I've decided downgrading a bedroom makes it more of a challenge when you're trying to find spots for everything. For instance, we had an extra closet in our last place which we used as a pantry/storage closet. Good news, our new place has extra kitchen cabinets so we can put all of our extra pantry items and we even have a storage room outside to use. But the problem I'm running into is some of the other things we had out, like board games. We don't have a spot like we used to in our old place for board games so I'm going to have to get creative on where to put those. I have lots of cupboards for pots and pans but maybe if I get a pot & pan organizer it would free up more space for other things. Board games maybe? "Kids, the games are next to the pots." I am bound to get some weird looks from them lol. But hey, if that's where you have room, that's where you have room! We have more to get rid of which will also help with our space issue and soon it will all be done and in order. I will be so happy to no have to pack or unpack anymore!
September 15, 2014
I haven't blogged here or at my other blog nor have I even gone to my friend's blogs in ages. That's what happens when you move. We didn't even move once, we've moved twice within a month's time. It was crazy, hectic, frustrating, and tiresome but it was also new, fun, exciting, and adventurous! Doing things with my family makes the difficult things easier to go through. I am so blessed! So while I may not be blogging as much or surfing blogs, I am doing so much! We are still unpacking from our last move which keeps me plenty busy, but today I also took some time to ask the kids about things they wanted for Christmas. A subject they love to talk about mind you! (I can't blame them, I am just as excited for Christmas as they are!) Three more months and Christmas will be here and I can't wait to experience the wonderful holiday season in our new area! More to come as it gets closer!
Posted by Michelle at 7:38 PM
July 22, 2014
Moving takes a lot of preparation, time, and patience. I am so very thankful for all the friends and family who have come to help with this move. Moving in town is hard enough but moving out of town and out of state is so much harder! So I am glad to have the help getting everything ready. Moving across town, I didn't care as much about what went into boxes. But moving out of state, I am much more careful about what I pack together and I am labeling everything so I know where to find things. The packing isn't fun but it's exciting to be moving somewhere new! We are hoping to rent a house in our new area. We are all looking forward to having a yard with fun toys like a trampoline or a playset like the playsets in virginia beach. Having our own space versus being in an apartment will be one of the best parts of this move! Now to get back to packing...
Posted by Michelle at 10:17 PM
July 20, 2014
We bought a surround sound system awhile back but it's never worked properly. I admit, I have no clue when it comes to hooking up all the wires to our TV, DVD player, VCR, Wii, and antenna. My husband has that all figured out and I let him do it. But ever since we hooked up the surround sound, it doesn't work the way it should. We still have to click all the buttons to listen to any movie through the TV instead. When we try to use the speakers, only half work at a time and then they jump back and forth. I'm pretty sure our amplifier works, just not the smaller speakers. I mean, what's the point of finding a sale on amps and speaker system if it doesn't work properly? I would have returned it right away but my husband said the wires need to be adjusted and it will work fine. He hasn't had the time to fix it but hopefully soon he can because I'd really like to get our money out of them since they weren't cheap!
