10 Things to Smile About-March ’15

1. My new job-it keeps me hopping, but I am really enjoying the work and interacting with the kids and staff. My favorite part of the day is when some of the kids give me hugs as they leave the computer lab.

2. Piglet in his overalls, hanging with Kinderfriend’s daughter. We met up for a volunteer creek cleanup day, and those two were so adorable together. Piglet definitely has a crush!

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3. Night time snuggles with my little man. Being away at work all week has me cherishing every minute at home with my little guy. His latest adorable habit has been singing to his bunny before bed.

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4. Celebrating this big guy’s 9th birthday. I can’t believe my oldest nephew is already 9. Last year before DOUBLE digits. Time flies!

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5. Finding a new rental house made me smile! It is such a relief to have a place, and a place we can really see ourselves in for a long time. We found an awesome rental that has plenty of room and a decent sized backyard for Piglet and Monkey to play in. I will post pictures once we’re all unpacked and organized. I am so so excited about it. The best part? It’s only minutes from my work!

6. The race car shopping cart at the grocery store. It made Piglet’s day! I actually look forward to our next grocery shopping outing just to watch him light up when he gets to “drive the race car all dayyyy” as he put it. So stinking cute.

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8. Spring break!  I got to spend the week with my little man, and also enjoyed Match’s days off. Unfortunately most of the time was spent being very busy packing and moving, but I was grateful I had the week off to do it. Piglet and I enjoyed a nice classy meal of floor sushi while moving. Watching this kid eat sushi always makes me smile.

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9. A fireplace! Our new house has a fireplace, and it is awesome. Match and I managed to find time after the craziness of the move to kick back and enjoy it on Monday.

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10. Precious family time. I feel like this month has been so crazy and full of way too much stuff. I’m trying to sit back and enjoy the quiet moments where it’s just the three of us reading stories or being silly around the house, or going on a walk. Now that we’re moved, and another big change Match is making (more on that later!) I’m hopeful we will find more time for those sweet moments.

The One Where We’re Moving

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Long before babies, before Match got into law enforcement, before our wedding, Match and I wanted to move to Oregon. Then the economy crashed and there were no jobs to be had. We couldn’t figure out a way to make such a big move, and we got stuck in our jobs. Then Match got his job as a sheriff deputy, and we made some big life changes. I quit the working world and focused on starting our family, and life just got in the way. Recently things have been looking up, and we are very lucky to have gained a lot of equity in our home. They say it’s a “seller’s market” and that’s just what we’re doing. We’re making a big change, and we’re finally doing what we’ve always talked about.

We put the house on the market in late October, and we received a full price offer this month. We are headed to the green state, to where the majority of my family lives. We are so excited about this new adventure, though it does come with its share of stresses. Not only are we changing states, but Match is also in the process of changing careers.

After 4 years in law enforcement, essentially the entire time we’ve been married, he has decided that he is ready for a change. No more graveyard shift, no more court on his days off, and no more worrying and stressing over calls long after the fact. For me it means no more laying in bed trying to tune out the sirens, worrying if that’s him having to go code 3 to a fellow officer, or worse, someone coming to his aide. It means no more walking on eggshells around a husband who is exhausted and emotionally unavailable, because he is too wiped out from his work week. It means no more Piglet crying for dada because he hasn’t seen him for over 48 hours due to his schedule.

I can’t tell you the tremendous amount of respect I have for law enforcement families, or families of men and women in the military. But I will say this, it is not for our family. I have always supported Match 100% when it came to his career. I always said I would stand by him, as long as it was what he wanted. But I watched this career slowly eat away at who he was. I watched him change from this goofy, fun loving man who I married, to this serious, often distant man who was always kind of a grump. As soon as he resigned, I saw the old Match. He dances with me around our kitchen. He cracks jokes more, he smiles more. Here is the man I married. Oh how I have missed him!

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So now here we are, about to embark on a new adventure. We don’t actually know where in Oregon we are moving yet. We have some plans in place, and savings to live off until we get all of our ducks in a row. We are headed on a road trip to visit some of the top towns on our list, and we will see which one feels right. This is the first big adventure Match and I have ever had together. I think this is going to be a wonderful change for our family, and I can’t tell you how excited I am. Nervous? Of course. Scared? You bet. A little bit sad? Yes, I will miss our beautiful house and all we’ve done to make it our own. But I am also so happy. Because home? Well as one of my favorite songs puts it, “Home is wherever I’m with you.”

