Bummer News

                 photo taken with my iphone in the outskirts of Monroe, NC-rainbow
                photo taken with my iphone in the outskirts of Monroe, NC-rainbow

We’re Moving!

Earlier this week I received a phone call from Sally (landlord), that for reasons I can’t mention here, will be putting the house (that we live in!) up for sale.  She doesn’t have a specific date but told us “…do what you have to do to prepare yourselves.”  She was nice enough to offer us the privilege of living here while it is on the market, but it’s a bit too risky to move a family of five on short notice if it were to sale.  

Sally is probably one of the sweetest of people and she worries over us like a mother would.  I assure her that we will be fine.  And we will. The news isn’t all bad!  Some definite pros will come out of this and I have no doubt that other great things will emerge from it.  I actually suggested last year that we move because of commuting burdens, but Bubba didn’t want the hassle and financial cost of it all.  That’s not to say there aren’t pitfalls as well though. 

Our biggest one being is that Bubba (if all goes well) will be graduating in December which more than likely means we’ll be moving somewhere for his new job in Jan.  So basically 2 moves in 9 months.  That’s rough, but by no means the worst thing in life, so we’re still counting our blessings. 

I’m also grateful she announced it when she did because I was juuusst about to drop a lump sum of money to pay off my car.  Luckily I didn’t and we now have more than enough money to cover the moving cost.        

Although this scenario wasn’t in our initial plans it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t meant to be.  We have faith that God has his plans for us paved and we need to be dutiful in following the road. All is good.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

Two Days

For two days now, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to put on the kids socks, shoes, coats, gloves, and hats.  Every couple of hours, they want to go outside again and I repeat the whole process for each one.  To keep it all dry, I am throwing everything into the dryer between each outing.  It’s one of the downfalls to getting snow in the south; it melts as quickly as it fell.  The kids know they have to soak it up while they can, hence the constant in and out.

Other than that, I am delighted to see the white stuff on the ground, even if it is mostly sleet.  It’s also nice to finally feel the cold air and actually have a chill in the house worthy of my old friend, (electric heater) to warm my cold toes.  This weather slows down my days too.  It has been nice. And hey! It’s even inspired me to start a new knitting project.  I’m stepping out of my beginners comfort zone on this one so we’ll see how it turns out. 

And thankfully (Praise God!) our electricity hasn’t been disrupted.  It goes on and off every few hours, but nothing permanent.

It Figures + Urban Sketch

  I've slowly been adding a few urban sketches to my journal and so far I really enjoy drawing them.  If you want to know more about what it is then you can check it out by doing a simple google search. :)  I was able to learn by doing this drawing that a white gel pen doesn't always make the best highlighter option.  I'll probably try gouache (spelling?) next time.
I’ve slowly been adding a few urban sketches to my journal and so far I really enjoy drawing them.  If you want to know more about what it is then you can check it out by doing a simple google search. 🙂  I was able to learn by doing this drawing that a white gel pen doesn’t always make the best highlighter option.  I’ll probably try gouache (spelling?) next time.

On July 16th, my morning started early.  I had a lot to do and needed to be out of the house with kids in tow by 8.  Being the morning hater that I am, I woke up especially early (6:15am) and do what most adults do to get themselves perky.  I made a bee line for the beloved coffee pot and with one eye barely open, I moved through the motions of prepping the machine.  When I tried to pour the coffee into the filter, nothing came out of my empty canister. 

{{Palm to forehead}}

Slight panic ensued and I told Bubba (who was already dressed and ready for the day) to quickly run to the store, but all he said is, “No such luck, toots.  Gotta be at school early to study.”

Desperation is a funny thing and an apparent adrenaline booster.  I wasted zero time throwing on my shoes, clothes, and brushing my teeth to drive to the our local grocery store.  Unfortunately for me, the doors to the store wouldn’t open and I was referred to a sign that says “comeback, we’re closed”.  

