Your Children will Amaze you if chance!

With me working two jobs. 1 one nights and the other filling my days off. My kids have definitely stepped up to the plate and shown me what they can do. They’ve never complained. I think they enjoy showing me what they can do and seeing for them selves what they are capable of!

My kids can cook dinner! At 13 and 11 years old. They can cook! who would have thought? And they WANT to cook. My 11 year old can make simple meals that are 3 to 4 ingredients, or if it’s a frozen dinner. She has figured out all that reading she’s done in school is coming in handy! My 13 year old will make breakfast for dinner. Scrambled eggs and Croissants filled with cheese. (Which my husband doesn’t eat the croissants when I make them with cheese. But he will he them when my son makes them) My 11 year old can bake, all by herself. Start to finish, 100% by her self. She knows how to tell when a cake is done baking. It’s amazing. I think My husband was pretty impressed to when he was home over Christmas and sure enough the kids wanted to show off their skills. (Hey I was working nights so I was sleeping, Someone had to feed him lol)

My kids kids now help me meal plan. I don’t know if they realize it or not but I’ll leave a note pad of paper on the table with the Word Dinner and the numbers 1-7 below it and they will write in meals they would like. The pick a few each week that they will make and the rest I will make…. or buy (cause really I’m really really tired some days)

The are more then willing to help out around the house. Working nights is weird.  when I have breaks, I don’t know what to do with myself. Do I clean? do I Bake? I wont go walking in the dark.. If I can’t see what’s around me, I’m not gonna lie it kind of freaks me out… I blame one too many horror movies on that!  But If there’s things I’m too tired to do(Because honestly switching back and forth from nights to days and back again is exhausting!) They always have everything I ask done before I wake up from sleeping or before I get home from the day job.

We talk a lot about money! Did you know your child only has to be 12 to sign off on their own investments? Well now you know! My kids have money invested! At first I’m sure it was something I forced them to do.  But they get mail from the bank that tells them How much their investment has made and that they are reinvesting it. My kids have the goal of getting another investment going before this year is done. Which makes me pretty proud. I’m not going to lie! My kids are going to be better off in their early years when they move out then most people I know!

Now I just want to find ways to keep encouraging them to grow. To give them the self confidence they are going to need in this cruel world where everyone is going to judge their every move.  I like the encourage them to think of a job they want to do as an adult that isn’t the normal 9-5.  Where they aren’t stuck in a cubicle their whole life staring at 4 walls. I want them to know they can do anything in this world they set their mind to. You want to be a singer? Great! Come up with a plan and make it happen! But I also let my daughter know. Singers aren’t just singers, now a days they are clothes designers, they act in commercials. They don’t just do one thing.

The most important thing I ask my kids every so often probably to the point it drives them crazy.  I ask “Who’s the only opinion that matters?” The used to look at me and say yours. But I told them “No, The ONLY opinion that matters is your own. It doesn’t matter what your friends think, your Grandparents think, or even what your dad or I think.  As long as you can look yourself in the mirror and you are happy with the choices you make, THAT is the only thing that matters!”

My newest favourite saying which I will get and put up somewhere in the house, comes from a movie I recently fell in love with! Surprise, Surprise it’s a Hallmark movie. The Birthday Wish. The mom gives a great piece of advice “Do what makes you happy today and tomorrow will take care of itself” I don’t think I’ve heard of a better way to love life than that simple quote.

 

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Wait… What day is it?

No really… What day is it? and How many day until Christmas???

I’ve been so busy working. I got the bright Idea to get a job outside of the house part time, because working from home is great… until you realize it gives you just the kids to talk to… and well if your kids are like my kids, they tend to have their own friends and only talk to me when they need something or if I’m the butt of one of their jokes. So it was Hi Ho off to work I go. 8 days a month(roughly) to do collections for a Dentist office. I love it! The girls there are amazing! One of my girlfriends from high school works across the street from the mall I work in and we meet for lunch almost every day I work. And when she’s not there I (“window”) Shop through the mall. Okay so maybe working in the mall may not be such a good idea. I promise I’m trying to keep my spending down. But it’s going to have it’s perks because I am sooooooooooooooo far behind in my Christmas shopping I’m debating about telling the kids this years Christmas is cancelled and just start planning for next years. I’m not sure what happened. Normally I’m almost done my Christmas shopping. This year I don’t have much done at all.

