Monday, November 3, 2014

We made it!

This was me last Thursday after a full day of flying from Spokane to Seattle and then ALL the way across this big country to Washington D.C.'s Reagan Airport.  With a 2 year old, 2 cats, a yellow lab and 8 suitcases.  Mandy and I were so very glad to see Brad and his pick up truck coming to get us.
Piper was an absolute angel on both flights.  She didn't fuss once and even got her own pair of wings!  :-). Seriously, Mandy and I were both a bit worried about occupying an active toddler for so long sitting in an airplane seat but Mandy was very prepared with a surprise being pulled out of her bag every hour or so.  A sticker book, a coloring book, a video on the iPad.  She is such a good Mama.  It worked out well, but as soon as we got into the truck look what happened...
Polly, (the dog), was a nervous wreck when we arrived.  She was exhausted and very happy to see her little girl.  They both slept most of the 2 hour drive through D.C.'s rush hour traffic with Polly's head in Piper's lap.  So cute.

I got a glimpse of this as we were going down the interstate highway.  We may try to go to see the sights a bit this weekend if the weather stays nice.
Here's the new house.
A different view. Please excuse the trash cans.  Tomorrow is garbage pick up day and we have filled the bins with packing material.
Mandy has already hung a pretty fall wreath on the door and put out the welcome mat.
The view I have from my bed.  Aren't the leaves pretty?  This is a very mixed neighborhood.  Old and new houses.  Very small and humongous houses.  Houses that are like mansions too.
I've taken Piper for at least one walk every day except rainy, windy Saturday.  It's a wonderful walking neighborhood with a park and this......
.....only a block from the house.  Chesapeake Bay.  With a swimming beach.  One block from home.  This is waaaay better than my summer lake place.  :-). There is a very nice park for Piper to play at right next to this beach.
Another view.  Look at that house.  I have a bad case of the "I wants" and must remind myself to be content with my MUCH smaller but happy home. :-). The leaves are absolutely beautiful right now.
The neighbors brought this over right after the moving van left.  Wasn't that nice?  The fruit is delicious and a very welcome treat.
Little Doc McStuffins getting ready to go to a party with Daddy on Halloween while Mommy and Grandma kept unpacking boxes.
And now we find we have to repaint the entire inside of this brand new house.  No one told us that here in Maryland they just use a primer on the inside of new houses and you're to actually paint it yourself.  I wanted so badly to have the house all set up for Mandy before I go home next Thursday, but now we have to paint everything.  Walls and ceilings in a huge 4 bedroom, 3 bath house.  I've never heard of such a thing.  We've been working sun up to sun down every day to get the necessary things put away.  I'm not sure we'll get everything done in time.

Tomorrow we buy paint and maybe drive to IKEA in Baltimore to get curtain rods and drawer pulls, etc.

I'm trying to catch up on blogs in the evenings before sleep.  If I've missed yours, please forgive me, I probably fell asleep with the iPad in my face. (Seriously, it happened last night!)

Have a lovely evening my friends.

"Come let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with, music and song."  Psalm 95:1,2



  1. Betsy, what an ordeal for you all to get to DC! I'm just so glad that Piper was such an angel. I have never heard of a builder not painting the inside of a house! I hope you can get a painter to do it - I'd be contacting the builder and give him a bit of a rant. I love the design of the house and that gorgeous beach and river so close! I do hope you get to go see some of the DC sights. I hope we get to see you when you get back and rest up. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Beautiful home--and a great location.... I'm so happy for the young couple and their precious daughter. YOU will miss them when you go back home... BUT--hopefully, you'll get to visit often!!!!!!

    I love new homes --but had never heard of them not painting the walls. I guess they think that most people will want to choose their own colors..???? Can you all hire someone to come in and do the painting????

    I remember once when I moved into a new home, I had to buy all of the curtain rods/blinds, etc... Fun fun!!!!!!

    Well--don't work too hard... Just keep on enjoying that precious granddaughter for a little while longer.

    Betsy--from Tennessee!!!!!

  3. Good to hear your update. Was thinking of and praying for you on the morning you left. Hope the painting goes well, get good paint. Find willing people who know how to paint. It will all work out ok. God is good. Hugs. Prayers.

  4. Your daughter and family are truly blessed such a beautiful home and a doting Mum to help.

  5. What blessings! What a lovely home and neighborhood. Such thoughtfulness on the new neighbor's part. God bless you for being such a giant help to your family.

  6. Oh, what a fun adventure! I do hope you are able to get out and get pictures of the D,C, area and take some time to enjoy it. It looks like it's just the right time of year for the turning of the leaves. I enjoyed seeing the pictures you posted today.

  7. My entire comment got deleted! Grr... The shorter version: I enjoyed seeing your pictures of the scenery there. Hope you get to get out and see more of the area and take some time for yourself. Would love to see more pictures! I love to paint. It's a very meditative activity for me. Put on some music and paint, paint, paint! Take care of your back though. :)

  8. I'm so glad everyone made it there safely and that they are getting settled in. The new house is beautiful, I wish them all the best in their new life adventure.

  9. Yay! You all made it safe and sound. What a beautiful house they have, and so close to the water, too. I've never heard of a new house not being painted either..goodness what an ordeal. Hope you get to catch some of the sites before you head home. Blessings to you all sweet friend. ((hugs)).

  10. The house is gorgeous, and that beach/park just one block away is perfect. I have never heard of a house not being painted, what a mess. I sure hope you are taking care of yourself Betsy.

  11. ah wonderful indeed there Betsy .. thanks for popping over and so glad you liked cards and post smiled at all your pictures .. was rather blown away by two things .. apart from your ultra cute Piper and dear dog so in love with one another.. so cute..
    .. but the gift left by neighbours they make that or do you buy them like that very clever work n fruits .. and fancy!
    .. and a brand new house has to be painted that seems poor on workmanship part to me!!
    Praying for you for grace to help and strength in it all. Hugs dear sister in the LORD, Shaz in Oz.x

  12. So happy to hear that you have all arrived safely. The new house looks beautiful! And as for the lake, what a lovely place to visit.

    Here in the UK a domestic flight consists of hanging around in airport for a longer time than you are in the air! It is hard to visualise such a huge country as the US for us tiny island dwellers!

    I hope that you manage to get as much done before returning home again.

    Have a lovely week, Helenxx

  13. What a wonderful post, Betsy!!! I am thanking God with you for your safe travels. The photo of the tired travelers is so precious :) I am so excited for your kids! If they had to move far from you they are at least in a wonderful location. My oldest son's home is about six blocks from the bay in Bayside, NY, and I love the location although it is much more of a city environment than where Brad and Mandy and Piper are. Hope that the rest of your stay is successful in helping Brad, Mandy, and Piper settling in and making more loving memories. Blessings. xx

  14. Wow my dear friend... What a crazy time for you and Mandy. I'm so glad you are able to help her. She is so lucky to have a mom like you and I'm sure she appreciates it. I'm glad ms. Piper was happy and did well in the plane. Hope everything continues to go well and that you enjoy your time with them.