Awe, hell no.

At this point I wasn’t opposed to slurping spilled coffee off the floor, so I paced outside for fifteen minutes until they opened at 7.  Meh.

I knew my luck was changing though;  There was a bright red sale sticker below my favorite brand of coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts for 6.99! 

After rushing through checkout and back home, I was feeling quite happy and proud of myself that all had worked out…THAT IS until I noticed the bright green label on the bag of coffee that says DECAF

NOOOOOOOOooooooo!  The horror!   Why do they even make decaf!!?  Doesn’t it defeat the purpose behind having coffee? 

Needless to say, I didn’t have any coffee that morning.  And I wasted seven dollars.

It figures.

*And because this is a blog and people judge I figure I should note that my teenage son babysat the sleeping babes while I went to the store.

NC Transportation Museum

If you don’t want to read my rant of disappointment then please feel free to skip to the last paragraph!  Fair warning! 😀

Way back in December I purchased tickets from Living Social to visit a local transportation museum that included a train ride.  Since Scout’s obsession with trains is still going strong and the price was right: $24 for 5 people, I thought I couldn’t go wrong with this trip.  I mislead myself.  First, this place is in the boonies.  To get there, it took an hour and a half because you have to drive down every back road known to man.  The town itself is a rink-a-dink place with the dump site located just at the end of main street.  Secondly, they only allowed you to use the tickets right smack in the middle of January.  Not the worst scenario, but jeez, I should have read the fine print.  Then, on the only day Bubba was free before school started, we drove all the way out there to find it is closed.  Why?  Because their hours changed and we can only ride the train on Saturday.  So we triple checked the schedule, Bubba used a vacation day for work, and we made the long drive there for a second time.  Next up on my list of complaints was that the ride lasted a mere 15 minutes.  (Although you could technically ride 30 mins  by riding it back to the station.  Only if you wanted to skip the museum though.)  We had to walk the mile back to our car, while going through many closed, sectioned off, and uncompleted “museums”. 

This is getting ugly.  I need to switch gears before this post becomes a downer.  All that really matters is that the little kids loved the train ride and were thankful for the opportunity.  The kids equally enjoyed being able to chose a toy from their souvenir shop.  🙂  Our time wasn’t a total waste, but I don’t think we will ever go back.  Oh!  And another plus was being able to grab lunch at the local Cracker Barrel.  It was sooo good and it was pretty easy to eat vegetarian there.  (This was before going vegan.) 

The kids are easier to take out to restaurants now, making the lunch a pleasant experience.  No meltdowns! Woo hoo!

What a day.

Today beat me up, shoved me to the ground and called me a w-e-e-n-i-e.  The day began at 7:50 this morning and is just now coming to a god blessed close.  At least I hope.  I’m pretty sure I could bet you one hundred dollars that I will be cleaning bodily fluids throughout the night and come out the winner.  I don’t even have a hundred bucks to bet and I would still bet you!

And that statement right there sets the tone over the last 13 hours of this cra-zy day.  In fact, I sent a text message to my friend Crystal around ten this morning:

Get this.  Rori’s diaper leaked on the couch so I took her to the kitchen to clean her up when Scout runs in screaming about his mouth and throat.  I pick him up but he is fighting me and screaming a fit so bad that it would make a two year old blush.  So anyway, I take him to the trash can where he starts to puke.  However, that freaked him out even worse–he tried to runaway which led to a huge puke scene all over the dang floor and himself.  So now I have a whole new mess to clean!  So I start with him, then the throw up.  Then I clean Rori and get her changed. Then I scrub the sofa.  Then I clean myself.  Bubba is so lucky he works on days like this.

