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Friday, June 27, 2008

Trying to Catch Up!

I have been utterly sick since last Saturday and really haven't been functioning most of the week. Finally this past Tuesday I went to the dr and found out I had an upper respiratory infection, sinus infection and strep throat! Umm can someone tell me where the hell all that came from? I haven't ever been that sick with that many things at once, luckily only 1 antibiotic was needed.

I finally felt well enough today to sit upright more than 3o mins at a time, so I have been trying to catch up on emails and message boards. Though I don't think I am doing a good job lol. So then I had to go read on some friends blogs and found this neat widget you add to your blog that tells you where people are from that visit your blog. Sooo of course I had to add it so I could see where my wonderful readers are from.

Just wanted to post a quick update hope to post again tomorrow! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Guess What?

Its 2 am and I am wide awake! Great eh? um not so great really especially when I need to be up at 7:30 am to get myself and the girls ready to be somewhere by 10. Sigh, its a never ending battle with my insomnia. I had been doing so well before we went on vacation and while on vacation but its been crappy since. It'll eventually stop right? Please tell me I'll be able to sleep again for more than a few hours.

So basically I am awake tonight due to stress with the house, no surprise there though. So here's the deal, we had a contract on a house I really really loved. It was about 1630 sq ft on half an acre, nice upgrades included and decent price. Unfortunately it was about 30 to 45 mins from hubby's work and with gas prices AND food cost going up there was just no way. I would have had to go back to work in order to make it work. Thankfully we were able to get out of the contract and get our earnest money back. Whew!

So we decided to just work on the house a bit and go from there and see if anything else popped up etc. I drove around one Sun and saw a new subdivision going up and they were having a grand opening event. So I went and checked out their 1641 sq ft house and it was nice and priced great. Just about 5 mins down the road only big downfall was a different school district. Jess is really sad at the thought of leaving her friends but what can I do. The houses in her district are either what we have now or really REALLY expensive houses.

So I like the house and they had a special where you get an extra $2000K to use toward the purchase. We had to sign that weekend though, so I drag hubby up there to check out the house and he liked it and so we called our realtor and she came up and we did the contract etc. Great, picked out all the things for the house, upgrades etc and was happy with the price.

Fast forward we had 30 days to get our house on the market or they would let the contract go or we could try to extend. Our house was supposed to be ready before we went on vacation May 21 but it didn't happen. So during the 2 weeks we were gone our realtor tried to get in touch with home builders to see if they would extend. No response, we'll call you back, we have to talk to the mgr etc. Runaround big time. So when we get back the next day hubby calls and the guys yah sure no problem. Then he tells him we'll lose the extra $2K concession...um I don't think so! So we call our realtor again and shes said no that's not right let me call them again. So she calls and talks to them, shes told yes we can still have it they will write up the contract and we just need to come in asap and sign it.

No problem, hubby goes in today to sign and the guy who we and our realtor talked to is like what contract? UM WHAT THE HELL? So needless to say hubby was mad and when I got home from a playdate and found out I was mad too. I made him call our realtor and tell her we are not going to sign an extension. They are giving us to much runaround bs and don't need that right now. We just need to focus on getting our house done and on the market.

So now we are back to square one, working on our house and no house to move into LOL I guess that's fine in some instances and I truly feel if it was meant to be it would have worked out. So now I get to look at existing houses and find something in our price range that we like. Right now I am just browsing online MLS and seeing what is available. We can't make a move until we know the house is on the market and getting some interest.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sleepless in Huntsville

Another long night is coming I foresee. I would have probably went to sleep around midnight had Hailey still not been up screaming her head off about wanting to lay on the couch, lay with daddy, she's hungry and a billion other excuses. Finally she got quiet and I peeked on her and she's asleep at the gate at her door. Finally peace and quiet, not a creature was stirring well except me. I am wide awake yet again, I believe its a bit stress related and the fact I slept for about 12 hours last night and didn't wake up til 11 am. I took a unisom last night at about 11 and was asleep soon after but I guess I was hoping once I got caught up I could sleep again tonight, apparently I was wrong.

