Category Archives: House

Movement.

You must have read the panic/frustration/despair in Friday’s post and said a prayer. Thank you for that. Really. Since then we have had two showings.

Feels good to know that something could happen…better than just sitting here staring at the dust collecting on the top of the coffee table. I won’t miss the rush of getting a house ready for a showing though. No matter how much time I have, I’m always running at the end. Saturday’s was fun…getting in the car to go to church and a real estate agent pulls into our driveway with a client. 5 minutes. We had 5 minutes to get the house semi-show ready. Seriously. Not going to miss it.

I don’t think the kids will miss it either. They’ve developed a Pavlovian response to the words “we have a showing.” They both start spazzing out, their bodies in perpetual movement but going nowhere, like chickens with their heads cut off. It’s funny. It probably shouldn’t be funny – they’re likely scarred – but it’s funny.

A few months from now, I’m hoping these past 7 months will feel like that…we may have a few scars from the whole deal…but we’ll look back and see the good in it all. And we’ll chuckle and see how silly it was that we worried about stuff as much as we (I) did.

 

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…

Tales of a house on the market, part 2

Or should I say round 2?

What is it about blogging? Write something today – at your own risk – eat your words tomorrow?

Our buyers backed out this morning. Financing/interest issues. Soooooo…the house has been re-listed and I’m about to enter into the song and dance of showings. It is disappointing, mainly because the thought of having to go through that whole showing thing again just kind of exhausts me. And if another man tells me something like “well, yeah, you got to be ready at all times” or “just stay on top of the kids”…I’ll refrain from saying “oh no you didn’t go there” and then I’ll make him trade spots with me. (and for the record, my husband would never say something like that to me. Maybe because he lives here and knows how hard it is to stay on top of things on a normal day! Ha.) Because it’s one thing to keep your house clean, it’s a whole different story to have it ready to show. And 30 minutes warning? There are days when it takes us that long just to get out of the house, never mind special bedding and pillow fluffing and clean towels and last minute sink and floor cleaning. Because I guarantee that there’s always a cheerio under the kitchen table. Or as the case was today – yogurt on the garage floors. Don’t ask.

But but but, on the other hand, I’m relieved. Almost more relieved than disappointed. Go figure. Now, I would rather it be that these buyers were just delayed and everything would still go through, and that we would magically get 2 weeks to find something for ourselves and get us and all our stuff there. But, that’s not how it went down and now we just pick up the pieces – and all the clutter – and open our home again.

I’m not going to lie. Today was a hard, emotional day. Really, it had very little to do with the contract falling through although the stress of knowing that we’re starting over probably didn’t help. It was just one of those days where we were all kind of  sideways all day. And when I say “we” I mean the under 6 crowd, which made me go sideways. Things were never exactly like somebody wanted them, buttons were easily pushed, the usual nice long nap was replaced by less than 30 minutes of sleep and….I’m just glad it’s the end of the day and Dad came home to do bath and bedtime.

Tomorrow is a new day. Kids are tucked in early. The house is clean. Laundry is done. Dishes are in the dishwasher. There is no sticky chocolate milk on any surface.

Bring it Round 2…let’s do this.