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Remaining Stagnant

For the last 2 years, I have been in this funk or a rut. I feel like I am remaining stagnant. The longer I am here, the more I feel like I am unable to get out of this funk. I feel alone here. I feel tired. I just don’t feel myself. By remaining stagnant, I am not helping my children. I’m tired of submitting to this awful feeling.

So what does remaining stagnant have to do with anything? Well, I’m currently conditioning my mind to start over with our move, our new house, and all the space we’ll have available to us.

I’m really looking forward to being in Loudoun County. The schools in our area have great ratings. So I’m looking forward to them getting settled in and growing roots for the first real time in their lives. We know our house isn’t our dream home, so this is just a starter home. We plan on being there for about 10 to 12 years, while paying off the house. Once we’ve paid it off, we can use it for rental income and we can then move forward to buying our dream home (even if that means that we have to have one built for us).

I’m already trying really hard to eat better, but that really isn’t going to do much for me if I’m not active. Being here has ruined any kind of motivation I’ve had to lose weight, to better myself as an individual, etc. So I’m ready to get moving and get this show on the road. For the sake of my children I need to get back to the old me. I cannot keep on this path of remaining stagnant, my kids deserve the best.

By starting fresh in a new place, I’ve got to explore. I’ll be setting up a small home gym in the garage. Treadmill, punching bag, weight bench, free-weights, etc. All of which I have either in storage or my brother has offered to me since he is not using them anymore. So I have no reason not to workout once we move and I set everything up. I just will have to get up at 4am with Kevin. I’ll be working out and he’ll be getting ready for work.  I’ll be able to take my laptop out to the garage for some music and/or to use for BeachBody Workouts Videos.

I’ll also be spending more time doing things other than sitting on my butt. I have to be more active if I wish to lose weight and keep it off. I have to eat healthier and actually stop skipping meals. So I’ve already got containers for meal prepping, I have two digital kitchen scales to weigh my proteins for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. I have a Ninja Blender to make shakes. I’m doing everything I can to set myself up for success from the get go. We just have to get into our new home. If I start out on the right foot, then I think I’ll be able to keep myself on track.

We’re going to cut back on eating out (me not wanting to cook, so I order pizza) and also cut way back on my soda consumption. I’m also going to start buying a massive amount of fresh veggies and shrimp, so I can steam them daily for my lunches and dinners. Basically, I’m doing everything I can to keep myself motivated and preparing for the changes ahead.

There will be no option for me to allow myself the opportunity to continue to remain stagnant. I am moving away from this place and cannot wait to reunite with our family. We’re moving on to bigger and better things. I’m moving on to a better and healthier me! I just have to survive the next few weeks of “torture” and then we should be smooth sailing.

I know that there will be a time where I post a “before & after” photo. But I will probably also post during photos! But only time will tell. At this time, I cannot make any promises, as I don’t want to let anyone down.

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It’s a Sauna in Here!

I was trying to get ready for my dentist appointment for this afternoon. With all the kids home and only me here to keep an eye on them, I have to do things in stages. So I decided to start with my hair. I put Ryleigh in her playpen, grabbed my hair straightener and went to the bathroom so I had a mirror. I turned my straightener on it’s max setting of 400 degrees because I have thick, coarse hair. I started sectioning off my hair and combing through it to get all the knots out. Once I got through the first layer of hair, it was already a sauna in the bathroom with the door open and the exhaust fan on!!!

I made it to the top layer of hair (my fourth section of hair) and just couldn’t take it any longer. The sweat was just rolling down my back. Ugh, I hate that feeling! Yuck! Sad part is, I just got a shower this morning before the kids got up! I have to get a shower every morning because the moment we get in our room every night, is the moment we start sweating! It’s like a sauna in there too!

I wasn’t even in the bathroom with the door open for 10 minutes and it pretty much instantly became a sauna.

The kids spend most of their time in their room, I spend a lot of time in mine and Kevin’s room because that’s where my computer is located. I have all my editing software for photos and video on it. So I tend to spend a lot of time there. Kevin spends a lot of time in the living room with Zachary and Ryleigh because it has the most space for them to run and play.

It’s so hard living in someone else’s home and not being able to make changes to the heating and air conditioning settings for fear of upsetting/pissing someone off. We’re going to have to draw the line somewhere, I can’t take living in a sauna for another year! We’re used to having our A/C set down to 64 degrees at night and max of 70 degrees during the day when we were in Virginia.

