Welcome to the Hausen House, take 4

This is our fourth house we’ve purchased! It’s really exciting!

Allan took a house hunting trip last week. Before he left we spent hours scouring online for all the available homes in the Coeur d’Alene area that would fit our family. It was tough! There’s a limited amount of inventory out there and we (mostly I) did NOT want to build. I didn’t want to build because that meant living in a temporary rental for 4-6 months! I did NOOOOT want to move again. I’m just about dead from the moves we made in the last 15 months! I told Allan, I truly, truly can’t handle moving more than once in the next 12 months. Building is OUT. If we rented I’d wanted to find a rental that we could live in for at least a full year and preferably longer! BUT, we really just want to settle down so we were looking to buy!

Allan went to Idaho with a list of about 10 houses to look at. Maybe less, I can’t really remember.

Our favorite house from what we saw online was a house on a half acre. Allan stopped at that house very first and immediately we both ruled it out. It had a railroad track behind it and though online we’d seen the track we thought it was below visibility from the house. Not so, it was on a slight incline in real life and completely visible from the house! In fact, it really felt like the train track was in the back yard despite being far from the house thanks to the half acre.
Anyway, it just wouldn’t work.

Allan went to a house next that was on our list but not super high up. He sent me a picture and the second I got it I felt like that was our house! I couldn’t believe it because it hadn’t been up high on my list of favorites (at all!) but here it was in a cellphone photo and I was sold! Instantly!

I told Allan I liked it and he told me he thought it might be the one.

He walked through the whole house and sent me more cell phone photos and we were both, though states away from each other, completely sold on this house!! We were shocked but felt so at peace about it! It was really crazy!! We usually disagree and it takes us forever and a lot of negotiating to pick a house. Not this time!

Allan had all the other houses on our list to go look at and typically I want to see ALL my options (especially because my personal favorite house had yet to be seen by Allan!) but for some reason I didn’t even care about the other houses. It was like I just knew we’d found our house so why bother with the rest?

Allan went to the other houses and sent me pictures and despite them being pretty we were just already attached to the other house! We were sold!

Allan ended up buying that house the next day. I signed all the forms electronically and we paid the deposit. The builder of that house accepted an offer and we got a move in date of April 30th!

Now here’s a crazy part of the story:

The house we bought wasn’t for sale!

There was an ad online for this builder and they used pictures of this model home to sell that floorplan. It even says clear as day on the listing that that house wasn’t for sale but that you could build that floorplan on a different lot.
But remember I said I REALLY didn’t want to build? So… when Allan asked if we could buy that house the guy working there said, “Okay.” And what’s even crazier about that is that at least 10 other people (within the last week before this!) had asked about buying the model home and were told no!! The guy selling the floorplan, though, felt like the house was Allan and mine, like this house in this spot was perfect for us! So Allan went back the next day and there was a lady working there and he told her about his conversation with the other guy and she was like, oh no, no he’s wrong, we’re not selling this house.

But then the other guy was called and the builder owners’ talked to and yes, they would sell it to us, despite it not being for sale!

So yeah, pretty cool! A long story but one I’ll for sure forget so I thought I might as well blog about it. And now for the photos, right! Keep in mind that it’s decorated nicely now and when my family lives there it will look about 90% more crappy with our cheap furniture and messy kids 😉

Oh wait, I’m going to post our other house pictures first. Just for fun.

2005 we moved into our newly built home in Maricopa, Arizona:  photo Maricopa House_zpsg5rvsmuq.jpg

2007 we moved into our newly built home in Spring, Texas:  photo Texas House_zpsgfv7pwmd.jpg

2009 we moved into a brand new, but already built, house in Gold Canyon, Arizona:  photo Gold Canyon House_zpsjdesp0ch.jpg

And in 2015 we will move into a brand new, already built home in Post Falls, Idaho:  photo House01resized_zpsgonthclm.jpg

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Here is a floorplan:  photo House04resizedlabelled_zpsjsjri2vk.jpg

This is a bonus room upstairs.
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Okay, let’s go inside!  photo House03resized_zpsp4f76jl4.jpg

What you see when you walk in will be a view down the hall into the living room. On the right you can see into what will be Payson’s room. There’s a bathroom on that side of the hall as well as Brooke’s room. On the left is where the laundry room is.  photo House06resized_zpszcbmnpsr.jpg

