few days of calm before the move, so don't expect to see me on here much in the next couple weeks.  I promise to get back to my regular posting as soon as were moved and settled in.  Oh, and I promise to post some new house pictures soon too. {Monica}