Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Now that the weather is cooling down in the evening and the mornings are crisp, it is finally time to decorate for Halloween. I'll be dragging the boxes out today sometime. How is it that I have more decorations for this holiday than any other, save Christmas??!?! I guess there is such cute stuff every year that I can't resist picking up a think or two to add to my collection.
I am looking forward to;
- Walks with leaves crunching underfoot
- Pumpkin bread
- Helping the kids decide which costume to don
- Checking out the various Haunted Villages that seem to pop up in our neighborhood
- Yummy smelling candles
- Pulling on a cozy sweater or two
- Boots with my skirts for church
- Beef stews and other crockpot soups
What are you looking forward to??
Friday, September 25, 2009
Not only did she fly to my rescue in a time of need, short notice as it was, she ENTERTAINED like no other.
There were movies, park play time, shared dinners with local relatives, aquarium trips, dollar store outings, getting them off to school and taking them to church, t-ball games, skits, discipline support (backing up the things I am already working on), meals, etc. And don't forget the house showings, and keeping the house in order since it's on the market!
Not to mention repairing the damage to the house when a pushy realtor, without a confirmed appointment PUSHED the door open breaking the chain lock by pulling the screws from the wall (while my Mom was in the house)...the nerve!
And when I returned, she stayed on to play, and continued to provide support around the house and with the kids.
I even got to get up and go bowling on Wednesday and leave Sydney asleep in bed. HEAVEN. (and she slept until 11:30am because she had had a late nap and was up until past 1am...brutal) She made us dinner...after I was home! BLISS.
Mom, you are amazing. We love you for all that you are, and all that you do to bless our lives. (And Daddy, thank you thank you thank you, for sharing!)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We are in Charlotte, house hunting. The kids are at home, loving on their Grandma, who is spoiling them without regard. As it should be.
It is so green and beautiful here, rolling hills and tree lined streets as far as the eye can see. The city is laid out like a big bicycle wheel, with uptown being the hub and the main arteries being the spokes, to the tire, which is the beltway. It's very interesting. Lots of history, lots of wonderful things to do for families. We are more excited than ever.
And the people, Friendly! You have no idea. It is the South, after all.
We have seen so many homes in the last 2 days and are really getting a feel for what will work for our family and where we really want to be. We have a wonderful realtor that has spent 8 hrs with us today and yesterday. She has also made herself available tomorrow before our flights leave in the afternoon.
Wish us luck!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
SO much to do. It's a good thing Chris is so analytical...he has done so much groundwork. I shudder to think what we'd do without it.
There is a sign in the grass out front, a lockbox at the front door. I am ticking off the to-do lists, and running for the phone when it rings....lots of games of phone tag.
I'm leaving on a jet-plane Friday. Mommom is coming to play and love on the grandkids. I bet she'll be as "mean" as me. And they'll love her all the more for it.
Househunting. For real, not just the cyber-space variety. I'm excited.
Keep us in your prayers.
I'll keep you posted.
Sometimes, we have to go so quickly, we don't have time to sit at the table and (wait for Sydney to) eat. Luckily, she likes a brown bag snack.
I discovered the mini juicy juice boxes. She.Will.Not.Drink.Big.Ones. Oh, no, she won't. (Did I mention she's OCD?) So in goes a juicy juice - mini size, a string cheese and a bag of dry cereal or crackers.
The day I took this pic, we had 3 visiting teaching appointments. She lasted through them all without any crying, whining or complaining. Happy Girl. Happy Mom.
Snacks. They Rock. They are portable, and make her portable too.
I love my little sidekick!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
That's right, Chris got the call and was OFFICIALLY offered the job in Charlotte yesterday! We are moving! We are thrilled that it is finally moving forward after all these months.
Now on to the lists of things that need to be done to move our family 2,044 miles! I am just SO happy to be on the way and out of limbo!
Hopefully before the month's out, you'll see one of these in our yard.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
It's not exactly a secret that the last part of Summer has been a little rough for the Critters and me. They and I were completely ready for a ROUTINE. I kept telling myself that if I could just make it until last WEDNESDAY (that glorious first day of school) that I would be OK. So I clung to that like the rail at the top of a sinking Titanic.
Wednesday came, as it always does....and I did get a break for a good chunk of the day. But come 3:30, the chaos ensues, even worse than before. WHAT THE?
After cancelling movie dates, playing with friends, clearing the house of all candy and banning dessert UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, and pondering a bit about what could be causing this severe misbehavior that no punishment seems to correct, I think I've finally figured it out!
They're not bored, they are not ill-raised, they have not lived in a jungle the last 5 years. They are ANXIOUS, and a bit STRESSED, about the impending move and the fact that we don't have concrete dates yet.
...kinda like me...
We don't have any control at this point. All we can do is wait, and it's making us all a little, teeny, tiny bit, nuts.