Friday, July 31, 2009
In the car.
Zion National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park
We picked up the truck yesterday. It's enormous. Jed went back and forth all day about whether or not everything we own would fit. It did. With some space. If Jed had it his way, he and I would load the entire truck on our own. Luckily, Jed has helped enough people move that people felt the need to reciprocate and we had some help. I was especially thankful because otherwise I'd be stuck carrying a California King sized mattress down our steep stairway.
Last night some friends had us over for a goodbye dinner and a break from packing. Then we came home and finished loading all the last, awkwardly shaped stuff. Everything that's left needs to go in the car with me (just clothes and entertainment for the next few days, along with the cleaning supplies and vacuum I'm currently using).
Now it's cleaning time. I've done most of the easy stuff. All the bedrooms are vacuumed. The windows (except in the kitchen) are clean. The downstairs half bath is clean. Then upstairs full bath is clean except for the bathtub part. I just need to clear out some junk downstairs, vacuum and then attack the kitchen and finish the bathroom and we're ready to roll. Sort of. We have to have a moving out inspection. And then Jed has to get done with his last day at work. THEN, we're ready to roll.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
His current loves: cars, trucks, airplanes, buses, trains, balls, birds, dogs, throwing stuff down the stairs, turning off computers, shoes and looking at books.
Monday, July 27, 2009
As Jed and I were trying to get our room packed last night he said to me something along the lines of, "we could through most of this crap away and never even notice." And it's true, to an extent. We have a lot of stuff. A LOT. When we made the move here from California almost four years ago, we knew we'd probably never be moving that far west again (and our truck was uber expensive), so we brought all of our childhood stuff with us. And we have a lot of stuff from our childhoods. Jed did a pretty good job as a kid of going through all of his stuff and videotaping it while talking about it. But since then he's gotten a lot more stuff. Then throw my stuff into the mix... and all of our kids junk (which often times consists of actual trash they can not part with) and we're in trouble.
I just went to our storage unit to scavenge for our last few empty boxes and saw the boxes of stuff from Jed's missionary days and both of our childhoods. I just wanted to bring it all home and go through it because I know that each year that passes makes it that much easier to part with some of that stuff. I'm pretty sure I could eliminate a lot of crap. But we don't really have time for that yet. Hopefully we'll get a chance to go through that after this move, and before we have to move again. It was so upsetting when we moved here and for the first several weeks I was driving box after box to Goodwill... why didn't we just rid of it BEFORE the move?? But that was a quick, unexpected move. And while we've been able to plan for this one, and we have gotten rid of a lot on ebay and Craigslist and Goodwill... there's still SO MUCH MORE.
Maybe you'll hear from me again before the move. Probably you will... unless a leaning tower of boxes crushes me.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I'm now a redhead, sort of. It washes out in 28 washes. And let me tell you, this has brought up a great deal of conversation with our children, especially Princess Sparkley who would like to know if we might let her dye her hair someday. Argh. Although part of this could be that Jed is currently reading aloud Anne of Green Gables, and Anne hates her hair color and recently dyed it green on accident when she bought black hair dye from a traveling salesman. And, the three year old who lives across the street from us has pink streaks in her hair... as does Fancy Nancy, I think. Plus, all crazy appearances our kids have will be blamed on Jed, because this is his senior picture in our high school yearbook:
Eat at Lidia's in Kansas City (Missouri).
Take pictures of my kids in a field of sunflowers.
Last weekend we went to Topeka to return library books, find Alf Landon's grave (this was on Jed's list of "to do before we leave Kansas," we were unsuccessful), and tour the Topeka Capitol. Jed, Princess Sparkley and Buddy even got to go to the top of the dome and outside to see all of Topeka from a bird's eye view. Unfortunately no one bothered to tell us that Baby X would need to be able to walk all 296 steps on his own or would not be able to go on the tour. We'd already been past security, and through the gift shop where the worker there (who ended up being our tour guide) directed us to where we needed to meet for the dome tour, but didn't bother to mention Baby X would be unable to go on the dome tour. So Baby X and I hung out eating fruit snacks while he tried to escape over the back of the bench we were on, to fall 20 feet down the stairwell. PS and Buddy went to the top with Jed and were both scared, but very brave.