The temperature of this house is killing me, I’m tempted to go get my hair cut. I’m tired of dealing with all this hair, with the heat, and these kids! One less thing for me to worry about, all I’ll have to do is run a brush through it, a take all of 5 to 10 minutes using my hair straightener instead of 30+ minutes trying to straighten it all!

In about two hours, I’m going to try and get Ryleigh down for a nap so I can go put on makeup. Hopefully that won’t take me too long. As I don’t want to spend 20 more minutes in a sauna.

While this is a stressful living situation for my kids, my husband and myself; we are very thankful that we have a place to live for the time being. We’re trying not to over-stay our welcome, but it’s getting close. Our anxiety levels are through the roof and our marriage is starting to suffer a little bit.

We were really hoping to be out of here before the school year starts in August 2015, but I’m not sure that it’s going to happen. We’re still hoping for the best and doing all that we can to make that happen.

Well I’d better go finish my hair. Head on over to our YouTube Channel, leave a comment, rate and subscribe! Subscription is free! So click that button, so you can see what’s happening in the Delancey  Family’s Journey to Home-Ownership!


Canon Vixia HF R600


For the last month or so, Kevin and I have been discussing the idea of buying a new “vlog camera” that doesn’t have a retractable lens.
I have a little FujiFilm FinePix Z90.. but it has a few drawbacks.
The FinePix Z90, has a slide down face plate that covers the lens, this also is how it’s turned on. If I left this in my purse to capture snippets of video of my little ones, 90% of the time the battery was dead when I went to use it. It was always opening in my purse, draining the battery, and of course I didn’t know it.
It’s a decent “vlog” camera. It’s a shame that it doesn’t allow me to change more settings, but for less than $50 (before taxes)… it isn’t horrible. Plus, if you’re known for breaking cameras, this would be one of those you could easily replace because of it’s cost. If you’re just getting into vlogging this could also be a cheaper way to see if you like making videos.
Right now, I’m still waiting for the Canon Vixia HF R600 to charge. It takes 5 hours and 35 minutes according to the instruction manual. So I can’t really say how I feel about it just yet. But the reason we bought a camcorder versus a compact digital camera is because it doesn’t have a retractable lens. Once a retractable lens gets off track, the camera is basically useless. So you’re out about $110+ for a Canon PowerShot Elph model. The other reason we bought a camcorder over a compact digital camera (point and shoot) is because the majority of them do not have articulating screens. So you can’t see if you’re in focus or if you’re in the video or not.
From time to time, I may use the FujiFilm FinePix Z90 as long as the battery is charged. Maybe I’ll use it for when I go out by myself, I can vlog without having to carry the camcorder. We’ll see, it mainly depends on the difference in the quality of the video footage between the Z90 or the HF R600.
If you’re a vlogger, what’s your favorite camera/camcorder/phone to record your videos with? I’d really love to know, so leave me a comment below!


Welcome!

You should check it out, if you haven’t already!

We’re the Delancey’s! We have 5 crazy awesome kids (you can see all of them in the video above). This is our life and no matter how crazy it can be at times, we do our best to enjoy all the ups and downs.

The only thing we’d change is not having a place to call home! If only we can find a home builder to help us achieve our dreams of home ownership of a house that is safe for our children and that fits our needs when it comes to our family size.

Please help us make Delancey Dream Home a reality instead of a dream!

We don’t expect to receive things for free, we want to work for them! As you can see, I (Victoria) have some skills when it comes to creating videos. I think I could have done way better if I had brought out the tripod to give my shots a more steady look. I’m still working on learning some awesome transitions from one clip to the other. But I’m working on it. It’s hard to work when your computer is in your bedroom and you spend more time in a common room of the house because of the kids.

Once we get a house of our own, I’ll be able to edit without any problems because I’ll be putting the desktop in the room our family spends most of our time. That way I can edit while the kids play, watch t.v. and nap. But for now all my editing time is in the evenings after Kevin gets home and after we have dinner, weekends, or early mornings when the kids are still in bed.

I was thinking about learning iMovie so I could edit in other rooms, but I want all my videos to be edited with the same software. That way the all have the same look and feel to them. Plus I really like Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 (yes, it’s old but its mine and I like it).

This weekend I’ll be working on our regular video intro.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some more fun footage of this weekend’s festivities, maybe a trip to get some ice cream, watch some fireworks, etc. Although I’m not sure how the fireworks are going to work out because little miss Ryleigh doesn’t handle loud noises well when she’s awake. So we may not get to see fireworks. If we can’t go see the fireworks, we’ll do some sprinklers & something else fun for all the little ones (an art project).

