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So, it’s on…

It’s official, we are moving.  The kids are super excited, everyone will have their own room.  Renae has already packed almost her whole room.  Today!  Of course, we still have at least 5 weeks before we can take possession… The sellers are being wonderful in letting us move on in and just take over the utilities until our current home sells and we can negotiate a new mortgage.  This whole deal has been orchestrated by God!  He is good!

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Why did I think I could do this?

Motherhood is so stinkin’ hard!  Why did I think I could homeschool on top of it?  Now with a move pending…am I crazy…must be…    Sometimes I think maybe I should have sent them the the local elementary (a very good one) for the first 2-3 years to get the basics under our belts then bring them home before they were too corrupted, but it’s too late for that now.  I just have such a hard time getting anything accomplished with a 2 yr old around all day.  I have mostly cut her nap out because she gives us too much trouble at bedtime on the days she takes a nap, so I don’t even have that time anymore!

I just feel like crying… right along with my 2 yr old…really, not making anyone happy today…

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Changes on the horizon

Ok…so it has been a little while since I last posted…I had the opportunity to attend the Mid-West Homeschool Convention last week.  My husband was wonderful enough to stay home with the girls for the weekend and I was able to take it at my own pace, instead of kidspeed.  I just love that man!

However, the most noteworthy event to report is the decision to move.  Now this was not on our list of plans this year, but this deal dropped into our lap and cannot be ignored.  See, my husband is a contractor, so our 5-year plan included buying some land and designing/building our dream home.  But, we have long outgrown our current home, so when one of his clients was looking to have some work done on their parents home in order to put it on the market (they have moved to an assisted living facility) they mentioned that it would even be great for our family.  And the wheels started turning…they are willing to give us a great deal on the price as we are willing to take it “as is”.  Even still, we may not be able to qualify for the full mortgage amount, and they are even willing to carry the difference for us!  We would have instant equity because it appraises for way more that what we would be paying.  There are still some details to work out with the sellers, but they are out of the country for a couple of weeks, so we wait…wait to see exactly what the bank comes back with and to see if the sellers are, in fact, ok with the amount they would be carrying.  My husband is self employed, so that makes it more complicated to prove his income to the bankers.  We don’t think the sellers will have an issue with whatever the difference is since there is currently no mortgage on the property.

So, all is a little up in the air right now…we will not tell the girls until we have more concrete plans in place, but we still have to start getting our house ready to put on the market…and I am not a good mover…and I have never had to do it with kids before…I am a little freaking out about all the work to do…and the dream we are giving up…but I know that it will all work out and we will be better for it…right?

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Build a Bear Bunny love

An update on our shopping fun the other night…about a month before her birthday, Renae came home from her date night with Daddy telling me excitedly about the Build A Bear Store at the mall.  This was the first time she had been there and she was in love with this bunny they have and she could not wait to get one and pick out an outfit and accessories for her.  So, the other night as we were heading out, I asked her where she wanted to go shopping, what she was thinking about getting and so forth and she did not mention the bunny, so I reminded her that she could go there if she wanted, and oh my did she ever!  So, that is where we went and she spent most of her money there, she got the bunny she wanted, and an outfit complete with shoes, hat, glasses and, wait for it……..a wig!  Yes, a wig, with holes to accommodate bear/bunny ears!  I have to say, it is a cute, very cuddly bunny and she had such a blast picking it all out.  She was one proud new bunny mama walking through the mall that night, and she has not let her out of her sight much since then.  Then we had to do some grocery shopping and she had promised her sisters she would get them a little something, too, so we went to WalMart and with the money she had left, she got one of the new Zhu Zhu Puppies for Jean, a husky or “snow dog” as they call it, Jean’s favorite kind.  For little Ruth she got a Toy Story Bullseye flashlight that you squeeze his tail and his mouth opens for the light with sound effects, she is in love with this toy!  She loves Toy Story anyway and horses and so Bullseye is a given winner with her, she has even slept with this toy the last two nights, which is funny to me because it is NOT a soft toy.  During the day it is funny because she will put it down for a minute then get distracted and forget where she put it and go around repeating, “Where Boo-eye go?” until she finds him again, so cute!

Hope you all had a great, refreshing weekend.

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Disney Ariel Fountain and Bubble Boat

Mattel Disney Princess Ariel Fountain and Bubble Boat

Well, the birthday girl got this item for her birthday and I have to tell you I am not excited about it.  She likes it ok, she wanted it really badly, but we have to take the batteries out or it will randomly start running again!  We turn if off and a few minutes later it just starts up again…wiggle the off switch, it will go back off for a few, then start again.  Frustrating to have to do that each time she wants to play with it, because the battery case does not just pop open, you have to use a screwdriver to open it.

Anyway, in other news, we have done pretty good getting our work done this week, even not on the planned day…maybe I should just start planning weekly goals instead of daily assignments?  I have also been reading about this workbox system, still have some more reading to do on that one though, may be an option for us to try since Ruth will not be taking naps forever.

I am also reading a new book, slowly, called Regret Free Parenting, by Catherine Hickem, LCSW.  I will let you know more about it after I am finished.

This is usually date night with my man, but he has a trade show all weekend.  So, tonight I am taking Renae out shopping, she wants to spend a little of her Christmas/birthday money.  Should be a fun time with my girl, I rarely get one on one time with each of them so we are excited!

Have a blessed weekend all!

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Weekend update…

Wow, well we had a birthday Friday, thought we were gonna have 2…my brother’s baby boy was born just after midnight Saturday, just missing Renae’s birthday by a few minutes!  So, had a party for the birthday girl on Saturday and finally got to see my new nephew this evening.  Such a cutie and I’ll never get over how stinkin’ small newborns are, or that my own were that small, they grow SO stinkin’ fast!

Ok, so back to the schoolwork this week, looking forward to getting back into the semi-routine we have and tweaking it to make it work better for us.  The girls have been doing good lately with chores and the new routine I came up with for them, so we will continue with that for now.

The Lord has really been challenging me lately through my children…prayers welcome!

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