Here I sit....less then a week until we move. I am a jumble of emotions happy/sad/excited/nervous/frustrated/relieved.....I am full of questions "will anyone like me?", "will my kids find good friends?","did we pick the right rental (a rental again- how did this happen)?", "Are we ready for what lies ahead?".....
I have moved around enough to know that I can be happy anywhere, and yet I still feel this anxious feeling. Some moves have been so easy, we settle right in, make friends, gather our bearings and life just kind of flows. Other moves it seems despite our efforts we can't find a niche. Which will this be?
My kids go to school now, there are not a lot of choices in schools where we are headed. I wont have the choice of just hauling them to a different school. Will it be a place they can thrive? Make friends? Learn what they need to learn?
We feel very good about the next career choice we are making. It's a big and scary decision but it just feels right. Even with the confirmation we have felt about the decision I still worry about the unknowns. Are we ready for the stress that is coming, can we keep up with everything?
I love where I am now. I get to visit my parents whenever I want. My brother and his wife are close and are our good friends. I have friends enough to fill my house. Friends and family to call when I need something. Will I find friends that are like family there? Who will I call when I am in a pinch?
I love our house. We have room for everyone and lots of land to play on. Will I get that again someday? Before they are grown and don't care about tree houses anymore?
Tyler will tell you I worry to much- He is right! Because most of the things I worry about there is nothing I can do about so why do I waste my energy worrying- I don't know!
I worry a lot...I also spend a lot of time thinking about the things I looking forward to and hoping for. It's killing me that I can't announce where we are going just yet. Soon!!! Then I will tell you all the things I already know I will love and what I hope for the future!
Back to packing- I sure have done this a lot lately!!!
Monday, May 21, 2012
What in the world is a yurt? And why did we go "yurting"?
Have you ever tried setting a pack n play up in a tent? It's not that fun. So rather then sleeping in tents we went camping in yurts. They are round cabin like dwellings. A lot of state parks have them. You can rent them and then go camping without the tent!
We headed to Grayland state park Friday. We were meeting some of my family there. Since our schedule is the most open, we were there several hours before everyone else. We spent the time on the beach. We wouldn't have minded if the temperature had been a few degrees warmer. I thought the kids might complain some of being cold. They never really did. They just played and played.
tore the kids away after a few hours of beach fun, cleaned up a little and went back to camp. We roasted hot dogs and ate tons of junk. We also made friends with the squirrels. They were named Chipper because they wouldn't leave us alone until we gave them a chip to eat!
Once we were all together we stayed up late around the fire.
Needless to say we were all up early. Everyone was dressed, fed and back on the beach by seven am. And that is where everyone stayed until lunch time.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The sun has been unusually friendly as of late! We have been outside enjoying her company!
We learned that Titus LOVES Popsicles. He would go crazy every time Tyler would take it out of his mouth.
I got a surprise visitor one hot summer day. At first I couldn't tell who it was because they had a HUGE bouquet of flowers (fresh from pike's place market) covering their face and half their body (I might be exaggerating a bit, but they were big). Since I had so many suitors at the time (that was a joke), I didn't know who it could be. The flowers moved to the side and as our eyes met, I immediately recognized the love of my life (drum roll please)....Tyler. I cheesed that up a bit but having him come from so far away and surprise me was really fun! Taking the kids there and telling them the story made for a good afternoon. Unfortunately, Neil wasn't there or they might have heard a lot of other fun stories!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Our friends got 10 baby chicks. They let us swing by and see them. We had planned to build a chicken coop this year and get chickens (prior to the job fall-out). So we thought it was fun enjoying these chicks. The kids loved them and said "they hope we get property someday soon so we can have chickens!"
The other day I woke up very early and shot up in bed and shook Tyler and told him we needed to hurry and get up because we had to "get the paper signed by 7:00". He obediently roused himself and was ready to do whatever it what that needed to be done. He kept saying "ok, ok, what paper". I said "the one for ___. It must be for him". Then I started waking up and said "or maybe I'm dreaming, I could be dreaming". Turns out after reading through our to-do lists I was dreaming. No urgent papers that needed to be signed by 7 am. But it got us up and going...something that can be hard to do when you have no job requiring you to get up and go!
My Mom and I went to lunch the other day. (don't look at me in this picture- but I think she looks good). Love my Mom!!!
When we bought this house it was going to be our "forever" house and I was going to put up before and after pictures of each project. We didn't really get to many projects so there aren't very many after pictures but here are a few of the property just for fun.
There is a big circle driveway with a pond in middle. The circle driveway is the BEST thing ever the kids bike around it for hours (no joke). The pond was a big worry when we first moved in. We thought the kids might fall in. I was really strict about them not going by it unless we were out there with them. They are really good about it and it no longer worries me. They do love throwing rocks, putting their feet in it and trying to catch fish when we are out with them.
The inside is nice. (I don't know if I'll ever get inside pics taken. Now that it is halfway boxed up I feel like pics would not really show it how it was). The walls are mostly white (they had been all freshly painted prior to our buying it). The rooms are big. There is lots of storage and there was even a room I was going to make a library. So many things that never happened. I am one of those people that when I start a project I like to finish it. It feels strange to sale the house before we finished all the things we wanted to on it.
So there you have it- our 7th home! We will be moving in a couple weeks to stop number 8! I can't tell you anything about what that home will look like. We haven't found it yet. We will be going back to renting for a little while again. I admit that feels like a step backwards. I definitely prefer owning. I like being able to work on a home and make it my own. I like fixing things that break myself ( I say myself but really I mean having Tyler fix them) and not waiting weeks for someone else to do it. I'll just have to be patient!
We love this house and are thrilled that our friends are buying it. Their little boy was over the other day and he said "guess what Rachel. We are going to move soon. To a house with property". He was very excited, as he should be!!! He will love it here!