Tagged: suburbia

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Noises of Utter Frustration

The saga to score an Ohio driver’s license will never end, apparently. I am so frustrated! I am a reasonably intelligent person, but this is way too hard. Somewhere in the midst of moving 3x in three years my social security card disappeared. To get a new one I needed to go to the SS office with all the kids in tow because Kentucky does not participate in the online ordering program for some unknown reason. Instead of going to the...

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House Tour!

This is the final week without Vladik here. I know that no matter how hosting goes or what our relationship with Vladi ends up being, we will never be the same after. Each child we’ve hosted has changed us all as a family. I cannot describe the impact they make on all of us. Our hearts break for them, we love them, we struggle alongside them, we say goodbye to them and send pieces of our hearts back with them. My...

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Today, GO!

I am designating today as Clean Up the House Day. No school. Just cleaning. Because I am stuck in the doldrums of mid February, and my house has become a pit of random toys and disorganized clothing. Friends, it’s time to fight back and slay the clutter beast! Or at least shove all the clutter into a corner of the basement. (Just keeping it real here.) We shall fold the clean laundry mountain and rewash the mildewing towels in the washing...

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Snowy Pictures!

It finally really snowed here!! The kids were so excited to find that there was more than just the previous day’s dusting of snow on the ground. Igor said it was too cold outside to play, and Rosie only stayed out for a few minutes, but Henry and Ada had tons of fun. It was so bright out that Ada couldn’t see to smile. Hah! Yes, my two year old is almost the same size as my five year old. She’s...

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Ferdinand & The Home Study

  This is Ferdinand. He belongs to the farm across the road from our subdivision. The farm is run by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Yes, nuns. But they are white older ladies who are very much from America, so I’m not clear about the Dominican aspect of it. I started the volunteer application process for the farm this weekend. I’m so excited. They have 160 acres with sheep, the guard llama pictured above, chickens, a turkey, bees, gardens, a greenhouse,...

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New Friends!

Rosie is THRILLED. First we met a nice family down the street. They have a 10 year old daughter who is just like Rosie: A little quiet, likes to draw and read, loves Minecraft and Littlest Petshop. Rosie has played with her for hours, every chance they get. I am so happy for her to have finally found a friend her age that likes similar things! Her mom is very nice too. She’s a public school art teacher. Her husband is...

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The Worst.

Ok well maybe not the very worst, but still. The IRS didn’t send an important paper. When the mortgage company called about it today the IRS said there is a delay due to hacking and they won’t be able to mail this paper until the 10th of June. And no, there is no other way we can get it other than the official mailed paper from the IRS. :( We’ve already paid for trucks and movers to come on Saturday because...

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The Big Week.

I’m writing this with only one eye open. The other eye itches so incredibly that I want to gouge it out with my fingernails and then shove ice cubes in my eye sockets. Have mercy on my soul, this is insane. It’s either from some seasonal allergen currently trying to kill me or from the (estimated) large amounts of mold growing in my damp walls. Maybe both. Regardless, I may be permanently blinded. My right eye is nearly swollen shut and...

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More House Pictures.

This giardia is so painful at times. I just want to be all better. Now! I really do not feel well. I feel like my body is made of dust and I could just blow away and scatter with a gentle breeze. Weird feeling. My body feels so heavy and tired, but at the same time light and floaty. I don’t know how to explain it. I’m not sure if it’s a side effect of taking a toxic anti-parasite medication or...

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Decorating Question!

Do you all think wide plank dark laminate wood flooring would clash terribly with these cabinets? They are just stock builder type cabinets. This flooring, not specifically but something dark and similar. Since the living room runs into the kitchen I want to have the same flooring throughout the entire first floor. Simple. But I can’t afford to change the cabinets, and I don’t have time/energy/money to fool with painting them or anything like that. I plan to paint that wooden...