Monday, February 25, 2013

Good days all around.....

This weekend has been just an absolutely fantastic one.  Last weekend was a good one too, with the baptism of my son and nephew, but this one seriously just tops the charts.

I mentioned the other day, I think, that I had a job interview.  It was for a work at home company, doing customer service over the phone.  I have a choice of several clients, depending on what I want to do/who I want to work for.  I had a phone interview with the assistant hiring manager on Tuesday, and she set up an interview for me with the owner of the company.  She was great, and I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!  It's SUCH a relief, knowing that I can still be at home with my babies, but I'll be bringing in some income that is VERY much needed.  I can work as many hours as I want, and whatever hours work for me, which is fantastic.  I got Starbucks out of it too (only because that's where the interview was at! ha!).  It's just great.  The company that I will be working for is small, there's only about 20 employees right now, but it's growing and changing and there is plenty of room for me to be able to move up as the company grows, and as my kiddos grow.  I'm so glad that I was able to find something that I can do from home, so that I don't HAVE to put my kids in daycare, and so I can still be a mommy and teach my kiddos but earn a living at the same time.  Once I get things going with it and figure out what is going to work well for us as a family, Hubby & I can discuss me taking on more hours and at that point we'll look into possibly putting the kids in daycare a couple hours a day a couple days a week.  Mainly so that they get the socialization that they won't get being home with me all the time.  Ava doesn't understand the concept of sharing very well (Oh, who am I kidding....she doesn't get it at all) and part of that I know is her age, but I also have to wonder if she would pick up on it a bit easier if she was around other kids her age.  *sigh* But, I've really enjoyed being a stay at home mom, and I am so thrilled that I am able to continue it, because it's where my heart honestly is.  There's nowhere else in the world that I would rather be.

So, when I was on my way to the interview, I happened to notice that there was a house for rent.  I mentally decided that since I was running late, I would stop on my way back and snag the number and give them a call.  So, I did.  I called and left a message because no one answered.  About 5 or 10 minutes later, the landlord called (she is awesome and SO sweet) and we arranged to meet her at the house about 30 minutes later.  I was a little leary, because you could tell that the house was older, but when I talked to her on the phone, she said that it had been painted and updated on the inside, there was a fenced back yard, and the house was between 1600-1800 square feet, which is double the size of the place that we have now.  So, we drove over and looked at it, and we fell in love.  It is absolutely, completely perfect!  There are huge windows in every room.  There is so much closet space I don't know what I'm going to do with myself. :P  The master bedroom has 2, yes I said TWO, walk in closets, the second bedroom has a walk in closet, the kitchen has a breakfast nook that I'm going to turn into my office, there's a separate dining room with 2 built in corner cabinets, a separate laundry room ( laundry won't be in the stinking kitchen anymore!!!!!!), a 1 stall garage, an attic space, a storage closet in the bathroom, and a pantry.  There's plenty of cabinet space in the kitchen for all our crap, which is awesome.  The stove and fridge are both less than 2 years old.  I am just so amazingly excited, I could burst.  There is also a car port next to the garage, so since we plan on using the garage for storage, we can still park the car under something in case we get a bad storm and to protect it from the sun, and maybe keep the interior a bit cooler in the summer time.  There is absolutely no carpet in the house at all, everything is either hardwood or tile/linolium.  There is SO much natural light that comes through that we'll rarely have to use lights during the day.  I'm going to have more space than I know what to do with I think! :) I am just so completely happy about it.  The back yard is completely fenced in, and the landlord said that we can plant flowers and do whatever yard work/landscaping stuff that we want to.  There are also several pecan trees in the back yard, which is going to be nice AND a pain.  We'll have to rake and sweep up the pecans before we can move.  There's also a section in the back yard that is like sectioned off for a garden.  Not sure what's in there currently, but I've thought about the possibility of putting a veggie garden in there.  Not sure about that though either....will have to think about it.

