I swear, moving sucks the life out of you! haha. My parents and sibs moved this weekend and you’d think it would have been really easy considering they only moved one street over, but noooooo. They were supposed to get the keys around 3 pm on Saturday (and be out of their house that night), but the people moving out of their new house weren’t done “cleaning” until after 7:30. I say “cleaning” with quotes because I’m not exactly sure what they cleaned. It was so dirty when we finally got in there. So for 4 hours, we sat around waiting and waiting and waiting to get access to the house. Full U-haul, full van, full car, full crew of dad’s friends, neighbors, and our family ready to go. The house is really cute; they gained a computer room, a second living room, and a game room. Mom is really frustrated with the kitchen, she lost a lot of cabinet and counter space so trying to fit her old kitchen’s worth of stuff isn’t going so well. The kids bedrooms are a little smaller, but 1/2 of the stuff they had in their rooms is going in the game room or computer room so really, they will basically just sleep in their rooms.

My sister is loving it, she lives catty-corner to her besties now. I made them a folder on a string yesterday so they can pass their secret messages over the fence without them blowing away. The girls came over and helped her unpack and arrange her furniture, which was a huge help for mom. It gave mom time to do other things, like wrestle with the kitchen haha. My brother took a little convincing that this was going to be cool. The first day he was pretty upset with how small his room was, understandably. He’s 16 and feels like he should be getting more freedom, not less space. But by the end of day 2 he was really liking the house and I had helped him unpack some of his stuff, so he was able to see his space. And he gets that the game room will probably be his hangout.

It was so cool to see the kids all playing video games together in the game room! My brother, sister and her 2 best friends all piled on our big denim couch battling it out. This is exactly what my mom and dad were hoping for. In the other house there was no space for computers, so everyone ended up putting their computer in their own room and the family was spread out all over the house. Now they have a computer room right off the living room and it has double doors so they can all be together AND on their computers.

My mom and brother and I were up so late the first night laughing and goofing around, it was so good to see my mom laugh. After last week, I wasn’t sure how long it would be before she was laughing again. I love their new house, I can’t wait to have a big family dinner over there! However, while I was at my family’s house, my house was getting soooo messy!!! Gotta go clean!

Sunday night we had our very first dinner party in our little condo. It was SUCH a blast! My long time, long lost friend Nicole came over with her boyfriend Jay and my 2 favorite blondies came (Kes and Kaitlin). I was worried that the 6 of us would be walking over each other in the tiny space, but it was perfect! Everyone had a place to sit on the couch when we were inside, and they all found a spot to sit on the patio. I made spaghetti, my Guy made garlic bread and the night was amazing. I haven’t seen Nicole in close to 15 years (wow, that makes me feel old every time I think about it) and we picked up like there was no time lost. She filled me in on what’s been going on in her life and I filled her in on mine, and not even halfway through the evening we were talking about our next get together.

I felt bad because I forgot to tell my blondies that Nicole and Jay were coming, and I forgot to tell Nicole and Jay that my blondies were coming… I was afraid it would be weird, and it wasn’t. Everyone got along great, we all laughed and told stories. These are the nights that I feel “grown up”. A night where I am the hostess and I try to make sure that everyone else is having a good time. From the feedback I’ve gotten in the last few days, I’d say it was a total success. 🙂 Us girls were out chit-chatting on the patio while the boys played guitar inside. “Top night!”

Can’t wait to have you all over again 🙂

Amazing…

July 20, 2010

So I’ve been going through pictures for the last hour or so and I can’t believe all that’s happened in the last few years. My brother’s hair has gone from brown to black, from above his ears to below his shoulders, and he’s gone from 5′ to almost 6’1″! My little sister has gone from her “little kid” stage to being a preteen. I’ve moved out, moved back in, and moved back out again. I just am amazed at how quickly it’s all happened. What a crazy ride!

