Friday, January 28, 2011

It's Possible

What an eventful week!  Snow and more snow and more snow and more snow. It is just crazy.  They never have this much snow.  Outside of a seafood restaurant they built a big snow lobster and spray painted it red.  It's just like building a sand castle...NOT!
Wednesday the roads were really nasty.  We decided to stay at a friend's house in Somers after I picked the kids up from school.  We know them through Dave's job.  The wife so graciously took us in and fed us.  We are so blessed to have them.  I was scared to death to ride on these slushy, icy roads. Not to mention these hotel walls were getting to me, so I was happy to have a change of scenery. This is where we got our first lesson in snow shoveling.  I will post a picture of my car buried.  Luckily, the driveway was plowed for us. The snow is so thick, when Maggie walked in it yesterday she lost both of her shoes. They had a 2 hour delay at school that morning.  Maggie caught the bus with her children. The bus driver was so cool. Maggie said she loved it because they listened to Rhianna on their way to school.
Dave is in Atlanta and has been for 2 weeks now. He is there with the movers still.  They were supposed to leave last night but my source says the truck is still in front of my house.  Would someone please go hi-jack it and drive it up here?  I want to move in SUNDAY!!!  Not a day later!!!
Maggie had a performance this morning at school. It was a Seussical Musical!  All songs about Dr. Seuss, whom by the way I love.  She did fabulous!  I cried for "It's Possible, Anything is Possible". That child on the stage is proof of that. I was sitting in the audience listening and I had to cry   Look at her, singing. She knows the words, knows the hand motions. She is smiling.  She has only been to school a handful of days.  I'm sure the other parents think I'm a little nuts but that's ok. They'd figure it out eventually! LOL

Monday, January 24, 2011

Brrrrr!

I just brought the girls to school again.  Maggie is still very nervous, forcing her to get sick in my car this morning in car rider line right before the teacher opened the door.  She is not my nervous child.  She is the kid that is so laid back.  Nothing ruffles her feathers. I don't get it.  Believe me, she is entitled.  It's huge to be the new kid.  So we are taking it day by day.  Julia loves it and is not nervous a bit. 
We were invited to a birthday party last night. Maggie was in school for one day and received the invite.  She was thrilled to be there. It was at an ice skating rink. The girls surprised me. The were just as good as the locals!  We will definitely go back.  They had so much fun.  I was able to meet the parents and children in her class.  Again, everyone is so nice.
I am sorry to complain about the weather again, but this morning it was negative 5 degrees. When I said last week that the cold was the worse I've felt. I take that back. Today wins the award. AND....we have another chance of snow this week. 
I kind of had a pity party this past weekend for myself but this week I am focused on counting down the days in a positive way!  The movers are going to our home in Woodstock to pack us today.  We should be in the house here by next Monday.  YAY!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

The low tomorrow is 2 degrees. The cold here is a bitter cold. It is like nothing I've ever experienced.   As long as the windchill is above 15, the children go out to recess at school.   When I grew up in St. Bernard, you could wear shorts most Christmases. So it is quite different. Even in Georgia, Maggie wore a bathing suit under her clothes year 'round. You never know!

It is now the weekend. Dave had to be in Atlanta last week for work and has to be there this week coming for the movers so he just decided to stay.  The girls and I are in the hotel going a bit stir crazy.  Don't get me wrong, I have not made a bed or taken out the trash in 2 weeks. I could get used to that! Yesterday was ok (they had a snow day, AGAIN).  That makes 3 snow days in the last 2 weeks.  More than usual for this area. Even the locals have had enough of the snow. The kids played here and I watched tv all day. Partially because I was bored but partially because I needed a distraction from being homesick. Those Housewives of Atlanta and Beverly Hills can really take your mind off of things. I am happy that he gets to spend the weekend at our home in Woodstock living our normal weekend life, but boy do I wish I was there too.  REALLY BAD. 