Posted by Michelle at 10:09 PM
July 09, 2014
When I think of productivity I think of my job outside of the home and my job inside the home. Outside of the home and at a job, my productivity represented how efficiently I could do my work during the day. Some days were definitely more efficient than others. But I'm not one to sit around and do the least amount of work required just so I get paid, I work hard and that makes me feel good. But the part of my productivity that I didn't like was it was a number that represented me to the company. The company knows nothing about me personally and how hard I work or what my work ethic is. They only see my productivity number and that number tells them if I am a good employee or not. Now compare that with my productivity inside the home. Today I ran some errands, I got dinner in the crockpot early, and I packed a ton of boxes (putting myself ahead of schedule!). Those things were the extra's on top of all the mom/wife responsibilities I have. I worked just as hard at home today and I felt really good. But my productivity matters only to me and my family and what they see is way more valuable. They see me working to make our home a wonderful place to live. They see that I care about them and love and enjoy taking care of things. They see me. Not a number. When I don't do as much in one day, they still see me and the mom/wife that I am and they still love me. They never think because I did less one day, that I'm worth less. And that by far is my favorite kind of productivity. :)
Posted by Michelle at 10:44 PM
May 22, 2014
Our dog is a little spoiled. I never thought I'd have an indoor dog. But we do and I love it. (She follows us around and gets excited when we play with her). I never thought I'd let a dog sit on the couch. But ours does and yeah, I kind of like it. (She likes to stay close to me when I'm working or feeding the baby. What's not to like?!) I never thought I'd let a dog sleep in our room and not in a kennel. But our dog does and we kind of like it. (Except when she stretches and her nails scratch the wall. Apparently, she stretches a lot in the middle of the night!) We love our dog so much. I just heard about synovi g4 and while I don't know much about it, it might be worth talking to our vet to see how beneficial it would be. Just like I want the best for our kids, I want the best for our dog. She's a member of the family after all. :)
Posted by Michelle at 10:27 PM
May 03, 2014
The deadline for new healthcare has come and gone. Did you get signed up? Did you even understand it? Yeah, we didn't. I read a bunch of things online about it and I had more questions than I could find answers. Not to mention some of my questions had multiple answers which only made me more confused. We finally went in and saw a lady at my doctor's office who supposedly understood it. She answered our questions which was nice and helped us figure out what we needed to do. Finding the right insurance for what you need is hard and having someone to explain things is a big help. You could look into getting a burlington health insurance quote and I bet you'd find someone to help answer any questions you may have. Thankfully there are people out there to help those who don't understand. Trying to talk to people who don't have a clue but should, now that's really frustrating. :P
Posted by Michelle at 5:21 PM
SPRING IS HERE!! This is my favorite season! I don't mind the other seasons, they each have aspects I love. But Spring, I love everything about spring! All the plants, flowers, and trees coming into bloom. The smell of freshly cut grass. The laughter of kids playing outside. Birds singing in the mornings. The rain. Rainbows. Yep, can't get much better than that. Hmmm, all of a sudden I feel like I've posted this same post before. Oh well, that just means I really like this time of year! My kids and husband do too. Family walks, bike rides, and runs are the best. We have done some already and the weather has been perfect. So excited for the next few weeks as we can get out and be more active!
Posted by Michelle at 5:13 PM
April 08, 2014
I don't know why but I have been having headaches and problems with my eyes this past week. Maybe it's because I am not sleeping and not drinking enough water? Can't do much about the not sleeping at the moment but I have been trying to drink more water. I think the water is helping but not sure what else is going on. The headaches and the fuzziness sure makes doing things hard. Trying to type this post hasn't been easy. Don't ask me to do any math problems at this moment. That might be too much right now lol. There are these accounting firms in charlotte nc that would be a great resource if someone needed help figuring out investments and needed financial advice. At this moment, I am glad there are people out there like that because I don't have any idea when it comes to investing, with or without a clear head. Hopefully my headaches go away and my eyesight improves so I don't screw up one of our bills or the kids homework lol.
Posted by Michelle at 10:22 PM
Children are so much fun. Hard work, yes. Some days you want to pull your hair out, yep. But there is always more good than bad. Seriously, always. It's just a matter of perspective. I could focus on the things they do wrong. I could focus on the times they don't listen. I could focus on the times when they continue to fight with each other. But I choose not too. I choose to focus on their cute little personalities. I choose to focus on their sweet little laughs as they run around. I choose to focus on our time together when we're all smiling and enjoying each others company. Choosing to focus on the good, makes being a parent worth it. If I choose to look at the bad, I would hate being a parent. Plus, chances are good that my kids wouldn't like me very much if I didn't enjoy them. So as hard as it is being a parent, I truly do love it. I am so blessed to have children!
Posted by Michelle at 9:47 PM
March 02, 2014
When I was in sixth grade, I remember I could choose between taking choir or band. I didn't have a clue how to sing but I did have a brother who played the trumpet. My mom rented his from a place in town but now you can look for trumpets for sale at wwbw. So I figured, between the two, I would give band a try. I don't recall why I specifically choose the clarinet but I thought it was a cool instrument. I played for four years before I couldn't fit it into my schedule anymore. Every once in awhile I still pull it out and I'm always surprised by how much I remember. It's a beautiful instrument and I've never regretted learning how to play. There have been plenty of times though I wish I had also pursued choir because I would have liked to learn how to sing better. I don't suck but I'm not great either. Oh well. I'm still glad I went with band.