So what do I do when I can't sleep? I read other blogs, some are friend blogs, some are random blogs I found online that I find amusing. I wish I could be as witty and a great writer like some of the mom bloggers I have read. I wish alot of things, mostly that I could sleep! I was going to try start another blog just a family blog to update my mom and them on the girls and what was going on in our lives. Then I thought would I really do it? I am getting bad about sending pics ONLINE to my mom lol.

So what do you do when you don't sleep? Have any remedies that work? I was taking melatonin for my issue and it worked for a bit then I quit taking it and am trying the unisom. It works ok but other times I am not so sure.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Return of Insomnia

I had gotten used to sleeping again but apparently our trip to Hawaii is still messing my sleeping schedule up. The last 3 or so nights I haven't been able to sleep til about 4 am and its about 4 am now and I am wide awake. I really think its stress related though, the trip, the house, the house, the house, see a trend?

So this weeks stress is trying to finish our house to sell it. Yes that's right trying to finish our home improvement projects that's been going on for a little over a month now. So ready to be done painting...so ready for my dh to finish one project before moving on to the next.

We have put alot of money into this house, brand new roof, new flooring (except bedrooms) in the last 2 yrs, new light fixtures inside and out, new faucets, new doorknobs and painting inside and out. This is another one of those times when talking paint I want to kick myself or hubby rather because the paint has been in the garage for 2 yrs. We are going from this nasty gray/blue color to a pretty champagne (light yellow) color with white trim. I really do like the colors its a shame I'll not get to enjoy them LOL.

I pray we'll finish this up in the next week or so, so we can get the house officially on the market since the coming soon sign has been here for about 3 weeks now EEK! I hate it and I hate telling our realtor we aren't done. We are getting closer daily still have some inside painting to do and work oh yes and more packing. I have been in charge of packing up the junk and sorting and throwing out things. The living/dining/playroom and most of Jessica's room is done. Worked on the kitchen and have a few more things to go there plus the master. I did start in there as well this weekend but I really need to buckle down and get r done!

I am trying not to nag my dh but geesh he acts like he didn't know this was coming. I have told him for about 6 months I wanted to move this year! I am stressing our house will not sell since it'll likely be July before it hits the market...sigh. There are still about 10 or so houses for sale in my n'hood but we had more so thats a good sign. The bad sign is the house 2 doors down dropped their price recently, though I thought it was overpriced by atleast 20K! We'll see how low they go.

We are having some issues with the builder we chose and now I am regretting it. I don't know what's going to happen hope to find out tomorrow. They keep messing around and ignoring our realtor when we needed to know for 2 weeks while in HI if they would extend the contingency contract. They never returned her calls, hubby calls the day after we get back and bam all the sudden can give us an answer. Um ok yah so then they tell him we'll lose the $2K they gave us when we signed the original contract...which was the big reason we signed with them! So frustrated but we'll see what happens.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Terrible Threes

You know as a parent you often hear "watch out for the terrible twos" well I have to disagree two is no where near as bad as three! I often tell my friends that they will find out what I mean and they are like don't say that! I would personally rather someone tell me the truth than sugar coat it and lie.

Hailey is oh so three and oh so bad lately! Let's just talk about her latest incident or crime shall I say. Last night the girls were near impossible to get to sleep (if you read earlier entries you know why). It was near 2 am when Jessica started crying. Hubby ran to the room since it didn't sound like the normal cry it was the Hurt cry. You know as a parent you can tell the difference.

So I go in after coming out of the potty and walked in to see blood gushing out of Jessica's nose on both sides, blood in her mouth, blood all over her legs, bed and clothes. Not something you really want to see at 2 am. I asked what happened and apparently Hailey threw a book at Jessica. Now Jessica was laying in bed trying to go to sleep when Hailey chunked the book. Hubby said he heard something hit the wall (which made he get up) but then he heard the crying. So either the book hit the wall and then Jess or it hit Jess and she hit the wall trying to get up.

Either way it took quite some time to get the bleeding stopped and to see if she had knocked her tooth out (very loose anyways). We deducted the blood was from her nose and thankfully she didn't have a serious problem last night. We were able to get the bleeding to stop, applied an ice pack and off to bed. I was worried she would wake up with a black eye or swollen nose but all seems well. She did say it hurt today but nothing so bad she couldn't function as normal.

So you see three is bad, they know things are wrong and still do it. I just hope this phase ends soon, as Jessica didn't go thru it so I am at a loss on what to do.