I am so happy with their schools and teachers.  I feel very blessed.  They know we are going through a transition and have been so helpful.  The kids are doing great. Way better than I am. They don't seem to mind living in a hotel and they are making new friends at school. Maggie has already been invited to a birthday party tomorrow.  She was in school for a total of one day! It was a great first day. She amazes me. It is at an ice skating rink. I am sure it will be obvious tomorrow that we are souherners. Ha!  Julia has had 2 great days at school. She loves it!
Hopefully next week will be a full school week. I am also getting them registered for Religious Ed.  I think they were hoping to forego that for the rest of the year.  Not happening. Just wait until they find out the class is 1 1/2 hours long! The one at our old church in Woodstock was only an hour long. Well, Maggie is begging me for the computer so that's all for now. I guess I'll see what the Housewives are up to today.  Hey, looks like they are going to be starting Housewives of New York. No one interviewed me! LOL

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I Did Not Think NY Had Snow Days

We woke up this morning to the news of our new school being closed for a snow day. It was actually the ice on the roads that was so dangerous. My Cherokee County friends are familiar with that! I'm really nervous about driving up there. I definitely do not need ice in the mix. Julia was disappointed, needless to say. We will try again tomorrow!
We walked to Target today.  We are beginning to have cabin fever!  There was freezing rain and we did not pack an umbrella.  One thing that I am not accustomed to is paying for parking. I disagree with it in certain places...a mall, target, a grocery store. I understand paying for parking at a special event, but everyday errands is a bit much.  I think it is downright crazy. Well, you know what is craziER...walking to Target in the icy rain without an umbrella!  I now know why people pay to park at Target! Lesson learned! Just fyi, we bought umbrellas for the walk back. Now we are ready!

Monday, January 17, 2011

We are at Dave’s office in Stamford, CT. Corporate world, at least for Dave’s company, is awesome. There are tv’s, couches, a kitchen and even a bar! I remember once when I was student teaching, my teacher friend had to eat her salad on a coffee filter because the teacher’s lounge had no plates! Funny how things are different in different fields! The girls think that this is the best!  It might have something to do with the unlimited snack supply! We will hang out here while he works. No one is here today because it is a holiday but he needed to get a few things done. There is a mall connected to the office building so I’ll take the kids for a walk and go to get Julia a few school supplies at a Target nearby.
Yesterday we enjoyed the company of some friends. Dave’s co-worker had us over for dinner and to have the kids play.  They have 2 boys. They got along great. They had a blast in the snow. They built forts with tunnels and went sledding down a bunny slope!  Dinner was fabulous! It was so nice to have a home cooked meal and it was Italian! Yum! It was great to relax around a “home” with such a great family.   We are so thankful.
School starts tomorow (well, just for Julia)...3 cheers...Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! She is SOOOOO excited!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

New York, New York, The City So Nice, They Named It Twice

Today we went down to the city.  We walked from the hotel to the train station.  There started the observations/people watching.  We were sitting waiting for our train and a guy loudly tells the woman next to him "I'm waiting for my friend, he's coming from Grand Central...." and he goes on.  She ignores him and scoots over. He then makes eye contact with me and repeats himself. I am thinking to myself, do I look away now and take that womans lead, respond to him, what should I do? What do I know? I am not from here. So, like a true southerner I smiled and said "that's nice".  Then he got Dave's attention and he went on to tell us about his birthday and where he grew up.  He then gave us a map and told us that he did not have any snacks for the girls but he can show us on the map how to get to the American Girl store because he thinks they will like that.  He circled on the map where we should go. Interesting. Nice guy.
We then got off the train at Grand Central Station and caught the subway to Times Square.  When we came up from underground and saw the city for the first time, it was breathtaking.  So much noise, so many people, cars, concrete, buildings, signs. I have never been before so this was a new experience for me. I wanted to take it all in.  We stayed in that vacinity for the day. We hit Toys R Us first. That place was 3 stories high with a huge ferris wheel in the middle. Of course, the girls had to ride that.  There are several departments...Barbie, Lego's, Baby, Rocks, Candy Land, Wonka, Games, etc.  We were in sensory overload there. We moved on to Planet Hollywood and had lunch.  Stuffed, we got back on the streets and went down to the m&m store.  This is where I learned a life lesson. Nothing is free.  I did not know why but there were Elmo's on every corner, sometimes accompanied by a Minnie Mouse.  I thought, oh, that's cute.  I told Maggie "go stand there and take a picture". So she did. Next thing I know they are coming after me with these stockings shaking them in my face.  I stumbled through my backpack for a dollar for each, Elmo and Minnie. I was afraid what would happen if I did not pay them.  I did not want Elmo to get violent on me. LOL. Dave knows better than to make these rookie mistakes. He tries to hurry us up through the train station, as to not sit and watch Michael Jackson sing and dance or some other street performers. If you watch them, or take pictures, they expect to get paid and might get mad if you don't.  Don't take flyers from people or slips of paper. There are a lot of people doing that.  He knows all of this. I'll learn.  Knowing which train and which subway to get on can be tricky, but eveyone around us was really helpful. Everyone is in a hurry and busy, but we have had nice interactions with people.
We made it back home safely.  The girls said this was their "funnest" day yet while living here.  Both mine and Dave's eyes burn tonight. Could it be the pollution or just our imaginations?
Tomorrow we are going to a co-worker's house for dinner and to let the kids play!! Yay, I am so glad the kids get to play with new friends. They happen to be boys, which my girls don't mind one bit!

