We haven’t done an actual “how we are doing” update since we moved from our last house. And since we are iced in from the always unpredictable Texas winter weather, we thought we’d speak as to how life has been for us.
It’s not easy to move and the first part of the year was our house being sold out from under us and having to pick a house, any house, to live in. It was a taxing time, and one which really took us on a journey of facing ourselves and what steps we needed to take control of our health. Heather has been on a journey that meant new doctors, correcting chemical imbalances and discovering life on the other side of anxiety and chemical depression. We have been closer than ever and walking together through it all.
In the middle overcoming beyond a few challenges, we got an amazing little black and white tuxedo Pekingese puppy named Clio August Liles! He is definitely Emory’s brother, but entirely different – all rough and tumble. He is what we call the bruise cruise! Our family is a matched little foursome. Our baby boys? Perfect. (to us)
We have been looking for a house/condo/apartment/anything that is right for us. And it is so so so difficult to find a lease house for us and our future plans. Why Fort Worth why?! But this town isn’t all bad, sometimes boring to tears, but not all bad. We have found the healing needed to visit churches, and have spent some time at The Village Church Fort Worth Campus.
So as the holidays have begun, how do you sum up a year? The best word I can think of is that its been a year of transition. We are grateful, we are honest in knowing our struggles aren’t over and that family and community is something we need more of. That, and a big dose of the Christmas spirit.
Because things go a little haywire when we have been iced into our house for 4+ days!
So, bring on the holiday cheer! And family time to ring in another year of possibility, challenge and hope!
First off, we GOTTA find new places to take “new shots” other than the side of our house. Our neighbor’s brick wall isn’t cutting it anymore and we know it folks, we know.it. I’m always afraid our neighbor and her huge Cadillac are going to be coming through which makes for interesting shots from me. But for real, why do I always put my darn hands up? I, first and foremost, blame Bo as he always tries to get me to loosened up and my hands fly right up. Every time. I’m going to work on that. OK, BO!
So, I got out of the house and my cold/flu seems to becoming a distant memory. Maybe it was my cold talking when I was mixing patterns today, but I liked it. So, it’s time to rest up, as we have appointments tomorrow. We have homemade dinner to make tonight, and a whole weekend of cleaning and running errands ahead of us. Goodbye sickness, Hello health!
Well, at least I’m trying to get on the mend. You get back from the Happiest Place On Earth, and you spend almost the whole next week in your pajamas. Not too much fun. I must have gotten some cold/sinus/flu-like something from Disney. And while I love Disney, I do not love being sick with a cold. So despite it all, I got dressed today, ran some errands, coughed, talked out of a stuffed-up nose and people made comments. Because of course they did. So, I went back home and put my PJs back on.
It’s still November, it’s not quite tights weather and when are we leaving for Thanksgiving? WHERE are you, broccoli-rice casserole and sweet potato souffle??
I’m back from Disney! And, it just happens to be Halloween and we of course continue our tradition of dressing up as semi-obscure characters? No, but really we love anime films from Studio Ghibli, and this year we went as one of my favorites – Kiki and Tombo from the amazing Kiki’s Delivery Service! Well, at least our version of a young adult Kiki and Tombo! It just makes us want multiple Halloweens a year so we have an excuse to delve into cosplay dress-up for all our favorite films! And the pups? Well, they went as salty sailor dogs, naturally. I may miss Disney and the lovely adventure I had with my Mom, but it’s good to be home with these boys of mine.
What? You don’t wear a floral skirt when you take your dogs out? Well, I did today. In truth, we were going to take the boys to the pumpkin patch before dusk, BUT it was extremely cloudy and windy. So, we are putting it off until Wednesday. They are beyond ready…it’s Emory’s 3rd trip and Mister Clio’s 1st. Needless to say, nothing gets Bo and I more into the autumn and holiday season spirit more than cute puppies in a pumpkin patch all dressed in sweaters. Yes, even Bo endorses the sweaters.
In other life news, we have a meeting about a house tomorrow, so crosses fingers on that. We need a house that we choose on our terms and two bathrooms would be nice? Life is moving fast, and so we head into another week with much to do and I have a trip to pack for!