Yay, we're moving to Ithaca! The date is finalized and plane tickets are purchased; it's the first week of December! Oh, ahem. It will be cold.
No worries, we can handle this. Easy-peasy: buy coats!
Cora doesn't even need a coat; the 'warm snuggly' that fits into her carseat and a nice hat should do fine. It's not like she'll be running around any time soon. Alex and I already have the gear**. So, we're all done.
Then the company moving the dogs (they'll be shipped via ground) called to remind us that we need to send coats with them since they're greyhounds. Greyhounds, for all intensive purposes, are naked. The have almost no body fat and very thin coats. Ahh, not quite done with the winter gear yet!
I love my dogs, but I'm not going to buy them $100 coats. Sorry, guys. So, the girls and I hit up a fabric store earlier this week and got to work. (Side story; Noelle + aisles of fabric = hysterical running & laughing. She loved it there. Other shoppers helped me keep track of her with yells of 'she's over here!'. Next time, we're going in with her strapped into a stroller =))
We picked out some super warm fleece for the inner layer and waterproof nylonfor the shell. $30 and a few hours later we had:
The dogs were even good sports about trying them on and modeling.
Catching Suka's good side
They're even comfortable
When I have a little extra time/motivation (right) I'll make some coats for fall/spring temps. At least we have the essential cold weather gear covered***.
* There are hats, gloves, boots, and a snowsuit too. We wouldn't just throw her out there with only a coat.
** Gear that we've been dragging around and not using for the six years were were in California. It probably would have been less aggravation to have gotten rid of our coats and bought new ones now =)
*** Technically, they need booties too. Boots. For dogs. Arg. I'll get to that eventually.
This past week was nice and low-key. The girls and I got in a good deal of park time together and that was about as hectic as it got. Also, another birthday came and went for me:
Mom is 31-years-old!
When Alex and my father sent me flowers (aww, thanks men-in-my-life) we realized that we never took photographs of Alex and Noelle with her birthday roses. So, they used two of my roses for the big photo shoot.
Birthday roses with Daddy; I'm two!
Of course, that went about as smoothly as you would expect of a photo session with a two-year-old =)
After years of saving and planning we have joined the ranks of home owners! More accurately, we're mortgage owners; but it's still pretty great =)
Back of the house*
Alex has been in Ithaca this week to handle the closing and the initial round of contractors needed for everything from landscaping to painting. The home has a log cabin-like feel, even though it isn't one. It sits on a pretty, natural, 1.5 acre lot at the end of a nice, quite street; perfect for raising little kids.
Dining room/living room**
The best part of the property, if you ask me, is the additional 8.5 acres of completely wild land out back. Whenever Alex and I talked about moving back to Ithaca, this is what I envisioned:
View of buttermilk stream in the backyard
Now, we just have to work out the details of actually moving there. That will likely happen toward the end of November. I can't wait!
* Alex didn't take any pictures of the front of the house; odd =)
** Special thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Hayes for starting off our furnishings with this beautiful dining room set!