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Day Off Means Unpacking

Our (my mother and I) days are usually really busy doing errands, taking care of my grandparents, and taking care of the dogs.  We used to sew clothes all day and at night I would handle what ever business of the month I was doing, lately its been LimeLight by Alcone, which I adore. However, ever since we found out I was pregnant, I dropped everything. I had no interest to do anything extra because I was so sick and tired. Now in my second trimester, I’m coming out of the fog and ready to get back in the swing of things.

Thursdays are my day off because mom works at the Temple.  When I had my car, I’d go care for my grandparents and let my parents dogs out.  Now that my car isn’t drive-able at the moment, I am dependent on mom and my husband to drive me around.  So today I have nothing to do but unpack and since I have a little bit of energy, I thought I’d tackle the office boxes. Yes I have more than one box of office crap and only one desk.  I have this old antique roll top desk that my dear sweet husband thought it would be nice to replace the drawer glides, to make them open smoothly.  Well sometimes old desks can’t be modernized with new glides.  We have had the hardest time finding some that would fit and now I have 3 working drawers with handles, 2 working drawers with no handles, and 2 non working drawers. The two drawers that don’t have handles on them, I have to open them with a screw. Before the desk was in the basement so it really didn’t matter how messy it was since no one saw it.  We decided to keep it upstairs in the dining room and replace the industrial spindle I was using for a dining room table, even though we never used it.  I never got around to refinishing the wood on it so it did give splinters.  Its now outside.  I love this desk being in the dining room! It looks like it should have always been there, but now that means its has to stay neat.   Which means my loving husband now has to fix the drawers.  Not sure how he will do it but it must be done.

Anyways, I got the two boxes unpacked and now have a bin that goes to my moms full of shipping supplies. This is probably the 3rd box to go to her house, which I am sure my dad is thrilled with.

We have about 4-5 boxes that need to go to Goodwill and I am so proud of myself for having that many. I have a slight hoarder complex, but after becoming pregnant and moving into an upgraded unit, I have wanted to clean house and purge crap I am not using. I am sure there is still a bunch I could get rid of. Our kitchen is a little smaller than our last place and we have a crazy amount of kitchen gear.  I’m not willing to clutter up my counters so I’m not sure where we will put this other stuff that hasn’t been unpacked.  We have a dehydrator, which the hubs really wants to use and so do I but it takes so long.  Then there is our popcorn maker which only my husband uses.

I have two bathroom boxes that I for some reason am having a hard time unpacking.  One of them is small and the other is an extra large box that does have other items in it, but I look at them (the boxes) and just don’t want to open them.  Is that strange? I have one big bin that needs to be unloaded and I am not sure what’s all in it  I know there are some clothes in it, so those I can put up, but we already have so much unpacked and not much room to put more.  The only room that is actually unpacked and sort of ready for more is the baby room.  That was a priority for me.

Whats left is two clothing boxes full of leggings and undershirts and 4 unknown misc. boxes that I am “afraid” to open.  Hubby has been working on the basement, which is now his man cave. That was his priority.  Hahahaha.  He did help me with the baby room.

We are getting close to being done and I’d expect to be done by this weekend and then I can dust and clean the floors.  Looking forward to not walking around a maze of boxes.

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My My How Things Have Changed

It has been two years since my last post.  So much has changed.

Career: Mom and I changed our company, Opeys Home, from making custom pillows (although we do take custom orders for them), but now we make and sell pet clothing and accessories.  We have had partial success with it and have had our product in a vets clinic and soon will have it in a Pet club.  I also started selling Agnes & Dora, womens clothing, but after selling it for several months, I ended up leaving that company for many reasons I wont go into.  I then started selling LimeLight by Alcone, professional makeup and love love love this company. They have the only skin care and foundation that I have ever been able to use, that did not affect my seborrheic dermatitis. It will be my last company to join and sale.

