…until next summer anyway.

I have five children in my home right now ranging in age from 20 to 1 year and not a single one of them is a teenager.  I’ll have a one year gap like this between Justin and Gabriel in the future as well.

I have to say, overall, I enjoyed the teenage years with Niki. Lots of discussions, projects we worked on together, and watching her independence bloom.  Bracing myself for the next wave though.  Teenage boys.  This is new territory for me.  So many people tell me teenage boys are easier than teenage girls.  I have my doubts though.  Cars.  Enough said.

It’s funny, I’ve never felt old when my birthdays roll around.  It’s always Niki’s birthdays that make me feel old.  Her 10th birthday – yep…that was a big one for me.  She was no longer single digits and I still did not have anymore children.  Now her 20th birthday made me feel ancient!  I. have. a. 20. year. old. daughter!!!!  Can I rewind a few years please?  Maybe back to 10th grade or so?  My little girl is growing up.


My brother, Andrew, made Niki her cake as part of his present to her.  It was so sweet.  He made it entirely from scratch for her.

Moving prep is steadily progressing.  I’ve got over 30 boxes packed and have gotten rid of a bunch of stuff.  I’ve found new homes for 7 out of the 13 chickens.  The other 6 will be listed on Craigslist this week.

We have a different house waiting for us now.  No pond!  The rental market where we’re moving is fierce!  Someone beat Les to the office with a deposit on the other house.  As far as I’m concerned, it was a blessing in disguise.  Boys are drawn to water like a beacon.  I have 4 boys – I was not looking forward to a large pond on my back doorstep.  We found a VERY similar house last week and barely beat other people who were applying for the house.  I think this house will be an even better fit for us. Now, the only downside is that the backyard is not fenced in – but that is at least workable.

Moving itself?  Blah.  But…what’s waiting for us on the other side – I can’t wait!