Monday, September 28, 2009
It sure has kept me on my toes this year. I have never experienced such a broad range of emotions, as I have over the past twelve months. Crazy.
Good News: We sold our house after just three weeks on the market- in this tumultuous real estate market, and at this time- after the summer selling season already ended. Not bad. I keep reminding myself that if this move has to happen, I need to be thankful that it is happening quickly and, so far, smoothly.
We had a wonderful, and yes, even mostly relaxing mini vacation last week in Saint Simon's Island, Georgia. Thanks to my wonderful and generous friend Gwen, for allowing us to use their beach house! The ocean was refreshing, the weather, serene and the kids had a blast. While there, we also visited with Pete's parents who were down from Buffalo, NY.
It was good to come home knowing that I only had to clean the house for ourselves from here on out! As long as this contract sticks, no more showings.
I also had a great chance to catch up and visit with my longtime friend, Maria who came from FL for the weekend.
Bad News: Pete's travels continue- he is in Denver for the week.
Worst News: Juliana broke her collarbone this past weekend- and we didn't know the severity of it until this morning...Orthopedic appointment this afternoon....
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We have a contract on our house- three weeks on the market! Not too shabby for this housing market and this time of the year. I was a bit surprised that it happened so fast, and when it finally hit me, I was also really sad...our time here will come to an end mid November.
In the meanwhile, this Will put an end to the constant cleaning and stressing over showings. It will give us the chance to just try our best to enjoy the rest of our time here with friends, and maybe, just maybe, get us back in the direction of living a normal life!
In the meanwhile, we have the kid's grandparents visiting from Buffalo, NY, and tomorrow we all head to Saint Simon's Island in GA for a (well deserved, if I might say!) break from reality! I'll be back soon!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
"Because it will help keep you safe," I usually reply to him
"But mama, other people don't want to wear them," he would respond after seeing cyclists and motorcycle riders several times, who of course, as our luck would have it, were in fact not wearing helmets.
"I see that," I'd respond.
At first, I tried the whole tactic of , "well, when you are a grown up, you can make grown up decisions about your safety, but for now, mama gets to make them for you." This worked for a while, until we started running into other children, some even his own age, who too, weren't wearing helmets.
"Mama, those kids aren't wearing helmets and they aren't grown ups," he'd say to me. And I would say, well, that might be okay with their mother and father, but your mother and father want you to be safe, and we have decided that you need to wear a helmet."
When this still wasn't satisfying his question, I decided to change my approach again and explained to him that wearing a helmet while riding a bike is the smart thing to do, no matter what age you are.
He liked the idea of being smart.
Last week, however, while we were walking along a bike path heading to the beach several adult cyclists came toward us. Wouldn't you know it, they weren't wearing helmets...
"Mama, look," Nate yelled, pointing right at the first two cyclists (two feet away from us). "Those grown ups aren't very smart, are they?!" He exclaimed.
My sister, Kara who was walking with us, gently touched my shoulder and, while trying hard not to laugh, said, "I think it's time you revisit your helmet lesson !"
Friday, September 11, 2009
Funny how little alone time most moms actually allow themselves. Last night as I lay in bed trying unsuccessfully to turn off my mind, I couldn't help but imagine all of the possibilities of how I could spend the three luxurious hours this morning...I could do the usual, work on my thesis, clean the house, do the laundry, OR, I could go and get a (really) long overdue haircut, get that (desperately) needed oil change, work on our (also poorly neglected) digital family photo books, OR maybe even go and see a movie- no, I couldn't...a movie just seemed too indulgent, and quiet frankly, too much of a waste of time!
So, I am settling for a little thesis work, family photo Photoshop editing, and a few other random things like dropping by my (also poorly neglected) blog.
I hope everyone has had a great week and is ready to enjoy the weekend!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
But we survived! At the end of the week, we realized that we were in need of some major
We also spent much time walking around various parts of Charleston, enjoying the great weather, feeding our belies with fantastic local seafood and taking a few trips down memory lane (Pete, myself and Kara have all lived there at one point or another).