Being Thankful!

 

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St Thomas, 2016 Our Family Vacation

 

Before I continue, there is something I  really need to share  with you. The only way this move was made possible was because of the 2 most absolutely incredible parents I have! If it was not for them we would have had no place to move to, where we are getting the chance to actually put money away into our savings acct vs spending it all on every bill known to man kind.

And doing that’s  way harder then you think, because its way easier to take out that debit card and swipe…. swipe…… swipe because there are things you were not able to buy before because they were a WANT, not a need, and all of a sudden you have access to MONEY that you really do need to save fro your next adventure in this “Crazy Thing We Call Life”

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So Mom & Dad this ones for you, Thank you for always having our back, for being the best of the best, for loving all of us, and taking us all back in! We all love you! Right down to the Dogs, Cat Fish and Bearded Dragon named “Odie”!

Stay tuned for the next adventure, of getting us all in and settled, and when the cat has absolutely no desire to get onto her carry case…..

 

 

 

 

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SOLD! Now What???

So now the house is sold and the real work begins! First and foremost a storage unit for all the most prized possessions that we have acquired over the past almost 10 years! Until that moment we really had no clue as to how much stuff we really had strewn across the thing we called our home!

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Room by room we went, well-tried to..I’m kind of no good at that I was all over the place, one room and then the next room and back to the first one! Well that got old after the first day, and then my husband stepped it and put his foot down. WE NEED TO GO ROOM BY ROOM he says! The plan is 7 days this house is empty & we go to closing! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! That’s the night I had a mini break down and cried. Pack what we need and put the rest in storage. How do I know what I need in 12 days from now, 1 month from now even 3 months from now????? OMG OMG .. I’m stressing out. Since we were moving into our old apt we still needed our bedroom set and bed our kitchen table and our hutch all of our clothing, TV’s and ya know the essentials. We were going to bring our couches and stuff but being the fact they were over 10 years old they went to the curb. You have not seen anything until you watch the garbage truck slowly crush 12 years worth of memories that happened on that couch. Kinda a strange feeling!

I can tell you this… I have soooooo many pictures and frames, I mean boxes and boxes of them! Why cause we actually had a CAMERA and developed film! Needles to say I still had unopened boxes of stuff from when we moved in, apparently I did not miss them so I quickly went through them but chucked most of it. Bags and bags of stuff we did not even need. So we just trashed a lot of it.

I decided that I wanted to have a garage sale cause ya know other people might want the stuff I don’t want to pack. So on the Saturday the week before we close I decide to have the 2 nd one. I had one two weeks prior before we left on vacation. So I pulled out all the tables once again and sat outside in the blazing hot sun and yes I had a tent for myself. Slowly but surely things sold, pretty much gave a lot of it away. Then guess what happened….. The skies opened UP! Anything that was not water proof went into the garbage ( well that made it allot easier) everything else went to the curb.

Now came time to actually get the suff out of the house..It was My husband, myself and our son, (12 years old) I don’t think I had ever seen him pick up an entire dresser and get it down a flight of stairs  (full,6 drawers the long kind, cause by the time it came to do that we were so tired that if we could save 10 min we would)  Put that baby upright on the dolly and he looked at me and said well if it falls down the stairs just let it go! Looks at me again and say Hail Mary and down each step he went and I held my breath until we got It all in the truck. We did this numerous amounts of time with each piece of furniture. until the house was empty. Also a 10 x 10 storage unit gets really full really quickly!  I put over 400 miles on the truck going back and forth, I lifted more boxes than I care to ever do again, I was sore and bruised, WE were tired, and we were sill working each day as well.

But GUESS What ..we did it! We worked together as a team, MY husband is my superman and he worked his ASS off!

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Stay tuned to hear our adventure in actually getting all the furniture and all the pets into the apartment..2 Dogs 1 cat 1 bearded dragon and a fish!

 

 

Lets Sell It….

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This was our lil home

About 3 months ago it hit us, ITS TIME TO SELL OUR HOUSE! With the market going up and the fact that it is a seller’s market we said HEY, What the hell let’s see what happens if we put the house on the market. I have a friend Caroline (click here to see her link) who happens to be FANTASTIC real estate agent as well as my sons best friends mom! Her and I have become closer over the years, our boys have pretty much been best friends for what feels like ever but they are only 12! Anywho… we had her over to come and give us an appraisal on our home, which she had been to like a million times. So she throws out a number at us, $380,000!  Ok we can work with that. So we sign some papers on Monday and on the market it goes by Friday.

