You know how when you go without something you appreciate it that much more when you get it back? Going without sleep for so long when the boys were babies makes me appreciate it so much more now. I appreciate my husband being home at night because he worked nights for so long. I appreciate the abundance of healthy food that I have because I ate so poorly for so long. I appreciate the health of my children after they have been ill. I appreciate a shower that stays warm all the way til the end when the weather warms back up. And now, I appreciate the complete peace and serenity I feel now that the hard part of selling/buying a house is behind us. Actually packing and moving is going to be a cake walk, relatively speaking. I am looking forward to having a “normal” life again. No interruptions. No making sure the house is spotless before I get on with the rest of my day. No more having to be out of the house for hours at a time when all I want to do is sleep and watch T.V. No more wondering if today’s appointment will be THE ONE. Having to read on a daily basis why someone doesn’t like your home. No more circling the neighborhood when an appointment is going over their time, having to pee so bad you are willing to pull over and squat. Did I just say that? Yes I did. I never ever ever could have imagined how difficult and stressful this process would be. You know when you go to visit a new doctor and they have you fill out that form asking if you have experienced any of the following in the last year?
- Death in the family
- Loss of Job
- Serious Illness
- a MOVE
Yeah, I get that now.
It’s a miracle and by the grace of GOD that Jeremy and I are still married. No I am kidding, but seriously…..it IS by grace that Jeremy didn’t leave me! On the contrary, we are closer than ever so I wouldn’t trade the last 4 months for anything in the world.
Good news first…..we got the house we wanted. Praise God. But not without a fight.
The house we wanted had been on the market for 280 days…..nothing wrong with it at all just priced a little high, market slow…..honestly, I believe it was saved for us. After seeing it again last week and loving it, I said “We need to put an offer on this place immediately, like this minute…” I knew it, I could feel it….someone else was going to offer soon…possibly even that moment. Mike reassured us that there was no other offer on it but I just knew….. Our offer was low but we weren’t asking for closing costs and accepting it in “as is” condition. There were a few minor things that need to be addressed, light bulbs out, nail pops exposed etc.. …..nothing we haven’t fixed on our current home. I felt comfortable with our offer. We had some issues getting our paper work emailed back to Mike so he was going to come by our house late that evening after work to pick it up. It was 7:30 pm, I was feeling down right anxious because I knew we needed to get that offer in ASAP. Sure enough, sometimes I swear I am psychic, Mike calls. “There is another offer.” My heart sank and my stomach churned. I may have teared up a little. There goes the sweet slumber I was hoping for. Thankfully because we knew about the other offer and hadn’t turned ours in yet…..we had the upper hand in the matter and were able to change our offer last minute to a more competitive one. Ultimately, we won the house! HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND! We are set to close March 11 and will be moving out the next few days after that! What a great way to spend Spring Break!
The very last stress inducing event was our buyer’s inspection on Friday morning. I started out the morning with a clogged potty. Then the milk for my oats boiled over and burned in the stove. We opened up the back door to let the smoke air out and Rya the cat escaped. On her little adventure outside she ate some grass which induced vomiting…..of course not on the tile but the carpet. I said out loud with a smile and in a very friendly manner to who or whatever was causing the issues.….”Nothing can shut what the Father has oooooopeeeened! Just so ya know!” That fixed that. I felt good leaving the house that day. Confident that no issue would arise. We haven’t heard anything back about the inspection and Mike said when there is a problem, they address it immediately. No news is good news. We have the inspection on the new house Wednesday morning and I am confident that will go smoothly as well.
Aidan turned 6 on Saturday.
We had a very low key event. There is no denying that he is my child. I asked him a month ago if he wanted to have a “Pump It Up” party and invite all his classmates and friends. His response?
“Ooooooh noooooo way. It’s too loud in there and the kids get super duper crazy. I just want you and me and Daddy and Luke and Rya and Early and Trixie at our house where its peaceful and quiet.”
What? I didn’t think I could love this child anymore than I already did.
On Friday morning I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday. His response?
“I don’t want a cake, I don’t want a party, I just want white donuts.”
He does love him some chocolate chip cookies so I made him a giant one, and yes, I did pile a bunch of white donuts on the birthday platter and served it to him for breakfast.
I am so happy right now. I can’t even explain it. I am just over the moon. I feel so light and full of excitement. I can’t wait to start packing. I can’t wait to start making our new house our own. I am so happy to be thinking happy thoughts again instead of “Good God, when will this ever end? Are you even there? Have you forgotten us?” Or worse trying not to think at all.
This week I will be getting back to my P90X. I had to put it on hold while we dealt with life last week. Each day I set aside the time for it and it just never got done. I really tried to follow the diet at least but even threw that out the window this weekend. It was too much. But…..I am getting right back on that horse and galloping my way to being bikini ready!