Posted by Michelle at 9:20 PM
Or in my case, woman's best friend. :D Seriously, we have the best dog. She is such a sweetie. Granted, she's still a puppy and learning what she should and should not do but for the most part, she's been a blessing to our family. I am not always up for playing with her. Sometimes I get really nauseous when she's playing fetch and she's slobbered all over the toy. Sometimes when she starts to clean herself I have to walk away because that wet dog smell doesn't sit well with me. But I love seeing her relax when I rub her tummy. I love having her next to me on the couch while I'm working on the computer. I love watching her be content as the kids maul her. I love that she comes to me when I call her and she's so eager about it. Gosh, I just love this dog! There were a few weeks we weren't sure we would be able to get her but I am so glad we did. I wish everyone was so lucky. :)
Posted by Michelle at 9:01 PM
February 16, 2014
Living during this time is really hard. There are so many challenges that people face every single day. Our youth especially, wow, they have more to worry about then I did when I was younger. Just this past week I read about a new way kids get high that made me sick to my stomach. They essentially strangle themselves to the point of passing out. Sadly, a lot of them end up dying and others become paralyzed. :( And it's not just youth that are trying to get high but adults too. I've lost track of how many celebrity drug overdoses there have been just in the last year. It's so sad! People can get high off anything it seems like. Prescription medication is a huge problem right now and there are probably a lot of individuals that need the information for oxycondone rehab or other prescription meds to help them. I hope and pray my kids never do anything like this but you just never know. :(
Posted by Michelle at 10:50 PM
Sundays tend to be pretty busy for us between regular church meetings and presidency meetings. Today wasn't much different as far as being busy, but it was a different busy. I had one of my counselors go to my first meeting because we were headed out of town quick. My brother was blessing his new baby so we made a quick trip to his ward and then came back for the last hour of ours so my husband could teach his lesson. I was supposed to have a meeting right after church but my pelvis had had it so I cancelled it. Came home and grabbed something to eat before taking a quick nap. Then I had some busy work that needed done so I worked on that. Then I had to deliver a bunch of things, so I did that too. We let the kids stay up late watching a movie and then they went to bed. Now I'm finishing up some things then we're headed to bed too. So, not as crazy of a Sunday but still busy. Our life is never dull. :)
Posted by Michelle at 10:43 PM
February 03, 2014
Had a long day today. It started last night. Could not find a comfortable position to sleep in and tossed and turned. Had to get up and use the bathroom. THEN I finally found a comfortable spot. And not just a little comfortable, I was in heaven. Seriously, I haven't been that comfortable in months with this pregnancy. But my joy didn't last very long because then my cell phone started beeping because the battery apparently was dying. Noooooooo! I couldn't believe the timing. I tried to ignore it hoping I could just fall back asleep and deal with it in the morning. Yeah, no. So I got up and plugged the dumb thing in. Lost my comfortable spot. Then about an hour later it was time to get up. I was irritated to say the least. Went to work and had some rough patients. They didn't want to cooperate and they most definitely didn't want to be safe today. My job is hard enough with capable patients but ones that are continually not safe takes a huge toll on my body. I came home from work and my pelvis was completely locked up. Ever tried to walk with a locked pelvis? It's painful and you can't do it without severely limping. I took a nap which helped a little but I woke up with a headache. Tried to help the kids with homework and their lessons. Got them to bed late. Now I'm sitting here trying to get some things done. I did take some Tylenol which will hopefully help my head and maybe my pelvis a little. Tomorrow will be better.
Posted by Michelle at 8:38 PM
January 27, 2014
Every time my husband applies for a job somewhere, if I get a minute, I like to look at the houses in that area that are for sale. One day we'll own our own home and looking to see what I like and don't like I think will help when that day comes. Just recently, I was looking at some homes in one area and was floored to see how expensive they were. Seriously, the job paid well for where we're at now but having to live in the area by the job, we actually couldn't have afforded it. It was crazy to me! I was only looking at the mortgage price too, not even taking into account taxes and insurance costs. I'd be a little nervous to look for homeowners insurance quotes in that one area. They are probably through the roof where the homes were so expensive. Something perfect will come along at the right time, right? That's what I keep telling myself. One day...one day...