Weight Loss/Health: When I last posted I had talked about my weight loss experience and eating healthier.  Well several months later, our finances had changed and I could not longer afford personal training so I had to give it up. I tried to stay healthy, but I let old bad habits of not eating and going out to eat set back in.  I gained about 2o ish lbs back and had to go back to my old jeans and clothes, but was able to keep it at that weight.  Then about 6-7 months ago, we started NutriSystem and it really gave me great results!  I lost the weight I had gained back and was doing really great!  After 2 months of being on the System, I ended up ordering nothing but pasta with marinara  for almost all of my meals…. I am only human and that really got old.  I ended up talking my husband into us cheating here and there and that ended up ending the System.  Once again, we fell back into old habits.  Mom and I started going to the personal trainer again (I was kidding myself thinking I could financially handle it) just before Christmas.

Side Note: For the past 7 years we have tried for babies and sadly were not able to have   any viable babies.  We went through the heartache of 3 miscarriages and monthly disappointments.  We have tried so many natural remedies and really wanted to stay away from conventional medicine.  We found this fertility tracking bracelet that you only wear at night, called Ava, last June and ordered it without hesitation.  It tracks your body temperature, resting heart rate, sleep patterns, and other data points.  Its all analyzed and gives you your best times to conceive. We didn’t actually get it until the end of October, as it was brand new technology and still in the beginning stages of production.

Pregnancy: Two weeks before Christmas, I wasn’t feeling well but didnt think much about it.  I figured any day I start and it never came… again with PCOS, I didn’t think much about it as I am not regular.  Christmas morning I was sitting there and thought… I should test.  Don’t know what made me think of it but I went ahead and actually forgot that I tested.  I happened to look down and saw a Positive Test!!!  I was in shock so I took 2 more tests.  All were positive.  I was in utter shock!  No way I was pregnant… no way.  I immediately went downstairs with this onesie we had been saving and told my husband we had another gift to wrap for my parents… I showed him the onesie and he didn’t understand at first.  Once it set in what was going on he stood up and we hugged as I bawled.

Back to the gym that following Tuesday (since going back to the gym, we had only been able to do one session before Christmas)… I was so excited to tell our trainer.  She was super excited too but then this meant adjusting our workouts for baby.  We were only able to go for maybe 2 months before baby bills started to pile up. We also had to move into a bigger place so there was an added cost there too. So once again I had to cut out the trainer.  I did loose more inches but the weight stayed the same.

Fast forward through the first trimester…  The first trimester was rough.  It was full of constant nausea, constant fatigue, constant emotions (weepy and not so nice), bouts of being hangry, tons of food aversions, wonderful Dr apts with amazing sonograms of our little miracle, getting poked and blood drawn.  It was a roller coaster of a trimester.  It also shed light on how much true pregnancy is not talked about.  No one really tells you what is actually going to happen during pregnancy.  We had a spotting scare and a major dizziness scare that through me for a loop, but the baby has a really strong heart beat and the Dr said our pregnancy is really low risk which is a blessing in itself.

We are now in our second trimester… This one is a little better.  The nausea, emotions, bouts of hangry, and food aversions are all mostly gone but they have been replaced with heartburn/indigestion, and headaches.  Not horrible but still no fun.  Something to look forward to this trimester is getting to know what we are having!  I’m hoping to maybe find out sooner… I’m looking into it.

Our New Place: On top of now being pregnant, we have now moved and trying to settle in.  I’m getting tired quickly so unpacking is taking me a little bit.  We have several boxes that need to go to Goodwill and I am sure I will add more to them. We moved to a 2 bedroom town home with the same floor plan as our last place. It is upgraded with new hardwood floors, new kitchen, new bathroom vanities, and a wonderful color scheme.  It isn’t built as well as the last place and there are things that set off my OCD.  Lines that aren’t straight, paint jobs that aren’t within the lines, blinds that don’t match. Nothing that hinders us living here but definitely bothers me. Hubby tells me not to look at the crooked lines.

It has truly been a busy and blessed two years! So much has happened and so much has changed.

 

 

It’s Been Too Long!

I can’t believe how fast time has flown by!  All of April flew by and I wasn’t able to post because I didn’t have my computer with me.

I went up to Kansas for all of April and a good part of May.  My poor husband had to stay in Texas and do most of the packing, since I didn’t get much done.  Every night I would call him to get the daily scoop and say goodnight. It was pretty hard to stay away for so long.  Every week I got “homesick” for him at least once and then I would think, not much longer, I can do this.