Life is busy. I work Thursday- Wednesday night for my night shift. Then work Friday, Monday-Wednesday for the Dentist office. Yay for my weekend off coming up. where I will refuse to leave my house! I thought I’d feel more tired working so much but so far I’m enjoying it a lot.  Both jobs are different enough. And I love doing collections so it doesn’t really feel like a job! Working so much also gives me less time to miss Tristan. I don’t have time to focus on it.

Plus, as if there wasn’t enough going on Both kids decided to catch Chicken Pox… I know I know… there’s a vaccine for that. But I believe Chicken Pox is a childhood disease that most kids caught and everyone I know survived getting it. Also My kids were the first generation that the vaccine came out for… and there was no way I was going to let them be the trial generation just to find out there were side effects down the road.  So all and all I’m happy they got it now I don’t have to worry about it.

Other big news. We decided in about two years we are going to move back to Alberta. With the jobs not working out in Ontario and Tristan having to go back to Alberta to work. We don’t really like being far apart. So we are taking two years so Shianne can finish Grade 8 with her favourite teacher, which was my favourite teacher growing up (how can I let her miss out on that) Also we are going to get as many renovations done on our current house to up the value so we can have a nice down payment for a house in Alberta. We haven’t told family yet. But I would be surprised if they don’t see it coming. At the end of the day Tristan and I would rather be together then far apart.

I think that’s it for my update. I’m off to double check what day it is for the gazillith time.. it’s umm Tuesday? right? or it’s my Thursday almost my Friday for one job lol.. and thus I need to confirm my days.

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My Ultimate Christmas Movie List

It’s that time of year, and yes I’m “One of those people”. You know.. the kin dof people who have already started watching Christmas movies. I may have watched 1 or 2.. or more before Halloween…  This year is different I have an android box and I can’t rely on my TV guide to let me know what Christmas movies are playing. So I headed over to Trakt.tv and set up the “My tv shows” and “My Movies” if this wasn’t the best invention ever! I’m over the moon to be able to make my own movie lists, But I’m going to share my Christmas movie list with you today. These are in no particular order and I will watch them all before Christmas.

