Thursday, February 28, 2008

I guess it's just

I just got a call from the doctor's office. My blood test came back fine. They are going to check my thyroid again in 8-12 weeks. I guess i'm fat because I eat too much. It's not glandular. No, but seriously, i'm beyond happy and relieved. Just thought I would post that i'm ok just in case anyone was worried. And if you weren't, you should have been!!


Just a few recent pictures

Yea for Snow!!!!
Big girl bed mishap!

Big blue eyes!

Freaking Frigid

It's cold. It's windy. I don't want to leave the house. We have to though, we have to run to the store for a few things. I'm going to wait until it 'warms up' a little bit though, maybe after Evan's first nap is over. I can't wait for Matt to be home tonight, then he's off for three days. We have shopping to do tomorrow and then I hope that the rest of the weekend just consists of fun stuff. We are always so busy. There's always somewhere to go, something to do or something has to be done. I know most people feel this way, but man, the past few weeks have been rough. Every weekend there's something to do, every time Matt has off there is some 'project' to do. It can be frustrating at times. This weekend though, we have fun things to do, birthday parties! We haven't seen Greg, Eleni, Debbi or Rob very much lately. It's still strange to think that soon Debbi and Rob will be living full time in the mountains. Rob already is up there all week since he's working up there now but Debbi kind of splits her time. I know that she's lonely when she's here though. She misses Rob and I know he misses her. We are helping them move the rest of their things on Matt's vacation in April. It will be nice to get away to go and visit them though. Greg and Eleni are coming to Sesame Street Live with us, and we're so excited. Grace loved it last year and I think she's going to love it more this year. Eleni this year is the same age that Grace was last year so she should like it too. The parents are going to need to hit the bar after we leave there but hey--small price to pay. I better get moving.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's glandular

I went to the doctor today because I found a little pea sized lump on my jaw right in front of my ear. Well, it turns out that my thyroid is enlarged and there is a 'lump' on it. I'm trying my best not to freak out. I'm trying to not google it or anything. They took some blood and I should get results in a few days and then take it from there. I'm going to 'try' to not think about it too much. I may sound ok about it, but I really am shaking in my boots.

On to other news, Evan is officially walking now. He has been taking 4 or 5 steps here and there for about a week and a half now but he's definitely walking. He's not perfect at it, and still thinks he can get there quicker if he's crawling but soon enough he'll be running and pushing Grace down. And I have to say that Grace would deserve to be pushed down as payback for all the pushing he does! Not that I encourage retaliation!

I can't wait for this weekend. I think it might be a little more relaxing than last weekend. I do have some errands to run Friday. I have to go to BJ's and some other places in Downingtown/Exton and then hit up the grocery store. Oh--and get my nails done! Then it's Shady Maple and hopefully Em's birthday party on Saturday for a little bit. I hope to do a whole lot of NOTHING on Sunday.

Nothing much else to report right now...i'm going to try to veg out with some tv and take my mind off things while the kids are napping.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Lucky Duck

We are going to Shady Maple on Saturday for a 'catch-all' birthday bash for Matt's family. We are so behind with celebrating birthdays so we're going there. It's in honor of Greg, Chris, Bryan, Nichole, Matt and Grandma's birthday. And when I was talking to Debbi the other day on the phone about it I suggested that we stop giving actual gifts to each other b/c no one has the money for it and just give a card and a lottery ticket. The lottery ticket idea came about b/c Matt randomly bought 2 scratch off lottery tickets the other day. He never ever buys them. And he let me scratch them off, we won $100!!!!! Yea!!

Our friends TJ & Molly's daughter is turning 2 this weekend. I can't believe how big everyone is getting. We're hoping to swing into her birthday party after Shady Maple. It pretty much all depends on how Grace is acting. If she's too cranky and tired, we aren't going to go b/c I don't want to be embarrassed by her being bad but would like to go since we didn't make it to her 1st birthday party. It's going to be strange having Matt home on the weekends for a little bit. I'm just now getting adjusted to him working random shifts.

We are going to take the kids to Sesame Street Live on Good Friday. Grace went last year and loved it. I couldn't take her though since I was in the hospital having Evan! Megan, Ellie, Mom and maybe Greg and Eleni are going. The kids have fun and it's inexpensive, only $15 bucks for the middle priced seats. I'm excited about it, and I know Grace is. Evan is going to love it too b/c he's really starting to like Elmo. And I think the name of the show is Elmo makes music. It will be fun!

