We're livin' it up on the U.P. - that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Punkie is 6 and LOVED Kindergarten! Isaboo is 2 and she's a smiley whirl wind. We also call her Busy-Isi. This year we welcomed little Lorenzo to our family.

Life is great!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In the midst of a whirlwind...

We have been casually looking for a place to rent in the Soo, for months. 
Mainly because we want to be closer to Nathan's work. 

This was tricky because most of the places we could afford were ANCIENT!
Did you know that Sault Ste. Marie is one of the oldest towns in the U.S.!!!
Because of the fur trade!
So, lots of the houses are OLD!!
And drafty.
So, even if we could afford the rent the landlords were telling us the gas for heating in the winter would get up to $150 a month!!!

Yaowzah!

Well, we found a perfect place on December 8th and they wanted to fill it right away! 
So we signed! 

Paying double rent in December is CRAZY!
But, thankfully, we were prepared. 

Christmas shopping was done, thank goodness!

We had a lot to do the week of the 8th.
Family Night with a family in our branch (I will blog about this soon!)
Get the utilities in our name.
Giving our current landlord notice.
Policy Council for Marley's school (where I was elected Chairperson and elected to the Headstart Association). 
Branch Christmas party.

Needless to say, we are having an extra busy December.

Here is the low down on the house we are in the process of moving into:

Four bedrooms!
One and a half bath.
No garage :-(
But, it does have a shed that will be just right for our garage stuff, minus the car, of course.

Built in 1994.
Remodeled six months ago. 
New carpet
New kitchen cabinets and dishwasher and counter tops and sink.
WE WILL HAVE A DISHWASHER!!!!

AND this is our first place to live where we are not sharing a wall with anyone else!!!

Seriously! 
This is big news!

Now for the pictures!

This is on the front door....from the last tenant. 
Cute huh?
Living room. Front door on right.
Living room.
It is heated with what is called "radiant" heating and each "outside" wall has those vents.
It's going to make for creative furniture arrangements.
But we can tell it is already SO much warmer and better insulated than our current place.

 View into the kitchen from living room.
Hallway on left then bathroom through the doorway.
Half bath / laundry room.
 opposite toilet and sink is washer dryer hook ups
 kitchen


 back door
 back door and "pantry" but it's the lamest pantry closet.
 coat rod in the kitchen pantry?
 and that weird little bench?
I think it's for the dryer exhaust...or whatever the dryer emits.
 shed in back







this is looking into the master bedroom. Master because it has the biggest closet.
Going into the door of master
Master closets (bathroom is on the other side of closet.)



Can you tell Marley is excited?
Bedroom on back next to master


We are really excited! 
So close to work, play, grocery shopping, church, friends!

And we just found out, Marley will be able to transfer to the school in the Soo!

We have already started moving random stuff we don't use day to day. 
Every time we go to the Soo we load the car up.

We are packing our Christmas stuff up on Christmas day. 
Then Dec 26-28th we are packing everything in the house.
And by "We" I mean me and some Sister-Friends from the branch. 

Then the Elders' Quorum is helping us move on the 29th. 

It is all working out very nicely.
We feel so blessed.