Sunday, July 25, 2010

Catching up - Part 2

Yep, I'm still slacking and far behind on posting. It has been a hectic week - from making an offer on a house to having someone else make an offer on the same house and us losing out. We've seen 21 houses so far now and still no luck. We may be homeless soon - this whole process is overwhelming and tiring. My house is a circus - people coming and going fixing odds and ends in preparation for our home inspection this Wednesday. The kids coming in and out of the house all dirty, sweaty, stinky and of course always hungry...while I'm trying to do the normal household cleaning and cooking while packing a few boxes everyday...and still working full time in between all this craziness. I need a good nap!

Okay on to catching up...about 2 weeks ago we had the pleasure of a quick visit from my Grandma, 2 aunts and an uncle. It was so much fun to get to visit with them. We of course took them to breakfast up on the parkway and to one of the waterfalls to show off the beautiful place we live. It was such a good visit and we hope there will be many more to come.

Looking Glass Falls
Great Grandma & Eli
Aunt Deb, Liam, Aunt Janet & Adley

At the beginning of the summer I made a list of "fun things to do" for the kids when they give the excuse "I'm bored" has a list of games and toys from around the house that they often forget they have and places of where I can take them when I can't think of what to do with them for the day. Last week we went bowling with a friend from work and her kids.

The kids had a so much fun, but 1 game was definitely enough. We took them out for lunch when we were finished...all in all a great day!

Last year Aidan's teachers helper in his class gave all the kids a free haircut card from her husbands shop. We decided to use it a few weeks ago. I was only going to get Aidan & Adley's hair cut. Eli's is pretty easy for me to do, but while we were there Eli snuck into the seat by himself so I gave in and let him get his done too. Below is a picture of Eli's first haircut at a real barber shop - up until now I was the only one to cut his hair. He really enjoyed how quick Jim cut his hair.

...and now onto more packing. I hope you're doing something more exciting tonight than I am!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Catching up - Part 1

Man oh man have I been slacking lately - well with the blog anyway. Really I have been super busy and blogging hasn't been a priority - sleep has! So here are a few updates:

1) first things first - we sold our house! So we have been busy trying to find the perfect house and neighborhood for our family. It is very very stressful to look for houses. I am exhausted too. We go for our 4th outing with the realtor tomorrow. Let's hope we find the right house. We do have 3 that we like but they are all at the high end of our budget. I did find 2 houses to look at that are at the bottom of our price range with unfinished basements - not that unfinished though - all we have to do is sheet rock, paint and carpet. The finished part of the houses are already bigger than our current house.
I started packing up the kids closets yesterday. Little by little we will get this done, hopefully before Sept 10th which is when we have to be out of our current house. We are a little sad to be leaving our home here. We moved in with just 1 kid and our family has grown here and we love our neighborhood and neighbors. It is bittersweet for us but definitely needed.

2) Jared and I both ran a 5K on July 3rd. It was nice to do something together and work towards getting in better shape. We ran with 2 of my friends from work and Jared's sister as well. I ran my best time thus far - 30min 58 sec. I have more races planned for the rest of the year - next up - an 8K in September. I haven't been able to run a lot lately because I had a lot of pain in my left leg the week before the 5K - my doctor thinks I have a stress fracture in my tibia. The pain is gone now and I am starting to run a little bit again. I have decided that running is a great stress reliever!

After the race

3) We had a great 4th of July. We celebrated for 2 days - after the race on the 3rd we joined Jared's family for a picnic up in the woods at Pink Beds. We had a great time letting the kids play in the creek and run in the field. While we were playing the kids had the neat experience of seeing a medical helicopter land in the field near our picnic shelter. Unfortunate for the person being airlifted to the hospital but the kids enjoyed seeing the helicopter maneuver its way to land and take off.
MAMA - the name of the helicopter
The family watching
You can tell there's not a lot of space in the field with all the trees.

...and just because they are cute - pictures of Liam & Eli.

On the 4th we went to Jared's dads family reunion. It is about 3 hrs each way but the kids did great and we had a wonderful visit. Eli liked playing with the girls and by the end of our visit was running around with a purse in his hand - maybe he just needed a break from the boys! It was really cute - he can make friends with anyone. Once we got home we took the kids into town to watch fireworks - they were not very spectacular but the kids enjoyed them and that's all that matters.

More updates to come!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The most beautiful thing I've ever seen...

one of my kids folding laundry!!!!

I can't tell you how much I hate laundry..I hate it right up there with cleaning the toilets. Other household duties I don't love but don't mind either, but laundry is the one that is never ever finished. I desperately need a bigger laundry room so that the couch behind Aidan isn't constantly full of 2 or 3 loads that need folding. We were showing our house this day and we really needed the kids help to get everything done in time. This is the first time Aidan has folded 2 loads by himself AND put them away. It was great and he actually said he didn't mind doing week unloading the dishwasher for Adley. I like it when they get bigger and can take on more responsibility. Woohoooo!