On Veteran’s Day, Match and I both had the day off. Piglet really loves his daycare, so we decided to let him go for the day, and take a day just for us. I know it sounds selfish, but it’s so rare that we get the chance to go on dates.
We spent the morning “window shopping” checking out some houses for sale in our town. Then we went for a short hike out in the country.
After the hike, we headed to lunch.
Then it was back to the house to relax for a little bit, and then picked up Piglet early from daycare. It was such an awesome day, and it made me wish every day could be this way. It was a much needed boost for our relationship, which has been under work related stress for the past few weeks. We promised we’d start setting aside more time for dates and couple time. It’s so easy to forget how important that can be in a marriage.
For February being such a short month, I feel like so much has happened. I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, but I promise I do have some good excuses.
The first being that I’ve been busy with a freelancing data entry job. I’ve been spending far too much time on the computer, and by the time I’m done with my work for the day, I have had no energy left over to blog. I miss you all so much! We’ve also been taking advantage of this lovely and unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having. On Match’s days off, we have been spending time at the local nature preserves. This area has so many awesome walking paths and nature trails.
Last Tuesday I got together with a bunch of my friends from high school for a ladies dinner. I love how even though we don’t see each other often, the conversation flows easily, and in some ways, it is as if no time has passed. I’m so glad we all live so much closer together. I hope we can make these dinners a monthly event!
Last week another high school friend stopped by for a brief overnight stay with us while he was in town for business. Piglet was thrilled to spend time with his Uncle. I’m glad we were able to visit with him, as he is being deployed with the Air Force this summer.
Second, I had an interview for a tech job with a nearby school district. The job sounds like it would be a great fit for me, and I left the interview feeling very good about it. I’d be the school computer tech person, helping both students and teachers solve computer problems. It would be the perfect mix of problem solving and socializing, unlike my previous job where I was stuck at a computer alone all day. I would also get summers off, which would allow me to spend precious time with my son. He is growing up so fast, and I would love to have that time off to focus on him.
I am supposed to hear back about the job this week, and I’ve been anxiously waiting. Today marks a full week since my interview, and I’m trying hard to stay positive. According to my teacher friend, she said they loved me, and all my references said it sounds like I’ve got the job, but there is a catch. Apparently there is a year round job opening in June, and they are considering me for that position as well. Money-wise, we could benefit more from that position, but selfishly I prefer the summers off schedule (who wouldn’t?). So we will see what happens. At this point, I just want to be hired, and I am trying to have faith that it will all work out.
Finally, our landlord contacted us this week to inform us that he will not be renewing our lease at the end of May. His daughter will be moving into our home, and wants to move as early as April, if we can find housing by then. He was very apologetic, and said he will refund us May’s rent if we are able to accommodate. We had thought about moving, but we were hoping to wait until later in the summer, and this just adds another level of stress. We just got settled in, and now it is time to start packing up again. Hopefully this is also one of those changes that will ultimately make us happier in the long run. For now, I’m doing my best to just keep swimming, and not become overwhelmed by the stress. A local move will be far less stressful than an out of state move, and at least this time we have money coming in, and don’t have to worry about selling our home. Still, I look forward to getting more permanently settled, and knowing that we will be somewhere for more than 6 months.
Tuesday was Match’s birthday, and Piglet was so excited! We made him a birthday card, wrapped up his present, and sang him happy birthday. I have to share this video with you of him begging Daddy to open his gift.
Of course he wouldn’t sing Happy Birthday for the camera, but he was belting it out loudly before I started recording. I bought Match a set of coveralls for his new job as a carman. He wasn’t a huge fan of the color, so we exchanged it for the black. I have to say, they’re pretty adorable on him! I just hope he doesn’t get his tushy grabbed too much while he’s trying to work. 😉
We took Match to “Man Disneyland”, better known as Cabella’s. He wandered the store while Piglet and I checked out the super cool fish tank, animal exhibit and played a few games.
After Cabella’s, we took Match to dinner at a local burger joint. Piglet had fun waving at everyone who walked by, and even saw a friend from his preschool. We had a nice mellow birthday, and I think it was just what he wanted.
This past Sunday we had a long overdue double date with Old Married Couple. It was so good to see them again! Some of you might remember I recently blogged about reconnecting with them. We had lunch and then took Piglet to play at a nearby park. It felt like old times again, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to reconnect with this sweet couple. I’ve missed them, and it feels good to be back in each other’s lives. They loved getting to know Piglet, and I was proud of him for being on his best behavior at lunch. He only threw half of his food, and he showed off his new word, “pleezzzz”. 🙂
We had a wonderful day, and I am looking forward to more get togethers. Hopefully soon!
First, quick update on my FIL: He’s HOME! We’re headed there tomorrow to spend the night and visit. He has a long road to complete recovery, but the point is, he’s home, and he’s doing much better. Thank you all for the support and prayers.
So, last Friday, before we found out about my FIL’s stroke, Match and I took Piglet to his first football game. Our next door neighbor’s daughter is in the color guard, and they always go to every game. Their daughter has also babysat for Piglet in the past, so we thought we’d come show some support. I’m a sucker for high school football, and we were so excited to introduce Piglet to the sport. It was a gamble because it was way past his bedtime, but as always, he was a trooper!
He was so excited as we walked to the football field. This is his, wow, I get to stay up way past my bedtime face.
What do you mean I can’t go out there and play with them?
He had a great time watching the cheerleaders, the game, and dancing along to the music.