Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Care or Don't Care

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Things I care about:
  • our family's morals and values
  • if you brushed your hair and teeth
  • being organized 
  • saying please and thank you
  • trying everything on your plate at meals
  • that you try your best
  • putting forth your best effort in school

Things I don't care about:
  • what everyone else is doing
  • if your clothes match
  • how you want to arrange your own bedroom
  • burping out loud among family
  • eating/ finishing everything on your plate at meals
  • being first, the best, or the most
  • As on report cards

Monday, July 11, 2016

It's Just Candy

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Blue (rubbing head): "Mama, I feel something. It's right here."
Me (pulling that something out of his hair): "It appears to be a piece of a lollipop"
Blue (walking away): "I think there's more."
Bean (talking to Blue): "That's fine. Leave it. It's just candy." 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Country

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My new reality with the country is this: This experience is highly personal. 
I do realize this isn't some amazing revelation but I think it's important to note that despite the fact that so many people love country living, I just can't get into the spirit of this lifestyle.
In the end, I think there are tons of factors that impact whether you love the country lifestyle: How much do you value privacy? What are your hobbies? Hunting? Gardening? ATVs? Do you love the outdoors? Do you need frequent face to face interaction with neighbors? Do you want it? What do you think about septic? Well water? Lack of city amenities (trash service, snowplows, etc.)?

I've pretty much decided that I don't love this country life business. I'm not even sure I would even go so far as to say I like it. Honestly, it just doesn't do much for me. Here's my breakdown: 
  • I like the privacy, but I feel like you can get privacy in the right neighborhood too. 
  • I like the views, but I can get views pretty easily in this town. 
  • I hate the animals. I hate the bugs, snakes, bees, racoons, opossums, ticks, and even the deer (to an extent... ticks and gardening issues). I hate that my kids have to be cautious when they are playing because of these animals, especially the snakes. 
  • I like the chickens well enough but I can assure you, my life would be plenty complete without them too. 
  • I don't like the lack of a paved road or sidewalks. I miss walking regularly and I miss that the kids can't ride their bikes. It kills me to know we have to drive somewhere to do these things.
  • I could care less about all the ATVs and even though Tot loves them, it wouldn't bother me one bit if she never got on one again for safety reasons.
  • There aren't benefits to me for being on all this property. I can't have a garden without building some structure to keep the animals out. We don't have horses or farm animals. Our kids don't do much more outside here than they did before in the neighborhood. What they do is different (rope swing and trampoline vs. playset and riding bikes) but I don't think it's necessarily more. 
  • I miss our amenities. I miss town water that doesn't need a softener. I miss sewage and garbage disposals. I miss snowplows that my husband or neighbors don't have to run. I miss trash service that comes right to your house. I miss a mailbox that isn't a mile away. Most of all? I miss internet. Real internet. Internet that lets you stream. Netflix, oh Netflix, how I miss you!
With all that being said, I don't have regrets. I think this is an amazing experience for all of us. We are all learning so much and we've gotten a great deal out of this move and change in our lives. However, it's not a place I want to be long term. Really, it's not even a short term goal. If Bee said, "let's move" I'd say "let's go." Don't get me wrong, I'm in no rush at the moment and I know that we need to just be still for a bit. I also realize there may be a different happy medium location for us, one that isn't quite in a neighborhood but also isn't quite this extreme version of country living. While that might be a possibility, I'm open to figuring out what might be in our future.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Friday Night Leftovers: The Saturday Edition

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  • Tot had her yearly eye exam yesterday. It's an all day event but she gets a really comprehensive exam. We learned yesterday that Tot needs glasses. Considering both Bee and I got glasses around fifth grade, this is not surprising. Tot would like to act like she isn't excited about it, but don't be mistaken.
  • We have one last swim meet left next week. I'm really pleased with how well the girls have done this season. They have consistently improved their time each week.
  • After vacation last week, it's been nice to get Blue back into a bit of a routine with preschool. Too bad the school will be closed next week for Vacation Bible School.
  • This week Tot, Bean, and Blue all attended a tumbling class at the girls' dance studio. Blue rocked it! I was worried about whether he would participate, but he did a great job.
  • It rained here for the 4th. The only fireworks the kids saw this year were at the beach. I'm calling that "enough."

Friday, July 8, 2016

Measuring Sticks

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It's finally the end of the beach and vacation pictures and stories.
This year we hit a sweet spot with the kids. While we certainly aren't in the clear, we are getting closer to moving out of the baby years.
This was the year that Blue could ride more amusement rides and all the waterslides. Bean could ride all the amusement rides but not drive the go-karts by herself. Tot could do it all. Every bit of it.
It's fun to watch them move into each of these opportunities, even if it's as silly as riding rides, slides, and driving cars.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Kings

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Isn't it cute when your kids fall asleep together? 
Darling, right?
Not when they're dead center in the middle of a king size bed they're supposed to be sharing with me!
And will the beach pictures ever end? Maybe, maybe not. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Biker

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And I miss this.
Did I mention that I miss this for our kids?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Vacation Hangover

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I remember coming home from vacation last year and crying. Not because it was over, but because I realized how much I didn't want to be in our new house.
I think it's hard to come home from vacation, period. It's hard for me especially after I've been at the beach. I find the water and atmosphere so calming. I think it's even harder when you're coming from that place of zen (beach) and returning to your house in the mountains. The house that is nothing like the landscape of the beach. Nothing like the breezy ocean air. Nothing like the neighborhood where you spent your mornings and afternoons walking the dogs.
You see, at the beach we stay in a neighborhood. We walk the dogs. We can walk to restaurants. That's a gigantic departure from where we are now.
I miss neighborhoods. I miss walking in the evenings. I miss flat land.
At least I didn't cry this year.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Oh Snap!

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That time you discover sbapchat and all the cool apps at a rainy day at the beach.