August 4, 2014

August 4, 2014

Life around here is crazy. We'll be moving in 11 days, and I have yet to pack a single box. I'm not too worried, because I'm really a very efficient mover, it's just the point. I HAVE been prepping for a yard sale this weekend though, so I have been cleaning and purging, which is a step in the right directions.

We also discovered that Taylor has LYME DISEASE. Because our life always needs a bit more excitement. At any rate, she is on a high dose antibiotic, and we are to watch her like a hawk for any worsening or changes in her skin.

Also, we went to our new ward yesterday. Troy's parents were here, and their flight home left during the middle of our normal church service. We looked up when the new ward meets, and found that it started at 1pm, so we decided to head over there after dropping them off at the airport. Everyone was quite lovely, and my kids were quick to point out all the differences between the two church buildings. (This one had pews in the chapel! And they didn't even move! And they have a real basketball court! And a primary room!) Needless to say, everyone was excited.

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to finish up my last class of the semester. I want to do it as fast as I can, then cancel our horrible satellite internet service. When Troy's home, we use his phone as a mobile hotspot, because it works WAY better than our standard service... which is pretty sad, if you ask me.

OH! And Blayne is home! She had a fabulous time in Arizona, but she missed us a lot. She got to visit all of her cousins on both sides of the family. She also went on an LDS temple tour. She even brought back a small chunk of rock that was used to build the St. George, Utah temple. She also went to Walt Disney World and got her princess on. I'm sure I'll hear all about it in the coming weeks, but for now, she's staying glued to her siblings. I don't think she quite knew what to do without them!

Other than that, it's same old, same old around here. Bills, laundry, and dinner. That is my life.

July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014

Blayne will be home in a week. I can't wait for her to be back. The house just has a different vibe without her. It's nice that the kids get the chance to visit places on their own though. It helps them figure out who they are individually. 

Meanwhile, I need to start packing. I have the boxes out, I just haven't packed anything in them. Of course, I'm very good at moving, so I don't need much time, I just don't have any energy to actually DO the packing. Also, we moved up our move-in date. Which means we shall be moving in three weeks. We're actually going to be moving while the kiddos are at camp, so they'll leave one house, and come home to another. This has pros and cons, the pros being they are out of the way, the cons being, they're old enough and strong enough to move boxes, but they won't be available. I'm going to do my darnedest to NOT be a mover, but that has never really worked out in the past. 

Also, in three weeks, we'll have pool access, and we will have to swim every day to make up for lost time. There is also a gym, which is super exciting for me, because I have wanted a gym membership forever, but there is not one anywhere near us. I am very excited at the prospect of weight machines and treadmills. 

In non-moving news, I'm still a little more "meh" than I'd like to be. In fact, just a few minutes ago, I took a muscle relaxer, plus a migraine pill, plus one of my nerve pills. I would like my brain and body to go comfortably numb, but it's not really looking too good at this point. What can I say, summer in Virginia is not my favorite. 

I AM going to try and finish up my last class real quick. It's my last class of the semester, and if I finish it quick, then I can relax about my school work until the kids go back. It's hard to do homework with the kids at home. We all distract each other. 

Speaking of distractions... at cub scouts tonight, the boys learned to play four square. Now, I have been trying to get my kids to play four square for AGES. It was one of my favorite games to play at recess, the other favorites being tether ball and wall ball. At any rate, the boys came home, and were telling me how fun it was, and explaining all the rules to me. I said, "I know! I love four square!" and Daniel asked me if that was the game I was trying to have them play all the time, and did I have the same rules. I said yes, that's exactly the same way I played four square, and he says, "Oh, I thought YOUR four square was more boring. That's why I didn't want to play. I didn't know it was the same as the BOY SCOUTS four square!" 

You see? This is why it's nice for them to have boy scouts and activity days. When other people suggest things, my children get excited and think the activities are cool. Also, we will be having a four square tournament. 

And since it's pioneer day, we will be cooking outside with a fire. I don't know what we're going to cook yet, but it will probably be something really exciting... like hot dogs. Although, pioneers didn't really have hot dogs, so we might have to not eat those. And now that I think about it, I don't know that I want to do a fire. That's it, we're just going to have bean soup and cornbread. Because that's the easiest option, and I don't know if you heard, but I'm moving and slightly sickly, so easy always wins. 

July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

We have a place to move. We found a three bedroom apartment "in town". It will be fabulous because A) less space = less cleaning B) it's on the ground floor. Absolutely no steps for carrying in groceries. C) no maintenance and D) we'll save roughly $600 a month. Which will be super helpful with all the things in life. We're trying to figure out what to do with our lawnmower though. Troy wants to keep it, but there is no where for it to go. However, since I am firmly in the "just sell it" camp, it's up to Troy to figure out what to do with it. I did suggest that he ask some friends who have space to store it/use it for the next year or so.

Meanwhile, I have been taking it easy this week. I've mostly been reading and laying about like a big slob. In my defense, I am feeling rather nerve-y these days. Oh well, what can you do?

Also: we made cream puffs today. I knew my kids would just love them, and they're one of those desserts that seem really fancy, but are really easy to make. So we have a container full of vanilla cream puffs, and all the children are thrilled and impressed. My kids think I'm the best cooker in the whole world! Seriously though, we have full on conversations about who would make what better... Daniel, who is all about comparisons, always asks me "Who would make this dinner better... you or Bobby Flay?" It's sweet and endearing.

Now, as I've said, I've been reading a lot lately. I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It was pretty good, but it wasn't quite enough for me. I don't know how to explain it better than that. It was just okay, that's all. But it was okay enough that I'm interested in reading her other books.

I've also read Incarceron (loved it) by Catherine Fisher, and I need to get the sequel sent to the library by me. I also read The Passage by Justin Cronin, and The Twelve. I enjoyed those very much. I re-read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Again, not really my kind of book. Generally, I like anything about vampires, especially when the writer uses historical events and puts a spin on the story. But I had to suffer through that book... and I do mean suffer. I was SO GLAD when I finished, and also mad at myself because I believe this is the third time I've been really excited to pick up this great book in the library, and then I get home and turn to page one, and discover my error. I know most people would just not read the book, but I can't not finish a book that I've cracked open and begun. I just can't! So I suffer through the story as best I can and try not to roll my eyes out of their sockets.

Other books I've enjoyed this summer: The Rule of Four by Dustin Thomason and Ian Caldwell, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, The Sphere of Secrets, also by Catherine Fisher, and a few others that I can't really remember right now. I started a new book today, and it's about Faeries, and I LIKE IT because I really, really want to live in a world where faeries exist and trolls are real.

And on that wonderful note, I'm out.