Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Goodbye Starkville

Ah. Moving weekend. So fun.  Just kidding.  Ha!  And I wasn't even doing the hard stuff!  We started on a Friday.  My Dad and Mr. Bill Gilley came up and they completely loaded down our small truck.  They went ahead and drove the truck to Southaven and parked it at our house which is where it stayed until we closed on Tuesday. 

Ellington looooved being a helper!

Finley made sure everything was running smoothly. :)

On Saturday Reagan, Bryant, Mom, and Dad came to help load the big truck.  Wes, from our small group, came to help for awhile too.  Saturday we loaded everything and got the house nice and clean for the new owners.

We took a lunch break and headed to Little Dooey's to celebrate this guy's 60th bday!  That's right...he spent his big birthday working hard!  Such a good Dad and Pop!

Just multiply by 10! ;)

Last Little Dooey's as Starkville residents!

After lunch Ellington played with Austin at her house while we finished up.  When it was almost time to go they came over to take pictures, play in the truck, and say goodbye. :(

And there we have it...all loaded up and moved out!

We were in house limbo for a few days.  We moved out on a Saturday, closed on our old house on Monday and closed on our new house on Tuesday.  We stayed with my parents for part of the time and then stayed with Brad and Julie.  Whew!  Moving is not easy. :)  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Goodbye House

Before I post about moving day, I decided I should posts some pictures of our house in Starkville.  These are the pictures that I took for the realtor.  We were SO blessed in the selling of this house.  Literally, the first or second day that it was on the market a couple came to see it and made an offer!  Amazing!  I was sooooo nervous and overwhelmed about keeping the house "show" ready especially since Robert was already working in TN.  On top of that stress...just the stress of having to be out of the house during showings with two little ones is hard.  We were so so so thankful that it went SO fast!  And as an added blessing, they couldn't move until early May so we got to stay and finish the school year with the comfort of knowing the house was SOLD.  

The outside picture is a little blah because it was taken during winter. :)

Our kitchen.  Ah!!!  I miss this kitchen so much.  I mean, look how big and spacious!!  We were spoiled for sure.  Our new kitchen is teeny tiny compared to this. 

I miss our living room too.  Spacious and so much light!  We totally re-did the area in the front of the room.  We added the shelving and had the mantle painted white (it was dark like the kitchen cabinets).  We also had the tv part dry walled (it was a big tv "hole") and the tv mounted on the wall.  We miss this set up!

Hall bath/the girls bath

Ellington's room

Finley's room/guest room

This is the dining room that we used as a playroom.

This is looking in from the front door.  The girls bedrooms were to the left, dining room to the right, and the living room straight ahead.

Master bedroom

Master bathroom

Back patio

We only lived in our White Oak Lane house for a little less than 2 years but I miss it so much!  It was a great size and had an amazing layout.  A great couple bought it so that made selling it a little easier!  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Goodbye School

I was on a roll with the blog posts and then I got to the pictures of our last day of school and just stopped.  I knew it would be hard to just look at the pictures...we won't even talk about how hard it's going to be to try to put everything into words!  But, I need to do it so we can have our memories and so that I can move on. :)  Obviously, our school holds a very dear place in my heart.  It was the hardest "goodbye" of all and it's still the thing/place I miss the most.  I started working at FUMC Weekday Ministries during the spring semester of my freshman year of college which was in 2004.  I worked off and on in the afternoons as my college schedule allowed.  Fast forward to the fall of 2008 when I took my first "real" teaching job post college.  I taught 2 year olds in the Lamb Room with Mrs. Angie.  I looooved being the Lamb teacher and I loved working with Mrs. Angie.  That year was truly amazing.  I have a class of kids on MWF and a different group on T/Th.  I had the best kids and some of the parents from that bunch are still close friends.  One is actually one of my dearest Starkville friends.  That group really set a good foundation for me...not just in my first year of teaching but those were (and are!) some of my most precious relationships.  I didn't teach the next school year because Ellington was born that October.  At the time our plans were that I would stay home as a Mama indefinitely...hopefully forever.  Our plans are not always what end up happening so I returned the next school year when Ellington was 10 months old.  I was one of the teachers in her room.  It was the infant/toddler Parent's Morning Out room.  Honestly, I really really didn't like that room.  Ha.  I guess I am not a baby person.  And, being with Ellington was HARD.  She wasn't old enough to understand that I couldn't just take care of her.  There were other factors as to why that year was hard but overall...I just survived it.  After that year I was able to move downstairs (where the 3s and 4s are) and start working just 3 mornings a week.  For two years I taught 4 year olds and this last year I taught 3 year olds.  I loved being downstairs and had some GREAT teacher friends.  Most of them are my parents age so obviously I wouldn't have been friends with them otherwise but they are so dear to me!  And they all treated Ellington like their own...bringing her surprises, making her cookies, baking her favorite other words...just spoiling her!  This last year I was actually Ellington's teacher again.  I was sooo nervous about doing that but it went better than I expected.  I always thought she was sort of reserved at school (like I always was)- WRONG. She is a loud and lively ring leader.  Ha!  Here are a few pictures from our last day.  It was a sad and hard day.  I cried a few times but I am so thankful for these memories.

