Lisa - I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. That is so sad. :(
Stacey - I'm sorry that your birthday turned out to be kind of a bummer. My jaw literally dropped when I read that an old lady elbowed you! Jeez Louise!
Other Lisa (:)) - That sounds like a lot of fun taking the kids to Stampede (now that I know what it is. :)) That's funny about the ferris wheel. I think we all have our rides that we just can't do for whatever reason. Mine is anything that spins in tight circles. I can happily ride any roller coaster, go up side down, anything like that, but put me in the teacups at Disney World and I will puke or pass out. We went to Disney World last fall and the teacups were T's favorite. Thankfully my MIL didn't mind doing them (again and again) with him, because there is no way I could have, even if I hadn't been pregnant.
I'm kind of excited this week. We have been working for a couple of weeks now on getting our house ready to put on the market. I say "we"; mostly it's been DH since he's off for the summer. He had to fix our deck (one of the supports gave out this spring, so it was sagging in the middle) and restain it, do a lot of touch up painting, clean out our garage and basement, and then we've had smaller projects like organizing the pantry, packing away all of our winter clothes so that our closets look bigger, going through all of our stuff to see what we should donate or trash because we don't want to move it, et cetera. We also had to get our front steps fixed because they were cracked from where the house settled. Anyway, it feels like it's taken forever. And now we're finally almost done and ready to list the house! We have carpet cleaners coming today to do our upstairs (the main floor is all hardwood) and then a professional cleaning service coming to do a deep clean of the house tomorrow (because seriously, I work full time and have a baby and a five year old...I am NOT up to scrubbing baseboards at this point in time. :D) Then tomorrow night our realtor is coming over to take some measurements and pictures, and our house will be on the market probably Wednesday or Thursday. I'm not totally looking forward to the actual selling process because I know that keeping the house spotless with two kids (especially T) is going to be a PITA, but houses in our area are selling like hotcakes right now, so I'm hoping that we only have to live like that for a couple of weeks. A similar house to ours just up the street sold a few weeks ago after one open house. Yes please! So I'm excited to hopefully be almost done with this whole selling thing, and then we can start looking for a house to buy. I will be kind of sad to move out of our little house. It is the first major purchase that DH and I bought as newlyweds, and the house where we conceived and brought home our babies, but it's time. It's just too small for our family at this point. And getting a new house is exciting!
Ooh Alissa, that's very exciting! Though I don't envy you, having to keep the place neat as a pin with the kids. But I would do the same as you - hire professionals to clean from top to bottom. Who's got the time and desire for that??? Not me. :)
DH wants to buy an acreage on the other side of town. I don't know. What would we do with the land? We don't have horses or anything. We have a betta fish. And right now that's all the pets I can handle. It would be so nice to have a huge veggie garden, and be able to let the kids run wild - have a big play structure and all that. But we'd be in big time debt in terms of mortgage since the place costs more than double what our house is worth. That's not appealing to me.
Yay for houses selling in your area and being almost ready to sell your house. I am sure that is a lot of work but will be worth it. Good for you hiring professional cleaners.
Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal
I just got back from the used book store. I got some really good deals. I forgot some books off of my homeschool order accidental and was able to find all of the missing books at the used book store. I was thankful for this because I think I have already almost spent $1,000 on curriculum, books, and supplies this year and I am not even done yet. (Still much cheaper than private school though). The box of curriculum should come today or tomorrow. I am very excited to dig into it although it can be overwhelming.
Alissa -- LOVE your new signature picture. Adorable.
I am having a ridiculous OFF day in every way. It started last night and now it's just nuts.
This morning I took my superexpensive hair stuff that I use five drops of every day and randomly, without thinking, smeared it on my face. Sigh....I'm sure I'll break out now too. Then I took a brand new bracelet I bought and when I cut the tag off, I cut the thread thingy that connects each piece of the bracelet and it just fell apart. I've never even worn it.
Things like that. I'm just OFF. It was happening last night...I'm just not myself. I must have changed my clothes 4 times this morning trying not to feel weird in my own clothing.
I was up pigging out on food at midnight last night after a frustrating evening.....OY. That always makes me feel so much crappier.
Alissa, I love your new siggy. Just beautiful!
Laurie, wow that is one sucky a$$ day. I have days like that sometimes. Seems like everything goes wrong all at once. I get so grumpy when I have those off days I just go to bed early and hope I wake up normal (relatively speaking ;)).
I forgot to take my meds this morning. Hmm. I'll have to run home at lunch. It's taking me a while to remember I have to take a pill in the mornings. Usually it's just Ben's puffer I have to remember. I think I'm slacking off a bit because school's out and I don't have to pack DD's snack and remember her important stuff for school. Next year I'll have to be way more organized since she'll be taking a full lunch to school. Anybody have some good suggestions for making lunches easier? We leave really early in the morning.
Ugh, I know that feeling. I have to take a thyroid pill every day and I once went on a trip & forgot it, it was a nightmare trying to get some pills as I was in Canada and they won't let an American doctor call it in.
Originally Posted by ClairesMommy
We are also back in the throes of snacks & lunch packing, as of this week....the only thing I can suggest is making the lunch the night before. We took the kids to the grocery store this weekend with lunches in mind and said, "Tell us what you'll eat," so we wouldn't get complaints. We just let them pick out sandwich fixings, and then Dave cooked up a big batch of spaghetti and a big batch of chicken wings, as they like to bring those too. (Of course at camp the lunch goes in a fridge, so the hot food has to taste good cold too.)
I bake a lot so I've been putting treats in Nathaniel's lunch box. It makes him happy. I'd put a note in there about my undying love for him but he'd be embarrassed around the other 9-year-old boys. :)
Yeah I'm having a sucky day. I forgot to put on my Mom's ring this morning but the train was late so I ran back to my house and grabbed it, I didn't want to go the whole day without it. I've been wearing it every day since she died and it helps me think of her at her happiest, knowing her husband bought it for her when they moved out to BC together. It's like a little bit of love & strength on my finger.
I think I'm just missing her very acutely, again, and it's messing with me.
(((Hugs))) Laurie. How wonderful that you have such a lovely keepsake of your mom's. I can't imagine how much you miss her though. (((Hugs))) I'm sorry that you have been having a rough couple of days. Thanks for the compliment on my new siggy pic. I just had some professional pictures taken of the boys and that was my favorite. :)
Lisa - Thanks!!! I agree with Laurie, I always make T's lunch the night before so we just have to grab it in the morning. I don't want to add any more chaos to my already crazy mornings. :)
Today is my birthday, and it already feels like its been going on forever. Reid woke up at 2:30, then T woke up with a nightmare at 4, and then Reid was up again at 5:30. *yaaaaaaaaawn* Right now I am relaxing though. I'm at the pool sitting in the shade with a nice breeze watching T's swim lesson. Reid is napping beside me. After his lesson is over I'm dropping them off at daycare and going to work, but for this 45 min session, I feel like I'm on vacation. Oh, and even as we speak, someone else is cleaning my house! Bliss!
I agree with packing them the night before.
Originally Posted by ClairesMommy
Alyssa - Happy Birthday! Cute picture :)