So, now I get to start the fun of packing.  Anyone who knows me knows that I HATE packing.  I despise it.  And now, not only do I get to pack, I get to continue school and start working all at the same time! HAHAHAHAHA! But, I absolutely not have it any other way.  It's going to be a long couple of weeks, between packing and moving stuff and unpacking and getting everything in it's place, but I am REALLY looking forward to getting into a new place and finally having a HOME.  I'm so thrilled that we won't be living in a stinking apartment anymore.  My kids will have space to play and I won't feel like we are living in a tin can.  It's just awesome. 

The bedrooms in this house are twice the size that they are here in the apartment, which will be nice.  I am so tired of having small rooms.  The front yard is good sized, so we're back pretty far from the street.  We will be living on a pretty busy road, which makes me a little nervous, but we'll just put a latch on the screen door so that Ava can't escape! :P  She likes to do that.  We'll be closer to church, though a bit further from my parents.  We're still in town, so it's not like my parents are really far or anything, and we'll still see them just as much.  Getting this house is just the biggest blessing.  I'm so grateful that things are on the up swing for us.  I've been praying and praying for a job, and finally got one, and we've been calling about other places to live, and we finally found the perfect place for us for now.  We won't be able to live there forever, because at some point Ava & Collin will have to be in their own bedrooms, but for the next several years, it'll be just fine.  I need to sit down and write a list of the things we'll need to buy for the new place, like curtains for some of the windows because we don't have as many windows now, a dust mop for the floors...simple things like that.  I'm going to have to get a desk and desk chair for work too, so that's gonna be on the list.  I'm just completely overjoyed that things are finally turning around.  It's just fantastic.

Well, I suppose that I should probably get myself into bed.  I have another paper due tomorrow, and I'm going to try to get up early to work on it before the kids get up.  We'll see if that happens.  Collin hasn't been sleeping very well, so neither have I.  I'm hoping that he'll sleep better tonight seeing as he didn't go to sleep til about 11:40. *sigh* I'm hoping that maybe it's just because of a growth spurt and he'll quickly get back into a routine.  Though, I'm afraid with moving that both the kids are going to have some issues with sleeping.  We'll just have to play it by ear and see what happens.  So, since I've gone on and on and on, I'm gonna scoot and finish watching this episode of Army Wives and then hit the sack.

Stay safe and be blessed my friends....until we meet again.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's Tuesday already.........

And I swear, it just seems like the days go quicker and quicker.  This past weekend was a super busy one......which is usually okay, but I feel more stressed out now. *sigh*

So, my son and my nephew were both baptized on Sunday.  Which was completely awesome.  The new pastor at our church is just completely awesome, and I am so thankful that he is the man that baptized our son.  It was perfect.  Having my son share that day with my nephew was even more awesome.  Both of my brothers were there, my parents, and my Grandma came in from Pennsylvania for it. 

I haven't seen my Grandma since Hubby & I's wedding, which was 4 1/2 years ago.  She got in on Saturday, and we all went to Mom & Dad's for dinner.  Then on Sunday after the baptism, we all conveined at Mom's again, for dinner and cake.  It was perfect. 

Since this weekend was busy with family stuff, I neglected the house, and good lord.......I didn't realize how quickly crap could pile up.  I didn't feel very good today, fighting another stupid headache, so I didn't get a whole lot done today either.  I'm hoping that maybe, possibly I will feel up to doing more tomorrow.  I NEED to get this place picked back up, because it is driving me flipping crazy. 

So, I wrote a while back about giving up soda....yeah, well, I fell off the bandwagon. :P  I thought maybe the caffeine would help the headache, so I bought a Diet Dr. Pepper on Friday.  It didn't help.  But, it also tasted REALLY good, so I bought another one. *sigh* So, here I sit, at the computer, watching re-runs of Army Wives, and drinking a Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper.  And it is SO good.

I keep hoping that maybe I'll get some more followers, maybe make some new friends, and it's just so quiet over here.  I keep hoping that you all passing me along will do the trick.....and I need to get better about writing.  I am just afraid that I don't have anything interesting enough to say, and you will all get bored and run away.........

Well, I suppose for tonight, this is it.  It's getting late, and I really should be getting to bed.  Hubby being on days has been GREAT, but it also means that I don't get to sleep in anymore, since no one else is here to get up with the kiddies.  So, I will close this out tonight with a "if you like me, pimp me out" message. ;)

Stay safe and be blessed my friends, until we meet again! :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Busy, busy, busy......

