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Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 2:00 pm

How is it that I can spend over $200 on groceries and have nothing to eat?

How is it that sometime between last year and this year I have gotten old, and cannot seem to play a rec league softball game without injuring myself?

How is it that even when I have my Fathers Day gifts planned out and purchased weeks in advance, I still find myself making an emergency run to the store on Father’s Day?

How is it that 6 years could have passed so quickly?

Yesterday was our 6-year Anniversary.  Jens’ dad was here for the week so we spent much of the day hanging out with family, then took him to the airport and had a nice dinner out at Fogo de Chao. Apparently FdC has grown more casual than I remember it being. Not only were lots of people wearing jeans, but there were a surprising number of families there with youngish children.

In general, when a restaurant costs more than $50 per person, I tend to assume that jeans are not a appropriate attire and that children are … discouraged. Evidently I’m wrong about this. Of the three families (with children) sitting next to us, one showed up with McDonald’s Happy Meals for their kids. What’s the point of that? Find a babysitter. Your kids would probably appreciate it.

The last time I ate at FdC, which I think was 2 years ago, I gained 3 pounds from that single meal.  And it stayed on.  Hopefully that won’t be the case this time. Though I can say it would be worth it.  There’s something really awesome about dining in the middle of a meat parade.

Afterward, we rented a movie and spent the remainder of our Anniversary on the floor in front of the big TV.  Which is really the only way to spend an evening after you’ve just eaten 5 pounds of meat.

Happy Anniversary and Fathers’ Day to my mostest favoritest person in the whole world who I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with!

And speaking of my mostest favoritest person, how is it that someone who ate 5 pounds of meat for dinner last night can sit down and polish off a steak for Fathers Day lunch?  How???

Crop-In-Style Navigator

Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 4:37 am

Does anybody want one of these?


We’re trying to de-clutter our house and I have one left over from my scrapbook store days.  It’s navy, never been used.

Is There an Echo In Here?

Filed under: Kaelin,Kid Quotes,Parenting,Such is Life — Amy @ 6:00 pm

“It was so weird. They were at a gas station…”

“So weird!”

“…and they paid and were getting in the car…”

“Get in the car!”

“…and the attendant comes running out and starts yelling at them to pay for the gas.”

“Pay for…GASSS!”

“And they’re like, ‘We DID pay – here’s the receipt.’ But the guy wouldn’t let it go because his machine didn’t register their payment or something. It was so stupid.”


“If they hadn’t paid already, why would they have a receipt from 30 seconds ago?”


“But he kept threatening to call the cops.”


“Kaelin, can you find something else to say?”

“STOOOOPID.   Stoopid.”

“Like, ‘silly.’ Can you say ‘silly?'”


It's a Go

Filed under: Moving,Such is Life — Amy @ 8:14 am

So we drove out to the lender’s office only to find out that the power was out in their building.   We had a nice chat, but didn’t get anything substantial out of it because he was unable to pull up any documents on the computer or crunch any numbers.   We left without any more information than we came with, although I will say that I thought the meeting went better than expected.

He doesn’t strike me as the condescending, sleazy salesman that for some reason I envisioned.   He’s more of the jolly, effeminate high school band nerd type.   Nice guy.

One thing I have learned about myself over the years is NOT to trust my instincts.   That sixth sense thing that women are supposed to have totally skipped over me.   I have the intuition of a dead frog.

So anyway, the power remained off in their building for the remainder of the day, but late last night he was able to email us the good faith estimate, so we could compare apples to apples.

And it looks like it’s going to be doable.   Which means I’m happy because we get a house and happy that this particular waiting game has ended.

…Now we get to start the 6 or 7 months of waiting for the house to get finished.

It never ends.


Filed under: Are You Kidding Me?,Such is Life — Amy @ 9:56 am

Ok, who ordered the hurricane?   This is not going to be fun to drive in, and our meeting is in an hour.

The rain is crashing into the front of the house, so at least it’s not coming in through the back door this time.   I hate cleaning up puddles in my livingroom.


