I feel like we're living in limbo. I've been packing up the house for the past two weeks and all I have left are the everyday essentials. I'm anxious to close on the house as soon as possible but I guess it'll be the first week of February at the earliest.
Cora is doing remarkably well. That little girl is a miracle through and through! Just last week Ginette asked if we wouldn't mind participating in a class that she's teaching at Eastern Washington University. She's recently gone back to school for her doctorate and she wanted to use Cora for one of her classes. She said, "It's really interesting how Cora looks on paper - lots of defects and abnormalities and specialists involved with her care. Yet if you look at her as a person, you'd never know she had anything wrong with her." Absolutely true!!! Everyday I'm shocked watching all of the things she does and how she's catching up on her milestones at hyper speeds. She's coming right along with her peers and I don't know what this next year will hold for her (surgeries?) but she's come so far and shocks me with her abilities. Oh and that smile?! She's the happiest little girl with the best disposition. She completely lights up my life!
Kimball is very anxious to go to the new house, he's already been telling me stuff he wants in the yard. We're all extremely anxious to get out of this neighborhood but it'll really benefit him the most. He's still got a little defiant/naughty streak in him where he whines incessantly and is mean to Cora, but I think the majority of that is due to cabin fever, cloudy days, and no yard.
Lance has been so busy at work, putting in so many hours at work. They're so short staffed and have been since November, it's really taken a toll on Lance. He's stressed and overwhelmed and stretched far too thin. He's got his regular managerial responsibilities as well as funeral directing, embalming center managing, sales, and anything else that needs done - at the other locations that are short staffed. He's picking up the slack for everyone without praise or compensation. But with it being about three months since he's been stretched this thin, it's taking a toll and I don't know how much longer he can last with this much pressure. He's SO good at his job and is a remarkable manager and employee; he's had several co workers who've told him if anything happens to him then they are quitting, they all love Lance. He's a good provider for us and works his tale off, not for the company so much (although they benefit from his hard work) but for the families. It's breaks his heart seeing families who don't get what they paid for or deserve when it's the company's fault for being short staffed. Anyway my point is, I'm very grateful for what he does for our family and for other families who grieve. I'm grateful that he's got the integrity and decency to do what's right on behalf of grieving families. That says a lot about a person.
Because Lance has been working so much, I don't get much of a break with the kids. I try not to complain because I know Lance needs to do what he needs to do. Tonight was so nice because he played with the kids and put them to bed without me, he hasn't seen the kids all week so I know they loved it as much as I did!