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Thursday, August 14, 2014

We have moved.  Quite frankly, it is making my eyelids twitch a little bit, but I'm trying to be very chill and cool and not a basketcase about it.

Because here's the thing:  Montgomery, although in many respects, is the armpit of the United States, is also my favorite place we have ever lived.  And you guys, I miss it so much!  Our neighborhood was delightful:  full of young families and kids for my kids to play with.  I miss my friends. 

However, here we are.  We've moved to Atlanta, where the commute is making Rhett's eyelids twitch (a lot) and we are living (again) in the Residence Inn.  Remember how I complained when we moved to Montgomery about living in the Residence Inn with four kids?  Add another kid and a dog, and it just gets better.  Actually, I'm not pregnant and sick this time, so it actually is SO MUCH BETTER. 

I got Spe and Jakers in school (about 25 minutes away) in the neighborhood we will be moving to, I enrolled Logan in his Pre-K (that is in theory, free, because of the Georgia lottery, but in reality, costs me $150/month for lunch), and I am homeschooling Veevs through the junior high years.  Additionally, I'm studying for the GRE so that I can head back to school (again). 

Rhett and I have never bought an existing house before (we prefer the cold sterility and blank canvas of new construction), but this market is a little different, so we are buying a 20-year old house.  I have never had more stress in my life than from buying this home.  It's like SO complicated, and you have to do everything ASAP.   Fortunately, Rhett does a lot of the paperwork, and I deal with people.  If you know Rhett and I, that makes perfect sense.

(One time, I invited a group of family friends over for a dessert extravaganza.  It was super fun, and everyone was visiting and eating and you know, socializing, in the way that people do when they are together.  I looked around for Rhett and couldn't find him anywhere.  Eventually, I found him, huddled in front of the TV watching sports highlights.  When I scolded him for abandoning "our" guests, he looked rather pitiful and said, "It's just so much chaos and so many people!"  I'm not saying I didn't make him go downstairs to socialize, because I did, but I did feel a little sorry for him.  For like a half-second.)

Anyway, our new house is going to need a little bit of updating.  I like it, oh, I like it!  It's going to have plenty of room for our family and it's in a nice neighborhood with great schools.  But, there are some parts of it that are just, really really really dated.  Rhett and I both have a number of projects lined up.  Because I'm kind of lazy, mine are mostly things like:  Call someone to install a new countertop, Find someone to remove the koi pond; while Rhett's are more along the lines of "Repaint the entire house, Dig a perimeter around the entire yard to install an invisible dog fence."  It's pretty much an equality-fest over here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

You guys!

So, it's been awhile.  That's okay.  I actually think it's been like a year. 

It would be nice if I could say that in that year I've cured cancer, written a book, or you know, become a better person.  I think it's safe to say that nope, I'm still over here, doing my thing (or reading a book when "doing my thing" gets too exhausting). 

Anyway, things are good here.  Alabama has been experiencing some severe weather lately, which I slept through in its entirety.  I felt a little guilty when I woke up the next morning and everyone had Facebook posts about spending the night in their closet, wearing bicycle helmets, and convulsively watching the news.  But in the end, who's the real winner?  Me, because I got like three more hours of sleep than everyone else, and I'm still here.

We were supposed to have a second round of horrible storms, and they sent my kids home early from school so that we could, in theory, all die together.  But that storm system never really happened, so it was like a surprise half day that reminded mothers everywhere (in Alabama) that summer is to be feared.  By 6:30, I seriously was like, "Isn't it bedtime?  Didn't I feed you like four hours ago?"  It was a long day, is what I'm saying. We were together, but we didn't die.  I guess that's another win!

We are spending a lot of time at the soccer fields, at the baseball diamond, at the gymnastics center.  This is because, in an attempt to simplify, I told all my kids that they had to pick ONE sport or activity only.  You guys, I don't know why I even bother with this simplify philosophy, because anyone with five kids knows exactly what happened.  They all picked different sports.  Basically my schedule is exactly the same, but instead of dropping off three or four kids at each venue, I drop off one and wait with four in the car or on the sideline.  It's not quite what I intended.

Some of the things I did intend (and am super proud of):  Veevs came home from school upset as could be because kids in her school were making fun of gay people.  She was honestly horrified that people could be that mean.  Although she is very shy (clearly, not from me), she stood up and told them that she thought everyone deserved to be treated nicely. 

Spe got called for interference at one of his baseball games because he was trying to pat the arm of everyone who rounded first base and tell them good hit!  nice job!  He has been doing this all year long, but we had to explain it's fine to do that when people STOP on the base, but if they are running to second, it's not nice it's interference. 

Jakers has discovered the joy of The Boxcar Children series, which brings me so much joy I could just cry.  We talk ad nauseum about Benny's hijinks, Violet's gentle ways, Henry's work ethic, and Jessie's resourcefulness.  I wouldn't be me if we also didn't talk about the gender role issues in those books, so we do that too.  I swear, there's nothing nicer for me than to stumble across my kids reading. 

Logan and Cubby are generally delightful in the way that four- and two-year olds are delightful.  And what I mean is, I play a lot of Sleeping Queens with Logan, and I clean up a lot after Cubby.

You guys, how can a whole year have passed?