Beans don’t burn on the grill

We moved into our current house 4 years ago.  Since then CSP has been transferred to a new district.  Now the possibility of him ever working anywhere near our house is pretty slim.  In fact, his commute has steadily gotten longer and now is an hour long one way.  To keep his sanity we’ve decided to move!  Here’s a picture of our new digs.  We move in next week!  We will miss being so close to Marc & Sara’s house (my sister & BIL) and being just a mile from my BFF Christina’s house, but our new neighborhood offers so many plusses it helps to make up for it.  CSP won’t have any yard work!  It’s included in the HOA fees.  Sweet!   Plus we’re getting the vaulted ceiling in the great room and the hardwood floors that we lost when we moved into our current house.  Packing is NOT fun and everything takes longer than you think but it will be worth it.

Now, what does this mean for our adoption? Over the summer we came to the point in our adoption process where the next step was home inspections.  We were already thinking about moving so we put everything on hold.  Our social worker is waiting for us to give her the go ahead once we get settled in the new joint so she can come out and start the home visits.  It just didn’t make any sense to have the old house inspected then turn around and have to do it all again after the move.  So, God willing and if CSP’s schedule allows it, then we’ll have all our home visits completed by Christmas.

We are so ready to be out of this house.  It has been like a black cloud over our heads for 4 years.  So many bad things happened to us here.  Right after we moved in China changed their rules and we were out of their adoption program.  Then we switched to Guatemala.  I had knee surgery.  Guatemala closed.  I had a hysterectomy.  We were matched up with a birth mother in SC.  She changed her mind a few months later and broke the news to me over the phone while we were driving to Disney so I could be a bridesmaid in Lisa’s wedding.  I had to deal with a huge family drama that changed a few relationships forever. CSP was transferred multiple times.  Sara got sicker and sicker.  I caught that nasty virus that put me in the hospital then led to pneumonia.  Whew.  It’s been a rough time.

We are ready for a fresh start!  I’m finally having the motha of all yard sales that I’ve been wanting to have forever.  CSP will have so much more free time after this move.  Time to spend with our little nugget.  We’ll be able to get that all wrapped up then start the waiting process.  A really wonderful thing is happening to one of my best friends this spring that I am over the moon excited about.  CSP & I are planning our next Disney cruise to celebrate his 40th birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary.  SO many good things on the horizon!  We’re moving on up!

Spleen free!

Yesterday Sara had her spleen removed to fix her sickness she’s been dealing with for the last 5 years.  She came through the surgery like a champ!   She was in pain and had some vomiting but was able to come home from the hospital this afternoon.   When we were at the hospital visiting Sara needed to go to the bathroom.  Well, you know how hospital gowns are.  So we told Papa to turn around and avert his eyes.  When we were finished helping Sara we found him like this! 

Shocker

I was on the phone with my Mom the other day:

Gigi-  No one uses the pool anymore.

Me- Well, not since you can get electrocuted!

Gigi- It did become ungrounded when they switched it over to salt water.  Remember when we’d try and get each other to touch the sides and get shocked?

Yes, people, my family would gather in a swimming pool full of water and dare each other to touch the electrified metal pole.  And I’m bringing children into this family!

Spending money in style

I finally used up all the checks I ordered when we moved in here 4 years ago so I searched around for some cute new checks.  I found these adorable skullie checks! They come in 4 different colors and even have matching address labels.  Plus I found a coupon code online so I got 2 boxes for $8.00.  Not bad!  I can’t wait til they arrive! I only write like 2 checks a month but at least they’ll be fun!

Facebook has sucked the brains out of my head

I used to be witty.  I used to write.  Often.  I used to blog.  Often.  Now do you know what I’m concerned about?  Planting enough flax on Frontierville to meet my goals and building my haunted house on Farmville.  What the hell is wrong with me?  It has infected my family too.  I’ve noticed that in most conversations with my sister Sara we discuss Far

FarmVille

Image via Wikipedia

m & Frontierville.   We used to be creative, intelligent women.  PEOPLE, I have things to do!  I don’t have time to run 2 different virtual farms!   And never mind how I’ve totally let my island go to pot on Treasure Isle!   Seriously though, I totally blame Facebook for my non blogging.  All day long little updates are hitting my Facebook wall.  The last thing I want to do is write a narrative about all those little updates.  But I’ve got to hang in!  I’m less than a year away from blogging for a full decade.  Ten years of detailing my little adventures on the interwebs.  The internet will never be the same.