Wednesday, August 25, 2010

You don't know what you have...

Until you move.  It's amazing what we have accumulated in the 6 years we have lived at our house.  Still sorting and trying hard to let go of things that I don't absolutely need.  It's hard.  That is why I haven't been posting much.  I've had one garage sale already, and will be having another one as soon as I get through the rest of the stuff. 

I made a significant dent in it tonight. 

Conor started 2nd grade last week, and Allie started her final high school year today.  Both are doing well and enjoying school so far.  Ceara started last week as well, but she hasn't returned any of my calls for me to see how she is doing.  She's a sophomore this year.  All of my kids are growing up!  :( 

Conor started soccer a few weeks ago - around the first of August - and his first game is this weekend. 

I have a ton of books to get rid of... some of my favorites, too.  We just don't have room to keep them all.  And I can always go to the library to get my favorites when I want to read them again.  I've gone through them 3 times, each time getting rid of a few more - even though my heart breaks to.  I don't want to put things in storage. 

I've listed and sold several things on Craig's List, and will be putting some smaller items on there and/or Ebay sometime soon. 

Once things calm down a bit, I'll be able to post more.  Until then, I hope everyone is doing well!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Conor's new haircut...

And being goofy.

Sitting on my current bed - my bed is at the new place, so I sleep on this mattress until I get my other stuff moved.  Yes, it does have a snowman sheet on it... that is all I could find! 

Now he just has to get a tan on the sides of his head to match his face.  :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Being Funky, Funkifying, ect

I won a one year BeFunky from Jenn over at Juggling Life!!!  So funky pictures are incoming!  As soon as I get done with all the moving and can sit down at the computer to play with some pictures!  

I'm so excited to play with it!  Thank you, Jenn!!  :)

Speaking of moving... it is a PAIN!  I was cleaning at the new house last night and got a splinter deeply embedded in my finger.  Of course it is in my right index finger, and I'm right handed, so I was unable to remove it after several attempts with my left hand.  My mom tried as well, but was also unsuccessful - so I'm trying to use some Ichthammol Ointment - aka drawing salve.  It is like black tar and it stinks!  But if it works, I"ll be happy!  Mom had some at her house, then I went to CVS this morning and got myself a tube as well.  According to the people on Amazon who reviewed it, it should work.  I'll just have a stinky finger for a little bit. 

Now I"m off to do some more packing / moving.  I took a nap tonight and slept way too long.  It was too hot to work in the garage, so I'm going to do it now - at night. 

Have a good week!  :)

Friday, August 06, 2010

Sometimes the words are needed

I would just like to publicly state that I love my Mom.  She retired in 2007 and even before that she was always there for me in any way she could help.  Now that she's retired, she keeps Conor for us a lot more - saving us from having to send him to a sitter.  She takes him swimming, or to Kings Island, or just plays with him.  She also is keeping one of the bunnies that Alli brought home from school. 

We are currently moving and she has helped so much in getting everything we have needed taken care of for us.  We needed the shed moved, and she got me a number for a guy who turned out to be amazing at moving sheds through tight spots. 

She keeps Conor when we need to get something done that is better done without him.  She takes Alli to work, or picks her up when we are unable to get there.  And those early morning shifts when Alli has to be at work at 5am or 6am - she makes sure she is there on time. 

Whenever I'm feeling stressed, or down I know I can call her and she will make me feel better.  She is an amazing person, and I feel so blessed to have her as my Mom.  I truly appreciate everything she has done for me and I hope she knows that I love her more than words can possibly say. 

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Ahead of the storm

Conor and I went to our new house tonight and watched UP with Jeff.  When we went to leave, the wind was blowing very hard and lightning filled the sky.  It had not begun to rain, though.  We drove home and when we got to the end of one road, to the left it was raining hard, the road was wet; and to the right it was dry.  Our path was to the right so we got home before the rain started.  I grabbed my camera to take a little video of the lightning.  It was very cool!

video

Monday, August 02, 2010

Happy Birthday, Barb! (belated post)

As I mentioned before, we had Barb's birthday party at the house we are moving to.  Jeff made one of his new concoctions - Chicken, peppers (red, yellow, orange and green), water chestnuts, pineapple and seasonings put into aluminum foil and cooked it over an open flame.  It turned out pretty good.  We also had a fruit tray, fruit dip, water melon, cantaloupe and ... was there something else?  Is my memory THAT bad? 

It was a little bit hot out, but not too awful.  We were able to sit out on the deck and eat. 

Ceara had gone to a wedding earlier in the day, and she looked beautiful in her dress. 

I was taking pictures with my camera, Barb's camera, and Barb's cell phone so she could send pictures along to Naomi and Mindy (her daughters, for those who don't know) because they both live out of state and were not able to come to the party. 

Jeff and Conor made her a humming bird out of wood - I do not do a lot of free-hand drawing, but I did draw the bird with the flower from a picture Jeff found on the internet. 

It didn't turn out too bad, and I modeled the cake after the one they made.  Of course we had to have chocolate, too.  What's a birthday party without chocolate cake? 

Not really a birthday party at all if you ask me.  Or any of the other people there as well... pretty much all chocolate lovers.  I'm not as big of a chocolate lover as the rest of them, but that chocolate cake is sooooo good, if I do say so myself.  Hey, it's not like I'm taking credit for writing the recipe - I just follow it and the result is always amazing. 


Barb's birthday is actually on the 22nd, but that was a Thursday, so we had the party on a Saturday.  We declared it her birthday week, and she continued to celebrate after our party as well.  Spending time with friends - going out to lunch and to the movies... 

Happy Birthday!!  We love you!!