Tomorrow I go to the dr and my Mom is going to watch the kids for me. I take them everywhere with me, no's just easier to do things like the dr when i'm by myself. I hope they don't give Mom too much of an issue.

And my last comment for the day.....for the record, I can't wait until SPRING!!!!!!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Manic Monday

Whew. What a weekend. I'm so glad that our electric is fixed. It was scary to find out just how bad and dangerous the problem really was. Denny, the guy across the street, fixed it for us and when he pulled the wires out that went from the electric box into the house and breaker box, water came pouring out. For those that don't know, that's sooo not supposed to happen. The only reason that our breaker box didn't blow is b/c the wire turned up to go into the box directly so no water contacted it directly, thank goodness.'s all fixed. yea!! Now on to more, thoughtful bloggings.....March begins this weekend. I simply cannot believe it. It's outrageous. March is a big reflection month for me. It has been since Matt and I got married. I can't believe it's going to be 3 years on the 19th. They have been 3 very busy, monumentous, and amazing 3 years. It seems like 3 years is a long time when I think about all that has happened. March is the month I got pregnant with Grace. That really makes me reflect on things. I can't believe that she's 2 years and 3 months old. Now she's in a big girl bed and doing so well. She starting to really warm up to potty training so hopefully that will happen in the next few months...if it were up to me she would already be going on the potty, but alas, my 2 years old has a mind of her own and voices it daily. Quite loud I might add. Matt turns 28 in March. He will have been out of high school 10 years this June. We don't feel that old when it's just Matt and I, sometimes we do feel that old when it's us and the kids! We're going to blink and be in our thirties! Holy crap. March for me has become kind of like New Years is for some. It's usually when I start to think about where I am in regards to where I would like to be. This year, I just want to continue being a better version of me. My temper is already being worked on and i'm so proud of myself with how it's going. I rarely flip anymore. I get short sometimes, but don't flip like I used to. (Now for those of you reading who don't know what I mean by flip, I just mean raise my voice at the kids...not flip out into some sort of villian) I can see the changes that I'm making are making a difference with Grace and Evan and the way that they express themselves. Especially Grace. She's a mirror image of me in every way. She looks exactly like me when I was her age. (For those that don't believe me, I have pictures to prove it!) I want to continue to lose weight, and get healthier all around. My Cooking Light subscription is helping with that. I can't wait until it's nice outside and the kids and I can get out of our little house for more than a quick walk around town. I also want to get pregnant this year if Matt and I decide to have another baby. We are still talking but we probably will. (For those of you who are balking, shut up. It's not your life.I don't care what you think.) But in order to do that I want to lose the rest of the weight from my other pregnancies, now only 10 lbs!!!!!!!!!! Only time will tell. As for this minutes, i'm going to go finish making the rewards chart for Grace's potty training.


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Action Packed

It's been one full weekend. Friday we played in the snow and just had a good time, relaxed a little and cleaned a little. We all really needed the day together. Saturday we decided to take our trip to Ikea. We got some more things for Grace's new bedroom. We came home, put everything together and she loved it. She thinks that she's such a big girl. I am going to take some pictures when I can and post them to show off her new room. I haven't hung the new curtains yet since I have to hem them. I haven't had a chance to. They are going to look really nice though. I am looking forward to the finished product. I still haven't decided what to do about a rug for in there. She has a hardwood floor and right now it has a cream rug that we might decide to put downstairs to replace the living room rug. I thought about putting several different color small circle rug in her room. I thought that it would look really neat but Matt doesn't like the idea. I don't want to invest a ton of money in a rug so I'll have to think on what to do. So last night Grace slept all night long in her big girl bed!!! She didn't get out at all and slept until 6 this morning and then still didn't get out of her bed, she called for me to come in and as soon as I opened the door she got a huge pride filled smile on her face! It was adorable. She was sooo proud of herself. We took her to Friendly's this morning for a special breakfast for being such a big girl. She loved it!! She got a pancake with a smiley face on it, she thought it was the coolest! She's napping in her big girl bed right now. I kind of thought that nap time would be the hardest to get her to sleep in it but she's out like a light. She looks so small all snuggled down in her bed. I have to admit that I cried a little bit, not much, last night when she went to sleep in her bed. I can't believe that she is so "grown up". Pretty soon it will be Evan's turn. I hated hearing my parents say it but here I am, Where does the time go?! Last night Doug and Nichole came over to hang out. It was fun. I was a little worried since I didn't know what I would talk to Nichole about but it was fun. Something different. I think if we hang out with them more, we could be 'friends' and have a good time. It's a little hard since we have kids and they don't, in regards to actually doing something other than eating and watching a movie or whatever but it was still fun. I know Matt misses his brothers and liked that he got to hang out with Doug. Nichole got tattoos for her birthday and we got talking about tattoos last night. Matt really wants to get his tattoo...he just can't find where he wants to go to have it done. He's been talking about it forever. I just want him to pick somewhere and i'll buy it for him for our anniversary and his birthday. We'll see. He gave me a list of what he would like for his birthday and there's a lot to choose from! I better stop yapping and go do something productive.