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Living the American Dream

While Kevin and I want to live the American Dream, right now we’re far from living the American Dream. Days like today, make me miss our military life so much. Granted, we didn’t have a house that was ours, it was just a rental. But we had a place to temporarily call home. A place where our kids had space to play, space to grow and learn, and space to call their own.

Right now the kids have no space to do much of anything, no space to run, craft, play video games with the Kinect (xbox360) that they got for Christmas while we were still in Virginia (2012) or the Wii. There isn’t much of a backyard for them to play in, so they don’t get to go outside very often. The kids hate being in the house all the time. Our oldest son wants a tree house, our youngest son and daughter would enjoy a swing set with slide, all the kids would enjoy a little above ground pool during the spring and summer months. Kevin would love to have a place to entertain and grill (an outdoor pizza oven would be a nice thing to have as well). I’d love to have somewhere to plan my lilac bushes (all three of them), some morning glories, and a few little trees where we can hang some bird feeders. I’d love to have a gazebo, as well so I can use that for some portrait photography sessions.

In all reality, we just want a place to call home. A place of our own. We just want a roof over our heads, that has enough bedrooms & bathrooms that isn’t riddled with asbestos and lead based paint for our family of 7. Then we’ll be living our American Dream. Everything else is just a bonus for us. Having lived in military housing with the basic bare minimum for living arrangements, everything else is just an upgrade for us. Not a necessity, but a luxury.

I just hope we’ll be able to live our American Dream sooner than later. Our kids need the space to grow, play, and learn. Kevin and I need the space for our sanity, ha. Living with someone else, plus our 5 children has been a challenge. I’d love to see our kids cut back on the arguing because they don’t have any space to call their own. I’m dying to give them all their things back that are in storage.

I just want to give our kids some normalcy back. I’d also like to have some normalcy back in my life.

Right now, we feel like we’re stuck in limbo land with nothing to call our own. Hoping that things will change so we can finally start living our lives the way we want to live them. All we need to do is find a home builder that can help us achieve our goal of home ownership.

 


YouTube Earnings

Since I just posted my first two videos on YouTube under Delancey Dream Home’s Channel, my YouTube earnings are very small. But as time goes on, I gain subscribers, more views, and more; our YouTube earnings will increase. I posted our first video 1 week ago and have made an entire PENNY! While this may not seem like much, but that money will add up and will eventually be part of the way we pay for our dream home.

Everyone is always curious about others YouTube earnings. I’m guilty of this because I know YouTube can be a lucrative way to earn money, while still being home with my children. Everyone’s earning potential is different because it rests on so many different factors (i.e. what ads are playing or posted on/near your video, how many views you get, how many people click those ads, etc). It’s all a game of numbers. But if you know how to come up with good content, how to get your videos seen, produce good quality videos, and gain loyal subscribers/viewers.. then you should have no problem earning big bucks in no time at all.

So what are we going to be doing with our YouTube Earnings? Well right now they are so small that they’re just going to add up in my Adsense account, until they reach the payout amount set. Right now I have mine set for $500 instead of the $100 threshold that Adsense has already set up. I will probably be changing the threshold to a higher amount once I start earning more money, that way I’m not touching it until we are ready to use it for our dream home. I also have my Adsense account set up for my blogs (I have 5 blogs; all have different niches). Plus I have 4 other YouTube Channels set up with my Adsense account. So as my YouTube Channels grow, my YouTube earnings grow. As my blog traffic increases, my earnings form my blogs grows. Now none of this will ever make me rich (unless somehow one of my videos goes viral). I can dream, right? 😉

So what am I doing to help increase my YouTube Earnings? Well I’m starting off by researching videography tips on YouTube. This is a great resource for learning DIY things regarding videography/filmmaking. Being a photographer, I already have the basics for filmmaking/videography. I have the cameras, the lighting, the tripod, and more.

The next thing people need to learn is how to title, tag their videos, and where to post their videos so they will rank high in search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc) and on YouTube. Video SEO (YouTube SEO) is an important part of getting your video seen. People have to be able to find it. If your video shows up on the first search page on YouTube, you’re more likely to get more views than someone who is on page 3 or beyond. People don’t like to really search for things, they want it all right on the first page. So YouTube SEO is important. I’m still learning, researching, and trying out new ways to rank my videos and blogs. But soon I hope to be on Google’s 1st page for all of my blogs & YouTube channels. I’ll take what I can get for right now.