I am so grateful for everything in my life, and I am learning not to dwell on what (or who) is no longer there. People come in and out of your life for a reason, and you may not always understand why, but it’s always for the best. I have been blessed to meet so many new people in the last year and a half… my boyfriend and his wonderful family, Kes, Kaitlin, Tanya… and I’ve been able to reconnect with some old friends who I haven’t seen/talked to in YEARS!

I am so excited to see what life has in store for me and my Guy… he makes me dream the biggest dreams!

Let’s see, it’s been HOW long since I blogged? Oh yeah, TOO long. I hate not blogging every day but I’ve been busy and away from my computer, or any computer for that matter. Saturday was my cousin’s graduation from University of Redlands. Such a beautiful campus. However, 3 hours in direct sun can lead to a very uncomfortable evening. I think I ended up with sun poisoning! No bueno, I do not love throwing up at all.

Sunday my bf and I spent the whole day meeting with people about places to live. It was a pretty interesting experience. If you’re going to rent out a room or a house, do the little things like vacuuming and making sure it doesn’t smell like urine! I can’t wrap my mind around the idea that showing a dirty space is ok! Especially if you’re going to ask someone for a significant amount of money to stay there! Do your dishes! Uck I was pretty disgusted. Except for the last house we went to. Love the people in the house, love the house, love the pup, love that we’d have 2 12×12 rooms AND a private bathroom so I would (in essence) have my own office! We have one more meeting this upcoming Monday after our VEGAS TRIP 🙂 🙂 🙂 then we’ll know which place.

Monday morning my aunt and uncle stopped by on their way home from El Centro. It was so good seeing them. I miss being close to that side of the family. Can’t wait for my cousin’s baby shower. 🙂 Then we went to Hemet to see my grandma and grandpa. Got to go swimming for the first time in a lonnnng time. Which of course had the down side of me being in a bathing suit… yuck!

Tonight it’s a girls’ night with @kesleighnoelle, @Kaitlincasey, and @somedayilllearn. Can’t wait! We’re going to @Ca_tea and then going to get our nails done 🙂 Tomorrow it’s babysitting from 8-4 and then packing for #Vegas! Friday we leave as soon and bf gets out of work. Sooo excited!! What’s new with the rest of you?

I’ve really been trying to learn more about myself over the last few weeks as I haven’t really spent much time focusing on me at all in my life. I look back at my journals and old online diaries and it always says “it’s time to take some time for myself, time to focus on me” and then 1-2 days later I’m back to being worried about everyone else. Well, I think I’ve finally made me a priority. I’ve had basically the same 5 friends for the last 8-13 years (oh wow, I’m old enough to have friends for over 10 years? OMG lol) and since I’ve moved to So. Cal. I’ve noticed a big change in who takes the time to talk with me and who has let it go. And I’ve started talking to a few friends who I would have never thought be people I counted on. The saddest thing for me is that I only live half-a-day’s drive away and only 1 person has made the trip down to see me. I’ve lived here 3 years, I’ve driven up there 3-4 times to see them. And even then, some of those who claim to be family couldn’t have been bothered to see me… this tangent is completely not where I was going… and I’m now resisting the urge to ctrl+a delete lol.

Basically, it’s time for me to take care of me and my bf, our families, and my business.

It was so great meeting everyone Saturday night! @kesleighnoelle, @RachelsRants, @somedayilllearn, @Sugar Jones, @CA_suntan, @amybowen, @SITSGirls…. hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone… @somedayilllearn’s fiance and my bf had a great little male bonding time lol. The music was fun, the crowd was great, and I must have been having a good time because I broke a nail and didn’t even know it lol. I’m really excited to be getting out and doing things. This was actually the first social even I’ve been to in a long LONG time that wasn’t with my bf’s friends or people from his work. This was all my own. He’s such a trooper for going along 🙂 Can’t wait for the next one 🙂

Now bloggy bootcamp… in Austin?!?! This could definitely be happening for me!