Saturday, July 17, 2010

Home Sweet Home

I know, I know. I sort of fell off the face of the earth, well, the bloggy earth anyway. I just haven't been in much of a bloggy place. I haven't been posting or reading. It's not like there hasn't been anything going on around here. A LOT has happened and I have so much to share and I really want to get back to regular posting. Maybe today can be the start?

Let's catch up! What have I been doing for the last month and a half?

We packed the house over a period of months. My sister was amazingly helpful, coming over weekly to help. She totally rocks! The Lizard King came home on leave on Thursday, June 24th and the whirlwind began. He got to see the house for the first time, which was so exciting! The next day, play structure construction began.





Here is the house, well, some of it anyway.




You will have to wait to see the rest of the house another time. There is still so much more to do! We moved on the 26th of June and spent every day LK was home working on the house. Before we knew it, it was time for him to head back to Afghanistan. That was an adventure as well! LK was on the KLM flight that turned around over the Atlantic. He did make it safely back to Afghanistan...eventually.

Now I need to rewind just a bit. Before LK came home, before we even closed on the house, we hired an attorney. We tried to handle things on our own with Needy Evie, the evil ex-wife. I told you about her here and here. I did all the work and gathered all the information, copied it and mailed it to the attorney. Needy Evie was served. She had until June 29th to respond. On June 28th she called the attorney's office and said that she wanted to come in and sign the papers stating that we were done paying her alimony. We were stunned. Could it really be that simple? After all these years and all the grief she has given us, would she really go down without a fight. We had a hard time believing it, but it was true. She signed!! The attorney overnighted the papers for LK to sign. This week the judge signed the papers, too. It is done. It is over. After 10 long years, Needy Evie is out of our lives for good.

Now I am working on unpacking and making a home for us. The Lizard King will be home on September 18th, Princess' birthday. We have so much to look forward to, but more than anything we are looking forward to being together as a family.

So, what's up with all of you?

12 comments:

Kelly said...

The house looks gorgeous! I am so happy for you guys!

Anonymous said...

congrats on the house - it's gorgeous...

Gemma

rachel... said...

The new house looks amazing! LOVE your kitchen cabinets! I can't wait for more pics! (And more blog posts. ;)

Shady Lady said...

Thanks, ladies!! I appreciate your kind words. We really do love it. :)

Rachel, those cabinets created tears for Princess. She didn't like that they were so dark. Somehow she worked through it and loves them now because they look like chocolate. Kids are funny!

Aliceson said...

I love your kitchen, but even more I love your play area classroom (?) It's so organized!

So glad Needy Evie is gone. Good riddance!

Shady Lady said...

Aliceson, we love the playroom! We also love that it is on the same floor as our living space. It helps to keep it picked up and Princess likes that she has a space to be near us when she plays.

And Needy Evie gone...it feels SO good!!!

Sheri said...

Congrats on everything. The house is gorgeous, my house is green with envy. :P

Hope moving in wasn't too stressful.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

The house looks great. So glad things will Needy Evie are done.

Shady Lady said...

Thanks Sheri and SMT!! The move was good...lots of friends to help and of course having LK home totally rocked. Having Needy Evie in the past is wonderful. :)

Colleen said...

Congrats on the house and the signing!! :D

sheila said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! Congrats! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your big rock retaining wall~!!!!!!!

Shady Lady said...

Thanks Colleen! We are so excited!!

Thank you Sheila! Doesn't that rock retaining wall, well, rock?! ;)