The laundry room:  photo House08bresized_zpsnfocj0ef.jpg

The smallest bedroom is Brooke’s but that’s because she likes small rooms AND it has a great view being in the front of the house. Across the street from our house is an open grassy “park” (no playground equipment, just grass and trees) and a huge property someone else owns where they have a few farm animals like sheep and horses.  photo House08resized_zpsexhmte23.jpg

This will be Payson’s room:  photo House07resized_zpsyg836gi6.jpg

Who cares about bedrooms though, let’s go see the kitchen and living room!  photo House09resized_zpsubhtyzg8.jpg

A glance back at the front door. Over on the left are Brooke and Payson’s bedrooms and the right was the laundry room.  photo House10resized_zpsojlpkp1h.jpg

The kitchen and dining area!  photo House11resized_zpsbbd4tsnc.jpg photo House14resized_zpszed0mw2q.jpg photo House13resized_zpsathrzfl7.jpg photo House12resized_zps5y5niicj.jpg photo House16resized_zpsqptkrmgn.jpg

It’s a nice open floorplan.  photo House15resozed_zpsopakx4sa.jpg

I only wish the house would look this nice when we live there. If only I could afford nice furniture…  photo House17resized_zpsendzvtpm.jpg photo House18resized_zpsv1otd9wi.jpg

When you’re standing right outside the door to my and Allan’s room and looking back into the living room:  photo House19resized_zpstyfztdi6.jpg

My and Allan’s room.  photo House20resized_zpsx8m5z9jp.jpg

I hate this bed and bedding, though. haha  photo House21resized_zpsui7vuj6h.jpg

Our bathroom.  photo House22resized_zpsjdoh7qnl.jpg photo House23resized_zps4cvzcsgx.jpg photo House24resized_zpsarc7qfap.jpg

Standing just inside the master bedroom door and looking out you can see this staircase that leads to the bonus room, where Sierra and Ember (and eventually Everett) will sleep.  photo House25resized_zpsiwgxt3y1.jpg

Their room is the biggest. Which is good because three will share a room in here!  photo House26resized_zps2zsjvp93.jpg photo House27resized_zpsr1ngmhbm.jpg
And that’s it for the pictures! I have a bunch of the yard (it’s a good size and really nice, grass already in) but my phone won’t let me email them to myself to put online so some other time I’ll share photos of that!

A Quick Recipe Using Random Pantry Extras

I threw together a recipe with things from my almost-empty pantry and the kids really loved it so I thought I’d type it out for future reference on those day-before-going-grocery-shopping days!
It’s not healthy or anything… just filling and easy for those desperate evenings.

First I peeled and cubed 3 potatoes. I threw those in a pan with some butter. Then I chopped up some onion and threw that in with the potatoes. I seasoned the potatoes and onions with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. (I would’ve used garlic salt but we’re out)

After I fried the potatoes and onions for 10-15 minutes (I didn’t keep track, it was until they were soft but not mushy, still had a firmness to them.) I dumped the potatoes and onions on a plate and cooked a pound of ground beef in the same pan.

After the beef was cooked through I drained it and then put everything (beef, potatoes, onion) back in the pan. I added a can of cream of mushroom soup and a can of cream of potato soup (would’ve used two cans of cream of mushroom if I had another can on hand, and if I had my kitchen fully stocked I’d use homemade cream of mushroom soup!) and mixed everything together.

I put the mix in a 9×13 baking dish and then sprinkled cheese on top. I greased some foil to cover the dish with and baked it for 20 minutes at 375. I took off the foil and baked it for another 10 minutes.

Speaking of recipes online… I hate it when people write a recipe and it looks like this:
Ingredients:
organic, grass fed, free range ground beef
organic cream of mushroom soup
organic onions
organic potatoes

etc.

I get it. You think you’re better than everyone else because you use organic!

The funny thing is I use organic way more than not but I would never in a million years tell someone else to. I spend a FORTUNE on food. I wish I could go back to the days where I had no idea conventional foods were bad. I HATE spending triple on my produce… if not more!

Wal-Mart for Baby Gates and to a New OB-GYN.

I scheduled an appointment with a new gynecologist to check out my boob. The hole in my nipple has been there for over a week and isn’t healing and I just want it to get looked at! I mean, I don’t want it to get looked at at all but, I just want to make sure I’m not doing everything wrong to care for it.

