Monday, June 29, 2020

More Changes On The Horizon. But. We've Got This.

In February, life drastically changed for our entire family. On February 19th, we bought a house. On February 22nd, we moved. On February 23rd, we turned in the keys to the apartment we rented for almost 8 years. Then, less than a month later, our state began shutting down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since February, we've all adjusted to our new home, life, and how COVID-19 has affected our life.
Aside from COVID-19, it's been incredible. The amount of positive changes is much too long to list.

It's so quiet here. We've witnessed massive changes with our kids because of that. They are relaxed and sleep soundly. They enjoy their uninterrupted time outdoors and the freedom to go out whenever they want to.

I'm also able to work throughout the day instead of revolving my work around the unnecessary and intentional noises. If I want to work on a blog column at 10:30 in the morning, I can. If I need to make a phone call at noon, I can.

Another thing I've had to adjust to is the increase in housework. Our old home was about 900 square feet. Our new home is almost 1,400 square feet. We have a large bedroom, home office, the Bodacious DIY Dog Mom Project Workshop, kitchen, dining room, a bathroom (almost 3 times the size of the one in our old home), 2 living rooms, and an entryway.

Did I mention every inch of our home is all hardwood floors? I honestly thought they would be easier to maintain than carpets, but nope. After I vacuum with our hardwood floor vacuum cleaner, I mop it with a pet-friendly cleaner.

On a side note, Lisa helps with the housework and she does laundry. 

And, I'm not complaining about the amount of housework. One of the positive changes on the Mile Long List O' Positive Changes is I can play music whenever I want to. Music and housework go hand in hand around here.

All in all, we've adjusted and established a routine with lots of wiggle room.


Last week, we got some phenomenal news.

Lisa got a promotion at work.

We were both excited and we celebrated.

The only catch is her hours would be slighting different. Instead of working 1st shift (6 a.m. to 3:30 - ish), she would be working 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

She brought this to my attention before putting her name in. The first words out of my mouth were, "We'll make it work. You have worked your ass off for this. Go for it."

She did and was offered the position.

We talked a lot about her promotion and her new hours over the weekend. One of the things she brought up was my lack of hesitation when I told her that we'd make it work and to go for it.

I didn't hesitate because I only had to think about ourselves and our kids. No one else. Sure, it would be an adjustment for all of us, but due to all of the positive changes we've all experienced since buying our house, we could easily make it work.

And, that's when I realized I could add a few more things to our Long List O' Positive Changes...

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