Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
On Tuesday I could no longer take the thump-pound, thump-pound, thump-pound coming from upstairs. It was at night, and I felt that the toddler upstairs should be getting ready for bed, not running back and forth, back and forth.
We've put up with it for months, but once it woke Molly up, it was go-time. I got up on the dining room table and started pounding on the ceiling. That's right, I had sunk to the level of Mr. Heckles from Friends. I was a ceiling pounder.
I would have felt bad about it but instead of quieting down, they just pounded back and continued with the thump-pound, thump-pound. Grrr.
Last night I kept waking up after midnight. There were loud voices, dogs barking, cars beeping, argh! But around 1:15 the neighbor blared their stereo. LOUD. I could hear everything, word for word. Some of the songs I knew. I almost started singing along. After the seventh song we gave up and just called the police.
We cannot get out of here soon enough.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Their only problem is running up the score. They often beat their little opponents by at least 10 points, but how can you tell little ones not to score? Emma helped out last week by kicking a ball into the opponents goal, and we thought that showed great sportsmanship on her part.
I was worried about the team last week. The coach for these 4 & 5 year olds came with bleachers for his team! Our poor kids sat on the grass while they sat in crazy luxury only Sports Authority can provide. I also realized that he had an accent and beautiful olive-toned skin.
"Good heavens," I thought. "I bet he's from Brazil and has been playing this game since he could walk and has been grooming this team since they could walk. We're in trouble."
But no, we smashed 'em. Go Team!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
After a few months in the gym and even talking to my thyroid doc, the extra weight has stayed on. So yesterday I started a process where I only ate fruit during the day, a regular meal and dessert at night, and only water all day.
My life stinks.
I woke up this morning with a huge, huge headache. I think that my body is in sugar shock! It wonders where all the good times went, and so do I.
So now is the time to decide on what is a healthy weight, a manageable weight, a "accept that I am not in my 20s anymore" weight. Since I've worked out and worked out and stayed here, maybe this is my new normal? Maybe I can go eat a brownie now?
Monday, April 26, 2010
We're had discussions about the towels, and actually he's gotten really good at it. I pointed out that there was not a "towel fairy" that was moving the towel from the closet door back to the bathroom everyday. It was me. And I already had three kids to look after, blah, blah, blah.
But, like I said, his towel habits are almost perfect now -- at least much better than mine. But his new weakness is shoes!! In our "luxury apartment" we do not have a coat closet. So there are two different slots I invented for shoes. And somehow his shoes never make it into those slots.
The other day I was grumbling about now being the "shoe fairy" but then I imagined all of the times I use my VISA during the week. And I realized that there was not a "VISA fairy" that magically came along and worked and paid the bill.
And I realized -- we're even.
Friday, April 23, 2010
In my search, I have been amused by comments made by realtors in the little paragraph describing the house. I know it's in bad shape if they praise the shed out back. And for some reason, RV parking is a BIG deal out here. If they have it, it's listed up front and center. One realtor wrote "Bring your imagination. . ." Wow, that's a bad sign.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
He was able to come home from work a little early and we dropped the kids off with my sister and headed to Salt Lake! Garry made reservations at Spencer's Chop House. It's a steak house that reminds me a lot of McCormick & Schmidt's in Washington, D.C. It was really nice, and for dessert I had the chocolate cake. It was a flour-less cake, which means it was like eating a chunk of fudge wuth ice cream and chocolate sauce. HEAVEN!
The girls were a little disappointed that we went to eat without them. Macey expected "Anniversary Cupcakes" whatever those are. Poor thing.
Happy Anniverary, Garry! I love you!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
But then Garry pointed out some flaws, and I realized that the house was beautiful because of her furnishings. What would it look like with my stuff? Not as spectacular, that was for sure.
But I still wanted Garry to consider it, but he still preferred the Esperanza house. To exercise the ghost of Esperanza, we went back and saw it on Sunday. We have not seen it for over three months; we probably romanticized it. It was probably NOT that fabulous.
Nope, still fabulous. Check out the kitchen.
In my townhouse I had two dawers. In this apartment I have had a wonderful five. I looked at all of the drawers in Esperanza -- I lost count. She has a million, especially in the island.
See, isn't this house worth living in cramped quarters surrounded by questionable neighbors for months on end? Well, today it is. I make no promises about tomorrow.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Yesterday we were at the park in the apartment complex (our "luxury" accomodations) and two people were making out in their car in the parking lot right next to the slide. It looked uncomfortable. She was in the backseat and he was in the front. And there was a kid in there with them, too. It was just wrong on so many levels.
And then today we came home from church to THIS a few feet away from where we park our van. Well, I guess people worship in different ways.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Feeling morally superior, I calmly waited for Emma, helped her wash her hands, helped her dry her hands. We held hands as we walked through the store and looked for the rest of the Cunningham Clan. Look at us, holding hands, being morally superior to all you crazy Moms.