Friday, January 14, 2011

To School for Cool

Today we went up to tour Julia's school. We met with the principal and he showed us around. There are about 800 kids there for just 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Julia is excited. She has the opportunity to play a string insturment this year. When we got home (or got to the hotel), my phone rang and it was Julia's teacher introducing himself.  He seems very nice.  She is excited to have a male teacher. She's never had one before (besides for specials).  I drove myself today, I made a few wrong turns, but the Garmin got us back on track.  Dave got back from Philly (I spelled it right this time) and we went to dinner at a hibachi restuarant around the corner. It was very good.  Maggie says at dinner "It's so amazing to see their talent" speaking of the hibachi cook as he builds his onion volcano. I hope she is always able to see the good in people.  I think that is a gift she has now as a child. I teared up a little at dinner. I just really miss my home and normalcy.  It wasn't like sad tears, it was more like, "I guess this is it" tears. We are here. Moving on. Doing our "new" thing.  Our weekends are usually spent with friends we think of as family. I miss that.
I think we will take the train into the city tomorrow. Yes, NYC! How exciting. I will be sure to post pics. We will see what tomorrow brings.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

We Need An Education and Fast

I did not blog yesterday because not much happened here.  Today marks the 27th day that they children have not been in school.  I have been doing some work with them here and there, but as Julia said last week "we need an education and fast". Today we went up complete the school registration. I am not sure what takes this process so long, but it does.  We have everything turned in and now we are waiting for a phone call from the school.  I drove myself and the girls to Somers, which btw is where they had 16 inches of snow on Tuesday night.  My first time driving here.  Had only 2 minor incidents, so that is good. You really need to be ready to pull off when the traffic light turns green.  You almost need to be moving already when the light turns green. Then I was yelled at by a pedestrian because I had pulled up to far and blocked the crosswalk.  Ooops!  I'll learn.
I got a phone call from the car service that is supposed to transport my car up here.  Dave told me to ask them if they were driving 8 miles per hour to get up here.  My car is in...drumroll......Marietta. Which is about 10 miles maybe from my house in Woodstock.  So, turns out they have not even left Atlanta with it!  To their defense there was a snow/icestorm in Atlanta earlier this week.  They picked it up last Saturday.  We had to rent a car today because Dave had to drive to Phillie and we have an appointment to tour Julia's school tomorrow. 
We went out and made a few groceries at the Wally world.  Made our rounds to the Target and Barnes and Noble.  The girls just can't get enough of the snow.  They HAVE to walk in it and play in it. They just can't help it. The ladies at the front desk of the hotel had cookies ready for the girls when we came through the door this evening.  They are very sweet.  The girls are eating that up! I "cooked" in my kitchenette tonight....ravioli. Glad to not eat out.  Can't wait  to cook a real meal for us....or better yet, have Dave cook a real meal for us!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

