Monday, March 7, 2011

Changes

Remember a few weeks ago when I showed of my office remodel?  Well, here's what it looks like now....

Office after move
This room is now my office slash storage unit which contains all the furniture from nearly 3 rooms in my house - all part of the big changes I hinted at on Friday.

Over the weekend my sister, her husband and two small children moved in with me.  They are building a new house and got extremely lucky in this tough economy and sold their house in 3 weeks and needed a temporary place to stay, so we all decided we were up for the adventure of living together.

My house was not designed with kids in mind - my furniture choices are less than kid friendly, so we decided it would be best to move a lot of my stuff out and theirs in so the kids could be comfortable and just be kids.  We spent the weekend packing, moving, combining households and caring for a little one with strep throat.  Thankfully we have great families (on both sides) who stepped in a did a LOT of heavy lifting - including trudging through mounds of snow to get the kids playhouse on my back patio.

Miss M watching TV
The move was a lot of work but we are having a good time together.  I get to see faces like this every single day.  I get to hear my nephew call for me when he wakes up (I'm pretending he really wanted me, not just to have me turn Dora on for him.)  I even get to laugh over the fact that my sister and I ended up in the same dress Sunday (just different colors.)  We know it won't be easy, but in the end will be worth it.

David Bowie - Changes
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30 comments:

lisa said...

Truly Jamie, what kind person you are! I am sure you are right about it not being easy, but I'll also bet you will all make some wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

This little one is truly precious!

The Felix Family said...

I bet it will be a great time. You will make fun memories and I bet you'll miss them when they are gone. I am excited to see the fun you guys have!

Ashley Sisk said...

I was so singing that song before I even saw that you posted it.

maureen said...

How good of you to do this. And I agree, I'm certain you will have many fond memories from this experience.

Miss Becky said...

you have a huge heart. I'm sitting here pondering whether I would be able to do that! I'm looking forward to seeing more images of that little face and hearing the stories of these ch-ch-ch-changes! have a beautiful week Jamie!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Embrace it! Enjoy every moment with your niece and nephew... even if you need a glass of wine or five. :)

blue elephant photography said...

haha i love tammy's comment, yes please do have a glass of wine or five if you can't take it some days. but i bet it will be fun! and see you have this cute photo of your niece! *hugs* it will be okay =)

Amanda said...

There are some days that I wish that I lived with my baby nephew, but then I remember that I like sleeping. It seems like you are rolling with the punches pretty well over there. Enjoy these 3 wks.! :)

kelly@thebluemuse said...

What an adventure! I bet you will have a blast!

Nikki said...

It's so great that your are willing and able to help out your family.

krissilugbill said...

you are so awesome to take them in! Glad you are enjoying their time with you. There is nothing like family :)

justine said...

you are good! my sisters and I can't be in the same room together we just fight! it will be great for you to have the children around you, what fun!

Diana Joy said...

What a great sister you are. I think your plan of using their furniture is a great one. There will be so many special moments with them and they are lucky to have you......looking forward to more cute kid photos.

Lesley said...

I think this will be so much fun, such a great bonding time for you all too! What a lovely sister you are :)

Clare B said...

a Fullhouse - good luck.

Corinne said...

Life is best lived a little messy around the edges :)

(I think I just came up with my new favorite quote, ha!)

What an experience, for all of you. Hope it continues to be positive... enjoy those smiles and little moments!

Maegan Beishline said...

Oh Jamie...that's so exciting! What a fun experience for all of you...especially the little ones! They will always remember this time they spent so close to their Aunt Jamie!

Anna said...

Jamie, I'm sure that this time together will hold lots of amazing memories for you. Enjoy! Boy, will your camera be busy!!!!

Tezzie said...

Your office sure looks 'cozy' now! ;D Best of luck with your new adventure!

cindy said...

it's going to be a perpetual sleep-over! you are going to be so busy with those cuties around, and although it might be crowded, cozy sounds better. have fun!

Gilding Lilies said...

The adventure begins! Have fun with it Jamie.

Indie.Tea said...

OO, you are such a sweet person - to move all of your stuff so that your nieces/nephews could be comfortable. And to allow them to live with you for three weeks.
I hope you enjoy the time with them and its a fun three weeks!

Coco said...

You are such a sweet sister to do that for them. That was a smart idea to use their furniture.

Stephanie Faris said...

It's SOOOOOOOOOOOO weird you posted that video. I'm watching an old TV series called The Comeback and Lisa Kudrow was just singing that song...so it's the song that was stuck in my head as I read your blog.

Krystal said...

aw your poor office!! haha :) Probably smart though if you want to keep your stuff nice :)

urban muser said...

you are a good sister! plus, it must be nice to be able to spend some quality time with them. enjoy it.

Karen said...

How very lucky your sister is to have you nearby and willing to share your space! It's a big change for everyone.

Prairie Girl Studio said...

awwww ... bless your sweet, sweet heart jamie!
to turn your world upside down and open your home is a gift not many would consider giving ... but your heart is HUGE (i may have mentioned that before? ; ) ... and i can see you totally embracing this adventure ...
your kindness and good heartedness is numbing in the nicest way possible ... : )
enjoy your time together ...
love that the little guy calls for you ...
the love of your family is amazing and really warms me through and through ...
xoxo
prairiegirl

Laloofah said...

Wow, that is a big change, and very generous of you! Congratulations to your sister and her husband for selling their home so quickly (we're hoping for similar luck soon!) and I hope everything goes smoothly and you'll all enjoy "camping out" together! Just think, once they've moved into their new home, it'll be like having a brand new office all over again! :-)

ELK said...

well i am coming to this party a little late.. I would have helped you rearrange...seriously ..it will be an adjustment but mostly pure joy!
you are so generous jamie ..enjoy this time

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