New Bed!

Our mattress was horrible. There was a big crater on one side and it made for really bad night sleeps for who ever had that side (and for the past year, it was Joshua). Plus it was a pillow top and while it could be turned, it couldn’t be flipped, so we were pretty much stuck with whatever uncomfortableness the bed gave us.

We were planning on leaving it behind when we moved and just buy a new one when we moved back north. In fact, when we thought we were moving, nearly every night we’d say that soon the mattress would be gone. Alas, that was not to be, yet.

However, have you ever tried buying a mattress? It feels a lot like dealing with a scam. They don’t last very long for the price you pay and warranties mean pretty much nothing. I think a big part of the reason we put of buying on, in addition to the move, is that the mattress was only six years old when it started falling apart, seven when the crater appeared and we paid a lot of money for it.

On Sunday Joshua had enough and he started researching mattresses. We looked for a few hours on line, read reviews and watched videos. In the end we decided to go with one from Tuft and Needle. The price was fair, the return policy seemed decent and the mattresses work with platform beds, which is what we have. So the order was placed.

Yesterday, Fed Ex showed up and dropped off the box. The only reason it didn’t get set up before Joshua got home was because I wanted him to be here to see the mattress unroll and fill with air (it comes compressed and in a airtight seal). Oh and it was heavy.

Once he was home and after we cleaned a bit in the bedroom (basically reorganizing) things stored under the bed and vacuuming, we set the mattress up. It took maybe five minutes to cut the plastic off and 90 seconds for the mattress to inflate. Then we laid on it. Oh my goodness. It felt like laying on a cloud. All I could think was that I needed that mattress when I was pregnant with Peter and my hip was in constant pain.

Last night was the first night sleeping on it and the observations I had: 1. I didn’t feel Joshua moving around that much. 2. For being a foam mattress, I didn’t sink into it and I was able to move around with ease and 3. My back didn’t hurt when I woke up this morning.

I’d like to say I had a restful night sleep, but Peter was fussy a lot and we were up every few hours to take care of him. But the sleep I did get was nice.

So Night One Review on the Tuft and Needle bed: So far so good. 

 

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Karol is Eleven Today

 

 

Can you believe that he is 11 already? Today he has helped make his birthday cake and is now doing what is his dream, playing unlimited video games. I’m a cool mama. He will have to practice the violin later today though, because let’s not get crazy here, he needs to prepare for classes for next week!

Speaking of violin, if you haven’t seen the video from the Winter Concert of 2016, check it out here. You should be able to open it, even if you don’t use Facebook.

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A Few Pictures from Christmas Eve

Peter is in awe of the tree that is in our living room.

He’s been crawling his way over to it everyday to touch the lower branches.


BOW TIE! How cute is this?!

A slightly blurry shot but all the kids before leaving for Midnight Mass.

We’ve been splitting our time between two parishes lately and one of them just got the
St. Michael Hymnal last week! We took this picture for the SMH Office/Social Media person
to share with the whole world.

A few months ago, when I thought we were moving, and we packed away our copies of the hymnal,
I thought: “This year we’ll be singing out of this.”
God did answer that prayer, didn’t He?

 

 

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Schola Pig

Just another Friday night at the Facemyers:

Me: “Peppa Pig!”

Joshua: “Doot doot doot loot doot”

Schola: “Schola pig!”

 

I guess we watch a lot of Peppa Pig around here.

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The House – A Bummer Story

Well, our closing was supposed to be on Tuesday. That didn’t happen. Sadly something happened on the buyers end and they aren’t able to buy the house.

We’ll be relisting the house soon and hopefully we’ll get another offer. I’m hoping sooner than later because my house is mostly packed up. I had left out day to day stuff in the kitchen, but it is really minimal and some of it is stuff that I plan on tossing instead of packing (eg my cracked colander), so it’s a pain to use. (I know, offer it up.)

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A September Update

Well, we survived our first (and probably only) hurricane here. I actually think Hermine was a tropical storm when she blew through at 3am a few Friday’s ago.

I woke up and it sounded like my house was going through a car wash, with the wind and the rain hitting the side of the house. I expected little kids to join us but that didn’t happen and when I went to check on them, the sound of the storm was hardly noticeable upstairs. The kids slept through the storm and Peter only woke up to nurse then went back to sleep. I was awake for a good part of the night though, of course.

Joshua got up for work and got a text from his boss that the office didn’t have power and that the sheriff said people needed to stay off the roads until noon, or even later, so Joshua worked from home. We, thankfully, didn’t lose power or internet during the storm. (Which is strange because we lost power the week before on a Wednesday morning, while the sun was just shining away.)

That afternoon we submitted a counter offer on our house and the next morning, it was accepted. Wait, what?! True story. We’ll be heading back north, God willing, soon. Housing on that end has worked out as well so all is good and we just have to wait for the inspection and appraisal here, then closing.

I’ve spent the past few days packing up more boxes. I packed a bunch back when I found out I was pregnant with Peter because I knew I’d be sick for a good few months and then I packed up a lot more over the Christmas break, so really, it’s clothes and kitchen stuff that needs to be backed. (Oh and Joshua’s tools, but those are his domain, not mine.)

We decided to enroll the kids in the strings program again to keep them learning until we move. Last year Karol was in the Concert Strings group which requires auditioning and being accepted. I was under the impression that auditioning was an annual thing and that he would have to do it to keep his place in the group, so he did that on Wednesday. It turns out that he was accepted into the Youth Orchestra. (again what?!) He’s ten. I’m not bragging here, but I’m super impressed by his skills.

Strings started last night. Benedict is playing this year and his class is first, a half hour before the girls’ class, then Karol class begins right after the girls’ class ends. This means we are out of the house for three hours, sigh. I got the kids out and when we got to the school, it seemed like no one knew where the girls were supposed to be. Peter was having a melt down, and I was trying to keep my mind together. I was near tears. I got the girls to where they needed to be and then realized they didn’t have their music books or paper. Sigh. I hate forgetting things.

Oh and I also thought that the Youth Orchestra was on Wednesdays. Nope, Mondays. No one had eaten dinner and Peter had spit up all over my shoulder. I rallied though and kept my mind¬†together. Note: Bring the stroller next time and not the baby carrier, it’s still to warm out for that.

Finally, I’m making these for dinner. I’ve made a variation of these recently, without the cabbage and sauerkraut (so basically burgers wrapped in bread.) Tonight I’m making the recipe for real. That is if Margaret stops sneaking sauerkraut from the jar. She’s informed me she loves it and would eat it all the time. Winning.

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