So as you can see YouTube Earnings are based on lots of different figures and variables. So while I may have earned a penny in one week, someone may earn $1 in a week. Now I can’t discuss anymore than how much I earn. Meaning I can’t tell you what my CPM, RPM, etc. All I can tell you is that it really takes time, dedication, knowledge, and know-how. If you’re looking to start a YouTube channel, don’t just jump in and expect to make money right away. Do your research, create content that people will want to watch, and just be yourself.

Thanks for stopping by to see what Delancey Dream Home’s first penny earned on YouTube.

 

 


Hot Cocoa & Early Morning Soccer

We’re up way to early for Summer break, but when your 3 year old and your 1 year old get up before the sun comes up, you get up with them. They’ve been changed, dressed, and fed. Now they’re both content playing and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on DVR.

I’m sitting here with a nice warm cup of hot cocoa, watching Zachary (our 3 year old) kick his new soccer ball around the room. No matter how early he or Ryleigh wake me or Kevin up, we cherish every moment we get with them. Because these little moments won’t last forever and tomorrow is never promised.

Since it’s pretty quiet in the house, I thought I’d post a new blog. I know I’ve wrote one everyday for the last few days. But things have really been on my mind now that the kids are home for Summer Break. I’m also surfing the web, looking at furniture for our dream home. As much as I don’t want to buy new furniture, I know that our old furniture won’t fit in with a new home. It may be saved for the basement, so the kids can use it. If anything gets spilled on it, it won’t be a problem. But for the main portion of the house, I want to buy new couches/loveseats/chairs. I want to DIY a farmhouse style dining room table with benches on the long side instead of chairs. I’ll have to get Kevin a table saw, because we don’t have the space for one of those at the moment.

Once we get our dream home, we’re going to make the kids custom loft beds, with a couch, desk, and shelf-unit. So they have more space to move in their rooms. Plus they can have somewhere to sit when they watch T.V., somewhere to do homework, etc. Hopefully, we can find some corporate sponsors to help us reach our goal of home-ownership.

Well since it’s Summer break, I guess I should make a nice breakfast for the other kiddos. They only eat cereal and pop-tarts during the school week. So now I need to step my mommy-game up and make them something delicious in the mornings. Since I have some time before they get up, I think I’ll make some homemade cinnamon buns (Cinnabon Style) with cream cheese icing.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Monday. We’re going to try and make the best of the day.

 


Not the Only Ones

I know we’re not the only ones who have slipped through the cracks after getting out of the military. We sure won’t be the last to slip through the cracks either. It’s a shame that the men and women who serve our Country are forced out with nothing to fall back on but a little bit of money and 6 months worth of medical insurance. Hell they only get 2 years worth of MWR benefits (gas station on base, commissary, bowling/movie theater, Exchange, and possibly the gym), if they even live near a military base to use those benefits.

 

It’s so hard to watch as our Veterans struggle to find jobs that can support them and their families. The Marines don’t get certifications for certain “jobs” that they do, like Kevin. His MOS was an 1142 ( Small Engine Repair Specialist; a.k.a Generator Technician). While there are Generator Technician jobs all over the CONUS; Kevin doesn’t have some of the certifications that companies want. No Certifications= no job. Even tho’ he has 10 years of experience and he works hard, it means nothing to them.

 

I wish there was a way for Kevin and I to help other Veterans that are going through the same thing we’re going through right now. If I could start a Non-Profit to give to veteran families and individual veterans that are struggling to make ends meet, then I would. But I just don’t have the means to start such a project at the moment. Kevin and I would do anything to help others that are feeling like we do these days.


About the Delanceys and  Media Kit

This weekend, I’ll be putting together our Media Kit (with statistics for our website and Social Media accounts). I’ll also be adding a page to our website. An “About the Delaceys” page will give our readers information on who we are as a family and as individuals, we will also be posting photos of our family.

Please check back on Monday for more information and to check out our Media Kit!


Delancey Dream Home YouTube

 

Yesterday, I recorded the first video for Delancey Dream Home YouTube channel. Most of our videos will be embedded in a blog post here when they have been uploaded to our channel.

Below is the first of many videos to be embedded on this site.

 

Please check back often for new videos.

The reason I created the Delancey Dream Home YouTube channel is because this is how we will let others see who we are as a family. It will allow other people to subscribe/follow us and our journey in life. The only thing we need is a place to call home so we can record daily vlogs. We also plan on using the money we earn from us monetizing our videos to pay off our future home as soon as possible. As of right now, I plan on uploading as much as possible, but due to our living arrangements I am not really able to film daily family vlogs.

We look forward to showing you more of who we are as a family, the Delancey family.