It seems that after all the thought and deliberation and finally being able to tell people what was going on (I'm sure many of you can relate to the needed confidentiality of changing careers, etc...), life went into warp speed. There was no slow build up. There was a schedule to maintain, a final couple weeks for Bart, a 5 week period of him being home (ask me whether we're ready for him to retire yet!), the start of a new job and getting the house ready to put on the market.
So I thought I'd share a little of the fun and a little of the work.
First, I left off right before Spring Break. We spent it in Hawaii so we could have some vacation time and some family time (with sis on Oahu). Short story is that we spent 50% of our time on the Big Island (Hawaii) with either Bart or Rachel in the throes of food poisoning. We did get to go on our snorkel trip (awesome!) and then spent a day at Hapuna State Beach boogie boarding. Although Rachel only had energy to bounce up and down in waves as she was still in recovery. As the wife and mother of sick individuals, I was as sleep deprived as they were - but with a great appetite! It was great to finally go to the beach our last day.
See? I'm smiling - I caught some really good 'waves.'
Bart had to fly back to finish out his days at the Firm while the girls and I headed to my sister's on Oahu. It was great to see Deb, Neti and the kids. We took them to the beach, got to watch their baseball games and the 3 older ones in a Tahitian dance performance at the Shell Amphitheatre in Waikiki.
Here's a little on their dancing. The boys (older 2) are training with fire now and treated us to a routine in the backyard - hose on hand for emergencies! They are very proud of this and take it very seriously. Here's JT - he's 9!
We got back from HI and went straight into full rehearsal mode and performances for Kendra who did "Pirates of Penzance" with the local Children's theatre (Rachel had chorus concerts before Spring Break). It's a great program and I'm glad she got the opportunity. She has the blue sash in the middle:
In between performance weekends, Bart and I went house hunting in New York and New Jersey. More on that later but we will probably, most likely, almost definitely be New Jersey residents. There will be a limit on the number of 'New Jersey Housewife' jokes I will allow!
So while Bart had some time at home (he also took care of me for something and then went to spend time with his parents in Minnesota), we had to work on some areas of the house as we looked toward putting it on the market. Our realtor (and friend) kindly suggested we pack up the books and move bookcases in the garage to "de-clutter" the house. Let me just say that de-cluttering and keeping things de-cluttered is a full time job. With time and a half. Except no one is paying me for it. Except it may sell the house so I guess I do get paid???
Anyway, we have this bookcase:
And here are 4 of the 7 bags of books we gave away. Plus 2 boxes I'm sending to my sister. It would really be nice to have a library in the new house but I don't think it's in the cards.
Lastly, these two:
That's a brief on what's been happening in the Olson world and while I know it's not much, it's all I have computer time for. This has been the "least easy" of any of our moves for various reasons and thus many days seem like fire-fighting days. I'm still learning the many lessons God has for me - I'm so thankful He's patient!!!