Still Pending…

Filed under: Feeling,Such is Life — Amy @ 8:36 am

Well, we meet with the loan officer today to figure out if this whole new house thing is really going to work.   We already have a good faith estimate from another lender, but in order to get certain incentives (like a percentage off the home price…which we need) we have to use the builder’s lender.   Based on the good faith estimate we have from the other lender, this should work out… but still I’m doubtful.

I’ve never met this loan officer before, but I have the very distinct impression that he’s not in it for our best interest.     I don’t know why.   Is that weird?   I just feel like we’ll have to finagle and negotiate with him in order to get anything close to reasonable.

I have absolutely nothing to base that feeling on.   Although I suppose it’s partly because this group of houses are selling so well that we’ve already been told the lender won’t pay closing costs because they don’t have to – if we can’t make the purchase there’s someone else who will.

So somehow, I can’t help but expect that he’s going to give us a good faith estimate that is… less than good.   Am I just being paranoid?   I guess I’ll find out today.


Filed under: Houses,Moving,Such is Life — Amy @ 8:50 pm

So in a rather spontaneous and unexpected turn of events, we’re thinking of moving. Of building, actually:


After visiting some new homes just on a whim and partly out of boredom, we actually found a house that a) we could afford, and b) would be a reasonable step up from the house we’re in now.

It’s the only one in the entire area that has the right price and square footage for us. So we’re really considering making the leap, even though it would probably mean losing a little money on the house we’re in now. Unfortunately, the area we’re in hasn’t appreciated much in the 2 years we’ve been here. In fact, this new house will appreciate more in the next 6 months than our current house has since we bought it.

Sad, isn’t it.

So anyway, that’s what we’re up to. Tomorrow we meet with our agent and the builder to see if this is really something doable, so I’ll probably know tomorrow evening if we’re going to be moving or not.

The funny thing is, since it’s all been so quick and sudden-like, I haven’t had time to become totally wrapped up in the new house. I mean, I feel like I could easily call it home after walking through the model a couple of times…but if it doesn’t work out, I won’t be absolutely devastated. Basically – and this is really unusual for me – I’m feeling really relaxed about this, regardless of which way it goes.

…Despite the fact that I’ve already decorated every inch of it in my mind and have all the decorating necessities saved on eBay and my Bed Bath & Beyond registry.

I’m considering checking for a pulse.

Filed under: Houses,Parenting,Such is Life — Amy @ 4:42 pm

I’m not sure how this happened, but somebody has taken my daughter and replaced her with She Who Willingly Naps For Three Hours. Without drugs.

Wake up, child.

And on a side note, why does it seem to be a requirement that air conditioners break at the beginning of EVERY summer? American Home Shield is probably ruing the day they ever offered us a home warranty.


Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 7:01 pm

Counting (Video)

Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 2:14 pm

Same video, new player.

New! Videos!

Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 6:07 pm

FYI, (if you can’t tell) I’m experimenting with the various options for inserting videos into this blog, so you will probably get to see some more of our little munchkin in action … if I can get it to work right.

For the time being, I can’t seem to make the videos NOT auto-play (even though I tell them NOT to auto-play), so my only remedy for that is to put them below the “fold” – meaning that you will have to click on the “Click to see full entry” link in a post to see the video displayed in the post.

The main reason for this is that it would really tick me off to open a website that had 4 videos on the home page and they all started playing at once.  I’m sure you’ll agree.

Let me know if you have any questions or (especially) if something isn’t working right.

A Good Start

Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 5:19 pm

Today I brought home one of these.  At 18 months, Kaelin’s a little young, but she’s been announcing recently when she has to poo, so I thought maybe we’d give the whole potty training thing a try just for the heck of it.

The first two times I had her sit on the potty were entertaining, but less than productive.  Not that I was really expecting anything.  My goal today was really just to get her to SIT on it.

After the third attempt, I left her sitting on the potty and told her to stay there while I grabbed a fresh diaper.  When I returned, she was standing next to the potty, peering into the bowl with utmost curiosity at a small yellow puddle in the basin.

That’s my girl smile

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Hi. I'm Amy. I started this website in 2005 as a place to deposit my journal and photos. It has gone through a few incarnations and masquerades as a family site, but since I'm the only one who contributes to it, it's really all about ME, ME, ME.

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