Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Eve - A Sneak Peek

We are keeping with the PEANUTS gang theme this year and Parker is dressing up as Linus for Halloween.  It wasn't really our plan or intention to go with another one of the PEANUTS pals, it just kind of came about.

I wanted something cheap, simple and hopefully homemade.  Plus Parker is not too keen on things being on his head or face right now so I needed something that wouldn't involve that. 

I racked my brain for a few days and Linus is what I came up with. Here is a sneak peak of his costume...

I bought a solid red shirt and with a pencil, ruler and black fabric marker - stripes were born.  I bought a small piece of blue fleece for Linus' blanket. (Side note: Since Parker is so attached to his blanket right now, I think it is perfect and so fitting for him to be Linus this year). We bought a plump orange pumpkin this weekend and I made a "Welcome Great Pumpkin" sign to carry last night. 

Here's a scene with Linus from the Halloween special "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" - the look we are going for...
We hope to watch this tonight by the way!

Since we aren't able to attend our church 's annual Fall Festival we will be enjoying some fun at Grandma and Grandad's church. Parker is sure to be the cutest one there and will make a great Linus.

Although I am not sure we can top the adorable Charlie Brown from a year ago!
Oh my! Halloween marked a big day in Parker's life last year  - he crawled for the first time.  And he hasn't slowed down since - the boy us always on the go!

I will be back from with pictures of our Halloween festivities and hopefully some photos of sweet Linus - if we can keep him still long enough.

Until we meet again...
Riley

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

House Progress - Update #1

We made our first trip back to Royse City last weekend - it was good to be home.  We have been in Mount Vernon about three weeks and this was our first chance to head back for a quick visit.  Quick it was - we left Arkansas early Saturday morning and were back by dinnertime Sunday night.  It was a fast trip, but productive and fun. It was a good weekend!

We had a few things we needed to take care of in town, plus we wanted to visit our new home site and also go to church.  We plan to go back every few weeks to take care of any matters we need to in town, check on the house and do anything pertaining to it we need to and go to church.  We love our church and sure miss it so we want to go any chance we get.  While we were in town, we also drove by our old house on Mockingbird Street to see how things were looking in the neighborhood. 

There's not a ton of progress on the house (we got a lot of rain and that delayed things some), but I took a few pictures so you can start to get an idea of where we will be.  I plan to take pictures each time we visit the site so we can track the progress and see what all happens and changes each time. 

Welcome to our new street... Pin Oak Court.

A few views as you turn onto the street and drive down a bit.  There are 32 lots on the street and each is 1-2 acres. 




Here is the lot for the future home of the Usserys.  You can see John and Parker way out in the field.
We have a water - hooray for the small things!
Standing at the front of the leveled dirt where the house will sit.


Now I am standing about where the garage will be (on the side of the house rather than the front) and looking out into the street.  It's nice that we'll have a long driveway and be set back from the street a bit.
This is looking into what will be the backyard.  Our living room window will look out into the backyard and it will nice to see these trees as the back drop.

Did I mention we have a pond?  This was something my sweet husband really wanted even though this may be known as "Parker's Pond".  There is sure to be lots of fun had here.   




I am standing now behind the backyard close to the pond and looking toward the street.
 
Standing on the side of the lot - another view of more trees.
Just a couple more.

And we can't forget this cutie...
For such a short trip, he was such a good boy.  He's sure and sweetie and we had the best time.  He loved staying in the hotel and exploring somewhere new.  Everyone enjoyed seeing his face at church and can't wait to see him again.   

Not a lot to report, but there will be - it's an exciting time.  We will keep you posted with many more updates.

Until we meet again...
Riley

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Country Stroll

Parker and I took a really nice walk this morning in the small town of Mount Vernon - where we are temporarily living with John's parents. It's out in the country and a nice change of pace. It was overcast and cool this morning - perfect walking weather. Parker loves going for a "ride ride" in his stroller and to be outside. 

Come along and we will share some scenes from our stroll.

