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We are in Florida. Where is seems to be roughly 4,ooo degrees but then again I don’t carry around a thermometer. I have been telling Rick for about a decade that I want to move to a warmer climate so I can’t even mention that it’s too hot.  It’s totally too hot.

I’ll tell you one thing Rick and I just learned. That if he thinks I’m putting the sunscreen on our kids and I think he’s putting the sunscreen on our kids that does not magically mean they are wearing sunscreen. The opposite in fact.

Our vintage Jeep almost exploded before we left. It was rattling and smoking and flashing something that said “Check Gears” or “Check Gauge.” I can’t remember exactly. So that should strengthen our position when we are negotiating the sale price. At this point, we will take a couple hundred bucks as long as the buyer promises to keep the mammoth size Phillies sticker on the back as a tribute to us.

My dad took down our rope swing before we left New York. Because he’s a safety conscious guy, he got a couple kids from the neighborhood to hold the ladder.

Dad taking down rope swing

Yeah, that looks totally safe.

Our flight down to Florida was pretty easy. But once we arrived, we were missing a duffle bag and a car seat. Plus, we took someone else’s suitcase by mistake. We all must stop buying black suitcases. Yes, I know you can tie a ribbon or something to your bag but I only think of this idea when I’m accidentally stealing other people’s luggage.

We are staying in Boca while we wait for our furniture to arrive. My dad is with us and Rick has assured my father that he will do very well with the single ladies down here because he can drive at night. And apparently that’s what they are all looking for – a guy with good night vision. He won’t even have to mention his mobile closet.

Meanwhile, I have been obsessing over which white to pick for some of the rooms in our new house. A person can go insane looking at white paint samples. Simply White? Decorator’s White? Pure White?! If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be White. Wait, that last one might be a nail polish color.

At this point, Benjamin Moore should just name one of its whites: Pick This White Before You Go Bat Shit Crazy and we can all just choose it.

And Dylan is still sad we moved and desperately missing her best friend. Wait until she finds out her school bus comes at 7:08 AM. But I’m not mentioning that yet.

kelcey with kids 2013


26 Responses to i guess we are south florida residents now

  • Francesca says:

    Bad news on the whites– I would wake in the middle of the night trying to figure out which off-white was right for our new house. I know, I know… first world problems. So I must have gotten 5 shades of white samples, painted them on the walls, on sample papers, looked on line… I had my own fan of all the Benjamin Moore colors and sweated this white thing! In the end, I picked marble white, and I don’t love it – because what I really want is color – but don’t have the nerve for it – yet. Good luck and call me if you want to talk about undertones and offcasting colors of different whites. I really did look into it. Marble has a pink off cast, swiss coffee has a grey off cast… and on and on and on..

  • Diane says:

    Best wishes on the great adventure! We are getting ready to leave TX for Atlanta which will actually be cooler as a nice change. Looks like things are going swimmingly so far!

  • Thelma says:

    Yes! White Dove…we have it on the trim all over our house. I think Decorator’s White can end up w/ a slightly blueish cast to it. Good luck with your move!

  • bitsy says:

    Aren’t you glad we’ve solved your paint dilemma? Your friends are right -Benjamin Moore White Dove looks good in Florida houses. I had it in mine.

  • Tara says:

    Welcome to Florida! And when the beautiful winter weather is here, you forget all about the summer when it was 4000 degrees! And you’ll be soooo happy you’re not getting 5 kids into New York winter clothes! Can’t wait to run into you! Welcome home

  • Franny says:

    My parents in Boynton are anxiously awaiting info on which channel and which times they can watch Rick! Meanwhile, you all look perfectly ” suited” for your life in Fla.. How soon can you get Susan and Tommy Tom to move there? Mazel tov on your new digs!! XXX

  • Beth says:

    Navajo white worked beautifully for us, but I’m in Denver! Good luck!
    Did Rick check the new “cornhole” bean bag toss game?? Don’t entrust that to the moving van! ;0)

  • Alex says:

    Take it from someone who knows – it is 4000 degrees down here. But after a while it only feels like 2000. Unless you’re inside in the air conditioning where it feels like -10.

  • Ugh…choosing paint colors sucks when you don’t have an interior decorator at your disposal. We just painted our entire house – I can’t believe that only ONE room is driving me nuts. The rest I did alright with, but we’ll see after we actually move in.

    I hope Dylan adjusts soon for you – moving is so tough on kids!

  • Marta says:

    I need one million tips of moving. Can you do a how to guide? We finally are closing on our house at the beginning of September and moving in at the end of August and currently panicking about registering everyone for schools, finding a new doctor, salon, Starbucks, etc. and the packing. ALL THE PACKING.

    Best of luck choosing a white. None of the walls in my current house are white so I can’t help. =)

  • Auntie T says:

    I’ve been waiting for this post, thinking of you all often! Everyone looks pretty happy in this photo. hopefully, it will be just days before Dylan makes a new friend who helps her through this transition. All my love to you all! XOXO

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