My appointment isn’t until 2 so before going to that we go to Wal-Mart. Allan has told me that we’re now going to be in Colorado until June so it’s worth it to me to go get some freaking baby gates to put up and keep Everett out of my kitchen. He spends SO much time in the kitchen wreaking havoc!!  photo 010eresized_zps0t0gzqbz.jpg photo 019eresized_zpsarlr21te.jpg photo 021eresized_zpsudkpgr64.jpg photo 024eresized_zpshigg4crw.jpg photo 034eresized_zpsc6l5uq6t.jpg photo 055eresized_zpshwjklewb.jpg

It was then 45 minutes before my appointment. I was supposed to get there 10 minutes early. The doctor’s office is 20 minutes from Wal-Mart. I gave myself 15 minutes to breastfeed Everett in the car before going. I knew he’d want to nurse just because he’d be hungry (thirsty) but also I knew my boob (the injured one) would be super full and I did NOT want to spray the doctor with breastmilk when she was examining me so breastfeeding Everett in the car was a very important step in the day.

Problem was that Everett was on a nursing strike on that side ever since he bit the hole in my nipple. I’d yelped when he did it and then yelped again when he latched back on and bit me again and it had scared him so much he didn’t dare put his mouth on that boob again! Who KNOWS what mom would do!?
To get him to nurse on that side I always have to lay with him in my bed with him on my right side, as if I’m going to nurse him on my right side (the SAFE side!) so it tricks him into pulling into me to latch on. Then as he’s coming towards me to latch on I twist my body to where I’m almost laying on my stomach and my left boob (the hurt one) is now level with his mouth. He latches right on and drinks.

It’s crazy but when I’d stopped nursing him I got SO engorged since my left side produces the most milk! I couldn’t just NOT nurse him. Though I was down to nursing him only twice a day at that point I was still getting super engorged. Engorged enough that when I took off my bra (and nursing pad) I would sit there spraying breastmilk for several minutes straight! I did NOT want that to happen at the doctor’s office during my exam.

SOOOO, Everett would absolutely not breastfeed from my left side in the car. He was terrified, I guess. He just cried and cried.
I ended up driving back to my house and bringing him inside and up to my room and using my laying down trick to get him to drink! This made us later than I wanted to be. Instead of being 10 minutes early like the office wanted me to be since I was a new patient, I was right on time. Ugh.  photo 058eresized_zpsa00qqzwm.jpg photo 063eresized_zpszfe89eb5.jpg photo 066eresized_zpslrpcsn1v.jpg

We got to the doctor’s office pretty easily once Everett had nursed and the nurse took three of my kids into the room across the hall to watch TV while the doctor came in to examine me. She did that because the rooms were kind of small and my kids would’ve been in the way. Brooke stayed in the room with me and held Everett for me!  photo 067eresized_zpsuiio60pd.jpg photo 068eresized_zpsooycjrks.jpg photo 072eresized_zpshz8smwl2.jpg

Going to the doctor ended up being a waste of time. She didn’t tell me anything helpful and she just wrote me a prescription for oral antibiotics. I didn’t want to take antibiotics for a simple flesh woundso I didn’t ever get the prescription filled.

But you know what did help and has helped ever since that day?
BABY GATES!!
Everett is still so difficult. But having one spot that used to be such a cause for aggravation, completely blocked off? A MA ZING.  photo 080eresized_zpsqxx57nvs.jpg photo 086eresized_zpsylsbutia.jpg

And Everett actually loves the baby gates!! He loves standing up against them and walking along them!  photo 092eresized_zpsklmgroct.jpg

The Day I Went Back to Caffeine

I’ve had enough of the migraines, I’m getting caffeine!
On my way to the store to buy that caffeine I stop at McDonald’s and order a coke. Nothing has ever tasted so good in my life.

Adorably, the kids have got themselves ready to go.  photo 005eresized_zpsoibfd5ft.jpg photo 019eresized_zpshqh6yojb.jpg

But guys, how dare I take those pictures? There’s someone who would like me to stop taking time to do something I love (capture cute moments on camera) and instead hold him all the live long day.  photo 024eresized_zpsqs1b6es3.jpg

And once home:  photo 031eresized_zpsk8olylg1.jpg photo 034eresized_zpscqmtaegl.jpg photo 049eresized_zpsfnf3dtqi.jpg photo 053eresized_zpsbpd289l8.jpg

We did all our homeschool on the living room floor that day. Sierra was so cute reading the directions to Ember while I worked with Payson.  photo 062eresized_zpsappbol1z.jpg photo 063eresized_zpskcfearts.jpg

Later on Ember was doing some of the pages from a book she has that you cut and paste. I think it’s called that actually… Cut and Paste book. I plan on buying another as soon as she’s done with that one because she LOVES it.  photo 068eresized_zps4f3pbq1f.jpg

