Wednesday, April 30, 2008

News!

My good friend Laura over at Four Little Arrows is pregnant again. Please head over there to say, "Congratulations!"

More Unpacking

Addendum: I just found more boxes upstairs. Oh, well. I'll tackle those tomorrow!

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're Here!

Our move went well; thank you for all of your prayers. My mother came over on Thursday and helped me pack up a lot more of our stuff. The POD was picked up that day, too. Then we went to the closing on Friday. John had a few of his co-workers, friends, and my family come to help us move that afternoon, so we actually moved almost everything Friday night. We spent the night here in our new home that night! Saturday John went back with a friend from church, and they packed up the last of our stuff and brought it home. Home! We have a new home!

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

New Countdown: Four Days!!

I think it is time for a new countdown. (For my newer readers, the last countdown was for Daniel's birth.) I am sure that my astute readers are wondering about the four days because we are supposed to close next Wednesday which is eight days away. Foolish woman that I may be, we have moved up the closing to Friday with our move being on Saturday. Oh, my! Can we get it all done in four short days? We will have to see.

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

Sarah Beth

Well, apparently, my child is the only one who plays with unusual "toys" like coathangers. Oh, well. I am going to assume that it is a mark of her intelligence. As they say, there is a fine line between genius and insanity.

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

Coat Hangers

Sarah Beth loves to play with coat hangers. She carries them all over the house like they are the best things she could find. It is especially wonderful if the hangers have clothes on them. She does not take the clothes off the hangers but carries the whole lot around very carefully so the clothes stay on. The silly girl also loves playing with her wash cloths. She spreads them out very carefully on top of each other or over one of her stuffed animals. I laugh at the funny things that she deems to be great treasures. What about your children? Do they love to play with something that you think is funny, something a little unusual, at least by adult standards? Please leave a comment; I want to make sure that Sarah Beth is not the only one!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Birthday Recap

Yesterday ended up going fairly well. Sarah Beth was somewhat difficult in the morning due to getting up too early, but she made up for it by getting a long nap in the afternoon. (Speaking of which, she got up at 6:00 this morning, so I'm hoping for another long nap.) I was able to crochet some in the afternoon. I did pack some, but I took part of the day off since it was my birthday. I will need to make up for it today. Then John came home, and we took the children to my parents' house. My mother kept them so we could go out to eat at Bonefish. We splurged since it was my birthday and even got dessert. The waitress warned us that the desserts we ordered were big and hinted that maybe we wanted to share them. Nope!! It was my birthday, and I wanted my very own dessert. I ate most of it (it was pretty big), but I just couldn't quite finish it.

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

It's My Birthday!

Today is my birthday. How old am I? Twenty-nine, but I've been twenty-nine for several years now.

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

New House!

We found a house yesterday!! We are very excited about that, especially since it is one less weight on our shoulders. I cannot believe the house we are buying; it is huge! It has five bedrooms and four and a half baths. How will I ever keep it all clean? We should get it for a pretty good price because it has been on the market for a year. The agents think that it has not been sold because it has a formal living room and the master suite is upstairs. However, I like both of those things. The living room will become a library; finally I get a library. (I'm sorry, mykidsmom; I know you want one, too.) And at this point in our lives, it will be nice to be upstairs with the children. Maybe when they are teenagers, we will wish for a downstairs bedroom, but I think we will sleep better knowing that we are on the same floor with them.

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

House Hunting

Tomorrow John and I are going house hunting. He has looked at several subdivisions, and he thinks he has found the one that will be the best fit for us. There are several new houses there, and hopefully, one of them will be just right. This subdivision has a pool, a clubhouse, access to the river, and walking trails. It will be nice to have all of those things, but I am most looking forward to being in town and closer to the action, so to speak.

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

Packing!

Yesterday, my mother came over and helped me pack. With her help, I was able to get three or four times as much done as I would have if I had been alone. For one thing, she is a big help. The other thing was that she distracted Sarah Beth. Mom packed up the dining room stuff, and Sarah Beth sat on a chair and "talked" to her. (Sarah Beth still mostly talks in her own language, SarahBethese, not American.) If Mom hadn't been there, Sarah Beth would have tried to "help" me by either throwing things into boxes or taking them out. You have children, you know. Together, we got over 30 boxes packed. Almost everything that we will not need in the next three weeks (and some things that we may!) is packed up. It is such a load off of my mind. I actually feel like we can do it now. You see, I have to pack up the house because John has to pack up our shed, the barn, and whatever else there is outside. I can't because of the children, and I don't really know what we need and don't need to take with us.

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

Good News!!

We received an offer on the house last night! Yea!! Our house is sold! They offered us the full cost of our house and property but basically want us to throw in our tractor and Bush-hog for free. We can do that; we are so ready to be out of this house. Well, honestly, John is. I don't mind living here except that we are so far from town, and there are things there I want to do but can't because it's too far. It will be nice living in town, nearer to my family.

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

Chocolate Nut Bread



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

Pregnant Man?

Did you hear about the man who is pregnant? I was going to blog about it today, but I forgot until I read Mykidsmom's post here. I won't make any other comments about it because she did such a wonderful job discussing it and there is nothing left for me to add.

Catching Up

I haven't blogged much this week, only once in fact, and I thought I would catch you up on what is going on this week.

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

WIP Wednesday


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.