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Monday, August 7, 2017

A fun summer link-up...
since we are still settling and the kids are still not in school and I have NO time!!!

1. Pool, lake or ocean? The ocean all the way!  I'm really struggling with our move from RI to MI - the lake just isn't the ocean!!!
2. Camping, cottage, or hotel?  Hotel, please!
3. Favorite ice cream flavor?  Chocolate chip cookie dough :)
4. PJs, nightgown, tshirt/shorts or birthday suit?  t-shirt
5. Fave summer beverage? Wine :)
6. Would you rather be hot or cold?  Definitely cold since I can always add layers.  
7. Sandals with heels or flats?  Flip-flops!
8. Shorts or skirts?  Dresses!
9. Sit in the sun or the shade?  Both!  The shade after I get hot 😂
10. Water, tea, or soda coke?  Water always
11. Fave summer fruit/vegetable?  Celery and dip 
12. Sunrise or sunset?  Sunset...over the lake...amazing!
13. Bike ride or walk?  Walk 
14. Winery or brewery?  Winery
15. Garden or no garden?  A garden (with a!)
16. Big summer concert or music in the park?  Big summer concert!
17. Fave cookout food?  steak
18. Dine indoors or patio?  Outdoor dining 
19. Fave summer destination  OCNJ
20. Big theme park or local carnival?  Small family run park - Knoebels
21. Drinks blended or on the rocks?  On the rocks, please :)
22. Popsicle or freeze flavor of choice?  Root beer 
23. Hot dog or hamburger?  Hot dog!

Monday, July 24, 2017

We've Moved!

It's been 2 weeks since we've made the 14 hour drive and filled a 53' tractor trailer (with an extension platform off the back and storage underneath!).  The boxes in the house drove me crazy so I worked my behind off and we were hanging things on the walls within 4 days and finished organizing the garage this weekend.  The moving company picked up the boxes this past Friday and we are feeling settled - in the house anyway!  

Here are the shots of the outside...

Thanks to Papa for the rockers on the front porch - it has been a wish list item for me for a long time!

Even the Suburban fits in this garage :)

Daddy will be building a table for the deck and re-staining it in the next few weeks.  We left a beautiful outdoor space in RI and are happy that it won't take too much to make the new space compare!  

So much space!

This is another project - we're going to box this out and mulch it so it's easier for Daddy to cut around with the mower.

More house pictures to come!  Wait until you see the inside :)

Meanwhile we are preparing for our first houseguest this weekend and getting to know our new town and state!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Favorites (More of My Life Lately)

This is totally random because that is the only way my brain is working right now!  We are in the final stretch before closing on our new house (June 23rd!!!) and are trying to finalize all the "stuff" - finances, projects, cleaning!  The move is the only thing NOT weighing heavy on us - we are loving that professional movers are provided for us.  I've been struggling with accessing some retirement funds from my life as a teacher because there are so many hoops to jump through and no one makes it clear cut or easy!  But I think, as of 8:30 this morning, I think we are back on track!

So here are a few favorites (or things that didn't make my post yesterday!)

1.  Field Day

In past years parents were invited to field day and asked to help.  This year, field day was kind of top secret!  It was managed by school staff only and I only heard about it the morning of when the 8-year-old said "oh, yeah, today's field day."  So kind of different but soooooo glad I didn't have to!

Here are a few pictures our PE teacher posted!

2.  Pennies from Heaven

This is something my mom always believed in but rarely told anyone because she felt silly.  I sort of get it but now love that I get little signs from her just as I need them.  This penny was on the ground at the bus stop on a day when this move was feeling very overwhelming.  It was so shiny and dated 2015...the year we lost Mom.  My anxiety and stress immediately calmed and thins seemed so much clearer and less intimidating.  

3.  This was the day the sign went up on our RI house...and then we got a full price offer the next day!  And amazing whirlwind!!!  So thankful for not having to have showings!!!

