Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I heard rumblings that my in-laws may be coming over sometime today so I better get rolling on my cleaning!!! You all have a great day!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here is the gorgeous view I get to wake up to every morning. I took this standing on our back patio at about 8:30 am. Every morning I open the blinds and admire the view. Quite different from the lonesome prairie view we had in our MN house. The kids are in their glory playing on the hill. They can't wait until the snow flies and the sleds come out.
Tomorrow I'm hoping to work on some able mabel stuff. I have the itch to start creating again! As a matter of fact, I'm heading out the door in an hour to go to craft night. It didn't take long for me to get roped into that end of things at our church down here! At least I can just show up and work and not have to worry about the nitty gritty details of project night and the sale itself! I'm looking forward to going, it's a great way to get to know the ladies down here. I think I'll swing thru Starbucks on my way there. (much to the relief of my husband, there aren't any Caribou Coffee joints here...oh well, Starbucks will have to do!) Just a little treat to myself. (like I really need it!)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I'll update more once we get our internet hooked up. I'm using my husbands blackberry (he's moving up in this world! Actually it was "strongly recommended" by his boss that he get one) right now and it's very tedious...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This morning I sent my little kids over to JB's for the day so I could get some cleaning done. The clock is ticking! I had assumed I could get the upstairs done this morning and then focus on the main level this afternoon. I got the first bedroom done and was on my second when I started feeling very overwhelmed! It was awful! It didn't help that the night before we hadn't gotten any sleep (stayed out too late). I just couldn't stop thinking about all I still had to get done. My husband came in to talk to me and I broke down in tears. It lasted about 2.5 seconds and then I went back to work...just a short pity party!
It was about 5 minutes later that the front door opened and in walked....MOM! I didn't know she was going to come! All of a sudden my day looked so much brighter! She had her cleaning gloves and lunch for all of us in tow. She took over my floor scrubbing and sent me off to do something else. I was telling my husband how grateful I was for her showing up and he said "After I left that bedroom and saw your mom pull up, I knew it was all going to be okay."
Whew! Saved by the mother!
Honestly, we could not be doing this major of a move in such a short amount of time if it wasn't for family and friends! My in-laws have been over here working like dogs, others have watched the kids and helped out in other ways. I will be forever grateful!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
My husband and I have has this ongoing "conversation" over the years. It all started when we needed to buy a bed for our oldest daughter.
She says: Buy a new mattress (the thought of sleeping on a used mattress is nasty!), and look for a used headboard to fix up.
He says: Why spend the money on new when used will do just fine. We did it growning up and lived to tell about it.
Around and around we'd go until I'd finally give in and we'd get a used mattress. My solution was to immediately run to the store and buy one of those zip-up mattress covers. It made me feel a little bit better. This has happened three times now. To me, it's not a major battle worth fighting and I figured that some day he'd come around to my way of thinking. I just have to be patient until he decides it's his idea to buy new.
A few months ago as we were tucking the kids into bed, he commented on how the girls' room had a funny smell and has since shortly after we moved in. It wasn't a month later (when we got our son a bed) that he said the boys' room smelled the same way. Ding, ding!!...He finally realized it was the used beds! Most likely the headboards since we hadn't gotten around to painting them.
Now that we're moving, he's getting rid of the old beds (gotta love craigslist!) and we'll get new ones once we get into our new house. I'm sure the neighbors were wondering about us yesterday when the third story window opened and a headboard came flying out, heading for the burn pile!! I secretly smirked at the change of heart but resisted the urge to say "I told you so" because I've learned over the years that that doesn't get my anywhere.
This train of thought has gone beyond more than just the beds...We have (well, had) an old computer desk, a rocker recliner, a broken wood cabinet (small entertainment type thing), an end table...(you get the picture) that we were hanging onto "because someday we may need them and if we got rid of them we'd have to go out and spend money on new ones". Never mind the fact that they were just sitting there and not being used. Just taking up space. Now as we're moving into a smaller house with no basement and a smaller garage, things are getting pitched left and right! He's deciding he's tired of this "junk laying around"! Once again, I silently rejoiced at the new tune he's singing!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
My father-in-law and sister-in-law were over here for most of the day today helping out. It's awesome to have such willing help but sometimes it's hard for me to let others do the work that I "should be doing". (washing windows, etc) Yet, at this stage of the game (week 32 in my pregnancy), I can't physically do everything without killing myself.
The moving truck is now parked in our driveway. We have until Monday to fill it up. As I sit here, roosting on my rump, my husband and his brother are filling it with the heavy items. We actually don't have much "big stuff". Good thing JB has some spare furniture we can borrow until our house sells since our couch and one of our chairs are now in the truck. I was teasing my husband that he should quit being so efficient or else he's going to have to help me with "my work" (cleaning out cupboards and washing walls).
This afternoon a lady (I'm guessing she was in her 60's) stopped by the sale and bought, much to my amazement, a box of nails and a bat of insulation (lesson to self: Never judge a book by it's cover!). As she was paying for her items, we had the following conversation...
- Lady Jane: "You have a nice house here."
- Preggo Mamma: "Thanks!"
- Lady Jane: "You're moving."
- Preggo Mamma: "Yep." (woman of many words today)
- Lady Jane: "Guess you can't afford to live here anymore?"
- Preggo Mamma: (very much taken aback) "Actually it's a job transfer."
- Lady Jane: "You're expecting."
- Preggo Mamma: "That's right."
- Lady Jane: "Is this your first?"
- Preggo Mamma: "Nope." (Sometimes I have a really hard time "fessing up" to what number this is for us, especially when I'm not sure if their reaction is going to be positive or negative. Today was one of those days.)
At that point we got interrupted by something else and that was the end of it.
Initally, I was so suprised at the fact she assumed our house was being foreclosed. Then when I think about it, I should be. Here we are; a young family, living in a nice house, in a development with nice houses, all you hear about nowadays are people getting in over their heads with their huge mortgages and foreclosing...I can see why she would think that. If we were being foreclosed, there would be no way we'd be dumping all this time, money and energy into this place to get everything done before we leave! But there was no way for her to know that...
(There goes another chair past the window.)
I got to dig thru the able mabel boxes again today! Fun! Go figure though, it always happens that the item(s) I'm looking for are in the very last box I look in. I have to write myself a big note to tell my husband to pack those boxes last! There will be about a week, maybe a week and a half, where any orders won't be able to be shipped out. Just one of the not-so-pleasant facts of moving.
Now that I've filled this post with run on sentences and ramblings...I'm going to waddle out to the living room and check on the progress.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Last week one day I went over to JB's house to drop something off and caught a glimpse of the items they've been working on for the church craft sale. Awesome, awesome, awesome! It made me so "lonesome" for what was our humble studio in my basement. I have had zero time to work on anything and besides it's pretty much all packed up. JB and I still have to go thru our jewelry supplies and make an attempt at sorting those out.
I can't even tell you when the last time I pulled out the camera was! I know I should be snapping pictures left and right of our last days in MN but I don't think about it until it's too late!
Times awasting this morning! I'll try to update tomorrow!