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Life Lately: Field Trips, Friends & Fun

Life goes on no matter how busy selling a house makes it. One pro tip- never sell your house and move during the last month of school. It will seriously test your sanity and make you lose your **** on more than one occasion. I speak from experience here. 

Tyler spent most of his time on the lake with friends. Basically he has no poor friends. They’re all rich and they all have pools, boats, and lake houses. So he is living his best life right now. That cutie pie in the picture with him is his best girl friend and she’s amazing. I wish they would date but they don’t have that kind of relationship. Her 2 older brothers are good friends of Tyler’s. 

Zoey had a first grade field trip to the zoo and she loved it. She got to be in a small group with 3 of her favorite classmates and they had a blast. I was originally supposed to chaperone this trip but it was rescheduled due to thunderstorms and I couldn’t do the make up day. I was bummed and so was she but my co-class coordinator stepped in and had Zoey in her group for the day. Her son is Zoey’s best friend. 

Maia hung out with friends nearly every day. Because we didn’t have enough going on in life. I am grateful for the amazing girls she has in her life though. 

Tyler was invited to go to the beach with friends (and 2 parent chaperones) so he spent 4 days partying his way up and down the coast. Fortunately he did not come home with third degree sunburn. 

Mason had a field trip to a local place that emulates a small town. The kids all have jobs within that town and they learn how the real world works. Mason’s job was office manager at the urgent care center. He had a blast and learned a lot!

Zoey had lots of play dates with her best friend while we finished packing up our house. She was bored silly so spending time with her friend was such a blessing!

Maia’s 7th grade English Honors class was fortunate enough to have the man who inspired the book, A Long Walk to Water, come speak at their school. She loved the book and really enjoyed hearing what he had to say. It was a great experience for her!

Life Lately: The Week Of Chaos

So after having such a successful open house and first weekend of showings we had received several strong offers. We decided to close to showings and call for best and final offers by Monday at 5pm. We declined all requests for showings on Monday and just waited. It paid off. By 7pm on Monday our realtor was presenting 9 over asking price offers, most with escalation clauses. We knew immediately which offer we were accepting- an all cash offer $5000 over asking price with a short due diligence and fast close! It was like the unicorn of offers- a once in a lifetime kind of offer. We accepted and thus began our week of chaos. Because we had a short due diligence period and short closing date a lot of things had to be crammed into one week. 

We started the week with a second realtor coming in to do a short market analysis. We sold our house to a company who planned to lease it out so they didn’t do a formal appraisal. It was scheduled at 8am so I had to pack up the dogs and drive around for half an hour. I ended up just parking the car up at our neighborhood clubhouse and reading while the dogs barked at every person, animal, leaf, or wind gust that went past. It was a long 30 minutes. 

Then on Saturday we had the first inspection which lasted for several hours. We had 3 dogs and 3 kids in the car and literally just drove around for 3 hours.We got breakfast from a drive thru, drove up to the new house to let the dogs check out the backyard, swung by a dog park to let them get out some energy, and went back home. 

A very wonderful amazing dear friend surprised us with dinner one night which was so appreciated. Between the packing and cleaning the kids were pretty much fending for themselves for food. Thank goodness they all know how to work the microwave. Ha!

The buyers requested to do a second roof inspection (on a less than 9 year old 50 year roof still under warranty) so once again we had to clear out of the house. At least we didn’t have to take the dogs this time though since it was an outside inspection. We hit Target and browsed for a couple of hours. 

During this week we also had an incident in our neighbor’s yard. A teenager running from a speeding ticket jumped the curb on our street and ran up into our neighbor’s yard. He took out the fence and just barely missed the deck. Then he jumped out of the car and took off running through my yard. I had come outside to see what the loud noise was and he jumped my fence right in front of me. I’m not sure who was more shocked- me or him! He kept running and soon our neighborhood was full of cops, K9, tactical units, and a helicopter was circling above. Way too much excitement for our neighborhood. All I could think was please don’t let this be on the news and the buyers see it. ha!

We also had all the usual end of the school year events going on during this week. Maia had a party to go to and Zoey had her little best friend hanging out with us while her family dealt with a serious health crisis. 

