The best news: the life insurance realized they were at fault, and paid the full amount of Baden's life insurance policy! It only took me calling a lawyer for some advice and finding out if they didn't honor it, it would be breach of contract and we'd get a lot more than the amount of the policy.
We've also decided to add on to our house. This has been in process for several months. We closed last Wednesday, so now we're just waiting on our contractor! Our home currently is about 890 square feet. Our addition will be 500 square feet - doubling our main floor!! I'll finally have an area to do my work and my studying in! And the kids will have separate bedrooms. And we'll have a second bathroom! It's just a half bath, but it's still another bathroom!! :)
In spite of the extremely hot summer we've been having, the kids have been busy! What have they been doing? Well they have...
spent a day at 'Art In The Park' doing free arts, crafts, tie-dying, face painting, and watching a puppet show,
rode bike in a kiddie parade,
had a party (I LOVE this expression!!)
to celebrate Scrappy's birthday,