Posted by Michelle at 11:22 PM
I have been so happy since we got another dog. She is so good for our family! She's still in the puppy stage which means she has her naughty moments, but overall, those moments are few and far between. Seriously, such a good dog! I find myself constantly comparing her to our first dog. We loved our first dog, don't get me wrong. But we picked her out solely based on her cute factor. Gosh she was cute! She had so much energy and we didn't have a lot of time to let her get it all out. She needed constant attention and really struggled to entertain herself. She hated being left alone and we struggled to take her with us when we went anywhere. But we loved her and have a lot of cute memories of her little quirks. When we had to give her up, it was really hard. It took a lot of years before we could get another dog and we have been really pleased. We did our homework and found the right dog for us. She really fits into our family and we're in a better place to give her what she needs. I am so grateful we have her!
Posted by Michelle at 11:17 PM
I have been enjoying watching wedding shows on Netflix. Getting married is a big step and it's fun to watch as new brides get so excited for their big day. I was pretty stoked when I got married! I can still remember the butterflies I had, not because I was nervous, but because I was so excited. My husband was truly my match. I knew it then and I still know it now, over a decade later. He's awesome and I am blessed to share my life with him! I hope that these couples I see get married, their marriages work out as well as mine did. I hope they find that perfect dress, find the perfect location, and even find a a wedding DJ in charleston sc if that's what they choose, to make their day special. It's a day you always remember as a bride so you hope it's everything you dreamed of!
Posted by Michelle at 10:56 PM
My last post was pregnancy related and now my mind is in that mood. I was thinking about how this pregnancy has been different from my others. One big thing that comes to mind is I haven't been able to wear my contacts this time around. My last pregnancy, I could tell me eyes changed during pregnancy. They got a little worse as the pregnancy went on but I could still wear my contacts without a problem. This time however, I don't think I made it more than 2 months before my contacts started to really bother me. My eyes hurt and the contacts never felt like they were in the right place. It became so painful I finally had to stop wearing them. Darn. I miss my contacts! My glasses are fine I just don't love them. I wonder if I would love cheap rimless frames instead of what I have? Glasses can be pricey if you're buying them all the time so I don't usually get new ones unless I have too. Thankfully I have glasses as a backup but I hope after the baby is born, I can switch back to my contacts.
Posted by Michelle at 10:40 PM
The baby is getting bigger which means I am getting more uncomfortable. It's a blessing to be pregnant though. There was a time I wasn't sure I wanted kids. Mainly because I was scared of the unknown. I didn't know how pregnancy would be. I didn't know how I would do with labor. And I didn't know if I would be a good mom. Thankfully, I've gotten past all of that. Well, mostly lol. Each pregnancy has been different and this time has definitely been the hardest. Part of me worries how I will make it through the rest of the pregnancy but I keep going, one day at a time. I still worry about labor, each one has been different. Having a c-section still terrifies me and I worry that at least one of my pregnancies will end up in one. I HOPE not but that thought is in my head. And as far as being a good mom. There are a lot of days where I feel like a great mom but then there are other days, not so much. But I figure that's pretty normal right? Overall, I am glad we have children and I'm glad to have a body that can bring these sweet babies into this world. I am truly blessed to be a mother!
