Avoiding Crisis

nothing is ever easy

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…but easy wouldn’t be much fun, would it?

for anyone still checking on me from time to time, no i haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, i’m still around. just a little busy.  after 5 years living overseas as a stay-at-home-mother with full-time help around the house, a gardener that came every week and a maintenance team that would respond within a few days of any house issue, this living in the United States with NO help has been quite an adjustment.  Not to mention the the snags and snafoos that have come up since we’ve gotten back.  The latest of which you can see if you check out the flickr photos on the right of this page.  ( oh how black mold covered books and water damaged furniture was SO NOT planned for!)  But all is part of this crazy life we have. 

As far as the family goes.  Abbey is a happy little camper – literally.  She’s attending a great summer camp and loves it!  She’s excited to be starting Kindergarten next month too.  The only disappointing thing is that she refuses to speak spanish these days but we are hoping that it will pass and she will re-embrace the language again.  We can’t force her.  We can only keep asking and trying.  Owen is keeping me busy as I accompany him to many different therapies and focus on getting him into a preschool and making sure he has the right services.  The good news on that front is that while we were originally led to believe that the school district we are in was going to deny him eligibility for services (which meant that I would have to continue spending the oodles of money that I currently bleed out on a monthly basis in order to get him what he needs) they did a complete 180 during our first official IEP meeting last week and he is elegible.  I think I’m still in shock.  Next week we hash out what that means exactly and get the ball rolling for the fall.  I have submitted a bunch of job applications and have had one interview so far.  After the kids get settled in school i will focus my attention on jobs…for now, i just keep applying and seeing who bites.  After being off for 2 months, A has gotten back to work and is readjusting.  Lucky him, he gets to speak spanish on a daily basis.  I’m jealous. 

Work on the house is never ending as we find ourselves painting, hanging pictures, repairing screened doors, weeding the garden and cleaning up the flower beds.  Still, we are settling in and it’s beginning to feel like home.

My biggest issue is that I’ve been AWFUL at keeping in touch with old friends (for any of you reading this…i am SO sorry).  Some days I have such great things to share but most of the time it’s just complaints and depressing comments.  I have my good days and bad ones.  The bad ones were more frequent than the good but that seems to be turning around.  I’m just trying to figure it all out.  one day at a time.  one step at a time. 

i’m hoping to continue writing — either here or on another site — in the near future.  when things settle down a bit and the work seems less daunting.  until then, i’ll update when i can and hope that you check back from time to time.

until next time.


Written by nicolemarie

July 18, 2008 at 9:42 am

Posted in life

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  1. Great to read you again, Nicole – and to find out that life is settling out for all of you. Moving home, with all the challenges it presents, especially for a couple with young children, requires your full attention and immersion. When you surface again, it will be my pleasure to read of all your doings. Your old fly-on-the-wall visitor, G


    July 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm

  2. I’ll keep checking back. You are a good writer – I hope to read more in the future.


    July 24, 2008 at 8:44 pm

  3. So great to hear about what is going on with you. We miss you guys sooooo much! It is hard to go from talking to seeing someone everyday to nothing…….. We are homeless right now, still in Texas with family. We arrive in Honduras on August 11th, one week from tomorrow. Yikes! I posted on my blog.


    August 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

  4. I wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday from us! We are heading out of town, and wanted you to know we were thinking of yall. I hope you have a great day Saturday!


    August 7, 2008 at 12:30 pm

  5. easy would be unremarkable, normal, average, standard and that doesn’t have anything to do with your life 😉

    I like reading you so I was very happy to see a new post.
    Abby not speaking Spanish is déjà vu for me. After our move, Alex, my great trilingual child, turned into this little stubborn english speaking person I don’t quite recognize. Isabelle who goes with the easy path switched from speaking only spanish to only English
    We just spent a week in Quebec city and Alex started speaking French to me again and still is after our return. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll find a way to keep her motivated.

    you can’t make her speak Spanish but surely you can make sure that she hears it often.


    August 12, 2008 at 8:24 am

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