Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I went out to the garage this morning to get some boxes to unpack. There weren't many, and there was only one that I could unpack at this point. I know what you're thinking, "only one box! Wow!!" There are more boxes, but I cannot unpack them right now. There are a couple of boxes of clothes that I need to sort. (Maybe I'll do that this afternoon.) The clothes are ones that Sarah Beth has outgrown, and I need to decide what to give away and what to keep in case we have another girl. There are 16, yes 16, boxes of books; we are going to buy nice, new bookshelves for them so there is no need to unpack them yet. There are also a couple of boxes of yarn and crochet supplies, but, well, it's a little complicated why I cannot unpack them yet. We are going to get new bedroom furniture (yea! a king-sized bed!) which means that Daniel can have my old dresser. Then I can have his old, cheap (I don't even think it's Tupperware) drawer set for my yarn. So I do have more boxes to unpack, just not right now. I cannot wait to unpack my books, though. They are like old friends to me. The only reason I am in this situation is because my wonderful mother has been over three days to help unpack. Also, John took Monday off to help.
Sarah Beth is doing great with this move. She has taken to the stairs like a duck to water. By the way, the stairs are my least favorite part of this house. Daniel, well, I don't think he really cares that we have moved.
The camera is still packed away, but it is in a box for John to unpack. It also has the DVD player in it, and John has to hook that up. I'm not opening that box. Anyway, when it gets unpacked, I will take a picture, at least of the outside. The inside may have to wait a little longer until things are finally put more or less together.
Monday, April 28, 2008
We have already met a few of our neighbors, and they seem really nice. There are a bunch of little children around us, so Sarah Beth will have tons of fun playing with them. John took today off as well so we could unpack the POD. My mother also came over again and helped get things unpacked and put away. I could not have gotten everything packed without her help.
It will take some time to get used to being in town. I went to CVS this morning. I was gone 30 minutes because I needed to buy cards for my mom and mother-in-law (can you believe their birthdays are the 30th and the 1st?), and I did a little shopping. From our old house, it would have taken 30 minutes just to get to CVS. What a difference! Our first meal in our new house was pizza! We can pick up the phone and order pizza now!
This is the first time I have been on-line since Tuesday or Wednesday, so it may take some time to get caught up with your blogs, but I will work on it!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
By the way, I will be very busy in the next few days, literally throwing everything left into boxes, so I probably will not be able to blog. Even if I want to, I should probably pack instead.
See you at the new house!
Monday, April 21, 2008
On a different note, it is time for me to join Babychaser and Marva in their children's diapering escapades during naptime. Last week, Sarah Beth figured out how to take her diaper off. (Oh, how I miss onesies!) Thankfully, she only wet her bed. Now I have to put her diapers on backwards before I put her down for a nap. She hasn't figured that out yet, but I've got the duct tape handy, that is, if I can find it among all of these boxes.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
My mom gave me some napkins and an apron that I had asked for. She said she would also get me something for the house, but she did not want to yet since it was just one more thing to have to move. (Aren't moms wonderful?!) John did not get me anything because we have just been too busy for him to go shopping. However, I did order a bunch of clothes, and he isn't going to give me a hard time about the cost. I need some clothes to wear to church that I can feed Daniel in. I have too many dresses.
It was a nice day all in all. The only thing that would have made it better was if my children had let me sleep a little bit later. Oh, well. There will be time enough for sleep later.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I remember the "good old days" when I would take the day off from work, sleep late, and do nothing all day long. "Nothing" means watching old Carey Grant movies, crocheting, and reading good books. Those days are long gone...for a long time. And I wouldn't trade what I have now for what I had then. Those cute little baby smiles from Daniel and Sarah Beth's silly antics are much better than spending the day alone.
However, it would have been nice to have slept a little later today. Daniel got me up at 3:30 to eat, then he woke up again at 5:30. He went back to sleep, but I never did. I was able to doze a little bit, then Sarah Beth woke up at 6:30. She usually sleeps until 7:30, so we may have a difficult morning. I finally got out of bed at 7:00, and I'm tired. I should have gotten up earlier and gotten the day started off better, but I was too lazy. And it's my birthday! Aren't I entitled to something on my birthday? I can't even do relatively "nothing" today because there is still so much packing to do and phone calls to make.
But at least I got a new house for my birthday. Our realtor called back last night with the builder's counter offer which we accepted. We have a house!!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I was afraid that I would have to look at umpteen million houses before we found the right one, but we only looked at eight yesterday. If I can find the picture of it tomorrow, I will post it.
Thank you for all of your prayers. Please continue to pray for all of the packing and moving. And we just started the process yesterday. We think the builder may make a counter offer.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Meanwhile, I have been packing. I thought two boxes would pack up Sarah Beth's closet. Nope. It took five, and everything still isn't packed. Do you think she has too much stuff? Of course, a lot of that is clothes she has outgrown, and I am saving in case we have another girl. Lately, I've been working on the kitchen. Ugh! Will I need those pots and pans before we leave? What about that pasta? Is this corn starch worth saving, or should I throw it away? It's hard to know.
