Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Moving on...

So this is it. We're selling the house, starting tomorrow! I can't even tell you how stressed and exhausted I am. Today was scrub the oven and shower day (among other things). My hands are raw. I have been cleaning and sorting and trying to hide things away. The house photos are being taken tomorrow afternoon, and of course I'm at work all morning! It will be a mad dash to tidy the beds and counters when I get home and before she comes! We did get our offer accepted on a gorgeous home. I'd love to tell you all about it, but our offer is all hinging on our house selling, so we need to get that done first. Please pray and wish us luck in that regard. I'd love to have this all done before the kids are out for Christmas break. Last time our house sold on the first day it was shown, so we are not used to it being a long process. We are hoping it isn't this time either! https://youtu.be/xA7khY76Zn0

Monday, November 02, 2015

House hunt

We looked through three more houses this past week. We feel like we are bursting at the seams in this house and it is time to move on! Our definite must-haves are: garage, 4 bedrooms, office, and family room. Our wants are: good location for at least one of the three schools, 2.5-3 bathrooms, parking for our trailer and vehicles, great natural lighting. We looked at one this week that would totally work...it has 4 bedrooms and an office, it is in a great location (you can see the middle school), it has 3 bathrooms, a large family room, a private low-maintenance backyard with a garden space and a double garage. It is needing new flooring, paint and a kitchen, which is all do-able. My worry is that it's only 2100 sq. ft which is exactly what we have now. It isn't large and every square foot would be used. I don't mind not having extra space but I also don't want to feel like we're crammed in there. Moving is such a chore that I don't want to move again any time soon and want to be in this place til our kids leave home. We may need to go back for a second viewing of that one with another set of eyes to give us their opinion. Then we went to see another house that I absolutely LOVED. It was already redone with new carpet, vinyl plank, paint, white kitchen, tiles, skylights etc. I walked in and was ready to move in. It was set up really strange though, with no office, and no wiggle room to fit one in. It had lots of space in the basement bathroom and laundry room but not a large family room. It had a bedroom right off the kitchen which would be difficult for the noise factor. It had a tiny undeveloped yard with little privacy. No matter how hard I tried, we couldn't figure out how to make the layout work without adding a large/expensive reno. So sad. I loved it. We were looking at it on a grey rainy day, and in the huge vaulted living room with skylights, there was no need for lights. It was so bright. It did make me think that I could finish that other house to look like the one I love, but it doesn't have the same vaulted ceiling and is a little smaller. Our realtor says we should love it. But part of me thinks, it's a practical choice and with new paint/flooring/kitchen...it would be so much more attractive. So I'm laying awake thinking of what to do. I am reluctant to spend $100,000 more to build a house exactly the way we want it. I can't really justify that kind of spending just to get the perfect house. I think I'd rather put the money into travel and fun, and not worry about the kids ruining my perfect house, and enjoy making an older house look better than it was. It was so rewarding in our current house to update the old kitchen, to put in a beautiful door, fan and light fixture and appliances, to remove wallpaper and fix up my bedroom, to replace the closet doors, to add a suntunnel in the dark bathroom, to replace our living room windows, new gutters, to replace the rotten deck and do many yard updates. The sad part of our house is that it has such a long list of things that still need doing and we aren't talented enough to do entire bathroom renos etc. It can be a joy for another family to finish! Anyway...hoping we find one soon, or can decide on whether we should make that one work. I like the idea of having only enough house for what we need, without having to spend hours cleaning/fixing a large one. We'll keep you posted, and any feedback is welcome!!

Monday, October 05, 2015

My three dates

This week Greg has been away. It went so quick because we are SO busy! We had stuff going on daily, and I even took two shifts of work as someone there was sick. We actually did quite well and only had minimal break downs and not til tonight did we have a rough bedtime. But all in all, we did it. So dad is home late tomorrow and we will be glad to have him back. Here are my three side kicks... I told Greg that it is like having three dates that never go home! They are quite loving, demanding of my time and attention, taking turns trying to please me or drive me insane! So ya...triple date and I need some space! but I love them! We've had a lot of fun.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

