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Home Sweet Home

Posted: May 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Well, as most of you have probably heard by now via social media or the grapevine, my boyfriend of FOUR AND A HALF YEARS (emphasis!!!!) and I have signed a lease to a two bed, one bath home in Sioux Falls, near the Sanford Children’s Hospital! We are very excited to not only having a nicer home, but also to not have to commute from Madison to Sioux Falls every day for work. Earlier this week we moved the essentials to our house to stay the night (and be able to check on Molly during lunch hour!). Sunday, we will be moving the big furniture with Matt’s dad.

One of the best features of the house is the yard. It is fenced in, so Molly can roam free right? WRONG! We found four different ways Molly could escape. You can imagine how we found this bit of information out. Matt got smart (finally, haha just kidding!) and boughtDSCF2304 some extra wire to patch these holes up. Molly was mildly upset after he was finished, but quickly forgave us for the abundance of space she now has, the bunnies that live next door and the squeaky toy the last renters left behind for her to play with. Of course, the yard does need some, ok A LOT,  of work, but it will be worth it with all the bonfires and grilling we will be doing, that is after we buy the necessities for that as well! Things to do with the yard include, pulling tons of weeds which include a posterior load of thistles. Yep, enough to make you feel like the damsel, Sleeping Beauty, trapped in a castle. With some mowing, raking, weed destruction and grass planting, we think it will turn out beautiful! (Prince kisses the princess, everyone’s happy!)DSCF2306

The inside, thank God, needs a lot less work. (Please excuse our moving mess as you view the photos by clicking on the links!) Hardwood floors throughout, updated kitchen (with dishwasher and it’s not the person writing this blog!), gorgeous bathroom (and can you believe the shower walls aren’t plaster like our old house!?), closet space and double sliding doors to the backyard! Of course, I did mention previously that we have two bedrooms. Since the second bedroom is a bit smaller than we anticipated, we will only be able to fit a twin bed in it, but possibly some sort of pull out mattress from underneath for extra sleeping space for guests! Yes, we plan on having guests, mainly probably my family from three hours away! I’m really excited for that! We also would like to purchase a dining room table, an actual TABLE to SIT at with others to eat, rather than a card table, coffee table or our laps.

DSCF2316Oh did I mention that we have a DOUBLE garage with a GARAGE DOOR OPENER?! Because we totally do! No more scraping ice for this girl! I know we are so fancy, right?! We also live about two blocks from a beautiful park and an awesome bookstore which I plan on visiting often! Matt and I are very excited to being this journey together and we are even more thrilled to begin having guests over and have a home we are proud of! Stay tuned for updated photos!


As most of you already know by now, Matt and I have been renting a house in Sioux Falls for about a month now. We love our new home and the fact that we don’t have to commute anymore, but me being a “small town girl,” the traffic, noise and overall atmosphere, are still difficult to get used to. Most tell me I will get used to it and barely notice it anymore, but I’m skeptical. Not only have I grown up in the country/extremely small town all my life, but I have always treasured the quiet and peace found outside of the city. The air is sweeter, the noise, practically non-existent except for the occasional car (which in Britton, everyone stares at to see if they know the person or not), dog singing the song of its people or, in my case, a cow mooing (in the country, not Britton you jerks! :P)

In Sioux Falls, we hear every jet take off like its rolling thunder, every car whiz by as if they have somewhere extremely important to be and I swear every night I hear sirens before bed (a little unsettling). There is one (known so far) sanctuary in the middle of chaos that I have found while on my early evening walks with Molly. It’s just a short stroll from my neighborhood, a mere 3 or 4 blocks. It is literally where the sidewalk ends and the clamor of the city completely ceases. Well, the noise almost ceases except for the occasional soft breeze and the various conversations between birds. It is a little neighborhood just to the right of the busy street. It’s a neighborhood full of winding pavements, shading forests, an abundance of flowers and just where I need to be after a day of navigating a foreign place.

Alright, so before you gentlemen and oh so few ladies roll your eyes at the title of this narrative of mine, just remember I’m a romantic at heart and love to gaze wistfully into the history of simpler times. I have read the novel, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but I almost shamefully admit that my heart belongs more to the 2005 film (and no, not just to sigh at Mr. Darcy and his “You have bewitched me body and soul and I love, I love, I love you”). It is the imagery, the serene and simple, yet dramatic, melody behind the scenes, the quest for love and marriage, the importance of family, the absolutely delicious history behind the plot and the wonderful aspects of nature. I love every minute of the film and have practically memorized its lines.

Strolling down this lovely lane hidden among the disorder reminds me of this film for many reasons. The only noise is the chirping of the birds. The houses are hidden among the flowers and forest of trees. The homes – absolutely divine. Don’t get me wrong, I could never own such a home, or should I say mansion, but the characteristics remind me of a wealthier class in England. Some even take me away to fairy tales with vines climbing the exterior walls, the gardens in full bloom and trees in every corner. I expect Snow White to come bursting out a few of the homes and begin singing of her dream prince. For the most part, however, when I take a stroll down this road, I feel as if I am Elizabeth Bennet taking one of her many walks that so pleases her. Then, suddenly, a vehicle zooms on by, a siren screams in pursuit of crime and I am back in the present, the chaos, the disorder, the unsettling noise. Yes, I have finally looped all the way around and am returning home. Someday, I hope to return to peace and the silence once more to have my fairy godmother turn me not into the sparkling Cinderella, but into the second eldest Bennet daughter, one who “had a playful and lively disposition which delighted in anything ridiculous.”

Being a “big career girl” now, I constantly reminisce about happy, carefree, childhood memories spent with family. I often wish I could return to those memories, even for a moment, to experience missing crayons as my only worry once more. Another perk of returning to my childhood is reuniting with precious loved ones. One memory I favor most is spending long summer days at Clear Lake in Northeastern, South Dakota, about twenty-five miles east of Britton, South Dakota. Not only is it a beautiful environment, but it is also a place full of memories spent with family as my grandparents resided along the lake for most of my childhood.

grandpa and grandmaThese memories remained with me as I chose my grandparents’ lake home, as well as the lake itself, as the subject of a poem I wrote for my Creative Writing class at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota. The objective was to choose a place and incorporate all five senses within the composition. The composition describes a family trip to Clear Lake to visit Grandpa Duane and Grandma Bonnie. This poem became especially important to me when my grandfather passed away in October later that year. Clear Lake was special to him to as he was a true fisherman. He enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to fish off the dock. Along with being a fisherman, Grandpa was a man of nature in general as well. He would always comment on the birds that inhabited the area and the flocks of geese that would fly over. Nothing pleased Grandpa more than his family. He was amused by teasing his children and grandchildren by stating phrases such as, “You gotta stop taking so darn many ugly pills!” and “Dessert? You don’t want that. I’ll get a can of peas for you instead.” His laugh and proud gaze will remain in my family’s memories forever. When my grandfather passed in October of 2012, this poem was displayed at his funeral as I remember him telling me he had tears in his eyes when the poem was read to him. Whenever I glance up at the sky and see a flock of geese making their way, or an old fishing pole, or the crashing of the gentle waves of Clear Lake, I will remember Grandpa and his most famous line, “Glad ya got to see me! (Come again soon when you don’t have to stay so long!)”

Nostalgia for Child’s Play