Friday, February 22, 2008


Grace loves the snow. She was already out in it once and we had to pull her in kicking and screaming. Evan loved it too until he face-planted in it! We came in after that and he's napping now. I am so happy that Matt finally has a day off today. It's been a long time since he's been home, or at least that's how it feels. Now on to 4 day work weeks for him for a while, with weekends off. It will be strange to have a 'normal' schedule again for a little bit. Chris interviews at Valero on March 1st, we all really hope he gets in. He's excited about the prospect. Nothing much else new, except that i'm still organizing, i've pulled EVERYTHING out of my closet upstairs and it's now covering the floor in the bedroom. Matt came home and saw it and thought I really went crazy!! lol Well, i'm off to start cleaning it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Not so much

Grace isn't in a better mood. What gives? I'm reaching the end of my, recently lengthened, rope. I have soooo much more patience now. I was losing my temper all the time a couple months ago, i'm doing so much better now. I hated how it made me feel when I would lose my temper and raise my voice at the kids, so I stopped. It didn't happen overnight, but I'm so much happier now and a better parent. I don't want to ever make excuses for myself, but I really think that it had something to do with my hormones from nursing. I was trying to work on my temper when I was still nursing Evan and I was making small strides, but once I stopped nursing him I got so much better. I rarely get short with them. I raise my voice when telling Grace to stop pushing hitting or otherwise causing bodily harm to Evan but other than that, i'm as cool as a cucumber.

On a totally different topic. I was getting so insanely frustrated with my weight loss that I stopped weighing myself. Well, I did weigh myself last night for the first time in several weeks and i've LOST a lot! I'm now only 9-10lbs over what I was when Matt and I got married!!!!!!!!!!!!I'm soooo happy. My body still looks different and I don't think losing that 9-10lbs is going to make it look like it did....I guess that's what 2 kids will do to you! lol....Now i'm trying to move on to loving the body that I have now. It's so much curvier than it was. I had NO curves before so it's still a big change for me.

Better get back to cleaning/organizing....uggg. It's only 9 and i'm already pooped out!!

Cat Nap

Yesterday hopefully was the turning point in Miss Grace's mood. She took a 3 hour nap yesterday and then went to bed normal time without a fight. So far this morning she seems to be in a better mood. I hope she is. I'm so tired of running up and down the steps putting her in time out!! We went to Walmart yesterday after she got up from her nap at 3:30! I was expecting it to be packed since we're supposed to have a snow flurry today and everyone usually freaks out about it but it was dead. We got what we needed and got out of there, it wasn't bad at all. And to top it off I had to parallel park the truck when we got home and I did it in ONE move. That's right folks, I parked my quad cab pick-up in ONE move! (for those of you who missed it, yes - i'm bragging about it!!) ;)

Today holds more of the same i'm afraid in terms of cleaning and organizing. I still need to pick a day to go to Ikea, my sister said maybe she could meet me there Friday but now the weather is looking questionable. Hmm....And I thought maybe I would just go tomorrow and get it out of the way but i'm trying to figure out how I would do it with the kids by's why: Evan needs to ride in a cart/stroller. Grace can walk. however, you need to get one of those flat cart things to lead the furniture boxes on so i'm not sure how I would push Evan, control Grace AND push the cart thing with the furniture on it. In addition, you have to pull your truck up to the loading area after you pay, how am I going to go and get the truck to put in the loading area while still watching my stuff. I would put Ev in the wrap on my back but i'm afraid of how i'm going to load things with him already strapped to me. Hmmm.......Things are so much harder with more than one child!!'s just the logistics of it all....i'll figure it out. I want a framed backpack carrier for such occassions but don't want to spend the money......