We (my mom and I) were supposed to head back to Texas at the end of April, but there were other things that came up so we postponed the trip for the next week, which meant we had to cancel the going away party.  The next week was supposed to be our huge garage sale, but again we postponed for another week (this time due to weather), so we had to cancel that.  Poor hubs still having to do things on his own while we decide to stay here even longer.  The 3rd weekend was moving weekend so we really couldn’t postpone that trip.  So we decided to come as late as possible, really not wanting to stay in Texas any longer than we had to.

We drive there Tuesday night, finished packing on Wednesday, picked up my dad from the airport on Thursday and packed the truck that day, drove back to Kansas on Friday, and unpacked the truck/signed the lease on Saturday.  It was the longest 5 days!

We thought a 17 ft truck would fit all of our junk and boy were we wrong! Granted we planned a huge garage sale that didn’t happen, so we had a lot of extra stuff to take with us.  We didn’t have enough room in the truck so we ended up having to leave a lot behind.  Our landlord is pretty cool cause when I let them know, they said to just put it all in the garage and they would trash it all for us.  So thankful for them!

It has been a very busy time and it’s still a very busy time…

Here it has been a week and a half and the hubs has started work and mom and I’s business has started, but we are not yet fully unpacked.  It’s really my fault.  I am procrastinating just as much now as I was when it was time to pack.  Next time I will pay someone to pack, move, and unpack for me.  It would get done a heck of whole lot faster.  Not sure what my hesitation to unpacking is.

Happy to be here though! Here is to finishing the unpacking by the end of this month!

Admitting Defeat…

There comes a time when you just have to admit to defeat.  I have one week and two days until I leave and I am not any further than the 6 boxes we packed a week or two ago.

Friday is my last day of work, so this should give me a week to get some packing done.  Hopefully I’ll make a good dent.

I feel so bad that the hubs will probably have to do most of the packing.  It’s not what I wanted.  You have read what my goal was and that I didn’t want him to have to do all of it.  The sad thing, is when I was talking to the hubs about packing, I had told him that I probably won’t be able to get it all done next week and he replied with “Ya, I know.”  I asked if he knew that I wasn’t going to be able to do it or that he was going to have to do most of it and he shook his head yes and said “Its fine.”

It’s so sad, that he knew he was going to have to do it.  I’m going to try my best to pack a bunch of stuff next week.  I need to pack for my stay in Kansas and pack the dog’s stuff, since they are coming with me.  I was going to pack all of my stuff and take it with me, but that would kill my dad to have to store all my boxes at their house for a month and a half until we sign our lease.  So I decided to just pack for the month.  It’s still going to be a lot, but it will be doable.

That may be all that I get done.  Hahahaha   So sad…

Packing Blows!!!!

Here I am 2 weeks away from leaving and we have packed 6 boxed and it doesn’t even look like we have touched anything!  How did I collect so much crap?!!  This is crazy!  My last blog was about how much I like to decorate and 3 of those 6 boxed are just decor!  Worst part is I have a ton more!

I initially wanted to pack what we were moving and then price and pack garage sale stuff and now I’m thinking, screw that I’m just packing what I want to take.  Hahaha.  I might even start a new trend of a house sell.  I’m thinking, instead of dragging it all outside, just leave it inside and let people come in an pick what they want.

I probably wont do that, but it sounds a heck of a whole lot easier.

I don’t know how I am going to do this…. truly.  This is such a down moment in this process.  It’s overwhelming and dirty and I feel like even cutting way down on our junk that I’m still going to be cluttering up our new place.  There isn’t a lot of storage in the new place.  Really there is only 2 closets in the whole townhouse and then some storage space in the basement.  We will probably need to buy some shelving, but I just don’t see where we are going to put everything.

We might have to have another garage sale after we move, with everything we can’t fit.

I need to pray about this tonight and hope we can get most everything packed.  Here is to hoping I can get a lot of this done before time runs out…..

I Just Want to Decorate… Losing Patience

I LOVE moving!!!! I love change, especially big change!  If we didn’t have to pack and unpack and it wasn’t so expensive, I’d probably want to move every year.  I like experiencing new floor plans and seeing where all of our decorations would go in the new place.  I also like redecorating, because I get so bored looking at the same thing all the time.  So once every couple of years my husband allows me to redecorate if I wish to.  It’s cheaper than moving.

