Working Moms: End of Summer
I’ve been trying to find time to sit down and write my “end of summer” post, but when you’re a working mom AND a student… it’s almost impossible.
When you’re a working mom, summers don’t have as much impact as when you were a kid. The only difference is the destination to where you are driving your children in the morning… and the heat (at least here in Central Florida).
My two youngest children attended the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Summer Session… and totally love it! They were able to hang out with friends, play outside, and go on field trips to the skating rink, bowling alley… and go to DISNEY WORLD!
Needless to say, they had a blast!
For me, it was the same routine… work, pick up the boys, home, work, pick up the boys, home…rinse and repeat.
Even though we didn’t complete all of the list, I still consider the summer a huge success. We didn’t go bowling (though the boys went with the Boys’ and Girls’ Club), and we never made it to MOSI… we added a few items that were TOTALLY AWESOME!
We ended up going to Daytona Beach twice, and New Smyrna Beach once. My six-year old is a tiny little thing so I had to pick him up over the waves. We had so much fun tackling the waves and playing in the sand.
I’m excited to say the library has become a regular event. We go every two weeks, and the boys get really excited to pick out their books. They also get really excited to spend time with their older brothers and sisters… though they weren’t quite as excited to go to the library.
I am REALLY glad we decided to go to the u-pick farm early in the summer. A few weeks in the season was over and we would have missed it. We brought the older kids and everyone loved picking the blueberries. We had competitions on who could find the biggest and darkest berries. It’s definitely a trip we will do in the future.
Unplanned Summer Events
My oldest son, Scotty, turned 16 in July (I don’t know how he got so grown up). He has been HUGE NASCAR fan since birth. Money isn’t always plentiful with or family, but we splurged and took him and the two youngest babies on the 90-minute tour of the Daytona National Speedway. It was my favorite part of the entire summer.
My 9-year old, Gage, is also a huge NASCAR fan. He LOVES, LOVES, LOVES Jimmie Johnson! Even though it was my oldest son’s birthday, he knew about the trip because we’d decided on it together. We decided to surprise the littles. The look on Gage’s face was completely priceless.
The second unplanned, but super fun, addition to our summer list was the Bounce-A-Palooza our city put on for the kids. This is the second time they held it (and we got rained out both years), and the kids had so much fun! It’s an end of the year celebration that involves bouncy houses, obstacle courses, and everything ends in a pool of water. SUCH a fun way to cool off!
Our family also started looking for a house of our own. Currently, my husband and I, and the two littles, are living in one room in my MIL’s house (because it’s the only room with a half-functioning A/C unit). We are super cramped, and the boys are getting too big to sleep on the floor.
We began our search for land on which we could place a mobile home. Almost every Sunday was spent driving around searching for homes and land. The search was fun, but we could never find a combination that worked for our budget.
Building a Home
Next, we began looking into building a home and began at Maronda Homes. They are beautiful homes and the salesperson was super sweet and patient. In addition, community we liked was close to my work. We found a few models we loved, and within our budget… but we decided to keep looking.
We found another home builder, Showcase Homes, but the community was WAY away from my work. It wasn’t an impossible situation, but definitely not ideal. However, it worked out because even though the salesperson was super cool, the HOA rules wouldn’t allow my husband to bring home his work truck. He works for Comcast, so that wouldn’t work for us.
We Found the One
I started looking online and found a really beautiful home (Adams Homes) that was close to my work. It was over 2,000 square feet, and WAY under our budget. I talked my husband into at least looking at it. We drove to the community and talked with the salesperson. Robert was SUPER nice and took us to see the house.
To say it was beautiful and perfect doesn’t do it justice. EVERYTHING about it was perfect. My husband asked him about the price… and it turns out someone had made a mistake on the website (not their website), and it was WAY, WAY over our budget. I literally burst into tears. I’d already felt at home.
We decided to go back to the office and discuss our options. Robert showed us another model that we really liked, and we found a lot that was perfect for us. I don’t know if we fell in love with the house (it’s super beautiful), or were just tired of looking. We made the decision and signed the paperwork.
I took a loan on my 401K for the deposit, we chose our colors, and left in shock.
It’s a week later and I’m still in shock. We’ve visited the lot a few times in there and spend a LOT of time just walking around it and staring.
The house won’t be ready for 6-8 months, but that works out better for us. It gives us time to save money.
Fall Semester at School
While this was all happening, I was also going through an emotional roller coaster with school. I mailed in my money, paperwork, and fingerprints to the Florida Funeral Services Board so I can take the Direct Disposer test.
My goal is to keep working towards become a Funeral Director, but I couldn’t afford to take classes this semester. It was devastating.
I’ll spare you all of the details, but a number of the representatives at St. Petersburg College worked together to help me get student loans set up and I was able to register (at the VERY LAST MINUTE). They were completely awesome, and I can never thank them enough.
These next few months are going to be super busy… but all good things come with a LOT of work, so I’m ready for the challenge. Soccer starts in a few weeks for the boys, so that will add another complication to our already packed schedule… but we’ll figure things out. We always do.