September 2016

20 Sept We lazed around this morning, and then I made boiled shrimp with corn and potatoes in the instant pot. Tj ate so much breakfast so late he wasn’t hungry for any. We played tangrams for a bit until it was time to take Tj to the airport. On the way home we stopped at goodwill and dirt cheap, and Max found a game for his 3DS for $6; he was thrilled. We went to Walmart to grab a few things and then went to the beach for a bit.

21 Sept We got up at 8 a.m….we really need to break this habit of staying in bed so late! Max did half an hour of school work while Jack did Gemini for 20 minutes, then we made breakfast and ate it. After that little break we did more school and on our next break Max and I decorated thank you notes. I made shrimp salad sandwiches for lunch and they were a hit again. We finished school around 4 o’clock and got to the beach around 5. I originally thought we would go to the beach everyday but now that plan does not excite me. I meant to bring a book today but forgot it so I read something off of my phone. I finally finished Rainbow Six and I’m eager to start one of the eight books! that Kelly gave me. I saw a couple who had an easel set up and wanted to go talk to the artist, but then I saw another couple of beachgoers approach them and talk about it and I didn’t want to bug them so I just left it. The three of us started swimming and just chatting for a bit and then Max asked me what I would do if he got stung by jellyfish. We were talking about that and believe it or not a jellyfish stung me! It got me on the left thigh above my knee, behind both of my knees and on the back of both of my hands. As soon as I realized what it was I tore out of the water telling Max to hurry up and get out because it was a jellyfish. Jack was floating in a shark inner tube so I grabbed one of the fins and just drug him up to the shore. There was a little girl playing there so I yelled up to her parents that I just got stung by a jellyfish. They just looked at me and then a little girl jumped in the water! I couldn’t believe it! When I finally got closer to the parents the Dad calmly said she’d gotten stung by jellyfish earlier today. Once I got things sorted out I laughed and told them I was going to cry like a little girl about getting stung by a jellyfish but that’s kind of hard to do after they told me their little girl got stung and she’s back to playing in the water. They laughed and I laughed and then we started talking about this and that. Come to find out he is a chef and she is an artist they homeschool their girl and they’re here on vacation. It was fun to chat with them for a little while. I did end up going back in the water when the jellyfish sting stop hurting.

22 Sept Today we decided to ride our bikes a little in the morning. The bad thing is since we get up so late it was late morning and it was already pretty hot. We left the house about 10:15, I guess we need to leave closer to 8 if we want to beat the heat! We rode to the mailbox to drop off our thank yous to Miss Amy and then just rode around a bit more. I wanted to ride my bike for exercise, but I just don’t think that’s possible with Jack. It was hard for him to get up the boardwalk, especially when he didn’t really want to. We came back to the bus close to noon and had leftover shrimp salad sandwiches after we all took showers and cooled down. Jack and I took a nap and Max started school. Now Max is finishing up his school and Jack is too. I’m about to go start making pizza for our supper.

23 Sept Jack often wakes up talking. This morning he said basketball…basketball…yes magnet…magnet.

Tonight he asked to go to sleep around 9 p.m.! This boy is worn out.

This is how life is with this nine year old boy with Down Syndrome. I know he’s smart, I know there’s a lot in there, he just hasn’t figured how to get it out yet. One day he will. This morning I came out of the bathroom to find that he’s knocked over a bottle of water because he threw his pj’s up in the air. I’m fussing at him; I thought he knocked over my diffuser for the second time and I’m worried about it breaking. I fuss a little bit and then he starts fussing with grunts and groans. I calm him down and say talk to me, tell me what you want to say. What do you want to say? I say very slowly. He says I want K-LOVE on please. We’re right in the middle of this discipline and he says he wants something completely unrelated. I know it’s funny, but it’s very frustrating that we still deal with things like this several times a day.

17 Sept Forgot to mention, during the first hour of our trip to Gulf Port TJ chipped his tooth!

18 Sept We went to the church our friends suggested this morning. The preacher asked our boys to help with the offering. He said they would call for us when it was time, and we could see where it was listed on the bulletin. But the song leader was actually the youth pastor, and he introduced the song and said something about the offering and we were unsure if that was the time for the boys go up! We sent Max upfront during the song to ask him if he wanted to take up the offering and and he said yes. Then at the end of this song/offering the pastor said, “Well, I guess that’s the first time we’ve ever taken up an offer without paying for it first!” So apparently the fill-in song leader should have told Max no. After church we went back to the bus and had lunch and then got to the beach around 2. We were there about an hour when it started raining and we came back to the bus.