Now put this scene on repeat, add a whole lot of diarrhea and you have my ENTIRE day.  I was fed up with it all by the time Bubba came home and I told him that for once I wish he would be stuck with sick kids by himself and do nothing but clean their mess.  I say this because Bubba is NEVER home when the kids are sick!  Ever!  (That’s a whole other whine fest)

Anyway, I left for the gym to blow off my day.  Forty minutes into my workout I receive this text from my husband:

Payback was sent.  I started to make dinner and Scout and Rori started fighting over the bathroom.  Scout was already in there and I told Rori to wait just a minute and I hear a huge fart.  Rori is like, “GROSS” and opens the door to find that Scout somehow exploded all over the toilet seat AND the side of the toilet, AND the floor AND the wall.  Not much on him though.  Almost like he blew right before sitting down.  Then I inadvertently clogged the toilet by using TP to clean the mess right away.  Wow.  It really blew up on me fast.

Anyway…

Poor kid repeated that episode two more times before finally falling asleep.  (Despite my day, my heart can’t help but ache for the little ones when they’re sick) I hope he feels better tomorrow.  He obviously has some sort of virus.  Hopefully I can keep it from spreading to anyone else in the house too! 

Clean, clean, clean.

I almost forgot to tell you the event that broke this camel’s back.  I bent over to pick up a bottle of shampoo and threw out my back.  I’ve been sitting here on the couch with a heating pad wondering if I will be able to walk when I try and get up.  Back pain is no joke! 

 

TAKING STOCK

The idea for this post came from Bridget and Anna.

Thanks for the idea ladies.

COOKING  nothing lately.  i’m in a ‘fend for yourself’ streak!  i’m slowly emerging out of the phase though.  in fact, i will be picking up a couple of vegan cookbooks I’ve had on hold at the library today.  who knows! perhaps i will even cook something nice tonight.

DRINKING  lemon water and tea pigs.  for the first time in my life I’m brewing something other than Luzianne iced tea!  after watching Essie Button’s video I let myself be suckered into purchasing a sample package from her beloved Tea Pigs.  I have to say that I’m not disappointed!  I really like the green and licorice with mint teas.    I’ve also filled a pitcher full of water with sliced lemon in it and it has become my goal to drink the whole thing everyday.  Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m getting there. 

WANTING  a new pair of shoes.  i’ll be going on vacation soon so i’m in the market for a stylish sandal that can offer comfort while trekking around the city.

WATCHING  ugh.  dumb and dumber.  bubba made me watch it. 

READING  i’ve picked my dragonfly in amber book back up and recently finished, yes please.

LISTENING TO  Illumination by Jennifer Thomas  if you need the perfect inspiring instrumental piece of music then look no further.  even if you don’t normally listen to this genre, you will still like it.  even bubba likes it! (and that’s saying something)  this song is bold as it is beautiful. 

EATING  a bunch of vegetables.  sort of goes hand in hand when you decide to live a vegan lifestyle.

WISHING  i was on vacation.  i’m so ready!  just two more months and we are driving to boston.  hopefully the city will have thawed out by then! the area has been setting new snow records for the past two months.  i don’t even think peeps will be able to talk about 2015 without someone mentioning boston blizzards.  it’s unreal! 

ENJOYING  getting back into my writing.  I went over a month without sitting down to journal, blog, or write letters and i missed it terribly.  i’m just not myself when I don’t sit down and write it all out.  so yeah… i’m happy to be documenting our happy memories again.  🙂

NEEDING  to get out more!  i’ve been feeling housebound this winter and i’m ready to venture out and have a few adventures.

FEELING  excited to see if i placed in an amateur photo contest.  i submitted a photo in december and the winners are supposed to be announced in February.  if i win i receive free admission to the botanical garden for one year. 

WEARING  my new sweat pants from old navy.  i’m obsessed with them.  i take them off long enough to throw them into the washer and dryer and then i pace around until i hear the buzzer.  then i slip those puppies back on.  bubba is the same way.  we both bought a pair and they are the softest–most comfortable–pair of sweats i think we have ever owned. 

BOOKMARKING  a ton of ‘must-do’s’ in boston from blogs and websites.  like checking out this gorgeous library.

