Fri, 15th December, 2017 ~ 8:28 am

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Things are looking up

I am sorry it has been a couple of months since I last update, especially  after my last post. So now for updates.

My husband got a job in March. It is at a local hotel that is VERY busy so he is working long hours. I am thankful he is willing to put in those kind of hours for me and the kids. He is a good hub and takes good care of us. 🙂

My second son is still at his boarding school. He had some more bumpy patches with running away and stuff but is doing better now. The good news is that he is safe and he has no F’s in any of his classes. That doesn’t sound like much but he has most of his grades at C’s and I haven’t seen that since about 4th grade. So YAY!

Hub managed to fix my van. He had to hand craft a whole new wiring harness for the fuel system because purchasing one was a two month wait and a huge cost. Thank goodness for YouTube and the internet. There were so many wonderful people with helpful advice so we could actually do it. My van is currently in the body shop getting a new back gate because a guy smashed into it at a red light. The good news is that his insurance covered it all.

So for any of you out there who are struggling… if your life is too much… too hard or you feel like you are drowning in bad circumstances like I did, please don’t give up hope. It takes time but I promise you, things work themselves out. If your life is going great, please take the time to look around you because a friend or family member may be struggling more than you think. Be their lifesaver by lending a hug and a smile. I was at the point of crying myself to sleep each night, having chest pains and feeling hopeless. I also want to thank you guys who emailed, called, commented, etc. Even if I didn’t speak to you directly, I read each one and I love you for taking the time to send comfort. I really needed it. You guys are the best. Thanks for the life preserver Kimi. 🙂

In a daze…

I have to apologize to everyone who has been by here the past few months only to see no updates. My life has taken quite a few unexpected turns. So let me update you now…

My husband was a Director of Engineering at a local hotel here.  Last August the hotel was bought out by another company and they wiped out all of the current management, including my hub. He hadn’t had a vacation in a really long time so we decided it would be nice for him to rest and relax for a month or so. We got the vacation and then some. Almost 6 months later he is still out of work despite us job hunting every single day and applying for lots of jobs. He is well qualified for his job but there just aren’t that many good jobs opening up.

While this was all going on my second oldest son started getting into trouble. He started ditching high school, hanging out with the troubled kids, getting nasty and violent at home. This came to a pinnacle when he ran away during school and I didn’t find him for 5 days. He made sure to run away exactly on my 40th birthday. When I did find him he was at a house that was full of high teenagers and a mom who was clearly an addict herself. I was terrified. My hub and I lead a very clean lifestyle to try and be a good example for our children. With some help from family I managed to get my son into a private school far away from where we live. It is a beautiful school on top of a mountain without distractions. No crap is tolerated there. While I am relieved and thankful that he is safe and progressing in a positive way, we all miss him.

Fast forward to November. My minivan starts acting funny so my hub told me to drive his car for a few days while we fix the van. While driving with my daughter past the elementary school a teacher made an illegal left turn right into me. It totaled my husband’s car and banged up my daughter and I. The airbags went off and smashed her really hard in the face. We are okay but it was really scary. It was a very old ugly Tercel but it ran great. It was always our back up car. With the backup car gone I went back to my van. Over the past couple of months we have made minor fixes to the van to keep it running. My husband has been working on it as money comes in from unemployment to try and fix it. It is currently completely out of commission and I have a rental car until Friday. Not sure what to do after that. Our savings is gone.

I just feel like the snowball of bad luck has really run my family over.  I would ask what else could go wrong except that I feel at this time it would be tempting fate. Have you ever felt like you were drowning? Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t get control of your life? That is where I am.  As I write this I realize probably no one will read it but I had to write it anyway. I just needed to tell someone.

Jobs and kids

I frequently hang out at a beauty forum called Makeup Talk. Last year they invited me to become a moderator and I accepted. Then, last month I was offered the Content Manager position. After a bit of talking I decided to accept the offer. I feel so official *snorts laughing* …or not lol. I am pretty excited about it since I am a big cosmetics and beauty junkie. So far it has been fun but a lot of work. I am in good company with the other people that work there so it’s fun to be part of a team. It’s also great to be getting paid to do something I love.

In other news I managed to survive the elementary school’s Science Fair this year. My two daughters both participated in it. My oldest did a test to see if different flavors of kool-aid evaporated faster than others with or without sugar. My youngest daughter measured how much an egg’s shell would soften in vinegar in 12 hours. That one was gross! We ended up with what looked like a nasty smelling water balloon. The great news is that one won second place and one won third place in the Science Fair. Go girls! I was a proud mama.

I need to go because hub is still yelling at the Super Bowl and I need to make some dinner. Hope you all are having a wonderful day!

Happy New Year

2012 has come and gone. How was your year? Mine was… meh, some good, some bad. I am hoping that 2013 is a much brighter year. I have decided it is up to me to make sure that happens.

I have made some resolutions for this year. I resolve to eat healthier. I am trying to eat more natural foods and less processed foods so my insides will be pretty. I have also started eating way less meat and embrace other sources of protein. This is easier said than done for me since I am married to a meatasaurus.

I have also resolved to start reading more books again, not on my computer or phone but real books. I sort of got out of practice and when I started reading again I realized how much I missed it. Nothing like curling up with a nice glass of tea, a blanket and a great book. I find this relaxes and soothes me.

So what are your resolutions for this year? Also, a very belated Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!

Disneyland and weather

As noted before, we went to Disneyland in early November. The kids had an amazing time! They all really loved Space Mountain and Star Tours. My youngest daughter had a mini coronary on Big Thunder Mountain  when her lap bar wasn’t down far enough and she got slammed around in her chair . My oldest daughter freaked out a little at the hill on Splash Mountain. My boys went on everything but did scream like a couple of small girls on a few rides haha. Michael had never been there before and he had fun causing trouble all day. I think we got in almost every ride that was open except for the submarine and It’s a Small World because it was closed for the day.

I haven’t been there in years so they had revamped quite a few rides. The most noticeable one was the Haunted Mansion. They added a whole bunch of stuff from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I loved the changes!

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and are enjoying the Christmas season. We finally have beautiful weather. It’s the payoff for enduring the summer heat. Here is a picture I shot of the sky the other day. Gorgeous eh?