I worked on the grocery list for a little bit and then went to Walmart by myself. TJ was feeling like burgers so I make sure to get some meat for that. He made some awesome burgers that we all enjoyed.

19 Sept Tj called first thing, about 9 a.m. to see if he could make an appointment for his tooth. The lady said she had an opening at 10 a.m. so we got moving really quickly. I packed some granola bars for the boys and TJ hopped in the shower. I made sure to bring the mattress pad we bought for Max last night because I needed to exchange it for a thinner one. The bed motor wouldn’t compress the 3-inch one enough, so now we have a 2 inch mattress pad.

TJ ended up being about 5 minutes late for his appointment, and it was so far away from the bus that the boys and I needed to find something to do. Just driving around I found a thrift store that we went in, but found nothing we had to have. On the way to Walmart to exchange the mattress we saw a McDonald’s with a playground so we stopped in there for a little bit. I bought the boys some pancakes and each of us a drink. As soon as I paid for it TJ texted me and said they could only file the tooth down a little bit, and that I needed to go right back and get him. So I let the boys play on the playground for about 5 more minutes and then we went to get TJ.

On the way back to the original Walmart we stopped at a putt putt golf to see if it was open and it was so we played 18 holes. After that we went to Tin Top restaurant recommended by John for lunch. We had tuna steak, fried fish, and the Reds. All was great. During the golf game TJ’s phone kept going off with other guys getting notified about their class day. Of course he was pretty antsy to get his email. On the way back to the truck from the restaurant he got his email; indoc starts October 10th. We still don’t know exactly what that means for us since his class date might not start immediately after indoc.

We went to Matt’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor and I got german chocolate ice cream in a sundae, heavenly! Then we finally went to Walmart to exchange that mattress. We went home and threw all our swimsuits on and headed right to the beach for a few hours. Saw 3 jellyfish, a turtle and some kind of ray in the water!

As soon as we got home from swimming I cut all 3 boys hair, then Max, Jack and I showered in the park’s showers to get all that hair and sand off. We had leftovers for supper and TJ was going to take the trash down to the dumpster afterwards but it started pouring right before we sat down to eat. It’s a good thing he waited! The boys are in bed now and we’re about to watch a show and hit the hay. Tj leaves for work tomorrow, it may be the last time he works for Atlas. He’ll probably give notice in a couple of days! In other news Papa has finally seen a doctor who says he’s seen the kind of pain he’s been experiencing for the last several months and he feels fairly confident that he can help Papa out.

8 Sept While watching TV the TV and back A/C went out! Tj was away, but I called him and he was available. He had me check the breakers under the bed. None of them looked flipped but I turned the correct one off and on again and everything worked! He’s my hero!

9 Sept The boys and I packed up school and laundry and went to Kelly’s to do wash. I brought tuna for lunch. I did school with Jack in her living room, and Max set up on the kitchen table where Kelly was also working. We took a break for lunch and watched TV. When school was over Kelly and Max went to get Avery and they played for a little while.

10 Sept (Saturday) We did school today. Wednesday we didn’t have any school so today was a catch-up day. I sat with Max while he wrote a couple of reports, and at the end of the day we went to a park for the boys to play in the water again.

11 Sept Since TJ was still away I found us a church to go to. One of the things that was advertised on the website about the church was a terrific organ and choir, and they didn’t lie. It was a beautiful church and it was awesome to sit there and listen to the wonderful music. One thing I didn’t notice till I was going to sleep Saturday night was that this church said that they have women ministers. I was too tired to find a different church so I made sure that the head pastor was male…I was fairly certain a guy would be preaching Sunday morning. Since we were only going to be going there for one service I let that slide. I’ll be more careful next time.

I found out I had to park in the parking garage and we got there just fine. I saw a man get out of his car and put his blazer on so I felt sure he was going to church, so I asked him if we could follow him in. Finding the church entrance connected to the parking garage wasn’t that hard, I just didn’t feel like walking around and looking for it. That turned out to be a mistake; he would not let us go! I know he was just being nice, he wanted to make sure that we found our seats and everything was okay, but when the service ended he pounced on us again and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I knew we could find our way back to the car no problem, and I had to tell him so at least six times!

