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Still here…

I’m afraid to even see when I posted last. Before Colorado? Probably. Summer got off to a busy start. Take our usual madness of living life (and still trying to sell the house), toss in some road trips and the world cup and well, blogging is something I’m thinking I should have done as I fall into bed at night.

I wish I could give a detailed account of everything that has happened but there’s just enough hours in anybody’s day for all of that so I was just going ot do a whole big picture dump to catch things up and then just move on from there… Apparently, easier said than done. I have pictures stuck on a camera and photo software that loves to say that it’s not responding and really, after a whole day of convincing two small humans to do things they don’t want to do, I just don’t have the fight left in me. So pictures stay where they are and they’ll get uploaded another day.

Here’s what we’ve been up to, in no particular order of importance:

  • Still trying to sell the house. But I’m a pro now. I obsess way less about mopping than I used to.
  • The kids and I drove out to Colorado by ourselves. We all did great. The kids managed to not drive me crazy and I managed to keep us all alive. Win-Win.
  • We had lots of cousin fun in Colorado. It had been way too long since the little cousins had gotten together and they made up for lost time.
  • We’ve enjoyed several little periods with my parents. They’re gone again now but will be back in two weeks again. The kids love seeing them so much. Unfortunately, Finn went from calling Mom “Ms. Grandma” to “the other Grandpa”. Having “Grandpa and Grandpa” around is so much fun.
  • We took a little mini-trip to Branson with my parents and my Aunt Paula and Uncle Frank. Shopping, sightseeing, swimming and spinny rides. It was swell. It was confirmed to us that even though Finn seems to have very few fears – spiders being the main one – he does very much dislike rides, especially the ones that swing or go up and drop. There was a teacup ride so we asked him if he thought he wanted to do that one (after he cried through the ride just before it). This was his answer: “It not go up. It not go down. I fine.” And he was. Apparently spinning is ok. Feeling like you’re falling? Not so much. We even saw Lightning McQueen and Mater! See?…I have got to get those pictures uploaded. So good.
  • Did I mention our house is for sale? You want to buy it?
  • We went to our local art museum with my parents. They walked through the “serious” part of the museum while we played in the experience art area. So fun. The kids were busy the whole time and did not want to leave. We’re getting a children’s museum next year and I cannot wait.
  • We made our summer list. Lots of fun stuff planned out for what will be our last summer before we enter to schol years. I totally cheated and put things on there we’ve already done. Helps me feel better about accomplishing stuff and I can do things like that in a house of non-reading children. Finn did want to do an easter egg hunt in the backyard. I convinced him to think of something else but now I’m feeling like I should go and put that one back on. Because, really…why not? Maybe we could turn it into an easter egg/ water balloon hunt. Hmm, now to convince Finn to not throw the eggs at people.
  • We’ve flown kites, we’ve held bunnies (and have a bunny in our backyard – not as a pet but we pretend he is), we’ve played at the splash pad and we’ve had sno-cones with friends. It’s been a great start to summer and we’re looking forward to the rest of June and July.

Mark said he would help me with my technical difficulties, which is so sweet of him. It’s our 10 year anniversary this week and he’s still nice to me. What a guy. So, we’ll get to work on those and I’ll try to upload pictures to put with all the fun stuff I just caught you up on. For now though, the house is quiet so I’m going to go do some reading off of my own summer list.

We Made It There and Back

If you see my Facebook or Instagram, then you saw a lot more activity on there than here.

The kids and I survived a solo road trip to Colorado for a week. I almost didn’t go, because the thought of that many hours (it’s about 12 hours without stops the way I like to go) by myself had me breaking out in a cold sweat. Miles and miles of Kansas, just me and two young children.

But as with all things that are a bit of a challenge, I’m so glad I went ahead and did it. The kids were so good and I broke the trip up into two days so we could take the time and play if we saw a playground – which we did, at the coolest gas station in the middle of Kansas (playground plus Starbucks for the win).

We had a great week. There were graduation events, meetings with old friends, and lots of playing with cousins. So glad we’re home though. 9 days without daddy is too long.

I think he agrees…
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(I found this on our family calendar in the hallway…guess he didn’t love us changing our return date.)

We’re unpacked and somewhat back into a routine even though we’re still trying to adjust to the small 1 hour time change. I took tons of pictures and will upload them soon. But for now, I’m going to relax and read my book that I only got 3 pages into on my “vacation”. Have to come home to be able to rest…ha.

