I last posted on the 4th of July when we just started moving and Courtney had just left for Dallas. We spent our first night in the new house on July 3rd. It was very different but good. So far we are very happy in the house. Still trying to unpack some things and find the "perfect" for everything but it definitely is starting feel like home!
Courtney made it a whole month in Dallas!!!! She had so much fun and did so much sight seeing. She's already asked to go back next summer. Her highlight of her vacation was going to the JFK museum and location where he was killed. With her love for President trivia and information, she's talked a lot about this along with going to see the birth place of Eisenhower and the street where George W. Bush lives. She got to do a LOT of swimming, shopping, and playing with Gracie. She also got to spend a week at VBS at Aunt Debbie's church which she enjoyed. I had such mixed feelings about her going. I knew she was going to have a lot of fun and was pretty sure she was going to make it the whole month. But at the same time, I did question it a little bit if she would make it. A month is a long time to go being away from your family, especially when you are 9. But I'm so thankful she made it and such a wonderful experience. It's something I'm sure she will remember for a long time!!
Our month of July was busy and crazy. We finished moving and tried to help my parents as much as possible with their move. Thankfully everyone was moved in time and everything went well. I continued working and Kayla got to spend time with Dave, GiGi, Aunt Lisa, and Mrs. K's. She got to do a lot of fun things and go to some exciting places. One of her favorites was the new City Garden downtown with Aunt Lisa. In fact, she's been there twice!! Kayla settled into the new house without her sister very well. I was surprised. I thought she might struggle a little but she did well. She didn't care to play in the playroom too much without someone downstairs but she's starting to come around and be more comfortable with it now.
The last week of July was vacation week!!! And was a very welcomed vacation week because we needed it!!! The for of us spent a day at Six Flags and had a blast!! Believe it or not but it was the first time the four of us had been there together. We actually realized it was also the first time Dave and I had been there together. We had a great day!! Kayla rode her first roller coaster, Courtney rode several roller coasters, and we all had so much fun. The best part of the whole day.....we all got in for FREE!! It was awesome. The girls had passes from school and Dave and I each had a pass from getting cable installed at the house. The rest of our vacation was spent spending time with the whole family! It was very enjoyable and relaxing!!
August rolled around and it was back to reality. Dave and I both had to go back to work and Courtney was actually home! She had an adjustment to the new house. She struggled a little bit but after a week or so she settled in. Both of the girls have adjusted well and seem to be enjoying their own bedrooms for the first time, a nice big playroom in the basement, and a quiet street they can ride their bikes on.
My return to work did not last long. I worked Monday, Tuesday, and a half of day on Wednesday. I had to take off Thursday and Friday off and then over the weekend we made the choice for me not to go back for many reasons. So currently I'm working with my mom a few days a week and selling on eBay again. I'm hoping to find something part time, and working from home would be an extra bonus! ;) We are taking it day by day right now and seeing where things go. With our schedule, working full time just seems....well, very difficult. Courtney has practice on Mondays, Kayla on Tuesdays, and Courtney again on Wednesdays. Not to mention Kayla's girl scouts, homework, and everything else that comes along. So I'm hopeful with some smart shopping, watching every penny, and that something part time will come along we will be right back where we were when I was working. :)
So August continued on and before we knew it, it was back to school time. I was NOT happy about this!! I felt we didn't have much of a summer. But the school year started and the girls are excited to be back. Sort of! They like it, they just don't like having to get up so early in the morning. We are trying to settle back into a school routine and adjusting back to an earlier bed time ans the alarm going off at 6:30am.
Well....I think you are just about caught up now on what's been going on around here. I plan on getting back on my regular blogging schedule again so hopefully I can stay on top of it again. I'm going to try and post some pictures here soon.....sadly I don't have many from the summer since things were a little off this year.
I'm off to bed now....good night!