The times, they are a-changin’.

August 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm 2 comments

It’s been a summer of upheaval in our house.  The past three months have been a blur of new opportunities, big decisions, and new routines.  My head is still swimming from it all.  Let’s recap, shall we?

We moved.
On May 18, we listed our house for sale.  On May 27, we accepted a contract.  The good news was that the contract came with a 60-day closing, because the bad news was we had no idea where we were going to live.  So we looked – high, low, and in between.  We made an offer on a foreclosure.  No dice.  Then we found this great home in west Wichita, a property that had been on the listings for nearly two months and had recently been reduced in price.

Neither Brad nor I had done the sell-and-buy thing at the same time, and the hoops we had to jump through to get the deals done seemed insurmountable.  Sign here!  Agree to this!  Don’t agree to that!  We worked through the obstacles one by one, however, and in late July we moved in here:

our new house

Yes, it be green.  Bright, blazing hunter green with red brick.  It’s the Christmas house.  However, it had “good bones” so we were willing to overlook the green, which can be changed after a while.  It sits at the end of a cul-de-sac, tucked into a neighborhood with three parks and several little lakes and close to shopping.  It’s bigger than where we were, with a better flow and a nice open floor plan.  We are slowly getting settled; there are still things to hang on the walls, and rooms in the basement that haven’t been touched yet.  We’ll get to it.  Eventually.

As a result of our move, we spend a lot more time in the car.  Brad’s commute to work used to be 7 minutes; mine was 2.  Now it’s 20 for both of us, especially with road construction on the highway.  Church is also 20 minutes away now.  It’s an easy drive, though, and I enjoy the drive to work with the radio blaring and me singing at the top of my lungs.

Alissa started kindergarten.
One of the reasons behind our move was school district.  We had Alissa enrolled in a great elementary school, in the district I attended as a kid.  However, we really didn’t want to start Alissa in one school, only to move her to a new one in a year or two.  The timing worked out perfectly; we were in our new house on July 27th, and at enrollment for the new district on July 31st.

Alissa is in all-day kindergarten.  It’s the first year this school district has offered it, and parents can still choose half day if they prefer.  We debated about full-day vs. half-day for Alissa, but in the end we decided full-day works best for us.  She rides the bus to and from, and is quickly adjusting to her new schedule.  It hasn’t been an easy adjustment, however.  Alissa was used to a pretty loosey-goosey schedule, leisurely getting around in the mornings after a full slate of cartoons and picking at breakfast.  Now we have to get up! get dressed! eat breakfast! get your backpack! get out the door!  She’s adapted fairly well, considering she is not my morning child.

Ashley started preschool.
My baby is in preschool!  Ashley is going to half-day preschool three days a week.  She started last week, and she likes it a lot, although she gets in the car and immediately announces that she “misses Alissa.”  Not mommy, not daddy, Alissa.  While she’s at school, I go to work; the days she’s not in school, we hit the Y, or run errands, or hang out at the house.  If someone had told me how easy it would be to hang out with one three-year-old all day, I would have sent Alissa to kindergarten a long time ago.

I added one more morning at work.
Okay, so I still only work twelve hours a week.  Big eyeroll from you full-time moms, right?  But even that additional four hours a week has caused changes in our routine.  It’s one more morning I’m not home to do housework or write or get other things done around the house.  I love where I work, though, and right now part-part-time is the perfect fit for me.

We are starting to settle into our new routines and schedules, although I will admit that stress has almost done me in more than once over the past month or so.  I know some of you have been praying for us, praying that we would have strength and wisdom and energy.  Thank you for that.  We’ll see what fall brings with it for us – although I don’t think it can ever beat this summer!

Entry filed under: Life in general.

Read this book! I’m tired of failing. So here goes.

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kidminleader  |  August 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    What an amazing family you are! You have all my admiration for going thru all the changes and I still like you! Love and hugs for you and fam!

  • 2. Susan Dyer  |  August 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Welcome to west (best) side! I’m a little biased though…


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