4.  Perfectly Posh
A friend through MOPS sells POSH soaps and lotions...and OMGosh!  I love all the scents and the fact that I have no skin reactions to them (because they are good for you!)

I recently tried this face cleaner as a part of her Sample of the Month Club.  You wipe it on with a cotton ball and that's it, folks!!!  No rinsing or anything!  It's like a cleaner, toner, and moisturizer in one - and it's AMAZING!!!

You can check out her site HERE :)

5.  Mornings with this crew :)

Tater leaves earlier and can walk to her school.  We will miss that in Michigan - it's back to the bus for her!

These two take a bus from our neighborhood and it's always a challenge getting out the door but it's also my favorite time of the!

Sass has been counting down the days of school with the ABCs.  It seems to be the trendy thing to do lately!  Today was M - Mismatch Day!  

Thankful for a low-key day today - other than juggling some more phone calls and maybe some unpacking of the storage pod so we can get it out of our driveway...yay for selling our house quickly!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Chance to Dance (Sassy and Bruiser) and Kids Rock Chorus Videos (Bruiser)

The first two videos are Bruiser and Sassy at their Chance to Dance performance.  They danced to Newsies and then honored the Patriots 
(when in New was a challenge for me to find them jerseys!!!)



Then these are from Bruiser's Kids' Rock Chorus performance.  Two of the district's music teachers have taken it upon themselves to bring back the arts and they are reinventing chorus with classic and popular rock songs.  Bruiser loved this experience - and you can tell...he's the one in black shorts that never stops moving!!!





Life Lately...Again...

We are plugging along and drowning at the same time over here.  We are pushing through daily life and all the fun extra end-of-the-year events.  BUT we are missing Daddy big time and counting the days until we make the big move and put our family back together.

In other news, Bubba, in his 4-year-old mind, thinks we will always live separately and, depending on the moment (whether he's in trouble or not!), switches his wish as to living with Mommy or Daddy!  It will be a rude awakening come July when he no longer has that imaginary option!!!

Last week Bruiser and Sassy were in a local program called "Chance to Dance".  It's a year long dance program in the schools where the students learn and choreograph their own dances and then put on a big performance at a downtown theater.  They did amazing (in spite of Bruiser having a tough time during rehearsals!).  I'll post videos on a separate post since they are on my issues!

The very next day was Bubba's last day of preschool in Rhode Island.  It was a big year with lots of growth for him.  He went two half days a week and learned all about how school works...and loved every second of it!!  We're not sure what next year will bring - the local preschool is full and, while he qualifies for district preschool for speech, OT and academics, I'm not sure how I feel about that school location being 20 miles away!  Welcome to the country!!!  So I'm weighing my options and thinking about what I want to do.  Right now I'm leaning towards home-school preschool and driving to get his services.  We shall see :)

The next day Daddy came home for the weekend!  It was rainy and chilly but we were all smiles picking him up :)

We ate out a bit (because Mommy refuses to do those things on her own!) and when all the kids have to go to the bathroom, Mommy enjoys a few minutes alone with a very yummy drink!

We spent some time sofa shopping and ultimately went back to our first choice - IKEA!  And luckily I made it there with the help of a good friend to make the purchase on the final day of the Friends and Family sale that saved us 15%!  Now we just have to wait until we move to unpack it :)

There were fire pits, grilling out, trampoline disassembling (moving prep!), and lots of quality time :)

Monday we headed to a very rainy Memorial Day parade with friends and then took Daddy back to the airport...again...

This time hop of my Sassy was six years ago...such a sweet little face!

Then, as of today, I got my act together and we have a countdown!!!!!  37 more days until we head out...and it can't com soon enough :).  Bubba and I spent today buying bins for the things the movers won't take - bedding for the first few days, perishables, etc.  Daddy's in the process of meeting our new pediatrician, arranging for the installation of hardwood floors in the bedrooms of the new house, and settling into his new job.  

Our house that has been home for the past 10 years sold so quickly, has past inspection, and has been purchased by the relocation company (who will sell it to the buyer).  It has not been easy but all the trials are being rewarded now!  