Now for any of you that have sold a home before it can get kind of stressful. Mind you I have a child,(Tween) 2 dogs, a cat and we both work full-time. But you have to be pretty much ready at all times, house needs to be pretty much spotless for when the phone rings and people want to see the house. Do you know how NOT easy that is! Before it was even officially on the market we had 3 people come look. OHHH yeah she is that good! Created quite a buzz for us. Well now Friday comes around and I get an email with the link to our house! WOW, that’s a surreal feeling.. like hmmmm we did it, now lets see if people actually want it!

OPEN HOUSE DAY! Get that apple pie in the oven on low to make the house smell ohhhhhh so good then, I pack up the car with the dogs, gates food bowls, the kids(cause we bring Jason’s Best Fiend whenever he’s available) and over to moms house we go for  a day at the pool(and for the dogs to get used to the new house we ill be in ). I keep getting updates as to what’s going on and it went really well! a few very interested. as well as an offer. Hmmmmm ok so people do like the house. Sunday rolls around and it was like the movie Groundhog Day.(lol).  Monday rolls around and I get a call that people want to see the house at 12 noon ish, UMMMM I WORK, but ok let’s do this, Tuesday another call (actually the Tuesday people now own it). Mind you I have to get the dogs out of the house for each one of these showing and either sit I the backyard or walk with them for an hour! It was also JULY! So it was HOT!

By Thursday we had 3 offers( GET THIS… ALL AT ASKING PRICE) WOW, we were like OK sooooo how do we choose? How do you choose? How do you tell 2 other couples No, I’m so sorry but we accepted an offer without wondering.. Will they take as good care of it as we did ? Will they love my neighbors like we did? It’s not easy but in the end we picked who we thought was the BEST couple who is expecting a baby!

Needless to say 1 month from listing the house to closing on the house I think is pretty good!

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Stay Tuned to hear about our Packing Adventures. A whole house in 1 week, and in a 10 x 10 storage unit????  Add a week vacation ( St.Thomas cause its the Caribbean and I needed to go!) in their cause you know we need to go on vacation before we even begin to pack up and entire house…and my husband decided we can do this just you and me  (probably was not the smartest idea, but … ehh, It’s all about the experiance…

Hello Again!

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Hello Again!  So it only took me 2 hours to figure out how to get my Blog all updated and shiny and all new again, LOL ! I wanted to get back on here and start blogging again because I like it and its fun! BUT, now its like after 10 pm and i have to be up in a few hours to get my butt to work…. Although I want to share so many cool things that have happened over the past 2 years.

So i hope you will join me on my journey to tell you about them, from another broken arm for lil man to actually selling our home for our new adventures in this Crazy Thing We Call Life!

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AND THEN IT IS WINTER….

I know Ihave not written in a while..But this I had to share…

I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK. READ SLOWLY!

AND THEN IT IS WINTER
You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you
unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was
young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in
a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then
and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by
surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and
where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the
years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and
that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully
what it would be like.

But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move
slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some
worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones
that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age
is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to
see and never thought we’d be. Each day now, I find that just getting
a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat
anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I
just fall asleep where I sit!

And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for
all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and
do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I
know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it
will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s
over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I
should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have
done. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will
be here faster than you think. So, what ever you would like to
accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too
long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can
never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise
that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today
and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and
hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you
have done for them in all the years past!!

“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to
those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.
LIVE IT WELL!
ENJOY TODAY!
DO SOMETHING FUN!
BE HAPPY !
HAVE A GREAT DAY

Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and
silver.

LIVE HAPPY IN 2013!

LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN,
YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE
SO – ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
~Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
~You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they
even knew you!!!
~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything….
especially golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you
really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with theTV blaring than in bed.
It’s called “pre-sleep”.
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF”
switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”… ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it
anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never
wear.
~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of
all, OLD FRIENDS!!
Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!” Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let
them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of
Life You Have Lived.

Read more: And Then It Is Winter – Stories, Songs and Everything Else! http://forums.familyfriendpoems.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=47617#ixzz2UbWTaYGe

Im ready for a nap, but thats not going to happen…..

