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Kyleann33
Interests: I love being a stay at home mom. Alex & I go for walks, visit the library, explore creeks & parks, bake and paint together. I also love sewing- I sew children's clothes to sell in a baby boutique and cloth produce and market bags to sell in a local food store.
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Alex and I ran in a 5k for the 4th of July last Wednesday, and even thought it was very hot and humid we had a blast. When we were done Alex asked to train for another race, maybe even a 5 miler. We hadn't trained for this race together, I was so proud of Alex's determination to keep going and finish the race strong! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The view of the mountains from our bedroom window is so beautiful. After the boys go to bed around 8:00 in the evening I sit and watch the sunset over the mountains for over an hour. These mountains first spoke to me when I came here for college, 19 years ago. This was such a pretty, good spot to be that I stayed and worked at a local community college until I met Nick, and moved to Pennsylvania to get to know him better. I am glad I did that, and so glad to be back here. The beauty, friendliness... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We made a whirlwind trip back up to Pennsylvania a few days ago. With the help of my parents we packed up the rest of our things and cleaned the house Sunday. Monday we picked up a huge 26' UHaul bright and early, loaded it and hit the road with our chickens back down to Virginia. The chickens are in the coop that Nick converted from a horse stall in the barn, while he works to finish their fenced in outdoor space. I have most of the painting done~ the dining room needs a final coat, then I'm hoping to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Two days before settlement we got an email from the listing agent saying the previous owners would love for their outdoor cat to be able to stay here. He is very affectionate and loves to be petted, is a good mouser and stays in the wood shop building at night. The boys have enjoyed feeding Petey, and calling him to come in in the evenings. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We settled on our Virginia home Friday morning, and it is lovely. With the help of family and friends we got our first moving truck unloaded, worked on painting, pulled out (gross and dirty) carpet, and it's already feeling more like home. Last night we sat on the front porch, enjoying the breeze and watching the cows across the street. It amused the boys that we could even hear the sound of them tearing the grass and chewing! It is so blessedly quiet here. While I was working on inside jobs Nick was hard at work converting a barn stall... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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My sweet Dad got up at 5:30 Saturday morning so he could meet me at the trail near my parents house at 6:15. He biked next to me while I ran 5 miles. We've done this often over the past year, starting last summer when I was training for a marathon, and I cherish every minute we've spent together. It's wonderful to get to talk with him, and for the company and distraction on runs. I will miss his company until they move to Virginia next year, and I've already scouted out some places where we can run and bike... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We met dear friends at one of our favorite parks this morning, Lititz Springs Park. We enjoyed watching and feeding the ducks, a picnic lunch, exploring big rocks and the kids played chase and tag. We are so fortunate to have made such lovely friends here in Lancaster. In the car on the way home Eli asked "So this is the truly last time we'll see them before we move?" I answered yes, but that we can see them when we come up to visit Grammy and Grampa, and that I hope we find nice friends in Virginia too. He... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Alex and Eli have done a great job playing games and entertaining themselves this week, I especially love to see them play chess. These are memories that I hold dearly, and hope they will treasure them too. Moments like this make the hard times easier, and make me smile. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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In just 9 days we'll pack up the UHaul and head to Virginia! It seems like we've been waiting for forever, and now the moment is almost upon us. The appraisal for our PA house was yesterday afternoon, and the negotiations for results of the home inspection are done. It feels like we can finally start to pack and have boxes lying around mucking up the house. That feels like such a relief. We're still waiting to hear about the second appraisal on our Virginia house, but I'm just going to confidentially move forward and assume it will all work... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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It may seem that we don't actually have much to sing and rejoice about, but as I ran on the trail this morning I sang "Sing and Rejoice" to myself. I'm trying everything possible to stay positive. It was another hard week of bad news. Not only did our Virginia house appraisal come in $23,000 too low, but we found out the sellers have a signed back-up contract. After two days of worry and discussions with our realtor and mortgage lender, we found out we can get another appraisal. So that's been ordered as a rush job and should be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Alex and Bold Rocket The boys spend lots of time visiting the chickens. Alex especially spends hours a day in the chicken run, "telling them stories," holding them, giving them fresh food and water, and bringing in their eggs. I am so thankful for these beautiful creatures, who provide us eggs for our breakfast, but are also good companions. Eli is thrilled when he can pet the hens, he "coaxed them over" with a little container of feed so he could pet them. (That boo boo on his face is healing, he had a most spectacular bike crash last weekend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We got some pretty awful news yesterday~ after waiting 19 days (!) for the appraisal to come back on our Virginia home it came back $22,500 below the selling price. We are devastated, as I'm sure the sellers are too. This means that the lender won't loan us the full amount, and we don't have an extra $22,500 in cash lying around to give the sellers. Our realtor is really wonderful, and he spoke to the listing agent and sent her the appraisal last night. We'll begin negotiating today, and hope that the sellers will meet us halfway. It still... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Today, one week from when we listed it for sale by owner, we signed a good offer on our home! We are so glad to have a good buyer, and for the showing process to be over. The buyer is coming to walk the property with us Sunday, to ask us about the firewood, what kind of trees we've planted, the gardens, and to see the chicken coop. We are thrilled that someone else will live here and love this spot like we have. