Moving Out of The City

*******Found this incomplete post from April 2017.  Just going ahead and posting it as is.....

After much going back and forth, we have decided to leave Seattle and move into our dream home just East of Tacoma.  We are not moving far away, I mean really, we are about an hour south of Seattle.  So day to day life will be in the country and occasionally we'll hit Seattle up for activities and visiting our lovely friends.  

Since our tenants moved in we have really missed going to our little slice of heaven.  Only recently have I gone there and it was to drop some stuff off in the workshop.  


...April 2017

I've taken a nice long hiatus!  It wasn't intentional but life has been busy.  Real busy.  But here we are in a new year.

I guess i'll quickly recap the last few months.  

  • We stayed in Seattle for Thanksgiving.  Airfare to the east coast was pretty pricey this year so we opted to stay close to home and do a nice dinner out at Palisades.  We did the usual Thanksgiving rituals of checking out the Christmas Tree walk at the Fairmont Olympic as well as the amazing gingerbread houses downtown.  Dinner was alright, forgettable but alright.

  • Mom visited for Christmas.  We haven't had a parent out here for a major holiday in a while so it was nice.  My mom has a fear that she doesn't have very many Christmas' left where the kids will enjoy her being in town.  I call phooey, they will always love my mom and dad coming to visit us.
  • T and I dressed alike more times then I can count.

  • In January 2017 T and I went to England for 2-weeks and left the kids at home with a sitter.  This was our first major travel without our kids and I was nervous but thrilled.  It was the first time in over 10-years that I only had to be responsible for myself.  T had business in England so it was a lot of relaxing and sightseeing for me.  We primarily stayed in Brighton (beautiful!) but we also went to London.  

We went to a Brighton Hove Albion football match

We were straight up tourist in London visiting Tower Bridge

...and Big Ben

....and Buckingham Palace
  • London was amazing but a few days after coming home we got snow, in February.  Kids got a snow day and I took them sledding! 

Beautiful snow covered Magnolia

  • We were in Seattle for a week before we took off for Hawaii for 3-weeks.  See what I mean, we've been busy.  Hawaii was, well Hawaii.  We beached it.  We ate sensibly.  We relaxed.  We hung out with family.  It was our first trip back as a family since my mother-in-law passed away.  I can't imagine how strange that must have been for my husband.  Especially since she is not buried in Hawaii so he has no place to go and pay his respects.  But Hawaii was what we needed.  rest, relax and family!
  • My cousin came to visit a week after we returned from Hawaii.  That kept me busy every day.
  • Then it was a whirlwind of finishing taxes, or trying to.  We are now in Mid-march, time has flown by!!!!
  • Now we are in mid-April.  Taxes were filed and we've received our returns.  Easter was great!  We have amazingly shitty weather and have more rain then I have experienced my entire time living in the PNW.  Really, this year has been nuts! And they say global warming isn't real.  Bullshit!
  • We decided not to renew our lease in Seattle and are taking the leap to move....more on that later....
But in a nutshell that's what's been happening.


Life is Moving Quickly

So summer  flew by!  My kids were in camps most of the time, and excluding my oldest child, this is what they want.  We spent the end of the summer out at the farm for nearly 2 weeks and it was perfect.  Not any real agenda. We explored the area, we hiked, we had a big end of summer party with our friends.  It was perfect!  It was really hard to leave and come back to reality.  There's just something about that farm that transports me someplace peaceful.  Idyllic.  It's homey.  It's wonderful!

But back in Seattle, we had a nice long weekend and BOOM - back to school for the kiddos.  And here we are, at the end of October and I feel like we are barely getting into a routine.  This is the first time its felt so off track and I really, really don't like it.  The kids have their schedules but me, I feel so scattered.  I'm not on point with my momly duties like I normally am.  Maybe i'm 80% there.  But I'm not upset over it, I jsut fee a little derailed but i'm rolling with it and doing the best I can.

My oldest child started Middle School this year.  He is at a small private school in Ballard.  The school is amazing, he has 14 other 6th grade class mates and there are is a total of 43 middle schoolers.  The school is compassionate, treats the kids as individuals, and the kids are given freedoms and attention that is just not possible in the public school system.  Art studio time is as important as academic time.  Family time outside of school trumps school work.  Children are understood, help is provided, deadlines don't exist and the teachers make time for each child and for parents.  Technology is not a dominant factor for the kids because the belief is they get that all the time everywhere and school should be about being expressive, creative, social and being a good citizen in the school community.  It's such an amazing environment for him and i'm grateful that we are able to give this to him.

