The Busy Giffs: September 2012

September 23, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Amazing.

We just got back from checking out or new place.

So the Good...

1. We have keys!!
And we're allowed to start moving things in slowly if we'd like, provided we have our renter's insurance changed over. I've already messaged our agent so we'll hope that changes easily enough!

2. The place looks amazing. 
New carpets, new stove, new fridge, new bathroom fixtures, everything is repainted and clean and beautiful.

3. She is leaving a lawn mower at the house so we don't have to try and afford one!

The Bad.

1. Our shopping list is getting longer. :/
We'll need to buy a tension rod for the shower curtain, curtain rods for the windows, gates for the top and bottom of the stairs, 2 large trash barrels for trash pick up and recyclables pickup... all little things, but little things can add up. Plus add in the fact that we still need to purchase a washer and dryer... and yikes.

2. Originally we had said a first and security, but today she randomly threw out a "first, last and security" but "can be flexible with the last because she knows it will be expensive to pay for the whole oil tank up front".
Which also brings up the fact that we have to fill the oil tank up front. I guess I wrongly assumed that we were getting full, and we would just have to make sure it was full again before we moved out, like a rental car kind of thing, so that's another $1000 we'll need to find in addition to the $1000 for the security. 

I'm kind of sweating bullets because unless she can be flexible enough to wait until our tax returns come in, I have no clue what to do. I know I'll figure it out, because we always do but holy shit, I'm scared. I'm really not sure where we'll pull it out of since we used most of our "extra money" (like it's ever really extra) to pay for the car repairs I had done... blah.

I just wish we could get to a point in our lives where we weren't watching the bank account every single month, hoping we don't go red.

The Amazing.

I posted on Facebook that I'm desperately pining over the Target Chevron bed sheets I saw.

So cute right!?
However, they are not local to us since they have pretty much sold out everywhere.
One of my friends from high school who I kind of lost touch with, but have gotten back in touch with through Facebook, bought them at her local store since they were in stock and is sending them to me! 

How super sweet is she!?

I had planned on buying us the comforter as our own move in gift but after seeing our growing list of "needs", I'm going to put the comforter on the back burner and cross my fingers it's still there when we can afford it!

This week is going to be crazy, finishing packing and getting moved out; wish us luck!

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September 21, 2012


One of the most daunting things about moving is the lack of closets in this new place, so even though we'll have more space and a basement, we will be seriously lacking in the closet department.

I posted a few days back on Facebook that I would LOVE furniture donations if anyone is getting rid of things because we will need the space, but just don't have the money right now, and until we get settled, we'll have to be tight on things.

I am blown away but how amazing people are.
In 48 hours I have secured 3 dressers (all wood that I can paint!), a nice bench for the entryway, and a kitchen table and chairs!!
Can I mention that it's all just given out of LOVE!?

The amazing part is all we need to find now is a desk, a couple big trash barrels for trash pick up days, and some plastic containers for basement storage! That's way more do-able than all the other stuff!

How awesome is everyone? Seriously, I'm in love. 
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September 19, 2012

15 Months!

So I'm a few days late... whatevs.
She just had her 15 month check up today!
She's a whopping 24 pounds and 34 inches long!
My little bug is just growing way way too fast. I feel like she's this short little person now and not just my baby.

You are still wearing 12 month onesies but are up to18 month pants! Long legs little girl! You are wearing mostly size 5 shoes now! You still fit in your size 4 pink old navy jellies but not for much longer!

Your hair has gotten so long, you ask for "babow" and point at the bows on your wall until we put one in your hair, sometimes you demand more than one!

You eat everything. And lots of everything. French fries are a favorite but we try and limit them to once a week. You still love your fruits and veggies and eat them first.  It doesn't matter what's on your plate, you always want whats on mine or daddy's, even if its the same exact thing! You  have to have a fork or spoon while eating and you prefer mine and daddy's real silverware to your plastic ones.