Talk to Us Tuesday-#6 Pumpkin Fest Fails and Moving Boxes

Um, could we go back to the haunted house? Cause, this is creeping me out.-Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It’s my fav bloggy day of the week, Talk to Us Tuesday with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn.

  • Last week I told ya we were heading to the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay with Sassy Family. Well, the problem is, so was the rest of the bay area apparently. It was a shoulder to shoulder crap fest. We tried to make the best of it, but it really was terrible. Here’s how much of the giant pumpkins I was able to see:

  • The highlight of the day was getting to take Sassy Daughter through the haunted house. No one else wanted to go so it was just her and me. How cute is she in her little Alice costume? She was so shy when the pirate talked to her.

She was totally freaked out, even by the decorations. She grabbed my hand and held on tight. When we walked through the haunted house, she actually jumped into my arms and hung on like a little spider monkey! It was the sweetest thing.

  • After the haunted house we parted ways with Sassy Fam. They were just as overwhelmed by the crowd as we were. So Match and I headed up to Marin and grabbed dinner at a pub. It was a nice evening and I was happy it was just the two of us.
  • In House news, we heard back about the appraisal. The great news is that it appraised for more than we’re paying for it, so we have instant equity. Woohoo! The not so great news is the super picky FHA people are requiring that a small part of the outside be repainted before they’ll approve the loan (lame). But that is small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. I’m just so relieved they didn’t find any deal breakers. Next step is just to get the loan finalized!
  • I’m so excited to move for what should be a very, very long time. I counted it out and I’ve moved 14 times in the last 10 years. How ridiculous is that?
  • In  travel news, it will be just 11 days we’ll be leaving for Oregon to see my family!! I cannot wait.

Trying to Find My Routine

Peace isn’t a permanent state. It exists in moments. Fleeting. Gone before we knew it was there. We can experience it at any time, in a stranger’s act of kindness, a task that requires complete focus or simply the comfort of an old routine. Everyday we all experience these moments of peace. The trick is to know when they’re happening so that we can embrace them, live in them. –Grey’s Anatomy

This week I feel like I’m running on auto pilot. Now that we’ve moved further from work I now have to get up at 545AM instead of 630. I know it’s not that much earlier, but a before 6AM wakeup time just isn’t natural. I shouldn’t complain because Match will be having to get up around 4 something to get ready for academy starting next week.

I’m still getting used to the house so inevitably I run into the walls or trip over things as I get ready in the dark while trying not to wake up Match. That’s going to be one positive about him starting academy so early-he’ll be up before me so I won’t have to tiptoe in the dark.

The commute time has gone from about 20 minutes each way to almost an hour. The good news is I love me some books on CD so I catch up on my “reading” while I cuss out the driver who cut me off. I have a sailor’s mouth in traffic, I just can’t help it!

When I get home, I have been immediately tackling the daunting task that is unpacking. We gained a house and some square footage but we also lost a lot of closet storage. We used to have a walk in closet at the duplex (sigh, how I miss thee!) and now we just have two standard closets, one in each room. We have more garage space so if I get creative I’m sure I’ll come up with a storage technique for Match’s 80 million grandpa sweaters. Seriously, that boy has a LOT of sweaters. You’re sure to see pictures of them when winter approaches. I love them, but I also love to tease Match when he wears them. They’re knit and he really does kind of look like a grandpa in them. 😉
His uniforms are also taking up half of the spare room closet which is prime real estate.

While I’m in my unpacking frenzy, Match has been playing the dutiful house husband and making me dinner every night. I’m really going to miss that when he starts academy next week!! Not only does he cook for me most of the time, but he does it really well. I love to cook the fancy meals but I’m terrible with the day to day stuff. I get in a food rut and just cook the same thing every night.

I can’t wait to be done unpacking and back to a sense of some routine. I haven’t worked out in weeks and it’s driving me crazy. A combination of the move, the daily commute and this awful heat wave we’re having has drained me of any exercise motivation. I’m hoping to find it again soon because the holiday season is sneaking up on us. Speaking of the holidays, I’m so excited for Halloween. We’re in a prime neighborhood for trick or treaters. I’m trying to decide what I want to do for Halloween and I’m not sure if Match will even be around. I plan to dress up even if it’s just to pass out candy. Do any of you know what you’re going to be for Halloween? Are you starting to get back into the fall routine or are you struggling to find your rhythm like me?