Monday, July 25, 2016

A New Chapter


Animal Abuse.

Child Abuse.





Keep on scrolling if you hate Jesus.

Ahhh...the good ol' world of Facebook.

Pretty much everyone I know is entwined in the little world of FB and all of it's stories, pokes, emojis and memes.

I have been a part of it for such a long time.

But I have recently opted to walk away from that world.

I'm hoping it's permanent.

It wasn't a sudden and rash decision. It took me a week or so, tying up loose ends and just getting things ready to shut down my account. I didn't really warn people because I don't want to look like I am just trying to draw attention to myself "oooh, look at me! I'm leaving! That's it! I've had enough! Good bye FB world!"

You know what I mean.

I also don't want anyone to convince me to stay.

A clean break and try to move on with my life.

Why delete my page? Why not just not visit FB?

I can't. It keeps sucking me in. I have to get rid of the page to get rid of the temptation.

My kids deserve a mom who isn't constantly popping onto her phone/computer just to see what's goind on. Or if anybody commented on my post. Or messaged me.

They are growing up.

So fast.

I hate that I'm missing moments and even hours of their lives because my nose is shoved into a make-believe world of drama and senselessness.

To my readers that were also on my personal page: I love you all.

But I love my kids infinitely more.

And I will continue to blog and maybe vlog (oh, geez, vlogs are so much harder for me than blogs! hahaha...probably because my house looks like a nuclear bomb went off in it most days) and keep all the fun going on Naptime's FB page, I promise!

I wonder what life without Facebook in 2016 is like....

Do you ever wonder that?? I haven't seen a FB-less world since....2008?

It's time to move on!


Monday, July 18, 2016

New House Updates: 7/10-7/16

Sunday July 10

Nothing new to report.

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Monday July 11

Antonio called landlord to check up on a move-in date. The landlord said that they took the day off to work on another job but they will be done with the house this week.

I have my doubts.

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Tuesday July 12

I went over to water the flowers this evening and to check on the progress of the house.

It doesn't look like anything's been done.

I really hope the house will be done this week.

Our current rental office wants to come next week to check out our trailer. I'm hoping to be out by then just because I hate dealing with them. I'd rather the house be almost empty and they can just see what there is to see without having to interact with me.

I'm not a people person, currently.


LATER THAT it is 10 pm and Antonio just called the painter/worker guy. He said how it didn't look like they've been at the house today, were they going to be working tomorrow?

A big fat NO.

They should be back to working on the house on Thursday.


It is supposed to be done by Sunday!

Apparently, their boss/the landlord, sent them to work on another job for a few days.


They still need to put in new woodwork in some of the rooms, prime the rooms, paint the rooms, seal up some of the wood flooring in closets, put back the doors, put the kitchen cabinet doors back in, put the blinds back in, hoist up the carport another 18" (no clue knows why the landlord is doing that), have the termite guy out to check the house to make sure that the termites in the shed (not the storage building) didn't spread to the house, check the roof because now they think maybe there's a leak, fix some problem areas in some of the other rooms (patch holes, etc), tear down the shed that was destroyed by termites, replace the roof on the storage building and then paint the building, clean the gutters....the list goes on. How is that all going to get done by Sunday?! It's taken a month just to get the floors done and one room painted.

I am so beyond frustrated. Every single week we are told "oh, another 2 weeks".

We are going to be homeless if it doesn't get done soon.

I told Antonio that I'm ready to pull the plug. Just tell them that we're not interested in the house anymore. Then just use our money to get an apartment since I am not about to sign another year's lease here.

In my heart, I don't want to do that. But I'm just at the end of my rope.

We are literally bursting at the seams here.

I can't even pack boxes and put them anywhere because we literally use just about everything here.

And I can't move anything into the house because the walls aren't even painted yet.

So I am having myself a nice ice cold Mike's Hard Mango Punch and going to bed and calling it a night. I am beyond stressed and depressed.

I want to clarify: the painter guys are extremely nice and sweet, as are their family members that I've met. But this is business. And I don't even think it's their fault...their boss keeps sending them to other jobs. I have homeschool starting up soon, trying to run our business, figure out where to have our supplies sent when I order them because we're not sure if we'll be in the new house in a week or here...we don't want to send the things to the wrong house, I'm trying to move a household of six people, a dog, a cat and a bird...all of this on my shoulders...and stress is just taking me down.

But at the end of the conversation, the painter promised Antonio that we could move in on Monday!

