* For Labor Day weekend, Keith, Gavin, and I took a trip to Gatlinburg, TN with my bro/sis-in-law, Stephen and Ivey. If I had to rate this trip, I’d give it a 4. Our cabin was crawling with bugs, Gav’s ears were hurting from the altitude, we got stranded in Ober Gatlinburg thanks to some bad weather, and we kept comparing everything to our much more pleasant 2010 cabin trip. We weren’t completely miserable, but I don’t think we’ll be heading back to the mountains anytime soon.
* I slightly mentioned that we had trouble with the tenants that were living in our house, but I’ve never really explained. To sum it up, last July Keith and I moved to Atlanta for Keith’s job. We rented our home to what we thought was a nice family. Well, we were wrong. They rarely paid on time, and come July of this year they stopped paying all together. We filed for eviction, and one month later we regained possession of our house. We discovered a trashed, abandoned house. They turned off the electricity and left meat in the freezer…and the smell that came from our house was worse than anything I’ve ever smelled. Keith and I, along with many family members and friends worked very hard over the last month and a half to make our house a home again. We succeeded, and here is the finished product.
This was definitely a learning experience for us and I don’t think we’ll ever be renting property out again. If we can find them (apparently they’ve moved out of state), we’ll be taking the tenants to small claims court. We know that we’ll never recoup the money that we’ve spent fixing everything, but at least they’ll have consequences. There has to be consequences for behavior like this.
* On a much happier note, baby boy is CRAWLING! On September 19th I placed him on a blanket and said “Spread your wings little buddy! Crawl!” And he totally did! It was such an amazing moment and I am very proud of Gavin. He is getting so big and I am just cherishing every season with him.
* I am two weeks away from finishing two of the last three classes of my undergraduate career. My final class begins at the end of October and wraps up right before Christmas. And then that’s it! Undergrad will be DONE. Praise. The. Lord!!!