Thursday, June 30, 2005

Baby Boy Wilson-Cox

Baby Boy Wilson-Cox, originally uploaded by Soothed by Rainfall.

Congrats to Doah and Al on the birth of their beautiful baby boy Owain! He was born this morning, June 30, 2005 @ 7:17am. Weighing in at 8lbs 5oz.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Red House

redhouse, originally uploaded by Soothed by Rainfall.

Here is a photo of a house we saw last weekend in Framingham, aka "the red house." It is so very cute and has lots of updates but retains much of it's original architectural touches. Upsides: affordable, aesthetically pleasing, fenced in yard for Izzy, oversize garage could become a studio/workshop with a little work, practically brand new roof, water heater, paint and windows. Cons: Framingham is farther out then we'd like, no heat on the second floor and it's a bit on the smallish side (1100 square ft). I have to admit that I'm a little bit in love with this house. The hunt goes on though since we know it's a good idea to look around a little more before we decide to make any offers.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Nesting Instinct

We have outgrown our little 1br basement apartment. It's been a great place to live these last few years but it's time to move on. However, the MOVING ON part is not so easy. Where should we move to? For a long time, we were convinced we'd never be able to afford a house in or around Boston, but we decided to see just what our options are. We've been preapproved for a loan and have set out to see what is available in our price range (more than we expected) that suits our needs/wants perfectly (yeah, right). Part of our problem is that we are very choosy about aesthetics; we want a house with character. Most of the houses here in our price range are essentialy boxes painted in very dull, pale colors. BOR-ing. Another problem is the closer we are to Boston, the pricier the place. Further out is cheaper, but the commute times grow exponentially, especially when there is 2+ feet of snow on the ground.

Then we'll look online at properties in say, Austin, TX and we're just blown away by how much house you can get for a lot less moulah. Then we wonder, should we make another big move? The idea has it's appeal and Sylvie is young enough that she wouldn't be traumatized by the change. No little pals yet to leave behind or doorjamb growth chart to say goodbye to. But Theron and I do have friends here and having to start from scratch in that area is alot harder when you're out of college. We'd have to find new jobs as well, meaning we'd be unemployed and thus uninsured for a time which is not at all a comfortable feeling now that we have a wee one.

We have family and friends scattered around the country and even in Canada. We've been encouraged to move back to Georgia, to Tenessee, Texas, Florida, Iowa, Alabama and Ontario. Each of these places has it's appeal, but it's hard to know ahead of time if a place will really suit us and deciding to make another big leap is truly daunting.

WANTED: Conveniently located, affordable, well-lit 3br, 1.5 bath comfy/cozy house with studio space and fenced in back yard, requiring no major repairs or updates. Prefer family friendly neighborhood with good schools within walking distance of nature trails, grocery, library, laid back coffee shop/cafe. Artsy, open-minded community a plus.

Nah, we don't want much.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Learning to grasp the situation

Crazy for the Whoozit

Crazy for the Whoozit, originally uploaded by Soothed by Rainfall.

More and more Sylvie is becoming interested in interacting with her surroundings. She has developed a special fondness for her Whoozit, a gift from her Great Aunt Kay and Great Uncle Charlie. When she is very intent on something, she tends to purse her lips and furrow her brow. If she doesn't learn to mask that better, she'll never by the high stakes poker player we want her to be.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Just another blah-blah-blah girl

Dear friends and family,

At long last, I have decided to establish my own blog. This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well since it's no secret that I like to ramble on about anything and everything given half a chance. This is also a forum for me to provide regular Sylvie updates to her grandparents, aunt, uncles and all other related or unrelated folk who may care to know the poop on our little miss poopy pants.

Let the bloggin commence!