Nic, the cupcakes are awesome! Happy birthday to Sage!
MisaGoat, ugh! So sorry about the layoff!
I hope it all works out for the best.
Raspberries... mmm! I don't suppose they grow here as we've only heard of local blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. We don't exactly live in the best climate for growing many things.
But I do love pick-your-own farms!
I can't believe how hot it is in some areas! It's been hot, no doubt, here, but we have yet to break 100 and it's August already! Still, the heat today was pretty sapping. I had to run some errands to get DS1 ready for camp, and it was tough to get back to the car from Target going through the stifling air. Definitely eager for it to turn cooler!
I have been super stressed this week and today has been very depressing.
I am feeling like there's no chance we'll have a house before baby comes - or maybe at all.
The builder is telling us they can't start our build (even though we've done everything we're supposed to do) because they have too many other homes either in inventory or with a contingency. There's no way we could buy if we didn't sell this house, and while we're sure this house will sell, we are also not pushing super hard to sell it until they've actually, you know, cleared the land! Maybe even started a foundation.
I finally got in touch with a friend whose DH works for this company (though not on our side of town), and he's going to poke around tomorrow and see what he can find out. He knew about it already and I'm just hoping he can come up with something good. Today was nothing but bad - even unrelated stuff - and I'm just not really up to coping with it.
ETA: We were never made aware of this policy when we wrote our contract, and even our sales agent said she has never heard of it before. So we're arguing that they need to waive it on our house because it wasn't part of the original agreement AND we never even had anyone mention it or tell us to be prepared for that possibility. Sigh.
We did get to visit with some friends today (my 2yo has been in tears routinely because he wanted to go so badly!), and that was nice. And this evening I took the older 2 to a meeting to get ready for a big event our church is doing in 10 days. We're giving backpacks and school supplies to *every* child in the school district our church is in - 3100 kids. And 2/3 are impoverished. There will also be things like photographs, hair cuts, and vision screenings for the first 300 who come to the 2-hour event (whoever doesn't come still gets the backpack and supplies, but will be distributed by the schools, I guess). My boys are so excited to be able to help! I'm really looking forward to it - though I did ask if I could have a chair to sit in while I hand out backpacks.
This is a huge undertaking that's been worked on for months, and I'm so glad it's all coming together!
DS1 leaves for his very first-ever time away from home in the morning - earlier than I like to be up! I need to finish packing his suitcase for him. I know he's going to have an awesome time! And then I wonder if he'll be okay showering on his own (he typically has baths and I help him with his hair) and be able to figure out how to dress in a shared cabin as modestly as possible, etc.
There are so many little things that come with going off to camp that he's had NO exposure to. But I know he'll have fun! He was literally jumping up and down tonight while talking to a friend who's been before.