We went to Walmart on the way home to pick up a few groceries, and on the way out I saw Heidi (from the campground)! I told her we’d be leaving on Tuesday, and it was a little bit sad that we didn’t get to know them better. Oh well, that’s the way living in the bus is going to go I guess.

12 Sept I left Max in the bus while Jack and I went to get Tj. In general I don’t plan to ever leave him alone, but we had been at the park for 2 weeks, and I was only going to be gone for about 40 minutes, and I wanted him to be able to finish his school work on time today.

I made chicken and potatoes in the instant pot; good but bland. TJ was pretty wiped out so he took a nap right after lunch while the boys and I did school. I think Max might need to be at the desk for school, so Jack and I set up the little white table in the living room with his blanket on the floor as a cushion. It worked pretty well. Max did a pretty good job with his school, he finished all but his report on Mexico, so TJ and I decided to go play some tennis.

This second lesson was much better than the first. I don’t know if I was just tired that day or I was hungry or what, but today we did a little bit better. I set the timer for 30 minutes and the time flew by! Afterwards we went to Cookout for a last hamburger here and it didn’t disappoint. We went back to the bus and worked around a little bit and then went to bed.

13 Sept We left the park around 12:30 p.m. It should take 4 hours or so to get to Mom’s, and another hour to get set up. We’re interested to see if the truck’s battery will be dead or charged when we get there. Max finished his school work around 1:30 today! We are completely caught up with all that he has to do, including all book reports, vocabulary words written and all objectives/goals written. The only thing I haven’t checked, and will try to start checking on Fridays, is that he’s written down every wrong answer correctly in his notebook. We’re a hundred percent caught up on all school work. Yippee kai yay! I’ve let it slide here and there so he could go to parks and play with friends, mostly just the handwriting and the projects, but as of today it’s all done. Whopee! I feel like such a grown up!

Sept 14 Alarm 7:30, went to Mom’s 9ish, waited for they guy to call saying the trailer was on it’s way to the storage unit. Tj called around 11 and again around 3. We went to Jo’s and put the gun safe together and plugged it in. We went to get a few groceries at Walmart, and to look at a foam mattress for Max’s bed. The boys have been roughhousing so much on his Coleman blow-up mattress that now the parts that tie the top and bottom together are coming undone, so he has a big bubble on one side of his mattress and the rest of it is flat. We’re hoping a 3-inch foam mattress will be comfortable enough and will compress enough to fit in the one and a half inch space allotted. If not I guess we get an extra mattress for our bed! Tj got a call at 4:40 saying the truck was an hour out. We dropped Jack off at Mom’s…she bathed both boys and took them to church. We waited in the storage facility for half an hour before the truck showed up around 6:10. Of course by then my BIL couldn’t help us anymore.

The truck with our household goods was packed to 25′, and by the time we left around 9pm we’d cleared 6′. Hopefully we’ll clear all the rest tomorrow! We drove to WM for milk and bread and then back to the bus. About 25 minutes from our site Tj remembered that the gate closed at 10 or 10:30!!! The GPS said we’d get to the bus at 9:58 so he felt we would have plenty of time. And we did.

15 Sept Started unpacking at 10:10, and finished at 8:20pm. It’s my mom’s birthday today and she came and helped us! She’s such an awesome mom!

Of course it was really hard work, and we both worked all day long. We probably stopped three or four times for 10 minutes or so each time to swig Gatorade, and once I folded up a couple of pieces of salami with a piece of cheese and that’s all we had for lunch. I had a handful of almonds 3 or 4 times, but we just wanted to get it all done, and we did. Thank God! My mom didn’t eat anything the whole time she was there! I can’t believe the three of us we’re able to move everything, but we did. Tj pulled more than his share of the load, obviously. I’m so thankful for such a wonderful husband who takes care of me. My dad watched the kids all day which was completely awesome as well. My parents have been such a great help to us this whole time. I’m so thankful to have them.