While we were looking for soccer gear, Garry got sick. He had to run for the restroom and I was alone with my three girls. Emma wanted to look at bikes. Macey wanted to look at the 'Princess Stuff'. Molly wanted to be anywhere but there. It was hard to keep them under control as we waited and waited.
By the time Garry got back, I was the Screaming Mother! Get back in the cart! Get back here! Put that down! Molly, stay here! ARGH!
It's good to not judge. Because I think that we are all about 15 seconds away from being a wee bit crazy.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Molly got left behind. She got a little one-on-one quality time with her Dad. I think that she enjoyed the unfettered access to all of the toys and the attention. They went out to eat, to visit with family, to BYU Football's Spring Training to check out the new freshman. She was busy!
We came home on Sunday afternoon, and I was not sure what Molly would do when she saw me. Did she even notice that I was gone? Or would she cling to my leg and not even let me leave the room?
I guess she noticed that I was gone because she completely ignored me. She wouldn't look at me, kept her back to me, absolutely would not let me hold her. She just sat with her Dad and did not say a single peep to me.
It was a thorough punishment. . .just in case I thought about doing something like that ever again.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The Glaziers came conference weekend and we met up with them for breakfast at Beans & Brew. Looking back, we should have met at Kneaders. I think that they would have had more options. But, I digress.
Debbie & I lived in Virginia in a townhouse. We were roommates for 3 1/2 years. She is fabulous, and I'm happy to live down the street from her in-laws and across the valley from her parents!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Notice how puffed up Molly's cheeks are? That's because while the big girls were looking through their Easter baskets, she was grabbing candy fast and stuffing it in her mouth before she got caught. She must have had a dozen jelly beans before the girls even noticed what was happening.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
We were outbid (deep sigh). We offered $11,000 over asking price and were still outbid by someone else. I am okay with losing this house. The main floor was only 900 square feet and included the master bedroom and bathroom, the living room, family room, dining area, kitchen, guest bathroom and laundry room. In other words, it was tight. It had a great second floor, but not much else.
We still have our fingers crossed that we will hear something on the Esperanza house next week. But, we've been told that before. Five times before, to be exact.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Here's where we are now:
Garry: He misses his old job. I think he misses his old responsibilities, and he was really good at what he did. On the upside, I think that since his grandmother's health is failing he is relieved to be here and be able to help. And tonight is his debut of being a SOCCER COACH! He's coaching seven little kids.
Then there's me. Still a Republican! Still reading a lot. (Have you checked out my book blog? bloggingonbooks.wordpress.com It's fabulous!) Still dreaming of my Esperanza house. We're supposed to hear from the bank next week, so here's hoping!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The main floor is only 900 square feet, and that takes in the kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, and the master suite. In other words, it's tight! The saving grace of the whole house is the upstairs -- four bedrooms up. Which means each girl could have her own bedroom and we'd have one left over for a playroom.
So with all that is not great about this house, why did I put in an offer? The price. The asking price was $258,000. You can forgive a lot for $258,000.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
We pulled into the driveway, turned off the van and she woke up. Macey looked out her window and got so excited, "OH YEAH! THEY LOVE ME HERE!" she said.
They love you everywhere, Macey Grace.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I'll get really excited about a house and then find out that it was not very well thought out: there's no room for a dining room table, the garage is not accessible, the bathroom is part of the master bedroom -- no wall, no division, just hello toilet!
So we have gotten better at reading the property details before we go and look at a house or get too excited. Like this house. Isn't she pretty? I think it's a great house! But, we never looked at this house because we found out under the property details that it only had three bedrooms. . .but seven bathrooms.
Why would you put seven bathrooms in your home???
Saturday, April 3, 2010
We found a back-up though, this beautiful home in Riverton. The current owner is a general contractor, and he put in some beautiful finishes in this home. It's actually 1000 square feet smaller than Esperanza, but its layout makes sense and so you do not miss the space. It has four bedrooms and a laundry room upstairs, a nice great room, a den, and a finished basement. The deck needs some work, but the landscaping is 100 percent done! We're actually third in line for this house (it's another short sale) but it's taken a long time to process and so the other offers may have given up and moved on. At least that's what we hope!
We are grateful for the good news and pray more is coming! We cannot wait to move into a home!
Friday, April 2, 2010
But I was interested and so I asked her what she would wish for:
(1) First on her wish list was to go and see Grammy;
(2) Second, she would like to play. BY HERSELF. (There was a lot of tears this morning as Macey had to share toys with Emma).
(3) To have fun. (See #2 above).
Thursday, April 1, 2010
While I was cleaning the girls' room, Molly was playing with the stereo. She found a radio station for me: 107.9 MIX 107.9 Could it be??? Are they here???
I am happy.