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I’m fiiiiinally getting around to blogging this fun senior session I had with Emily before leaving Indianapolis. She is a remarkable young woman and has so much going for her. Emily is determined, self-driven, wise beyond her years, and just a joy to be around. She plans to study history at Manchester University in northern Indiana later this fall.

It was such a great evening spent wandering around the IMA’s grounds – except for the pesky mosquitos. Those guys are just the worst. 😉 Emily, I wish you all the best over this next year – you’re gonna do awesome things.:)

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We’re 4 weeks in and surviving. That’s all you can ask for, right?! Ha! Honestly, we’re doing well. It’s taken a bit to get settled (will the boxes ever be fully unpacked?!) but we’re slowly making this rental house a bit more like home.

The first couple of weeks here were rough. Just being honest. We definitely felt like Maryland was rejecting us…(maybe it is?!)

When we arrived, we assumed the utilities would just be transferred into our names, but come to find out, they had completely turned the gas off and we couldn’t get someone out to turn it back on for another 5 days. Sooo, that meant no hot water. Luckily, our friends nearby had us over for dinner and hot showers (ha!) that next evening so we could feel a bit better after the stressful move.

Then the next morning, Brandon woke up with an eye swollen shut, so he had to go to the Minute Clinic nearby to see what happened. He has recurring eye issues (mainly styes), but this was a whole different level. Turns out it is was blepharitis (probably due to stress and getting dust/dirt in his eye while moving). The nurse practitioner gave him an ointment to help out, but the swelling lasted for a few more days after that. Oh, and did I mention that the very next day was his first day of work at his brand new job with VIVA? Soooo, he showed up with a swollen eye and wearing his glasses. But he showed up and still managed to work well and fit in with his coworkers right off the bat – so that’s a win!

Within 3 days of our arrival, we ALL got some sort of stomach bug. Charlie had the worst of it – she couldn’t keep anything down for about 36 hours. The rest of us were queasy with no appetite for a couple of days – not to mention other bathroom issues. And this all happened while we still didn’t have hot water. So to attempt to wash the kids, I had to boil water on the electric stove and rag-wash them. Not the easiest thing to do. Once the gas man finally came out to turn on the gas that Wednesday, he discovered that the hot water heater needed repaired before we could use it. Seriously!? So, I promptly called our landlord as we needed hot water, like, yesterday. HA! She said her plumber was unavailable that day, but gave me the go-ahead to call another plumber to get it fixed that day. After calling 5 different plumbers in the area, I was able to secure someone to come out that afternoon. You better believe I took the longest and hottest shower that evening. It was amazing.

So after a really rough first week, we made the most of our second/third weeks by finally cleaning and unpacking the house! Also, Brandon was able to attend a Washington Nationals baseball game (in a suite!) with his VIVA team as they finished a project for them. And he was asked to help produce a video shoot in Albany, NY that week for Audi, so he’s getting exposed to all sorts of things right off the bat, not to mention some cool business perks and connections!

This past week, we got Oscar all signed up for kindergarten and were able to tour the school. He seems excited about going – about every other day he asks when he’ll get to go there with all the other kids. Charlie is sad that she won’t get to go to school with him, but I think she’ll be a good helper with Benjamin once Oscar heads out to school during the week. School here doesn’t start until after Labor Day, so we’re excited to make the most of this summer, doing and seeing as much as we can.

Benjamin finally cut those bottom two teeth over the last week. So he’s been WAY grouchy. Like, baby-turned-Devil grouchy. (Don’t let the photos below of his smiling face fool you…) And he’s fully crawling now and pulling himself up on things. He’s definitely learning a lot really quickly (yay!) – but that just means he hasn’t been sleeping really well (boo!) Hopefully we’ll get back to our regular sleep schedule soon, I’m not sure my coffee consumption is at a safe level these days.

We have done a few fun things over the past couple of weeks. We visited the National Zoo. The kiddos had their first ride on the metro, which they thought was really cool. We’ve been to a couple of nice parks in the area. We had Brandon’s parents out for a weekend visit. We’ve had some nearby friends come over to visit. (Which I’ll openly admit has made life much, MUCH easier being able to see those friendly faces!)

All in all, we’ve had some ups and downs, but who doesn’t? We’ve definitely had some “learning experiences”, that’s for sure. We’re trying to stay positive…it’s not always easy. But we’re thankful for awesome family and friends, and the technology that keeps us connected. And if all else fails, I just sing that song from “Trolls” (anyone else have kiddos that are obsessed with that movie?!)

“If something goes a little wrong
Well you can go ahead and bring it on
‘Cause if you knock knock me over, I will get back up again.”

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  • LeahJuly 6, 2017 - 11:28 am

    Bless your hearts!! Praying the worst is behind you and it’s smooth sailing from here!! Hugs! Love those precious faces!ReplyCancel

    • BungalowJuly 17, 2017 - 8:37 am

      Thank you so much, Leah! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon FullerJuly 6, 2017 - 10:57 pm

    Your kids are just beautiful!
    Glad you have gotten the first month in. It should be a piece of cake from here on.ReplyCancel

    • BungalowJuly 17, 2017 - 8:38 am

      Thank you, Sharon! Hope you are doing well!ReplyCancel

Before leaving town, I made sure I had time to capture this amazing family. Whitney & Adam and their 3 little sweeties had me over to their home in Greenwood a few weeks back, and we had a great time catching up, drinking coffee, and playing trains.:)You may remember Whitney & Adam’s story – how a little over one year ago, Adam was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. And now, being one year out from brain surgery while he was awake(!), his scans are stable showing no signs of progression. Incredible news!

