I have plenty of fun family news and cute photos to post, but I gotta admit that my mind is heavy weighted right now. I have been feeling unmotivated, tired, impatient, and distracted.
Evidence: yesterday we raced home from church to drop Rob off at home so that the kids and I could run to a birthday party that I thought began at 2pm. I got there a few minutes before 2 and was the first to arrive so I had my choice of parking. I chose a spot in the shade and put my keys in my purse, making note of them so that I didn’t lock them in the car. I got out and went to open Aidan’s door first and realized it was locked (sometimes just the driver’s door unlocks). As I was going back to the drivers door to push the unlock button, I noticed a “no parking” sign on the fence near where I was parked. It looked like the neighbor just nailed it up there unofficially, and I suspected he didn’t have any legal right to do so. As I was contemplating the sign, I pushed the lock on the door and closed it. I went to open the (now unlocked, right?) back door and realized instantly that in my distraction I had locked ALL the doors with my keys and the KIDS inside!!!!
Even if I’d called Rob and had him have Bob drive him the 15 minutes north, we’d have been out of luck because when I dropped Rob off at home, we left his keys in the ignition, meaning that I had both sets of keys in my purse now… in the locked car. Cora was asleep and Aidan was confused but calm. I ran into our friend’s house (to startled expressions – poor guys!) and asked for a hanger or something to help. Got a hanger, attempted unsuccessfully to use it, and started wondering which window would be the cheapest to replace if I busted it out. Also almost started crying at the thought of how frustrating it would be for Rob to have to pay for something like that when we have so many other impending expenses.
Thankfully, my friend’s husband was less distracted than me and thought to call the police. Aidan was excited to see the police car arrive and watched raptly as they used their kit to break into my car. haha. Cora unfortunately woke up a few minutes after I locked the keys in and had been crying the whole time. She couldn’t even see me outside the window because I had lowered the hood on her seat to shield her from the sun. Broke my heart.
I’m very thankful it wasn’t any more of an ordeal than that though I feel so terrible for imposing on friends and policemen. Funniest part (as funny as these things are) is that when all had calmed and I was inside my friend’s house, they had to break the news to me that I was a whole hour early. *sigh*
So why the distraction?? Well, the process for procuring our home loan isn’t going so well. We are waiting to hear today how much the repairs that the underwriter is requiring would cost us. They want just about every tiny flaw in the house (including a hole in the dry wall in one of the closets) fixed BEFORE we can have the loan. Many of the things noted on the inspection were going to be repaired 2-5 years down the road, not in the next 30 days. We are going to have to make some tough decisions this week. We have to decide how much we are willing to put into this house, and we may have to decide if it’s worth pursuing a different type of loan (which would mean putting more money down). If we decide that it’s not, then we are back to square one. Find another house? Rent a different apartment? Buy a trailor home? Couch surf? ;)
Anyhow, hopefully my brain will be less fragmented later this week and you’ll get a better update. For now, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.