Yesterday I took the kids to Moon Marble. I may have been more excited about this than my kids, but I think they (well, maybe not Baby X) enjoyed it as well. The guy who started it used to be a wood worker. He was making wooden game boards that needed marbles but couldn't find any of the cool marbles from his childhood anywhere. He finally found a company in West Virginia that would sell him some, but he had to buy 12 crates (I'm paraphrasing and may not have everything right). When they arrived, they came in a semi-truck and there were over 5,000 marbles. He says he's been in the marble business ever since that day. I'm not sure how he got into making marbles (Baby X was fussy during this part... I wouldn't recommend this for the littlest kids) but part of the tour is watching him make a marble. It's pretty cool. He asks that if you take pictures, you do so without a flash. This is not good news for me since my camera takes horribly fuzzy and out of focus pictures when the flash is off. I'll include pictures, but look here for better ones.
The marbles he makes sell for $30+. If you look at the marbles for sale on the website, they sell marbles from a variety of talented glass artists and some are as expensive as $350. They also sell a lot of vintage games and cheap marbles they buy from somewhere else.
My kids each got a handpicked by them tube of marbles and a shooter marble. Buddy is obsessed with the game.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
*My goal for today was to pack my bedroom closet (we've already packed most of our clothes and shoes, now it's just random stuff on the high high top shelf), the coat closet which also doubles as a craft/school closet (and is also half packed) and our storage closet which is mostly already boxed up stuff. Mainly, all I accomplished was making a huge mess of everywhere (except the coat closet which I haven't even made it to yet).
Monday, July 20, 2009
Anyway, what prompted all of this thought is this funny article I read about a guy and a girl, both named Kelly, who also both have the same last name and are getting married. She can keep her name (while also taking on her husband's name), but they have the same name and have to refer to themselves as Kelly girl and Kelly boy. AND, they met because she searched for her own name in Facebook and the only other person was this guy. So she sent him a quick message about how it was funny they had the same name... and now they are getting married.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
They are huge. Taller than all of my children (separately, not standing on each other's heads). And one is very close to being taller than I am... and it flowered this week!! I'm so proud of my little sunflowers.
The top left and bottom right picture were taken a few days ago before my one sunflower had bloomed.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
While it seems like a lot of our place is packed up (especially if you ask my kids who are fairly convinced that all of their toys have been boxed up ...they haven't), there is still so much more to do. I need to make a goal for myself of packing 10 boxes a day, or something. But then I fear I'll run out of boxes and have to track down more.
I think my next items to tackle (after, of course, finishing the clean up from our trip and consequent messy return) will be packing up random under the sink bathroom supplies (but I know if I do this, someone will get sick and I'll have packed up the thermometer or one bottle of medicine that we've only used once several months ago, and suddenly we need again) and then the kitchen (but I'll do something like pack up my Bundt pan only to find out that one of the desserts in the cupboard that I should make instead of moving food will require a Bundt pan). This is why I'm typing away instead of packing. I over think.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Luckily, our good friends were in town recently and Rachel is an excellent photographer. If I'd only known this about her when we were actually living in the same town. Now she lives in southern California (southern California readers, take note Rachel Clare Photography) where she continues to impress me with the pictures she captures. While they were in town she was nice enough to take some pictures of our family... you can get a sneak peak here.*
*Friends and family... forget you've seen these so you are surprised when they arrive in your Christmas card in a few months.
PS reading outside the Topeka, KS library.
Flat but pretty, cloudy western Kansas.
Baby X following Jed.
Great Sand Dunes National Park.
near Alamosa, CO
Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
Forty-six years ago today my parents were married.
Friday, July 03, 2009
image from amazon.com
Here are some links to my past Fourth of July recipes and favorite books:
My favorite apple pie recipe here with some great apple children's book suggestions.
A great Fourth of July book from the McDuff series.
My family's traditional Fourth of July dessert is Peach Cobbler, here's that recipe.
And some Fourth of July side dishes, since you should probably eat something other than dessert... I guess.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I think I'll be making one of these with some of my fabric scraps. Hopefully it'll fool Baby X... although our old remotes don't fool him, he knows they don't really control the TV.