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!

March Still Bringing Sickness

March hasn't turned out to be such a great month so far.  Sure, we've had some good things happen.  Actually one great thing happened, and that is Hubby has a new job.  He's back to doing what he loves, and it's a lot more money than the crappy job he was previously working until things started to improve in the job market in our area.  That's just about the only good thing I have to report right now, though.

Unfortunately a lot of bad is happening right now that I really wish I could change, but I can't.  I was hoping the nicer weather would mean we could say goodbye to all this sickness that has plagued our family this Winter, but that isn't how things are going.  My girls and I are feeling better, but the sickness is still running rampant for others.  My sister-in-law is being hit really hard right now.  She picked up a cold that has turned into pneumonia.  She's a type 1 diabetic, so that's not good at all.  She was admitted to the hospital a couple days ago, and the doctors are working to find out exactly what type of pneumonia she has.  The doctors actually used the term "bad" when describing what she has because it's not your typical pneumonia.  That is very worrisome because the last time she ended up in the hospital with pneumonia she almost died and was in a coma for months. Prayers would be greatly appreciated.  On top of that two very dear family friends have had strokes this week, and both are in icu.  It's going to be a long road to recovery for both, so of course prayers would be appreciated for them as well.

All we can do is wait and pray that the doctors will get her fixed up and home very soon.  I would love to put life on hold and spend my days at the hospital with her, but it's not easy to do with 2 young kids at home. For now we're going to press on with our daily lives as much as we can.  I have an appointment to go house hunting with a friend who is an agent tomorrow.  If things work out the way we would like we'll be out of this dump by the Summer, and it would be nice to be closer to Hubby's family where I can be of assistance when my sis-in-law is sick.  I've picked out a few houses in their area that I like, but I'm also looking at houses closer to Hubby's new job location, too.  Honestly I like the area where he is working now a lot better, and I've talked about moving out that way before.  We'll just have to see what happens.  I'm also going to try to remember to let my friend know about the goconnect app for agents that I saw today because I really think it could be a great tool for her. Whether or not I remember to do that is to be determined. I've got so much going on in my head right now I'm surprised I remembered to feed myself dinner tonight!

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