Augh! Moving!

Well, it’s been a week since I first got offered a position in Kansas City. I’m really excited to start my new job but right now I feel basically totally overwhelmed.

This is what we have to do:

  • Pack our house
  • Rent our house
  • Find a house to rent
  • Move
  • Replace the sump pump
  • Fix the damaged shower floor tile
  • Little odds and ends things


We are running the credit and background checks on our potential renters. We found a couple we really like and they have three children who I’m sure will make much better use of the three upstairs bedrooms than we have.

We are also having a credit/background check ran on ourselves currently. Kyle went rental house shopping last Wednesday and found a neighborhood that we love! He looked through several houses and called about a few others. Sunday, we went together and looked through three houses. We found one that would mostly work for our needs.

It’s really cute, has a fenced backyard, and has three bedrooms — which would mean we wouldn’t need to downsize our bed collections and could house a couple friends for a night. The downsides are that the bedrooms are super small. Likely, we would use the middle bedroom for our bed and the front bedroom as a kind of dressing room. I’m not even totally positive that the bedroom we intend to use would fit our king-size bed.

The kitchen is also fairly lacking.

That picture shows all of the cabinet space! Note the lack of a dishwasher and garbage disposal! Those are manageable flaws, but it had enough that we thought it was worth it to go back and look again yesterday.

Especially worth it because the house we’d gotten a call about was this one:


That’s the word I have for this one.

Look at the inside!

This house is obviously beautiful, and even though it’s only two bedrooms… we really only wanted two bedrooms and they’re a much better size with much more convenient closets. The landlord who has been rehabing this house is understandably very protective of it, so we’re really hoping we clear the credit and background checks (I don’t know why we wouldn’t!). I’ll feel so much better when this is all definite.

Well… when this is all definite and our house is packed, we’ve received the deposit + rent check from the new tentants, and we’re moved into the new place.

Moving is way too much stress when you’re also trying to finish up one job and start a new one. Wish us luck!

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After my family and I hit up Marion, KS and Kansas City, MO our next stop was St. Louis, Missouri! We decided that we needed to go see the Gateway Arch. It was a quick trip not even lasting 24 hours, but I’m so glad we did it.

I have to say, the arch is really a site to see. It’s quite beautiful and since we happened to be there while the Fair St. Louis was going on, there was an air show. Nothing feels quite so “America” like an air show, fair food, and a July 4th celebration. It was a great experience.

Because of the fair, we waited in very long lines to make it up the arch. Also, one of the trams kept having mechanical issues and so that delayed the lines further. Not to mention, a thunderstorm decided to hit while we were in the top of the arch. The arch swaying mixed with long lines to get back down, meant that I was a wee bit scared. Now that I look back on the experience, I’m so glad we went up.

There’s absolutely no way that a blog like ours can talk about the Gateway Arch without mentioning the architect Eero Saarinen. I’d love to say that I’m design savvy enough and I knew beforehand that he designed the arch, but that’s not the case. It was pretty awesome to find out though.

Yep, he’s the genius behind these lovelies: the tulip chairs and table. Such an iconic mid-century design. Also, I’m pretty sure that if I were to ever describe a chair or table as sexy it would be these.

Oh and did I mention that it poured rain on our walk back to get the car. Yep, soaked. Head to toe.

I really enjoyed our quick trip to St. Louis! Stay tuned for my vintage shopping in Chicago coming very soon!

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Last month, Mary managed to swing through Kansas City on her way to Michigan so Kyle and I got to do a little bit of shopping with her, her mom, her sister, and our friend Kevin who actually gets to live in Kansas City — with a view that would make you hate him. It was just a short visit so Mary and her family were super lucky that their jaunt through town happened to fall on a first weekend so we could visit Thistle.

Kyle and I have been to Thistle for two of their openings and it’s probably my favorite excuse to be in Kansas City. They’re only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on the weekends of First Fridays but they have great finds and really fair prices.

Check out the new additions to my home after our last visit:

Around Lent, we stopped keeping soda in the house so that means I’m really reliant on having tea and crystal light or other alternatives around because I’m not much of a fan of plain water. This new carafe/pitcher means I can have two non-water options, plus the shape is perfect for our fridge!

We also finally put the office together a few weeks ago so now it’s getting close to being a viable work space. Kyle really loves this spinning pen/pencil and office supply holder. It looks great and adds a bit of charm and function to our desk that is otherwise overrun by monitors, laptops, and accessories.

I don’t have our receipt handy but I seem to remember both purchases being right at or under $10! If you’re planning on being in Kansas City plan for a first Friday weekend so you can stop by Thistle. It’s totally worth it! Also, look forward to Mary’s recap of her finds and her visit to Kansas City later this week! I’m sure she’ll tell you all about how wonderful the staff is.

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