I put this chair in the doorway of the office in hopes of having like five minutes to sit at the computer to work (look at houses in Idaho actually!) while Everett was trapped with me. It didn’t work.  photo 084eresized_zpsv0ys9p2q.jpg

I brought out a bunch of dishes so Ember and Everett could play with them (new things are always the most fun for toddlers!) and Ember kept bringing me things she’d made (pretend made) to try out.  photo 101eresized_zpstz65e54m.jpg

We spent a lot of time making stop motion movies on a movie maker app on the iPad.  photo 117eresized_zpspvyiljqn.jpg

All the kids made movies using toys. Brooke thought it would be hilarious to make a movie of her hand.  photo 119eresized_zpssqi82fo4.jpg photo 127eresized_zpsue61yfen.jpg photo 143eresized_zpssczfjrqm.jpg

Chicken and Mushroom Egg Rolls

Allan and I love mushrooms and were in an egg roll phase so I threw together this simple recipe. We liked it!
Saute shredded cabbage and carrots (16 ounces total, mostly cabbage) in a couple tablespoons of soy sauce for a couple minutes. Put that mixture in a large bowl.
Slice and then saute mushrooms in butter. Dump the mushrooms in with the cabbage and carrots.
To all that, add cooked chicken shredded or cut into small chunks. Season with what you like. I just used salt, pepper, and garlic.

Stir it all together and put scoops of that mix into the egg roll wrappers. Lightly spread olive oil over the tops of the egg rolls and bake in a 400-425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. My oven is ridiculous and scorches our food so I cook ours at 400 for 20 minutes. 10 minutes, then turn the egg rolls, and then 8-10 more minutes.  photo 004eresized_zps6i3z9jax.jpg

Allan’s in Idaho, We Go to King Sooper’s, I’m Miserable

This was during the peak of my boob pain. I was developing mastitis (sore, hot boob, red streaks, fever) and felt like just… CRAP. Like, so awful. Very sick, I guess.
I also stupidly decided that I drink too much caffeine and since I was getting an infection I’d stop drinking that and drown myself in water instead.
So I had a boob infection and severe caffeine withdrawal. I’ve had a 30+ year addiction to caffeine. I can’t even imagine functioning as a normal human being without it. After 48 hours I took myself straight to the store and bought a ridiculous amount of pepsi and vowed to never ever EVER stop caffeine ever again!!! That was the WORST feeling ever, the caffeine withdrawal. Just remembering it makes me want to die.

But honestly… I probably will permanently give up caffeine some day. I go for months to years without it from time to time but since I haven’t (literally) had a full 8 hours of sleep for 4 1/2 years straight, I am just letting myself live on caffeine. I need artificial energy since there’s no way on this earth I’m getting any sleep any time soon thanks to Mr. Everett Easton Hausen, non sleeper.

So yeah, this was day one off caffeine and Allan was gone and I was suffering with mastitis and the hole in my nipple hurt SO much that day (it seemed infected) and I HAD to go shopping because we were out of food, AGAIN. We always were running out of food because I thought we were moving a week from that day so I couldn’t stock up on food!  photo 324eresized_zpst9gjjno3.jpg photo 327eresozed_zpsfhk5ymqs.jpg photo 328eresized_zpsbf9dgs7z.jpg photo 331eresized_zpshuo39u5f.jpg photo 343eresized_zpss7l1gdql.jpg photo 351eresized_zpsfox8cyfm.jpg photo 355eresized_zpsnrhhmtpo.jpg

Everett, Everett, Everett

My little boy is an intense workload. He’s one of those toddlers. The ones who get into everything constantly, cry and scream a lot, don’t sleep well at night, try to do things they physically can’t yet- risking their life in the process.
The difficult ones.

Luckily he is SO adorable! He’s such a funny kid and really loves his family so much… that makes everything slightly less torturous. Slightly 😉

I’ve tried a lot of organic macaroni and cheese over the years and all of them were terrible! I found this brand that wasn’t terrible and wanted to take a picture to remember it if I was ever buying it again! Everett saw me pull the box out of the recycling bin and ended up taking it out of my hand and putting it back in the recycling!  photo 008eresized_zpsmy6n6tih.jpg

Oh, here mom, let me take that!  photo 010eresized_zps1i552zlp.jpg

I know just where this goes!  photo 015eresized_zpswne72nfs.jpg

Yep, I’m super helpful, putting this right back in here!  photo 018eresized_zpsyxcq1brj.jpg