Dooty calls.....literally.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Make a deal with the Devil

I went shopping yesterday. It felt soooo good to get out of the house where we've been couped up for the last week! The kids and I went to Ikea. It was an absolute nightmare!! Grace was the worst i've ever seen her in public. It was awful. I wanted to just turn around and leave but we drove all the way there and I wasn't about to just leave. I bribed her with everything I could think of. I had lollipops in my bag, didn't want one. I had m&m's, nope. I tried everything. Nothing was working. So I finished what I could and paid and left. We bought Grace a big girl bed since her convertible crib thing just isn't cutting it. She doesn't want to sleep in it b/c it's just her crib the same but taking the front bars off, well she just screams and screams that her bed is broken and she needs to fix it before she sleeps in it. So here we are, we got her bunk beds b/c her and Evan might be sharing a room in the near future and the top bunk is only about 3 and a half feet off the ground and it has bars so I think she can handle it. We'll see. We want to finish our attic to make it a play room but we are going to try to do some other home improvements before we do that one so in the meantime we are going to put the two of them in her room and make Evan's room a play/craft room. We'll see how it works. This weekend we have an unforseen home improvement project, Matt and the guy across the street, Denny, are going to fix our electric since we are having major issues with it. It seems to be an easy fix though. I can't wait until Matt finally has a day off. Friday is his first one in 2 weeks. Uggg...everyone is just exhausted. The kids miss him so much. They only seen him for about a half hour every day and that's right before bed so it's no quality time. I think i'm going to go back to Ikea this week to get the rest of the things that I wanted. I made a list so it should be in and out. Now that I know how to get there I won't mind driving there as long as it's not on the weekend with everyone else. Since we decided that we're going to stay living here for a little while longer, probably around 2 years, we are trying to make this house work for us as much as possible. And organizing things is key. Since the house is so old we have no closets except for one in each room and the kids closets are pretty much worthless so i'm just getting organized. finally. I feel like i've been trying and trying and it hasn't worked since we'vce lived here but I guess it might be because I didn't want to spend any money on organizational things. Now I know that I have to and am going to so here we go!! Well, no one had a nap yesterday to speak of and everyone slept awful last night so we are all tired today. I feel like I got hit by a bus. I think from stress. It's been a stressful week. Off to clean....and organize!! I need to be on that TLC show that organizes everything for you.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Cupcake Cutie

Caught licking the icing!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

(snap snap) Waitress......

A waitress, that is what i feel like today. I have been feeding kids like a revolving door today. Mama, I need somping. That's the phrase of the day. And with the kids eating so much, my other job has been poopy diaper changer lady. If i'm not putting food in one end, i'm cleaning it off the other end. Ah, the life of a Mother. If I don't laugh at myself, i'll cry. ;)

Kids are in bed napping, we're heading to the party shortly. I need to finish packing the diaper bag.

Psstt...I don't wanna go

So I have to attend the family function today. I don't want to. I know that certain family members read this blog I think. But to tell you the truth, I don't really care and i'll tell you why I don't want to go. We all seem to begrudginly attend these things, no one really wants to, no one has a damn thing to say to anyone else above the general chitchat since our lives all seem to be so far removed from one another. We chit chat until we all seem to be sitting around staring at the kids running around and keep checking our watches to see if we've stayed the obligatory length of time so we can speed out of there and back to whatever we were doing before we were interrupted by the gathering. Now I think that the intentions are good enough however my own personal dislike for these functions stems from the timing of it all. They're always held at 3 pm usually on Sunday afternoon. Fine. That would be just fine EXCEPT there are 2 'family units' that are ALWAYS late. No reason. Neither one has small children, nor do they work on the weekends. There is no excuse except for just being plain rude and so self absorbed that they feel like everything will wait for them because what they have to do is so much more important or better than what every one of the other 20 or so people have going on in their life at that moment. Well folks, today is the day. This shindig is due to begin at 3. My family unit will be there at 3. We're leaving at 5. If we haven't eaten or sang the obligatory Happy Birthday and eaten the cake/opened the gifts, well quite frankly, they can all shove it with the exception of my Grandparents.
There. I'm finished.

