Wednesday, June 29, 2011


OK--I said earlier this year I wasn't going to take the kids to the pool solo but Bethany is doing great at walking/standing and getting back up, Lydia is scared of going into the deep in the big pool and Elijah is a fish. We're having a blast at the pool. All three kids happily go under now, a big change from two weeks ago when Lydia refused to get her face wet!

We took the camera today to snap some cute shots.

Me and Bethany

How cute is she?
Ms. Underwater!!

Flying Rocket Jump

Happy after going under!

Thrilled to be at the pool

"I steps jump" From Bethany

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Our Crazy Life

God's been answering prayers left and right around here. After breifly mentioning the possibility of renting our home out so that we could be together every day again and move and not mess up Elijah's Kindergarten year God plopped a renter in our lap. Not only a renter, a rent to BUY er. We headed to Raleigh just two weekends ago and we found a home. We're very excited. After some back and forth our offer was accepted and we've got a closing date on July 8th. The movers are showing up on the 12th to move all the heavy stuff and we will be landlords as of the 15th.
The kids are excited and nervous. Elijah is either all for it or completely against it. No middle ground with him. Lydia is sold on it--her new room is going to be absolutely pink and she is absolutely thrilled! Bethany has no clue but she's having a blast "helping" me pack boxes by pulling the contents out and scattering them around.
We've sold almost all of our furniture. We're keeping the beds and the lazy-boy recliners but sold the couches, chairs, dining room table and more. Our new home has the wonderful feature of 4 bedrooms!!! The kid's won't have to share. The house is the same square footage as what we've got now but we're adding a bedroom, laundry room and a spacious bathroom so the living areas downstairs are much smaller. We bought the currents owners couch (hey it fits!) and a used dining room set off Craigslist. It is so exciting! I keep going through in my mind wondering what is going to fit where and how I might want to lay it out.
I am a bit apprehensive. I have never had my kids anywhere but here in this house. It will be new places to shop, finding the parks, finding moms and friends for them to play with. It is overwhelming. Thankfully I've already found a new doctor and a dentist for them. I've got the information on schools (I am NOT liking the year round thing with Wake Schools!) and done as much as I can from this end. I am really looking forward to our new adventure.
Right now we're struggling to deal with the emotions. The kids both had a rough day today at their camps. I had to go and get Lydia after 45 minutes at her camp. She is getting up earlier and earlier--this morning it was about 4am. I have no ideas on how to get her to sleep later. She is getting exhausted and clumsy. I am pretty sure it has to do with stress. Elijah is sleeping OK but he is very emotional. He doesn't deal well with change and this is a BIG one! Its tough to deal with on a daily basis but I know its going to be a great move for us and good for him.
So that's why no posts for a while. Busy Busy with life and kids. Packing, preparing and praying! Can't wait to see what is in store for us.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Elijah and Lydia are playing store and Lydia wanted some cookies . . . Elijah told her "Those aren't on the list and not in the budget for this week. Let's see if we can find a coupon and put it on the list for next week." Where have I heard that before??

Friday, June 10, 2011

Piney Legs and a Proctologist

The kids are cracking us up these days with all they are saying.

Bethany walked in with a plastic pack of tomatoes and said:"Help! a-meet-os 'tuck!" She couldn't get the container open. Boy oh boy does that girl love her some "a-meet-os"

She also told me yesterday that my legs were "'piney" (spiny) thanks to the dinosaur Sandra Boynton book that does opposites of smooth and spiny.

Today, Elijah was having a big problem with potty talk. I had put him on about three time outs and was at the point where I was going to clean his mouth with vinegar to get him to stop. He looked right at me and said: "When I grow up I'm gonna be a proctologist so I can talk potty talk all day and get paid to do it!" Many thanks to grampy for teaching him that there is such a thing as a "butt-doctor."

Catching up . . .

Things have been so crazy. The house being on the market takes a lot of time. Cleaning, cleaning, straightening, cleaning . . . Its hard with my little messmakers helping day in and day out.

We have been so blessed to start worshiping at what will be our new church in Raleigh. Elijah and Lydia love it. Bethany is happy anywhere. I love the worship and what the preaching has done in our marriage. It is something to back to our "roots" hearing JD preach again and in a style that we respond very well to. He is starting a new sermon series called "Homewreckers" and I can't wait to hear it!!

A Lot of new developments have been happening. We decided to join the Summit in July when they will have a new members class. That is very exciting to us. The day after we made this decision we had a friend contact us about renting out the house. I was very apprehensive about becoming a landlord--what about repairs, how to do a lease etc. After prayers and many long discussions, we have also decided to rent out our home to a dear friend from church who is going through trials of her own. Right now we are still ironing out the details of taking the house off the market. It has been a hectic week of phone calls, bank visits (for preapproval), determining if we can even buy a house with no down payment from this house and more. I am very excited that Justin will no longer be commuting 2+hours a day. The kids miss their daddy and it is very hard on all of us with the added strain of keeping the house clean and having so many of our things packed away.

Tomorrow we will head to Raleigh to look at homes in our new price range. Without a down payment to put on a house we have realistically set our eyes on a much smaller prize. Well worth it though in the long run we feel. There is no telling when the market will pick up here in Wilson and right now Justin is just missing out on so much of the day to day life of the children that we are willing to sacrifice just about anything to be back together. We are so excited and pray that we'll find "it" tomorrow with our realtor. She is really awesome and I think we are going to find a wonderful home that suits our needs (mainly 4 bedrooms so I can sleep again).

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


Elijah begged to read this past January so we started officially doing "homeschool" with him and Lydia. They like it most days though now he is overwhelmed by the length of the stories and the challenge of reading without the little hints on the words. That said, he does it and is so proud when he finishes it that it is worth the battle. We're also working with Elijah on his handwriting. He's only 4 so he is still struggling a lot with the fine motor control. We do a lot of manipulatives like pipecleaners, lacing boards, playdough and we started "Handwriting without tears". Loving that so far. He is getting so much better! I know he is going to be one of the youngest in his class so I feel like any boost I can give him is worth it. He also really enjoys doing it. He made this animal book today after reading to practice his writing. I think we'll do another one with something else--maybe circus animals or jungle stuff or something. He didn't fuss at all about it and was so proud of his finished product. Granny is going to get it for her office I think. He also drew great-grandmama a rainbow for her fridge and wrote her name on it. We're loving the homeschool even if it is a huge challenge with the girls around.

Lydia is doing well too. She knows long e, a, m, s as her sounds and can do two letter blends with those. she also knows all her shapes, colors, textures (rough, smooth etc) and animals. She is doing really well too. She can follow directions like make a circle around . . . . and match the pairs. She is really great at school even though she is put on the "back burner" during school time. The girl absolutely rocks with the wooden pieces for the Handwriting kit. She can make any letter with those blocks in no time at all. Spacially she is very savvy.