Friday, August 29, 2014

School, Moving, & Demolition - Summer is Definitely Over

Labor Day is upon us and another summer is drawing to a close.  Though with our lives running on the express track recently, the lazy days of summer are just a speck that is barely visible for the back of our train.  The last two weeks are a whirlwind of activity.

First up is the start of another school year.  Mick is a big-boy now, hanging with his sisters at the elementary school.  He is technically in "transitional kindergarten." However, he is in the same classroom as the older kinders and doing the same lessons, so it most certainly feels like regular kindergartn.  Jaley is in 3rd grade and officially an "older elementary kid," which means access to biggest and most coveted playground.  Sarah is ruling the school in 5th grade. It is her last year before the big transition to middle school and our ONLY YEAR EVER with all of the Harrell kids at one school.  It is already two weeks into school, but we aren't fully in the swing yet.  I have faith by June we will have our school routine perfected.

Next up is the start of our home renovations.  It is time to say good-bye to the atomic ranch and say hello to new plumbing, new electrical, and just about new everything.  Our permits were signed and sealed on Wednesday.  More importantly a Porta-A-Potty arrived today.  Nothing solidifies the start of renovations in the Bay Area more than a Port-A-Potty in your front yard. Construction (or I should say demolition) starts Tuesday.  In just nine short (hoping for short) months, we should be moving back into our home.

Last up is another move.  Yes, we have moved yet again - making a total of 4 addresses in the past 14 months!!!  This was a move into a rental, so we can actually start all those renovations.  Initially, we planned to live through our renovations, then we actually started listening to the advice of those around us.  It turns out it is pretty hard to live without things like plumbing and electricity.  So here we are in another house, this one odder and older than the one we are planning to renovate.  The owners are actually planning to tear down the whole thing when we move out and build something ground-up - that is just how old it is.  But as they say, location, location, location.  And this rental, has an awesome location, right by the school.  Plus, if they are tearing it down, I know the kids and I can't really damage anything.

And since every Harrell move is full of hilarity, I promise to share the trials and tribulations of this last voyage in a post soon.  Until then, know if we look out of sorts it is because we have yet to unpack most of our belongings.

That is life in MomZania.

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