You love climbing, especially onto the couch or into your little green car. And you have no fear about getting back down, you usually just go face first.

You have a new temper tantrum, feet stopping backwards walking thing you do when you're upset. It's actually hilarious to watch so I can't really get mad at you for it. You burst into tears if we say NO to you, and yell if we're not doing things you want.

You really play with your toys now, things we didn't really use before are fulltime toys now. Your stuffed Elmo is one of your favorite toys, and you still say hi to him whenever you see him anywhere. Even on the juice bottles at the grocery store. You also enjoy any type of toy where you put a ball in a hole and it pops out somewhere else. You giggle lick crazy with these toys.

It's amazing how much you're growing every day!

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September 17, 2012


It's the first day of school. Again.

I work in a vocational school that does a 2 week academic and shop rotation.
So for two weeks, freshman and juniors have a double dose of academics while the sophomores and seniors are in shop classes.
That's right, 2 classes of English, 2 classes of Math, a Science, A History, gym and for many, an academic support class. That's a lot! but they do get a 2 week break in between!

So even though they all started school on the 4th, today will be the first day of academics with the sophomores and seniors! It's like the first day all over again with the syllabi, the class expectations, learning new names, and of course, the mountain of IEP's and who belongs to what.

I'll be excited to see if this 2 week rotation makes it easier, or more complicated, for me as an educator!

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September 7, 2012

One Week

Welp, I did it!
I survived my first week of working at a high school!
I am so so excited and feel so fulfilled doing it.

I'm impressed with how much I retained from school.
I can read an IEP, can implement accommodations, and feel confident discussing protocols with other teachers.
Considering I haven't been to school in over a year, this is pretty fabulous to me!

I work with the most supportive staff and some of the most adorable kids.
Many already know my name and check in with me first thing in the morning when I'm stationed in my hallway.

It is a much smaller school than I have ever worked at or attended. 
The entire school consists of less than 600 students. Yea, four grades, less than 600.
And every student who goes there, had to apply to be there.
So even though we have some difficult children, they are there because they want to be.

And on top of it all, I get home two hours earlier than I used to.
I have time to play with Emmalee, unwind, and even catch some news before it's time to make dinner and start the bed time routine.

This is such an amazing new adventure and I think it's working out wonderfully.
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September 4, 2012

Gerber Baby

I know every parent thinks their kid is the cutest in the world, and really, I'm no exception.
I obviously think Em is the cutest kid out there.
That being said, if you would take a second and vote for her in the Gerber Generation Photo Search, I would love you forever!

If she wins her age group, she would win a $10,000 Gerber Life College Plan!!
And if she is the GRAND PRIZE winner, it would be a $50,000 Plan and would be in a Gerber ad!

Could you go VOTE for her?

And you can vote everyday until the 24th!


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September 1, 2012

Moving On.

I can't believe it's September.

Yesterday was my last day watching the boys/being a nanny.
As much as I expected it to be bittersweet; I left like it was any other day.
Yes, I will miss them but I won't miss doing laundry for them and laundry for us, doing dishes for them and dishes for us, reminding them multiple times to use their manners, cleaning up bowls they left on the table...
When they're behaved, their adorable... but I digress.

Usually I hold on to summer as long as humanly possible, but this year, for the first time ever, I am so excited to see it go.
No more 10 hour days chasing around twins.
Instead, I'll be in a school 5 days a week, teaching.
I'll be home at 3, instead of 5.

I'm excited to wear my nicer clothes and my infinity scarves.
I'm looking forward to boots and hot coca with flavored creamer.
I want to bring Emma apple picking and to the pumpkin patch.
I want to curl up on the couch on a Saturday night with my husband under a blanket and watch a movie.
I'm excited to finish Christmas shopping (since I'm half done already!!)
I'm ready to move out of New Bedford and in the beautiful East Freetown suburbs.
I'm anxious to have a driveway and a yard with a swing set that doesn't have graffiti on it.

I'm excited to see what the next seasons bring.

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