We are home.

Two full weeks in and it is official.

We made cookies.

Click here for the awesome recipe we used and yes, I have Appletini colored countertops!

We organized the new Play Room!

STUVA system from IKEA.

We christened the new appliances! (Not like THAT! Minds out of the gutters Mamas!)

Little C has taken it upon himself to be my official laundry sorter. (I win!!) AND I may be slightly in love with both my new washer/dryer and also having my laundry room on the main floor!

We walk the dog HERE every day!

This is literally steps from our front door. Ravine living FTW!!

And we flipped the switch and had our first evening by the very modern fireplace.

THIS is our home!

Our beautiful, dream come true, Natural Urban Home!



Breaking up is hard to do.

I think I am in denial. About moving that is.

We are two weeks away from our designated move-in date to the Natural Urban Home and I have packed a grand total of 16 boxes.

Every day I look around and I think to myself, "GET GOING WOMAN! What are you waiting for? All of this 'stuff' is not going to pack itself!" (No matter how much I wish and pray and dream for this to be true!)

As I peel back the layers of US from this house, I realize that I am having a hard time "breaking up" with our home.

This is the only real home that the four of us have known together and the one that has seen us grow together as a family.

This is the only home my children have experienced Christmas in. The house they took their first steps in and the one they first shared a room in. Every scratch in the hardwood in front of the built-in book-case is a reminder of hours and hours of baby and toddler play time on the floor.

This is the house that Natural Urban Dad and I built to heal us from our first home building experience and the results were so much more than we ever expected. A big part of that was our contractor, who thankfully is our current one as well, but living in this house has made us happy. Walking in the door every day to the warmth and coziness of our home, made us happy.

This is the home that welcomed massive playdates, family dinners (including the unforgettable Turkey Debacle of Christmas '07) and many nights of 'fire and wine' and me talking way too loud in the backyard. This is the home that had an open door policy for a certain little next door neighbour... and his daddy too (and this proximity will be missed by all of us)!

This was the home of the Natural Urban Mamas Store. The place where I met so many of my customers and clients and their beautiful little babies and taught a lot of mamas the art of babywearing. Where I stayed up late doing the books and often times even later searching for and finding all of the wonderful babywearing and natural parenting products for the store.

This is the home of milestone birthdays. My children's firsts and my fortieth.

A lot has happened in this house to shape me and my family... and so, I am procrastinating.

Next week we will start to slowly move our 'stuff' over to the Natural Urban Home. And I know it won't take long for this new house to become home for us. It too was built from love (and not just a little bit of personal blood, sweat and tears) and will open up a new chapter in the book of  Us. One that will be equally if not even more fantastic.

But for now... I am leaving the pictures up on the walls a little while longer, I am not really touching the kids rooms at all yet and I am savouring our last real week in our first family home.


P.S. And I really need to book a mover ASAP!! Any recommendations?


My last post about the Natural Urban Home was on April 17th. And there was snow on the ground!

It seems that my initial excitement about the old house actually moving off the lot was a bit premature!

But in the end, it all works out as it should.

After looking at our house plans for months, one day it occured to me that we may have made a fatal flaw in the design of our new home. We had designed and configured the house perfectly, except for one thing--we had no direct view or access to our beautiful back yard!

So we all went back to the drawing board and worked hard to get it right on round two of designing the Natural Urban Home!

What we have now is not only the perfect house for us, but it is configured perfectly on the lot so that we can truly enjoy all of the amazing features of the lot and the yard!

The old house was finally moved off the lot on July 26th. And let me tell you, it was quite the production!  We took the kids down to see them get the house attached to the truck earlier in the day and the crew told us that they would be back that night at 2 AM to start the trek to it's new home south of Calgary.

I decided to stay up and go and film the event. You know, for posterity and all.

At a quarter to 2, I packed up the dog and myself and headed out (in the pouring rain) to the house. And when I got there my heart sank....

...they were already gone!!

I was so sad and dissappointed that I had missed the big move!

So with my proverbial head hung low, I put the car back in gear and headed home. I turned right instead of left as I usually do and it was a good thing that I did, because up ahead I saw flashing lights and a VERY WIDE LOAD heading down the street!!

I caught up with the large caravan of vehicles with flashing lights and followed them for about 10 blocks. It really was a sight to see!! Moving slowely along in the pouring rain, lightening and thunder, the house-moving caravan consisted of two Epcor trucks, an arborist truck, two police cruisers, and two wide load pick-up trucks. And me in my Mazda 5! In the few blocks that I followed along, they had to take down a set of traffic lights, removed and then replace a traffic sign and stop all traffic along the road and at a major intersection.



A final goodbye to the house! Which by the way, took three days to reach it's final destination.



And with the house off the lot, our excitement is at an all time high!  We are thrilled to be working with the amazing folks at Serenity Contracting and Design (the same ones who built our current home) and things are starting to move along quite nicely!

I thought I would leave you with a little teaser ....

Here is our architect's rendition of the southwest corner of the new Natural Urban Home!



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