Usually it takes me a bit to decide on which direction I want to go.  My style changes the older I get.  Thinking back to all the styles I have liked, you would think I were completely different people.  Hahaha.

Now days I’m in love with the shabby chic antique look with a mix of rustic country.

When I redecorate, I don’t just go out and buy everything at once.  It takes me time to collect pieces that I think would go together.  So by time the look is together, its time to start again, but since it takes me so long, I have the old style up for a while.

My husband is the opposite of me, as he does not like change.  So the fact the my redecorating is so slow, it doesn’t bother him to see change because it is gradual.

Now that you know that I like redecorating a lot, you should also know that I don’t have patience.  With our move to Kansas coming soon ( a month and a half away), I am already looking at how I want to decorate it.  Tonight I was looking at rugs and every rug I showed the hubs, I got the eh look.  They weren’t your traditional looking rugs so I can see why he wouldn’t like them, but I really like them.  They add a little flair to our decor.

So moving on from rugs, I’m now all in on looking at decor for the new place.  This will drive me crazy since it’s so far away.  It’s really going to test my lack of patience.

The hubs keeps telling me I need to wait until we get there because we don’t really know what space we have or if we will even need any other decorations with all that we have.  Well, there is no way I can not look at decor, but I think it is actually a smart idea to go ahead and wait.  😦  I think looking at different styles and items will help give me ideas.  The time between now and then, I think will also help me know which items I really want.  Anything that sticks in my head for more than a couple of weeks, usually becomes a permanent fixture in our home.

I can’t wait!  This makes me want to get rid of more in order to make room for more.  Let’s see how well I do with holding off on getting new decor.  Hopefully time doesn’t take too long and I can design a wonderful home for us.

3/11/15 – Procrastination…. : /

My goal was to pack a box or two everyday this month and then the packing wouldn’t be so bad….

Well….

Let’s just say I’m about as far as I was this time last week.  I don’t know what it is about packing.  I feel the same about cleaning as I do the packing.  It’s all overwhelming.  I think if I didn’t want it so organized, I could pack a lot faster, but because I want it a certain way its taking longer and a bit overwhelming.

I just want it to be easy, but it’s not.  Plus, because I don’t do a lot of dusting, I am having to clean as I pack, which gets my allergies going, which then makes me stop.  So I don’t get far.

I think this is going to be a lot longer process than I’m thinking. I wanted to do this for my husband, but I may need his help after all.  He has a way of keeping me strait on one path, where I tend to get bored or tired and stop.  He can keep me on track.

I can’t believe we are already about half way done with this month and I’m not that far along.  I need to get going. I have decided to take up all of my clothes and beauty stuff.  I also need to take all my meds (natural supplements), but I can’t pack it till it gets closer to time of me going up.  Same with our other stuff; the hubs is staying here next month, while I am up North, so I’d hate to pack what he may need to use.

So what do I pack?  Decor? The hubs just said to pack it all cause he can eat out… I’m thinking man, that’s going to be pricey, but he kinda does it now anyways, minus dinner.  Hahaha

I just need to do one box at a time and try my best to stay on track, with or without my hubs help.

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

So if you read my Back History, you would have seen where I fell down the stairs in college.  This did a lot of damage to my lower back that I am still dealing with (9 years later). So when ever the weather changes or there is a front coming through, I can feel it several days prior and it really causes a lot of pain and discomfort.

Well, because of all the cold fronts that have come through this year, it has been hard for my back and body to recover and so most days I don’t do much; I don’t want to mess it up and have to do tons of physical therapy again.

This causes issues when trying to pack.  In the past, every time we have moved, my husband had to do most of the packing and moving because of my back being out.  This time, since we are moving where I want to go, I didn’t think it was fair for him to have to do all the work solo again.

My goal was to pack most of our stuff this month, since I won’t be here next month, but tonight when I had planned to pack some boxes, my back started hurting and I gave in to defeat.

I try not to complain a lot about my back, but it is definitely becoming a challenge when I am trying to pack.

Aside from my back issues, I am also fighting hoarder issues.  I love my stuff and I am the type of person that has a hard time throwing something away that I may be able to use later.  Except I have stuff that I have not touched for several years and doubt I will touch it anytime soon.  So it would make sense to clean house.  Also, after seeing our new place and how they decorated it has made me want to de-clutter and live a more minimalist life.