Now, not everything will be finished, but we can move in!

We won't be homeless!



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Wednesday, July 13

While Antonio and I were working together, he called the landlord.

The landlord said that, yes, absolutely we can move in Monday!

In face, let's meet at the house and sign the lease!!

So...cha-ching, baddabing, baby!!

We're one huuuuge step closer!!

We've also become one of "those people" who hire people to do things.

Like, someone to cut our grass.

I hate to say "landscaper" because, seriously, it's just cutting the grass and weedwhacking a bit. Just enough so that children don't get lost in the weeds. "Landscaper" sounds so fancy.

Anyway, the price they want to cut the grass is astronomical!

We've been quoted anywhere from $50-200!!

So we're checking out buying a fancy-schmancy zero-turn lawnmower.

We can also add "lawn mowing" to our list of featured services to our business and it will be paying for itself in no time at all!

Plus, who wants to spend 2,195 hours a week cutting grass?

Not me.

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Thursday, July 14

(does anyone even know how proud I am of myself for keeping track of my days like this? Seriously. I want to give myself a brownie as a reward.)

So, ya'll will find this humorous.

Remember how I said that the painter guys leave at 4 or 5 pm?

Well, I took my time getting ready and showering all that stuff that makes a human presentable to the world...even though I had no intentions of making contact with any other must still maintain a decent amount of deodorant cleanliness, regardless.

So, anyway, I timed it so that I would pull into the driveway neatly at a few minutes after 5.

Except that when I drove up to the house at 5:02 pm, they were still there!

And I totally freaked out.

(refer back to my intentions of not making contact with any other humans)

I didn't even slow down...I kept driving!

Mahri was, like, "dude...where are you going? What are you going to do?"

And I gasped "I don't know!!! Where is there to go to sit around here?!!"

And then I found a church a little bit up the road and I pulled into their parking lot and sat there for a minute. I called Antonio to tell him of my dilemma.

To which he said, "Umm...go back to the house and say 'hello'?"

To which I scoffed. I mean, really? Just mosey up to my house and say "hello"? To...people?!!

(hello, major social anxiety!!!)

At that very moment, do you know what happened?

It was like in slow comes the painter guy driving up the road, right towards me!!

I ducked my head down...because I'm an idiot.

Now, see, the church parking lot isn't exactly on my is off of a side road.

And here comes painter guy down the side road. Right towards ME!!


And I glanced up, just as he passed, and he had a sort-of Mona Lisa smile on his face.

Crap! Did he see me? Is he smiling because I am an idiot and he knows it?!!

I waited until he drove down the road as far as I could see and then I pulled out of the parking lot and drove back to the now-empty house.

And that is the end of that story. hahaha

Now...back to the I walked into the house with very low expectations.

That way I wouldn't be sad if I saw that there had been no progress made.

Turns out, I was thrilled beyond belief. I may have jumped up and down and screamed with joy!

The dining room is painted!!
(it needs a second coat and the trim needs painted...but it's mostly all the way painted!!)

The living room is mostly painted!!

The boys' room is mostly painted!!

Antonio's and my bedroom is mostly painted!!

These rooms just need the accent walls painted and possibly a second coat.


This is happening!!!!

We're moving in on Monday!!
(which is, ironically, the day I am posting this)

PS....did I tell you that they opted to paint the house by hand and not with a sprayer? ::swoon::

Top pic is the living room

Bottom pic is the dining room

Paint color in both rooms is the same: "Tea Light" from Sherwin Williams with Duration Home Paint.

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Saturday, July 16




Now, the hallway and hallway bathroom still need a second coat and most of the trim in the house needs painted...but they are pretty much D.O.N.E!!!


The blue accent walls in both the boys' room and Mahri's room look AWESOME!

But, being the bad blogger that I am, I completely forgot to take pictures.

I'm sorry!!

I promise to post them soon!!

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Sunday, July 17

We only went to the house today to check on progress.

There were guys there raising up the carport.

And I have to say: it looks GOOD!!

Our landlord had told me that they were good...but I had my doubts, mainly because I didn't want the carport raised up any.

But it looks really good.

They took down the metal and wood support columns and put up ones that match the columns from my patio. The ones that looks like wrought iron.

I love it!!!

It's gorgeous!!

Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be able to move in tomorrow morning.

POSSIBLY tomorrow night.

But that's a major "possibly".

But I think I'm okay with that.