The Brown Bombing

This is what happened when I went to take my shower yesterday...I swear, they had to have had help. Someone broke in, threw things around the house and then left. The nerve.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Now it's time to slap my cap

Grace always watches tv while i'm in the shower in the morning. Today it's Tigger & Pooh, we loves this show, but if I let her, she'd watch tv ALL day long. I get the kids theme songs stuck in my head all the time. It's worse than having that catchy song from the radio stuck in your head. Today it's the Super Sleuth oath song thingy. I'll have to listen to the radio to try to get it un-stuck.
My goal for this weekend is to finish getting the toys organized and a few more things from the attic sorted out, thrown out or otherwise put somewhere else and to get the federal taxes finished and filed!! Then by the end of the week I want to have all the other taxes done. It's been a little harder this year since we're itemizing and have the New Jersey stuff to handle and all of that but i'm pretty proud of myself for getting them done AND feeling confident that I deducted everything that I could have. Yay me!
The kids are both napping now so that's giving me a chance to collect my thoughts. Wow, it's been a nutso day already. Some days the kids seem to have more energy than others. I'll have to post the pictures that I took yesterday of the house. I went to get a 5 second shower, literally and left the kids gated in the living room/dining room/playroom....I had just finished cleaning it before I went to take the shower. I came out and I swear, it looks like a bomb had hit it. They had every last toy and card and book spread everywhere. You would have thought that someone else came in and helped them. That's how bad it was. It made me laugh so much that I took pictures.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Picture Perfect

He's learning to feed himself....


I have been thinking about the Presidential race and my own political views and i'm glad we haven't had a primary because I have no idea who I would vote for. I'm very liberal on certain things and very conservative on others. I think I may have come to a decision recently about a candidate but i'm not certain. I know that no candidate is perfect but they each seem to have some fairly severe flaws in my opinion. I'm just confused, plain and simple.
Matt started his long stretch of work today. I hate to see him come home so exhausted. He gets up at 3, starts work at a little before 5 and is home around 6:30. I really hate it that he's in the car, traveling for 3 hours a day. We just can't sell right now. It just doesn't make financial sense. We will be in this house for 2 years this coming July. We need to wait until we've been here almost 5 years. However we want to move before Grace starts school. I hate this. Had we known wehn we bought this that our financial situation would be so drastically different now and that his job would be so far away, we never would have bought this place. We want to get out of here so much. To say we hate it here wouldn't exactly be true, but we're not happy with living here. There's no room and will be even less when we have another baby. We think we are still going to finish the attic and put up a fence to at least make this place a little better.
I better get moving. I have things that I want to get done today. I need to go to Exton and pick up my contacts since I have the pair i'm wearing left and they're sooo old that they hurt. I think that i'm going to get new glasses and a pr of prescription sunglasses soon. I thought about getting the new transitions lenses they offer but i'm still worried that they would be that strange yellow color when i'm inside. I'll look into it though. I can't go anywhere without my sunglasses. I get an instant headache from squinting.

that's all for now. Happy Friday.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

D-day approaches

Today is the last day that Matt will have off until the end of the month because of his turn around at work. I hate these things. They happen twice a year and they suck. Last time he was on nights, now at least he's on days. I'm trying to not think about it today and have it ruin my day.
I found out last night that we have a 'family function' to go to on Sunday. I hate how my Mom's side of the family always announces a get together less than a week in advance and when you say that you can't make it because God forbid you have another obligation, you get put in front of the firing squad. This time I can go and am going to even though I really don't want to for many reasons, but the main one is because Evan will fall asleep in the car on the ride home and then won't want to go to bed. I LOVE that the kids go to bed early and I can get some things done here and have some time with Matt Sunday night I bet he won't go to bed until around 9 when his usual bedtime is 7.
Yesterday Matt and I went to the Outdoors show at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. It was a little disappointing. It wasn't what we were expecting. We are going to try to go to the Valley Forge Gun Show in March. I think it will be a little more what Matt was looking for. But we still got to do something without the kids since they were with Debbi. They've been staying there a lot lately compared to usual. I think she just wants to see them as much as she can before she moves away in April.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A look back....

Here's a picture of my husband and I at a high school formal dance together circa 1998!


We all seem to have Myspace, Facebook, or a blog. I get hits on each daily. Yet no one seems to post anything to say that they're reading. I'm not sure that they're strangers just lurking or people I know reading b/c they're interested or reading b/c they're nosey or maybe a little of both. I don't write these for people to read necessarily, I just write them to write. I know that there are a few that read them b/c the post other places that I am a part of to comment on something I said in here. There's no real point to this, just thoughts.