My mom left around 7 or 7:30. By this point everything was off of the truck, all of the heavy stuff was in the storage unit, and we just had to move all the boxes that we piled up outside of the truck into the storage units. She went through the McDonald’s drive-thru on the way home and when she got home Papa told her to go straight into the shower; she told him she couldn’t even do that, she had to sit down first. She worked her tail off with us today. When we finished up we went to Walmart to buy Max’s mattress but they were all out. Tj had ripped his jeans right at the crotch during the move so he stayed in the truck while I went inside.

When we got to Mom’s both the boys have been bathed and fed and Papa said we should just leave them there for the night, so we did. Mama had already offered that while we were working so I took them up on their offer. I bought mom a little lemon pound cake for her birthday, I wish I had thought to buy her some lemon curd instead, I’m sure that would have been a better gift. On our way home we went through the McDonald’s drive-thru and Tj got a Double Quarter Pounder with cheese for his meal. I was driving and decided to wait for bean dip and ruffles for my supper when we got back to the bus. We threw our stuff down and gathered stuff for a shower right away. I told TJ I wasn’t going to hurry the shower, I just wanted to let lots of water wash lots of dirt away. It felt so good! We slept pretty soundly tonight.

16 Sept Today’s our anniversary! We were pretty lazy and slept in and read our phones a good bit before getting up. Mama texted me at 8 a.m.! saying she had breakfast ready whenever we wanted to get there. I gathered all the laundry and we got there around 11am. Papa had put Max’s new tires on his bike, and in doing so he punctured one of the inner tubes. When TJ got back from buying a new inner tube we all sat down and had brunch. You just can’t beat Mama’s biscuits, bacon, sausage and of course the eggs fried in all the bacon grease! After that I started laundry and Max continued his school work. We hung around there all day. Mama enforced nap time and nobody was complaining, except Jack.

We watched the boys ride their bikes lots and lots on Mom’s driveway. And we met her new neighbors today too. They’re homeschoolers and their dad’s a swim coach. She was a special ed teacher; I may have to pick her brains for help about Jack. :-) Around 5 or so TJ started asking what we were eating for supper. We packed all our stuff up and said our goodbyes and thank-yous and headed off to a Mexican restaurant where I had the most amazing cheese and chorizo concoction.

We headed out to get ice cream after that and I got pulled over! I wondered if it was because I got into a right hand turn lane by crossing a solid line, but really the opportunity to drive on the dashed line was so tiny I felt insulted! When the cop came to my door he said it was because our tag light was out. Of course it seemed like he took forever to check my driver’s license, and I couldn’t remember which address of the 40,000 we have now I was supposed to say was our permanent address, but I must have checked out okay, he let me go with just a warning. After he left we went on to the ice cream shop. TJ opened the trunk and the light came on! Figures. We had our ice cream and then saw AutoZone across the street. I got out to open the trunk to make sure the light was on and this time it wouldn’t turn on. Figures. AutoZone closed right as we got there. So now we’re at O’Reilly which closes in an hour. What an adventure! TJ changed out our lights just a minute ago and we are good to go. We would have been pushing it to go to Walmart to get Max’s mattress and get back before curfew so Max slept on the couch tonight.

17 Sept We got on the road about 10:30am. Our planned fuel stop was too close to empty to be comfortable so I searched and found one that’s a little bit closer in LaGrange, Georgia. Hopefully we’ll be at the beach in about 6 hours.

Now that we’ve been driving a few hours we’re getting better gas mileage than the bus estimated, so we’ll go on to our previously scheduled fuel stop in Montgomery. It’ll be just under half way to the beach! Jack keeps asking for “vacation” and “swim all night long” and “swim byself” which makes us laugh.

4:45pm and we just pulled up to the campground to check in. Things got a little hairy there for a minute; right at the last 5 miles their signage was confusing and I was writing what Jack was saying and TJ missed his turn. But it’s all good now.

We set up probably the quickest we ever had and threw on our swimsuits and headed to the beach! We got some good family selfies and Jack got knocked down by giant waves a couple of times. We also saw but didn’t disrupt 2 weddings on the beach, so all was good. We came back to leftover spaghetti and Pioneer Woman’s butter bread. Yum! Now we’re all clean, the boys are in bed, and I’m about to go there myself.

Our mileage is 4710.

Friday
Tj didn’t think to check on the status of the house until after business hours. Ugh, now we have to wait all weekend to see if our paperwork was all in order!

