and I'm okay with that. We went and looked at the house today and the property was gorgeous! What a quiet and peaceful setting. The kids had such a wonderful time running around outside finding all kinds of toads and lizards to play with. They even did a little exploring in the woods behind the house. What a wonderful place to grow up. But the house is no where near big enough for us. It's listed as a 4 bedroom house but in reality the top floor (salt box style house so it's only got half a top level) was originally a master suite....bedroom, bathroom, sitting room. They were calling the sitting room a bedroom but there was no door, no closet and it had a hole in the wall that overlooked the stairway and the living below. And you could see where they'd taken the door off that had originally been at the top of the stairs leading into the suite. The one bedroom on the first floor was okay but the other one was no bigger than a shoe box. There was no way that two kids would fit in there. The kitchen was really nice but not nearly big enough to fit our entire family at the dinner table. Had a nice family and living room, though. The shape of the house doesn't lend itself to being added onto easily, so that's not a possibility even if we had the money to do it. Also, we can't a build a separate house for my parents so that pretty much eliminates the possibility of us going in on the property together. Just too many hurdles to try and overcome. Andy is a little upset with the misrepresentation they did on the listing because if it was listed as a 3 bedroom, we would have never given it a second glance even with all the land. So now we can put this behind us and see what comes our way next. We are slowly trying to cut back on all the activities that the kids do. We really need to take a step back and slow down instead of always running helter skelter. But how do you really do that? And how do you cut back on all the material "stuff" that the kids have gotten used to over time but they don't need? I haven't a clue but we really need to figure something out because we are slowing driving ourselves crazy here.
On a different note, wish me luck in the morning...I have to go for my glucose screening test. Let's hope I pass. And then Friday morning, I take Alex back to the dr to get his collarbone checked out for hopefully the last time. We're hoping that he will be released back into his regular activities then.