Wednesday, March 19, 2014


It's been so long it is almost too hard to start back!  So much has happened in the last month.

We met the Little Men and Co. at Disney World for a fast and busy week of fun then returned home just a few days before our scheduled closings on The Brick Street Bungalow and the new house, The Big Bah-Nilla. 

It was a rough trip home... ice... cancelled flights... rented car... six hour drive that usually takes an hour and a half... arriving home to trees bent and broken by layers of ice...

There was a lot of frenzied work... of packing.. and cleaning... and clearing of broken limbs and trunks.  

Then, there were two closings and two sets of lives shifted spots...

I love that the new owner loves our grandest Old Girl in the same way I always have... Still there were tears as I mopped her big old porch one last time... as I handed over her keys... passed the torch... and hoped... for the future... 

WORK has begun on the Big Bah-Nilla...

And, in the midst of all... my poor computer became a fire hazard... and was reduced to a leftover hard drive.   I'm still not used to this new one... and heaven only knows which box the software is that goes to my camera.  So for now, the iPhone photos will have to suffice. 

I still feel like the Zurg is hot on my trail!  But, I hope to be back soon...

A special thanks for all the sweet notes and words... your generous spirits and compassionate thoughts lift my soul.  Thank you again and again...

blessings ~ tanna


Wanda said...

Oh my Tanna....a lot has been going on.

When will you be in your new home? Or are you already.

Have missed you and so glad you are back

Just daring and your grandchildren are so adorable.

Love, hugs and smiles coming your way.

Wanda said...

Oh my Tanna....a lot has been going on.

When will you be in your new home? Or are you already.

Have missed you and so glad you are back

Just daring and your grandchildren are so adorable.

Love, hugs and smiles coming your way.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

So good to hear from you...missed you!

Yay! on the closings...hugs to you about leaving behind "the old girl" but at least you know they will love her just as you did, and you will grow to love the new one, too. :)

Hugs and blessings always to you sweet friend.

podso said...

Funny how just a few minutes ago I checked your blog, wondering how life was faring for you, knowing you had a lot going on, but mix in that snow and ice--wow! You survived! And now can settle back and take your time maybe? and the new place? But best of all those times with your little ones. Fun, fun …
Be kind to yourself for a bit! :-) Hugs, have missed you!

Bonnie said...

I saw you had a new post and my first thought was good, I wonder how things have been going. You have been VERY BUSY and I would still be BUSY getting settled. Sorry for the computer troubles. When it rains it pours. Your little guys are growing! Sounds like a great vacation but getting home was no fun.

I know the transition will be hectic but you will do it with much grace I know. I will be thinking of you.

Judy S. said...

Just was thinking about you this morning and then your post! Good to hear from you. Sounds like you've been really busy with fun things and others not so fun. Cute photos of the grand kids; they are growing!
Take care. And I am anxious to see how you de-vanillaize your new place!

steph said...

so good to have you back in your blog-home. I've missed you so much!!! Fun, stress, excitement...all part of both a Disney vacation AND a move!!!! Hugs, friend. Don't try to do everything this week!!!!!

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

So glad you are back!! I've missed your posts!! Your new place will be great, but I know how you feel. I don't do change well. We all are witnesses to that! Love ya,

Annette T. said...

So glad to hear you had a fantastic time on the trip, not such a fantastic time on the trip home though. It sounded very trying. Can't wait to see pics of the new place and the magic you do with it!
Remember to be good to yourself now and get some rest amongst the boxes and activities unfolding in your new home.

Shug said...

My dear sweet lady, you have certainly had a lot going on. So glad that you all were able to spend precious quality time with the grands. What fun!!! A move of any kind can be very hard and when it's a big move, it can really tire you out. Can't wait to see pics of your new Big bah..nilla. I've missed you.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Betcha had a wonderful time with your grandchildren. Best of luck with your move.

TexWisGirl said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! on getting to the other side of things! now, onward, once again! yay!!!

kathy b said...

Ive missed your posts. Admirable on the move….someday We will do so too!

Catherine said...

So nice to have you back Tanna.
I am glad that all went well with you move and you are now on a new bend of your journey.
The trip to Disney look like a wonderful time with great memories.
The snow here was never ending also, though tomorrow starts spring. I hope that the cold weather knows that date too!
I really am glad to see you back.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Amy at love made my home said...

I have been hoping that the silence meant that all was going well and that you were busy packing and unpacking and it sounds as though that is exactly what you have been doing!! I am so happy for you that the move has been completed and I wish you all the best possible things for your time in your new home and I look forward to following along as you get set up in your new life there. I hope that you work out the computer/camera etc thing, it is hard work when you have to change things around. Lovely to hear from you again, and best wishes for all good things. xx

Cheryl @ TFD said...

It's so good to see you posting and sharing these sweet photos! I've been wondering about you. Glad to hear you've gotten moved and that you got to see those precious grands, too. That is exciting news! Take your time and enjoy settling in and get some rest, too!

Tricia Buice said...

