Monday, April 21, 2008

Reality is setting in

We met with the real estate agent on friday. Our plan was to wait until the end of June to put our house up for sale, minimizing the amount of time I have to try to keep it clean with hurricanes Dillon and Corryn plotting against me. Jennifer, the agent was rather persuasive in convincing us that now is when people are really looking at homes in this area and we would be missing out on a huge market to not go ahead and do it now. We'll just ask for an August closing, she says.

All fine and good, and luckily the house was nearly clean enough when she came to look at it (which took hours of cleaning). The yard needs a lot of work and Dave has next to zero time off between now and the day it goes up for sale, though. There were some things she mentioned- Dillon's artwork has to come off of the windows (from her window markers), the kitchen and bathroom counters have to be clear (except appliances) when it's shown. Where am I going to put that stuff that's on it now? The bag of apples, the bananas, the bread.... Where am I going to put the stuff on the bathroom counter? Corryn can get the drawers open.

So, I'm in stressed, cleaning mode. I'm trying not to be neurotic every time a toy gets drug out, but I am sneaking some of messier ones away into storage.

This ought to be interesting. Let's hope it sells quickly so I can go back to not having to worry about it being super clean.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Just one small thing was missing

We were going to a birthday party yesterday at 4:00. All day long Dillon asked- "Is it time for the party?" Over and over and over. Sometime early afternoon she took her clothes off for some reason- I think they got wet. She just left them off and ran around unclothed for the rest of the time. At 3:15 I told her we'd need to leave for the party soon and she needed to put clothes back on. As Dillon will do, she got distracted. Over and over and over. At 3:45, with a 20 minute drive ahead of us to get to the party, she headed down the steps to put her shoes on. I requested that she take another look to see if there was anything else she might need to do before we left.

"Oh yeah! I need to put clothes on!"

Oh to be so comfortable in your own skin that you forget that's all you're wearing...

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Catching up again!

Forever ago Karen tagged me to do a 10-20-30 thingie where you tell what you were doing 10, 20 and 30 years ago. It's taken me a while, what can I say?

Ten Years Ago

1998- I was 26, had been married for almost 3 years and Dave was 2 years into his undergrad work, working toward getting into medical school. We were living in the Dallas- Ft. Worth area growing weary of the traffic and the heat. I was working as a Pediatric ICU nurse at Cook Children's Medical Center in Ft. Worth. It seemed like life was hard at that point because we'd gone from 2 full time incomes to one and a part. That's pretty laughable to look back on that now :)

Twenty Years Ago

1988- I was 16 and in the 10th grade in Little Rock, Arkansas. It's funny that what reminded me to do this post was that I was cleaning out a closet today and found my prom dress from then.

I had a car about the same color as my dress, oddly enough. It was a Pontiac Sunfire with an aftermarket sunroof that leaked like crazy every time it rained. This made for a nice smelling car in the midst of the Arkansas summertime.

Thirty Years Ago

1978- 6 years old. I was in 1st grade at Lawson Elementary School. I remember that I loved learning to read and did so as often as possible. Maybe my mom will share some of her memories of me at that age in the comments....(hint, hint)

Yay for me, I got it done and had fun at it! And oh, yeah, got a closet cleaned out today!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Is there a toddler in the house- Take II

Yes, those are my tennis shoes floating in the bath I was about to take. Corryn so very helpfully put them there.

Thanks Corryn- really...