Thursday, April 7, 2016

SOLD!

Our house was listed last Sunday at 12:00 noon on Zillow. Monday and Tuesday there were 10 showings. We got 8 offers, 5 being above list.  After much discussion, we chose which one to accept on Tuesday evening around 9:30 p.m. We accepted an offer that was $3000 over list price. We close on June 1 and we leave Albuquerque to drive to New Hampshire on June 2! God is good all the time!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

VERY EXCITED!


I have worked for Albuquerque Public Schools for 25 years and will retire in July and then the whole family will move back to my home state of New Hampshire.

I wish I had taken pictures of the process of packing 54 boxes (Our house echos now.), selling my kitchen island and purple chair, taking 6 trips to GoodWill to donate items, having the handyman paint 2 rooms, and all the baseboards, moving 5 large pieces of furniture to storage and purging 5 bags of clothes. We've also had the house inspected and the stucco repaired.

In purging the house and packing to show it for sale (We will list the house on April 1st.), we have most of the packing done for the big move. It's amazing what you can live without and what you really NEED. It gives one a whole knew perspective.

We still have to have the yard cleaned up, stage the house and have listing pictures taken. That all happens next week, during spring break. I also have to OFFICIALLY file my retirement paperwork.

Then after the house sells and the school year ends, we will drive with 2 adults, 2 kids and 2 cats, 2500 miles to the home (pictured above) I grew up in, where we will live for the next year. We will set up house in Lincoln, New Hampshire (about 3 hours south of Canadian border) until we finally find our forever home. The population of my home town is only about 1600 people compared to Albuquerque, which is about 500,000. So, we will probably end up settling somewhere a little larger (for work opportunities) like Concord (population 42,000) or Manchester (population 110,000), which are farther south.

Friday, March 18, 2016

CRAZY BUS DRIVER


We had a CRAZY bus driver on our field trip yesterday. We were an hour late in getting to our location because the driver didn't understand that if two classes of 26 kids each + 5 adults = 57 people fills the bus, then 3 classes of 26 kids + 2 adults = 80 people will not fit on the second bus, of the same size. He also said that each bus had a capacity of 72 people. I don't think so?!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BIBLE JOURNALING

Since last August I have picked up a new hobby. Along with reading my Bible I now journal in the Bible. As I draw I think about and reread the pages many times. It helps me ponder and take in deeper God's words. I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest. My favorite tools are pencils, colored pencils and micron pens.
Here is the process.....sketch with a pencil...
....outline with Micron pens....
....add in the scripture and details....
....erase the pencil....
.....color.....
.....and add in more details....
.....complete the page with fancy script.
Here is the same page done in two different Bibles. I am doing one for each of my sons.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SLEEPING....or rather NOT SLEEPING

Andrew has ALWAYS had a hard time sleeping............

NOTE: Andrew had a very stressful start. I don't want to go over all that again, but if you want to know the details of our journey with adopting him you can read about it by clicking on these links:

SAM HAS SOMETHING TO TELL YOU 
AND THE PROCESS BEGINS AGAIN
PAPERWORK
GETTING CLOSER
WAITING ON BABY
OUR HEATS ARE BROKEN
AND WE GO UP AGAIN
OUR SONS
THE FINAL ADOPTION IS FINAL

Back to our SLEEPING problem. I say OUR because, it is affecting ALL of us.

Richard and I are taking turns sleeping in Andrew's room so right now we are ships passing in the night. Sam is jealous that Andrew has a sleeping buddy, so on the weekends we let him sleep in the big bed with the parent that is not with Andrew. The cats keep looking for us and MEOW very loudly ALL NIGHT and the dog has decided he needs to go to the bathroom at 2:00 a.m.

With everyone moving around so much, this book definitely reflects our life right now.
When Andrew was a baby, and he wasn't sleeping, we thought it was just a baby issue...see this post....SLEEPING....AT LEAST ONE OF US IS.

Sam really spoiled us. At 4 months he was sleeping (12 hours) through the night and he would take 2 (2 hour) naps during the day. He continued to take an afternoon nap until he was 5 years old.

Then Andrew came along and although we knew we would be tired, we thought after a few months we'll be back to sleeping through the night again.

WRONG!!

The longer we had to hold him to get him to go to sleep and the more laps we did around our coffee table and and the more cups of coffee we drank and the more months that went by and the more night terrors we lived through.....we realized this was something else.

We have tried EVERYTHING to get Andrew to sleep: therapy (OT, PT, SPEECH), CIO, walking, nap, no nap, bottle, no bottle, rocking, night time diapers, essential oils, singing, lavender, sound machine, no sound machine, melatonin, warmer clothes, lighter clothes, light and no light.

So, of all this stuff, we give him a short nap (1 1/2 hours) around 11:00 a.m., melatonin, keep the room cool, put him in a night time diaper, have a plug-in with lavender, have the sound machine set with white noise and don't have any light on.

Andrew has been receiving services (because he was exposed to heroine) for OT, PT and SPEECH since he was three months old. He has met all the developmental levels except for being a little speech delayed (which is now coming a long a lot quicker) and NOT SLEEPING.

We have recently signed up (3 month wait) to have him evaluated for AUTISM, bought LULLY (a little machine that vibrates), a WEIGHTED BLANKET and consulting with doctors at the SLEEP CLINIC,

No one we have consulted with seems to feel Andrew has any level of AUTISM, but I want to rule it out. We are not sure if the LULLY is having any affect, but it doesn't seem to be hurting things either. The weighted blanket seems to help (sometimes) calm him quicker and even fends off fears climbing to a fever pitch. The screaming NIGHT TERRORS seem to have lessened some too.

The DR at the sleep center has had us go back to NO LIGHT on in the room and no communicating or touching when he is having a NIGHT TERROR. She said that language development happens in the first hours of sleep and if that is not good sleep, it could contribute to his speech delay.

The DR also had us get Andrew's blood tested for an IRON deficiency. Anything below a ferritin level of 50 is considered low. Andrew was a 9! The DR said this could be contributing to all the unsettledness and leg movements he experiences at night. It could be what wakes him too. We are now giving him an iron supplement (and watching for constipation...yah...), but this could take a few months to change his levels.

The next thing is the SLEEP STUDY on February 1st. Richard will be sleeping over at the clinic with Andrew, while they hook him up and watch his brain waves. That should be fun.

The good news....it doesn't seem to be affecting his happy demeanor during the day at all. He understands everything you are telling him and he loves to be silly and make us laugh.
It's a good thing this boy is so dang cute! I love you, Andrew!

TIRED...TIRED....TIRED.... Z Z Z

Since Andrew was born 2 1/2 years ago (Having number two not only doubles, but QUADRUPLES the work.), time (and sleep) has become a priceless commodity.

I WANT to spend time reading (I started my last book about 2 months ago and still haven't finished it.), cross stitching (I started my last piece, a picture of a moose, 2 years ago, and I still haven't finished it), blogging (I last posted on December 14th.), Bible journaling......
(My newest endever.), but I'm too tired to do it all, I can't focus on those things when the kids are awake and I'm too tired after they go to bed.

I usually find a little time to do just one of them for about an hour, but my time is usually filled with: work, first grade homework, cooking, cleaning up, laundry, grocery shopping, therapy or doctor's appointments.

Andrew has never been a good sleeper so with Richard's help (We trade off managing the night terrors every other night. I will write about Andrew's SLEEPING ISSUES in a later post.), we at least get a decent nights sleep every other day.
I try not to say, "I can't wait until they are a little older," as I know I will miss them being these silly, cute little boys, but I WANT TO SLEEP! I know I am blesses to have these two, but I WANT TO SLEEP!