So that is life as of day to day but anticipating big changes and exciting adventures!

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Whole Lot of Randomness - aka "My New Life"

This past week was a lot of craziness - lots of ups and downs, many memories, and lots of missing Daddy.  It's hard to be "on" 24/7 without a parenting partner.  It's really hard to think about Daddy being on his own without a hint of jealousy and remember that he is not enjoying being alone one bit.  I have to put aside my own frustrations and loneliness and remember that we both are struggling with this separation and July can't come fast enough!!!

As of Saturday, our house went on the market!  It's bittersweet...we are excited and anxious to make our move but this is our home - the house we've loved in, brought babies home to, shared time with family we no longer have with us...basically lived our life - and we are sad to leave and see anyone else in our house.  

But all that said, we listed the house Saturday, had one open house Sunday, and received a full-price offer Sunday evening!  It went so fast but it feels so good that someone else could see how much we loved this house!

Someone posted this on Facebook and I laughed so hard ~ I'm a magical freaking unicorn!!!

Our week last week started off with a sad little girl who was missing her Daddy big time.  She said she was so sad watching all the daddies bringing their kids to the bus stops along her bus route.  It made my momma heart super sad!  Tuesday she had a follow-up at the pediatric neurologist for her migraines so we bookended it with shopping trips ~ and she gained a new Beanie Boo for Animal Day at school!  As I've seen several other bloggers mention, her school is doing the ABC Countdown to the end of school ~ and luckily most of the days are super easy and require no parent input (because I am just overwhelmed at the moment!!!).

And later that day, the weather was gorgeous and we were waiting for dance class to there was a bit of parking lot sunroof posing :).  I think it's safe to say she was a bit happier!

Thursday this boy had a full day of preschool for some added fun...and it wore him right out :)

We had a week of beautiful weather and summer temperatures...this guy was loving the backyard!

More ABC Countdown - Crazy Sock Day
She only wore them to the bus stop because she was too hot!!!

Our little theater girl made the front page of the local paper ~ that's her on the right side in the gray shirt and pink tights.  She was shining in her true element!

I sent this to my dad and my in-laws this's been a tough couple months :)

Saturday was another beautiful day and not as horribly hot as it's been.  We went to friends' for lunch on the grill and a fun time playing the sprinkler and the mud!

Monday this guy decided to explore his room during nap time and broke the glass in a picture frame.  He called down to me that he needed a bandaid and when I got to the top of the steps with a bandaid I realized I was going to need more than a little Paw Patrol bandaid!!!!  His hands were literally covered in blood!!!!  Luckily after I cleaned him off, I discovered it was just one slice on his thumb...that just bled and bled...because I always forget that he is just a bleeder :).  So gauze for a pressure wrap and first aid tape and he was good to go!  It was touch and go as to whether he needed stitches but it was more of a slice across the pad of his thumb as opposed to a deep cut so we figured stitches wouldn't be advised anyway.  The good news is that he is terrified to touch anything made of glass!!!

Sunday morning at church, Bruiser struggles to settle in.  This week he ended up on the floor in our pew with his book.  And this mama, churching it with 4 kiddos on her own, didn't mind one bit :)

Today I had to make a quick (ha!) run to Target for a large envelope to mail all the school applications and documents for the kids' new school (think 100+ pages with 3 IEPs and testing summaries included...sigh...) and poked around and found a few new items for the new house.  This is the fun part!!!

We will be going from 1 1/2 baths to 3 full baths so I'm needing a few things.  The master bath has a glass shower door so our current shower curtain (white ruffles) will go to the upstairs kids' bathroom. The downstairs kids'/guest bathroom has sage green walls and a slate floor (if my memory is correct) so I trapped this rug (green matches the wall color) and fun flamingo shower curtain.  The room needs light accents to brighten the dark space...and flamingos are fun!

The other thing about Michigan is that the sun sets late - like 9:30ish!  Our kids are early bedtime kids and we are going to be needing blackout curtains.  I found these at Target as an online return clearance.  The gray strip will be perfect in the boys' room with their Star Wars accents.  Win-win!

