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I love this blog because it's a place where I can share our experiences and memories while hopefully inspiring and encouraging others. I try to be as real as possible, but at the same time, I am definitely guilty of showcasing the "sunshine and rainbows" part of my life more than anything else. Parker and I love our life together, but we face the same real life annoyances and stresses that everyone else does.

Our life has been just the opposite of glamorous lately (Is it ever really glamorous? Not particularly.), so I thought I would share what real life has looked like lately in our neck of the woods.

Let's see, where to begin? Well, we moved from Texas to Virginia. Moving in and of itself keeps you on your toes, but it gets taken to another level when the moving company misplaces your household goods. Yep, that happened. We are going to be without our things 2 weeks longer than we had planned, and honestly, that's just the nature of the beast. We have gotten so lucky with our previous moves and have always had friendly service and quick delivery. This has pretty much been the opposite of that. I am not going to speak poorly of the moving company on the blog, but if any of you are looking to move, I am happy to tell you who I wouldn't recommend. Eeesh. Anyways, in light of moving into an empty house and waiting patiently for our things to arrive, this is our life in a nutshell:

  • We purchased an air mattress and two $5 lawn chairs so we would have a place to sit and sleep. We are keeping things super classy over here. It's been fun having friends over and offering up the nearest lawn chair. Hosting has taken a turn for the worst since moving to the east coast.
  • We have been eating dinner while sitting on top of the kitchen counters. Then we upgraded to the lawn chairs. Again, classy.
  • I have been lining shelves like it's going out of style. We may not be able to unpack or decorate, but I can make sure every single shelf in the house is lined to perfection! It is, by the way.
  • I decided I wasn't going to let not having household goods stop me from making Parker a nice meal on the 4th of July. I had borrowed one pot and one pan from a friend, and I bought a pie plate from Target so I could make a peach cobbler. Cobblers and the 4th are like peas and carrots. I planned it out well, until I started making the crust and realized I didn't have any measuring cups. Baking should not be done without measuring cups. Ever. I decided I had made enough pie crusts in my day to recognize the right consistency, so I measured out handfuls that I thought were close to a cup. It was ridiculous, but the cobbler actually came out edible. Good grief.
  • Our new little Darla pup has a habit where she pees when she gets really excited. She's been in a new place where everything is exciting, so Parker and I have gone from purposely trying to get the pups excited for things like we do with Jenny to talking in monotone voices and walking around like robots. It seems to be working. Jenny probably thinks we've gone nuts.
  • Parker and I decided to clean out the shed in the backyard, which essentially looked like Parker raking out tons of rat poop and me pretending to help. Then, Parker found a flower pot with leaves in it and... yes, 3 baby rats. We felt badly killing the rodents, so we set them free in a field far from our house. What is wrong with us? Parker really wants me to blog about the experience and share the videos we took of the process, but I am just not sure I want to subject y'all to that.

Lining shelves all day, every day. That Blue Bell on the counter was necessary. It was also thawing a bit, because have you ever tried to serve ice cream with a plastic spoon?

Pizza on the counter! At this point, we are just so thankful to be eating something that isn't a fast food hamburger.

See ya later, rat poop. Not our favorite evening so far.

Peach cobbler time: a pot was the mixing bowl, and my hand was the measuring cup. That looks like about a cup, right?

You've gotta love pups. In the midst of all this real life happening, they just want to wrestle. Ah, the simple life.
So that's what real life looks like over here! Honestly, I kind of love it. It may not be glamorous, but it sure is fun.


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25 comments :

The Jessa Olson Blog said...

I'm sorry that you have had a bad time. We had an issue with the USPS and they lost 2 of our boxes. One of the boxes was a 40lb box of books. So glad that we are closer now..

Samantha @ Life is But a Stream of Thoughts said...

Moving is always such a pain. Your stuff never comes when you want it to or when they say it should, and you eat so much pizza off of paper plates that you never want to do that again. But it really teaches you to be positive and also shows you that at the end of the day you can live a happy life with a minimalist lifestyle, and that your family is so important.

Always in a Southern State of Mind said...

I hate that they lost your HHG.
You definitely encouraged me to get into the lining game!

and I totally get the tinkling when excited phase. Our pup went through it when we first moved and it was nothing but monotone and robot movements for at least the first two months.. then she stopped!

Carly Blogs Here said...

I loved this post! Not because you're having a harder time than usual right now or because you're missing your items from the move, but because you can tell you're choosing to really do the best with what you have!

Rachel S. said...

What part of VA are you in? I live near Charlottesville!

Amy said...

G.I.R.L.
sheesh.
TWO WEEKS extra? dang dang dang.
but y'all seem to be making the best out of it - no measuring cups and all!

Jen said...

Oh the joys of military life and not having your household goods. I am dreading the day when ours get packed up.

Life with the Grothe said...

I dont think i could live a military life to be honest.
I love peach cobbler

Stephanie said...

Ahhh moving woes. On the bright side, with plastic plates there aren't as many dishes to wash...At least you all get some good stories out of the deal.

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Sam @ reddyorknot.blogspot.com said...

Moving is always a struggle but glad to see you guys are making the best of it! I love that you measured the ingredients by hand...you are a modern day Julia Child! I'm impressed :)

Nicole said...

Great outlook. But thumbs down for no stuff. Eek! You are doing far better than I would be.

Kathleen said...

Oh my gosh!! Two weeks without any of your things?! I cannot imagine! But at least you and your hubby are able to keep things light and make the most of them! Now y'all have fun story to tell people!

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I'm Kathleen from Places I Will Go. :)

Lisa C said...

Blue Bell is one of the many perks of living in the South, haha. Hope your stuff arrives quickly!

Rachel Lynn said...

Hurray for military moves and the accommodations we make. And it totally looks like about a cup to me :)

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Bailey Kay said...

I can't imagine living without my stuff for a while!

Mrs. M ~ a.k.a. ~ April said...

Thanks Chelsea for your real life adventures! New puppies, gotta love them! I really need to get ours into training soon. She listens but I think we can do so much better.

Veronica Lee Burns said...

haha oh to laugh at life's turmoils... Sounds like your new adventure has been tough but you also seem to be making the best of it. I can't imagine making that big of a move. TX to OK was big enough for me! lol

Hana R said...

Is it weird, every time I read one of your blog posts and see y'all wearing Aggie gear, I get really happy?!

Kirstie said...

Man when we first moved here our move wasn't the greatest experience we were without our things for a month like you sleeping on an air mattress and then the movers broke our couch… Glad to see you guys are making the best of it!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

These are the memories you'll have forever. Love that you guys still look so happy!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

These are the memories you'll have forever. Love that you guys still look so happy!

Mom/Kelly said...

You definitely made lemonade out of your lemons!! :) Way to look at the glass half full!! Super proud of you, precious daughter!!

Melzie at Ribbons and Rotor Blades said...

Bleh! We've all been there (we being milspouses). I hope your HHG arrive soon!!!! Vino started the excited peeing after her spay so we got pills that helped improve it. Thankfully we weaned her off the pills and it doesn't happen anymore but it was a huge pain when it was happening!

Patty said...

Lining the cabinets was one of the most annoying things when we got back from our honeymoon to take care of; took so much time!

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