Monday, August 11, 2014

Answer Me This...Are We Moving? and Beach Fun

Joining Kendra's Link-up for a quick post before a new week of fun begins!

1. What do you still want to do this summer?
WELL...We have a weekend vacation/Catholic family conference at a cool resort in San Antonio in about 11 days!  I can't wait!  I was also hoping we'd be MOVING at the end of this summer.  The plan had been to move to our old house in mid-September, after the current renters move out.  BUT...We are currently reevaluating this decision and actually considering buying a home there.  That had been our initial plan, but it got derailed because we were looking for quick and easy, which meant moving into a home we already own!  For a lot of different reasons we're reconsidering the quick and easy route.  Which might mean more time here in our current home for me to stare at the wall (well, the iPhone) while my husband spends the majority of his days and nights in different cities, primarily the one we're moving to.  Patience is a virtue I am learning.

So if you have a question like one of these:
When are you moving?
Are you moving back into your old house?
Are you selling your current house?
The answer is "I don't know."
(I'm not annoyed when others ask these, I just wish I did know the answers!)

So I'm thinking maybe we should just start homeschooling tomorrow and pretend we're never moving and summer is over.  Thankfully we did get to crash Steven's family's beach house party last week (without him), so the kids and I had a fun last minute mini-vacation at the beach for a few nights last week, then we got to spend a couple nights in Houston visiting with my parents and our friends who were supposed to be visiting us this weekend until our crazy limbo life got in the way of that.  It was still a fun week!  I'll share some phone photos here, and should have some good pics in another day or two...

iphone pic memories:
detailed car (thanks, honey!), boys at the beach, girls entertaining the baby in the car
beautiful beach, aunt mary holding katie, nice clear water
tommy loving the water, the B family set-up, and me with katie in the ergo

2. What's your favorite kind of pie?
I'm going to be boring and say apple pie.  A la mode, that is :)  And preferably made by one of my children.

3. How much sleep do you need each day?  How much do you get?
I think I need about 8 hours, but I usually get 6-7.  I had been taking naps while pregnant and when Katie was a newborn, but recently I just can't seem to fall asleep, or when I do someone runs in with an "emergency" like a yogurt tube that needs to be opened. My goal is to be asleep by 11pm and awake by 7am, but that doesn't often happen.  I'm just a night owl and enjoy my quiet late night time on the computer, doing chores, or reading.

4. Do you prefer to swim in a pool, lake, river, or ocean?
That's a hard one!  I guess if you say "swim," the answer would have to be pool because I get the heebie jeebies while swimming in bodies of water that having living things swimming around me.  I still do it, but I'm a little weirded out.  Overall, I just love being by any kind of water and am thrilled I got to experience both ocean and pools last week :)

more iphone pics:
tommy and lunch of champions, iPad love, cousins enamored with baby
lots of crabs, napping angels, nursing mama on the beach 
tommy at sunset, good morning triplets, and grampatti's birthday!

5. Do you know any poems by heart?
Lots of kid poems.  I know most of the ones they learn for homeschooling, and have memorized some books that are poems.  One of my favorite little ditties is the first poem the kids learn with Mother of Divine Grace:

Happy Thought 
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The world is so full of a number of things, 
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.

Truly.  With what's going on around the world right now, we should be so grateful and happy to live in the USA and to have the freedoms we enjoy.  I am thankful for all of "Blair's Blessings" and although I've been in a melancholy mood recently, I have nothing to complain about and have a lot of sunshiny days to look forward to and so many good ones to remember too!

and a few more pics from our couple days in houston:
finally at nene and papa's house, a crazy hotel breakfast (one on the floor and the other screaming), ellie and a cute selfie
checking out rods at orvis, treat at orange leaf, silly with nene
and some cute ones of pajama baby visiting some friends for a birthday

6. Do you use the public library?
I am currently laughing out loud.  I noticed my friend Andrea posted her Answer Me This right before me, so I clicked over to read and noticed that I forgot this question!!!  And I think I forgot for a reason, because I had a library situation yesterday.  I got a few emails on Friday to let me know that books were overdue.  I thought I did a double renew for all the books online (which would be for one month), and maybe it has been a month.  I'm kind of in a twilight zone where the days are incredibly long but the weeks fly by.  Anyway, we got back into town last night and had 5 voice mail messages about these books.  We spent about an hour trying to find all the many books on CD we had checked out, and I kind of lost my temper and threw a bunch of silly threats at the kids.  In the end there was only one CD missing, but it's probably at least $10 worth of fines since each book is 25 cents and they were a few days late.  And I just paid off all our fines a few weeks ago!  I have a love/hate relationship with the library.  You?


Amelia Bentrup said...

One thing that helps me a lot with library fines, is that at soon as we get home from the library, I go to my google calendar and set it up to email me a reminder 2 days before the books are do. That way, I get a reminder emailed right to me and I when I get it, I just immediately go online and renew everything. That's worked really well for me, with eliminating overdue fines. I can never remember when books are due, but as long as I get an email reminder, I can at least renew them online.

Melissa D. said...

oh Blair, I love your posts. so many similarities between us, EXCEPT the library. I always plan to spend so much time at the library in the summer, but we rarely ever go at all. (If we did, the only reason I MIGHT not have late fines, b/c growing up we always had late fines on everything, library, videos, etc., so when we have had library books (1 or twice in the last 6 years we have lived here), I have been paranoid about not returning them and losing them. :)

I hate living in limbo, the kids and I are currently doing that. :(. Feel really blessed to have my parents rental house, but it's a little small for the 4 of us. #firstworldproblems. Anyway, we are looking, but I know our current situation is "temporary" so it drives me kind of crazy not feeling settled.

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