Where have I been lately? Not here. Instead I powered through a fifteen week class in a record breaking seven days. I have been all over this fine state of mine, tore down my front porch deck and walk way, played full time aunt for five days to two of the most amazing nephews a girl can ask for, and trying to keep my hormones under wrap.
So let’s start with the first one: class. I have a true love-hate relationship with summer courses. One, I’m done. Typically in four week versus the 15. But not this one. The professor had never taught a summer course and therefore, we powered through it in full force. It. Was. A. Lot. But totally worth it. I excelled and finished with a straight 100%. Goes to show what a good professor can actually do for a student and the class. He cared and didn’t talk down to anyone. Hallelujah!
Work has me all over this state. I love to travel but it’s making summer fly by and leaving me feeling like I have yet to enjoy it. Enough on that subject for now.
On a sunny, warm Saturday afternoon, I asked hubs to fix the middle step of our 24 foot walk way leading to the house. It should have been a quick 30 minute, $50 fix. But rather it turned into a three day total demo of the walk and front patio deck. Apparently, the saying is true – you can’t judge a book by its cover. Everything looked fine from the surface, but wood rot and black mold made it possible for me to “hulk smash” a 2×6. This should not be possible and yet it was a little too easy for me to do. I couldn’t rightfully band-aid something that was as in bad as shape as it was. We have family coming in September and November. I only shudder when I think about what could have potentially happened should we have not caught this disaster of a mess. We have had multiple contractors come and look at it and are currently deciding on the route to take. My HOA is none to impressed we did this without their approval, but I’m quite confident they will survive as it’s not their wallet these expenses will come out of and it will be the most beautiful porch and walkway they’ve seen! It does make me cringe when I think about how the shape the rest of the wrap around deck might be in. But that’s next year’s problem. Funny, how fixer-uppers tell you which project is up next. Here we were thinking we were saving up for a new truck, but in reality it’s for a safer deck.
We were able to have my two nephews over for several days. I took a full week off of work (today is my last day before I go back, and it’s a rejuvenation day!). The last week has been great. As soon as the boys got into the car, my heart just soared. I loved hearing their laughter, their stories, and their innocence. They were so well behaved. We did A LOT in that short time they were here. The dog is tired and my husband admitted he needs to get back into shape as sitting in front of a desk for 11 hours a day is not really conducive for keeping up with active kids. I, on the other hand, did fine. Okay, okay, there was an extra cup of coffee and an “oh crap, why are they up at 630 a.m.” thought on the last day. My ultimate goal was to keep them so busy that they slept at night. Which they did. In that short time we: went spelunking, spent a full day at an amusement park, went golfing, fishing, to a state park, visited the university, toured a military base, played at several parks, went hiking, invented our own board games, and watched the Men in Black movies. And that 630 wake up, was so they could have breakfast with my hubs (be still my heart), before he went to work and they went back to bed. When I dropped them off last night, it was truly hard. I miss them, and this house is made for legos, nerf guns, outside football, swinging, Sunday evening games of baseball, rough housing with the hubs, and laughter. So much laughter. It just reaffirms in my heart that this is truly what I want…
Lastly, we are on yet another month of TTC. Each one filled with a little bit more disappointment but a little bit more hope. I have found myself more emotional than the previous two months. Not sure if it’s stress, the extra hormones pulsing through my body, or the alignment of the solar system (I am not a horoscope girl but maybe?). I am at least recognizing this and therefore doing the best I can from becoming some sort of crazy person that everyone steers clear of. Hubs says I’m doing great and he’s there to fix whatever he can, but it’s not something that can be fixed. It’s just the state that I’m currently in. I’m truly hoping he’s being honest and not just appeasing me with the “doing great” statement.
So anyway, that’s a quick wrap up of the last couple of weeks for me. Looking forward to catching up with you all!