With the prospect of suddenly--and forever--leaving our current home, I am starting to freak out a little bit. Isn't that weird?? I mean, for years, all I wanted was out...and now that it's about to happen, I want to cry.

It feels like the end of an era.

And really, it is.

Austin was just 3 months old when we came here to live.

We conceived Levi here 3 months later.....and we brought him home {here} from the hospital.

I've never lived somewhere this long since my childhood home.

My littlest two boys are sharing a twin bed in my and Antonio's bedroom because our trailer is too small to put them anywhere else.

For the first time in almost 6 years, it will be just the two of us (Antonio and I) in the bedroom.

Which, let's not beat around the bush, he is ecstatic about...but it has me half-near-hyperventilating.

Please tell me that I'm not incredibly psycho and weird for knowing that I'm going to miss them....

Well, that's all for now, guys.....

I'm sure by the next update, we'll be moved in!!!

We're supposed to meet the landlord tomorrow to sign the lease!!


Stay tuned for pictures!!!

Friday, July 15, 2016

4th of July 2016

I'll bet you thought that you were getting off the hook, didn't ya?

And now you're, like, "oh, no!! Crazy Aunt Monica is dragging out the slide projector and going to force us to look at a million boring pictures...." And you would be right. Except that there are not a million...there's only 29 pictures. And they're not boring. They are awesome and epic!!


The 4th of July was spent playing outside and watching all-American celebration, minus the parade (Antonio slept in, the poor guy).

We went to Dunkin Donuts and bought iced coffee (Almond Joy flavor, yo), smoothies and donuts.

See?? Allllll American.

We even bought a grill...but are waiting until we move into the house for our first official cookout!

Here's a little photo montage of when we went to see the fireworks!

(which may be our last year going to see them at the mall because I think we can see the fireworks from the front yard of our new house! If not from the front yard, then just a few yards down the road! Woohoo! No more fighting Atlanta traffic!)


Then some tiny little cutie came up and just sat down with us!

She just saw all the kids and wanted to join in the fun!

She also may have liked my silver sandals....

Meet Maya!

Maya's mommy, Nicole, said that they had recently relocated here from Texas.

I don't think little Maya is going to have any trouble making new friends!

After a little while, Maya toddled off to find more friends.

Nicole, if you're reading this, it was so wonderful to meet you!

I hope that you really love Atlanta and think of it as "home" soon!

Christian's facial expression totally cracked me up!

Levi tried his hand at picutre-taking.

In hind-sight, I probably should have wore a bra to the fireworks.


I couldn't get the hang of taking a decent picture of the fireworks that's the only one you'll see of it.

You're welcome.


Happy Birthday, America!!!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

I Went To Work!!

Yeah...maybe that's a slight exaggeration...

As my regular readers know, my husband and I own a swimming pool company.

I do the office and administrative and web design end...he does the labor and talking on the phone bit.

Yesterday morning, he told me that he wanted to go buy work boots, so I offered to go with him. He said that I'd have to go with him to a few houses to work on some pools, so I said "sure!"

Besides, the summer heat is weighing heavy on all of us that are stuck at home....which means: fighting kids. Nonstop fighting kids.

Ya feelin' me?

So I practically jumped on the opportunity to get out and about!

I realized part-way into my day at work that I still have a long way to go in terms of being good at remembering to take pics for the blog.

Especially if I'm going to be daily blogger, which I'm really wanting to start doing!

Well, first we stopped for (iced) coffee...because....duh.

Then we went to the mall for work boots....nada.

He wanted pull-on steel toe waterproof boots....but didn't find any at Sears.

(however, a woman told me how much she loved my dress, so the trip was not completely wasted, in my opinion! hahahaha)

Next, we went to Tractor Supply. He found a pair right off the bat.

Of course, I forgot to take a picture of them and our boot-buying adventure, so here's a picture of of a cute cowboy. Which is how I feel about TSC anyways.


Oh man, he doesn't have his boots on.

Sorry 'bout that.


We went to a few customer's houses, but I don't want to put the pics of their houses on here. Because, ya know....privacy.

We also went to Home Depot.


But they were in different cities, so let's hear it for mixing things up a bit, eh?

I was so excited because I had been looking around for a steam mop for the new house but the ones I was finding were anywhere from $75 to over $100....but then I found some on sale at Home Depot for $40! What a great deal! 

Anyone know if this mop is any good?