Because Everett likes to destroy as much as he likes to play I set up his toys in our now empty bookshelf. He loves pulling them all out of there and throwing them on the floor.  photo 021eresized_zpslidpojvd.jpg photo 039eresized_zpsf6ituc7v.jpg photo 041eresized_zps3zmwfrqt.jpg photo 049eresized_zps3qe0isnn.jpg

I bought this short activity table right after we moved back to Colorado from Nevada… turns out to be one of the best purchases because he loves this thing!  photo 082eresized_zpsu95widlc.jpg photo 094eresized_zpseuxljezb.jpg photo 099eresized_zpse00hydfq.jpg

I hold this kid a lot.  photo 137eresized_zpsrbthjyi7.jpg

And I spend more time with him on the stairs. He’s mastered climbing down the stairs now though he will still randomly fall pretty much every single time he plays on the stairs so I have to be near him the whole time.  photo 139eresized_zpsc8zjnuqi.jpg photo 149eresized_zpspjnqrzf3.jpg photo 195eresized_zpscsywou7t.jpg photo 204eresized_zpskfeydzew.jpg photo 207eresized_zpscig0vw4m.jpg photo 215eresized_zpsqfzwgvrb.jpg photo 218eresized_zpsu0nf1lca.jpg

Everett’s 12th tooth is coming in this week. I’m hoping that having got that many in the last few months he’ll get a break and not have any new teeth pop up. I’m sick to DEATH of never sleeping. I can tell his teeth hurt, he plays with his teeth a lot with his tongue and bites and chomps and stuff. PLEASE, no more teeth for a while!! (Buuuuut, how cute are those gapped teeth?! They kill me. So cute!)  photo 303eresizedc_zpswatnrcdo.jpg

Going to Wal-Mart and Playing in the Snow!

I needed to buy diapers since I packed Everett’s cloth thinking we’d be moving soon. Turns out we’re staying in Colorado until April. Right now I’m trying to decided if I want to unpack his diapers or just be lazy and do disposables. Right now disposables are winning.  photo 024eresized_zpsliybmyuv.jpg

He was being so cute in the cart. After pulling his hat off he sat there cuddling with it!  photo 023e2resized_zpshk5ye93o.jpg

I got each of the kids a box of chocolates since they were 50% off. I wanted to get them each a treat for Valentine’s but was purposefully waiting until they were on sale.  photo 033eresized_zpsjkejioxt.jpg photo 039eresized_zpskky5vvp4.jpg photo 041eresized_zps4cb9twne.jpg

It was freezing that day!  photo 051eresized_zpsy85aoefi.jpg

We’d gone to the store first thing that morning. The kids had brought granola bars to hold them over (I think we were like out of milk, cereal, eggs, and practically everything that day!) but when I got home I made a real breakfast for everyone. Everett was happy!  photo 059eresized_zps2v2xpycn.jpg

He shares his food.  photo 066eresized_zpsylavqtny.jpg photo 067eresized_zpsqkh8vp3r.jpg

Then we bundled back up and went outside to play.  photo 075eresized_zpsyrzniiua.jpg photo 077eresized_zpszrvjkmms.jpg photo 091eresized_zpsuuxzvsis.jpg photo 110eresized_zps2o5krf6j.jpg photo 120eresized_zpsdkcexrqe.jpg photo 128eresized_zpsaghqi3wa.jpg photo 139eresized_zpsozipaexe.jpg photo 148eresized_zps9sha7qak.jpg photo 160eresized_zpsnkgnwdk4.jpg photo 178eresized_zpsz04yynvr.jpg

Allan Teaches Sierra How to do Dishes!

We don’t really have plans of making the kids do dishes but Sierra wanted to try. Since we had some easy peasy baking sheets to wash, Allan let her. She loved it! I could tell she felt really grown up. And she loved extra time with Allan even if it was doing a chore!  photo 113eeresized_zpstn3djmqb.jpg photo 116eresized_zpsavnlmghg.jpg

Later on I heard Everett giggling like mad at Sierra. She was cracking him up. I watched for a while, laughing myself and probably smiling like an idiot, before running for my camera. By the time I got back the laughter was finally dying down, but not dead! The picture isn’t the best but the memory was special. Sierra and Everett have a really close relationship and I love watching them together 🙂  photo 128eresized_zps5fb1bdtj.jpg

Everett’s usual breakfasts are eggs, potatoes, and fruit or oatmeal with fruit added. He loves food!  photo 136eresized_zpsuox5lood.jpg photo 140eresized_zpswgtearxq.jpg