Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Feels like Monday!

It's Tuesday, after the two monster snow storms and one small snow fall. My house is still buried, we can barely see out of our windows and our back door. It's crazy. In my 28 years I have never seen so much snow at once. The kids love it, but it's no fun. The snow is too high to play and too hard to enjoy. We have been "trapped" inside since last Tuesday night. We are driving each other crazy. We finally went back to work this morning, but it was a rough morning. The roads were still slick and then it started to snow again! We made it, only to get home in time to realize I locked myself out of the house and had to call Tj out of work to unlock the door. What a morning, but thankfully we survived it.

So it's mid-february already, Emily turns 4 in about 2 weeks and I am so far from ready for her birthday. We have been a little tight on money, and she keeps asking for a party. Of course we will celebrate and have people over, but I am afraid we aren't going to be able to do a big party like she thinks. She will be ok, as long as everyone comes to our house and I decorate with some streamers and balloons she will be happy. I still can't beleive she will be 4 already. I can remember being pregnant with her like it was just yesterday. She is such a beautiful little woman, she is so smart and sassy. I love you lots and I can only hope she knows how much her momma loves her.

I have so much to write, but again, I don't have the time, nor the energy. I have not gotten a full night of sleep in weeks. For some reason neither of my kids want to sleep through the night. YAY me, it's horrible! I am going to go now, try to catch a 15 minute power nap. I will try to get on again tonight!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow Snow and more Snow!

It snowed on Saturday, most of you reading this already know that, but I have to talk about it. It's crazy, there is so much snow on the ground, and tonight we are expecting much more, about 12-18 inches more! OMG.... where are they going to put all the snow. There is already nowhere to put the first storm, now a second is headed this way. Most of the roads in Christiana are still snow covered, most of the borough of West Chester is still snow covered. It should be fun, and we are totally looking forward to atleast one day off from work.

We have started some very small home renovations, just tiny so far. We painted our upstairs (very small) bathroom. It was a buttery yellow color, we covered it with semi-gloss white. We bought the special mildew-resistant paint. The floor was already black/white checked,so we just went with that, painted the walls white and accented with black. It looks really good, and it really brightens the already teeny tiny room. It looks good, now all we have to do it buy black rugs and a white shower curtain. We also got a new inside door for the back of the house. Our old door was so old, it was cracked in the middle, so you could see daylight through it, which means cold air came through it. The guy was here this morning to install it, and I love it. We got a door with a window, which again, lets in so much light and the door is white rather then the dark red the old one was. It seals on all ends and no air is coming it. I am looking forward to "maybe" having a lower electric bill. Next we really want to redo the kitchen, new cabinets, raising the ceiling, and new floor. TJ had a guy at his work draw a sketch from the existing measurements and it looks so nice. We can do most of the work ourselves, which will save us money. We can also buy the cabinets from his work, which will save us more money. We are hoping to finish by summer! We are also going to redo the full bath downstairs. There is a huge spa tub in there, but I HATE IT! I want a normal bath tub with a normal shower. The color is again, buttery yellow, accented with a green/white/black floor and black surround for the tub. I HATE IT! We have to redo the bath, floor, walls and ceiling. We again are hoping to do most of ourselves to save money, and my brother-in-law can install the bath/shower. I can't wait to start. I would love to have everything done by the end of May, so it's done for the housewarming party. Keeping my fingers crossed.

I have beeen in a funk lately, that's the reason I haven't posted in a while. The past month has been a rough month, and I don't know why. I just can't shake this funk. Maybe if we had more money I would be better, but it's just not how it works. TJ job sucks, he hasn't had a raise in 3 years, his boss is an asshole and he is unhappy there. Unfortunately, there aren't many jobs out there right now. We are just putting applications in and sending resumes to anywhere that seems ok. Something will come along eventually. Onto my funk, I just don't want to get out of bed, work, function, clean, cook..... anything. I want to sleep and lounge all day. It sounds silly, but it is really becoming a problem. I am just not normal, and I want to be. I am doing everything in my power to work it out, but it has been a slow process. I am having a hard time maintaining my control of the kids, and keeping my cool when things aren't going as planned. I find myself hollering more at the kids, which I don't want to do. I find I am losing my patience in situations that normally wouldn't bother me. I am just not normal right now and I need to find my normalcy soon!

Time to go back to work, hope the snow holds off until we get home safe and sound! I will post again during snow storm #2. Hope everyone keeps warm and stays safe.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Four for Four!

Well, as much as I try to avoid it, we all got sick at the same time. It was a mess. It started on Sunday, TJ and Colin both were snotty and had a little cough. Monday morning, TJ was horrible and poor Colin couldn't breath. TJ left work early on Monday and kept the kids home with him. They just layed on the sofa and ate crackers and soup all day. Tuesday was a little better. Colin was seeming better, but come Wednesday it was full blown "crappy". Colin was snotty and coughing too much for me. He went to the doctor, gave him some meds, gave TJ some meds, and now Emily and I are feeling crappy. Emily's is just a cough, mine is just the headache and body ache. So now Emily and Colin are taking the same meds, and I am just relying on Advil. We are totally looking forward to this weekend. We have noooooo plans and are staying home all weekend. I am hoping for as much snow as possible. I want to be snowed in and cozy at home.

I can honestly say, I HATE THE IRS! There, I said it out loud, but it won't help me at all, and for that matter it doesn't make me feel any better either. We have been waiting since October for our Tax Credit, $8k, which is the only reason we bought the house. We are using it to pay all our debt off, except the house, my car, and basic ultilities. What a pain it has been to apply for it, yes I said "apply". Typically you would file for a tax credit, but for this it is like you are remortgaging your house. We had to give supporting documents of everything, pay stubs, license's, monthly mortgage statement, vehicle registration, copy of the deed, all above having to show the new current address. Thank goodness I was on top of changing our address on everything and TJ just renewed his license so it worked out. On top of all the paperwork, it all has to be mailed the old fashioned way, no electronic processing for it. So now, something we were told we would have by thanksgiving, we won't see it until beginning of March at the earliest. It could take up to several months to get it. WHAT??????? This is horrible. I just want my money and get myself situated. Thank you so much Mr. Obama, I really appreciate your tax credit, but maybe next time you could inform the IRS to speed it up and start the electronic process.

Dont' have much more time to write, but have lots to write.