City Slickers

This morning was brutal waking up at 7...but we got a lot done tody.  We went up to register the kids for school. We are still working on getting some paperwork to them.  This snow storm is really holding us up. I needed info from schools and dr's in Atlanta and everything is shut down there.  We will get the storm tomorrow.  Everyone at the school office was very nice and cooperative.  Maggie still wants me to homeschool but I'd rather not. I think she is just a little nervous...and for anyone that knows Maggie, that is not like her. She usually walks in a place like she owns it!  We came back to the room for a bit. Dave went into work and the girls and I decided to venture out again. We had passed a Walmart getting to the hotel several times, so I knew it was there but when we turned the corner.....there was a Barnes and Nobles and Target!!! A bright light shone on this building for me, I swear. The Target was underground, which was neat. Dave failed to mention that those 2 places were a couple of blocks away. We are not really buying anything but it is nice to get out of this room and work off some of our restuarant food.  Which btw we found the BEST little deli today. It looked like a hole in the wall..but you know those are the best.  It was called M and R's Deli. We call it Mr. Deli.  It was in Mt. Kisco.
It is interesting for me to people watch.  This area is very diverse and just different. It's hard to explain. Everyone has things to do and places to go. It's fast paced. You hear all kinds of languages. I think it is good for the kids. When we move up to Somers I don't think it is as diverse, but it is fun for now experiencing it all here.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 2

 Dave went in to work early. The girls and I slept in a little bit and almost missed breakfast!  Oh no! I called down and they said we could still go even though we were 30 minutes late. We needed to fuel up for our busy day.  We had breakfast and then the girls swiped 4 apples, 2 donuts and 2 yogurts for later. We got a map from the hotel and ventured out to find the mall.  We walked the city streets of White Plains. I'm sure not even comparable at all to the streets of NYC but way more urban than we are used to. We are still on a mission to replace some of Julia's clothes. We got some after season deals at Macy's.  We met Dave back at the room and then drove up to Somers to see the house! Wow, it is beautiful and I can't wait.  One thing I am looking forward to is a bath.  I LOVE baths...and being in a hotel, that is just not happening...eeww!  Her real estate agent/ son-in-law/ our new neighbor said that the owner (his mother-in-law)might move out a week early, which means we could possibly move in a week early, which means no more living in a hotel!  Dave hates when I publicly thank him or speak to him anyway via cyber world, but I have to say that he has held us all together during this crazy time. He is awesome and that's all I will say, ok? He had to put up with me!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Standers Have Landed

"Today is the big day" Julia said as we woke up bright and early. She had a huge smile on her sleepy face. Maggie walks in with a smile and says "I've been praying". We asked her for what and she says "praying that we have a good day in New York".  Amazingly my children have maintained a positive attitude about this after all we have been through and after all of my anxiety and tears.  I am so thankful for them.  Early this afternoon we landed in White Plains, a small airport.  A car picked us up and the the driver was so nice and welcoming. He said he was so excited for us because he knows what this town has in store for us. That was comforting. He actually lives in the same little town that we will rent in.  Super nice, his wife owns a dance studio and he is a comedian (and driver)!  He dropped us off to Dave's car that was parked not far away from the airport. This is where we lost Julia's luggage, I think. Losing her luggage was not the highlight of the day. I was very upset. Then, I turned on the news and saw where a 9 year old was shot and killed at the Gifford shooting in Arizona. I could have lost my child. So luggage, I can deal with. We then drove to Somers to pass by the house and the schools.  The kids were scouting out the backyards and driveways looking for any signs of play equipment and bikes.  Everything was covered in snow.  It looked like a postcard.  We had lunch there and then drove back to the hotel.  Dave then took Julia to the mall because we lost all of her clothes (she did not mind that trip).  When they returned we had dinner down in the hotel at this Chinese/ Japenese restuarant. Very good.  The girls have been jumping and running around our hotel room.  They are now fast asleep on the pull out sofa, which by the way is super awesome!  My friends in Atl are bracing themselves for a rough snow storm. I hope all is well for them.