LOVING  this little moment of peace and quiet i’ve been given to actually sit down and type without interruption.  do you know what that feels like?  —amaze-balls—  that’s how it feels.

Fortunate Brat

I made it through another Thanksgiving declaring my usual stance, “…I’m never, ever, ever, cooking again!” (total lie)  It was yummy and blessed though.  I’m a fortunate brat that has plenty to be thankful for, and I am.  We almost didn’t celebrate this year; Bubba had planned to work extra hours and we didn’t have family coming to visit.  But, at the last minute, (the day before) we decided to buy the ham and start cooking in honor of all that we have been blessed with this year. 

And it was good.  Our bellies were bloated.  Our hearts thankful.  And we had leftovers for a few days.

Life is joyful!

of late

The mornings start early here; weekend or not.  I’m always the first to wake.  I drag myself downstairs to enjoy a cup of Jo and eat before the chaos begins. 

During the weekdays, Bubba flies out the door swallowing the last of whatever breakfast he scarfed down with a coffee cup in hand.  Then the kids and I do schoolwork, cook, eat, clean, and try to keep ourselves semi-entertained during the minute’s in-between.  Most of the in-between moments are spent outside in the backyard in an effort to soak up the last of summer.  (88 degrees today! I’m trying to be positive but I’m ready for cool weather)  While the kids play, I strut to the garden to nurse my first fall plants and prepare the rest of the empty beds for winter.  It’s usually me pulling weeds, throwing spike balls over the fence, and hauling leaves to the compost.  Fun stuff.

I did break up the monotony last weekend with a trip to Aw Shucks Farm.  I felt I owed it to their childhood.  You see, despite living in desert heat, my grandparents managed to successfully grow apple, pecan, peach, and pear trees.  Many of my delightful childhood memories revolve around helping my grandparents pick the fruits from those trees and I always wanted my kiddos to have similar experiences.  So…I took them to this farm that boasted an array of kid activities with a fall theme.  However, it was not very fun.  Oh the kids had a blast, but it wasn’t to fun for me!  I’ll explain in a different post.

Let’s see; what else?  Bubba and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary last week! Go us!  I would normally write something mushy or try and give my two cents on what makes a marriage work, but I’ll spare you this year.  But for the record; married life is bliss. 😉  (totally not the most flattering photo of us, but this is all I had on hand at the moment)

After hearing much ado, I finally picked up this book from the library.  It’s called, We Were Liars.  Oh you’ve heard of it?!  Not surprising.  So far so good though, and that’s coming from Nathan and myself since we are taking turns reading. 

We’re stuck in a dinner rut (CHICKEN AGAIN!) and I’ve been wanting to try a different type of cuisine.  I was thinking about exploring a few easy French dishes.  Haven’t looked around yet, but I was thinking of checking out Rachel Khoo’s cookbook and probably stalking a few food blogs soon.  🙂

One last thing before I wrap this up.  Nathan and I enjoyed a movie night at the theater.  It was a nice treat for us to step away from the house for a while.  We watched, Left Behind.  I was excited to see the book series I enjoyed years and years ago come to life.  Nate wasn’t into it, but I quite enjoyed it.  It was also enjoyable because we were the only people in the theater!

Alright.  That’s a wrap, I think. 

I know, we’re mundane!

Don’t worry movie goers! We were only obnoxious for this photo. We didn’t keep our feet on the chairs. 😉 

Front Porch Haircut

Bringing back the chilly bowl, guys.  Just kidding!  Could you imagine if it did come back in style? 

Just wanted to take a minute and document Scout’s front porch hair cut.  One day he will want a professional to do it, but for now, he believes that he is the coolest kid because his daddy does it for him.  ((So sweet))  However, I don’t have a picture of the finished cut.  I know, I know, what was I thinking?  But the pictures on this post is pretty much what it looks like now.