Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crazy Cat Lady

I am not a cat person. I never have been and I don't anticipate that I ever will be. Cats are drawn to me though and I think they know that I have zero interest in them.
Bee is not a cat person. He is also allergic to them but even if he wasn't... cats are definitely not on his list of desirable pets.
The girls adore cats. They think they are the best animals God ever put on this earth.
The boy is undecided.

Since we have inherited not one, not two, but three cats at our new house, I'm trying to wrap my head around this cat business. I'm not sure what I think yet.

Apparently, my cat vibe is emitting a pretty strong signal though.

While at our "old" house this week, I took the boy for a walk. While we were walking, a cat found us and followed us around the block. Then it followed us home. Despite living in our neighborhood for eleven years, I've never seen this cat nor had any cat, in the history of life, follow me home. Not only did it follow us home, but it continued stalking us by looking in our window. Cats are weird.  Weird.

What is going on with the cats? I'm becoming the crazy cat lady.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Both girls learned to whistle right around kindergarten. We had to set very specific rules about when and where it was appropriate to whistle. The general rule has become that whistling is for outside.

Currently, I am both disturbed and amazed.

The boy has learned to whistle. And I can assure you, the two year old doesn't care about the rules of whistling. Let's be honest, he doesn't care about any rules.

There are both benefits and drawbacks to having older siblings. Mark one down in the drawback column for me and benefit column for him.

Monday, August 25, 2014

When I Grow Up

Bean: "When I grow up, can I be a teacher?"

Me:  "Absolutely! I would love that."

Bean:  "Actually... why can't I be a tooth fairy?"


Me: "Ummmm...."

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Lots of firsts while we explore our new house. We haven't moved in yet but we've spent quite a bit of time there. A few moments to share:

A deer visiting in the driveway
 The girls cannot get enough of our newly adopted outdoor cats.
 Clearly the cats are nothing but freeloaders though because we did find a copperhead outside our front door. He could have easily bitten me and I'm grateful he didn't. 
He is now deceased... and I'm searching for remedies to this snake issue.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


I've mentioned several times that the previous owners of the house we bought were nothing but kind and generous during our home purchase. They wanted us to have this house and they worked hard to make sure we got it. Time after time they generously met us in the middle, if not gave us more.
Last night we went to our new house and upon entering the kitchen saw two bottles of wine and a card. Instantly, I was overcome with emotions and started crying. The card was addressed to Bee and I. The outside said, "A new place- a new world where all your dreams can grow" and on the inside they wrote a lovely note signed with love. But that's not all. In the refrigerator, they left bottles of water and sprites. In the cabinet, they left four glasses in case we needed them. All the bathrooms were left not only stocked with toilet paper and soap, but there was also a complete fresh set of towels in each one.
I feel like we just bought a home filled with love, blessings, and warmth and we haven't even moved in yet.
Just amazingly wonderful.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Night Leftovers: So Much Edition

What a week! Let's recap:

  • Bean started kindergarten. All week she reported nothing but great things. She happily let us know she also stayed on green all week for her behavior (whew!).
  • Tot started third grade. Although Tot doesn't share much, she did say she liked library this week and so far, she has said nothing but positive things.
  • I started work. I was warmly welcomed everywhere but I haven't been to so many meetings in all the past years combined. There was a ton of new information to learn. I don't know when I'll find my groove, but I'm excited!
  • We did our final walkthrough of our new house. It was awesome.
  • As a result of the aforementioned final walk through we discovered this week that Tot is allergic to poison ivy. I am not allergic but Bee is crazy allergic. None of the kids have ever shown any signs either way. I guess while we were walking the property during the walk through Tot found some poison ivy. So far it is very manageable and she hasn't really complained too much.
  • The appraisal of our house happened this week. The buyers should get the report early next week.
  • The buyers of our house also had their home inspection here today. We hopeful there is nothing weird that will show up and no ridiculous requests will be made. You just never know.
  • Today we closed on our new house. We are the proud new owners of eleven acres and a lovely home! We will be moving a few small things in this weekend but we won't be moving the bulk until next weekend. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


"God made fireflies to make things fun. They're like little stars that are close and you can catch them." ---Bean