[Oh, and Mark did NOT sell the house while we were gone. Shame on him. At least I came home to a clean house…]

A long overdue update

It’s a cold and rainy day here. Laundry is going, the kids are playing nicely with each other (mostly), and the coffee in my cup is still fairly hot. It may be dreary outside but that makes for a fairly good morning in here so I thought I would give an all-around update.

Kids:

They both got haircuts the other day but for Finn, especially, it just makes him look so old!
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I used to cut his hair but it was just stressing me out too much so we tried a kids’ salon. Much better experience. Sorry, no specific after picture…but other pictures in this post show his new haircut.

Mia has a pretty big week: AWANA awards ceremony tonight and preschool graduation tomorrow. That girl likes special events so she’s been pretty excited about this week for a while. Pictures and details on those later.

House:

Still on the market. After a flurry of showings and lots of activity each week, it’s been very quiet lately. Not going to lie, that’s been pretty discouraging–for me at least. I have to remind myself that it hasn’t been on the market that long and that someday I’ll look back and see how perfect the timing all was…but knowing that doesn’t make the here and now easy.

And so we walk the fine line of still living in this house, doing things like we normally would, and having a constant fear of seeing our realtor’s number pop up on the caller id at a time when I’m not absolutely ready to leave the house in 30 minutes. Oh, you know…when stuff like this is happening:
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See? I can still be a fun mom when the house is on the market!
(That was more for myself to hear and remember than for you…)

So, while some days nothing happening on the house front is hard, there are days when I breathe a sigh of relief that we didn’t have to show it. Especially when we had special guests in the house:
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Yep! My parents are in the States!

Their flight was a little delayed but the kids were so, so good at waiting patiently. They sat in this spot and watched 2 full flights come through before my parents came.CAM00903
Mark was sitting in the car and I texted him saying that somebody switched out our kids…

My parents will be in the States for a really long time this visit so we hope to get to see them quite a bit. Because who else but a grandma will play spa with a little girl in the middle of the day?
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Or play songs for them?
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I promise my dad was here the whole time too. I just remembered on the last day that I hadn’t taken many pictures and Mom seemed to be in most of them. Next time we see them I’ll do better…

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They stayed with us just for a couple of days before they had to move on to other family events. My nephew graduated high school yesterday and we couldn’t make it but we watched the live stream.
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Between that and texting with my sister during the ceremony, it was almost like I was sitting in the stands with them. Except I wasn’t freezing like they were.

Mark:

Still enjoying his new job and while we’re looking forward to the day when he won’t have to spend so long commuting, the longer days leading into summer really help it feel like we still get to do fun stuff with him after he gets home.
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Wonder what they were talking about?

 

Me:

Still mopping floors. Just kidding. Mark and the kids did a great job spoiling me for Mother’s Day. I was able to go to my bed and just have some time to myself to read. Sometimes, it’s the little things that can really make a day special.
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I did kind of have a little bit of a pity party for myself at the end of the day because I had to let go of my expectations that I could just take a day completely off… We had a ton of rain coming in and this house is still on the market, so Mark had to mow and I had to do bath and bedtime by myself (with kids who were not remembering what day it was, if you know what I mean…). And to top it all off I had to clean house. Really, not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but cleaning on mother’s day just doesn’t seem right… I know that it’s unrealistic to think that a mom can really just tune it all out and do nothing – and Mark did try, he really did – but you know…a mom can whine sometimes too, right? Everybody else is really good at it.

Other stuff, in general:

We’re hoping we can squeeze in a few trips this summer to see family. Between the house and finances and work and Mia starting school in August, it’s taking some juggling.  When the kids haven’t seen their grandparents and some cousins in almost 2 years, sometimes you just have to do what it takes to make it happen.

We just got thrown another curve ball this week, which after the last few months…I go back and forth between saying “ha, of course this would be happening” and “you have GOT to be kidding me”. Just when we think things are on track, we feel the ground shifting again. But then again, we don’t direct our own steps and when it seems like the path has more rocks and holes than we think it should we know that they’re all there for a reason… And so we wait and trust…even when that’s so hard.

(I know that last section is pretty cryptic…sorry…it’s like a lame facebook status update that says -“Why does stuff like this happen to me?” and then leaves you hanging. I always hate it when people do that. And here I go and do it too. 🙂 Ask me in person and I’ll tell you. Just sometimes timing for public internet posting isn’t right, you know?)

Um, and no…nobody is pregnant.  Just thought I would at least get that off your list of wondering what I’m talking about. Because I know you can hear me saying “ha, of course this would be happening” and “you have GOT to be kidding me” to that kind of news…