Monday, January 31, 2011


Well the person that was really interested in our house and came twice to see it is apparently looking around at other options and not that interested anymore. Bummer. Its the house that nobody wants! Not even us! LOL. :o)
As if that was depressing enough my 2 favorite houses that I have been watching on the market both went contingent on the same day.
And we are under a winter storm watch for the next 3 days. Which means Keira's school is going to get canceled... and we get to spend more boring days inside the house. We are getting another 20ish inches of snow. Where on earth we are going to put it is beyond me. The snow piles on the side of the road and driveway are already so high that when you pull up to an intersection you can't see anything until you are sticking out into the road.
The only good thing I have to say is Good Bye January 2011. You won't be missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think the lack of sleep, winter, and 31 weeks of nausea/vomiting are starting to get to me.
All I have to say is spring and baby girl you can't come fast enough for me!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

All partied out.

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Father/Daughter Dance 2

Keira and Cara Sullivan and Catherine Ruiz

Keira and Maria

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Father/ Daughter Dance 1

This is how she wanted to go to the dance.... There was no changing her mind of the animated tights. I finally managed to convince her to lose the sunhat and do something cute with her hair.

After losing the hat she said she wanted "braids!"
All ready to go. Handsome daddy and handsome daugher.
The snotty drooly kid with the cold got to stay home with me and he was not amused that Keira got to go "bye bye" with daddy and he didn't.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Some hope?????

We pulled our house off the market ( just for a month- lest the listing get to old and people start to wonder what on earth is wrong that our house isn't selling) and immediately we got 2 requests for showings. One of those people that saw the house last week is coming back today with some extended family for a second showing. We know better than to get our hopes up but we are hoping for a favorable outcome. The buyer has family that lives in our neighborhood so that's a major factor pulling her towards our house. Say a prayer for us please!

Almost 31 weeks...

Good grief. Can anyone say huge??? Someone please tell me when I get to stop gaining weight and start losing it.
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When you get really bored...

You make lots of messes. Here the kids are playing with dry lentils and rice... scooping, pouring, mixing and making a huge mess.

Ohh and of course tasting it too....
After you are done making a mess you watch Max and Ruby.... a few too many times
And then you make more messes because you all know that bending over is so much fun for a mom who is 8 months pregnant! Lets just say that we are ready to say good bye to January for sure.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This pretty much sums up the week

After 18 inches last week we got another storm with another 8ish inches yesterday and then a few inches of ice on top and now its snowing again.... Snow piles are almost up to the top of the mail box.
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I can feed myself!

Israel's fav lunch- shredded cheese and torn up ham or turkey.
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Israel is starting to take an interest in books. He likes to flip through the pages and chatter to himself. The one book he will sit on our laps and listen to is "Hey Diddle Diddle"- I think because its one of those lift the flap books.
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One of Israel's fav toys

His lightsaber! He loves to stab his sister with it!
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Israel and his proud mess

One of MANY that he makes in a day.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting......

I hate waiting. Doesn't everyone??? I feel like that's all I do lately. I'm restless, impatient, and oh so tired of waiting. Waiting for spring, waiting this house to sell, and waiting for the baby to arrive. There is nothing to do but wait.
Its not going to be spring anytime soon. I think that's clear by the 20 inches of snow we got yesterday. Yes its pretty and can be fun to play in but seriously... I'm tired of the blast of cold air every time you open the door. I am tired of the production to go outside.. the shoes, ( in the summer our grass is awesome and the kids don't even have to wear shoes when playing in our yard), coats, mittens, hats, snow pants. The adjusting and readjusting of the car seat straps every time we put the kids in their seats depending on what they are wearing. The whining from Israel because he has limited use of his hands due to his mittens. The limited play dates because someone is always sick, the lack of going anywhere because sometimes just the production of getting out the door is too much effort. The warming up the car every time we go anywhere. And mostly just that feeling that I am a caged in chicken. We go from room to room all day long... the kids need exercise, I need exercise. Their toys get so much use that the kids grow bored of them after a while. The guilt I feel because I let them watch some TV everyday because sometimes there just isn't anything else to do. The constant cleaning up of snack crumbs ( yes I make them eat outside alot in the summer! Less mess and less cleaning up)
In regards to our unsellable house. We have talked every strategy there is to talk. We have lowered the price 800 times ( okay not that many but ALOT) The next price point we lower it too will be 20,000 less than we bought it for. Which is insane considering that was only 4 years ago and when we bought it the house was covered in paneling, shag carpet and an ugly kitchen and bathroom. And now its all updated, sunny and there is no carpet to be found which means we spent $$ making it nice and we can't even sell it for close to what we bought it for. And the other option of just staying here isn't so sweet either. The market isn't predicted to improve for at least 3-5 years either. Which makes we want to scream as we can stay here and be just fine but we are busting at the seems and honestly its just getting stressful to live in such a small space for us as Mike and I are very organized ocd clean type people and you can't organize when there is no space to do so. The current plan is to take the house off the market next week and relist 30 days later ( apparently real estate strategy is to make sure your listing is not too old otherwise people start to wonder what is wrong with the house). At that point its supposed to be considered a "spring market" and maybe we will get lucky?? I highly doubt it and at some point we have to say enough is enough we can't afford to lose any more money on the house but at the same time what are our options?? So here we sit waiting waiting waiting.... and all hopes of being in a new house before baby arrives have pretty much disappeared.
I am finally made it to the third trimester and with it comes all the glory of the third trimester. All the fun stuff.... being enormous, heartburn from heLL yada yada yada. I think every mother has experienced it except those lucky few who feel great the entire pregnancy... not that I will ever know what that is like. I am literally counting down the days. Until I can go more than 60 min without needing to pee, until I can lie flat again while sleeping and not propped up on 3 pillows, until I can read a story to Keira without feeling short of breath, until I can wake up and not wonder if I am going to throw up or not, until cooking is fun again and food has taste again, until bending over isn't painful... I'll stop there because I could go on forever.
I hardly have anything to do to get ready for the baby other than filling our freezer with meals but I just can't seem to gather the energy and food just grosses me out so I don't really want to plan meals. We have gotten some hand me downs from family and friends and so all the 0-3 month stuff is washed and ready to go, same with the diapers, and birth supplies. I need to buy a few things and install the car seat and co sleeper but obviously that won't be done till the very end. So again... Im just waiting for time to pass........Did I mention I hate waiting???

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Keria and Sarah dancing

Thr girls tore up the dance floor at a bapstim party on Sunday.
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More snow pics

See how the snow piles are up to his face???

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Now thats a snowstorm!

20ish inches!! Kids had a blast. The snow piles are up to Israel's shoulders. Mike was kind enough to plow some paths through the backyard so the kids can wander and still get to the swing set and playhouse. Hippert was kind enough to come play with Keira in the snow- something that's hard me for me to do being 7 and 1/2 months pregnant and watching Israel was well.
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Mac and cheese

Is Israel's favorite food for sure... besides raisins and shredded cheese.
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Happy 15 months little man!

You are a bundle of energy and love. You have figured out how to torment your sister. You love to grab her Polly Pockets and run and you know she hates it. Tonight at dinner she wanted to sit right next to you and you rewarded her by poking her with your fork. Ahh sibling love. :o)
Your vocab is amazing. You probably have 30ish words... Sit down, bye bye, mama, daddy, apple, cheese stick, milk, snack, meatball, ut ohh, show ( tv show), up, see, that, this, broom, no, go, stinky, cookie, cracker, eat, among others.
You love going down to the basement and looking at daddy's tools, and playing with the broom.
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