Monday, October 15, 2012


I keep telling myself I'm going to be better about blogging and then life happens and the blogging doesn't!

The last thing I posted about was school starting--that seems like a million years ago! Our house was supposed to close a few days before school started, so I decided to go ahead and sign the girls up at the school out in Puyallup. Of course, as life goes, we did NOT close in August and so I was stuck with figuring out what to do. Do I drive the kids back and forth for a few weeks (with a new closing date a month after the original), do I transfer them back to their Tacoma school not knowing if the house would even go through at all? To be honest, the whole thought of having to bring my girls back to Tacoma was making me sick. We didn't have any uniforms (we had bought them new school clothes, so excited they didn't have to wear uniforms this year), we didn't even have the same school supplies bought (we would have had to get more), etc.

It was a really rough time of indecision, not knowing what was going to happen or how everything was going to work out. So I finally decided to drive them out to Puyallup every day until we moved (if that happened), and if things didn't work out, we would deal with it as it came.

After two weeks of driving them 20 minutes out, then 20 minutes back (if there was no traffic, it usually ended up being an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon), we found out that we weren't going to be able to close on the date they gave us. We were told that we wouldn't be given any more extensions and that was that. Finally, after a weekend of being told that our "people" would do whatever they could to make it work we waited and finally found that the bank was giving us five more days. So one more week of driving and FINALLY, finally it happened. We moved. We got our house, we didn't have to tell our landlords for the fourth time "nevermind, we're not moving THIS week..." It happened. *relief*

Of course, now we get to deal with all the little things you find out about a place when you move in. I had a really bad week of thinking "WHAT HAVE WE DONE?!?!" But now that things are starting to happen and things are coming together, I'm starting to feel less overwhelmed and more excited.

The girls started riding the bus, they were really nervous but once they did it, they really like it. Bethany adopted two African Dwarf frogs from her class, so we have our very first pets! ;) We got a new washer and dryer set. Our internet is set up, our computer and television is set up. I finally finished painting the boys' room (because the previous owners had painted it bright turquoise, it took a lot of coats to cover!), and am hoping to finish painting the girls' room this week. We've made a trip to Ikea. We still have a million boxes to unpack. But its good. And I'm happy. And grateful for the little tender mercies that have kept me going: like looking at my kids playing in our backyard with the sunshine filtering through the trees--it was like heaven. Like one of my best friends moving just up the road a week before us--SO amazingly lucky. Like knowing people in our ward already and feeling like its the place we should be. And so many more.

I also missed posting about our day at the fair, but I forgot my camera so I can't even share some pictures! (You have no idea how sad I was about the camera, I almost didn't even want to go if I couldn't take pictures of the day!) :)

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AlixSteele said...

I'm so excited for you Melinda! We've had a crazy home buying experience too and when we finally got in to our fixer-upper last week, I thought, "What have we done?!" I'm glad it isn't just me. I'm excited to get to pass you in the halls between meetings at church!