Friday, June 30, 2006

Time to move

It's time for us to find another house to live in. For the past 4 years we have been living in a house owned by the church we attend. The church has decided to sell the house, and we don't care to buy it, so we need to move. *sigh* I don't mind moving, but it's oh-so-much-work! This house is very small, and as the children are growing up we really do need a little more room.

We have been looking at various options and have about decided that now is not the time to buy. Housing prices are just all out-of-reason in this area, IMHO. The house we live in is less than 1,000 square feet, 2-bedroom/1 bath, and *old* and it appraised for over $150,000! I just cannot fathom that! It will be wonderful for the church if they can get that much out of it, though.

For now we have decided to rent an apartment that is attached to one of the print shops owned by the company my husband works for. At least in this case we'll know the landlord! Other good news: it's actually bigger than the house we are currently in and the children will each have their own rooms. However, it needs some electrical work, so my husband will need to do that before we can move.

I don't have time for this! I need to be working full-time this summer!

I was thinking wistfully today of the kick-back-and-relax summer days of my childhood. Is that life-style even possible any more?

We actually did some moving-type activities today, so the fun has begun! I've been bringing home boxes from the print shop this week, and last night DH brought the shop's utility trailer home and parked it behind the house. He told the kids to start filling it up! So they did! I had to work today, so I wasn't much help, but oh, the kids had a good time! I cringe just to think of what's going in those boxes and in what order... but hey, it's getting packed and moved. I'm just so pleased that the girls are finally old enough to be a real help. No, they don't do things the way I would necessarily, but it still helps.

After DH got home this evening we went over to the "new" apartment to do some measuring and figuring. DH for some electrical wiring that he needs to do before we can move in, and me to figure out where to put furniture and curtains and such. DH said I could have the whole upstairs room for my "dream library"! It's a great big room... 20 x 30' or something and will be our bedroom and office, too, but there is plenty of room for lots of bookcases! I'm so excited!

Our vacation is scheduled in 3 weeks. We talked about cancelling, but as the trip includes a homeschool convention (in Modesto, California) where I'm supposed to represent Sonlight, we decided we better go ahead and go. We plan to move when we get back. I'm ready to go on vacation now! I don't want to have to stew about the move for 3 more weeks.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

I love camping!

On Thursday DH called to ask if I wanted to go camping that night and Friday night. Of course I did! We decided we could take the camper up to the state park that night and spend the night, then he would go to work on Friday. He thought I could stay out there with the kids on Friday, but I had to work, too. (I work from home but require the internet and phone, which we not available at the state park.) But we decided to go ahead and go up there that night in an effort to get a spot before the weekend rush on Friday evening.

We got up there about 8:30... still about an hour of daylight left. We found a nice spot so pulled the camper in and proceeded to set up camp. After unhooking and balancing the trailer, DH hooked up the water and electricity. Then he and the children "furnished" the campsite while I got supper ready. They put out the rug that keeps us from tracking so much dirt into the trailer, and set up the lawn chairs, and put a tablecloth on the picnic table, unloaded all the firewood and got the fire going. By then I had supper about ready, so we carried the food out to the picnic table. All that we lacked was to roast our hotdogs and we would be ready to eat. As I made the final supper preparations DH said he would go over to the camp host and pay the camping fee. The children went with him.

Pretty soon the kids came running back in a panic! (Scared me for a minute. I thought maybe something happened to DH.) But, no, apparently our site was reserved and we needed to move! It wasn't reserved till the next day so they hadn't marked it reserved, but we would not be able to stay there the next night, and since DH had to go to work early in the morning, we had to move that night! I said, "Well, let's eat supper first anyway, since we have the fire going and the food is all set out." DH said, "No. We can't. This campground is completely full. We have to go to a different campground [still within the state park] and the camp host there is waiting on us to show us where we can camp."

So... we carried the food back into the trailer, put away all the "furnishings" and firewood, dumped water on the fire, disconnected the hook-ups, rehitched the trailer and moved!

By that time it was after 10:00 pm so we didn't build another fire. We just nuked the hotdogs in the microwave, ate supper, and went to bed!

The rest of our camping trip was very nice, though. I enjoyed watching the sun come up with my coffee and Bible after DH went to work the next morning and before the children got up.

We got back out there about 6:00 on Friday evening. Still several hours of daylight. We had a fire and cooked hamburgers on the fire. Then DH and the kids went to a ranger program at the amphitheater to see a film about "Bears!". The dog and I stayed at the campsite to keep an eye on the fire. I listened to old time radio programs on my MP3 head-set and worked Sudoko puzzles while they were gone. The dog enjoyed watching the other campers and their dogs, and also the prairie dogs that inhabited the campground.

After that the girls roasted marshmallows and then went to bed. DH and I enjoyed conversation, the campfire, and the stars!

The girls had fun hiking and exploring and checking in on the walkie-talkies today. DH and I mostly just relaxed!