  1. A Carol Christmas
  2. A Wish for Christmas
  3. Mistletoe Promise
  4. A Boy Friend for Christmas
  5. Annie Clause is coming to town
  6. Hitched for the holidays
  7. Matchmaker Santa
  8. The Wishing Tree
  9. The Christmas Note
  10. Family For Christmas
  11. A Christmas Melody
  12. A Crown For Christmas
  13. A Christmas Detour
  14. 12 Gifts of Christmas
  15. Christmas Incorporated
  16. Charming Christmas
  17. Merry Matrimony
  18. On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
  19. A Princess for Christmas
  20. Help for the Holidays
  21. Angel of Christmas
  22. Holiday in Handcuffs
  23. Snowglobe
  24. A Very Meryy Mix-Up
  25. A Country Christmas Story
  26. All about Christmas Eve
  27. Holly’s Holiday
  28. A Christmas Wedding Date
  29. Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade
  30. Dear Santa (Shianne favourite)
  31. Christmas in Boston
  32. Scrooged
  33. The Grinch
  34. Christmas Angel
  35. Christmas with Holly
  36. Holiday Wishes
  37. The Nine Lives of Christmas
  38. The Santa Clause
  39. The Santa Clause 2
  40. The Santa Clause 3
  41. Snow Bride
  42. Just in Time for Christmas
  43. Mistletoe over Manhattan
  44. Once Upon a Holiday
  45. ‘Tis the Season for Love
  46. Christmas Land
  47. One Starry Christmas
  48. A Cookie Cutter Christmas
  49. Angels and Ornaments
  50. Let it Snow
  51. Finding Christmas
  52. A Christmas Visitor
  53. The Santa Incident
  54. Farewell Mr. kringle
  55. Christmas Magic
  56. Window Wonderland
  57. Fir Crazy
  58. The Christmas Ornament
  59. Pete’s Christmas
  60. Dashing Through the Snow
  61. One Christmas Eve
  62. Christmas Under Wraps
  63. A Royal Christmas
  64. Northpole
  65. Angels Sing
  66. Christmas at Catwright’s
  67. Home Alone
  68. Home alone 2
  69. A Christmas Carol
  70. Christmas Bounty
  71. Christmas Lodge
  72. National Lampoons Christmas vacation
  73. Dear Secret Santa
  74. Undercover Christmas
  75. Recipe for a Perfect Christmas
  76. 12 Men of Christmas
  77. The March Sister at Christmas
  78. The Christmas Hope
  79. last Holiday
  80. Elf
  81. Alone for Christmas
  82. Christmas with a Capital C
  83. Jack Frost
  84. Snow Day
  85. Jingle all the way
  86. The Most Wonderful time of the Year.
  87. 12 dates of Christmas
  88. The Christmas List
  89. The Christmas Card
  90. The Christmas Parade
  91. A Prince for Christmas
  92. Meet the Santas
  93. A Grandpa for Christmas
  94. Battles of the Bulbs
  95. Baby’s first Christmas
  96. A bride for Christmas
  97. The Christmas Secret
  98. The Mistle-Tones
  99. Merry Kissmas
  100. Merry In-laws
  101. A Christmas Star
  102. Paper Angels
  103. A Christmas Kiss
  104. A Christmas Kiss 2
  105. Best Christmas Party Ever
  106. How Sarah got her Wings
  107. Santa’s Little Helper
  108. A Christmas Reunion
  109. Wish Upon A Christmas
  110. Ho Ho Ho
  111. Christmas Story
  112. the Christmas Star
  113. A Nanny for Christmas
  114. Christmas Belle
  115. A Perfect Christmas
  116. All I want for Christmas
  117. My One Christmas Wish
  118. The Christmas Candle
  119. Silver Bells
  120. A Moody Christmas
  121. 12 Wishes of Christmas
  122. Becoming Santa
  123. Christmas Mail
  124. A Christmas Snow
  125. A Christmas Proposal
  126. Moonlight & Mistletoe
  127. The Road to Christmas
  128. The Christmas Blessing
  129. Snow
  130. Miracle of 34th Street
  131. It’s a wonderful Life
  132. Christmas Eve
  133. Holiday Switch
  134. Small Town Santa
  135. Mixed Nuts
  136. Unaccompanied Minors
  137. I’ll be Home for Christmas
  138. Love the Coopers
  139. The Night Before Christmas
  140. Christmas Cottage
  141. Christmas with the Kranks
  142. Four Christmases
  143. White Christmas
  144. Wish for Christmas
  145. A Christmas Wish
  146. Home for Christmas
  147. I’m not Ready for Christmas
  148. Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus
  149. Eve’s Christmas
  150. Our First Christmas
  151. The Christmas Choir
  152. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
  153. Christmas in Canaan
  154. Holiday Engagement
  155. Trading Christmas
  156. Santa, Jr.
  157. Love’s Christmas Journey
  158. A christmas Wedding Tail
  159. The Christmas Heart
  160. Santa Switch
  161. Magic Stocking
  162. Mr. Miracle
  163. Ice Sculpture Christmas
  164. Christmas in Homestead
  165. Christmas Cookies
  166. Looks like Christmas
  167. Meant to Be
  168. My Christmas Love
  169. Sleigh Bells Ring
  170. A Dream of Christmas
  171. Broadcasting Christmas
  172. Every Christmas has a Story
  173. Christmas List
  174. A Heavenly Christmas
  175. Journey Back to Christmas
  176. I’ll be home for Christmas
  177. A December Bride
  178. A Christmas Dream
  179. Finding Father Christmas
  180. Operation Christmas
  181. Hearts of Christmas
  182. Girlfriends of Christmas Past
  183. A Rose for Christmas
  184. Love Always, Santa
  185. Desperately Seeking Santa
  186. Christmas in Conway
  187. A Christmas Tree Miracle
  188. My Santa
  189. Naughty and Nice
  190. The Christmas Gift
  191. 12 Days of Christmas Eve
  192. Last Chance for Christmas
  193. A Perfect Christmas List
  194. All I want For Christmas
  195. A Holiday for Love
  196. hats off ti Christmas
  197. Married by Christmas
  198. The Flight Before Christmas
  199. Becoming Santa
  200. The Christmas Clause
  201. The Spirit Of Christmas (My Favourite!)
  202. The Santa Con
  203. Gifts from the Heart
  204. Nothing Like the Holidays
  205. Love at the Christmas Table
  206. Prancer
  207. A perfect Day
  208. Love at the Christmas Table
  209. Nothing like the Holidays
  210. Gift from the Heart
  211. The Santa Con
  212. Deck the Halls
  213. A Christmas Tale
  214. The Perfect Holiday
  215. A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
  216. The Heart of Christmas
  217. The sound of Christmas
  218. A Christmas to Remember
  219. The Tree that saved Christmas
  220. A Holiday Heist
  221. Suddenly Santa
  222. The Twelve Trees of Christmas
  223. A Nutcracker Christmas
  224. A Snow Globe Christmas
  225. Holidazed
  226. One Magic Christmas
  227. Christmas Crush
  228. A Star for Christmas
  229. So This is Christmas
  230. The Family Holiday
  231. Christmas At the Riviera
  232. Secret Santa
  233. All she wanted for Christmas
  234. An Evergreen Christmas
  235. Christmas on the Bayou
  236. A very Merry Daughter of the Bride
  237. Coat of Many Colors
  238. Christmas of Many Colors
  239. the gift of love: A Christmas Story
  240. The Ultimate Gift
  241. Under the MIstletoe
  242. Christmas Ride
  243. Will you Merry Me?
  244. The Rooftop Christmas Tree
  245. His and Her Christmas
  246. Anything But Christmas
  247. A Cinderella Christmas
  248. November Christmas
  249. Christmas Angel
  250. A Gift Wrapped Christmas
  251. A baby for Christmas
  252. Borrowed Hearts
  253. Coming Home for Christmas
  254. A Christmas Wedding
  255. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
  256. Catch a Christmas Star
  257. Falling for Christmas
  258. A Christmas in Vermont
  259. Christmas Ranch
  260. Christmas for a Dollar
  261. Marry me for Christmas
  262. Christmas in Wonderland
  263. Christmas at waters Edge
  264. I Saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
  265. The Christmas Box
  266. The Chritmas Shepherd
  267. A Christmas Tale
  268. Crazy For Christmas
  269. An Accidental Christmas
  270. All I want for Christmas
  271. The Christmas Wish
  272. A Very Cool Christmas
  273. Season’s Greetings