The other two kiddos are back at their elementary school.  1st and 5th grades.  And you better believe that my 5th grader acts like the "big man on campus."  It's strange to see him as one of the bigger kids in 5th grade, how he got to be 5' at 10 years old is beyond me.  This could be the average height for 10 year olds these days but I'd never know it seeing as though I've topped out at 5'3" and my husband not much taller! 

We are buried in after school activities right now and as much as I love keeping the younger two busy (because their energies knows no bounds) its really making me tired.  We have soccer, hula, gymnastics, drama club, study club and swimming.  And a couple of these happen a few times per week!  It's a lot.  But they love it.  soccer has an end in sight and its creeping up on us.  Gymnastics will continue forever until little Crash is no longer interested, which I don't see happening for a long, long time!

We wrapped up the VRBO season on the farm and have some long term renters in the house right now.  So no more crazy commuting back and forth to clean the house after messy and sometimes incredibly clean guests!  One thing off my plate.

I haven't seen my trainer since the summer.  It's okay.  I miss the support she provided but right now I have trouble finding the time to do anything that isn't deemed necessary for my family's immediate needs and second I need to keep that extra cash in my pocket because, uhm, private school tuition!  But workouts are doing great.  Food is getting back on track after a crazy free for all summer.  I definitely could do with some buckling down.  I think i'll need to get super strict, drop some pounds and then slowly loosen the reins.  Yes, that's exactly what i'm going to do!  Maybe even get that started this weekend!  YOLO

We did take the kids to CA a couple weeks ago but that will be a separate post.

All in all.  Schools back.  Getting back into the school vibe.  I've joined a carpool.  I still workout like crazy.  My kids are bigger, wiser and smartassier.  Husband works hard for all of us but is still a good dad, albeit stressed out much of the time.  


Summer Vacation Itemized

  • Kids got out of school on 6/24, ridiculousness!
  • The Middle & Youngest have been in camp everyday since school got out
  • The eldest wanted less camp this year since he's going into middle school in the fall. But today is his first day of camp, he'll only do 3-weeks the entire summer
  • We had amazing weather in May, like sunny and 90 in May.  But summer so far has been 70s and overcast, nearly every single day
  • weather wise, worst summer ever.  I want to wear shorts and tanks and really as little clothes as possible.  i want to lay on the beach, get a tan, wear big hats and sunnies.  but none of that is happening
  • i had so many guests over the last couple of months, mom and dad were the most recent, leaving on Independence Day. 
  • I'm normally not a refined sugar eater, because goals.  But with guests, that sometimes goes out the window.  Now im weaning myself back off and feeling so much better that im doing so.  When i eat refined sugar it is totally obvious, staring at my naked body.  It really makes its presence known.
  • Today all my kids are at full day camp.  my first day home alone since school was in session
  • Current situation:  chest cold.  coughing a lot.  wheezing.  need some expectorant badly.
  • my babysitter moved to the mid-west.  I need a new sitter asap!
  • T is staying out at the country house for the next few days.  he really needed time to relax and destress.  hope he is able to take care of himself while he's out there.
  • scored an incline bench and squat rack for free! al in the same week too.


The Evolution of my First

We crossed a milestone with my eldest.  This year he graduated from elementary school.  I look at this young man and cannot believe how quickly the time is going by.  He started this past school year excited, anxious and with a great best friend to hang out with.  He had an amazing teacher, who got him, I mean really, really got all of his eccentricies,  his sense of humor, and his insightful, off the wall, and thoughtful moments. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher then the man he had this year.

He had a rollercoaster of a year academic wise.  Not because he struggled due to lack of understanding but more out of disengagement and boredom. He has a large knowledge base and really has surpassed what they have been teaching him in school.  As a result he mentally checked out in many of his subjects.  Which is sad but understandable, especially if you know my kid.  Not to say there weren't subjects that he did like.  He loved Social Studies and his reading class.  He read An Omnivores Dilemma at the start of the school year and really enjoyed and learned a lot from it.  He became much more caring and mindful about what he ate, and where it came from.  He chose to give up many fast food options and processed options which made me happy because it wasn't a decision I had to make for him but a conclusion he drew on his own.  