Sunday
I texted Kelly last night to see if we could go to church with her. She didn’t respond until this morning, and said she mostly watches church online, but would come with us if we wanted to go. We decided to just watch our own church online. Later she said she had a book with a list of free parks for us to go to if we wanted, so we stopped by her house for a chat and to pick that up after lunch.

Tuesday
We brought TJ to the airport this morning, and then we headed on down to Mom’s with all of our dirty laundry. I was so surprised that we had accumulated 6 loads of laundry in just a week! I went ahead and washed the sheets off of our bed because Tj got bitten all over his feet by something. We’ve never figured out what it was and it never spread, but I didn’t want to take any chances at that point.

Thursday
Mom, Jack and I got up early this morning to go help Jo’s boys get ready for the bus. After that we dropped Jack off at the house with Pawpaw and went on to check on the storage unit. Then we Goodwilled all morning…I made a good haul at Goodwill: wooden balance toy for the boys, the bucket I was looking for for TJ, Nordic Ware bunt muffin tin that I had seen that another Goodwill but finally bought, a couple of books for Max, and a wooden motorcycle for Max. We ate lunch at Captain D’s. When we got back to Mom’s I immediately packed everything up and headed back to the bus. When we were about 20 minutes away I saw a Goodwill so we stopped. I was so excited to find two Hooked on Phonics sets for Jack. They were not complete so I scoured the racks and found one more book to add to it, and 4 Bob books that were a little more advanced than I thought. All told it cost me $2!

That night after Max’s shower he smelled so good! He said there was so much extra deodorant pushed up that he just put it all over his chest. Heh. Jack later said, “That’s a ball.”

Friday
Friday was a nice normal day at home. We all did school and then Kelly invited us over for grilling out. I asked what I could bring and stopped at Walmart to pick it up and also bought us a venus fly trap!

Saturday
We got up late, as we have been doing this whole time, and while the boys made breakfast I packed up to go to Ijam’s park. We finally left the house at 11 and had a really good time there. We went to a little play area that was great for Jack, then we walked a mile around the whole place, then we found a park bench under a huge tree to eat our lunch. It was perfect. The boys played again for a little while, then we headed to Aldi for a few groceries and back to the bus. Max was excited to get home and to play Minecraft, and I was excited to get home and update my blog finally after so long!

I was looking over my notes and we had the house on the market for 6 weeks when we signed the contract, and it was 6 weeks that we argued and fought tooth-and-nail over the contract before we closed, and a total of three weeks from the start of Tj hearing about the FedEx interview to him actually getting the job. It just all seems so crazy!

4 Sept We picked TJ up at the airport this morning and have been enjoying just regular everyday life. Max went to Kelly’s for a sleepover tonight since tomorrow is Labor Day.

5 Sept We picked Max up around 1 and went to Marco’s for some pizza. I was so excited to see Marco’s here! We brought the boys swimsuits so after that we went to McFee Park that had a big splash pad. The boys roll down the hill several times, and even TJ did it once.

6 Sept At the park Tj makes Jack carry his bike, Jack says, “It’s too hurt!!!” He says several things like that, and they all make me laugh.

7 Sept The plan: brunch at Pete’s in downtown Knoxville, then to Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park. Brunch was awesome: TJ and I got breakfast bowls with scrambled eggs, ham, sausage and home fries smothered in cheese and sausage gravy, with a biscuit on the side. Sharp’s Ridge turned out not to be what we were hoping for. We thought it would have several nice Knoxville over-looks; instead it had several signs saying not to cruise the place, and we saw a police car sitting and waiting.

Since that park was a bust we decided to try Fort Kid Park. This was an awesome place for the boys (TJ included) to get some exercise. We’ll go home in a little bit and start school in the air conditioning. The weather is not too bad right now, 88 degrees. Of course I’m sitting down blogging this, not running around.

This turned out to be our Saturday. I had some Kroger gift cards to use up so we headed there and then I had a grocery list so we all went to Walmart and picked up my prescription and groceries. We also bought a couple of tennis rackets and a set of balls. We got home and unloaded our groceries and TJ found us a tennis court with a playground nearby. TJ and I played for half an hour, and he and Max played for about 40 minutes. We were going to watch a movie tonight, but it might be time just to go home, eat supper, shower and get in the bed.

