Kirby rocks.

Conversation as heard through the walls of the Parker household last night:

Geoff, while vacuuming the kitchen floor with the 'sweeper' attachment of our Kirby vacuum cleaner turns to me and asks, "Have I told you recently how much I love this vacuum?"

To which I replied, "I don't believe you have." While in the back of my mind my face is growing a smile as fiendish as the Grinch himself as I plot ways to be sure that Geoff is in charge of all the vacuuming in the house...forever.

Geoff, cruising around the room finishing up his swing by the kitchen states, "Yeah, this vacuum rocks."

My response, "Yes. Yes, it does."


Living. Room.

Well, Geoff and I have been working hard to get the house in order before the fam comes for a visit next week (YAY!!).

Here's a little sneak peek.


Houses, and Travel, and House-guests. Oh, my!

Life has sped up like a locomotive - and it's going to be awhile before things really settle back down again. We are all moved into the new place now. There is still some serious cleaning to do at the apartment, but everything we own is officially in the house! We've got some unpacking to do yet, but the kitchen and bedroom are all set to go and we are enjoying all the space!

The fence went up yesterday and we are now just a gate away from unlocking the dog door for good! Romulus found out on Saturday how fantastic the dog door can be and ended up a few blocks down the street. Oops. He was delighted to come right to me when I called, however, and tell me all about his adventures down the street.

They also started the back deck this morning and in about a month our contractor will cut out the window in the living room into a door so we can have direct access from the living room to the backyard. It's really going to open up the living room and look great. I can't wait for that.

I leave this weekend for a short business trip to Montana. This will be my first real trip to Montana. We drove across the entire state (West to East) on our way to Fargo - but that was all at night. So it will be good to see it during the day. :)

Then I get back on Wednesday night and Geoff and I will prepare for our first set of house guests (Five of them to be exact)! Mama and Daddy G will be coming out, accompanied by my bro Matt and his beautiful wife (and you better click on that link and see the little man that is coming, too. He is the CUTEST. Ever.). They fly in on Monday the 22nd for a fun-filled Thanksgiving week.

I promise to go home and take some pictures of the fence and deck and house. It's just still a moving mess - and I don't really want to post pictures of a mess!


Secret Movers

We are officially about 98.9% of the way moved! There is still one last load of junk hanging out over at the apartment (not to mention a flurry of cleaning to be done). It's exciting! I hasn't been too bad.
I've been kind of getting the giggles about it the past couple of nights, though. We both work full time and, obviously, couldn't wait a week after closing 'til the weekend to actually move, so all of our moving efforts have been after 6:00 PM.

Which, let's be honest, is a little shady. I mean, picture it. You come home from dinner with some friends at 7:30pm. The neighbors across the hall from you are zipping in and out of their disheveled apartment carrying arm loads of boxes and furniture into a truck, suburban, and a Mercedes parked outside (backward, of course, for easy loading and a quick getaway). It looks to me like the neighbors are fixin' to slip away in the middle of the night.

But not only are we leaving under the cover of night, we are unloading at the new house as well. Our new neighbors are probably going to be shocked to find that there have been people living there for a week - and they never saw any stuff arrive!

Oh, we're an elusive pair.


Welcome Home, Parker Family

It's official! We are homeowners!

We picked up our keys from our real estate agent over our lunch break. We picked up the dogs from the apartment and introduced them to their new home. Excellent!

We'll start moving our stuff over tonight.



I'm feeling a bit frazzled today. I think I'll feel better after we close on the house tomorrow.