July 2014 Chat Thread
Hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating Canada Day (July 1) or Independence Day (July 4).
Thought I would get this started, since we are already 7 days into July.
I've been off but keeping busy this past week, DH's father was in town for a visit so we saw him, went to the Royal Ontario Museum and Canada's Wonderland. Also took Natalie to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 (not in 3D) it was a cute fun movie.
Our kitten is getting bigger and in more trouble, he's climbing the curtains, play fighting with the other cats and attacking the bed mice (aka feet) at night. He saw the vet on Friday and he said he looks like he'll be shaped like a Siamese but have the orange tabby colouring, his markings a mix.
Ran around Friday afternoon, got my health card renewed and my learners permit for driving, now I can officially start learning to drive. I can do my second test right away (normally a 8 - 12 month wait) if I want (which i won't having never driven) but it's nice to know I can do it at any time as long as I am comfortable. I'm going to enroll in some lessons and think about doing the test after that and some experience. Third test I will likely have to wait to do but that's not a big one, it allows you to drive at times I won't be driving and have a drink with dinner before driving (as long as you are below the legal limit), none of which I do.
And my computer forgot my pregnancy.org password and the password reset did not work so I created a new account.
Amanda I forget you don't drive! GL learning! I don't love driving per say but I definitely can't imagine not having the freedom considering there's virtually no public transportation around here. Bus I guess but I haven't the foggiest where near my home it would be and "near" would be a relative term I imagine miles away. So good luck :)
AFM we are all moved and it's glorious. Things would be wonderful except that yesterday morning DH got a call that his father had an aortic tear that was inoperable and would not make it. SO we raced around, found a flight, got him to NY and now they (his family) are all still waiting as his dad continues to hold on. Holding on would typically be a good thing if you had hope of recovery. They do not, so really it's exhausting and sad and stressful....he is comfortable though, mostly sedated on morphine. One of the hardest parts was that he was very aware, the doctor had to tell him it was inoperable and he would die, the only bright side (if you could call it that) was that he could speak to all his kids prior to the discomfort leading to medicating him to where he is now, which is mostly asleep. DH looks exhausted, he and his family are just at the hospital around the clock, which makes sense, but is draining. I don't really know what the kids and I will do. I'm 30 weeks pregnant Wednesday, it is a 12 hour drive, we have to board all the dogs. My knee jerk reaction was that we'd just go! Board the dogs and drive up. But I'm really not sure....our regular kennel is booked so I have to call others tomorrow, I have to make a 12 hour drive alone with 2 kids.....30 weeks pregnant (I pee all the time). I just don't know. I feel like we should be there, but I feel like being there may be a lot. DH is being good about it, his focus is (understandably) on his family. It's hard....
Hope you all are having a better July!
Katie - that is so horrible.about your FIL. Ugggh. So sad!! I can't believe you are 30 weeks already... Holy crap!
Hi Amanda - hope all is well.
I hate that I have been so inactive here. I miss you all! Life is just nuts. Our house is finally almost ready to put on the market, thank goodness. I hope it sells quickly. We've been staying in my parents' house since March. It has been stressful, but my commute to work is shorter and there is a bigger yard for the boys, so that's nice. Can't wait to start building our house. WD bought land a few months ago, almost 8 acres in the school district we wanted, exactly in the middle of my family and DHs... Couldn't have been more perfect!
Mary - that sounds great! I hope your house sells fast and you are on your way to a newly built place of your own in no time!
AFM FIL passed this morning. He held on much longer than anticipated but there was never any hope of recovery. Everyone is doing as well as can be expected. It's sad and hard he was 82 and one of his fears was being disabled or in a nursing home so it is good that he passed quickly and with out pain or prolonged suffering. We went back and forth and finally decided the boys and i would stay home. Flights for all three of us were $3000 (and another 1000 for DH) and there was still the struggle of me getting two little boys luggage, car seats etc by myself. Driving is 10-13 hours before any traffic, potty breaks etc. Typically I'm pretty gung ho but I just felt really hesitant to take it on alone. I figured I should listen to my inner voice. I also thought all that driving was a lot to ask of our boys. So I feel sad I won't be there but I think it's the right call. My mom gets a bit guilt trippish on the fact we moved away. Sigh. I just have to accept that she'll never really be over that. DH's family doesn't have hang ups on that at all. Oh well...what can you do....
Mary - Hope your house sells quick.
Katie- Sorry about your FIL, I know what it's like, lost my FIL 8 years ago. :(
Some good and bad going on.
Our new kitten has integrated really well with everyone (people and animals) likely because of his laid back nature.
Sadie (our 6 year old dog) broke a tooth went in for surgery on Thursday, it went well but of course cost a FORTUNE!
My neighbour sold her house, not sure if that's good or bad until the new people move in. Hoping it's not renters (doubt it), if it is we'll be looking at moving. We already live next to one set of renters and they are rude, inconsiderate and don't really take care of the property they are renting (like lawn maintenance) so it makes my house look bad. That said I kinda want to move possibly get a 4 bedroom house with a more open concept kitchen/living room/dining room, but of course I don't want to have to sell and actually physically move everything.