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Our sweet chicks are one week old. We've loved watching how fast they grow, and what a good mama Big Brown Eyes is. We let them outside from their crate today, and she showed them how to scratch and dust bath. When she found a bug or seed she called to them and they ran over to get it. They can even hope up onto the roosting bar already, like the little guy in the above photo. The "auntie" hens can see them through the wire, it's fun to see them watching each other. We'll keep the chicks and their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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In the moments between packing and house work we've been having fun days together. We've done spring nature studies, an animal unit, and played lots of games this spring. I'm trying to not let the stress affect my mood, and to remember to cherish each moment with these quickly growing boys. We've also been enjoying our last few weeks here in this space, which has been so wonderful for us the past few years. Just this morning we watched a parade of first a papa turkey, then 4 deer, then 2 ducks that seem to be nesting along the creek... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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It's been a while since I've last posted. We went down for the home inspection on our new house last week, and Nick is there today for the septic inspection and chimney repair estimator. The home inspection didn't turn up anything too huge, hopefully the septic inspection will be clear. Then we'll move on to negotiating some repairs. Settlement is in just 5 weeks from Friday, we're so excited! I'm looking forward to time spent on our lovely front porch in those red rockers, which we bought from the sellers. We've been working on getting our house ready to list... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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A 7 acre farmette was listed in Bridgewater, Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, and we headed down to see it immediately. It's pretty much everything we've been looking for, and we are so thankful that our offer was accepted. It's in the quiet country, but just 7 minutes into the town of Bridgewater and about 23 minutes to Nick's work in downtown Harrisonburg. There is a 4 acre field in the back of the property with a small pond, and about 3 acres is maintained around the house. So we'll have plenty of room for gardening, chickens, the boys to roam,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Alex has had a hard time lately dealing with the uncertainty of our move. We had planned to go to my mom's house last Friday morning, then instead we left in a hurry to see a house in Virginia. He was grumpy for much of the weekend. We're trying to be gentle, assuring him that we have a lovely home here while we find one in Virginia, and to be patient and kind. I'm turning to these beautiful words, to remind me that even in despair and uncertainty, there is beauty and hope. When despair for the world grows in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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A farmhouse on 11 acres was listed last Thursday evening, and our awesome realtor went to preview it for us Friday morning. He Facetimed with us so we could see more details, and the beautiful mountain views. We then loaded up the boys and headed down to see it. It was a lovely location, with a nice house. We made an offer Saturday morning. Then I fretted and fretted. It didn't have an attic, basement or garage, and the house was too small to not have those three things. There were also other big issues~ the septic probably needed updated,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I've been in a bit of a cooking slump lately, and have had trouble coming up with meal ideas. When Nick went to get some groceries over lunch I asked if he had any dinner ideas. He got chicken wings and a (local, organic!) pizza crust to make homemade wings and pizza. But he only got one crust, and we usually eat two. I decided instead of running back out to the store I would look for a quick pizza dough recipe. Alex was helping to make dinner, and as he chopped the mushrooms and pepperoni I whipped up this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I am trying to remember to enjoy the little moments of life right now, as we try not to get too discouraged with the Virginia house search. This week there were 2 listings in our search set up through the realtor. One was already sold when we called about it, our realtor told us it was entered in the system at 9 a.m. and entered sold at 1 p.m., sold in just 4 hours! The other house had some land in a flood plain that required flood insurance and a covenant that prohibited keeping poultry. Sigh. Fingers crossed that lots... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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As we search for houses (and spend seemingly endless hours online) we are also getting this house ready to sell. We spent last weekend working in the backyard~ trimming bushes, burying drainage pipe, raking leaves and mulching. Nick's been working hard to get the garage painted, and it looks so much better! It's amazing how green things can get in just 3 years, when we bought this place everything had been professionally painted and pressure washed. As we work I think about the next people to live here, and hope they love it as we have. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Our offer on the beautiful farmhouse was sadly not accepted, it was sold to a family friend. We were pretty sad and disappointed, and now are trying to be hopeful that something even better for us is out there. Another nice-looking farmhouse was listed Friday. I saw the listing come through our search from the realtor at 11:50, and by 12:45 we were in the car to drive down to see it. Nick called the realtor to schedule a showing, then he got our mortgage pre-approval letter printed, and our "selling ourselves to the seller" letter updated and printed while... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We woke this morning to a covering of snow, the boys were shocked that we had snow in April! We enjoyed the beauty of it. Much of our weather this week calls for rain, I would rather have snow. Our realtor submitted our offer for the lovely farmhouse in Virginia this morning. The seller had already received four other offers, and will accept offers through Wednesday. Then he'll chose one this weekend, Saturday at the earliest. We've never had to wait this long to wonder if we got a house, but gone are the days of a 24 hour seller... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We had a lovely Easter yesterday, with Easter baskets, egg hunts in our backyard, and of course a delicious ham meal. While the ham baked I hid eggs filled with coins in the backyard for the boys. They had such fun searching for them, then Alex asked if he could do an egg hunt for Eli and Papa. So Alex and I filled the eggs with potato chips and pretzel sticks, his sweet idea. After that egg hunt Eli and Nick did one for Alex and I, then the boys did one for me and Nick. It was a fun... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead