From one small house to another – Holding on to what matters!

This not so little military family of 7 moved yet again and honestly I have lost count of how many moves this now makes in the last 19 years, over a dozen though! We moved from a small cute house in the city, one not safe, (given the break in when we first moved in there and things that followed) to a little brick cottage on a military post much further north than that Georgia city. The new place is about the same size so you would think it wouldn’t be a big deal only we had gone from a 4k square foot country home before that little city house and that had taken more than one trip in a 26 foot truck. With such a far move this time, we knew we had only one trip we could make.

For weeks we thinned our belongings. Our oldest daughter did a yard sale and learned a lot from the experience and she made some money on it as well. We gave things to Good Will too, we posted free items in the local groups, left things near the road that thankfully disappeared without incident. (though in that neighborhood if something wasn’t nailed down it seemed to grow legs anyway!) and we gave things away to those we knew and had helped. Sweet husband held my hand and pushed just a bit to down size where ever we could. He gave up electronics bins of odds and ends and things too! He loves having things to tinker with. With all these kids, I am sure he will have another bin full again soon!

Knowing a bit about the house we would move into it wasn’t too hard to guess what would fit and what wouldn’t. In the end, the truck doors closed and we felt such relief that what we wanted to move actually fit. I had doubted it would, but husband and my “better brother” believed it would, and they made it work! I thinned out over half my books and while it was hard (it was easier thanks to some country mice that ate through a few boxes the house before) it was worth it. My family is very much encouraging me to get more books on kiddle as they are weightless. LOL To be fair, I think husband had a few hundred pounds in programming books too!

Funny, we gave away our largest flat screen TV as it was the oldest only then accidentally break our living room TV in the move. Even with the fancy TV moving box, we managed to squish the screen. We didn’t take our washing machine as it wasn’t really getting water out of clothing causing them to be in the dryer 3 hours. We tossed our old sofa as the kids had well and truly loved it to pieces. So here we are in the new house, no living room tv and no sofa and having to go to the laundry mat. Just as soon as the military pays for the move though we will fix all that. For now though, it is rather comical.

To top things off, we still do not have home internet…. that is a long comcast story for another night however.

For now though I ramble here at 2am thinking of how this move went and how lucky we are. So many little things happened that made things just a tad harder but some things, the important things, went so well. We had family and friends there to support us and help us move and clean and give me hope everything would fit and get done and in so many tiny moments they made me smile when my heart was breaking with grief and worry and sorrow over leaving. Military life is always moving from loved ones, after a while though you end up moving towards them too having people you care about scattered to the winds. We got here and had friends waiting to help us unpack. It helped the heart. Another dear and old friend gets back from deployment soon and I can’t wait to hug her, and her darling demon cat! We are closer to family up north now too!

As we sorted through items and boxes we hadn’t even bothered to unpack in 4 years I was flooded with memories. Items that had little worth to the world but so much worth to me. I wasn’t ever attached to things so much (beyond books) and parted with things as needed for each move. Now though…. some small trinkets mean so much. I am learning that photos last longer than some items will. I need to archive photos that are special better. I spent many hours in tears over loved ones gone as the memories were overwhelming. I had packed them away so I could function and here they were…. I couldn’t ignore them. So I sorted through them. I am not sure if I am better or worse for it though now. I am still in survival mode with the new house still in chaos and boxes all over and the kids trying to find their new normal while not having the internet they depend on for school and their online gaming worlds. Then there is our oldest, a young adult who just moved away from her love…. she is heart sick and I can’t blame her for it. She is doing the best she can and every smile and laugh she shares with us is a gift as we know she is struggling hard just to function at all. I get that.