Here's hoping to a less eventful night!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Our Trip To Hawaii

My mom and stepdad were kind enough to pay for our 4 tickets to go to Hawaii for 2 weeks! It was really nice of them and I need to send a thank you card as an extra thought. You never realize how much you need a vacation until you get there and not have the stress you do at home.

Our flight to Hawaii was wonderful! The kids did soo well at the airport considering we had to wait 4 hours between the time my sister landed and our flight left. We got thru security and checked in all in less than 30 mins at the ATL airport! Thankfully it went so well, I was nervous about the rules.

The flight itself went well, the girls loved flying and Hailey napped the first 4 hours of the flight once we took off. Then she woke to eat and slept for another hour or so and didn't get antsy until about the last hour. Jessica slept the last half of the flight lol figures eh? She enjoyed it and got to sit by the window which she loved.

I posted in another post the slideshows with almost all our pics from our sightseeing, I hope you enjoy them. We visited the Dole Pineapple Plantation, Pali State Park, North Shore, Bellows Beach, Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Beach and went to Paradise Coves Luau. There is so much to do there and see and I wish we had had more money to do more! I really wanted to go to Pearl Harbor, see Cirque Hawaii and go on a dinner cruise and to the Polynesian Cultural Center. It worked out though because I think we did just enough activities and not wear ourselves completely out.

We spent our 8th wedding anniversary in Waikiki, that was really nice. We went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner to celebrate and Oh My the food was sooo yummy! They give so much food we only got 1 slice of chocolate mousse cheesecake to share. That was delicious, I give it a 5 out of 5 stars!

The kids had a great time visiting with my mom (nana) and stepdad (papa) and my sister (Lauren). Oahu is such a beautiful island and if you ever get a chance to visit its an experience you'll not forget.

Our trip back was a little more eventful than I cared for lol. The airport was fine, got thru security again within 30 mins and only had about 45 mins before we left. We left at 4:15 pm and due to arrive in ATL att 7 am which we did on the dot. Unfortunately the flight was all night and Hailey did NOT sleep until the last hour and Jess stayed awake the whole time. Hailey was in a mood and would scream, cry, fuss at every single thing. No matter what we did she was miserable, overtired for sure. I felt bad since so many were trying to sleep but everyone was pretty understanding. Other than that the flight wasn't to bad, except for a couple of rude flight attendants. I am sure they were tired too but come on, its your job get over it.

Once we arrived in ATL we got our luggage and was off to the car in about 30 mins, seeing a trend there. So off we go to IHOP for breakfast (they served umm yogurt and a fruit cup for breakfast) and then home bound. We got about 30 mins or so from IHOP and Hailey threw up all over herself, the car and carseat and the duffel bag. So here we are on 20 and I had to pull thru 3 lanes of traffic to the side of the road. Unpack the entire trunk to get to clothing and the other carseat. Change the clothes, change the carseat out, clean up clean up and FINALLY get back on the rd. I was worried about driving to far though since we didn't know what was wrong with her. We opted to stay at hotel in Douglasville for the day/night. We all ended up napping for about 5 hours when we got there and then Hailey only slept 4 hours that night. Essentially were were up all night she woke up at midnight and wouldn't go back to sleep. On top of that the couple next door to us was getting it on Very Loudly. We heard it all thru the walls over a loud tv. Jess heard it and was like what is that mom? UGH!

I was soo glad to arrive home on Sat morning around 10 am. To bad our bodies/time clocks are so messed up. None of us have slept at night since we got home. I am working hard today to keep the girls and myself up and moving so we sleep tonight.

We were glad to go on vacation but so glad to be home as well!

Aloha for now

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Hawaii Vacation Pictures

We just got back from a wonderful 2 weeks in Oahu Hawaii. We spent some wonderful time with family and saw some great places. Below are some slideshows from the trip.
Enjoy!

Dole Pineapple Plantation


Dole Pineapple Plantation


Honolulu Zoo


Honolulu Zoo


Honolulu Zoo


Nuuanu Pali State Park


Paradise Cove Luau


Paradise Cove Luau


Paradise Cove Luau


Paradise Cove Luau


Waikiki Beach


Waikiki Beach