What fun - I can't wait to do the Disney thing with my grandson. You are a trooper Tanna - moving, traveling, packing and unpacking - my hero! Blessings to you and your husband as you get settled. Welcome back - you are always missed.

karen said...

wow have you seen it all! I know how you feel leaving a loved house. Our last house was painted RED and no shutters, it looks like a stranger to me and not my house anymore. But I'm glad someone else loves it so. Sorry about your computer-but hey, a new one is fun!!

Catherine Holman said...

I just love that first photo and the happy faces! Wishing God's blessing on you and your family on your new journey in your new home. I will have a hard time leaving our old house when the time comes to moves too.

Deborah said...

Hi Tanna!
What a busy time for you!
Both homes look so beautiful!
So glad to have found you here ;)

All my heart,

Kerin said...

Sending you a whooping big "Whoo Hoo"!!
Congratulations on closing on the old house, and closing on your new dream home!! I am so happy for you!!
In no time at all, you will have the new place feeling cozy and welcoming, and you'll have it decorated beautifully.
The best part.... you'll have many new memories to make with your family, and sweet Grands.
You are a blessed woman, my friend.

Thanks so much for always sending me encouraging messages. You are a sweet lady, and a blessing in my life.


Mereknits said...

Oh my goodness you have been so busy my Friend. I so hope the move is going smoothly and that you are feeling like your new home is the place for you. Love the darling pictures of the grandkids.
Hugs to you,

Sandy said...

Love the pictures of you and your darling grandkids, Tanna. I was just thinking about you on Tuesday and wondering where you were and what was going on with the move. Glad you had time to update.
Big Hugs~

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my! The weather sure is throwing everyone for a loop. Glad to hear you are back and all is well. You will have your new home spiffy in no time! I use my iPhone for everything now. It takes pretty great pictures. Only use my Canon when we are on vacation and I want distance shots or for taking pictures of the moon since it has a great zoom. Technology throws me for a loop. I like to keep things simple and not change too much. Getting new equipment is always a learning curve but you'll figure it all out in no time. Have a fabulous Friday. Blessings, Tammy

Rose said...

So glad to find a new post from you, I've missed you! How awesome that you got to spend time in Disney with the grands. Life keeps on changing, but truly all things happen for a reason and good comes from each turn. You found so much happiness and your old home, and new happiness awaits you still as you make life happen in your new home.

God bless you and yours always!

From the Kitchen said...

I've been missing you but see you have a good excuse for being absent!! I feel your computer pain. Mine crashed a few weeks ago. I purchased the same kind so not much to get used to. Good wishes for the move!!


Betsy Adams said...

Hi Tanna, Glad you had a wonderful trip with loved ones, but sorry about the trip home and about the damage due to the ice... How sad!

We've been on 3 trips this month (Arkansas, Ohio, and North Carolina)... We had pretty good weather except when we were in Ohio (be sure to check out some of my older blog posts when you have time). We tried to HIKE in solid ICE.... Scary!!!!! We got some great photos --but the twisted knee I got from a fall was not fun!!!!!ha

I can imagine how sad it was leaving your home ---but you will love the new one I'm sure.


Donna said...

Your story always makes me happy for you. Your joy spreads clear over to my heart…and then I am happy for me, too.
The Big Bah-Nilla will be the Big Bee-You-Tee in no time at all.
We are scheduled to run electric wires through the walls starting Monday if we don't get snowed out again. Hopeful.
Love to you, my sweet friend.

Vicki Boster said...

Tanna-- you have certainly been busy-- oh the dreaded ice storm, so sorry you had to deal with that in your travels. But- you have wonderful memories and pictures (!) of your Disney trip:)

I can only imagine how hard it was to say goodbye to your beautiful Brick Street home-- in no time at all you will be in love with your new home.

Ugh-- computer woes frustrate me to no end:(

So anxious to see your new home photos--

Anonymous said...

Hello...Glad that life has been full in the best of ways...with family and happy new beginnings and I Look forward to seeing your "Mark" on the big bah-nilla! (And I'm computerless as well right now...limping along on my iPad!). Blessing to you.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Tanna, you sure have had so much going on, mercy me! What a cutie pie you have there! What fun it must have been at Disneyworld! We took our grands a few years back and have such great memories. Aww, how sad to leave your old home, we are about to move too. I can't wait to see what all you've got to show us in your new home! Have a great day, don't do too much, pace yourself!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

I am catching up and SO GLAD to see your update. Oh, bittersweet for you to leave your lovely home! BUT...excited to see what you do with your new place!!!! It will soon be wonderful and cozy!

DISNEY! What fun. Glad you could do that trip!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congratulations on both closings! I know how busy you are now but I'm sure you are enjoying making the new home your own. I can't wait to see more of it!

Your trip to Disney looked like wonderful fun! My son and daughter-in-law are doing a Disney cruise again this year and want us to come along but we are not positive we will go as yet...hopefully we will be able to do it!

Pondside said...

I'm oh-so-late to this.
I may come to you for tips on going to Disneyland with little boys. We'd like to take the two biggest boys, but have never been there ourselves.
Re the move: we're in the selling stage and I hate it! I'll have to read further to see where you're at with it!

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