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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. 



Life Lately: Getting Ready To Sell Our House

Getting ready to sell a house that you’ve lived in for nearly 13 years is painful. Seriously painful. I declutter regularly and still….ALL THE STUFF! I spent weeks cleaning out closets, drawers, cabinets, and under beds. And still. ALL THE STUFF! When I ran out of stuff to donate we finally rented a storage unit close to the house so we could get ready to stage the house. It worked out great. The place was offering the first month free and our house sold so quickly that we ended up only needing the unit for 29 days. Score! And yes, I did pack up half of my closet in trash bags. Don’t judge me. 

We made about a thousand trips to Lowe’s Home Improvement for various things. Plants for around the hot tub, plants for the front stoop, a new door mat, mulch for the backyard…it was endless. You know the old show Cheers? Where everyone knows your name? Well, Lowe’s is my Cheers. They knew us by name by the time we moved. 

We had so many projects to get done. The lists were endless. Matt pressure washed the entire outside in one day. We tried to get the house professionally pressure washed but it was too tight of a timeline. While he pressure washed I redid all the gel stain in the kitchen and upstairs bathroom. It was a big job but it looked so good afterwards!

The week before we listed our house on the market we hustled to get our deck done. Matt and I hit Home Depot and had an impromptu date night. The kids said it was an old person date night. They are not wrong. We ate dinner and bought deck paint and moving boxes. Living the dream. 

It took us nearly an entire weekend to get the deck fully painted. We used Behr Premium Deck Over and I highly recommend it! The deck looked brand new by the time we were done! It was well worth the 48 hours and $80 to do it!

We also made a trip to IKEA to grab some things for staging our house. Mainly I bought pillows for beds and new comforters for the kids’ beds. That spruced up the bedrooms immediately. We didn’t need much- throw pillows and pillow covers, some candles, and a few accessories rounded out my staging plan. 

It was a hectic few months trying to make our house look like nobody lived in it. Ha! Lots of painting, lots of decluttering, lots of cleaning, and lots of staging. It was worth the effort but man, it was a ton of work! 



Life Lately {November 2017}

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I’m just a tad bit late on my November life lately post. It’s been a busy few weeks but there’s only 8 school days left until Christmas break. And I am counting them down! November came in with a bang and went out with a bang. 

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Varsity football season 2017 came to a merciful end the first Friday of November. It was an ugly, dismal season. We had 7 concussions on top of various other injuries to starting players and it just made for a tough season. Tyler was finally given clearance to at least attend the very last game of the season to be on the sidelines with the rest of the injured starters. There were 6 of them that stood on the sidelines cheering on the younger players, checking on injured players, handing out water bottles, and supporting their teammates when they would have given anything to be on that field. I’m proud of them. 

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Tyler turned 17 in the beginning of the month. These pictures make me laugh. His friends planned him a surprise party and he didn’t get home until 11pm. Then his friends threw him another party at one of their lake houses right afterwards. He didn’t come home until Sunday. And he came home tired. 

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Zoey brought home her Tom the Turkey project. It made me nostalgic to know that this is our very last Tom the Turkey. We’ve done 4 of them and she’s the 5th and last turkey. We’ve done Superman, a Princess, an Alien, and a Christmas tree in the past. Zoey chose a snowman! Then Mason and Zoey got to use their free pizza coupons that they earned for meeting their reading goals for October. 

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Maliah has made such a great group of friends in 7th grade. She was invited to a sleepover birthday party and they had such a great time. It makes me so happy to see her finding her place even when I know she’s still having issues with anxiety and depression and fitting in. These girls are so sweet together and it makes me smile to know that the girls she’s in class with now will be the group she graduates with in 5 years!

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Just before Thanksgiving break the little kids had the Thanksgiving Feast in their classes. We had Mason on the first day. We picked up Chick-Fil-A biscuits and hashbrowns and had so much fun. His class did a skit and we nommed on some yummy desserts afterwards. 

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And the next day we had Zoey’s Thanksgiving Feast. We basically repeated the same thing over again with Chick-Fil-A biscuits and hashbrowns. Her class did a song and we had more yummy desserts. I love all the cool fun things their school does with parents. 

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I haven’t talked a whole lot on here about Tyler’s concussion. He suffered a complex severe concussion on September 8th in a football game. He took a direct helmet to helmet hit to his temple and then a secondary hit to the same temple that whiplashed his head really hard. When his physical symptoms did not go away within a few weeks we started to get concerned. Then in mid-October he started complaining that he was having trouble concentrating and focusing in class and it was causing headaches. We immediately took him back to his sports medicine doctor who put him on a medication to help and referred him for post concussion physical therapy. He ended up with a diagnosis of Post Concussion Syndrome and twice a week physical therapy. At his first PT appointment we discovered just how serious his issues were. He had severe impairments with vestibular movements and spatial disorientation- he could not balance at all- and near complete destabilization of his vision. He couldn’t track his therapist’s finger without rapid blinking, eye fatigue, and his pupils bouncing and jerking (saccadic eye movements). It was a very scary and very serious diagnosis. He did physical therapy twice a week for 6 weeks, saw his sports medicine doctor once a week, and had to be seen by an independent neurologist. 

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In the middle of the month Maliah turned 13! She chose to have 2 of her besties come spend the night. We took them out to Cici’s Pizza and then to see Daddy’s Home 2. Tyler and 3 of his good friends tagged along for the free pizza haha! I can’t believe I have 3 teenagers now. That’s insane!

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Just before Thanksgiving Tyler’s sports medicine doctor finally discharged him from twice a week PT and gave him clearance to work with his school trainer again. He was finally allowed to run, lift weights, and shoot the basketball again. He had no more headaches, his focus and concentration were getting better, his balance and coordination were near baseline, and his saccadic eye movements while still there weren’t causing headaches anymore. So he’s done with formal PT and working with his trainer again. He was also given permission to play football again, which I’m not all that happy about but we’re waiting to see the neurologist again before making a final decision. 

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We partied hard at Thanksgiving. Lots of people, lots of food, lots of laughter, lots of fun. And lots of pie. Lots and lots of pie. The pie is always the best part. We had a full house of family spend the night and it was loud and crazy. I enjoy hosting family but man, it’s a lot of work. Luckily we had Saturday and Sunday to recover. 

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The last week of November Tyler found out he had been recommended for the Blue-Grey Varsity Football Combine. He has no idea which coach recommended him, it had to be more than one coach. He wants to go so badly. We’re debating. I don’t know if he’ll play in college or if he even wants. So we have 10 days to make some serious life decisions. First, is he even going to play football next season? Second, is he interested in playing in college? We’re just sitting on it for now and waiting for the neurology appointment. I keep telling myself it will all work out the way it’s meant to. But man, this in between is hard. 

So that was November in a nutshell. 

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