Monday, August 31, 2009

Should be Doing Something Else but....

But....my bff wants me to blog, so I must oblige her. ;)
Smiles!
And now I am back. Seriously as I typed that line above this afternoon, I heard two sweet little girls "chatting" after waking up from the shortest naps in recorded history! Argh! I guess I wasn't supposed to enjoy a nice quiet afternoon. Ha!

We continue to do very well. I was actually back up north for a week last week. I had a garage sale at our old place and then spent a few days cleaning the house. I had three sweet friends come and help me out with the sale. One of the three you can find blogging here. She is such a blessing to me! Another friend helped me set up for the sale, helped all day for two days with the sale, and then helped me all day for 3 days clean the house! She totally rocked my little world. Oh and she was my biggest buyer for the sale. Hope her hubby enjoyed all those fun things coming home to him. Ha!! Here she is working on the desk that she got from us. It had sat out in the rain and the top totally disintegrated. She saw that glass half full and started stripping it! Ha!
Garage Sale
While we were up north we got to go to a going away party for a sweet family that we knew from church. They also just moved but much farther south than we did. We sure will miss our playdates with them.
Saying Good-bye Saying Good-bye
We also visited with family quite a bit which was so nice. I think I will see my family more often now that I am not as close. Isn't it crazy how that works? We went to my cousin's house one evening so Peanut could see all of her animals. She had a ball petting the animals, jumping on her trampoline and being TOTALLY silly with cousin's hubby. They were a riot! :)
Farm Visit Farm Visit
We partook in the bountiful harvest of sweetcorn from one of Gigi's friends and did some freezer corn. Peanut had fun shucking the corn.
Husking Corn
Pumpkin is ready to roll!!! Not roll literally...she's been doing that for weeks and weeks now. She can get up on all fours and rock herself back and forth like nobody's business now. She started really going at it just before we left to head back up north. She is a hoot because she gets herself up and either gets totally frustrated and cries or face plants into the floor when she tries to move forward. It will be any day and that little 5 month old (as of Sunday) will be crawling all over the place. She has determination that scares this Mama just a bit. We started giving her rice cereal as she just seemed hungry. She chowed it down!
First Food First Food
We have really been enjoying our local parks this week. Our new community has a ton of great parks to take in. The only unfortunate thing is pictured below....
Stream
Yes...I know that is Peanut. She threw the worst fits this past weekend, both times when leaving the park we were at. They were AWFUL!!!!! She did one with me and one with Daddy. So today we did not get to go to a park....that was her punishment (and mine) for throwing the last fit. She asked all day if we could go to the park and I had to remind her that we could not because of her behavior yesterday. We will try again tomorrow. PRAY FOR US! I know all of you who know her are thinking, "Yeah right...Peanut...a fit? I'm sure it was nothing." It was NOT nothing. We were both so shocked by it. Wow!!! I have heard several people say that it's not the terrible two's anymore but the terrible three's. I think they are right on the money. Ha! Oh but I love that little girl so much! :)

Here are some cute pics of the girls from the park pre-fit!
Smiles! Kisses

Playing
One quick story...I will title it the JOY (sarcasm intended there) of apartment living. The day that Papa and Daddy moved us in to our townhouse, they parked the 26 ft. truck out back to unload as much as they could in our garage. A bit later our landlord stopped by and regretfully told Daddy that the neighbor next door had complained that the truck was blocking her garage. He felt really bad to have to say anything as he knew that we WERE MOVING IN!!!!! You have to park the truck somewhere, don't you? He did tell Daddy that she was actually moving out in a week. Whew!

So the week goes by and we don't see her much. I will have to say that she always was parked in front of her townhouse, not ever in her garage that was blocked for a couple of hours one Monday. Anyways....we had a good first week but I knew Daddy was going a bit crazy being without the internet and all, so after his first day of work I told him he could go somewhere with WiFi after the girls were in bed. He was pretty excited about this! This was on a Saturday, the same Saturday that said neighbor begins moving out of her apartment. So around 8 p.m. that evening her moving truck comes back to our parking lot and really does block us in. We have no way of getting out at all. Poor Daddy peered out the window all night to see if they had moved it at all. Said neighbor and her help were amazingly loud also as they moved things out in the dark, waking Pumpkin up twice from sleep! I was just about ready to go out and give them a piece of my mind. (It does say in the move-in info packet that you must do your moving between the hours of 9 a.m - 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. It was Saturday people and it was after 8 p.m.!) Daddy gave up at midnight although this was the same time we thought they had left with the truck...BUT....ALAS...NOOOOOO....they moved the truck down to the back to empty her garage!!!! Daddy said they weren't done until 1:30 a.m. and they were LOUD! We were pretty ticked off with all of this, but she is gone...

So...that leads to this request...if you think about it, could you pray that we get some sweet neighbors next door. A family with young children and sweet parents would be awesome but just someone nice and congenial. Pretty much everyone else here in our little area just keeps to themselves which is totally fine but it sure would be nice to have one neighbor that we could get to know a bit.

