Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I am beyond excited - we found a last minute bargain beach rental! I'm so excited to get out of this town!! The kids are pumped - uncrowded beaches, a private heated pool at our house, a hot tub, screened in porch and views of the beach and sound from the house, what more could we ask for?!! I am trying to get everything ready to go away as well as get the house ready so that it will be ready for a showing in case we get one while we're away! Last year we thought that there was no way we were going to have a showing while we were away but low and behold we got a guy who wanted a second showing and I had to ask a huge favor from Molly to go over and clean up my house, I was mortified!!
I think a vacation is just what we need! :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Think Good Thoughts

I know that I've said this many many many times before but I'm reaching out to the blogging world for some positive thoughts, prayers if you're the praying type, to help us sell our house. We NEED something to change. NOW. To say that I'm miserable is an understatement. It's sending me into a depression and that's not helping anyone or anything. We just need someone to buy the darn house so that we can literally move on with our lives. This living in limbo stuff is awful.

There - rant over.

I'll have a happy post with pictures soon!! Promise!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Big Day!

Today was Grace's big graduation ceremony for Pre-K. She did amazing, I am so proud of her! I can't wait to post some pictures and video of her. On our way home she asked how many days until she starts Kindergarten! And Evan said, "I'm going to miss Grace when she's in Kindergarten." So sweet!

On a different topic - we need a miracle in order to sell this house. I'm praying that the market will pick up a little in June after school lets out. I am desperate to move before Kindergarten starts, but am trying to be ok with that not happening because it's not looking good. I've heard rumblings that the banks are starting to loosen up a little bit about their lending so I'm hoping that that will help potential buyers and we will SELL!!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

3 More to Go!!

This is the last week of school for Grace and Evan. Evan's last day is tomorrow and we will go to school at 11am for an ice cream party. I'm sad to see this year over for Evan because his teacher is wonderful and so are the assistant teachers! He has learned and grown a lot this year. We have struggled with the decision on where to send him next year and have decided to go to another preschool due to other issues we are having with his school. Grace has her last day on Thursday and I cannot wait. She has had a tumultuous year and I'm glad to see it come to an end. I have tremendous guilt over decisions we made for her this year and I'm just glad to put it behind us and move on. Grace has kindergarten testing on Tuesday night and she is excited to go and see the inside of her new school! Friday Grace will graduate from Pre-Kindergarten and I'm so excited and anxious. The last time there was a "production" at school she wanted no part of it. She seems very excited this time so I hope that things go differently. Debbi and Rob will be coming down and all of the kids are so excited that they get to see them so soon after being with them this past weekend. I so wish we lived closer. It melts my heart to see them with their Grammie and PopPop!

I've been cleaning and organizing all morning trying to put away everything that we took to the mountains. Matt went to Walmart and Home Depot where he spent waaaayyyy too much. He's not allowed to go there alone any more! lol After lunch we're heading to the gym for a much needed work out after not eating so well, and drinking a few too many beers this weekend! :-)

Tonight I'm hoping to once and for all figure out why I cannot upload pictures to my computer from my camera. I haven't been able to do it for a few months and have been putting off trying to figure out the problem but now my memory card is full and I need to clear it before Friday's graduation!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


We had a great weekend in the mountains! Grammie and PopPop surprised the kids with a HUGE new swingset that has towers and swings and a slide and a climbing wall! They were beyond excited and so were we!
Matt and I got a lot of time to ourselves at the cabin which was wonderful! We had a lot of time to just talk and relax. We played cards Saturday night and maybe had a few too many to drink but I think the last time we did that was...well...I have no idea when! I got some time alone to relax in silence while Matt was out on the 4 wheeler and it really did me good. I've been struggling with a lot of decisions lately and I had some time to sort them out. I feel like a weight has been lifted!

Now there's just 3 weeks until Matt has TWO WHOLE WEEKS off!!!! I cannot wait!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ouch, ouch, ouch!

I'm the most sore that I've ever been. I worked out with the trainer yesterday. I hurt in places that I never knew existed. I am at my goal size. I just bought a new pair of jeans in the size that I never thought I would see ever again!! My new goal is to firm everything that I can possibly firm and tone!

Now I'm off to try and clean, organize, pack and then get the kids from school and head out shopping before we leave for the mountains tomorrow!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Matt's Transformation

I wanted the pictures in a different order but it just wasn't working....So the top one is of him not looking so happy at work at 4:30 am this morning....and the bottom one is before we started at the Y. He has lost almost 50 pounds!!

Monday, May 9, 2011


What diapers? I am still in disbelief that I am close to having two trustworthy potty trained girls on my hands. No diapers, except night time pullups, in 3 weeks. After 5-1/2 years of having kids in diapers we're finally diaper free - I'm just amazed. That is all. :-)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

6 years ago on Mother's Day is when we told my extended family that we were pregnant with Grace. For some reason that hit me like a ton of bricks today, that seems like so long ago yet just yesterday. Grace is talking about loving Justin Beiber. How did she get so 'grown up' that she likes a 'pop star'??? It's unbelievable at times. I've noticed how more aware of reality she is, the good and the bad. I'm really trying to be the very best Mom that I can be ~ I desperately want to raise 3 confident, self respecting, smart and happy girls. I want to raise a confident, respectful, smart, happy little boy. Lead by example. I hardly slept last night just thinking about how I'm succeeding in some areas of parenting and feeling like a miserable failure in others. Thinking about how I can be a better Mother. We've been very out of our groove as a family since Matt's turn around and getting back to normal has been really tough on everyone. I don't know why this turn around has been more difficult on us, but it has. I'm hoping that a trip to the mountains this coming weekend will be just what we need! Some time away from everything...

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Congratulations to my sister, Megan, who ran the Broad Street Run this morning!! 10 miles!!! She's "One Bad Mother Runner"!!!