I think the overwhelming guilt of not posting for months and months finally got the best of me and here I am writing again. I just no I can’t go back and capture everything, which is depressing, so I never want to blog. I have to just move forward from here and try to do better from now on I guess.
Some small and big things that have taken place over the past six months.
1. In February I went with my Mom up to Anchorage to help move my Grandma and Grandpa Yates out of their house of 40+ years. It was such a great trip. Exhausting, but very rewarding and fun to be able to say goodbye to the house that held so many memories for me as a child. And it was a great visit with family and friends as well. I’m so grateful I was able to be apart of that big change in their lives and help them happily settle into their new apartment, which is just perfect for them.
2. The night of March 4th we finally got an offer on our house. I was on my way down to Portland with Kahly and my Mom to do some tax free shopping, and the call came in from our agent saying we had an offer. It was quite a bit lower than our listed price, so we countered back almost at full price and they accepted. We then waited for two weeks while the inspection and appraisal took place, knowing full well that our window to actually pack, find a new place and move would be very small. Everything went through without a hitch and we ended up closing on the house sale on April 8th.
It was a whirlwind to get the house packed, cleaned and find a new house in literally 2 weeks. We found a short term lease on a rental house in Redmond. We were able to sign up for a 3 month lease with the option to go month to month after that, up until 6 total months. The place is a dump and DJ and I spent over 12 hours in the rental cleaning it before I felt it was at least livable. It was tough though. At many points in the moving process I kept looking at DJ and asking “we wanted this to happen, right???”.
The end of this month will mark 3 months that we’ve been in the rental. It hasn’t been a picnic, but it’s definitely an adventure! The kids don’t seem to mind though. Kids are so adaptable and resilient. Ethan did struggle a little bit during the chaos of the actual move, but after we got back to “life as usual” he was his happy self again. The search for our new home has been a roller coaster ride. We’ve had several offers in on places, only to have them rejected or fall through. I remember after we moved into the rental my Dad made a comment that was so spot on true. He said… “and you thought SELLING your house was tough.” He couldn’t be more right. BUYING a house, especially one that you want to be in for 15-20 years, is a huge task, especially in this market where the inventory of homes is less than scarce.
But I’m trying to change my attitude as of late and remember how fortunate we are to be in this position. So here’s to waiting and lots of good old fashioned patience!
3. The kids finished up preschool early in June and we went to their “graduation” ceremony. It was the cutest thing on the planet. They all had home made caps (complete with a tassel made out of yarn) they wore on their heads and these white little cloaks that acted as their gowns. The marched out to the traditional graduation music and each waited as their teacher called them up to get their diploma. Then we got to watch a video presentation that the high school students put together of all the preschoolers.
During the video they went around and asked all the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up. Addison responded that she wanted to be a Mommy and Ethan said he wanted to be a Daddy. I was the proudest Mommy in the world at that moment. And the video caught them at candid moments, so it wasn’t like they were copying each others answers…
They also got a really neat scrapbook of pictures from their year of school. The high schoolers made each child their own unique scrapbook, which is awesome. They made such good friends with high school students. There were a couple in particular that couldn’t get enough of our kids. They took about 20 pictures with them after the ceremony and kept giving them hugs and didn’t want to say good bye. It was neat to talk with them about how Ethan and Addison interacted with each other at school. I never got a chance to see them at school, so I didn’t know if they stuck together the whole time or if they did their own separate thing. One of the student teachers said that they always were looking out for each other. They would play with other kids or on their own, but were always conscience of each other and made sure they got their turn with something or didn’t get left out. And when Addison fell down and scrapped her knee one day, Ethan was right there beside her giving her hugs and telling her it would be okay. SO SWEET. Another proud Mommy moment.
I can’t believe their first year of school is over. It went by way too fast. BUT… I do have to admit that I am loving summer break. We can be lazy in the mornings and I don’t feel like I’m such a taxi driver. It’s great!
4. We’ve taken LOTS of trips out to my parents place while in the rental. They have plenty of room and beds for us to sleep there now, and it’s such a nice house, that most of the time I don’t want to ever leave. We usually crash their place every other weekend. I figure we’d wear out our welcome if we tried to go there every weekend.
5. In January I finally made the big commitment to lose weight. Through healthy eating and eventually walking on the treadmill, I have lost 32 pounds thus far. I still would like to lose another 8-10 pounds, so the adventure is not over yet. It’s been wonderful to finally get my body in shape after a 5 year child rearing hiatus. I will never look like I did pre-pregnancy, but at least I am more healthy now and don’t have quite as much excess weight to carry around.
And because I dropped so much weight, I had no clothes to speak of for the summer so I decided a shopping spree was in order. After all, the only clothes I had bought in 5 years were maternity and frumpy Target clearance items. Blah. My Mom, Kahly, Kyra and I headed to San Diego for 4 days of sun, shopping and relaxation. It was a PERECT trip. I loved every second of it. My Mom and sisters were so patient with me while I tried about a thousand different pieces of clothing, but it was wonderful to have them there to help me get over insecurities and find clothes that fit me great. I took a nearly empty giant suitcase with me and filled it to capacity for the return trip home. Between the four of us a small fortune was spent in San Diego, but man, was it worth it. Like I said, PERFECT trip.
6. A few fun family changes took place over the past 6 months too. Josh got engaged to Kensie, and they are set to married in Arizona on August 20th. Tara and Jess are expecting a baby girl in mid July. The family is growing!!! YEAH! And Matt and D and kids have been up here for a visit since the end of May. The kids have LOVED having their cousins here to play with. We will be very sad when they have to go back to NM.
That’s enough for now. There is still much to report on, and literally thousands of pictures to go through, but at least I’ve made the initial leap.