So while we down sized a lot for this house I am left remembering that life isn’t about the stuff but how those things make us feel and how they help us live the lives we choose to live. Things are changing here in little ways as everyone redefines who they want to be and what makes them feel more like themselves. I wonder what boxes I will choose to unpack and what ones I will store away. I have to function and not sure “ghosts” help me with that. I have to be present and here for the kids, not lost in emotion and grief because I saw something of my Dads on the mantel or an ancient plate from my Memere in the cupboard or a letter from a dear one gone that fell out of a book. I hide from that pain, I admit it, so I can function and not drown in it. I should figure that out. For now though, a busy mom, I have to make this little house a happy home. Being a military family we grow where we are planted.

This neighborhood is adorable and filled with kids and feels very safe. I can relax a bit here. The kids can enjoy nature and embrace a bit of their wildling sides that were held in at the last house due to neighborhood safety concerns. Before I know it, it will be December and I hope by then we will have things unpacked and feel settled and that husband will love his job here. So while we are a family of 7 in a 4 bedroom house, again, I know that we have what is important the love and care of one another and friends and family who may not always be close by, but are always in our hearts and in all the stuff we moved too! Just so many memories!

 

Emma and Gracie, moving is terrible on my heart. I wish we could be closer. I love you dearly. Take good care of your Dad as he takes such good care of everyone ok! 

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Throw Your Child’s Ultimate Graduation Party

Graduation is an exciting time for everyone, and it only makes sense to want to celebrate it in style. If you are thinking of planning a graduation party for your child, then you will want to make sure that you get it just right. But it can be tricky knowing exactly what you need to do in order to make the party as good as possible. For one thing, you need to find a way to make the event great fun for your child but also enjoyable for you, which can be hard to get right. In this post, we are going to look at some of the basic things you need to consider to get your child’s graduation party just right.

 

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The Guests

 

You will need to be somewhat careful in ensuring that you invite the right people, as the relationships between friends and groups of friends can be complex and taut during those teenage years. The best rule of thumb here is to just leave it to your child to invite people. But you need to be sure of how many people are likely to come, so you should ensure that your child keeps you up to date with the guest list. You will probably also want to impose some kind of a limit on how many people they can invite, so that your house does not get completely overrun. As long as both you and they are happy with the people coming, the whole event will be much more successful. You should also discuss with them whether or not to invite family members, or if to do a little of both.

 

The Decorations

 

If there is any aspect of the planning that you are likely to argue over, it is probably the way the home should be decorated. Remember that it is ultimately their party and you should ensure that they are happy, but don’t be afraid to add your own little touch as well. Whether you want to contact your local florist and have a flower arrangement made for the dinner table, or you just think a little class is in order, be sure to keep balance and order by imposing your own taste at least a little. As long as you have a good balance between what you want and what your child wants, you should be able to keep everyone happy.

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The Curfew

 

Again, it is all about drawing a line in the sand somewhere. You don’t want the party to go on all night and risk your house, but you do want them to have a good time – they only get one graduation party, after all. Be sure that there is some kind of curfew on the night – you can make it quite liberal, if you like – so that things do not get out of hand. In this way, you can hope to keep your home in a good state of repair, and everyone will still have had a good time.

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Why You Should Travel for the Experience, Not the Destination

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Travelling is a lot of fun, but we fall into the trap of only visiting destinations that are high-up on the list of popular places for tourists to visit. There’s nothing inherently wrong with visiting these destinations, but it does somewhat defeat the joy you can get from travelling. Travel should be an explorative experience. […]

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Tips For Perfecting Laundry For a Big Family!

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Thank you to Best Buy for sponsoring this timely post!  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free ~~~~~ Having 5 kids in the house means we have a lot of laundry and over the years we have had some […]

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Make Christmas Fun Again by Planning Ahead This Year

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With Christmas just around the corner, many families are scrambling to get all of their decorations, gifts and cards in order. If you’ve ever left these things till the last minute, then you’ll know how a frustrating and expensive it can get. Decorations are usually more expensive when bought last-minute, and deciding on the perfect […]

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School’s Out: The Complete Homeschool Experience

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Staying Fashionable on a Frugal Budget

