Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Life - Take It One Day At A Time...

Life - ahhhh, gotta take it one day at a time. I know a lot of people can blog through the rough times - unfortunately, I'm not one of them. I have to prioritize things, and blogging wasn't really a priority the last few weeks.

Reasons for my absence... well, I will try to keep it all short. At the end of February my husband found out that in one week he would be getting laid off from a job he devoted his life to. He was such a loyal employee, we seldom saw him during the week, and often not on the weekends either. But, such is the nature of Information Technology. Thank God! - literally - that we have a wonderful friend who gave us a heads up so we could prepare. And prepare we did! That was a very crazy week, but after wallowing for a "day" (we are fighters around here :-) we made phone calls, sent emails, worked on his resume, bought a new suit (something he hasn't had to wear in years - heck, no weddings or funerals to attend!) and we got the ball rolling. By the grace of God, he was technically only out of a job for three days; we were VERY lucky! My husband has a lot of contacts and he is very well respected for his work ethic and his expertise. It paid off this time!

But while all this was going on, we were actually supposed to be celebrating because we finally had the plans to our new "to be built" house and we were on our way to making a dream we have worked on for over two years come true. Well, we called our builder right away and told him what was going on, and he was great. Needless to say, all those plans have been put on hold, a bit of a permanent hold I think. Our dream house will have to wait a little longer. I was crushed by that, but I am extremely happy that we have a roof over our heads and can still afford to feed our kids.

After the storm passed, I took a trip to Maryland to visit my Aunt & Uncle and cousins. We played the Wii for the first time, and I boxed against my husband and won. He was even beat by my 11 year-old cousin, another girl. Boy did the former Marine catch some flack! :-)

Then we were off to Philadelphia to visit with family for 10 days, a much needed little vacation. It was great to be there and I miss my family there. I loved hanging out with my sister shopping and just talking in person. I went craft shopping with my mom at a Super Joanns, A.C. Moore (neither of which I have here), and she took my son to get a new Light Sabre (which made her the greatest "Mana" in the world!). I don't have anyone here to craft shop with, so that was absolutely AWESOME! We took the kids to a place called Giggleberry Fair and they had a blast.
Here are some pics of them...

...laughing it up. My sister and I had some serious fun too shooting at our kids with these soft balls from these giant guns! I hated to come back to Virginia, but alas we had to.

I have still been working on things around here, painting walls, hanging pics, getting things ready for our huge cul-de-sac yard sale on the 12th of April. I can not wait to clean out our garage! My husband won't even go in there it's that bad.

Most of last week was spent at the mechanic, trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with my car. After $800 of parts and labor that likely didn't need to be replaced or done, they finally figured out that it just needed to be drained and filled with some new fluid and no more crunching. We are chalking it up to a learning experience, and will not be taking our cars back there again.

I haven't had much in the way of creative juices flowing through my veins. Too many other things have been cluttering my mind. But I am reaching a level of peace that I didn't think possible a few weeks ago. Plus my craft area has been quite a mess with all the new stuff having no where to call home :-). We are getting some new cabinets to take care of that this week. I do have some things to share though and will do that tomorrow. This week I am starting to feel like my old self again, not sure if that it good or bad??? :-)

Thanks for hanging in there. I promise I won't have too many emotional posts, we try to stay positive around here! Hope you enjoyed the pics of the kids!

Have a safe and fabulous day!

1 comment:

Shannan Teubner said...

I've been missin ya...and will send thoughts and prayers your way that things will get back to "normal" (is that possible?). Hugs, girl!