And Now We Are Here

We’re moved in! (Thanks to lots of help from friends, my brother, and my parents.) We moved the bulk of everything on the morning of the 21st, while M and my brother made lots of trips back and forth for a few days afterward. My brother got here Monday night, and my parents arrived the next day. We were all surrounded by boxes for the whole week, but we managed just fine.

Thanksgiving was interesting. Other than the busyness of unpacking the kitchen in time, my mom and I stayed up late Wednesday night getting everything ready for the turkey. When we opened up the package that the turkey was in on Thanksgiving day, it smelled like rotten eggs! I spent the next few hours scrambling around town looking for a turkey. I finally found an already prepared one at a local restaurant. We had a cajun turkey to go with my rosemary/citrus menu. We’ll just say it was in honor of the Katrina victims. (o: I was thankful that we even found a turkey. It was looking bleak for awhile there.

All in all, it was a busy week. But we had a lot of fun too…

My parents pulled out their clogging shoes and showed everyone what they could do. They were pretty good! I was wondering if we were going to experience the world’s fastest eviction from our new apartment (we are not on the bottom floor).

After a while E had to jump in and show everyone her home-spun Highland Dancing.

And then R showed everyone her stuff.

We all had a nice week together. We’re hoping next time my sister and her family will be able to come.

I still have a lot of unpacking to do, so I may not be the daily blogger that I was for a little while. Plus, the batteries are dead in the camera, and I can’t find the battery charger. I’ll find everything eventually, right?

King of the Hill

Can you find the cat in this picture?

There he is!

Well, we’re down to the wire now. Almost everything is packed. It will be nice to have a day of rest on the Lord’s day tomorrow, and then the big push on Monday. I’m excited to post some pictures at our new home pretty soon! (o:

Turkeys and Leaves

Earlier this week, the girls made these turkeys with some stickers they had. I haven’t had time to post them until now. I actually don’t really have time right now either, but sometimes I just need to take a break!

Also, earlier this week, someone had blown a big pile of leaves into the road. M took E out to jump in them– she had a blast!

I took this picture from our porch:

“R” and I joined them after a while.


Building Character

I think it must be good for children to sometimes be bored out of their skulls. I spent a good bit of my childhood in this state, and I think it has made me a more creative, jocular person. My personality has many levels due to childhood boredom. Or, if you want to look at it from someone else’s point of view, perhaps my childhood boredom has just made me weird and socially limited.

Well, either way, I am now instilling these traits into my two daughters. While I am packing, painting, and cleaning, they have no choice but to entertain themselves. Most of their time is put toward either making eachother laugh, or… coloring. I have found many many pieces of artwork around the house these past few days.


The moon and the stars. Chalkboard art.


Paper and crayons. An array of beautiful and interesting work.