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Life Lately: Moments In May

There were lots of moments in May that I don’t want to forget and they all kind of got lost in the stress of moving! This first picture makes me laugh. Friday is spirit day at their charter school so all the kids can wear spirit shirts. Tyler and Maia both wandered out of their rooms wearing matching shirts. I found it hilarious. Maia found it hilarious. Tyler was less amused. 

Our new bonus room is huge and upstairs. I love it. It’s not the first thing you see when you walk in my house and all the noise is contained upstairs. How did I ever survive before? Since it’s so big up there we were able to buy the kids some fun things. I found this basketball arcade game on clearance at Walmart for less than $50! Sold! The kids have spent so many hours playing with this thing- even the teenagers have enjoyed it. 

One huge benefit of being up near school is that we’re also near their friends and near the lake. We love the lake! Maia and Tyler especially have spent hours and hours on the lake with friends. 

One of Maia’s friends lives on a farm and has a bunch of adorable goats. Maia is in heaven. She loves these goats. And the friend only lives a few minutes away from us, close enough that Maia can walk to her house! 

I surprised Maia with a spa day in mid-May. We both got much needed hair cuts and highlights. This was her first time getting professional highlights and I think I created a monster. 

One thing the kids love is board games. When we were packing to move I got rid of every board game that was missing pieces or broken- which was probably 90% of them. I’ve been slowly replacing them for the kids as I find them on sale. They really love Trouble and Battleship so those were 2 that I replaced immediately. 

We celebrated Memorial Day with my family. They wanted to see our new house so they came down for a cook out. It was really fun, although my nephew was not pleased that the old hot tub was not there. Ha! We had fun anyway!

The dogs have been really enjoying our new backyard. It’s flat, fenced, and near their people. They spend a lot of time out there. There are dogs on both sides of us so they have lots of other friends to bark at. The girls are enjoying it too. 

Maia had her annual eye exam in May and was thrilled to find out that the muscle weakness she had in her eyes has resolved completely. Her prescription didn’t change at all and she now has permission to wear her glasses a lot less. 

One of my favorite things that happened in May was my new SUV! We were nearing the end of my lease on the Honda Pilot and also nearing the mileage limit thanks to the distance from our old house to school. So when Nissan had a great sale over Memorial Day weekend we went ahead and traded the Pilot for a Pathfinder. I love this car! I went with silver this time and a charcoal leather interior. I’ve named her Penelope. 

Zoey had a birthday party at a great gymnastics place and had so much fun that she now wants to try gymnastics again. She did it when she was little but didn’t love it. I guess I’ll be finding a place closer to our new house for her to take some classes. 

Tyler’s car needed some work done after his various incidents over the last year. Matt replaced the broken headlight and the missing wheel well but we had to take it to the auto shop to get some of the other work done. New tires, fixed fuse in the headlight, oil change, inspection, brake work….over $1000 of work was needed. Sigh. Teenage drivers. 

May was a good month but I’m glad it’s over. It was a stressful month and I was so ready for summer break!

Life Lately: The End Of School Year

The end of the school year slammed into me like a train this year. All the STUFF that gets piled into the end of the school year on top of moving about did me in. I developed a twitch in one eye and crippling insomnia. It was not a pretty time in my house, y’all. Even the dogs hid. But we made it. And no children or animals were harmed. I didn’t even get a picture of the 4 kids on the last day because of the exam schedules (part of the cause for the eye twitch). Tyler had morning or afternoon exams for 3 days and then he was done for the year. Maia had 3 days of morning exams so she had to be picked up at noon every day. The little kids were the only ones who had school all week the last week. It was chaos. But I did manage to get a picture of these two cuties. 

This was our first year having kids in the lower school so it was our first experience with their annual butterfly release. I loved it! Zoey’s class was at 9:15am and we had a little celebration in her classroom first. I got some adorable pictures with her and two of her besties, who are just adorable!

And of course we had to get a picture with her beloved teacher who has become a friend of mine. I was one of 2 class coordinators for her and we spent a lot of time chatting this last year. And now, she practically my neighbor. She lives in the neighborhood across the street for our new one. 