The poor dogs were so out of sorts. Abby stopped eating and Bailey started losing his fur. So we had 2 trips to the vet that week also. Fortunately the dogs rebounded well and were back to normal quickly. 

We ate out almost every night during that week. I just did not have time or energy to worry about dinner. Steak n’ Shake probably knows us by name now. 

The next 2 pictures crack me up. I’ve been telling Matt about this giant metal chicken that I see on the side of the road every time I drive to the kids’ bus stop. But the ONE time he comes with me, the chicken was gone! So while we were out driving around during our inspections we happened to pass not one but TWO giant chickens. I’m still trying to convince him that one of these needs to come home with me!


Life Lately: Open House Weekend

After minimal deliberation we decided to use our neighbor and good friend as our realtor. Who better to sell your house than a friend who lives next door? It was a whirlwind of activity. We spoke with her on a Thursday. She had professional pictures done on the Sunday. She listed our house live on MLS on Thursday and our open house was Saturday! We chose to not open for showings until after our open house because we planned to leave town that weekend. Our goal was to not have to deal with any showings while we were in the house and hoped to be under contract before we returned home. It was crazy town! Our listing went live Thursday night at 11pm. By Friday morning we had people circling our house in cars…..repeatedly. We happen to live in an extremely hot market area right now and people are literally fighting for houses. We had several people approach us in the driveway and yard while we were doing last minute things. We got 2 offers sight unseen that day!

Tyler had prom the night before our open house so it was a mad rush to get the dogs to boarding and the car packed up before we had to drive up to the clubhouse where prom pictures were being taken. We planned to leave at 8am on Saturday morning and stay up in the mountains with my parents until Sunday night. Maliah was spending the weekend with a friend and Tyler also stayed with friends for the weekend after prom. 

We rolled out of our house by 8:45am on Saturday morning. We stopped for Dunkin Donuts on the way to drop Maliah off at her friend’s house. She stayed with a friend from her old charter school and got to hang out with all those friends she hasn’t seen regularly since last year. She had a blast! I’m so glad she’s maintaining those connections. Charter school world is very small and everyone tends to know everyone else so I want her to keep those friendships alive. 

We had a blast staying with my parents. It was such a nice break after spending months trying to get the house ready to sell! We just hung out and relaxed!

My parents live in this fabulous neighborhood with huge lots, lots of land, and beautiful views. We spent a lot of time outside enjoying the much cooler weather!

We had a delicious Baked spaghetti and salad for dinner with lots of laughter and fun with some long time friends of the family that we just love to see. After dinner it was a gorgeous night so mom lit the fire pit and the kids got to make smores. 

Sunday was another lazy restful day. We were getting text updates from our realtor the whole time and were waiting impatiently to hear if we would get any offers. She said our open house was insane. I was also getting text updates from neighbors on our street who were amazed by the amount of activity we had on our house. So many people showed up at the open house that they were parking at the clubhouse and walking down to our street! Our realtor had to have her husband come man the front door because it was just too busy! The open house was schedule for 2 hours but ended up running 3.5 hours. Then we had back to back showings up until 7pm Saturday night and all day Sunday until 6pm. While we were at my parents we finalized our rental home and signed the lease. 

Maliah was texting me pictures of her fun times with friends. They went to see the movie, A Quiet Place, hung out at the outdoor mall, and she had a blast. 

We left my parents house around 5pm on Sunday for the 2 hour drive home. Our realtor texted us mid-drive to let us know we should close for showings the next day because we had multiple strong good offers already! It was such a relief! We had planned to show all day Monday because the dogs were staying at boarding until 6pm. I’m so thankful we didn’t have to! 

Life Lately: Tyler’s Prom

In April Tyler also had his junior prom. He took the sweetest girl and had such a great time. I really love his friend group, they are amazing kids with great parents. All the parents met up at a clubhouse near the lake to take pictures of the kids. We were fortunate enough to have one of the parents be a pretty professional photographer and she shared all her pictures with us! You’ll be able to tell which ones are hers. Ha!

We got one good picture of him next to Matt’s car before he left. He drove the Mustang for prom and now he wants to drive it all the time!