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Fashion is a way to express yourself. It’s a way to show what you believe in, show your interests and even show off your favourite colours. Some people will wear all black, others love to mix loud colours, and some prefer subtly in their fashion. Whatever you chose to wear, everyone has a fashionable mind. […]

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Get The Best Online Learning App

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  What is online learning? Online learning is studying for an internationally recognized qualification without having to attend classes on the actual campus. The materials are delivered online through the internet. Many have benefited from online learning especially those who have studied for a postgraduate qualification while holding a full time job. Online learning is […]

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Use Spending App To Manage Your Finance

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  Currently, there are many budgeting or spending apps trackers for iOs and Android devices. More people especially those from the younger generation, are now depending on these budgeting or spending apps to help them stay on track financially and to keep their budget balanced. With these modern apps, users can say goodbye to messy […]

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What Happens at a Scrapyard?

    As car sales are rising, naturally, more cars will be ending up in scrap heaps. It is estimated that there are more than one million cars crushed per year.   Peter Quinn, owner of Emerald Car Sales believes that the rise in car scrappages will affect the car sales industry as part exchanges […]

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Top 5 City Cars

  As one of the most popular vehicle types nowadays, the amount of city cars on offer can be overwhelming. There are number of factors to consider, which might help you to narrow down your search, including: size, weight, handling ability, aesthetics, and comfort. The list below, constructed by Gareth Mason of Mason Motors features […]

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Fall is a Fantastic Time for Potty Training Fun

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    The weather is finally changing, the leaves are finally changing, and we too must change! Our youngest of 7 children is showing signs of being ready for a new adventure! Potty Training Time! While some parents love summer for potty training as they let their little ones run around naked, I find the […]

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Gifts For Guys: Shopping Made Simple!

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Do you find it almost impossible to come up with original ideas for male relatives or a partner every year? For some reason, buying gifts for guys seems to be a lot harder than buying for sisters, moms and female friends. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case. We’ve put […]

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Buying a Gift for the Most Difficult Person in Your Life

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  We all have that one person in our life; the one who no matter how hard you try, you can never seem to take by surprise with a great gift that they truly love. Sure, they’ll make all the right noises and show their appreciation as best they can, but you know deep down […]

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Coming Of Age: Gifts For When Your Kids Become Adults

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As parents, we do our level best to prepare our kids for the future that awaits them. If we do our job well, they’ll go out into the world and make us even more proud of them than we already are. As they get towards adulthood, sure, they’ll give us some sleepless nights — but […]

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Even Parents Need a Break: Canada Just Might Be the Best Idea You Ever Had

Even Parents Need a Break: Canada Just Might Be the Best Idea You Ever Had     Summer break seems like about a year ago and winter break is so far away it’s just a dot in the distance. Time to distract yourself from the everyday pressure of family life and book your next vacation! […]

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How to Make Sure Your Kids and Your Pets Get On

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    Every parent and animal lover wants to make sure that their children and their pets get on. Unfortunately, however, both children and pets can be quite temperamental and hard work at times.   Here’s a quick set of tips for ensuring harmony in the household between your beloved pups and your animal companions. […]

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Your Guide To Becoming A Better Gift-Giver

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  Everyone loves receiving gifts. Sure, there are varying degrees of this, but don’t believe anyone that says they don’t like receiving a little something-something; it is that feeling of being handed a present, totally confused by what it could be, the neat wrapping paper obscuring everything but the shape of the packaging it comes […]

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Top Treats For Perking Up Your Partner

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The fact of the matter is that parenthood is hard. Balancing the stresses and strains of your daily life with parenting your kids is no easy task, so it is no wonder that every now and again you end up feeling a little down in the dumps. Stress can play a big part in your […]

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Have a Healthy Hound By Controlling Their Weight

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The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that more than 45 percent of dogs can be said to be overweight or obese. We love our pets, and we can’t resist those puppy-dog eyes, so naturally, we want to slip them a treat now and then. When they tell us they’re hungry, even though we know […]

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