Wow that’s quite the list already,I’ve lost count of how many of them I’ve watched and how many times I’ve seen them… What can I say I work 12 hour shifts at night from home I have lots of TV time just for myself. I will definitely be adding to this list as I find more movies I want to watch this Christmas season. A Few of them I will be watching a few times! Hope you enjoy!

 

 

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Back to Plan A

What a crazy few months it has been. First Tristan moved back, he switched jobs 3 times before we even left for our Europe vacation, and now… well we are right back where we started.

It’s been a year full of ups and downs. We thought for sure if tristan came home we could handle the pay cut… On paper we could. based on the “promises” companies said their guys make it should have worked out. The first job liked to pick and choose what he got paid for. example he would get paid for ‘finished’ runs. for if load A got delivered and even if load B got delivered there was no guarantee he’d get paid for both if they happened in the same pay period. We felt like they were trying to control how much their drivers made. Also they told Tristan they hired him for their heavy haul but wouldn’t let him show them what he could do. They ended up telling him they had to prove himself. Which is no problem if they’d give him loads he could prove himself onSo Tristan switched companies.

The next company was better… It was Union… We had never worked for a Union before… What we learned is Union workers are a bunch of whining babies. But besides the whining done by ‘seniority’  union guys (which was anyone hired before Tristan). It wasn’t a bad job. Tristan enjoyed it a lot. They used his expertise, let him haul over sized. it was perfect, except… it was 2 1/2 hours away.  It was a very long drive. It was costing too much in gas to go back and forth. $110 every other day was insane to pay for fuel. So we sold Tristan’s pickup truck (I think I may have seen tears as it pulled away) and bought a Mazda3… I know I know every guys dream car (poor guy).