We have less than three weeks until we move. We still need to find somewhere to keep one of our horses and the two dogs. We're going to leave the cat, like it or not!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
In the meantime, John has been talking with our realtor about finding us a house. They have found several possibilities, and they are going to look at them this weekend. They are going to concentrate on vacant homes because our mortgage company says that if we find a house in the next week, we can close on the 30th or 1st, also. John is going to narrow it down to three or four houses, and then I will go help decide among those. Obviously, we cannot take both children house-hunting, and honestly, I hate looking at umpteen million houses. John is better at seeing the potential and the drawbacks of houses, so it works better if he looks anyway.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers as I pack and take care of the children and house, and as we try to find a new home. It's difficult not knowing where we will be in three weeks: in our new home, in an apartment, or in my sister's house for a week. It makes packing harder. Thanks for your prayers!
Monday, April 7, 2008
As they say, every silver lining has a dark cloud. Our buyers want to close and move in on the 30th. Yes, that is April 30th, a bare three weeks away. We have three weeks to pack and find somewhere to live. Did you hear that? THREE WEEKS! Of course, the packing falls mostly onto my shoulders and the house hunting onto John's. Needless to say, I am a little anxious right now. And I cannot even start today because we don't have any boxes! I told John that he needn't come home tonight if he doesn't bring any boxes with him. Just kidding! But I did tell him that I need some.
I have a favor to ask. Please pray for us. Pray that I will keep my temper with my children as they demand my attention when I feel I need to be packing. I also will not get my "me" time in the mornings and afternoons during nap time because I will be packing. And I know that Sarah Beth will want to unpack boxes as fast as (or faster than) I pack them. And Daniel still requires a good bit of attention because he's still fussy a lot. Also, please pray that we will find somewhere to live. We can stay a few days with my family, but we need somewhere permanent. Thankfully, it's a buyer's market right now so there are lots of houses to choose from. And we still have three horses to get rid of.
Please understand (and I'm sure you will) why I won't be blogging much these next few weeks. If I can, I will show before and after pictures of my packing. Won't that be fun?! I will try to keep up with your blogs as time allows.
Oh, and if you have any suggestions for making packing or unpacking go smoother, more efficiently, easier, etc., please leave a comment. Thank you. I can use all the help I can get. If you even want to come help pack or just play with my children while I pack, feel free!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
When I was at Kroger last Saturday on my outing, I saw that they had loaf pans buy one get one free. I wanted another one, so I couldn't resist getting two more. When I got home, I discovered this recipe on the back. It sounded pretty good (anything with chocolate chips has to be good, doesn't it?!!), so I tried it yesterday. Do you think Sarah Beth enjoyed her slice?
Anyway, here is the recipe. I left the nuts out because I just don't like them in things. Oh, and I just put all the chocolate chips in the bread and did not worry with drizzling them over the top. I made only one loaf, but it turned out decently well. I think my chocolate chips muffins are better, though.
Chocolate Nut Bread
Yields: 2 loaves
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups chocolate chips, divided
- 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two large loaf pans. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Combine eggs, milk, and vegetable oil in medium bowl. Add to flour mixture; mix just until moistened. Stir in 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and nuts. Spoon into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Microwave remaining chocolate chips in heavy-duty plastic bag for 45 seconds; knead bag to mix. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut a small hole in corner of bag; squeeze to drizzle over bread. Sprinkle with additional nuts.
Friday, April 4, 2008
First of all, Daniel is trying to sleep through the night. Yea!! It's nice to get a full night's sleep. I usually feed him at 9:30 P.M. and put him to bed. Monday he slept until 6:30! Wow!! Tuesday, however, it was 3:30, Wednesday 6:00, Thursday 5:30, and this morning he slept until 4:30. I have to admit that it's nice to be up so early (even though getting up is hard) because I have a little time to myself before the kiddos get up. (Daniel usually goes back to sleep after this early morning feeding.)
Secondly, a couple came to look at our house Monday. I spruced it up that morning and headed to my mom's house. These are the first people to look at our house since that time right after Daniel was born (and the disappointment when the deal fell through). I don't mind people not coming very often since it disrupts our routine. I just want the one right person to come and BUY it! Since Laura and I met with Ivy and one of her friends that evening to celebrate the pending birth of her baby, I just stayed in town all day.
Wednesday was a normal catch-up day. You know what those are.
Thursday, the man from the couple came back to look at our property, so I had to spend some more time with my mom. It was awful! Just teasing!! I enjoy spending time with my mother. It is encouraging that he came back, but he rides horses and his wife does not. Our house is, also, 30-45 minutes from the school where their children attend, and apparently that is too far a drive for her. I cannot blame her; that is a long way twice a day. John and I are not holding our breaths about this family buying our house. We are still waiting to hear from our realtor as to how yesterday's visit went.
Today is Friday and another catch-up day and also preparing for the weekend, a rainy weekend if the weatherman is correct. Maybe I can convince John to take us shopping for a few essentials (like Walgreens and Rite-Aid) since his Bible study was cancelled and he cannot go play golf.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
It has been almost two months, but I'm back with a Work in Progress hosted by Mrs. H. I am making this baby blanket for my good friend Ivy, and I am trying to get it done before she heads back to Poland in three weeks. (Don't worry; she already knows about it and even picked out the colors.) Anyway, I am making this blanket out of TLC Baby yarn.