Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We are Moving to Navy Base Housing in Saratoga Springs

I have fallen behind in Blogging because we are moving. It was a quick decision. Our landlord wouldn't fix the furnace that I've been complaining about. It was 53 degrees on the 1st floor of our house so we were unable to use the 1st floor. We were still paying rent and utilities for it as well. And now that it has warmed up the downstairs is 69 degrees while the upstairs is 83 to 87 degrees because guess what.... the AC is broken still from last year. The AC unit was very old and the repair man told her it needed to be replaced but she didn't want to do it. So we are refusing to spend another season uncomfortable. We will also be saving $700 to $1100 a month depending on the season (summer and winter were high on gas electric while spring and fall were lower) on utilities(tv, phone, internet) and gas/electric. That will be very nice. I will update the blog with all of Aprils events including my Grandma's visit here once we are settled in at the new house. For now we are just too busy and we will be losing internet for a few days during the move. We do have new email so be sure to write it down, its... thespearfamily2000@yahoo.com I tried to get thespearfamily but it was already taken so I tacked on the year we have been together since. Also we have all been sick in the house for a good week and a half but are finally feeling better. My friend Kira gave birth to beautiful baby boy on April 16th (also Scott's Birthday hehe.) He is so adorable!!! She and her husband Justin, also a friend of mine from school are doing great and enjoying the new baby so Congrats to them!!! The move has had a draw back although we will be saving a small fortune every month we have had to make some hard choices as far as what we take to the new house. Our old house is 4,800 square feet (i'll post pics of the actual listing after the move.) and the house we are moving to is 1800 square feet which includes the garage so its A LOT smaller. It does have a fenced back yard and all brand new appliances. There are also 3 playgrounds right across the road which is so nice and one is a 6 yrs and under only playground that is fully fenced off which I love. Our breakfast Nook is no more :( I had to let it go as well as our large living room chair (scott is still bringing it and trying to get it to fit) which it won't. We also had to get rid of the Princess Castle bunk beds they weighed over 400lbs and were too big for the room (too tall). The list goes on and on but its okay because we would have had to do it next summer anyways when we have our next Navy Transfer, they move you based on your household goods weight and we were over weight when we moved here and have since acquired many things so I know we were WAY over it. It's a dollar a pound to go over so .... no thanks lol. But anyways i think we've trimmed the junk and will fit nicely in the new place but lesson learned about acquiring too much furniture! This move also means that Jennifer will change schools but it is an upgrade for her. Its a better school district with better everything! Even the ratios are better the classes are 17 to 1 per class as apposed to the other elementary school that is 28 to 1 per class. It makes a big difference in the learning environment and how much time the teacher spends with the kids. They also have a better music and arts program and better sports. So far I am still going to let them do cheerleading here in Mechanicville, its already paid for so they might as well finish it. The season is during football which runs the beginning of August through the end of October. It will be a bit of a drive 2 to 3 times a week but they will get to see their old friends and they are really looking forward to it. I also need to find them a new gymnastics and dance place because I can't keep running them to Cohoes its like 30 miles from the new house each way and that's now too far, we were only 18 miles before. And now we also need to find a new church as our church will be too far away. Not to mention new doctors, dentists. Isn't moving fun??? lol.

If you want to see a floor plan for our new place check the link below.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

April 2nd, 2009 oh Memories!

Well its April again, which means another year has gone by in our relationship. Scott and I started dating 9 years ago now! That's just so unreal to me, and I know I say that every year but it's true! It feels like yesterday. It's amazing how busy we get and then time just fly's right by us.
Last night we took the kids to see Monsters vs. Aliens. They loved it and so did we. It was a really cute movie and I just love going to movies in the Clifton park theater because its almost always empty and its a newer theater so its nice. After that we ate at five guys, which is a burger place and headed home, it was a really fun night. Tonight we are having a family fun night, everyone is excited for Grandma Thelma to arrive tomorrow and excited means chaos, so... We are going to have a family movie night. We just got Jonah, the veggietales movie so we are going to watch that. Not much happened today we did have a little drama. Aurora loves puzzles and has worked her way up to 300 pc puzzles which I think is great for a 4 year old. This puzzle was a pretty hard one and took her 3 days of working on it to put it all together. She was so excited to show daddy when he woke up! Well while we were waiting for Scott to wake up (This week he works all night and sleeps during the day) Michael threw the whole thing on the floor and broke it to bits. Aurora was devastated! So... she'll have something to do tomorrow I guess but it was very sad.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April 1st, 2009 Disney Live

We are getting ready for my Grandma Thelma to fly in this Friday morning and thinking of things to do while she is here with us for a month. We both thought Playhouse Disney Live on tour at the Palace theater in Albany sounded like a fun time for the kids. So Grandpa Mike bought the tickets for the 5 of us to go see it on April 10th. The kids are really excited!! At Disney there is a playhouse Disney live show that you can go see it lasts about 20 mins or so, and the kids have seen it twice and just love it, they dance and sing the whole time! So getting to see this for a few hours will be amazing! All their favorite characters will be there, Mickey and his gang from mickey mouse clubhouse, the little Einsteins, Handy Manny and his tools, and My friends Tigger and Pooh! The theater website has a great feature that lets you click on your seats and see what your view of the stage will look like, that is so nice when you are trying to pick out tickets. So I included the picture of the stage from our seats, and the poster from what we will be seeing.

March 31st, 2009 Seafood Buffet

Today we went to a seafood buffet. The kids loved it! They love the idea that they can eat as much as they want which they quickly realized isn't always the best plan. Jennifer ended up with an upset tummy at the end of the meal. There was an awesome clown that walked around making balloon animals for all the kids. He made Aurora a pig (Aurora is obsessed with pigs) and made Jennifer a tiger, and Michael a spider man. They had a blast!

March 30th, 2009 Rabbits

Today we went on a nature walk and then to the park. We saw lots of birds and some lonely cats. Aurora tried to chase a squirrel but quickly realized squirrels are fast! The kids were so happy when we found some Rabbits!! There were three really cute Rabbits. So when we got home from the walk it was snack time and I got the idea to "snack like rabbits". We had cabbage, carrots, and cauliflower. The kids had a blast and made rabbit noises while eating like rabbits.

March 29th, 2009 Church

Today we went to church as a family. The kids absolutely love it. They have an amazing children's area with multiple classrooms filled with toys, books, and snacks. The kids even have a mini door they enter through. Michael's classroom was the little bug room, and the girls classroom was the barn room. Both are decorated accordingly. Michael love the bubble machine. The girls each learned a Jesus song and read stories. Scott and I attended the service it was Okay, not the best. It was a fun experience for the kids and they can't wait to go back. I did get a picture of the side of the church but it was raining so I didn't get one of the front entrance.
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