Pets + Moving = STRESS

So where were we, Oh yeah time to move the pets! So as you already know our family consists of Humans, Dogs, 1 Cat ,Bearded Dragon named Odie & Fish! So the time came to get the dogs over, Bella our Boxer and Bailey our Maltese. They had been to moms before as you know from my previous blog during the open house. We had been moving stuff from 8 am that morning, set up 2 bedrooms been back and forth to the storage unit a few times and both of us were wiped out! We had only eaten pizza so energy levels were down and to be honest I needed SLEEP.

Now I had put Oldies light on a timer to go off the next morning, and feed the cat cleaned the litter and left the air on so it would not get hot! I had to go back the next day to finish collecting odds and ends and get the rest of the crew.  Time to harness up the dogs and get them into the van to take to 20 min ride to the new place! THIS RIDE FELT LIKE 20 HOURS!

Besides the van being backed with stuff we left room for the dogs to lay down. But laying down for Bella was not an option.. My husband (she loves him like he’s hers) told her “ok Bella, get in the van and look for me” . He was in the truck in front of me. So she did just that, Stood up with he to front paws on the passenger seat of the van and watched his every move! BELLA I yell, Sit down! Nothing, no blink no eye contact nothing. Bailey just sat there wondering where the HELL are we going?

OMG she had me so nervous cause 1 I’m driving a van with only 2 seats and no way to belt them in and if you could have seen he back legs they were so tense it was crazy, and 2 it was almost 11 pm and I was to say the least tired! We pull up at moms and the first thing I have to do is walk them so they don’t walk into the house and piddle, THAT was interesting! A tired mom and 2 riled up pups. BUT we survived. Bella even got a new bed! Bailey just sleeps with us

Now.. the next morning comes we go for a walk and start to settle down a bit we all eat and now its time to go back to the house to get a few odds and ends and grab the rest of the crew who at this point now wonder where are the humans? Now remember I have packed everything up..Not thinking I have nothing to move the fish with, cause picking up a 10 gallon tank filled with water… not so smart! So the next best thing is the only option I have, my ice bucket..ohh and a paper Burger King cup. I know your laughing now because I was! I literally chased this fish down with a cup, took me like 25 min to get him..every time I thought I had him he escaped. jeeeeez  Odie well that was easy, open the tank put him in the travel tank and load him up. Now the cat.. you would think this would be a cintch…yeah , NO it was not. shes a big girl and an indoor cat who like to eat. So… BIC cat small cary case that I have not used in 8 years. Fun times(not). By this point its dark I have been doing this now for 1 to many hours and I’m done!

LOAD EM UP….

 

All went well even though Missy(the cat ) did nothing but scream the entire 20 min ride so loud that it was hard to drive. But everyone has made there spot in Our New/Old home. Missy actually was quite familiar with this place as she was here 9 years prior.

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So all is well on the home front, and tomorrow is a new day, I have some exciting news to share so stay tuned .. ill give you a hint..I have not seen him In almost 7 months!

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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…..

 

 

 

 

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 Friends..Im Back..

IM BACK!! After a few long months and a whole LOT of changes in my life I’m back on the grid So let me fill you in on some of the things that have went on in my life..

I went back to school..ALMOST 40 years old and I decided that this is a great time to go back and finish what I had started almost 19 years ago..I was a beauty school dropout..kind of..lol I finished the school and took my written state board but never took my practical. So I worked in the beauty business with my temp till I needed to go get my actual license, BUTTTTTTT decided to have a baby instead..so there was a lil kink in my plan.. So I waited and waited and waited, then we planned our wedding…. then we had another baby…well the list goes on so lets just say I had to start all over again and it was such a great experience. It is not so easy to get back into the swing of school when you have not been there in a really long time.. Thank god it was a 3 month course! Well I passed and I am now a NYS licensed Nail Technician..

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My Oldest son Andrew, Left in January for Boot Camp in the Navy, ONE of the HARDEST moments of my life was to watch him leave that night, and again to watch him get sworn in the next day and get on the bus. We were not able to speak with him but for three or four times during BC. The first call I received was when he got there, Call came in about 2:45 am and it was a scripted call stating they were there and ok and that they will be sending home a box with all of there clothing in it and to expect it via FED EX, that I need to sign for it and the next time I would hear from him would be in about 2 weeks.. and then he said I love you mom and then silence… OMG ..OMG I was beside myself! 2 weeks and I cant talk to you and it was the middle of the night..can you say panic attack.. OHH yes I forgot to mention my husband rolled over and says He ok..i said yes hes there .. he says ok good night..GOOOOD NIGHT are you crazy I need to talk I need to vent.. I needed to cry.. But needless to say 8 weeks passed and it was an EMOTIONAL 8 WEEKS  but I got the call 7.5 weeks in that ”’MOM, I DID IT..I AM A SAILOR” Can I tell you my heart was overfilled with joy because this meant I was going to be with my baby in less then a week to watch him graduate.. OHHHHH what a day that was..  He is now in A school in Pensacola FL and is learning his trade, He is going in as an AS..learing how to be a mechanic for planes and all that good stuff..

My husband and I have made a decision, A BIG DECISION ..We are putting our home up for sale and we are moving SOUTH!! South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky…. Not sure where yet but we are doing our research..

Last but not least I have decided to become an Origami Owl Jewelry Designer, But that will be for my next post, you can follow me as I make progress with that.

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