Monday August 22
We left the base around 8:15 and when we got to our house Gran and Papa already had the trailer hooked up and were just about to leave, so we got to say goodbye to them again. Damon came by this morning and brought chocolate milk, orange juice, cold frappaccinos, donuts and a jalapeƱo bacon croissant for us. He and Tj sat and talked for a bit while I crammed everything into our fridge and freezer.

It’s 10:17 a.m. and we just passed First Baptist Church right on the corner. We’ve had a good eight and a half years here, I hope wherever the Lord leads us treats us just as good. We’re on our way to the scales to see how much this bad boy ways. Mileage on the bus is 4161. We’ll get gas at the weigh station as well.

Well, we’re finally on the road to Memphis; I just got off the phone with my mom telling her the story at 12:12 p.m. What craziness we just went through! We just went to weigh with no problem. We had to loop around the whole gas station to find non diesel gas pumps. The pumps were situated so we had to make a 90-degree left turn to get to them. More than halfway through the turn Tj was worried about the bus hitting a bollard on his backside. He asked me to get out and check and he was a quarter of an inch away from hitting it! I tried to help him pull it around but we just ended up hitting it. We decided the best course of action would be to unhook the truck and drive it separately, and that proved to be a real obstacle. I offered to start the truck up and move it about an inch so that we could unhitch it from the bus, and that’s when we found out the truck was dead! This weigh station was only half an hour drive from our house in Cabot, and we didn’t think there was any way we could have drained the battery in that short a trip. Also, this is not our first time towing the truck and we didn’t see why the battery would have drained in the first place.

After 5 or 10 minutes of struggling to unhook the truck without being able to move it I walked to the bus door and told Max to put his electronics down and just say a prayer, that we really needed some help. About a minute later a man walked up and asked if we needed help! Tj was making some headway with the pin but it was super slow, so he told the guy we needed a hammer. As he turned to go get some tools he looked at me and asked if we were all prayed up! I laughed and said yes, you must be an angel, I just asked our boys to pray for some help. By the time he came back with some tools Tj had the pin out. The guy and I pushed the truck back and then Tj drove the bus around to jump my truck off. Another guy came up and told me he had some screws to screw the bumper of the bus back on. I thanked him profusely and was headed back to Tj when he gave me a sob story about how he had a eight-month-old and a 2 year old and his water pump just broke and his wife left their debit card on top of the gas pump at the last gas station and he couldn’t get money transfer for another forty-eight hours and he just didn’t have $48 blah blah blah. He started working on the bumper while Tj was jumping off my truck. It took several tries, my truck was dead! I realized then that I had left the headlights on and that’s what drained the battery (but in that short a ride??).

Another dude came up to talk about that time, he had a foreign accent and said several times God was watching over us and also that he really liked our bus :-) Tj finally got the truck started so I moved it to a parking space and told Max to go sit in it and to leave it running all the time. I took Jack inside to pay for the weigh and go to the bathroom. Tj drove the bus across the street to an easier to access gas pump. As he got ready to pull into the first spot a small car whipped around and took it from him. He drove the bus around and ended up getting a pump that faced the street. I gave the guy that fixed our bumper $50 and then he told me he was an ordained minister. He kept talking about how he was doing this for good karma; I finally told him do it for God not for karma.

We got to our spot in Memphis and Tj got us all set up and we headed out to his hotel. Halfway there we realized we forgot his interview suit, so back over the Mississippi River we went. That night I tried to settle in as much as possible, I straightened up all the food as best I could.

Tuesday
I straightened up most of the clothes and cleaned the toilets. We had lunch outside and then went to Dirt Cheap to see if we could find some games for M’s 3DS. While pulling into the parking space Nicole texted us to give her a call…we had house problems. Ugh. They had the final walk-through that day and there was obvious water damage that hadn’t been fixed with Tj’s toilet fix. The inspector said it would take another $2,000 to fix that damage for good. The buyers were also angry that we left the house a mess, they were upset about the swollen windowsill in our bedroom, and the wallpaper was torn where the armoire had stuck to it. I told her a house cleaning wasn’t in the contract, I didn’t vacuum after the move nor clean the bathrooms. It wasn’t a pigsty, but it wasn’t freshly cleaned either. I said that the windowsill hadn’t been hidden and the time to discuss that was over, and I was sorry about the wall paper but I didn’t know what to do. I told her we were responsible for the bathroom and would pay to fix it, but we wouldn’t do anything about the other stuff. She said she and the other realtor would cover the cost of the little stuff if we took care of the bathroom. Man! I can’t wait till this is over!

