Archive for June, 2006

We’re In!

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Just a quick update to let you all know that we’re in and everything went really well! We are LOVING it here. Just absolutely loving it. I will have pictures to post soon. Right now we’re in ripping up the carpeting, carpet tack strips and staples hell. Oh and painting and unpacking hell, too. My body is so sore, but it will all be worth it when we’re sitting pretty next week all done! (Hopefully!)

The move day was so great – we had so much help. We’ve never had that much help before for a move. Our friends came in shifts, so that was even better – when one team got tired, the next shift took over. Of course there were some that stayed the whole day and that was so appreciated.

One of the highlights of the day was when the neighbors across the street came over to welcome us. They brought us a hot pan of baked ziti, a loaf of Italian bread, a stick of butter, a baggie of grated cheese, paper plates, plastic silverware, napkins and a plate of brownies. Can you believe that? We have never had nice neighbors! Some have been mildly friendly, but none have been downright nice, YK?

Another highlight was finding out that underneath the incredibly ugly carpeting that there were beautiful hardwood floors in pristine condition!! Unbelievable. I hit my knees in the middle of the day to thank God for so many blessings. I felt extremely overwhelmed by all the love and goodness of the day.

Today I got the old house cleaned, both with me and the boys doing our stuff and getting the carpets professionally done. We had an unexpected expense with that and I feel like I got totally ripped off, but whatever – it’s done and we’re almost out of there. Friday at noon and we’re out completely! Oh and I should post about the total nightmare this morning trying to get back to the house when all the roads were closed due to flooding. Another time.

That Soy Mystery Meat

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

So – who has experience with tofu? And not American Pie type experience, either.

I want to start eating more of it, but I’m kind of scared. I had some of the extra-firm the other night… I pan sauteed it with some spices and it was *okay*. I want to have some of the silken kind for breakfast, but I’m afraid it will be totally gross. Do I press the water out of it like I did with the firm kind? If I mix it with yogurt and a fruit, will it be creamy or lumpy? Will it taste like ass or nothing at all?

What about pointers and tips? Help a tofu newbie out!

Counting them down

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Only 4 more days until we move in to our new house! Sweeeet!

The kids started summer camp on Monday. Connor loved it immediately, but Aric was a bit more hesitant about the whole thing. They went to this camp last year and absolutely loved it. When we picked them up at the end of the day, they begged to stay longer. They wanted to get there earlier in the morning, as well. Connor is already asking that we get there as early as possible, but he hasn’t complained about being picked up yet. Aric had a much better day on day 2 than he did the first day. He barely said two words the whole night on Monday – I think he was shell-shocked. It takes him a while to get used to change. I feel for him and it breaks my heart to see him struggle with it. This camp is a nice, safe, wholesome, Christian camp, though and I think he will be more at ease every day. Sure, kids will still be kids and tease, etc., but I don’t think it is allowed to get to the levels that it gets to in school.

Speaking of school, I am so glad the kids are out of the district we were just in. The funny thing is, they were in the Abington school district – which is renowned in this area as being a really good district. I was so completely unimpressed. The principal we had for the past three years was a nightmare. There were a lot of racial problems in the school – which we got to call “diversity”. The unfortunate fact is that the area the school is in crosses an invisible boundary line where the poverty level visibly increases the further you go. And with poverty, comes behavioral problems.

The new schools seem to not have these problems from what I’m hearing from friends and co-workers who live there. I am really looking forward to a more wholesome school environment for both boys, but especially Aric. He bends much more easily to peer pressure, where Connor is absolutely fine being himself. It’s amazing how different they are! I have to admit that Aric takes after me in these respects and Connor takes after Rob. Although, I’ve change a lot in recent years to be more of the person who believes “To Thine Ownself Be True”, I spent a lot of years not living by that creed.

Push!

Friday, June 16th, 2006

I had the most bizarre dream the other night. I was pregnant and in labor, but even better – the owner of my company was delivering the baby. I was having the urge to push so bad, that I woke myself up. I realized the sensation to push was actually terrible gas pains, so I rolled over and let out the biggest fart you can imagine then promptly went back to sleep where I was no longer pregnant or in labor in my dreams.

I keep thinking about this every so often the past couple of days and it keeps cracking me up. PUSH! PUSH!! Frrrrbbbbbbttttt. Ahhhhhhhhhhh. Much better. If only it were really that easy.

Hello?

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Man, I hate when I get NO comments on my posts. Does that make me a big baby?

Anyway, new food plan is going well. I went through a bitch of a withdrawal headache yesterday, though. I have a slight headache today, but it’s very minor and very in the background, so it’s manageable. I’m wondering what my body is detoxing from the most. Is it the cheese? The wheat? The butter? The sugars in the turkey sausage and Ezekiel products? I guess we’ll never know.

Connor graduates from elementary school tomorrow. Time flies. There will be plenty of pictures to document the event, of course. He wants to wear a suit jacket to the ceremony. I don’t have a problem with that, but did you know suit jackets cost like $70 and up? That is crazy! He’s in men’s sizes, so no more kid prices for us. We went to a few places tonight looking for something reasonable, but found nothing. We’ll head to Kohl’s shortly and if there’s nothing there, then he is out of luck. Remember the days when there was no such thing as a graduation unless you were actually, um, graduating?? And by graduating, I mean – high school. Nowadays, there’s graduations for pre-school, graduations for Kindergarten, graduations for elementary school, graduations for Jr. High – by the time you graduate Sr. High, it’s almost meaningless. Bah.

Only 11 more days until we move into our house!!