We started looking for a job closer to home. Tristan had been eyeing one company for a few years now. Every time we’d come back to Ontario on holidays we had to do a ‘drive by’. This company wanted him so bad they had him do his orientation before we left for Europe.  Then we came back and he did 1 load…. just one… They did have him working in the yard and other stuff when they couldn’t find him loads. We found out after we gave our notice that somehow someone had messed up and marked his truck out of service which is why he wasn’t receiving any loads… But he was told if things pick up they will call him and he’s welcome back any time. Actually he’s welcome back at two out of those 3 jobs any time.

Which brings us almost back to date. We realized he wasn’t getting the hours at job #3. How long to we hold on to a sinking ship? and who knows how long it would have taken them to realize he was marked out of service by mistake? Well I don’t like to wonder what if’s! Tristan and I operate on one life motto and it’s one everyone has heard, but it definitely guides us in everything we do. Our motto “Everything happens for a reason”. It’s our belief for everything.

So once we realized job #3 wasn’t working out, well we decided our plan for Tristan moving home isn’t working right now.  We aren’t getting a head and we are actually sinking.. We weren’t sinking fast but it was a steady decline.  So Tristan and I wrote an email before he left for work to his old job in Alberta see if they had any open trucks and if they’d take him back.  Within half an hour of their head office opening they were calling him to rehire him. So now he’s back in Alberta and we are back to our plan A.

It’s not like we didn’t try it here,  and we loved having him home. But a Trucker isn’t supposed to be home all the time, they don’t make any money being home.  I’d like to think our Plan A is going to be stronger this time, I think we learned a lot in the last few months!

  • I bake more, who knew I was such a great baker? and I bake from scratch, I didn’t see that one ever happening.
  • We shop at the butchers for our meat. They don’t charge tax! Who knew?
  • We sold his truck which saves us $500/month in payments (our insurance also went down after selling it)
  • We got rid of cable saving up $102/mont
  • Alright but I upped my internet speed and got an android box. But my work is covering 25% of my internet bill because I work nights from home (which is also saving me gas money, If I’d stop running over nails it would save me wear and tear on the car too)

I think we had to go through these last few months trying to find ways to save money in hopes that he could stay here in Ontario with us. I think it’s set us up to be more successful this time around. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to ever revisit a plan you had thought you were done with, sometimes the first plan was a good plan… it just needed a little tweaking!

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Life is changing once again

Holidays are over.. the Czech Republic was AMAZING!! Now it’s back to the real world. Though I will go back and write some posts about our travels.

Tristan started actually working for his new job this past week. He did his orientation before we went on holidays. The kids went back to school. As for me, today was my final day working days in the office. Now I have a glorious 5 days off before I start my 7 nights on 7 nights off night shift rotation!

I’m excited for the change and hoping I’m up to the challenge of working 8pm-8am. I’ve done it in the past before but only for 3 days at a time. Now I just have to find something to fill those 7 days off. Maybe I’ll take some online courses, or maybe focus more on my diaper cakes. The world is my oyster!  With another Niece on the way I’m sure I’ll be spending a lot of time helping my sister in law with her two kids!  I’m excited for the upcoming year!  I hope I don’t waste it!

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Embarrassing your Child

As my kids get older, the more I enjoy trying to embarrass them in some shape or form.  I love when people look over and laugh or smile, because me and my kids are doing something stupid together, It brings a little happiness to their day!

My kids are both very sarcastic kids, God help their future spouses because they’d better be quick witted and be able to keep up. I hope they end up with people who wont try to change them.

My motto is life is too short not to spend it laughing.  You’d think my kids would be used to how I act by now. But sometimes they forget. So I like to remind them from time to time.