Posted by Michelle at 10:29 PM
December 28, 2013
Like most families, we have family pictures hung up on our walls in our home. But I am really bad at keeping those pictures updated. Is that pretty normal? We have a tradition to change out the pictures at the end of the year with things that we did all year long. But that tradition has slipped for the past few years. Three to be exact. I kept meaning to do it and even started a folder on my computer of which pictures I wanted to print but I just never finished. Finally my husband and I sat down about two weeks ago and did it just to finally get it done. I am so happy we finished! It's nice to see new ones up and remember what we've done this past year. The kids have been happy to see them too and reminisce over our adventures. Now we just need to have our family pictures done. Not just regular pictures like we have but getting some professional ones done. It's been about three years since we've done that too. Maybe we'll wait until after the baby is born then we'll really be caught up. :D
Posted by Michelle at 8:32 PM
I was asked that question in reference to Christmas. "I wanted the day to go by slow and instead it went by really fast!" Yep, that's pretty much how it goes around Christmastime. I actually had most of the week off from work and the first half of the week went great. I didn't feel rushed and had time to get things done that I wanted to. Then Christmas came and the day was wonderful. The kids got excited over every present and my husband and I loved our presents too. I was so happy to be able to surprise my husband this year with a few gifts he wasn't expecting. That made me feel really good. Today, three days later we are still playing with and enjoying our presents. I wish I had a few more days to spend with the family before returning to work but the few days I did get, it was a nice reprieve. My family needed me to be home and I needed to be here too. So while it went by fast, it was still very enjoyable and has been a great week!
Posted by Michelle at 8:09 PM
December 02, 2013
I have started watching a new TV on Netflix called "Say Yes to the Dress." It's a show about women looking for their perfect wedding dress. I think I really like the show because a part of me is living through these women. I never found the perfect wedding dress when I got married. Wedding dress shops were few in my area when I got married. Plus, I am tall and I'm not skinny and I wanted something modest. Those four things made looking for a dress really hard. I remember feeling frustrated and sad that I couldn't find anything. Finally, my MIL took me to a lady she knew that rented dresses out of her home. I found one that would work but I didn't love it. I didn't hate it but I remember thinking that it was the only one that fit and was modest and I was out of time and had to go with it. So watching this show and seeing how happy the women are when they find the "perfect" dress, it makes me really happy for them. My dress wasn't perfect but my husband was and still is. Who cares about a dress I wore once when I have such a great husband to spend the rest of forever with? Yep, I'm good. :)
Posted by Michelle at 10:11 PM
November 28, 2013
I like to have things organized. Or at least as much as I can and have time to do. I have bins for my flours and sugars which I've always thought was helpful. We have a number of shoe organizers throughout the house because shoes all over the floor are really annoying. I have containers in my hall for bathroom supplies and essentials. It just makes sense to have things organized and in spots that are easily accessible. I know I need help trying to organize our closets. We have some big tubs containers but we could also use different types of cabinet organizers for the other things that aren't in tubs. But one project at a time is about all I can handle and my closets are last on my list at the moment. I'll get to them eventually.
Posted by Michelle at 9:57 PM
Worst. Thanksgiving. Ever. But maybe I'm not being thankful enough. I just wanted today to turn out so differently than it did. I've cried more times than I can count over today and I should be counting my blessings. I just really wanted a great day. I had today off from work and I wanted to wake up and watch the parade and the dog show with my family. That's our tradition, we've been doing it for years. It's my absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving, even more so than the food. I just wanted it to be like it always is. But that didn't happen.
The dog woke up at almost 4am and had to be taken out. Which was annoying but didn't kill my mood. But then my husband got a call from his family asking for help to move a couch. Again, not a big deal, it was an hour before the parade started and plenty of time to move a couch right? No, three plus hours later he came home. I was heartbroken. I had tried to enjoy the parade with the kids, hoping he would be home soon but it didn't happen. Not to mention the station cut out for about 30 minutes and we couldn't even watch it. That's when I broke down. The day I was looking forward to all week. The day I needed with my family because work this week was so difficult. The day I needed to get me back on track and it fell apart. I caught maybe 30 minutes of the parade and about 5 minutes of the dog show. I was hurt and angry and I couldn't stop crying.
We went to my family's for dinner and it felt like just another day. Nothing special. We came home and here it is the end of the day and I feel like I didn't have Thanksgiving. So yes, I'm being selfish. I am complaining because I didn't get what I wanted. I wanted to be in bed an hour ago and here I am blogging because I have work to do and the baby took too late of a nap. I'm uncomfortable, exhausted, emotional, and whiny. I am going to need a prayer to make it through work tomorrow.
Posted by Michelle at 9:54 PM