Yesterday, I was packing a couple of boxes and taking decorations off the wall and all of a sudden I got very overwhelmed.  I had boxes everywhere and stuff everywhere and felt like the walls were closing in.  So much stuff. I want to be as organized as possible with what I am putting into boxes.  I don’t want to put decor with games, I want to do a box for games and boxes for decor.  A little OCD with that.

I stood there spinning in place, thinking oh my, how am I going to be able to do all this by myself.  Just then, my husband came home and saved me from packing.  Hahahaha.  I gave up for the day and got 1 box of games packed. Not too far.  All together I have packed 1 box of garage sale dishes and the box of games.  I don’t feel like I will meet this goal.

This brought something up that I think is funny/weird…. I am somewhat of a germaphobe, but in a really weird way.  I can’t do bodily fluids very well, I don’t like doing dishes because touching “dirty” food grosses me out (plus I have a hard time handling hot water), I don’t like cleaning because dust stirs up and gets my allergies going, and I don’t like dusting, because of what dust is made of.  I would rather see a mess and ignore it than clean it up.  Not because of laziness, but because it’s dirty and it grosses me out to touch it.  The feeling of dirt/dust on my hands makes me want to gag, but thats another issue (textilephobia).

This is going to be a process for sure and I hope I can get through it without my husband having to do all the work.  He works hard to provide for us and to make me happy, if I can do this one thing for him, I know it will make a big difference for him in making this transition easier.

The Start of Our New Adventure

So I am originally from Kansas, but at a young age we moved to Texas for my fathers work and so I grew up here.  To all those who know me, know that I have always wanted to go back to Kansas.  After, I got married 6 years ago, every year I begged my husband to move to Kansas so we could be next to my family.  Every year I was told no and so my dream stayed a dream and we stayed here in Texas.

Well around this last Thanksgiving, I finally started to see my dream come to light when we started to talk about moving up and I can’t tell you how excited my mother and I were about this.  So we did our best to convince him how beneficial it would be and it wasn’t until we received news that his sister and her family were moving away, that he finally gave the ok to move!

I can’t express my excitement.  We started looking at places, trying to decide if we wanted to rent or buy when we go up… we had until June of this year to decide, so we were coming up with pros and cons and looking at what we wanted in a house.

We finally decided to rent and save up money, as well as, pay off debt and then we will buy.  Now the question is what can we rent in our price range?  I’d rather be pocket rich and house poor than house rich and pocket poor.  So I want to make sure we find something in our desired area but cheap.  Not squanders cheap but I’m not going to overpay because there is a tennis court either.

After months of looking online at 1000’s of houses and town homes, we finally narrowed it down to 3 different properties.  We figured quickly that we wouldn’t be able rent a house, so town home it is, which I am kinda excited about.  We have lived in apartments and in a house but never a town home.

The first property was pretty perfect. It was huge and had a basement and 2 car garage, but the stairway was very narrow and it would be a pain to get furniture upstairs, plus the pet deposit and pet rent was ridiculous.  It would have cost more than the regular rent.

The second property  was nice.  It had a basement as well, but no garage.  We were going to choose it, but when I called to confirm pricing a week after my mother went to see it, the price had jumped pretty high.  Cross that one off the list.

The third and final property was a good size, but we hadn’t seen any pictures online and it was a one bedroom (we were wanting a 2-3 bedroom), so we weren’t too sure.  Mom said it was cute and so I had her send pictures and OMG!!!!! It is adorable and I am so stinking excited to move now (more than before)!

So we sent in an application and were approved and now it is official, we are moving the weekend of May 16th!!!!!!

Let the packing begin!  This place is so cute that it keeps me from wanting to clutter it up with a bunch of crap.  Do you know what that means?  GARAGE SALE!!!!!! (I’m not normal.  I LOVE garage sales, especially when doing them with my mom)

So my plan for this month (March) is to pack what we are taking and then price and pack our garage sale stuff, to get it out of the way.

Then in April I will go up to Kansas and focus on the business my mother and I are starting.  It’s going to be decorative pillows and probably a bunch of other stuff.

Finally, we will come back in May for a going away party, the garage sale, and then packing up and doing the final move!

I can’t believe its finally happening…. I am just counting down the days until we get out of here!