September startup

We started September with a bang! The boys all returned to their schools.
The older two are now in high school and middle school. So far so good, and it has been a good change. Riley (grade 9) is especially loving the freedom to leave the school grounds over lunch hour and skateboard around town! He loves his new electives of computer programming and digital photography. He started jazz band with G's old band teacher, who we love! We enrolled him in guitar again and he continues to play bass in church. Liam started drums again, and for the first time, BOXING! He is loving it! We think it's a great way for him to get out his anger on something other than his brothers! Shea watched him one day, and wanted to join too, but I didn't want the two together. So Shea has started Judo! It is so funny to watch the kids throwing eachother to the ground and just giggling away! I am a bit nervous for him, as he's the youngest and the only newbie, but he has a great teenage girl mentoring him alongside the rest of the pack. He loved his first day and gets to go 2x a week. He is back in piano again and not loving the practicing part, but I'm hoping it'll get easier. On the boys first day of school, I went back to work full time to cover at the hospital for a lady on holidays. I love working at the hospital, and the physios I work with, so it was a great week and a half. Juggling the rest of life was a bit of a challenge though! I couldn't work full time without a housekeeper and a driver to take kids here and there! So I'm staying on casually, but already have a few shifts booked in the next while, so it's working out great. I love being able to say that I can't work in the summer, or in the next week when Greg goes away for work (in NEW YORK!). Today we're picking up a truck in Vernon! It's our first truck (a Toyota Tundra) and our first time having two vehicles! We will drive our van until it finally croaks and then will probably just get a little beater car. So September is going fast and it's going to be a busy year!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How can we be at the end of August already? We're already at that time of buying school supplies, finding the evenings chilly and finishing up our canning. It went so fast. I posted a million pics on Facebook of our amazing trip down the Oregon Coast, going from Long Beach down to Florence. It was our longest family holiday yet, sleeping 18 nights straight in our tent trailer! We also did two other short campouts in the Shuswap and the weather was perfect. Nothing has progressed on the selling and buying a new house thing. We haven't seen one that we like yet, and don't want to sell ours unless we have something else in the works. Next I'll be posting pics of my back-to-school boys!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

My grade 5 grad! I got to do the head shots for the grade 5 slideshow again...here they are... Liam had the best finish to his elementary year of school. Well technically they have 3 1/2 more days, but it's all party party! And here's Shea...done grade 2! and Riley...finished grade 8 and moving on to high school! I finished up my last day of work yesterday for the summer. I'm bracing myself for being home all day with the three crazies, but have already booked 2 campsites in the first two weeks!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Celebrations

Well we survived all the many March birthdays (Liam is 11)...and the two weeks of Spring Break. We took a few days to go to the coast and visited family and went to the aquarium. We went with my brother and his family to the Chris Tomlin concert in April. We celebrated Hugo's 4th birthday at our place, followed by a cousins wedding in Kelowna. We had Shea's 8th Minecraft birthday party here this past weekend with a few friends and then my family. We have been there and done that. We have been battling on/off flu with the kids since April. Every Monday in May, I had one of the kids home sick. Today, though it's June, that trend hasn't ended and Riley has his barf bucket at his side. :( I started running faithfully again and am up to 15k a week. It feels good and I've been noticing my clothes are fitting better again. We came close to selling our house and buying a modern one in Raven...but it didn't work out, so we're not sure what we'll do next. Maybe we'll need to find a spec house in the area as we are feeling crowded in this house. The yard however is wonderful right now, and I have many flowers, beans, tomatoes, raspberries etc. going crazy outside due to our unusually high summer temperatures. Though we were getting the house ready to sell, we are enjoying our new living room windows, a new ceiling fan, new foyer light, microwave, ensuite sink, cabinet knobs, white light switches and I have new white closet doors which I just learned to install as well! I have done lots of painting and replacing rotten fence boards. I can't believe that school is coming to a close already. Liam is finishing up his elementary years. I may just be the mother at the back of the gym crying during the grade 5 graduation slideshow. He has attended this school with most of his classmates since kindergarten. There is a french track at the middle school and I know many of his friends will be going that route (not us). And the rest of them are divided among 612 students! So things will definitely change for him next year! I got to go on his gr. 5 trip to a local camp. We got to go kayaking, horseback riding, do archery, and riflery. It was so fun. Riley is finishing up with middle school. He has not had the best time there and daily it's a struggle to get him to go. We are hoping something changes soon and that next year goes better in a new school. I'm working 2 days a week or sometimes less. It has been nice to keep in the loop and one day I hope I'll be ready to take a position, but with the way our mornings/sick kids have been going, it's nice not to be committed. Greg and I were talking about it being June already and realizing that we need to plan our summer holidays! Hard to believe we're thinking about that again.