I just want something for just regular cleaning, nothing hardcore.

We passed a Rooms To Go on our way to lunch and I had to resist the urge to beg Antonio to take me in to look at sofas for the house....

And that was my day at work!

If I had to use one phrase to sum up my day:

Hot as balls.


That sums it up perfectly.

Hot as balls and no kids fighting.

It was a trade-off, for sure, but I think I made the right choice.

How was your day yesterday?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sunburn Blisters?!

I'm coming at you with another natural remedy!

Now, I don't know how this works on any other person or in any other circumstance, but in my opinion, you should definitely commit this little tip to memory.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures to show you, so you're just going to have to take my word for it on all of this.

The other day, my boys all got sunburned.

Not horribly but it was slightly painful for them.

Yesterday, they weren't in any sunburn pain and their burns had mostly faded to tans, so I felt okay taking them over the new house for a few minutes to play with their new Nerf guns while I checked on any progress the workers had gotten done.

It was after 5 pm.

I didn't think that the sun was going to be too much of an issue, to be honest.

They had only been playing for a half hour or so when Levi came running into the house to use the bathroom. That's when I noticed something on this back and shoulders that hadn't been there earlier.

Upon closer inspection, I realized that they were teeny tiny...blisters!

Oh my gosh!!

I quickly rounded everyone up immediately to go home.

I was racking my brain trying to think of what would be my best bet for treating his poor little body.

I had aloe gel with lidocaine in the refrigerator.

I had a few bottles of unfiltered/unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.

But then my mind drifted to the container of chamomile tea that I had in the refrigerator that was left over from when I was treating the lump under my eye this past weekend.

I use the actual dried leaves and flowers and stems, not bagged chamomile, which makes it ultra potent.

And it was cold from being in the refrigerator a few days.

As soon as we got home, I soaked a washcloth in it, wrung it out and then put it on his back.

Within an hour or so of it being on his back, the blisters were almost GONE!

Today, you can't even tell that they were there at all!

So the next time you are dealing with a bad sunburn or sunburn blisters, give cold chamomile tea a try!

Why it works:

Chamomile tea provides a plethora of benefits....such as anti-inflammatory, soothing, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial.

So not only is it going to soothe the pain, it will help with the inflammation and keep it clean.

Wins all around!

So be sure to try that out the next time you get a sunburn and let me know how it works for you!!

Wasp Stings & Tequila

As has been our custom as of lately...or, ya know, for the last couple of weeks, I took the kids and Gypsy out to the new house to play on Saturday.

Looking at these pics, I realize that I need to get everyone another set of bathing suits, because every picture looks the same as the weekend before...hahaha

Someone got a pretty new tag with her new address on it!

She and I hung out under the carport, listening to Pandora on the radio, just relaxing in the shade.

She's such a pretty girl!

The landlord ended up coming while we were there and so did the painter guy, just to check on the house and bring the doors in that they had left drying outside....Gypsy let them know quite clearly that they should watch their step or she'd let them have it. hahaha

Cute but lethal.


Poor Antonio called and told me that he was stung by a wasp on Saturday morning.

Given that he has a pretty severe allergy to them, naturally, I was worried, but he said that he had taken Benadryl right away and didn't feel too bad other than some swelling. I told him to keep me updated if he started feeling worse.

He called me a couple of hours later and told me that he got stung again!

But he was doing okay.

We really need to get his epi-pen prescription filled....

When he came home he showed me where he had cut his arm open to squeeze out the area where he had gotten stung, like you do for a snake bite. I don't think that method is recommended by doctors for stings, but apparently it worked for him? I don't know. His poor arm was swollen and he was coughing, but otherwise he was okay.

(I am typing this up on Monday and just wanted to assure everyone that he is doing better and feels okay and that his coughing is going away)

We ended up going out on a date that night.

We went back to that place, Huey Luey's, that we discovered the weekend before with the kids.

(I was told they have Huey Luey's in Ohio, too!)

We had a really nice time!

If you follow me on IG or FB you know the story behind my eye looking like that!


Antonio was laughing because I have a weakness for blue drinks. They just taste better! hahaha 

He had a Dos Equis and I had...I don't know what it was called but it had Patron Silver in it.


Happy Date Night, lovers!!

On Sunday, we went out shopping for more odds and ends for the house and got the boys haircuts.

How handsome are they?!

(well, the sun was in their eyes and so they're awfully squinty...hahaha...but you get the gist!)