This is the first summer I think I'm looking forward to summer ending. Perhaps because so much is happening in August that I'm feeling rushed. Got a trip to California, a Family Camp, and then I'm at school. Rebekka changes things too, we have to help register her at school one of these days. Plus, my days here at home now are different than previous typical summer days, and I want to go back to what is familiar. Although at the same time, I'm not ready to meet parents, set up rules again, etc. I feel that my brain hasn't had enough "down time." In a couple weeks Roman will be back at his preschool for 2 days, and I'll be able to head into school and start organizing my space - and my head.
This past week seemed so SLOW to me. So different with a third person around. It's not bad, just different. I'm in charge of Roman and I tell him how it is. Now I have to check with Rebekka, arrange things with her schedule. And Roman at VBS was strange too, home every day. Before he was at preschool at least one day a week.
Anyway... on the "selling the house" front, we haven't started up again, but we're talking about a possible plan of attack in case we want to try again. Definitely lowering our price (and profit), but looking at houses in Plymouth & Canton about $20,000 less than we had looked at, with the possibility of major upgrades in the future. Doug actually found a 4-BR house in Plymouth that was really a duplex (apts. up and down) but could be reunited. That would be a fun thing to tackle one day. He and I both like old, historical homes and thought one day we'd like to refurbish one. Not REMODEL (unless "This Old House" was going to come help us), but it would be neat to restore things. We also are reconsidering the thought that we may just have to make an equal-size-house move to afford Plymouth. A 3-BR ranch or bungalow, around the same square footage (but w/garage) would be just affordable in downtown Ply. Eh, we'll see.
Rebekka is with us until October, then some things will fall into place - will she want to go back home, stay with us, use us as an escape? Who knows. Lots could happen by then. She commented to Doug that she feels so lazy. He told her to enjoy it, as she'll be so busy when school starts. I say, maybe she could paint our front door. :) She's definitely going to school with me and helping carry all my crap, and start to decorate the room. She's got a good eye. She's been invited to breakfast with our youth group on Tuesday morning, and a canoe trip in a couple weekends. I hope she takes advantage of it. She's nervous about meeting kids her age, but at the same time really would like to have some friendly faces in the halls when she starts school.
As for Roman, he likes having Rebekka here. We have checked with him a couple times to see how things are going, what he likes, what he doesn't like about her here. He has informed us he likes it so much he ALWAYS wants a big kid in the house. When I asked about a little kid, he said absolutely NOT. His life got sweeter today - his gun (the cowboy rifle) broke when he was playing with it, and since he had not spent all his birthday money we told him we could try to find a replacement. We did - a Nerf "blaster." He's happy shooting suction-cup darts at the wall. He also is revisting his Spiderman phase. Wore his costume to the grocery store the other day and entertained the checkers and baggers.
Tonight at dinner, he sighed and said quite forlornly, "I wish I was a Jedi Knight, like Luke." His Daddy said he wished he was one, too. I just rolled my eyes - and they say I'm a nerd!