Just yesterday Adrian, he’s 13 he’s trying very hard these days to act like an adult… (cause you know 13 in an adult now a days).. He was giving a bit of attitude in the store. I could have punished him but instead while  we were standing in line waiting to check out I decided to Twirl like a ballerina hands above my head, In my mind I held the perfect ballerina pose spinning on my tipsy toes. Adrian didn’t find it so funny he walked away… But Shianne joined me.  (She is going to be a hard one to embarrass) The cashiers though it was hilarious. I continued my dancing  into the parking lot. But by then it didn’t embarrass Adrian anymore because “we were out of the store”

Today I got some funny looks in Walmart… WALMART… really walmart? It’s like no one in there has spent hours looking at the “People of Walmart” webpage.. you haven’t? you’re lying! Go check it out! see what you are missing. I wasn’t even doing anything special. just a little dancing while walking. I made one mom really laugh when I was walking down the isle and caught her toddlers attention and made the toddler laugh and the mom looked over. I just said “Sorry I’m just being creepy playing with your toddler” Shianne said something about not being small like that anymore and I said “or cute like that any more”  something along those lines… (you probably had to be there to find it funny).  But the mom had to turn her back cause she was laughing so hard.  But we dance down multiple isles, I even sung the kids a little bit of “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard” (I was drinking a milkshake… it worked…) My kids hadn’t heard of the song… So Of course I had to download it before we got to the car cause I need to force my kids to listen to quality music like that!

I need to find more ways then just singing and dancing to embarrass the kids but for now it’s what works!

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Life has been busy

Running on fumes… Or at least that is how it feels these days.

lets see what’s going on.

  • Between work and the Kids soccer my Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday leave me with little time for anything else those days.
  • Work- They have definitely stepped up my training. I’m taking that as a good sigh. Clearly they like me or they wouldn’t be pushing me to learn more. Also with us being short staffed right now there’s lots of over time. I’m loving having the option to do overtime at home, with the kids being bigger they definitely don’t need me watching their every move any more. Tonight alone I put in an extra 3 1/2 hours.
  • We sold Tristan’s truck (He may have cried a little) He loved his truck, but right now he’s driving 2-3 hours to work depending on traffic it just wasn’t practical to keep it, he had to fill it every other time he drove to work.
  • Car shopping… Well when you sell one vehicle you have to buy another. So we are looking for a car for him something good on gas, but we want no payments. Who knew used cars were so expensive these days? We gave ourselves a $5000 budget thinking we could find something decent… ya.. no… So we are constantly looking on kijiji, creepily stopping at peoples housed with cars for sale in their driveways and stopping at every single used car dealer ship we find. I’m sure we will find something but the hunt is taking up a lot of time.
  • Tristan has switched jobs once already. He has some interviews line up. He may be switching again. He loves what he does and where he works now. but it’s the 2-3 hour drive to and from work that kind of kills it. The kids are dead set against a move. So that’s off the table. We are hoping for a company that is out of the same area I currently work. Fingers crossed. Our motto is “Everything happens for a reason” so if it’s meant to work out it will.
  • The kids are on Summer break, Both passed school. Shianne with flying colours. I don’t ever worry about her marks. Adrian passed… His marks are what we expect. He needs a teachers assistants help. He has one in Alberta but with the teacher strike in Ontario it’s been a struggle to get something set up for him here. But he passed and at the end of the day as long as he tried his best, I’m happy!
  • Europe – The count down to August 15th is on.  It’s coming up fast.
  • Family get togethers. We had 2 family get togethers over the weekend. One at my house. I made 7 batches of French roll buns for hamburgers. The family loved it!  The second one at my Mother In-laws the next day with the same people for her birthday. Not sure why we didn’t combine them to one day, but C’est la vie!
  • Sleep? what that? I don’t remember the last time I got a good nights sleep! When Tristan is home the alarm goes off at 4:30 or 5am so he can get to work on time. By the time he leaves the house I’m awake. Thank god for BookBub and their endless supply of free books every day!  I started reading when I can’t sleep. It’s a blessing and a curse. Because I like to read a full book in one day. I’m not very good at putting books down. Which almost made me late leaving the house one morning when I thought I hit snooze only to realize I turned off the alarm… Oops. I made it to work on time that day! Good thing I can get ready for work quickly when I have to!

So that’s my life in a nut shell. There’s a lot going on. I try to have grocery shopping and errands done Friday night, So I can spend the weekends at home relaxing. Once the car shopping is done, I’ll get my relaxing weekends back!  Until then I’ll just take things one day at a time!

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