Thursday, May 27, 2010

I wish that I had good news to report. I don't. I wish I could be doing a happy-happy-joy-joy dance. I'm not. What I am is frustrated. I should be grateful that, up until the last month, selling our home has been without many bumps. Too bad the last four weeks have totally made up for it. It's too intricate to explain all the details (nor do I understand everything), but suffice it to say that a certificate of occupancy was missing from the paperwork on our home (there never was one--it was said to have been grandfathered in because of its age), a now crucial document that the bank needed in order to grant the loan to our buyers. We rushed everything and everyone to work with us to get that piece of paper into our hot little hands, and now that we're ready, the bank decides that our buyers are going to have to reapply for their loan. Umm...hello? Not cool. Especially when the middle of last week we were told that we were going to close on the house this Monday. So, we had the trailer delivered, spent all day Saturday with our friends and family helping us load it, with the anticipation that we'd be gone by now. Not so. The trailer still sits in our driveway with 90% of our home loaded into it, and as of today we still don't have a closing date. Not even a good explanation of what is going on.
It's been very hard to try and be patient. I hate being left in the dark, without any control over what is happening. My mind races too far forward, spinning tales of what might happen...usually the worst-case-scenario. I know that in the end, when it finally does end, it won't matter. A year from now I won't feel any of the anxiety and frustration that I feel right now. But this is today, and that's whats on my mind. Thanks for listening. And any prayers you can send our way are always appreciated. I'm thinking we need all the help we can get at this point in time.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bronx Zoo

Jake and I were invited to hang out at the Bronx Zoo with our friends the Walsman's last week. It was a sunny Spring day and we had a grand time. I took Jake there a year ago, but this time it was more fun for me to see him recognize the animals and enjoy himself.

Posing on the Kimodo Dragon: Amelia, Jake, & Natalie

Playing on the biggest rock he'd ever seen. He was too busy climbing on it (and getting his first scraped knees!) for me to get a good shot. Oh well. :)

Natalie & Jake

Miss Natalie, posing for the camera.

5K Race

I ran the Long Island Festival of Races 5K this last weekend with my friends Carol and Lindsey. It's the same one I did last year, but I improved on my time by about 3.5 minutes. It was a beautiful morning and a fun run (after the fact, of course).
(Sorry, the pictures are in reverse order)

Brian and Jake---our cheering squad

Carol, Lisa, & Lindsey--after it was over

Crossing the finish line

Showing off our muscles before the race began.


Brian and I saw "Wicked" last month, a belated Valentine's Day date. It's such a fabulous musical, so well done from the set to the costumes to the humor to the music. Though we'd seen it when we were dating, I'd venture to say it was just as impressive this time around.
What a wonderful afternoon together!

Jake's New Favorite Things

Sleeping with Elmo and Moose--he won't go to bed without some sort of soft cuddly friend.

Feeding himself and not wearing a bib...I know, this picture doesn't depict either, but I thought it was funny. Daddy had to wear a bib to encourage Jake to do the same. Too bad it doesn't work for more than a couple of minutes. But he is getting really good at feeding himself with a "poon."

Driving the car. When we get home and I go around to unbuckle him, Jake gets this devilish grin on his face and dives into the front seat. My battery has only been dead the next morning on one occasion...I guess because I've gotten smarter.

Dogs (hence the movie "Lady and the Tramp") and being sans clothing

Having fun, whatever that may be. He's a happy kid, except, of course, when he's in time out!