Oh hey everyone! I know, I know…. I’ve been gone awhile. Our life has been so crazy since my last post but I miss writing so much. I am going to make an effort to keep at it. The main reason for this blog is for my kids to have a sense of what was happening and what was going on in the mind of their crazy mother. And it’s fun to spark conversations with all of you in the process!
So, instead of writing an exceptionally long, run-on post I thought I’d give an overview in list form of what the Courtney’s have been up to!
A BIG Day – March 3rd, 2015
We had decided to “pull the goalie” about 4 months prior and I was impatiently awaiting that positive pregnancy test. We decided this time we would let Annalise see the pregnancy test first and ask her how many lines she saw. She replied, “One…two…THREE!” Hmmm… its one for “no” and two for “yes”. We flipped it over to discover there were TWO lines and we were in fact pregnant. AGAIN! (I forgot that the tests had another line on it that she could possibly count.) Holy cow…. we are crazy.
We celebrated that evening and around 9pm we got a call from our landlord. “Yeah, we just met with our accountant and we need to sell the house. I am so sorry. We already talked to Realtor and we are putting it up on the market ASAP.”
So we are having a BABY! And have to decide what our next step is. Do we:
- Find another rental in Hidden Valley to stay in until Annalise hits school age then move
- Buy a house in Hidden Valley then move 5 years later
- Go ahead and make the move to Indy (where we want to be for education purposes for our kids)
- Crawl in a hole and cry because the timing just stinks
We decided to go to sleep and deal with it later. Because we were having another BABY!!!!!!!!!!
And my Mom planned our gender reveal… It is a….
My best friend Emma got married in March and my sister got married in May! So my Matron of Honor duties were in full swing!
Our rental house sold!
After the torture of keeping a house “show ready” with a toddler, pregnant and working from home the house sold and the real come to Jesus moment happened. We had decided that despite wanting to be close to my parents, the best thing for us is to make one final move to Indy where we wanted our kids to go to school. Education is our top priority and since we work from home it only makes sense for us to choose a school and area that has the most to offer for our kids then find a house there. While we believe most values and education start at home, we want to give them the best learning environment possible. After a ton of research, phone calls to school counselors (oh you didn’t think we were that intense?) discussions with other parents we narrowed down our home search to a few areas. And then we looked at over 30 homes. OY!
We would drive 2 hours to Indy, look at houses and then drive 2 hours back, all in one day. Homes were selling the same day and being 2 hours away put us at a disadvantage. Thankfully, my husband worked for the largest Real Estate company in Indiana for 5 years and his dad was a Realtor so he knew his stuff. He handled EVERYTHING for the house hunt. I just got to be nauseous with the pregnancy and work our schedules and day to day stuff. I am so thankful for all his knowledge because I probably would have bought any of those houses just to be finished with the process. But he noticed every detail in every house and would continue the search if it wasn’t perfect. We finally decided that after 4 days of driving up to Indy in a row that he would go up alone moving forward and I would only go up after he had approved of the home.
The next time he went up, he found our home. The house went on the market and he was alerted at 5am. He drove up and fell in love with the house. He called me and told me to get ready he was driving back down to get me. We then race up together and have to wait while another family is inside looking at it. Seriously, it was LOVE at first sight. I was in the house a total of 7 minutes and there were two more families waiting to come inside and see it. We decided to leave, put in an offer over their asking price and if it was meant to be it would work out.
My Aunt Maxine was in a terrible car accident
At the same time we were looking at our potential new home my Aunt Maxine was in a horrific car accident. The kind of phone call you never want to get and the hospital scene you wish you had never seen. Our enthusiasm for putting in an offer on our dream forever home was soon lost as we were jolted back to reality with how precious life is and how quickly things can turn for the worst.
We spent the next few days balancing work, Annalise (huge thanks to Emma for meeting us at the hospital to watch Annalise) and saying prayers that Aunt Maxine would make it.
After a long, grueling recovery Aunt Maxine is finally home and still recovering. She still has a long road ahead but she is alive and making progress everyday!
Bought a House
They accepted our offer by 11am the next day. The sellers were so detailed and a tad intense which worked out in our favor. They had remodeled the kitchen and master bath and had the entire house painted, new roof, crazy amazing landscaping and tons of other various upgrades. They even paid to have an inspector come prior to putting it on the market so our inspection was very clean. Chris handled all the mortgage schtuff because I was swimming in work since we had Brittany’s wedding, the house hunt and Aunt Maxine’s accident all in one month. This is where I sing “Woomp There It Is” and dance around while high-fiving Chris.
Tag Team back again
Check its records let’s begin
Party on party people let me hear some noise
DC’s in the house jump jump rejoice
Get it? We are a tag team… Okay, I’ll limit those outbursts in the rest of this blog.
Here we are walking up to OUR front door.
Annalise LOVES the backyard and daddy is always coming up with fun games to play like pretending to be Merida the Brave!
I prefer to always be two steps ahead in work stuff. And I was falling behind. This took a HUGE toll on me mentally. Since I work from home I already battle creating relationships with clients and co-workers limited to interaction via phone and email. I strive to establish a strong relationship early on but when you have three major things happen in one month WHILE being pregnant it makes that communication and strength of relationship strained. As a perfectionist who wants to be the top performer in her role, this kept me up at night… along with nausea, stress of my aunts accident, buying a house and making sure my sister’s wedding went off without a hitch. And I didn’t have the credibility already built up with these clients so that they knew not to worry. I have a strong work history of kicking butt but could I mentally and physically prove myself at this point?
The good news is I survived. And knowing myself I was probably harder on myself than necessary. The work life balance is something everyone tries to juggle. Sometimes we nail it and sometimes we just have to work harder the next month 😉
This time around has been much, much better. I have been able to manage my hormones, nausea, etc much better this time. And since I kind of know what I am doing this time I am able to relax a lot more. Plus, we kind of had a lot going on. Sometimes I would forget I am even pregnant! Only recently here in my 3rd trimester have I been feeling noticeably exhausted, feeling lots of pressure/pain, heartburn straight from hell and all the glory the last few months have to offer. But I can dooooo it! The next couple months will fly by and we will have TWO daughters. What?! I can’t wait!!!
Fun in Indy
We moved! WE LOOOOVE Indy. And as we prepare for Baby #2 in our new home I know we made all the right decisions!
And I will just leave this here… Our princess daughter asking to play Zelda. Where does this attitude come from? 😉