That took all the fun out of my shopping at DC and Goodwill (which was next door). We ran to WM to get groceries and then got gas and went home. The next morning I saw that I hadn’t screwed the gas cap on the truck! I can’t wait till life settles down and I get my head screwed on right again! I’m trying to use up all the self-rising flour I have so I made pizza dough out of it. Tonight I learned that the stove has a broiler and the right way to use it…without setting anything on fire I didn’t mean to! Yea me!

Wednesday
Jack fell out of the bed last night! Guess he won’t be sleeping with Max any time soon. He sleeps with me when Tj isn’t here cause it’s just easier. We slept till 8am! We’ll get back into a schedule some time.

Max started school at 11 a.m. and finished his five main subjects by 3 p.m. Amy asked if he could play Minecraft then and he got to play with his friends for a while. Jack and I were doing school and not long after that Tj texted me and asked me to start driving to pick him up. I rushed around to lock up the bikes and lock up the bus and pick him up. At this point he didn’t know if he got the job or not and was still in interview mode so he was talking very calmly and coolly. It was strange; I wanted him to show some emotion but he was still on FedEx property. I picked him up and we headed right to the FedEx place where we were planning to print and notarize the closing documents. He texted Nicole back and forth about the whole deal and after we had been sitting in the parking lot for a few minutes we heard that we wouldn’t get the closing documents tonight. The notary wasn’t going to be there until 10:30 the next morning so we got ready to head home. Right in the middle of all that mess Tj got the phone call that he got the FedEx job!! After all our work that we could do right then was settled we headed back to the bus so Tj could change out of his suit; then we went to Colton’s to have a steak. I got the filet mignon again, but it wasn’t quite as good as the one I’d had the week before. On our way home Tj decided we should go ahead and print out the closing documents so we can read them and sign what we could sign on our own in the bus tonight.

Thursday
We set the alarm for 7:30 and Jack got up in our bed at 7:15 a.m. We got up and cleaned up a little bit and went to the UPS office…Tj made an appointment last night to meet with a notary. Not long after we got there Jack said he had to go to bathroom and he really seemed like he had to, so I asked the UPS lady where the bathroom was and she said they didn’t have one. I walked left out of the building past a closed store or two to the Baskin Robbins and even though it wasn’t open I asked if I could use theirs; they said they were having plumbing problems. I walked right all the way around the building and past several more closed stores. The pet store wasn’t open yet, Party City said they were having plumbing troubles and that they use Pet City! By this time I was pretty fed up (it was a large building and the sun was shining down right on us) and I really wished Jack had just peed on the UPS floor.

We finished getting the closing documents signed and had them shipped off. We all got in the truck and drove right behind the building to the Kroger where Jack and I went inside to go to the bathroom. We went to the bus after that and got it ready to head out. After we were on the road about 2 minutes Tj asked where the jetpack was, our little Wi-Fi hotspot. I knew the last place I put it but many hours have passed and I still haven’t been able to find it. We have about 2 hours left to drive to get to Knoxville. It’s rained off and on a little bit but for the most part it hasn’t been too bad. Max’s lucky, since I can’t find that hotspot he’s not doing school today.

1pm Nicole says the buyers signed!!! Woot!

I made lunch while Tj drove…sandwiches and chips. I put the cream rubber rug cushion on the table and none of the plates slipped at all. Fancy! I’m really looking forward to life slowing down. When we stopped to get gas (at a place we looked up online to make sure we could maneuver in easily) Tj and I tore as much of the place apart to find the jetpack…no dice. But I did get a Cinnabon here :-)

The park in Memphis was really nice…every spot had a tree, and we faced the water. This place is just a trailer park! I was pretty disappointed. But this was all Tj could find at short notice especially considering Labor Day weekend will happen while he’s at work. He got us all set up outside and started on the electronics inside. He took the kitchen seating apart and found the jetpack!!! We’ll have to get some velcro to attach it in place while we travel.