Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Florida Life....

Well, we've been in Florida for 2 weeks now. In some ways, I am ready to go home and in other ways, I'm not. I am enjoying being away from all the mud and yuck of winter gloom up in Tennessee, I know that for sure! As for being in my own home, yeah. I miss that. Though we are all doing pretty well in the same house. "We" being us, Mike's grandparents and his two brothers. So far I am keeping my weight off! Haha! Last year I gained 10 pounds in 6-8 weeks! Course, I was 6 months pregnant too. However, it's easy enough to do down here with wonderful Publix bread straight from the bakery and all sorts of things. Too many desserts around. I am staying clear of most of them though. :)
I've been wishing that it would warm up here though! Comparatively, it's warm, but for Florida, it's cold! in the low to upper 30's at night and it's been pretty cool during the days too. Hoping it will warm up soon so that we can take a nice long day trip to the beach and bask in the sunshine! I've just got to remind myself that it's still winter down here too!
The kids are setteling into more of a routine. Thank goodness! Napping better and more at the same time again, which helps me so much! They aren't quite as rambunctious as they first were when we arrived. I didn't think I was going to make it there for the first week. I was utterly exhausted by them!
I have since decided that I am thankful I have no upstairs level at my house in Tennessee. The staircase really wears me out! Up and down, up and down. And it's stressful too! Hannah has already taken a tumble halfway down it.
I have been making plans for when we get back home. Garden plans, organizing plans, money saving plans, (I am definitely using my clothesline much more) healthy eating plans, creating a picnic play area plan for outdoors, etc... It's fun to think about. But I wonder if we'll actually be able to swing it this year? The economy is so low right now. The effects of it are certainly felt in our home. People call almost daily asking for lower rental rates, or call to cancel their leases and leave altogether. Most of the payments that we do get are really late in coming. We have rentals that have been sitting empty for months. It's unsetteling. And yet, I have to trust that we'll be fine. I heard on the news tonight from Mr. President himself that this is the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Now that's certainly something to chew on.
I think tomorrow night I am going to take a little jaunt to the SDA church right up the road from us and attend their study on the book of Daniel. I am interested to hear what the Pastor has to say on the topic.
Today, Mike and the kids and I went for a walk in the park and then took the kids swinging at the park. It was such an enjoyable time to be together and watch the kids play. It served to remind us, that no matter what happens, we have each other and our family and they are the best thing in the world. :)

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