And just for fun a picture of Natalie after her recital from dance camp.
DH is due home at 4:30 today. I've flown solo for 8 days and while I know his week has been far far harder than mine I am SO READY for him to be home. 2 kids, 8 dogs, 2 cats, 30 weeks pregnant I am toast. Actually everyone has been really good, luckily we got our fence in FAST and that has been a huge help. But it's been busy and I think the longest we have really been apart since getting married. I've traveled for work but not usually a full week let alone 8 days. The funeral was as nice as those can be and DH said his family is doing reasonably well. His mom and dad had been married 57 years and together 60+ so this will be hard for his mom. We're hoping she will come visit once the baby arrives, something to look forward to and hey some help around this crazy place :)
Amanda - I hope you get really nice neighbors! I still haven't met ours. I should probably make an attempt at that. Our direct neighbors are older but the rest all have kids. I should try - we all have big lots though so you just don't see people much. I don't mind that at all but need to find a good way to say hello :)
Virginia are you out there? Hope you are ok!!
Amanda - my house is 4br with an open floor plan... You know you want to move to the states, lol. ;) I can't promise no annoying neighbors, though... Haha.
Katie - Sorry about your FIL... Glad it was relatively quick, though. I do believe that is the best way to go... No prolonged disability or pain. I can't blame you for staying behind. Sounds like a LOT to manage.
AFM... Just sitting in the Lowe's parking lot waiting for DH to get some paint. We had to get some drywall repaired in our finished basement, now we need to paint it to match the rest. DH will do that while I clean the main floors (again), then this week, we will FINALLY be ready to list it! SOOOOO hope it sells quickly.
Katie - Sorry about your FIL, did the kids know him well? Hope everyone is coping well with the loss.
Our lots are small and I'm in a bungalow so it takes up a good chunk of the land, wouldn't mind something a bit larger so I could have a dog run, garden and play space for the kids.
Mary - Yay on being able to list and get the ball rolling on having your house built. Ha ha totally done with annoying neighbours, we've had renters beside us since we moved in, there have been good ones and BAD ones.
We'll have to do a lot of painting if we do sell (thought the plan is to paint the main living area this year anyway), Apollo tore up a wall in the master bedroom and front hall, they've been filled but not painted, didn't see the point until he settled down.
DH has been taking me out to practice driving, I'm a nervous wreck and it feels like I'll never be able to drive. Wishing I just got my license when I was younger and a bit more care free.
My grandma is in hospital, she's in and out on a regular basis because she has a weak immune system. This time it is related to her heart though, years of cancer treatments have taken a toll on her body. :(
On a more positive note Dana did a leadership camp through the city last week, and starting tomorrow she starts doing volenteer hours helping out at the other city camps, when she's 16 this can help her get a summer job.
Natalie has been doing a mix of summer camps and has enjoyed them so far.
hey, everyone. I'm here. We just moved into our house today. I spent the last three weeks with my parents' house while waiting to close, while DH stayed with his parents. Prior to that we were moving out without help while my ILs were in CA. It has been crazy. Now we're unpacking (minus the three older kids, who are still with my parents) and in a few days we go on a vacation we planned about 6 months ago, before we even knew we would be house hunting!
All the boys are doing great. Arthur is just about 9 months old and super sweet. No crawling or anything, but he says at least 3 words already and gives awesome kisses. Oliver is... a challenge. He's wonderful, but he's also a very opinionated three year old. At least he's finally potty trained. Alex starts kindergarten this fall and is very excited. Raymond had a lot of trouble with moving out, but has been having a great summer.
ETA: My sister is expecting a baby boy!
Yay for a great update!!! I was hoping the lack of updates were because of good things! What house did you settle on? We are working on potty training now...I would like Rory in underwear before the baby arrives so I have about eight to ten weeks!
I have been debating daycare/preschool with a lot of anxiety in the last few weeks and months. I never loved our daycare but some things recently have made me more actively dislike it. I was also growing concerned that while Evan was strong willed and type A enough for his teacher Rory, who would move up in the winter, is not and would get lost. So we finally decided Evan and Rory would both move to a smaller school. They have chickens and a rabbit they are actually a school for 1 year to fifth grade though I think Evan will go to the local kindergarten next year (it is one of the best public schools in the state). It was a place we loved originally but they didn't have mid year space. We are going to put the baby with a nanny and only send Rory three days a week. We are interviewing a nanny now but since we don't need one until December it may or may not work out and we may look late fall as most folks looking now obviously don't have five months they can wait. I feel really good. Three weeks ago baby was breach. I will be curious Monday what he is....I don't know that I would do anything major if he stayed breach....like trying to turn him. I might just appreciate a planned baby and eight weeks paid disability.....That sounds terrible I probably would get more upset if it was a really changed are he will turn if he hadn't already so I am not too worried