My goal for today is to finish laundry and prep a countdown for the kids for when we actually move.  The time is going fast and will be here before we know it!!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Life Lately

 Life has been so insane lately!  We have been plugging along, working to put our house on the market (hopefully this week!!!) and working to find a house in MI.  We threw in a vacation week back with family in PA...and that deserves a post all of it's own!  Then after that fun week we divided our family for the next 2 months - Daddy headed to his new job and temporary housing in in MI and I brought the kids back to RI to finish out the school year and close up our life here.  It has not been easy or fun...we've recognized what we've always known - we are not a happy family when we aren't together.  I am thankful for all we have in our lives - friends, families, and the means to make this amazing adventure happen - but I wish we were spending it together!  We miss Daddy immensely and cant's wait to all be back under one roof again.

I love that my favorite picture of the big 3 showed up in my Timehop :) just when I needed a smile.  I love these three little faces and that it was one last picture in front of Papa and Mimi's old house.

Just over a week ago my best friend stepped in to watch my crazy 4 for the weekend and I flew out to Michigan to house hunt with Daddy.  He did lots of legwork and ruled out all the houses that weren't going to work.  We spent 2 days seeing about 8 houses in 4 different towns - and found our dream home in the same town Daddy's working in (meaning shortest commute in our entire married life!!!) and right near this beautiful lake :)

We are currently under contract and will close on the house in June.

Meanwhile, I've been holding down the fort in RI - school, dance class, play practice, etc.  This single mommy-hood is NOT easy!  Point in case - I started typing this post on Monday morning and here we are on Wednesday and I'm still writing!!!  LOL!

We're in the process of listing our house.  It should have been on the market WEEKS ago but we have a relocation package and there are HOOPS to jump through!  But the end result is that we are guaranteed that our house will sell - either to a buyer or the relocation company.  So I suppose it's worth it!  The other bonus is that we've already gone through inspection - we had to complete that for the relocation company to give us the guaranteed buy-out.  We've repaired electrical, plumbing and the chimney.  We've also had more specific inspections than I knew!  But all that means we don't have to fix anything else to sell...yay!  So this week we are having "professional" pictures taken of our house and then the listing begins.  It amazes me how SLOWLY everything moves and that no one does things on my time!  

The good news is that we have a moving date.  We can begin a countdown and look forward to being back together in our new home.  It's scary and exciting all at the same time!  We will three days of movers packing our house and then loading a big truck, then we will make our drive to Michigan, and then we have the movers again :).  Here's hoping we don't have to spend too many days without our things!!!

Daddy is able to come back for a visit about every other weekend.  It's helpful to have him home to finish projects we still need to complete and just help with the parenting.  It's a real struggle on my own and we all love that he can help with the disciplining!

He spent some time mowing the yard and he had a little helper that was LOVING his special time with Daddy!

Sassy came home Monday in tears, missing her Daddy.  I asked her why all of a sudden she was so sad and she said she was on the bus that morning and saw all the daddies at the bus stops with their kids and it made her cry.  Broke my heart!  She got some extra phone time with Daddy and a little extra-special time with Mommy (all around a doctor appointment!) on Tuesday and seems happier now :)

This past weekend, Tater was in her first school musical.  Her middle school performed Fame, Jr...which basically means they took a full-length mature musical and made it middle school appropriate.  She  was one of the dancers and did an amazing job!  Opening night she had just me and the middles there to watch her but then Daddy came on Friday and by Saturday she had a full section, with her grandparents and our family friends.  She danced her heart out and even had a small part and a line :).  She definitely caught the acting bug and hopes to find a group to join in Michigan.

I love that this picture of one of her first dance recitals popped up in my Timehop this weekend...she was so little and just adorable (and I think she was mad in this!)

So that's lately...there's plenty more to update but I need to get our day moving and accomplish a few things before we have some fun with some friends this afternoon!