I feel like I never have time to just sit and do nothing.  I suppose that comes with being a mom and having an almost 2 year old and a 6 month old and going to school full time and looking for a job.  All while keeping the house clean, being an Avon rep, and grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc, etc.

Hubby's aunt called this week, and sadly, we found out that she has ovarian cancer. :( It's been a hard thing to take, especially considering that my grandma died from the same thing.  She goes back to the doctor on the 19th, and we'll know more about the plan of attack then.

We're going back to IL in April, so we'll get to see her then.  It will be a tough visit, for sure, but we'll get it figured out.

I was going to write a whole lot more, but the baby is awake, and I need to get him before he wakes up's late, and I don't need both kids up.

Stay safe and be blessed my friends, until we meet again.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I should TOTALLY be in bed.............

But yet, here I sit, in the living room with my laptop on my lap typing. *sigh* One of these days I WILL learn that sleep is a valuable thing, and I will get more of it. 

I have had a lot going on the last couple of weeks, and so I'm trying to get caught up, and I need to get some things OUT of my head, so maybe typing here will help with that.

*sigh*  Let's see.......

I think the last time I posted, I wasn't talking to my soon to be ex SIL, D.  Well, in the last several weeks, her and I have been in contact again, and we're slowly trying to repair the damage that has been done to our relationship.  I'm not placing blame, because it was on both of us.  She didn't call or text, but you know what?  Neither did I.  My feelings were hurt, yes, but I'm sure hers were too.  So, we're working on trying to fix things, and I'm hopeful that we'll be able to.  As for my brother, things with him seem to be getting worse, not better.  He's been in treatment for his PTSD, but he's lashing out more and more, especially at my mom, and it's just not a good thing.  I'm not sure what all happened, but my mom isn't talking to him at all at this point.  It makes me sad, because he's my brother, and I love him.  But at the same time, he needs to put his big boy panties on and deal with stuff instead of displacing the blame to everyone else.  It's really pretty pathetic.  I get that PTSD is serious and debilitating, but that absolutely does NOT excuse the way he treats other people, especially women.  He has started to talk down to me, and I guarantee you I will NOT put up with it for one single minute.  So, as a result of that, he and I haven't really spoken at all either.  I understand that he is hurt that my SIL left, but he's putting all the blame on her and not taking any responsibility for any of it himself.  I would love for things to work out between them, but I don't think that J is in any way ready to try and repair their marriage, and D just is not willing at all.  And I honestly can't say that I blame her one bit.  She put up with J's crap a whole lot longer than I EVER would have.

My moods and emotions have been getting a whole lot better.  I think my hormones are FINALLY evening out since my surgery, and for that I am VERY thankful.  I was really starting to think that I was losing my ever loving mind. ;) But things are definitely much better, and hopefully they are going to continue on that upward trend.

Hubby went back to working on first shift on Friday, and I really couldn't be happier.  I have NEVER liked him working second shift, even before we were married, and so for him to be back on days is just awesome.  He's home for dinner, he gets to spend more time with the kids, and it just makes me completely happy.

Lil Man has a doctor's appointment in the morning for his 6 month checkup.  Holy cow.  I can hardly believe that he's 6 months old already. *sigh* He's growing entirely way too fast for my liking.  I am really excited to see how much he weighs and exactly how long he is.  At his 4 month appointment, he weighed more than Lil Lady did at her 6 month check up.  :) He's a big 'un, that's for sure!!!!

Being a mom has been the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I consider myself so incredibly blessed to have these 2 beautiful babies for my very own.  I really look forward to what the future holds for us as a family and I am excited to watch my children learn and grow and become their own little people.

I better get myself to bed.  I have to be up early to get the kids up and ready to go.  My parents are keeping Lil Lady for me so that I can take Lil Man to the doctor and not have to try and entertain her too.  I will try and post another update on him tomorrow evening, we'll just have to see how the day turns out. ;)

Stay safe and be blessed my friends, until we meet again. <3