It’s been quite a while since I’ve done an update post so I thought I would take today and fill you in on all of the crazy going on around here. We’ve just returned from a long weekend in KY and had a great time. My husband’s family had a reunion and we had another reunion of sorts with our friends. It’s always nice to catch up with everyone face to face vs. Facebook.
The babies are growing up like weeds and starting to say things that are remotely recognizable. Things like Papaw and mammaw, cup and of course, the always popular, “No!” They are 19 months old now and I can’t believe how far they’ve come in such a short time. From 2.1 and 2.5lbs to 22 & 25 lbs respectively.
Their personalities are changing as quickly as their little bodies and it’s such a kick to see glimpses of the people that they will eventually become. I never understood the pull of a grandchild until I had my own. When you raise your children as a momma you would kill to protect your children. When grandchildren come along you would kill those same children over those grandbabies any day. It’s amazing how quickly they grab ahold of your heart and hold on for dear life.
My niece is here for the summer (the reason we went to KY) and we’re excited to have her with us again finally. She stays every summer and Christmas break with us. You may remember her guest post back in 2014.
There are some big changes coming up for our family. The first and most important is the fact that we will soon be moving. We haven’t found the right place yet and we’ve only just begun to look, but I’m confident we will be able to find the perfect house to fit all of our needs. We thought that we would be staying here longer than we will, but circumstances change and the owner no longer wants to own so he’s selling. We aren’t interested in home ownership again at this point in our lives. My husband only has a few more years until retirement age and we’re not sure where our forever home may be if anywhere. Traveling well into our senior years has always been the plan.
We don’t want to be tied down to a piece of property that we no longer want. So we’ll find the perfect rental and try to make the move as easy for momma as we can. I don’t have all of the answers on how to do that just yet, but it’s something that I am striving for. I remember the downward spiral she made when we first moved here and I’m in no hurry to go back down that road again.
Moving for someone with Alzheimer’s is a terrifying experience, to say the least, and the easier I can make it for her the better. We’re lucky in the fact that we are able to pick and choose until we find the place that will make us happy. We love this house we’re in now and we’ve had a lot of good memories over the last four years, but my husband and I both feel that it is time to move on. We want somewhere safe for momma to take her walks, we want plenty of room to move around (preferably a 4 bedroom since I need an office space desperately), and I would also like to have a pool. The pool isn’t a make or break deal but if I am listing all of the things I want then I have to add in a swimming pool.
I love to swim and would do it every day if I could. Here I go to the lake which is only about a half mile away. The benefits to my body and my RA make it something more than just a want and sticks it pretty close to the “I need” column. Being able to jump in a pool when my bones get so stiff and sore would be amazing to me. Maybe that perfect home is just out there waiting for us. I know we won’t have a problem finding the right place. We are every landlord’s dream. We want a long-term lease, we don’t have kids or pets, and we have always left a place looking better than it did on move in day. We have excellent references. So, I’m not worried at all and I’ve been guaranteed a 4-month window if it does sell.
The Blogging 911 has been up and running since Feb 1st of this year and if you haven’t checked out my site over there you really should! I love it and am very proud of the work I’ve done over there. Right now, most of my clients are either maintenance clients or V.A. clients and I am enjoying the different assignments. I have worked on a few design jobs and you can check out my latest work on my friend, Pia Savage’s, site called Courting Destiny. I’m not completely finished with it but most of it is ready. If you know of anyone who is in need of a migration, design, or maybe they just need a few extra hours in their week and would like to hire a great Technical V.A. then I am your girl! You can email me at either Rena@thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com or Rena@theblogging911.com
Last but not least, we’re getting set to do another Walk To End Alzheimer’s and in the next couple of weeks I’ll start my annual pitch to donate to our team for the walk. I’ll let you know when that gets a little closer. I’m getting ready to do another redesign here at TDAC. I get bored easily so seeing the same site day after day grates on my nerves and after a while, I have to attempt something different. I’m already working on the new logo and wireframe so it won’t be long before we get another whole new look.
I have some wonderful guests posts on incontinence coming up next week and Friday is this month’s Use Your Words post where we are each given some random words and we then craft a story from those words. There are 14 bloggers that take part and if you are interested in joining us then contact Karen over at Baking In A Tornado. It’s a lot of fun and she has several creative writing challenges to choose from!
That’s it for me this week. I hope your summer is fun and exciting. Until next time…