Tyler and his adorable date, Ella. She’s such a sweetheart. 

Do you know how hard it is to get a gaggle of boys to all look at the camera at one time and smile? It’s like herding chickens! The girls automatically posed, smiled, and stood still. Not the boys. Nope. There was yelling involved. And one of them still isn’t looking. Ha!

These are some of Tyler’s closest friends this year. Such a good looking group. 

Not sure which part I like more- Tyler’s weird pose, the pink sunglasses or the 3 stooges vibe? Ha!

We kept trying to get Tyler to smile. I tried to tell him it was prom pictures not football pictures. 

The photographer got some great shots of the entire group of kids. There were some seriously gorgeous girls. I don’t remember any of us looking like this when I was a junior…and some of these girls are freshmen and sophomores. What???? No fair!

I adore this picture. It sums up this group of guys perfectly. I don’t even remember what they were laughing at but we got probably 5 shots of them just cracking each other up. I love it!

I’m so grateful for this wonderful group of kids. Tyler just fits right in with them and they’ve been an amazing group of friends. That’s one of the things I love most about this school! Everyone knows everyone and it just creates a family atmosphere!

I love this picture. It’s a great one but I love it more for what happened surrounding it. All the girls were standing behind the photographer trying to make the guys smile. We got one picture of them all stone faced and then they just cracked up. 

And of course there has to be shots of them all posed up. Ha!

Look!! He can smile….kind of!

He had a great time at prom. All the kids chipped in $50 and one of the parents rented a party bus to take them to dinner and prom. It worked out perfectly. The bus picked them up at the clubhouse, took them to dinner, then to prom, picked them up afterwards and dropped them off at the clubhouse. Several parents in the same neighborhood opened their homes for after parties so the kids all just walked from house to house. It was so much less stressful not to worry about them driving after prom. They crashed at one house and then spent the whole weekend at the lake. He’s really living his best life right now. Ha!

Life Lately: Moments From March & April

March and April were pretty much a blur of getting our house ready to go on the market. I remember very little except how much I hate to paint walls. Haha! But I have all these great pictures on my phone so I assume we did other things besides paint! 

Zoey had a random encounter with the Easter Bunny at Walmart when we were there to buy some things for house staging. Mason declined to have his photo taken with the creepy Easter Bunny. I can’t imagine why? 

Mason started the recorder unit in his music class. That was a long long long month. Long month. Long. 

The kids had lots of play dates with friends while we got the house ready to go on the market. We couldn’t entertain them so our house was pretty much full of kids at all times. They enjoyed a few last dips in the hot tub, which I miss more than anything else except my fridge. Ha!

We ate a lot of fast food, donuts, and junk. Cooking pretty much went out the window for about 7 weeks. The kids loved it. I’ll spend the next year trying to lose the weight I put on during that 7 week oink-fest. 

Maliah spent lots of time with friends and continued to get prettier. She also got her first boyfriend. I’m pretty sure I don’t like this. 

You cannot take 2 men-children into a store without them acting like fools. Matt and Tyler pulled a total Miami Vice when we were in Kohl’s looking for dress pants. They entertained everyone around us. For the record, they did not buy those jackets even though they both wanted them. No. 

They also spent a lot of time napping on the couch during the NBA playoffs that they forced me to watch. Every time I tried to change the channel one of them would wake up and object. Every single time. 

And this would be the boyfriend. His name is Nick and he’s adorable. He’s sweet and he treats Maliah well and his parents are amazing. Also- both he and his older brother have a healthy fear of Tyler. It’s fine, we’re fine. Everything is fine. 

Lots of sleepovers and late night Dunkin Donut runs happened. Lots. And you know what happens when you give 2 very active teen girls coffee and donuts at 10pm? They’re up ALL night long. 

We didn’t see much of Tyler. He’s always out with friends and when we lived so far away he would spend several nights in a row with friends who lived closer to the school. He made an appearance every few days to get clean clothes and say hi to his dogs. We see him a lot more now that we live so close to school and his friends!

So that was pretty much March and April around our house. Lots of house reno, play dates, and late nights.