Saturday, January 14, 2012

This Old House

Matt and I have lived in a lot of places in the nine years we have been married. Each place we've lived we have met great friends and made lots of happy memories.

We got our start at 310 High Street in Albert Lea. Matt had the place before we got married...he bought if for $85,000! It was tiny but so cute. We were a block off the lake, we had wonderful neighbors, a huge garage, beautiful hardwood floor, and a small yard to mow. It was wonderful for our first house.

(This is not a very good photo but the poor house was foreclosed on after we left AL and this was it's state)

In 2004, we decided to build a house...what an undertaking. 71827 Phillip Drive was a fun adventure that we put a lot of time, sweat and tears into. It was in an awesome neighborhood (again with wonderful neighbors), had the things we really wanted in a home, and lots of character for a new home. The thing that was sad about building this home was that we were only in it a year before we moved to Farmington. I still think about that place and feel blessed to have been there. We met some of our best friends in Albert Lea and still consider it one of our happiest memories to have lived and worked there.

Still can't believe we lived here...was such a short time!
We then headed to 19630 Meadowlark Way in Farmington. I can honestly say looking back that I appreciated the was beautiful and new... but I strongly dislike everything else around that move. It was not the place for us and definitely not a place that I wanted to raise our kids. It served it's purpose for the time but I believe God kept us moving to get us to where we are now!

With a new job for Matt and a strong desire to get closer to family we headed to the Kenyon area. We had the opportunity to move south and with Matt already making the commute to KW for work it made a lot of sense. We just didn't know where we would go! That brought us to PO Box 82 or in other words the Cheese Factory! We lived there for 5 1/2 months and it was like living in a cabin. At the end of the driveway of some very dear friends, the Cheese Factory was 800 square feet of happy little living space. A tiny kitchen, tiny bathroom, tiny living room, two tiny bedrooms, a larger unheated storage area and the most gorgeous landscape you can imagine. When I think about living there it makes me smile. Cameron was only about 13 months when we moved in an I was pregnant with Emmy. We didn't have a washer and dryer so for the summer we would go to the laundrymat. There were times of frustration after leaving a very beautiful and NEW townhouse but looking back on it, what a fun memory! It was preparing us for living in another old house in the future I think!

This place is like a little country cottage, we lived in the upper level part Our house today...40210 County 14 Blvd. Even though we are renting this place it feels most like home over any of the places we have lived.

I'll be honest in saying I have a love/hate relationship with the house we are in. I realize hate is a strong word so I'll say strongly dislike. I strongly dislike that at this time of year we can feel the winter breeze moving through the uninsulated walls (also giving us a $700-$900 fuel bill each month in the winter!). I strongly dislike that it feels like you are going into an outdoor outhouse when you go to the bathroom with no heat vents in it. I strongly dislike that our old house has very poor electrical wiring and I can't run the washer and dryer at the same time without blowing a fuse! I strongly dislike all the critters (mice, bats, squirrels and who know what else) that live together with us.

My loves do outweigh the dislikes though...I LOVE the landscape and the area of Sogn Valley. I LOVE our neighbors. I LOVE how close we are to family. I LOVE that our home has a long driveway and is a safe place for our kiddos to play outside. I LOVE that there are projects around our house to do that keep me connected to my agriculutral roots. I LOVE that we can take a hike, ride on the ranger, and play in the wide open outdoors any time we want. I LOVE the changing seasons and the beauties that each of them bring in this area. I LOVE the space that this house has for our family. Mostly, I LOVE that we are here and believe this is exactly where God wants us to be for this time in our life.

The view from our back porch

The beauty of this place

I have a saying that is framed in my kitchen that says "Today I belong here...tomorrow if I don't, it doesn't mean that I never did, or never will again, my home travels with me." It is so true. I really hope that this is the home/place that we are able to stay as we raise our kids and until we reach our ultimate home in Heaven!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Life Today

My last post I was 36 weeks pregnant...oh how life has changed since then! We welcomed our new little man Keaton Gordon Addington on December 5 and life will never be the same (so much better it is with 5 of us!)

The verse that keeps coming to mind is Psalm 126:3 "The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy". God has really blessed our family this year and our family really feels complete with him!

I will need to do some back blogging to catch up a bit from Christmas but I wanted to at least get this up to date a bit.

My life will never be quite the same and I am so glad for it. There have been moments of feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and "what did we get ourselves into with three kids!" but overall it is an amazing blessing to be the mommy of three beautiful miracles from God!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

36 Weeks Today

Can't believe it but I am at 36 weeks today. There are a lots of thoughts and feelings running through me today...

- Yeah I'm almost done and this baby will be here soon!

- I'm very uncomfortable and this childs little butt is constantly jutting out against my stomach!