That is my story. I am now very tired as I am blogging (for you BFF) at a much later hour.
Love you all!
-Mama

P.S. We think we found a church! We visited it on Sunday and really liked it alot. We're going to try it out again and see if it is the right one!


Here is the beautiful sky from our patio last night. It was gorgeous!
Beautiful

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Making It Home

Here are some shots from our past week in our new community. We have had fun exploring and checking things out. The girls have adjusted really well and seem to enjoy sharing a bedroom. I was worried about that but it has been fine so far.

The girls love our patio that is off of our kitchen/dining area.
Patio
I bought a little pool for Peanut to use on the patio and that has been a HIT. She loves having her own personal swimming area. ;)

Pool Time Pool Time
A very sad thing that has turned into a good thing is that we have had more family meals this week than we have had in ages! How sad is that? Between Daddy's work schedule and school, we just didn't get to have meals together alot. We have even added Pumpkin to our meal time. She sits in the high chair and watches with eagerness as we eat, secretly hoping that she will get to eat too. ;) She sure is something!
Family Meal Family Meal Family Meal
We love the library!
LIbrary
Daddy and Peanut bought some fish for pets since we couldn't bring Arthur with us. It would have cost quite a bit extra to keep him in our new place and we just couldn't justify bringing him, so he has a wonderful new home with a good friend of mine that I worked with at the preschool. So Peanut and Pumpkin each got a fish!
New Pets
BUT...they only lasted a day! The next morning they were both floating. Peanut thought they were sleeping all day until Daddy explained what had happened. She took it very well. We have promised to try again! Any advice on keeping fish in a fishbowl?

On Saturday the girls and I checked out the local Farmer's Market which was amazing! So many booths, so much produce, singing, instruments, flowers...it was awesome! That may become a Saturday morning tradition. It is also open on Tuesday afternoon. Peanut picked out grape tomatoes for us to buy. She loved her selection!
Farmer's Market Farmer's Market
On Sunday evening we made our first family adventure. We headed to Hardin Ridge Recreation Area. It was beautiful and on this huge lake. Peanut loved getting her toes in the water and Pumpkin LOVED being strapped to Daddy's back. You will see how much she loved it in these pictures!
Hardin Ridge State Park Hardin Ridge State Park
Hardin Ridge State Park Hardin Ridge State Park
Hardin Ridge State Park Hardin Ridge State Park
And last but not least....a little someone is going to be moving VERY soon. Here is proof.
Uh Oh!
-Mama

Randomness

Here are some random things from our past few weeks. We had some dear friends stay with us for a weekend about a month ago. This was the last chance that we will have to see them for at least 2 years and maybe even 4. They left two weekends ago to head overseas to serve as missionaries. We sure will miss them and their sweet babies. You can tell from the picture below how sad Peanut was about this....or wait...she was mad because she didn't want her picture taken.
Away They Go!

Away They Go!
I got to spend some time with these two precious gals. They were in our youth group when Daddy was a youth pastor. Now they are all grown up and such sweet girls.
Friends
I was part of a Thursday night craft group that meant once a month. The group is made up of some sweet, sweet women whom I hold close to my heart. They went and threw me a surprise goodbye party. I thought I was going out for coffee with this clever and crafty friend below...
Good-Bye Party
BUT...when we got to Starbucks, there they all were and with a yummy decadent chocolate dessert and wonderful gifts.
Good-Bye Party Good-Bye Party
Good-Bye Party Good-Bye Party
I sure am going to miss Thursday night craft time...they did promise to make a trip down south to see me though. I am going to hold them to that!
Good-Bye Party
We spent some time in our new community a few weeks ago, looking for a new place to call home. Peanut and Pumpkin were amazing. They loved staying in a hotel and checking out new places.
On the Hunt On the Hunt
On the Hunt On the Hunt
Dobbie and Papa had a hot dog roast on our last Friday together. They invited my BFF and her family to come over to. It was a fun evening together of fellowship and catching up.
Hot Dog Roast Hot Dog Roast
Hot Dog Roast Hot Dog Roast
Hot Dog Roast Hot Dog Roast
Hot Dog Roast
Just for amusement here are some pics of Pumpkin in her exersaucer. She loves that thing so much!
Oh Pumpkin! Oh Pumpkin!
She is quite an expert roller too. She rolls over in her carseat if she isn't strapped in!
Rolling Over
Daddy taught her about bubbles. She wasn't quite sure what to think of them!
Bubbles Bubbles
We spent some time with Peanut's buddy at the park before our move. They are in the midst of their own move, so it was a good time to be together.
Play Date Play Date
Play Date
Gigi might have let Pumpkin try some ice cream. She thought it was pretty awesome!
Ice Cream Ice Cream
We got to spend some time with BFF and her kiddos at the park before we left also. We're hoping that now that we live farther apart, we will see each other more! She just started her second year of medical school and will be quite busy, so now we'll have to plan our meetings! Ha!
Park Date Park Date
(BFF, I know I said this was only for us but I love this picture and I just love you, so I have to post it!)
BFF

Napping Buddies Papa and Peanut

Friends Friends
Friends DSCN2849

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-Mama