So as we all know, the Superbowl was Sunday. Well, you could say that I was the referee yesterday of the Superbowl of fighting/bickering and whining inthis house. And I do have to say I came out the winner if only by default since I chose their bedtime and that in and of itself was a mini victory. Grace decided that 4 something was a great time to start the day yesterday. Lovely. I plopped her down on the couch and turned the tv on and promptly tried to go back to sleep in between bouts of having my eyelids pulled open and being poked listening to "Mama, are you sleeping?" Mama wake up." She won that fight. As for all the 'no tv for kids' advocates. Pish Tosh. When a little bit of tv will help a sleep deprived mother of 2 gain a little more shut eye, my motto "turn on the tube". Go ahead, flame me. I don't care.
As 7 approached, Evan decided to get up. I thought this might actually be a good thing. It would give her something to do that didn't include yelling at me since I had turned the tv off at about 6 and gave in to the 'mama get up' lecture I had been getting since 4ish. Yes, for all of you mathameticians, I let her watch tv from 4 something until close to 6...almost 2 hours, in a row!! I guess I let her IQ drop a few points yesterday. Bad Mommy.
Well, I was wrong. I spent the remainder of the day guarding Evan from being pushed, slapped, smacked, and having his head smashed into the carpet or hardwood floor by his oh so adoring sister who wouldn't let him play with anything except maybe a piece of stale goldfish or cheerio that he happened to find lurking somewhere under something that I apparently forgot to clean.
Evan is finding that pound for pound, he's pretty close to her size so when she tries to edge him away from the playtable, he squats down a little, plants his feet, and puts some shoulder behind it and stands firm. There are going to be some major battles as soon as he decides to walk. (Which i'm hoping will be any day now. ) Grace doesn't know what she's in for!

Sunday, February 3, 2008


I'm sitting here watching the football game alone since the kids are in bed and Matt is working. It's kind of lonely. Most nights i'm ok with it, sometimes it's even nice to be alone after the kids are in bed. Time for me. Tonight, i'm just darn lonely. I'm a little worried that i'm getting sick b/c i'm just not feeling like myself. I just hope that it's not the flu! My worst fear is that i'll get the flu and be down and out for a week or something. My house would be chaos. Oh, I can't even think about it.
Now on to something a little more random, Matt and I were downstairs today and were watching 2 of our neighbors talking. Obviously we couldn't hear what they were saying but they were making all kinds of gestures so we started filling in 'what they were saying'. I laughed so hard. It was hilarious!
The kids and I have been struck with cabin fever so much lately I decided to do a little "redecorating". I moved the dining room table and chairs into the basement and turned the dining room into a playroom for a little bit. I always 'rotate' toys so I did that so they had new things to play with and I think that they both really like it. Matt was a little shocked when he got up this afternoon but he's ok with it. We really don't use the dining room that much so it's not a big loss.

Friday, February 1, 2008


I simply cannot believe that it's February. Evan is almost ten months old and so close to walking. My baby is getting to be such a big boy. And Grace is turning more and more into a big girl. I keep thinking how sooner than I will want it she will be getting ready for school and the big bus ride. Being a parent is so hard in so many ways. For me a lot of times it's so hard to 'let go' with the kids. I'm not so sure how to explain what I mean.
These last few days have been busy busy busy. Nothing real exciting but just 'stuff' going on. Matt and I are still in the 'great debate' on moving. We are still going around and around about it. We feel like we need to come up with a plan b/c if we decide to stay here a few more years then we're going to put a privacy fence up in the back yard and finish the attic to make it a 4th bedroom/playroom for the kids and re-do the 2nd bathroom. But if we're leaving in a year or less we don't want to waste the money. So we're trying to figure out the best move. I just got a car insurance quote from Jersey. Holy shit. It's more than double what we pay now. It's things like that that make us want to stay in PA or DE. The cost of living is so much less here. The just put a house up for sale up the street from us that's listed for more than what we were thinking of listing this house for. And I can't believe that it's in better condition. I mean, i'm not trying to say that our house is the best but our kitchen is awesome and we have 2 full bathrooms even though the one is ugly.

Grace needs me to help her on the potty!

I'll finish this one later. Matt's on nights so maybe i'll do it tonight...