house for sale

There’s a decorative, non-seasonal wreath on my front door, and a purple mum in the ceramic planter on the front step. Curb appeal, you know.

Our realtor said she wanted me to paint the front door, but I told her that was more than I could handle right now. I figure the wreath shows that I at least made an effort.


The kitchen is cleaner than it’s been since we moved in.

All of the kids’ toys have been moved out of the living room and family room, and we’ve turned the bonus room upstairs (previously Dave’s office) into a giant playroom.

family room

living room

It’s done.

And now, we wait to see if somebody comes along who falls in love with this house as much as I did two years ago.

(And I am not telling them about the Bad Divorce Juju happening in this house, because, well, I’m pretty sure that doesn’t fall within disclosure requirements.)

Now I can go back to focusing on these two.

My Catie-bug
My sweet Catie-bug. She keeps having nightmares and waking up at 3 a.m. This transition is so hard on her, and I do my best to reassure her, but it’s not enough. I don’t know what to do for her, except to keep telling her that we’re going to be ok.

Captain bib-face.
Lucy is (thankfully) oblivious to all changes to her environment, so that makes life easier. Now I just need her to sleep through the damn night already.

Next on my to-do list: find a statue of Saint Joseph and bury him in the yard. I’ll take all the help I can get.

14 thoughts on “Listed

  1. I am doing the same thing. It is slow going for me. I hope your house sells quickly. Keeping it up is hard work! Last night there was a mix up in showing days so we had a showing while I made dinner and there was homework all over the kitchen. Oh well. Did the best I could and made the best of it. Hang in there. xoxo

  2. Babe, the hardest thing about this, hands down is getting through it with the little ones.

    You just have to keep reassuring her that she is loved, and you are not going anywhere. She will adjust, this I know.

  3. Crossing my fingers for a quick house selling process for you.

    Your girls are loved by so many and you and they will make it through. I know it’s hard on Catie now, but I know as time passes she will be better.

    I miss my 3 a.m. wake up call and the Catie snuggles, wish I was closer!!

    Sending great big hugs to the 3 of you!! XOXO

  4. Best of luck with the home sale. My fingers will be crossed for you.

    As for Catie, she’ll be okay. I was her age when my parents got divorced. I don’t remember a thing except for the apartment my mom, brother and I moved into and this little girl I used to play with who lived upstairs from us. I don’t remember the bad stuff.

    Keeping you guys close in my heart and thinking about you every day. Love and hugs.

  5. I’ve never commented before, but wanted to let you know how sorry I am to see you and your girls going through this. I live in Durham, so I’m not too far from you. If I were in the market for a house I’d call your realtor – it looks beautiful! Hope they both start sleeping through the night soon.

  6. Woo! Hold on… *pant*… catching breaths. *pant*

    Was just doing the “sell your house” booty dance. Man – if I had a pole, a contract might’ve landed at your doorstep.


    Yes! Get St. Joseph! Get some cookie scented candles at Target. My realtor told me to paint all kinds of stuff. I didn’t and the house sold fine. The buyer ended up repainting *everything*, so I’m glad I didn’t waste my time. Sending quick sell vibes your way, shug. Lemme know if ya need me.


  7. It’s a brave step; I’m sorry your going through this, but your strength and positive vibe are inspiring. May it sell very, very quickly.

  8. There is a great book for young kids about divorce called “When Dinosaurs Divorce” It puts it all in great language for kids. Hope things settle down for you soon.

  9. Sending you lots of good vibes for a quick house sale – the house looks great from the photos so I’m sire it won’t take too long. Keep cuddling those gorgeous girls of your’s. You are such a fantastic Mum. Lucy will sleep through the night in her own time, I know how tough it it, hang on in there, it will happen, and one day you really will wonder what you were stressing about it. Mine didn’t sleep through until 10 months so I feel your pain, it will pass though. Take care Erica xxxx

  10. Wishing all the best for a swift home sale, and getting through all the showings–I remember that from when we sold the family home in L.A.

  11. The house is looking great. I hope that someone snatches it up quickly.

    When you are ready, let me know if you want me to find about about houses in our neighborhood 🙂 I’ve already scoped one on Ortega . . .

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