The whole first grade went out into the reading garden to release their butterflies. It was so cute! Teachers are so smart, y’all. they gave these kids about 15 minutes to run and jump and get their wiggles out. So very smart. I got some more adorable pictures.

Every child got a butterfly wrapped in paper and when the principal gave the command they all released their butterflies and watched them fly away. The reading garden and sky was full of beautiful butterflies. 

About an hour after Zoey’s butterfly release ended we had Mason’s. We stayed on campus in between and watched some of Maia’s 7th grade field day. I cannot tell you how much I love having all of my kids on one campus together. It’s amazing. I can pop in and see all 4 kids in one trip if I need to. I love this school. 4th grade kids are so much more calm compared to the 1st grade kids. ha! There was no running wild, they just gathered in friend groups and hung out while we waited for the butterflies to be passed out. This is Mason’s best friend (one of them) and we just adore him. 

And this is the 3 muskateers. ha! These boys have been his best friends this year and they are amazing. So are their parents! And funny enough, the boy in the white shirt is the younger brother of one of the guys Tyler plays football with on the varsity team. Another benefit of our school- siblings know siblings all over campus. 

That same evening we attended the middle school art show. Maia had 3 pieces chosen for the show but she decided to only display one. She loves this drawing of the eyeball. We walked around the explored all the other art and holy cow, these kids have talent. I can barely draw a stick figure so I was incredibly impressed by the artwork of these middle school kids!

It was a great end to the school year and I survived. I can’t believe I have a senior, an 8th grader, a 5th grader, and a 2nd grader! That is crazy! 

Life: Closing Day & Settling In

Closing day came quicker than we imagined it would. We had a short closing anyway but when you’re trying to coordinate a move, cleaning a new and old house, and everything else that goes along with moving….it get busy. I’m glad we made the decision to move into our new home the week before we closed on our old home though. Matt and I were able to spend a full days at the old house cleaning and making sure everything was ready for closing. It wasn’t as emotional or difficult to say goodbye to our old home as I thought it would be. I took it as a sign that we were ready.

We closed at 10am in the morning and it was a looooong drive from our new house. Matt and I ended up about 40 minutes early so we stopped at the cutest little coffee shop first. Closing took all of 15 minutes- sign here, sign there, wire transfer done, here’s the keys. That was it. The buyers weren’t present so it was easy peasy. 

We took the kids out to Texas Roadhouse that night to celebrate the closing and went ahead and hit up IKEA to order some furniture while we were on that end of town. We used to be only 10 minutes from IKEA, now we’re 45 minutes away. I miss you, IKEA. I promise to visit often.


We paused from our new house unpacking to half ass a 1st grade animal habitat project. Literally half assed it, y’all. All my craft stuff was packed and so were most of Zoey’s toys. We ended up doing a Toucan in a “rainforest” because we found a clay toucan in bright colors (wrong colors, haha). I slapped some green felt in the bottom of a shoebox, added some Littlest Pet Shop animals, some LEGO palm trees, a Barbie swimming pool, and called it a day. If they wanted my A game then they should have assigned this back in October when I still had cares and effort to give. Amen and Hallelujah.

We paid the $59 to have IKEA deliver our new furniture because it was A LOT. We ordered 3 queen size bed frames, 2 queen mattresses, 4 dressers, a desk chair, 4 bar stools, a table, 4 stools, 2 nightstands, and all the bed bases. No way were we getting all that home in one trip. Well worth the $59!

Poor Matt. He got the job of putting all the furniture together. Although to be fair, I put together all 4 dressers and both nightstands by myself. So boom. I don’t think he was impressed. 

While he was in furniture assembly hell I started on my gallery walls. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do gallery walls but I had to. It just didn’t feel like home without them. I did scale them back a bit though and spread out the stuff. I did a wall in the dining room and one in the family room to start. Since then I’ve done one in the hallway upstairs, one in the bonus room, and one in the master bedroom. 

Favorite Things Friday {6.22.18}

1. We checked another thing off of our 2018 summer bucket list this last weekend and went to the NC Zoo. We actually are season pass holder so we can go to the zoo for free whenever we want. Now that we’ve moved it’s only about an hour and 15 minute drive so not too far at all. The kids love the zoo and we picked a perfect day to go. It was cloudy and only in the high 80s instead of the high 90s. Summer in the South, y’all. Tyler didn’t come with us because he had football in the morning and then a party at the lake in the afternoon. I’ve accepted that he will not be participating in 99% of our summer activities. I don’t blame him. I didn’t want to hang out with my family when I was 17 either. 

