Ready To Go Out

I'm so excited because I finally get to do something this weekend I haven't done in a long time. We're getting some kid free time, and we're going to a local bar and grill to hear our friend's band play.  Hubby's dad used to play drums for the same band, and we haven't seen them since his dad had to leave the band a couple years ago. I can't wait to get to actually go out and do something. That's how long it's been since I've had a night out away from the kids.

Hubby will actually end up working part of the night because he's been asked to play roadie. He's done so a few times for this band in the past.  He meets up with them and loads up some of their equipment in the truck like their portable amps and stuff, transports the equipment, helps them setup, then we get in with no cover charge to hear them play. He'll help them back up and haul everything home at the end of the night, and we'll head off a couple miles down the road to pick up the girls from Grandma's house. It's a win-win for everyone.

Like I said I'm just happy to get to go out and do something.  It's long overdue, and this mama needs a little break. I love my kids, but every no and then I need a little "me time" to unwind.

Yard Sale Time!

All the Autumn-like weather we've been experiencing this past week has me giving my whole house an overhaul.  While most people get Spring cleaning fever, I find myself with Fall fever each year. I tend to want to clean out the clutter and do a major deep cleaning right before I have to close everything up so to speak for the year. I guess that comes from knowing we will spend the majority of our time indoors in the Winter, and I don't want to live in a musty old house (and this one gets very musty) while doing so.  I can't help it if these cooler temps induced my Fall fever a way early this year!

I've spent the last few days preparing for a yard sale this weekend.  As much as I want to get rid of everything I tend to procrastinate when it comes to Summer yard sales because it's just so muggy and hot so early in the morning in the South.  The cooler temps have me prepared to do the yard sale thing this weekend and get it over with.

I've pulled out so many baby and toddler clothes I think I could supply a small baby army.  I've got a huge stack of books, some housewares, and a few video games. Hubby went through his tools and picked out a few things to sale, too.  He doesn't need 3 jig saws! He's even willing to part with one of his old motorcycle helmets and his old pair of leathers we both know he'll never fit into again.  I convinced one of our friends to turn it into a multi-family yard sale, so they're bringing more clothes, some furniture, and some musical equipment.  He used to be a DJ, so he has turntables, some records, a digital recorder, and from his band days a trumpet and a guitar.

Now if I can only find the time to sort through the mass amount of toys we have in this house and successfully get them out of here without my bigger munchkin screaming that we must hoard everything!  At least half of the 26 baby dolls she has accumulated will be out the door if I have my way!

Which State Should We Live In?

I never thought I would be torn over which state in which to buy a house.  We've been looking at homes for a few weeks now, and we can't settle on anything.  That's mostly because we can decide which state we want to live in. Do we stay in South Carolina or move to North Carolina?  Hubby works in both states because we are so close to the border.  Still we're an hour away from the office which is in SC.  We can choose to live in either state and still move closer to his job, so there is a lot to take into consideration.

I personally would love to live in NC, but I'm leaning more towards staying in SC now.  We wouldn't have to pay income taxes to both states. Plus SC just ditched Common Core, and that's a major plus for me. It will be thrown out beginning in the 2015 school year, just in time for DD1 to start Kindergarten. The cost of living in both areas are about the same, so that's not an issue, but I'm being told it could be a lot cheaper for us to have health insurance in NC. I wish I could get nc health coverage quotes before committing to a location, but that's practically impossible.

I guess for now we'll have to keep weighing the pros and cons of both areas. I just hope we can make a decision soon because I really really want to get out of the place we're stuck in now!

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