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Sorry girls I have been so busy dealing with a few things and working at night waitressing that I have hardly had time to read posts or even post myself. I hope you are all doing well. Welcome to the newbies that have joined since I was last here.
What's up with me??? Well my uncle (whom we rent the house we are living in from) came to visit us in mid August and it was not good news. he has decided that he wants to sell the place and the market out here to rent or buy is so bad. He also informed us that for the last 3 months (June, July and August) the rent money never made it to his account. But the problem was it left ours. After much debate and dealings with the bank that we deal with (actually we both banked at the same one) we found that it was the banks fault and not ours. My uncle still wanted us to move - giving us only 60 days (which would be coming up here on October 14th). He has been really difficult to deal with, especially with him living in England. Anyway we spoke with a realtor and he suggested us sticking out at the place we are living in for as long as we could and buying in December or early next year, as the market is better then. We told the guy about our situation and he said that it is our right to stay her for 3 months - and it has to be a written notice. I informed my uncle of this and b/c we never signed a contract with him 3 years ago, neither of us has rights so he is just letting us stay here for as long as we need to until we buy. What a big relief that has been. I actually only found that out this week. Such a burden taken off my shoulders. The whole reason he wanted to sell actually was b/c he thought we wern't paying him, so since it has been resolved (the bank still has to return the money to him) he is ok with us staying here for a bit longer as we need. But boy talk about stress. We set up a new account with a different bank, as this was the final straw with them - just one too many mistakes that we can't afford to continue happening.
This week my van broke down in the grocery shopping mall. That day (Tuesday) had been a bad day as I had not heard back yet from my uncle so I was still worrying about us having to move on such short notice, as we still had not found anywhere to rent. As I was leaving to go to the store, a song started to play in my house (Praise You in the Storm by Casting Crowns). It was coming from my family room but the tv, vcr, dvd player, cd player and laptop were off. I think it was God's way of telling me He was here even in my storms and that I should be praising Him. It was so amazing. I left the house and that is when my van started acting up, and then it finally died in the parking lot of the grocery store. Had to have it towed to a repair shop, but the guy towing it was so great. Giving me some advise about cars and car repair shops and how they try to over charge you and what to watch for and such. I went in and got the things I needed and called for a cab. So there I was standing outside the doors waiting for a cab with 3 shopping carts - one witht he car seats and stroller that were in my van that I took out, one with the kids (Evan on top Ethan inside in his carseat) and one full of groceries. Not fun I tell you. These 2 older ladies insissted that they drive me home so I went with them, and after dropping me off I asked what they wanted for the inconvience to them and there reply " Oh nothing dear, we are just happy that you are home safe and sound with your kids. This is our good deed for the day". I was just amazed how ppl can be so helpful when you need it. It made me happy amidst the thought of my dead van. Update on the van: I'm picking it up today when dh gets home. It needed a new alternator (sp) which is costing us 758.15. Yikes - but oh well. I really needed it back.
As for me working, well I am looking for a full time job. We are buying as I stated above, but we didn't get aproved for much with just dh's income - only 270,000 which is nothing in this city right now - pretty much only mobile homes and 2 bedroom condos. So I am going back full time, which I have mixed feelings about. I love staying home and know that it will be a VERY HARD adjustment for me. I haven't actually gotten a job yet full time but am madly looking. I think in the next 2 weeks I will be starting. I work right now at night waitressing and it is just not worth it - it is not making me enough money to warrent even working there. I think I will enjoy the time away from the kids and I think they will like being around other kids, but it will be hard. I think that it is all around good for all.
Ok an update on the boys. Today Ethan is 7 months old. I can hardly believe in 5 months we will be celebrating his first - yikes where does the time go. He has cut one tooth 2 weeks ago and has many more on the way. He is a great baby though - very easy going and loves having Evan around. I got them both weighed about a month ago and here are there stats.
Ethan (6 months) - W= almost 20lbs H= ok I forget for now - but he is long
Evan (just over 2 years) - W= 31lbs H= just over 3 feet
Ethan is a big boy - Evan was 20.5 lbs at a year and Ethan is almost 20lbs at 6 months. Both are tall though - I guess I have some giants on my hands - my body gaurds later in life - lol. Both are doing great though. Evan is in the terrible 2 phase which gets very trying at times, but he is a really affectionate boy - he loves hugging and kissing. And Ethan - he is so happy and is such a joy to be around. Watching them together is just amazing. I love my boys.
Dh and I are doing great. He is enjoying his job right now which is good. We celebrate 5 years on October 19th - we are going out for dinner and a movie either the weekend before or after. We are going to a french restuant that I love and that he has not been to and then a movie - we have free movie tickets. We are growing so much together though - and since dh's bro has been here (2.5 months now) we have been able to get out a few times just us and be together, which we hadn't done since before Evan was born. We are loving our new church and had Ethan dedicated on August 26th.
Well I better get going - Ethan is getting ansy and wants to eat. here are some pics though.
Thanks for the update! I hope you find a really good job very soon and can get that house you want/need! CUTE pictures of your family! I especially love the one of you and your husband sitting together. That's really sweet.
Oh my goodness, I cannot believe how big your boys have gotten!! They are SO CUTE!! Thanks so much for coming and updating us, I think about you often! I hope you are able to find a full time job quickly, and one that you will enjoy!! I'll also be praying that you will find a house to purchase when the time is right!! Take care!!