Confessions of a Mama (part 2)

Has it really been more than six months since I’ve “confessed” stuff over the internet? Time flies when you’re having fun, I suppose. These aren’t necessarily “motherhood” confessions, but since I am a mama, it’ll just have to work. Actually, I’m not gonna lie: they aren’t even really confessions…it’s just me giving an update of what’s been going on, so it’s basically a “currently” post. The thing is, I already had this image, and ain’t nobody got time to go design something else!

Because real life isn't perfect. Real life is a little messy, and that makes it perfect.

I’m currently confessing that…

+ The beginning of each week seems to drag on, and on, and on, and take forever to get through lately. I find myself thinking that it’s Thursday when it’s only Tuesday…talk about depressing. Needless to say, the fact that today is actually Thursday is making me happy.

+ I’m really confused by the weather. It started acting like a typical Georgia spring (i.e. HOT), but then it cooled off. Then everything started blooming at once, so now we’re all suffering from the yellow cloud of pollen everyday. But still, no heat (trust me, I’m not complaining). It’s basically teasing me, because I feel like it should be hot, but it’s not. It’s like waiting for the inevitable to get here.

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+ I’ve found my favorite past time, and it’ll be excellent when it does finally get hot: we’ve been getting our car washed (almost) every day. That “yellow cloud of pollen” I mentioned? Yeah, it’s no joke. The streets are yellow, the cars are yellow, and ugh…the kids are even yellow if we play outside. (Don’t get me started on our allergies.) I couldn’t handle our sleek silver Ford Escape looking green and yellow, so we went to get our car washed one day. Well, the car wash near our house lets you get a monthly pass for $4 more than a single car wash, and I couldn’t resist buying into it.

Now we go almost every day to “give our car a tub time,” as Julia likes to say. Actually, she also says that, “We’re going to the washing pan.” No idea where that came from, but it’s adorable so I’m not correcting her. Anyway. Maddie screams and cries during the whole wash, and Julia likes it and isn’t scared (so she tells me), because she covers her ears. It’s not the brushless kinds, so it’s actually a little loud, and I can totally see how it could be scary. BUT, it’s something to do and kills about 15 minutes during the day if we just need to get out of the house. Plus, I get to enjoy some coffee…

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+ The car wash place is right next to the Chick-fil-A, which coincidentally has some really delicious iced vanilla and frozen coffee. It’s also the only place near me where I can get coffee from a drive-thu. Have you tried it yet? Don’t. It’s addictive and you’ll find yourself at that fabulous place even more than usual. I wish I never tried it, because now I can’t stop. It calls to me every time we go get a car wash…so basically every other day. #cantstopwontstopbutshouldstop

+ We’re being more savvy with our grocery purchases, and are starting to go through our pantry and freezer to eat up all the stuff we’ve been hoarding for the past two and a half years. I hate throwing away food right before we move, and even though I know friends will (hopefully) take stuff off our hands, I’m hoping we can only have a small stash to get rid of before we leave.

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+ Both girls smiling at the camera, and at the same time. That’s a parenting win in my book. Here’s another one, because they’re just so gosh darn cute.

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+ I wrote about this before (here), but I hate that I’m finally in a happy groove right now with work and friends, and that we’re moving. On the one hand, I wish I had another year of feeling like this (because the people I’ve met here are awesome), but on the other hand, I can’t wait to get to California. I’m just praying I can get into a good jive out there a little sooner than it happened here.

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+ We maybe possibly found a house in California…but we can’t move in until three weeks after we’ve already arrived, so we’re trying to figure out what to do until then. As you can imagine, hotels in San Diego aren’t cheap, and the base (station?) we’re going to doesn’t have TLF (temporary living facilities) available, and the hotel rooms they do have, don’t accept pets. Sooo….we’re in a bit of a bind. Talk about stress!

+ The owner sent me some photos of the neighborhood—you guys—there are two parks within walking distance (less than a half mile) and one of them has a splash pad, and it’s in a gated community. That’s amazing, right? They also have sidewalks EVERYWHERE, which means it’s basically opposite than where we live right now.

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+ I’ve taught my daughter how to say that her hair is a hot mess. It’s like this pretty much every time she wakes up.

Hope you all have a good rest of the week!

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9 Comments

  1. My friend ran into the same problem when she PCSed to Cali…. they ended up finding a short-term rental house online that allowed pets while they waited for base housing to open up.

    1. It’s just crazy A) how expensive it is out there and B) the lack of transitional help I’m finding. This will definitely be an adventure in patience!

  2. I have a Maddie too! I’m feeling you on the allergies. Awful here as well. I enjoyed reading this and getting to know you better!

  3. Ah welcome to California!! I love San Diego, though I agree it can be expensive. But most of California is expensive. Your best bet might be to try looking for a short term rental on Craigslist, maybe furnished so you don’t have to unpack and repack. And I think that Moving To Do List applies to any couple that is moving, the woman has to pack and organize and figured everything out and the guy just lets her handle it. And your girls are adorable 🙂

    1. We’re SO excited to get to California! Ha, and yes…it’s crazy how expensive that state is 🙂 Good idea on looking for a short-term furnished rental.

  4. We’re looking into air bnb for our PCS. Some are entire houses, complete with furniture & wifi! You should check it out. I’m also super jealous you already almost have a house. Every rental I see online is snapped up the next day!

    1. oh my gosh, the pollen here is seriously SO bad. The girls were playing outside for maybe a half hour, and I had my phone out on a table. When I picked it up to go in, there was a fine layer of the yellow dust on it. So gross!! Although, it rained last night, so hopefully that pushed a lot of it away.

  5. Yay for PCSing! The Car wash sounds like a win almost all around. Is your little getting used to it the more she experiences it? Bear hated it at first but we went so often in Louisiana that he got over it.

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