Monday, February 21, 2011

New Fallen Snow

Well, I have not blogged in a while.  This week is winter break, as if the kids have not had enough days off of school!  They are downstairs playing in the basement with Skipper. They spend a lot of time doing that these days.  They are still enjoying school and loving their new home.  I have been adjusting fine.  I have to admit, I have had my moments. Like the one moment when I ran out of the drycleaners begging the police officer to not write me that parking ticket. I'd say that was a 'moment'.  And driving around aimlessly not knowing which way to go to get home, another 'moment' or two.  But overall, I'd have to say I'm getting used to it.  I am checking into a newcomers group to join, I also signed up to teach CCD at church.  I will teach a third grade class across the hall from Julia.  She opted out of being in my class, I can take a hint.  My sister and her kids comes to visit in a couple of days.  We just got a fresh snow (5 inches or so), just what the kids were looking for! I like fresh snow because it covers up the ugly gray snow on side of the street.  We are really excited about having some snow fun with them!  Maybe we will have some city fun too!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Let the Playdates Begin!

I had a wonderful start to my day.  I got up and went to lie down with Julia in her bed. Out of her window she has the best view of the sunrise.  The sun came up over the horse farm. In Woodstock, we had the best view of the sunset from our deck. The sun goes down over a ridge.  In the fall the trees are so vibrant.

Today is Saturday! Yay for Saturday!  I have plenty to do but that's okay.  Maggie just vomited so that kind of makes today a little less fun  :)  Especially for her :( She has fever to go along with it. I guess it's the same thing that Julia had but Maggie has a much weaker stomach, so there you go.
Dave is working in the garage, organizing again.  It's so cold out there.  He is looking for a certain tool and can't find it! It's driving him crazy! It's got to be in there somewhere.
The girls had some friends come over after school yesterday.  It was great. I think it was the first time I felt normal since we moved.  It was a warm feeling in the middle of all this cold.  Hearing the kids run and play reminded me of our home in Woodstock. I miss our Bradshaw Park n'hood children.
My friend invited me to a breakfast with some of her friends. It was great to meet this wonderful group of women. It was a lot of fun.  I did break down and cry on one of the women and had to excuse myself to the restroom. I got myself together and went out to enjoy the rest of the breakfast. I am fine. It's just going to take some more time, that's all.
 Oh man, I just  got called called to help in the garage, darn...brrr!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Feb. 7, 2011

Today is a "normal" day. The girls are off at school, Dave is at work, and I am at home.  I'm glad to have some routine again! One of the pros about this move was that Dave would be home more and not travel as much.  We are so thankful for that.  There was so much that he missed at home because he was always on the road.  I did not have to cook as much, though!  It was much easier feeding the 3 of us....leftovers, ravioli, Pam's house!
The girls got off to school great.  They stayed up a little bit later last night because of the Super Bowl.  We went over to one of Dave's coworker's to watch the first half of the game. The food was fabulous! We had a good time! His coworkers and families are super nice. 
Other than the Super Bowl, our weekend was pretty low key. Dave worked in the garage organizing junk.  I worked inside unpacking junk.  The kids played in the snow.  I found a sled at the Goodwill for $4!  I love a good deal. They had a blast with it.  The temp must be a little higher today. I hear a lot of water coming down the gutters.
Last week Maggie had her first reconciliation.  This is where she goes for the first time with a priest and tells him her sins.  We had to wait a while, LOL.  No, really, she did great. I am so proud of her.  Whenever she spoke to someone that day or the next she would say, "Do you want to talk to someone that is sin-free?"  So cute. I hope they talk fast..LOL. I love the church. It reminds me of my childhood church, San Pedro. It is no longer in operation because of Katrina. I was so moved walking in and seeing the structure and decorations very similar.  It must have been built around the same time.  So we went to mass on Sunday. Julia saw a classmate. I met her mother and now they have a playdate set up for Tuesday.  The kids miss their old friends but are doing a great job making new ones!  One is silver and the other's gold!

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Well, a lot has happened since my last update.  We moved in last Sunday.  I am still in awe by how much stuff we have.  I was not there when they packed the house in Woodstock, so I had no idea how many boxes were on that truck.  I guess that is what 10 years of marriage and 2 kids will do to you!  We are still tripping over boxes.  I am hoping to get a lot done this weekend. 
Julia has been sick all week, only going to school on Monday.  We found a pediatrician that we like. We had 2 more snow days this week so she did not miss that much school.  It is snowing again now with more in the forecast for Wednesday.  Really?  I would love for the kids to go out and play in it so I can post some pics.  I don't know if Julia is ready for that.
Skipper has been challenged by the snow when going to the bathroom.  For a few days his legs immediately sank in the snow, putting his bottom right on the snow.  This, obviously causing a problem.  Then we got another few inches, so his legs sank through the fresh snow but stood on the old snow.  That was better for him. Then we got a thin sheet of ice, causing him to step and then crunch through the ice.  Awkward, for him and the person (me) walking him.  I am sure the neighbors are getting a good laugh. The latest is the inch or more of ice on top of the snow that we can walk on, in some places loudly cracking far off like a cartoon. It is very slippery and hard for him to get his grip, also for me.  I would love to know what that dog is thinking.
Another difference is that my house was the bus stop in Woodstock.  I lived on a corner.  Here, I have to walk the kids down to the bus stop in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. At the risk of sounding lazy, I'll say that it stinks. I much rather sip my coffee and watch them board through my window!  Especially at 12 degrees.  The girls do love school. They are making friends and doing great academically and socially.
We finally got cable, internet and phone this week. Thank you cable guy! Julia says she feels normal again, being able to watch tv.
The girls and I met Dave for dinner last night at a local restaurant/bar.  He knew a couple of guys from work there and we met some of their friends.  We had a good time. Well, I have lots to do so I'll close for now.