So this week is the BEST week because we are getting roommates! These two crazies (my sister Jennifer and BIL Josh) are moving into our basement on Thursday, and we are seriously counting down the days! No kidding! We. Are. Pumped!
For those who are new around here, my younger sister is married to my husband’s best friend who’s also in the Army (I set them up in 2005 and they set us up in 2008). Being stationed together has been a dream of ours for a long time (a dream that we never thought would happen), and living in the same city just four miles apart the last few months has been a blast for everybody. Unfortunately they’re moving to Fort Rucker, Alabama at the end of January (I don’t even want to talk about it) for Josh’s aviation Captains Career Course (we just came from Jamie’s career course in Arizona), so our time together is coming to an end way too fast.
They own a home here in Kansas, but they weren’t looking forward to trying to sell it right smack in the middle of winter. Because they had no idea how quickly (or slowly) their house would sell, they came up with a master plan that they ran by us months ago. Basically they wanted to put their house up for sale the first week of October, and if it sold quickly they wanted to know if they could move into our basement after they had to close on the house until it was time for them to move.
It took Jamie and I all of THREE SECONDS to decide. Too soon to call you roomies?
So fast forward to October. They put their house on the market on a Wednesday, had seven showings in 24 hours, and had almost a full-price offer by Thursday; The deal was sealed by Sunday! They’d worked diligently on their home making it beautiful since they day they moved in in January 2013, and their hard work definitely paid off.
We view it as a win/win all around. We’ll have a little extra income coming in since they’re offering to help with a portion of our mortgage and bills, and they’ll have the peace of mind that they can move to Alabama without their home still sitting on the market in Kansas.
The biggest plus of all of it is the tons and tons of family time (and “bro-mance time” for the boys) that we all know good and well may never happen again like this.
Here’s a little look into their new living quarters. Our guestroom needs so much work (I don’t even want to talk about the blue carpet y’all), but at least those doorframes are painted and the new white doors and hardware are up!
Here’s a funny little side note: I’m going to be playing the part of the household chef the next six weeks! Figuring out whose groceries were whose was going to be needlessly complicated, so I’m just going to be buying groceries for the whole fam and cooking dinner every night since the three of them work full time and I’m fortunate enough to get to stay home with my girl all day (not that I get to sit on my butt by any means, but ya know).
Josh keeps bugging me about how often he’s going to get breakfast in bed (this is a surprise to no one that knows Josh!), so I just keep telling him that if he wants breakfast in bed that he better start sleeping in the kitchen! I started loving to cook a few years ago, and Jenn and Josh are admittedly really excited for some good eats every night. I’m just excited to have lots of people to cook for!
Just typing all of this makes me smile big time! Loads of fun to be had under this roof.
I hope you have a great week!
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo