Monday, January 30, 2012

Week One in Tennessee

Sunday January 22, 2012~ Day one in Tennessee. Rained. Did a little exploring close to the apartment complex. Found the market, a few parks, and some neat places to have picnics in the spring.

Monday January 23, 2012~ Day two. Rained. Found the Health Department to switch Hunters immunization records over from NC to TN. Not a fan of that place.. Registered Hunter at Blackman Elementary.

Tuesday January 24, 2012~ Day three. Rained.  Took Hunter to his first day of school, drove around a little. 

Wednesday January 25, 2012~ Day four. Rained. Movers arrived with our belongings, began to unpack and set up the apartment.

Thursday January 26, 2012~ Day five. Rained. finished unpacking all the boxes at the apartment.  

Friday January 27, 2012~ Day six. Rained. Cleaned the apartment. Watched Cars 2 at the clubhouse for movie night at the complex.  

Saturday January 28, 2012~ Day seven. SUNNY!! Spent the day outside since it didn't rain, we went to the park, walked along the greenway. Explored the town and drove around the country, drove the back roads to JB's office (not doing that again). Took Sammy to the park as well and he swam in the river, he was one happy dog!! 

* I did check on the progress of the new house each day when I would take Hunter to school and pick him up.. It is amazing the progress that was made in just a few hours... 

New House

They have made a lot of progress on the house in just the first week of being here. They have completed all the framing, placed the roof on, installed the tubs, showers and have almost completed the plumbing. This week they will begin on the wiring for the house and install the insulation. Next week they will begin to drywall. 

Over this past weekend we walked around the house and couldn't believe how quickly it is going up. It was so neat to stand in the kitchen and see where the waterline is for the new fridge before the actual walls are complete.  I was actually able to visualize where the furniture will go, where Sammy will take most of his naps, where Sierra will "chill" after school, and where Hunter will play with his Lego's. 

The new house isn't a huge house, it is a two story and has 2,200 square feet.  It has 4 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths, laundry room, living room, office, and an eat in kitchen as well as a two car garage.  They yard is just perfect for us as well. 

I can not wait to make that house our home! I can not wait to cook our family meals in the kitchen and to start new traditions and create memories in our new home.. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Difficult Decisions....

So today I have made the hardest decision, I had to decide if it was best for Sierra to stay and finish out the school year or go with us to Tennessee.  I decided after talking with Blackman High (the school in Tennessee) that it would be best for her to stay and finish her Junior year at Cary High.  

Blackman High is not on a block schedule like Cary High. So the first half of this year Sierra has taken Algebra I, Science, US History and yearbook.  So that means she has completed a years worth of each subject in one semester. Next semester she is taking English III, Geometry, Sports Medicine and yearbook. So that means if she transferred to Blackman High should would have missed the entire first half of English III and Geometry and would have put her behind and therefor would have to be in summer school for 8 weeks at 8 hours a day just to catch up.  I just couldn't do that to her. We are moving to a new city and I don't want her to spend the entire summer in school. So with her staying she will only need to take English IV and Algebra II next year in order to graduate. She will have 5 elective classes so it should be a pretty easy Senior Year for her. 

I will miss her more than words can say and I know I am doing what is best for her by having her stay but it breaks my heart that I won't see her every single day and I won't get to hear about her day when she comes home from school, I  won't get to take her lunch to cheer her up when she is feeling down. I won't be able to watch our shows together each week.  

I am trying to think of it as a test run for when she leaves for college but it doesn't make it any easier..  

Thank goodness for Skype, text and cell phones... 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Carolina Friends.....

In just 12 short days I will be living in Tennessee. I will have said goodbye to my friends, my comfort zone, to a town that I have grown to love.  In the 14 years that I have lived in this town I have watched it grow, I have made the best friends, watched my daughter grow up into a beautiful young lady and had my son.  I learned more about myself. I learned that I am strong, talented, dedicated, loyal, hard working, and a great friend. 

I will miss my friends more than anything when I go. I will miss meeting them for a quick lunch or a long chat over coffee and cocoa. I will miss our families hanging out in the summer. I will miss being here for them if they need me. I will miss being the shoulder to cry on or the person to vent to. I will miss the laughter. I am so thankful for the memories I have created with each and everyone of them. I am so thankful for all that they have taught me. I am never going to find friends anywhere near as wonderful as the ones I have here.  I know it will take me a while to even make friends in Tennessee and I am OK with that.  Thank goodness for Facebook, email, text messages, phone and skype so that I can stay in touch with my Carolina friends. 

I have told my daughter to create memories with her friends at school and to not waste anytime with them, and she has. She has made some wonderful memories with her friends and I couldn't be happier for her. I know she will miss her friends just as much as I will miss mine!!