It's almost 11:00 p.m. - way past my usual bedtime - but I had a late dinner with a girlfriend of mine and sleep is escaping me at the moment. So of course it's the perfect time to bore you with details of our happenings around here. You're welcome in advance.
1. We are on week 2 or 3 of no Mother's Day Out and I can definitely say I am missing it. Please don't get me wrong, I love my kids, but I also loved the break we had from each other. I think it goes both ways too. So we are trying to figure out what to do with our summer. Luckily, we've been pretty busy with house showings, some playdates, mandatory errand running, so it hasn't been too bad. But I will say, this is the time when I wish we lived closer to family or to free help I could call on --- I would LOVE to be able to take the kids to the splash pad, zoo, or even just our local park by myself, but it's just not possible. At their age, they sprint in literally two different directions, and I just can't take the chance. If they were further apart in age, I think it would be doable. Right now, not so much. Heck, I can barely get both of them out of the car and walk them into the Little Gym without having one try to undo the death grip I have on his/her hand and trying to avoid slamming somebody's head with the car door.
2. This one is a back up to number 1 - my child - let's call her Quinn for fun, is soooooo over the stroller. OVER. Like cries like a maniac, thrashes about, throws shoes and bows everywhere, whenever she has to go in it. There was a lovely moment in time where if we had a few hours to kill, we could at least go stroll the mall or our local outdoor shopping area and all was right with the world. Not so much anymore. Ninja girl can figure out how to get both of her straps off and then she is just literally hanging by a thread in the stroller. Ughhh. She has to be out of the stroller AND help push it to be happy. Have you ever tried to carry a toddler in a position where she can navigate a double stroller with one baby happily sitting in it and a blank spot beside him where the other baby should be? Yeah. Super fun.
3. Honestly, I get confused as to what I put on facebook, what I publish on here, or what I tell people. Social media woes. So if I repeat myself, forgive me. I do believe I've said that our house was on the market, and I am pretty sure I mentioned we had an offer the other day. Anyway, we have the coolest story behind the offer and we are just praying like crazy that it goes through. We were getting super, super discouraged as we kept showing the house and seemingly having no results. And then about 2 weeks ago on Memorial Day weekend a couple walked through and loved the place. I will write more on their story later, but long story short, if all goes as planned, we will close at the end of June and then we have a lease back for 90 days (yes, NINETY DAYS!) for a crazy low amount to give us time to figure out what we are going to do. And yes, we still don't know what we are going to do. We thought we were going to build but now we are having second thoughts. Thankfully our earnest money on that house is 100% refundable so we won't be out anything until they break ground. So now we are looking at other homes in the area to really do our homework and see where we want to end up. Our plan is that this new house will be our 10-15 year house. The house our kids are virtually raised in. To make a long term decision like that is just kinda blowing my mind at the moment and I have been all sorts of stressed out and have the break outs on my face to prove it. But like someone told me the other day, what a great problem to have. Yes, these are not exactly third world problems and I thank that person for returning me to planet earth and reality.
4. Following #3, yes, our long term plan is to stay in Houston. Five years ago, I was plotting ways of how I could get us to Dallas (where I grew up). But now, this is HOME. Not to say that I don't desperately miss my mom or wish she could be closer to see her grandbabies grow up, or that I don't wish I lived within minutes of some of my dearest friends whom I love and cherish. But as the years have passed here, we've really been immensely blessed with an awesome support system here. I recently had surgery and I can't tell you the number of ways our family was loved on, by people bringing meals, calling, offering to watch our kids, etc. We have an amazing church home, Matt's job is great, and I have made incredible friends that I am beyond blessed by. Besides the fact that we live in a swamp where the sheer brutality of the heat and humidity drives me to the brink of insanity, I actually really like it here. Surprise, surprise.
5. I still have yet to blog about the kids' birthday party, so that's the next post coming. I swore up, down, and sideways that I was not going to make a big deal of their 2nd birthday and for a moment in time, we weren't even going to have a party. But I started thinking about all of the amazing people who supported us endlessly during Q's surgery and recovery and I just felt it was a disservice not to at least not attempt to thank them for everything they did for us. So yes, we had a party. And it was FANTASTIC. So glad we did it - and I learned an important lesson. Last year I sweated every last detail of their 1st birthday party and started planning months in advance. And guess what? It was a good party, but can I say I even really enjoyed it? Not really. I was just too stressed. This year, given my medical circumstances and then the last minute decision to even host a party, we planned all of it in less than 3 weeks --- and guess what? It was the most fun I've had in a long time. No, it wasn't Pintrest perfect and it was less than fancy. But we had great company, good food, and best of all, the kids had a blast. So pictures and post to come soon!
So now that I have tortured you enough with my random thoughts and happenings of the week, I'll sign off. : ) Hope all of you are having a blessed and wonderful week. If you made it this far, congrats.