Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Well, we have the house up for sale. It's been on the market for almost 3 months. It's a tough market and I am trying to stay patient... Ray is still looking for a job. The overseas job fell through. It was an extremely long 9 month process, all for naught. It's a difficult time to be looking for work. He has a few prospects, so we are keeping our fingers crossed. We've had a busy couple of months since I last posted. Keeping our house ready for showings all the time is exhausting... but it's the cleanest it's ever been! :) I have been working in Wilkes-Barre 2 days a week. It's a very long and boring drive.Kate has been playing volleyball with the high schoolers this summer... and doing VERY well! I think she has found her new love. Sean is still dating Brianna and he's working at Smokey Bones. Ray and I decided in May to make a lifestyle change. We knew we wanted to lose weight, but we want to do it the right way. We started counting calories and using the fitness pal app. Ray is down 37 lbs and I am down 23 lbs, to date. At first I was a little frustrated that he was losing more, but he is walking every day and really working hard. I am so proud of him. Kate graduated 7th grade with flying colors. She finished the J-Stroke volleyball season (thank goodness). I can honestly say that she improved, but she was not happy that a few of her teammates quit and they didn't win a single match. She had a great basketball season. Coach Marty loves her play and tenacity! She had a very successful soccer season this fall. She made the varsity team and actually played most junior varsity games to help them out. She hates sitting on the side lines! The coaches really appreciated her dedication. We went to Florida in April to look for houses. We determined the neighborhoods and schools we want to live in. We got a great feel for the neighborhoods all times of the day. We looked at a few houses and have a few in mind. We will be ready to move on them as soon as we hear something. We aren't taking any major vacations this year with the potential move, but we went to Hershey Park, went on Uncle Mark's boat in the Cheasapeake, and went camping. We went to the Flower Show in Philly again this year. It wasn't the best, but it was definitely enjoyable. Ray turned 50 in June. Hard to believe!! He still acts like a kid!! ;) Dad retired at the end of June. Mom through a surprise retirement party for him and invited old co-workers from Penco and Eastern Lift. She also invited old neighbors and family. It was a great time! I got to see people I have seen in years! And the best part was that she actually pulled off the surprise!! I don't think Dad has every been surprised before... he usually figures out when we try to surprise him or what we get him as gifts. We had a very nice time on 4th of July with Michelle and Randall at Jeremy & Carla's house in Wyomissing. The parade was nice and the fireworks in West Reading were FANTASTIC! For being such a small borough, we sure do put on a nice display. I have been participating in the Berks County Circle Journal. It's been nice getting together with old scrap buddies and being creative. I can't wait to have a dedicated space for scrapping again. It's been so exciting since the Summer Olympics started! I get so emotional and patriotic during the games. GO USA!!!!