This is a side view of our school.  We parked in this parking lot and walked in from here every morning. Our last morning was absolutely BEAUTIFUL.  Sunny and cool.  A perfect goodbye morning.

This is sweet Mrs. Kerr.  She was my "floater" helper this year but she is sooooo much more than that.  She totally took over my class the first two months of school while I was home with Finley.  She did an awesome job...I didn't have to worry about my class a bit!  She always went above and beyond to help me.  She baked us goodies.  She babysat for us.  She is such a precious person!  She actually lived in Philadelphia for a little bit and knew me while I was little bitty.  Small world!  We miss Mrs. Kerr so much!!!

This is Mrs. Keaton, one of Finley's teacher.  She is absolutely the sweetest person!  I was SO thankful to have her taking care of Finley!

This is Finley's other teacher, Mrs. Everlena.  I cannot say enough about how precious she is!  I worked with her some in college so I have known her for awhile.  I have never ever ever heard her complain.  Not once.  And ya'll, that is HARD to do when you work in childcare. :)  I know I haven't come close to that!  I have never heard her be harsh or even frustrated with a child (again, hard to do sometimes!).  I always felt 100% comfortable with Finley being with Mrs. Keaton and Mrs. Everlena....and that is saying a lot coming from me!  I am not easy to please when it comes to my kiddos. :)

My sweet little Zebra class. :)  This was our end of the year party!

I miss this sweet bunch sooooo much!  (So does Ellington!!!!)

Marris was Ellington's closest friend this year.  They were basically inseparable. They had school together on MWF mornings, dance on Tuesday mornings, and most Thursday mornings Ellington would play at Marris' house.  We were so blessed by her and her family this past year!

I LOVE these sweet girls.  
Malli Brynn, Brooklyn, Ellington, and Marris

My little bunch of Zebras.

It was such a hard morning and school is still the part of Starkville that I miss the most but I am trying to focus on the fact that we had such a precious place to be rather than the fact that it is no longer a part of our lives.  I have so many sweet friendships that I will always hold dear and I am SO thankful for the precious ladies who loved on my girls.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Goodbye Party

The next few posts are going to be pretty hard to write.  Just looking at the pictures makes me want to cry!  We are getting to the point where the posts will be our last few days in Starkville. So sad.  I never imagined living in Starkville so long and I never imagined being sooooo sad to leave.  But it's definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done.  When I think of Starkville I think of a sweet little place of comfort.  That's really the only way I can describe it.  I will always look back on our time there so fondly.  Anyway, pass the tissue!

We were so so so blessed to live next door to really great friends.  Ellington and Austin have been friends since being in the toddler class at school at church.  When they met they weren't even 2 years old yet.  When we moved in next door both girls loved being able to run back and forth to each other's house.  I was especially thankful for it when I was extremely pregnant with Finley and right after she was born.  Ashia was so sweet to have Ellington over to play often.  

Before we moved Austin invited Ellington over for a little goodbye party.  They had balloons, decorated cupcakes, and gave Ellington a gift.  It was so sweet and a special memory for them to have together!

I think they have a bright future in the bakery business. ;)

Having next door neighbors to play with, to trick or treat with, to borrow everything from eggs to hair bows to milk, to kill snakes with, to pick up fallen Christmas tree with, to roast marshmellows with...was something I have realized I took for granted while we had it right there.  So, to the Goods...we miss ya'll so much!