Monthly Archives: May 2014

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…]

Celebrating Mia

Well, I was going to post about Mia’s AWANA ceremony and preschool graduation but I can’t find the camera cord so I can’t get the pictures off the camera. Reason #492 why having your house on the market makes you go crazy. We moved the desk out of our bedroom and into the playroom and slimmed down on all the stuff we had out. Apparently the camera cord was tucked somewhere safe. Really safe.

So, the phone pictures will have to do for now.

After AWANA awards, they had a carnival. Kids loved it. I mean, why wouldn’t they when there was sugar everywhere?
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He sat there and cheered his sister on the trike.
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Mia’s preschool graduation was sweet. She sang a few songs with her class and got to go up on stage to get her diploma.

She was very specific about what she wanted to wear and how she wanted her hair. Starts young…

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I love this one of Mia and Mark as he was saying bye to her.
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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…