- I can't believe it will be over soon...this is probably the last of the Addington baby's :(

- It is amazing what the body can do

- Holy cow I have gained a lot of weigth this time....are those new stretch more bikini's for me!!

- Is it a boy or a girl?!

- There is much to be done yet...washing up clothes and car seat, buying some diapers, cleaning the house

- How can I have to go to the bathroom again...just went 10 minutes ago!

- I hope this child comes soon as I'm running out of clothes that fit...

- Baby has the hickups and it always makes me smile when they happen

- Our family of four is going to now the time to get that mini van?!

At any rate it is amazing, crazy, sad (don't know why but there are times I feel a little sad), exciting, uncomfortable, funny, and an absolute blessing from God to be expecting baby #3 any day!

Can't wait to meet this little peanut...Shooter or Carrot!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Catch Up

I'm behind on this and I know it! So where do I begin? I've missed some moments on the blog that I'll have to rely on my memory for but I'm not giving up!!

I'm 25 weeks along in pregancy this week. It at times doesn't seem like I am very far in the pregnancy process but I know the time will fly. Such a blessing to have this little mover and shaker in me! We don't know what we are having but the kids are convinced it is a boy and have named him "Shooter". Not sure where this came from but they are very content to speak of Shooter as a part of our family. We are still working on easing the kids into the potential that this child could be a girl and that if it is a boy, his name may not be Shooter. I love that they are excited though and can't wait to meet this little one.

Cameron had his first day of pre-school a week ago during the state fair. He loves school and loves his teacher. He is very excited that this year he gets to have a full day at school on Fridays that includes hot lunch. I laughed when I looked at his lunch menu and saw that his first "hot lunch" is a cold sub sandwhich!! He probably won't care and will love every minute of it! He has grown up so much this summer and seems to be such a big boy. He loves pirates, adventures, using his imagination, and going to the food plot with his dad. He is a big smiler and has a soft and caring heart. Here is a picture of his first day:

Emmy is almost three and absolutely loves her big brother. Something happened over the summer between Cameron and Emmy....they became friends! It has been so fun to see how they play together and take care of each other. I won't deny that they can have a good fight once in a while but overall they really love and care for each other. She is into princesses, purple and pink, loves her dolls, is not afraid of getting dirty, is tough and feisty (we say it is the red in her hair!), and is an absolute joy. Here is a photo Matt snapped of her this summer.

Matt's exciting news is that he has found a place for Matt Addington photography to be housed! We have loved having it out of our home but it will be great to have a place for him to meet with clients, display his work and do more photos in the winter months. The studio is located on the main street of Cannon Falls and has the character Matt has been looking for. Click here to hear more about the studio and see photos.

The summer really flew by but was full of fun and blessings for our family. We are welcoming the cooler temperatures and anticipating the fall months which are some of our favorite of the year. Matt is gearing up for the hunting season, the kids are excited for the apples on the trees and some nights of camp fires and making s'mores, and I love the slower pace that the fall brings. God has continued to bless us in so many ways and we are thankful for health and happiness of each day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Berry Picking

Someone has been eating all of the berries we've been picking....

I think I found the culprit....

One of the best parts of this season and something that Cameron and Emmy love to do each summer is pick berries. Each year we are fortunate to have black raspberries growing wild all around our house so it is easy to get out and pick. This year we also ventured out to a local strawberry patch in Northfield to pick strawberries. Lots of fun and something I will always love doing as a family.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sibling Bonds

Don't want to foget this one...

Tuesday morning I was doing the dishes and Cameron and Emmy were playing outside. All of a sudden, Emmy comes running through the door, grabs the wet wipes and bolts out the door again. I peeked out the door and watched her run full blast to her big brother who was squatting in the tall weeds...doing his big job! She hands him the wipes in her little "here you go Cameron" and is back to playing.

I remember many people saying that these two would be close as they were only 18 months apart. Even though we have days with lots of screaming and fighting it can't beat these moments of sister helping brother in his moment of need!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


In the midst of my most busy time of year, I have had some drive time to think and reflect. One of the things that I think about frequently is how much growth is constantly occuring around me. Here are just a few things that are growing lately....

- My kids....way to fast

- The grass....espcially because we are never home to mow it

- The weeds in my garden....again, never home to tend to it

- Our pile of grows upon returning from FFA camps

- My never ending to-do list

- My belly....also meaning our family!!!!

By now, many of you have heard our exciting news that we are expecting baby #3 in December. We are thrilled, excited, joyful, a little nervous, and so thankful for this blessing! If you hadn't heard our news click here for the video announcement that Matt put together!

So creative isn't he?!

Here are a few photos to show the growth Cameron and Emmy have had in the last year.

Emerson at Deer Lake in 2010

Emerson at Deer Lake this year

Cameron and Daddy at Deer Lake in 2010

Cameron and Daddy at Deer Lake this year

Thank God for Growth!