the mid-December update

Things that have happened in the past week that I haven’t blogged about because holy crap, where did all my free time go? (Oh right, it’s being spent unpacking boxes.)

1. Our house is officially sold. We signed the closing paperwork and handed over the keys this morning. I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. Mostly relief, because I’m glad to be done with it, but also a hell of a lot of sadness, because that was my dream house, and it’s gone. And yeah, I know we’ll make new memories in this new house and it will all turn out the way it’s supposed to be. But it’s hard.

2. Dave and his mom have come to visit. There was a lot of hubbub about it before they arrived (long story), but so far all of his visits with the kids have been low-key and drama-free, and I’m crossing my fingers that maybe we can maintain that from now on. I mean, I kind of doubt it, but I’m trying to maintain a tiny bit of cautious optimism. And that’s basically all I have to say on that particular subject.

3. My parents closed on their house here. Their moving truck arrives from Mississippi tomorrow. They’re going to be staying at my house for a few more days while they get things settled (they need to buy a refrigerator, that kind of thing), but it’s crazy to think that we’re going to be living less than two miles away from each other.

4. A personal Single Parent Milestone of mine: while hooking up the DVD player (which I did all by myself, boo-yah), a giant cockroach came scurrying out from behind the TV and was about an inch away from my hand. Since I had no husband to yell to come kill it, instead I grabbed my trusty Dyson with its loooong telescope handle and sucked that disgusting 6-legged bastard up.

(And this is where I tried to find a video of Delta Burke/Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women doing her rant about, “I don’t care what anybody says, I think THE MAN SHOULD HAVE TO KILL THE BUG.” Alas, YouTube has failed me. Oh well, you get the idea.)

I’m sure that seems pathetic, but that was my own personal version of a major crisis (I have a phobia of roaches that I cannot even begin to explain), and I took care of it, so I was proud of myself.

5. This past Sunday, I took Catie to see Disney Princesses on Ice. She was SO excited.

Somebody is excited about Disney Princesses on Ice.

The ice skaters for these shows are really amazing, and it’s definitely worth it if they come your way. Note that I am in no way sponsored to say that. I’m just saying, if you have a little girl in the Disney Princess-loving age range, you will make their week, if not their whole year, by taking them to that show. And it entertained me too, because I am a sucker for watching ice skaters do all kinds of graceful leaps and twirls that I could never do in a million years.

6. The girls had their school pictures taken for Christmas. It’s very hard to get a picture of Catie where she isn’t doing a hard “CHEESE!!” – it’s more like she’s baring her teeth than smiling. But Lucy. Oh my, y’all.

They also took pictures of the two girls together (which I couldn’t get a good picture of with my phone, since they don’t allow proofs to leave the premises, and I was sneaking pictures with my cell phone before the daycare director caught me). But needless to say, that photo company is about to get a whole lot of my money.

7. In the midst of unpacking, we managed to get our Christmas tree up, because I promised Catie I would do it as soon as we got to the new house. (Priorities. My clothes are still packed in wardrobe boxes, but we have the damn tree decorated.) I usually love to put Christmas lights outside, but I’m a little overwhelmed by everything this year, so we just stuck a wreath on the door and I’m calling it done.

8. I don’t usually get into all of the symbolism about new years being a fresh start, but let me tell you, 2011 is free to kiss my butt on its way out. I’m so looking forward to 2012 and the promise of new beginnings and clean slates. I already cannot wait for January 1st.

9 thoughts on “the mid-December update

  1. Can I just say hell yes to #8!!

    Also, I so get the bug thing. For me it was spiders. I have to kill my own now instead of whimpering in the corner with my hands over my eyes.

  2. I think a tree and a wreath is good for this year. Especially with moving. Next year, maybe you’ll feel a bit more festive.

    Adore that photo of Lucy. Her smiles are amazing.

    My kids saw Toy Story on ice with their dad on Sunday. They loved it.

  3. 2012 will be your year, hoping its good to me too!! Love that picture of Lucy a lot!! Yay for selling the house and for your parents being there for good. Can’t wait to see y’all and meet them!!

  4. Man, you’ve accomplished so much in a VERY short time! Your girls are radiant, and that has to be a wonderful gift, considering all that this year’s put you through.

    I lean towards saying the new place, any place, is better because nothing about it can haunt you. The old place was a dream house, but it’s where an important dream died…maybe leaving the psychic load behind will help.

    I’m so thankful the visiting went smoothly, for the girls’ sake. Long may it wave!

    Thanks for the update; I am glad to hear you’re all okay.

  5. I think that cockroach incident solidifies your place as the strongest person I know. I would have probably turned around and marched out the front door, stopping to stick a “for rent” sign in the front yard.

  6. Love it! I can’t wait to see the amazing things that 2012 has in store for all of us! Seems like 2011 was nothing but a kick in the shorts.

  7. The pics are so cute! I’m also looking forward to 2012. May it be a better year for everyone 🙂

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