My adorable walking buddy. 
These leaves caught my eye - So pretty.  I heart Fall! 
A shot of the beautiful scenery - not to mention the handsome fella on wheels. 
Down the country road we go.
I had my umbrella in case rain should appear and a stick for encounters with stray dogs - luckily neither came our way.
Looking down on the little man.
Goats! The neighbors have several goats that Parker likes to visit and tell "Hi".  They are friendly to us because we share our leftovers! 
An attempt at a together shot.

Horses! Parker is really starting to pronounce the names of animals well and knows the sounds they make. He's a smart one!
Such a sweetie.
More scenery.
Notice the leaf in our cup holder. We spotted that in the road. Parker held it for a while a passed it off to me.
Daddy's (John's) Alma Mater - Mount Vernon-Enola High School. John was the Salutatorian in a class of 22. It's a tad different than my class of over 600. We have completely different high school experiences and memories - that makes if fun. John graduated 18 years ago - Gasp! 

Go Warhawks! 
He looks so long - oh wait, he is! 
He's having such a good time!
 
If you can spot the steeple up the road, it belongs to Mark and Karen's (John's parents) church. They have been members for several years. Karen also works there part-time as the secretary and Mark does a lot of yard work and outside maintenance all around the building. They are lucky to have them both!
Almost back to the house.
And here we are - right where we started!

It was a sweet morning with Parker and nice to be out experiencing nature in the good ol' country.

Until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, October 10, 2013

From Mockingbird to Mount Vernon

We drove out of our drive-way on Monday afternoon, September 30th and headed east to Arkansas - two vehicles and a small U-Haul trailer.
The final days in our home were quite stressful, tiring and busy. I am glad to have that part over- we are moved out! Now we are just waiting on our new home.

Leaving our house was bittersweet. I am a crier so of course tears were shed.  I know some of it was pure exhaustion, but it was an emotional time as well.  When we bought the house on Mockingbird, John and I had been married only 3 years and this February we will celebrate 11 years of marriage - so we were there a good while. A little over seven years. 

We moved from Arkansas to Texas in 2006 and this was the first house we bought together (John already had a house when we got married).  We moved in while in our late 20s and fairly newly married.  We brought all of our belongings and our sweet dog Calvin, who was 3 at the time.  We moved to this house to be closer to all of our family - about midways from everyone.  It was a big leap of faith.  John had the opportunity to start working from home and I would find a job once we moved - and I did.

There were lots of memories within those walls.  Lots of yummy meals were shared, board games were played, movies were watched, sports teams were cheered on, rooms were painted and redecorated, holiday decorating was done and holidays were celebrated, various celebrations went on, family visited, household projects were completed, marriage devotionals were enjoyed, fun was had and prayers were said.  We lost several loved ones while living here and waited for a baby for a good while, but our marriage blossomed and grew so much and we welcomed precious Parker into our lives all in this home sweet home.   

While we are anxious and excited about the next chapter of our lives and our new home, I will remember this house fondly.  Love lived there and it's packed full of memories for our family, especially John and I. The rooms are now empty, but our hearts are full.   









So, we left Mockingbird Street and are now in Mount Vernon for the next couple of months.  We are getting settled in well and enjoying ourselves.  We sure miss John/Daddy being at home with us everyday though.  When he works from home we were able to see him throughout the day and eat lunch together, so that's been an adjustment as he is working at his actual office while we live here. We will look forward to having him back at home with us soon.

Parker is sure enjoying the outdoors here.  John's parents live on a several acres so there's lots of room to roam.  I think Parker would make his permanent residence outside if we let him. He loves to give their dog Panda treats each day and run free on the backporch.  He plays with cars, balls and bubbles!














A little dinner time silliness  - he has been eating so much better. We are thankful and hope it continues.


He's not quite ready for coloring - he either just wants to play with the crayons or tries to eat them.  He did have fun making a mess though. Being the helpful little boy that he is, we picked them up together.
He's been a bit under the weather recently so he's enjoyed some relaxing time and favorite cartoons.
We are glad Fall is here and hoping for a great rest of the year. 

Until we meet again, 
Riley