Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas everybody!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
We did find a nice out of the way to play though. The boys thought the closet under the stairs was pretty fun.The boys and I spent Thursday night sleeping on the floor in sleeping bags. They actually did really well. I wondered if they would want to play in there but they stayed on their "beds". Mine wasn't very comfortable. Of course the anticipation of the move probably didn't help me have a good nights sleep either.
My parents came over on Friday morning after my meeting at Alex's school (A big problem - I was told the meeting was at 9:35 but when I got there they said it was at 12:45. Long story short, we're doing a phone meeting on the 7th after school starts back up.) Mom & Dad loaded more stuff up on their truck and we headed to the new place. My parents stayed the whole weekend with us to help us unpack. They are the greatest! Everybody was worn out every day (and we still are) but it's been worth it. I love my new house!
Alex and Zachary are also loving the new house. They have so much more room to run around and play. Not only because this house is bigger but because it's only one story. In the old house they were not allowed on the stairs without and adult and so all the toys were kept in the living room making a pretty small play area. Now they have toys in both of their bedrooms. They do end up getting dragged around the whole house but we clean up before nap and bed. Here they are lining up chairs to make a train. Alex loves The Polar Express aka: the train movie and it's been on T.V. several times (and we just bought the DVD). They also got to ride a little train around a park a week or so ago and loved it. They like to talk about trains and line toys up, or chairs in this case, and say "All aboard!".They've had no problem with their bedrooms being split up. They're actually sleeping longer. We really need to get them some blinds on their windows soon. It's really bright at nap time and Zachary doesn't want to go to sleep. Alex did ask me one day to "close" his window and I had to tell him that I couldn't. He was asleep within minutes anyway.
Not only are we unpacking but we're also getting ready for Christmas. We've got up lots of decorations and the place looks great. The fireplace looks especially nice. Tonight Chris started up our first fire. The boys were very excited and wanted to watch everything. They were good though and didn't touch or get too close.
Tonight we finally got our phone/cable/internet service turned on. My cell phone doesn't work very well here so I really needed the phone. It's been weird without T.V. and I've been having withdrawals from the blogs I read. Ah, back to normal now. Tomorrow our Christmas house guests arrive!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I'm not ready.
It's hard to move with little kids. Add Christmastime and it's even harder. Today I tried to get ready. Really, I did. I washed about four loads of clothes. I addressed and mailed most of our Christmas cards. I had to run to the store for one final gift card to add to a box that will have to be mailed in the morning. Tonight I've been finishing up a gift for my mother-in-law that will also have to be mailed tomorrow. I wrapped several presents and put them in one big box for the move (I didn't want the boys or any moving helpers to see their un-wrapped gifts by mistake). I still need to get the dishes washed and get some clothes packed for all of us for the next few days after the movers have packed it all up. We need someplace to put all of our refrigerator/freezer items. There is just too much to throw out but not enough coolers.
Chris is going to head to the new place on Thursday night with a load of things that the movers won't move like plants and our fish. The boys and I will spend Thursday night camping out on the floor here in sleeping bags (everything will be out of the house and sitting on a truck until Friday morning). Friday morning I've got a meeting at Alex's school here before we can leave to meet the truck that's hopefully already unloading at the new place. I thought we could do it alone but today I had to call for backup. My parents will now be coming Friday to help direct movers and keep the boys occupied and out of harms way. Plus my mom is the best kitchen organizer ever.
I hope I make it through the weekend without a major meltdown.......and I'm talking about me, not the kids. Well, the kids too.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Chris is gone tonight to the Cowboys and Giants football game in Dallas. One of his friend has season tickets to the Cowboys and had an extra tonight. This is the first pro game that Chris has been to and he was very excited even though he's not a Cowboy fan. Anyway, he took my camera with him. Since the game didn't start until 7 he's going to have to spend the night. He'll get his payback tomorrow though. My older sister is coming to town and we're Christmas shopping for as long as we want. So there!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
O.K., now that that's out of the way.....Today was a rough day. The morning started out fine but I had some things that I needed to get done before our move next weekend. I did spend quite a bit of today in the office or on the phone setting up new utilities, disconnecting some of the current ones, and changing homeowners insurance. I tried to do as much as I could during nap time but Alex had a very short nap today and there were too many things for me to do. Since Alex woke up early I tried to make it up to him by making brownies together. We pulled up a chair for him to stand on and he helped me mix it up and taste the batter. He loves to help. However I did have to hush him up and even kick him out of the office so I could hear the utility woman on the phone. Needless to say the boys got a bit neglected and a bit rowdy. They had the living room a mess and got in a few fights. Alex had to sit in time-out twice. He stayed in there extra long the first time when I told him that he had to hug Zachary and tell him that he was sorry (he was hit Zachary in the head with a toy while he was laying down on the couch). He's very stubborn and didn't want to do it. When he finally came out he did hug Zachary and said "sorry mama" while looking right at me. I reminded him that he needed to say sorry to Zachary and he beat around the bush for a long time (while still hugging Zach) before finally mumbling it. I think the only reason he came out was because he saw that I gave Zachary a piece of cheese while I was cooking and he wanted one too! The second time-out came from putting some unknown hurt on Zachary again. All I saw was him pulling on Zach's arm but Zach said the owie was on the side of his head. This time it hurt/upset Zachary enough that he held his breath. So I decided that maybe it was time to get ready for bed. When I got the boys in their PJ's and was trying to brush their teeth Zachary held his breath again because I told him no to something. That helped to seal their fate and they both went to bed an hour early.
Chris is out of town tonight so it made the day extra long and extra hard. He spends one or two nights a week at a friends house close to work to save on his drive time. I know it's tiring for him to have this long drive everyday but it's tiring for me when he doesn't come home. I'll be so glad to have him home every night once we've moved. This has been one of those days where I just don't feel like I've been a great mom and I was too hard on my kids. They are just babies after all. Tomorrow is a new day and I'll try to do better. Thank you for coming to my pity party.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Our future pilot!
Of course we also had to swing by the house since it was on the way so Chris could see the carpet and fireplace. Here's a picture of the "finished" fireplace. The wooden mantel still needs to be stained. Boy is it huge! I'm worried that it makes the living room feel smaller.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
This is the tile back splash and the flat stovetop. There are a few shiny metal decorative tiles placed throughout the room.The appliances really help make the room "finished". This is the oven and convection microwave. I hope I can figure that microwave out!We also had the area under the bar (where your feet would go) tiled the same as the kitchen, but larger. I have no doubt that the fireplace will be done today. They had several guys working on it. It's going to have a wood mantel but it's covered up with plastic.Finally the stained concrete floors have been uncovered. This is the master bathroom floor but the entry is the same pattern. Those same colors are on the concrete throughout the house.I am so excited!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
When we picked up Alex after school the teacher said he did great. There was no crying at all. She said that had very good manners and said please and thank you. That's my boy! She also told us that he ate every single bite in his lunch box and she and the other teacher noticed his cute turkey cookie I put in for a treat (left over from Thanksgiving).
Alex was a little chatterbox all the way home. He told us they had music and that he got to play outside and play inside. He said that he did not run away but that another boy ran away and was a bad boy. Hmmm.....I'm not sure where the bad boy came from because I try not to use that phrase. Maybe I've said it about our dog and never noticed? Anyway, school was a hit! When I told him that he was coming back he said "go night-night and wake up" meaning that he thought he'd go back tomorrow. He doesn't go back until Wednesday though so we'll see if he mentions it tomorrow. I must admit that I did get a little teary while he was gone but after hearing how well he did and him telling me that he liked it, I feel much better.