Their world has been turned upside down, and yet they persevere with smiles on their faces. Whitney & Adam are incredible examples of strength and love to their 3 boys, who are just some of the sweetest I’ve ever met. Isaac, who will be starting kindergarten in the fall, is a budding photographer himself. He followed me around “taking photos” with his own toy phone stating he got a keeper (multiple times). Noah is an avid lover of trains and still has that goofy and sweet nature about him – I hope that never changes. And Gideon is really coming into his own – but let’s face it, he is, by far, Adam’s mini-me.:)

Adam & Whitney continue to share their story – Adam has been doing some public speaking about his journey, and they both share their thoughts and reflections in their blogs (his and hers). If you are able, please consider giving to this sweet family to help support them through this time in their lives.

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Whew! Where do I even begin?! I’m just gonna start…and see where this takes us. 😉

This has been the most hectic, stressful, and emotional half-year of our lives. So, as you know, Brandon has been riding the unemployment train for the past 7 months (wah waaaah). We were considering relocating to multiple markets across the country, just needed to find the right fit for Brandon’s job. For a while, it was looking promising in Seattle as Brandon progressed in the interview process with an employer there. (Y’all know how we LOVE Seattle!) Whelp, that didn’t pan out due to company budgeting reasons, and to be honest, we were crushed. We were crushed for multiple reasons: it’s been a dream of ours to live in the PNW; the job sounded pretty awesome; and did I mention how much we love Seattle?! So after picking ourselves back up after that devastation in March, we kept searching. And searching. Brandon went to many interviews, but nothing really seemed to click. Until this company in Rockville, Maryland reached out. VIVA Creative. Every interview Brandon had with them just felt solid. He said he immediately felt like he “fit “with the people who interviewed him. Thankfully, the job offer came on May 22 – with a start date of June 5. (That’s only 2 weeks, friends.) Alright. Game on. Maryland, here we come.:)

Luckily (and I mean that by EVERY sense of the word), we had already sold our house at the beginning of the year and were renting the house back on a month-by-month basis. So, it just came down to us having to pack our stuff, find a rental house in Maryland, and get on the road. (Granted, there’s sooooo much more than that, but for my own sanity, that’s how I had to look at it to keep it together!) Brandon traveled back out to Maryland for a couple of days shortly after the job offer was received in order to find a rental house for our family. We were hopeful that we’d find a nice, clean house, in a good school district (hard to believe Oscar is starting kindergarten this fall!), and that was relatively close to Brandon’s work. Luckily (I feel like I’ve used that word a lot, no?), Brandon succeeded, and we secured the house within a few days so we would have a place to land at the beginning of June.

Before leaving, we made time for getting together with each side of our family – which was incredibly hard. I mean, downright, awful. Brandon and I are both SOOO incredibly close to our families, it truly pains us to have to be so far away from them. That last weekend before moving, we would leave a family gathering, and then spend the next 12 hours questioning whether we were making the biggest mistake of our lives by leaving behind those so dear to us. Neither one of us have ever lived more than a couple of hours from “home”, so this was a BIG move for us.

We feel very lucky to have such amazing families and to have those relationships that makes it so hard to leave…but we had to keep reminding ourselves that we needed to get back to work (who needs to pay bills?!), we needed to keep pushing forward, and we needed to hope for the best. And when push came to shove, if we needed a family fix, we could make it home in a 10-hr drive. That’s doable!:)

On our last night in the Bungalow, we had our buddy, Eldon, come by to take just a few photos of us in front of the house. This was a house where some great memories were made over the past 9 years. It was the first house we ever purchased. It was the house where we started a business. It was the house we brought our puppies home to. And then the house we brought our babies home to. We learned a lot from this house – like, sometimes, it sucks to own an old home (Oy. The maintenance! See below, notice how we started painting the exterior trim, but then I got pregnant with Ben and couldn’t finish…ha!) But the main thing this house taught us was that if we tackled those tasks together as a team, it would all work out.

We loved our bungalow. 6202 was good to us, and hopefully now it can be good to a new family.

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  • Susan & Keaney SloopJune 15, 2017 - 9:04 pm

    What a busy time you have had this year! So glad you were able to get housing quickly. Remember that Kurt and Jennifer are in Washington in the NE quadrant. Feel free to contact them if you need some “experienced” city slicker help. There are heaps of fun places to explore. We will be thinking of you! 💕 SusanReplyCancel

    • BungalowJune 16, 2017 - 7:28 am

      YES! I actually reached out to Jennifer when Brandon was still interviewing to find out where they were located. Hoping to have them out for dinner sometime in the near future – just need to finish unpacking (…the never-ending task!) :) Miss you guys!ReplyCancel

Last week we traveled north and met some of the nicest people around. Deb and Beth are currently building a brand-spanking new home just outside of Kokomo, and so we made a make-shift studio in one of the rooms to capture some portraits of their one-year-old twins, Riley & Eli. And, ohmygoodness, we laughed so much! Most photographers probably wouldn’t showcase the photos of, you know, the reality of what it looks like to contain two toddlers – but I’m just not like most photographers. 😉 It was such a fun time getting to know this sweet family – and we are so thrilled for them to start building memories in their gorgeous new home. Deb & Beth, thank you for allowing us to capture such a special time in your lives!

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