The past few days have been so entirely CRAZY, that I am looking forward to some down time! It all started 2 days ago, I took Bailey Boy, to get groomed! He was in my previous post clean puppy! Well when I picked him up and we got home he was a bit on the nutty side(im assuming because he was at the groomers) and he has alot of energy! Actually my dog sitter(yes I have a doggie sitter when I go on vacation like 1x a year) said Baily Boy makes me feel old, he has the energy of 10 dogs!! Ok so I took him out side to get some of his energy out and while we were out there my nose got a lil stuffy and my throat was a lil scratchy..ehhh pollen count was extremely high so i figured like everyone else its allergies and ill deal with it! Well by 10pm I felt like my throat had fire coming out of it my head felt like it was a water balloon about to burst and my nose was like a running faucet! My teeth hurt and it hit me…ARGGGGG my sinuses again for like the zilinth time this year! And we are only 4 months into the year! It really would not be an issue for me but on friday i have to go in and have a surgical procedure(I wont go into details but it something that needs to be taken care of and well,if im sick they dont take me!)

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Ok so I start taking some sinus stuff and figure ill go to sleep and all will be good ill wake up and feel better, That did not happen! Now I had to take Bailey boy back out and he had to get his yearly exam. So off we go I drop him off they take him in and tell me come back after 3 to pick him up. OK off to work I go! I FEEL LIKE CRAP.. Make my way through the work day go back there to pick him up and all is well! He was soo happy to see me and the world is right again..WRONG! I go to pick up lil man at school who now wants to sit and play on the playground with his friends. and my sinuses are plotting my death, all I want to do is go home and sleep! 45 min later after begging him can we please go home, I decide that i should call my doc who agrees to see me on the spot to get some meds in me so I can feel good on friday. 

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So now it’s almost 5:30 we have to get HW done because at 7pm I had a dinner apt that I had forgotten about untill 1 hour before and to be honest I really just needed some down time with my friend whom I have not seen in a while. My hubby came home around 6:45pm and off I go! I figured I would walk there and just take in the fresh air, BUT IT WAS COLD!!  We had a nice dinner..So quiet(something im not used to) but I LOVE IT! We ate and talked and watched TV(with no interruptions). HOLY MOLY this is fantazmical!

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I went home about 9 pm and I walk in the dogs are barking the kids asking questions and a full sink! YES…OK so I was really not that excited about the dishes. I remembered that i had laundry in the washer so i quickly folded what was in the dryer moved the other load over and started another load while that one was drying. NOW I go upstairs get into bed and Bailey is acting very strange.. He’s running in circles barking over excited and will not lay down! With this Bella my boxer thinks this is a good time to jump into bed with us( she’s way to big to sleep with us, she has her own bed next to ours)! So now i have 1 dog who wont stop moving my hubby who thinks this is funny and a giant dog in the middle if the bed! NO NO NO.. Bella out(mind you she did this 3 more times) ..BAILEY PLEASE GO TO SLEEP! 45 min into this, I have taken him out 3 times he is all over the yard,I finally start thinking WTF is going on there has to be an issue! It’s now 11:30 at night I need to sleep, Hubby has to get up in 4 hours for work I take him into the bathroom turn on the light and low and behold the dogs skin is HOT PINK! HES HAVING A REACTION to the shots!! Now it all clicks, and this had happened 1x before about 2 years ago! I quickly go into mommy mode and find the Benadryl(because that’s what the doctor told me to do the previous time) shove a pill down his throat and hope to god it kicks in quickly!

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At this point I grab the both dogs tell my hubby ill sleep on the couch with them as for I did not know how long it would take for him to get comply(he was running and jumping and trying to sit but im assuming to itchy so he would stand up again and bark at me) By around 1:45 he finally fell asleep and so did I.. Wait there’s more.. Because of the fact that i cant breathe through my nose I was not sleeping well, so up and down and about 3:30 am i hear the familiar sounds of little feet walking from his room to mine then back to his down the stairs blanket and pillow in tow to come sleep with me on the couch! Needless to say he passes out , 5:30 hubby leaves for work, I jump up, 6:30 oldest leaves for school, 7:30 dogs have to go out and be fed.. So at this point I figure sleep is well overrated as long as your family is happy!..