Now, with elementary school under his belt we are staring down the tunnel of middle school.  He will be entering the realm of private school and we found a great montessori middle school which will surly capture his light.  He spent a day at the school in the fall and enjoyed it very much, so i can only imagine the doors and possibilities the school will open for him.  Really capturing his spirit and eagerness to learn.

Another big moment for Big Red is he turned 12!!!  Officially a tween.  Deep down he's an old soul but still a 12 year old.

I've watched my son grow into a very sensitive, smart, hilarious young man.  He is fiercely independent.  He obsesses about the things he enjoys.  He is a self learner, and will do whatever he needs to do to learn about his passions.  He is quiet when he wants to be.  He is not afraid to be true to himself no matter what the other kids are in to.  He doesn't care what other people think about him.  A trait I couldn't be more proud of.  His sense of humor is off the charts, its definitely not for everyone, and if you aren't paying attention you'll totally miss it.  He is polite.  He is super adventurous.  He is just an amazing young man.  Im so proud of him.  He and I are so different and although he just turned 12 I learn from him every day!


Weight Loss Journey - May 2016

I've maintained my weight for a year!  That's a huge deal and I feel like I should have a party for it or something.  I had some moments over the holidays and early in the spring when I pretty much said fuck it and wasn't as disciplined as I normally am but c'mon 1)it was the holidays, 2)holiday food and snacks are bomb and in terms of the spring 3)I had back to back visitors and really did the best I could which can sometimes be tough when you're eating out so much.

But May 1 I pulled up my bootstraps, we had no more family in town and i'm back on track.  I was feeling so sluggish for awhile and I totally know it was due to diet and inconsistent workouts but not anymore.  

I would love to drop a 3-5 more lbs for the summer and really be able to rock my swimsuit but not necessary.  I think i'm looking pretty good, im in a juniors small/xsmall and feeling super confident with myself.  It's amazing the confidence i'm feeling because I didn't feel like I was lacking any of it before but with my new lifestyle i don't feel timid about anything.  It's so incredibly freeing!

A few months ago I've totally changed up my workouts to really get the maximum benefit of lifting.  Im working out in a 3 part cycle:  #1 back/biceps, #2 legs/glutes, #3shoulders/chest/triceps.  It's working out great and focusing on these muscle groups have been making an impact on the look of my body and im liking it.  The muscles are growing quick and I do need to be careful when it comes to my legs because those quads grow real fast.  Speaking of quads I've dialed back on the amount of squats I do because the quads were getting a little big (ger then I like) so I'm doing less squats but definitely working the hammys and ass.

But all and all im happy with being able to maintain my weight for a year. I had hiccups as I mentioned but I get back on track and those hiccups have occured around holidays which is reasonable and having visitors on vacation.  

Hoping for a successful summer in terms of weight, and food and workouts!

The Other Hourse

We are 90% done with decorating and moving into our other house.  We've had some people stay in there for some vacation time and I really hope I get some great constructive criticism.  I think the house is looking great.  We just got a hot tub delivered and getting all connected up this Thursday.  The lawn is now being mowed on a regular basis the pasture on the other hand is another matter, and something we will deal with down the road.

3400 sqft is a lot to clean and I really need to come up with a good, efficient system.  The worst part is making the beds.  Really don't enjoy but its a job that has to get done.  

Im really loving spending time out there and am looking forward to later in the summer for some time to really stay out there without having to jet back to Seattle for one thing or another.

We still have little things to do, which is more for us, like buying a larger tv and getting a desk in the office.

Bigger projects include, busting out the wet bar and putting in our shelving unit we have in the garage and destroying the MIL kitchen, downstairs, and turning it into a proper laundry room/sewing room.  Think long countertops, shelves, and space for a chair or two.  Of course we'd also like to  move the extra fridge to the garage to store some back up food for us when guests are staying and we don't want to schlep all our food back to Seattle with us.  All in all it'll be great to have the house for the summer. to get away from it all and hide out if need be.

This is turning out to be one of the smarter purchases we have made.


Dreaming Part 2

Remember that house I posted in the previous post?  Well, yeah, we put an offer in and it was accepted.

That's all.