So here we are at Sept. The start of the school year (at least as I know it; apparently a lot of schools are now starting in August), the transition from summer to fall, the grains of sand trickling through our hands…
Sorry, got a little caught up in very bad writing. It’s actually quite easy to do.
Anyways, what has been going on with us…
As Julie has mentioned, I will be going on a business trip. This will be the first time since very early in our marriage that Julie and I will be apart (not counting hospital trip for Conrad eviction), let alone apart from the kids. It’ll be strange. I’ll be going down to New Orleans for Cloud Partners 2014. We’ve already got our plans worked out for how I’ll try to call in the evenings to speak to the kids. Julie has also made it clear that I better bring some beignettes back home with me.
(As an aside, Natalie picked out some rockin dressy pink shorts for me, and I was hoping to wear them down there. I’ll have to talk with my boss tomorrow to see just how dressy I should expect this to be.)
We also are considering enrolling Nat and Conrad in some sort of pre-school this fall. We were originally planning on this January (even as of the last post) but after talking about it more, we think it might be good to start the transition process sooner if possible. This would still be somewhere in the ballpark of 9-12 hours a week for Nat and much less for Conrad, so we think that this would be a good transition.
In regards to the building, we’ve received a somewhat lowball offer, so we have countered. We’ll see what happens with that. There hasn’t been much going on; there continue to be showings, but not many offers coming in. We got somewhat excited by the initial offer we had gotten before, but it is possible(/likely) that we need to re-assess what the actual price in the market should be, and have appropriate expectations. Regardless, we still hope to be able to sell this fall and not have the building going into the winter. We’ll keep y’all in the loop.
This past weekend we made it over to Crystal Lake (which has the Target w/ my ab fab pink shorts) where we also hit “The Fresh Market”. (Yes, I know that periods are supposed to go inside quotes, AND that parenthetical statements aren’t supposed to be in their own sentences; I won’t get into arguments about proper grammar here, but I’m more than willing to have that conversation in person.) (Except, now that closing parenthesis looks odd without a period at the end… but it would essentially be a stand-alone period, since the rest of the sentence is all in parentheses… I think I need to review my rules of grammar.)
ANYWAYS, I lost track of the amount of sighs I heard from the mother of my children. I took the kids and we wandered away a bit to allow someone to stroll the aisles at her own pace. I’m sure that somebody will be going back there, with or without the rest of us.
We’ve also been working on anger as well as appropriate types of responses over here. In order to be more accessible for my kids (you know, to show that I have faults as well), I’ve occasionally lost my temper at them. We have had some decent conversations afterwards though, about how everybody, kids AND adults, always have things that we need to work on, and that we’ll always try to be better in how we behave and how we treat each other.
Hmm… I think I’ll leave it at that. Telling y’all about how I yell at the kids… always end on a high note, right?