Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Super Busy!

It's the last week of June.  We're wrapping up this month of busy, busy, busy and heading into the mid-summer!

The kids and I drove Chris's car out to him last Tuesday (easy drive, my kids are SUCH fantastic travelers!), and then stayed Wednesday to find a home.  Yes, one day.  I had been scouring the MLS and working with a RE Agent and had narrowed our search down to 9 homes I wanted to see.

Sidenote: We're renting for now.  Easy peasy in the Vegas area.

Our RE agent met us bright and early Wednesday morning at our first home.  The day continued on with us touring each home, me making notes, us noting how hot it was getting, and then out to eat.  While we were at lunch, Chris and I and the kids reviewed each home and narrowed it down to the four we liked most.  I pulled up my GreatSchools.org app on my iPhone, and we rated the schools in each area.

Our number one choice, which was the second home we saw, had the best ratings for the schools; 10 for the middle school, and 9 for the elementary.  I was beyond excited as the entire family really loved this home.  We called our RE agent and told her the news.  An hour later, we had dropped off our application and fee and waited.

Thursday morning the kids and I decided to head back to SFO earlier than originally planned, to get some stuff done because we were going to Jordan's last softball tournament of the year and it was out of town.  SFO had some weather delays and we sat in the airport from 7:30 until 11:30, and then on the plane until 12:55.  Again, my kids are fantastic travelers!!  We got home, I did some laundry, and we repacked for the weekend.  Chris called to tell me that we got the house, and he was heading to drop off the deposit.  Fantastic news and what a load off of our back!

Friday we got up early, and headed south to Jordan's first game at 10:00.  They won that one, and I left Jordan with one of our softball families and rode back to the airport to get Chris.  Back down to the fields where we got there just in time for the start of her second game.  They unfortunately lost that one, and had to come back on Saturday at 2.

Saturday they also lost.  It was a double elimination tournament, so they were out.  Sad faces all around.  Back to the hotel where the kids hung out with some of their friends, the adults hung out in the lobby/bar, and we had a great time.

Yesterday, Jordan started softball camp.  She LOVED it.  Wyatt had a playdate with a new friend, and watching them play together made me a little sad that we were leaving again.  I know we'll all keep in touch, but still, a little melancholy.

So Jordan has softball camp until Thursday, and then Friday we are OFF to Puerto Vallarta for a much-needed vacation!  Nine glorious days of just us, hanging out, family time.  No obligations, no worries, no stress!  I'm excited and cannot wait.  We come back in time to get a few things done and then the packers and movers come and take our stuff away!!

And now I must finish up laundry and start packing again.  Busy, busy, busy!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Softball Champs!

This weekend our girls Tournament Team had a tournament in Burlingame.  Three days of softball for our U8, U10, and U12 teams.

Jordan is on the U10 team.  It's her first year playing, so the fact that she even made the tournament team is so wonderful.  She's been in a bit of a batting slump, and no matter what I say or do to try and help her, it's one of those things that's in her head and we can't do anything about that.  Her coaches are trying to help her as well, but they also realize it's in her head.  We've decided we'll get her a batting coach, or find some kind of immersion camp for her this summer, and perhaps that will help her.

So Friday night we had a game at 6:30, then games at 11:30 and 3:45 on Saturday.  The team won all three games, and were seeded first place for playoffs.  Until this point, the girls hadn't made it past the second game in playoff (it's single elimination in each tournament), and so we had high hopes for these ladies on Sunday!

Sunday at 11:30, our girls played their first game and won!  We moved fields where they then played their second game and won that as well!  Side note: All of the parents on this team are AMAZING and supportive and so nice, and Chris and I are really sad we're leaving soon.  Moving on.

For the final game, we played our arch-enemies (insert dramatic music), and a team that's been a rival for a long time.  AND. WE. WON!!  The girls had some AMAZING catches, some great plays, and overall, fantastic attitudes and spirit.  As someone who didn't even start playing competitively until high school, I'm continually impressed at the sportsmanship and skill of these 9, 10, and 11 year olds.

So Jordan was able to get her first trophy from a tournament.  And it was a first-place one.  I'm so proud of her and of her team.  Afterwards we all gathered at the home of our fabulous team mom for a father's day BBQ.  Good times were had by all, and it was with much grumbling that I shuffled my family out at 9, since I had to get my husband to the airport this morning.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bah! Where does the time go?

Right.  I always have some lame excuse for why it's been so long since I've posted.  Except THIS time I'm for reals.

Let's see:  My 18 year old graduated (sniff sniff), my daughter made competitive softball and we've been living and breathing practice and tournaments, and my youngest made orange belt at Taekwondo.

And also, we're moving.  Again.

So I've been consumed with the logistics of moving (again, I really should write a book), running the children hither and yon, and trying to get through the end of school.

As it stands, it looks like our last day in the Bay will be July 13th.  Chris is already in Las Vegas, as he's started his new position.  The good news is that with an hour and fifteen minute flight time, commuting is a breeze.

ALSO!!!  I've noticed that I get visitors from some very far and away (and not so far and away) places.  So, if you could, would, want to, please leave a comment with your name and where you're visiting from!  I love to know where you're all coming from and why you're here.  =)