2. We finally got the trampoline set up and the kids are loving it! I wasn’t sure about whether this one would be too small for the kids but it’s perfect. It fits great in our fenced area. All 3 of them are having fun with the basketball hoop attached to it. I need to figure out where it’s going to live in the yard to give it the most shade but it was well worth the $160!

3. We are absolutely loving our hot tub! I had low expectations for this hot tub with it being an inflatable portable one but holy cow, it’s awesome. It’s deep, the bubbles are strong, and it keeps the water hot for a long time! I ordered the cup holder for the side and I had to order the 2 seats for the bottom because otherwise my chin is touching the water! ha! For $300 I highly recommend one of these things! The kids have been absolutely loving playing in the bubbles every night. 

4. I found a cheap slip n slide on clearance at ALDI for $6! It’s not the best but I figured for $6 if the kids only use it a few times it wouldn’t matter. I wanted to put it on the big hill but Matt decided to be a responsible parent and he vetoed that decision. Spoilsport. To make up for his spoilsportedness I squirted the whole thing down with liquid soap. I also didn’t tell him. What? Come at me, bro. The kids had a great time and they even got Matt to take a turn. We ended up hooking up the sprinkler instead of using the hose attachment and it worked much better. 

5. I took Mason and Zoey to see Incredibles 2 this week. Maia went to the water park with a friend instead because of the migraine/seizure warning with the strobe lights in the movie. Her migraines are not yet completely controlled so her doctor felt it wise to avoid the movie. Truthfully, she’d rather have gone to the water park anyway. Ha! We met up with friends and enjoyed the AMC $5 Tuesday tickets and $5 kids snack box deal. You really can’t beat that! The movie was amazing and so worth the 14 year wait! 

It was a great week of summer break. Mason actually mentioned that he’s having more fun this summer than he ever had just going to the pool every day at our old house. That’s exactly what I wanted to hear!


Life Lately: New House & Moving Week

Our house sale was scheduled to close on May 10 but we had to sign the lease on the rental house on April 27. So we decided to spend the first week of May moving into the new house. I scheduled movers to come on May 5 to do all the furniture because I’m old and don’t want to move furniture anymore. ha! 

The new house:

We spent the whole week taking loads of stuff to the new house. Back and forth. There was literally no time for anything else. I cooked nothing because everything was packed. We ate fast food all week. The kids were in heaven. I had constant heartburn and gained 8 pounds. Awesome. 

You know you’re moving to the country when…..you can’t identify the giant farm machinery driving in front of you. Mason said it was a transformer and I tend to agree. 

I literally grabbed all the clothes out of my closet still on the hangers and just took them to the new house. The only clothes packed were the things I shoved into garbage bags when staging the house. 

More trips to fast food. I don’t even want to think about how much money we spent eating out. But it had to be that way. The weekend we got the keys to the new house was busy. We scheduled the cable and internet installation for the Sunday so we ended up at the house sitting in camping chairs while they installed the services. Then we hit McD’s, Sam’s Club, and Dunkin Donuts with the kids (and our bonus child who is Maia’s best friend). 

Watching them tell Matt how to hold the camera to get the best angle was hilarious. Poor Matt. He has no clue what to do with teen girls. 

It was such a nightmare getting the kitchen stuff over to the new house. I used these big reusable tubs to haul stuff so we didn’t have 1000 boxes everywhere. But that meant the kitchen looked like this after I unloaded. It took me 3 hours to get it all put away and situated. 

We knew we were going to fence the yard before we moved in so the dogs weren’t stuck inside. So we went to Lowe’s and bought all the fence material in 2 different trips because I should never be allowed to measure anything ever again. It was a great decision though and took so much stress off our shoulders during move in weekend!

Tyler had some of his football teammates come help us on moving day. We hired movers to do the furniture but these guys (and 5 more not pictured) hauled everything out of the attic and shed and garage for us. They took loads to Goodwill and to the trash. They were so helpful!