Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ugh.

I really need to get a new camera.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Nite-Nite Fairy

In our house they are called "nite-nites". The crocheted blankets that were given to the kids as babies, hand made by Eric's Aunt Tommie. They have loved those things and sucked their thumbs with those...yes...all three kids...until they are literally falling apart.

The thought of taking them away was heartbreaking at times...as if I'd be taking away their best friend.

Until someone told me about the fairy who could come one night...similar to the tooth fairy...and exchange nite-nite for a gift. And that's what we did.

We have talked about it all summer. Everytime we are in a store the item they want changes. I devised a plan that my Aunt Pat would play the voice of the fairy and so one night a couple of weeks ago we called her.

She knew which child had which color and talked about how brave they are to give it up and asked what they wanted in return. My favorite part was when Tyler asked how big she was...we pretend she's little because she can't carry big-ticket items...like the motorized cars at Toys R Us.

Finally the night before last...on Saturday night...she visited. She sprinkled glitter confetti all over the floor, laid the gifts out to be found. And let me tell you....trying to sneak a nite-nite out of a sleeping kiddos hands is not as easy as sneaking a tooth out from under the pillow!

Amber was the first to come wake me up in the middle of the night because she couldn't find her nite-nite. So when I walked her back into her room she saw what the fairy had left! Her eyes were wide...as wide as they could be at 2:30 in the morning. But I told her she had to wait until morning to open them. She was fine with that.

A short time later, Tyler brought me his B.u.z.z. L.i.g.h.t.y.e.a.r giftbag that she had left for him. This was the beginning of the next hour. It was like Christmas at 3:00 in the morning. At one point...as much as I tried to keep them quietly in bed until the morning...they were all up at one point, ooing and aahhing. All the lights were on, they were in each others rooms. They were asking about the sparkles and where they came from. The girls took their unicorn stick horses to bed and I finally gave in and let Tyler get his toy out so he could go back to sleep.

Tyler was the most excited. He would randomly throw his arms around my neck and squeeze tight...then gaze at his toy like he was in love. It was really funny.

And as I type this....recounting the night's festivities...I realize...I should have just woke up early that morning and did it before they woke up...instead of before I went to bed. Oh well...it's done!

And the first night without the nite-nites actually pretty simple. A little sadness from Amber, but they all went to sleep quickly and slept all night.

The Nite-Nite chapter of life has closed.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

It's official!!

We are under contract!! woohoo!! It was such a smooth process, we feel blessed. We... more or less...got everything we asked for...plus their riding lawn mower!! We have the inspection on Tuesday and we close on Nov 11th. That will give us 3 weeks in both places in order to move and get cleaned up!

Here is a link if you'd like to see it!

http://executiverealty.northcarolina.remaxbeta.com/PropertySearch/ListingDetail.aspx?lid=74520064

Thursday, September 17, 2009

An offer!!

I was beginning to wonder if what we wanted really existed.

But I know this to be true...He has ALWAYS provided housing for me in His time....which is perfect...every time!

So when I walked into this house yesterday and had "that" feeling of "THIS IS IT!" I was confident!! And even if it doesn't work out...I'm still confident.

We were literally on the phone with the other realtor while still in the house sitting on the couch. It just felt right.

It had everything that we have been looking for! Minus Eric's wrap-around porch. But all the "must-haves" were there.

Our offer is in and they have until tomorrow at noon to let us know. I'm at peace, but I'm excited!! I love this feeling!

If it ends up to be ours, I'll post a link so you can see it...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tyler time

So I was getting ready to be productive when I heard an unfamiliar scream from Tyler....I knew it was serious. At first I thought he'd just stubbed his toe until I saw the 2" long gash on the top of his foot. Nice clean slice from the metal bed frame. Probably about 1/8" deep...not horrible, but decent. Definitely one of our more serious wounds.

I just put him on his floor while I go get bandaids and wet cloth. I decided I really needed to use the liquid bandaid to seal it up since it was gaping a bit. I did what I thought was right, and I warned him it would probably sting. Here's a breakdown of the conversation...put into perspective that he was hysterical and i was laying on top of him...practically. (lesson learned...don't warn about more pain coming)

Tyler: "I don't want it to sting mommy!"

Mom: "I know, maybe it won't, I'll blow on it, we'll do it fast."

Tyler: "I don't want it to sting mommy!"

Mom: "Can you practice being brave for me?"

Tyler: "No, I just want someone here with me!!"

Mom: (I hug him tight...) "I'm right here Tyler" (knowing full well he was not talking about me since I was only getting ready to inflict more pain!)

Mom: "Let's pray ok, because Jesus is here too and He'll help you. Dear Jesus, help Tyler's foot be better, help him to brave and the owie to stop hurting. Amen"

Tyler: "No mommy, don't make it sting!"

(we wrestle back and forth with this for a couple of minutes until I have him pinned. Then I administer the first layer of liquid bandaid)

Tyler: *breath* "It's not hurting...IT'S STINGING, IT'S STINGING, I DON'T WANT IT TO STING. I wish God was really here!"

Mom: "He is Tyler, He is...it'll stop...just wait!"

Mom: getting light-headed from blowing!! Then I administer more, and that helps because it doesn't sting the 2nd time. We hold it closed and keep blowing - one more layer. Then we get the butterfly bandaids and the cool big pirate flag bandaid out and he gets to help put those on.

Then we are sitting there, I'm picking up all the meds and bandaid trash and he literally throws his arms around my neck and hugs me so tight. Then he laid in my lap, looked up at me and said, "Thanks for making it all better mom."

Talk about melting a mom's heart!

mom: "You're welcome - God will take care of it from here and make it all better, ok?"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It has started

....school for Tyler....

What else can be said? My little boy has started school. Granted, it's only 4 hours a day, 2 days a week...but that lonely car ride home is the saddest thing! It's different than having an empty car after leaving them with Mimi & Grandad or leaving them at Lisa's or leaving them at home and going shopping alone.

This time was weird and lonely and weird. I'm sure I'll settle into a routine and get lots done - but probably not this week...and that's ok.

I miss my friend, Kristie too because her little girl would have been going to the same preschool as Tyler and I would have gotten to see her there....and now she's gone in cold dreary dumb Boston. :O(

Plus it's dreary and rainy here today and that doesn't help...ugh. I need to go to yoga.