Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ready for some pics?

All right, I'm losing patience with this thing and I have sick children who are clingy. So what you get is some random pics in no particular order of our trip to GA. At one point, we stopped at a fountain for the kids to play.
Good fun was had by all, although the fountains had NO shade. I would have liked some shade. Or benches that weren't black iron (and therefore freaking hot).

A little peek into the back seat. The cats did okay on the trip, but I suspect three hotels and an apartment in as many days was hard for them. They were freaked out.

Eli and his gun...sigh. I think this is the first hotel we stayed at in Indianapolis.

Reese in the first hotel. It was the best, IMO, although the Red Roof Inn party outside our room was fun.

I really like this one. Moving day was a chaotic adventure as we were still packing things (whoops) and doing some organizing. Luckily we had help with the kids! Around 2pm we finally got on the road.
All right. So I fail at posting pictures. I'll keep working on it, if you'll keep reading. :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Home Again, home again!

Perhaps it would feel more like home though if I had furniture. Hopefully the whole moving truck thing won't take too long.

Honestly, it's really hard not having muh stuff. Eric commented that we should get some drink coasters, and I said, "I could make you some...if I had my sewing machines." I was going to buy stuff for hummus the other day...but no blender or food processor (not complaining a ton about that bought hummus is soooo good, and I rarely shell out the $$ for it). Oh blankets. Guess what I absent-mindedly packed in a box for the moving truck? All my bed blankets. I've been sleeping with a beach towel over me. Oh my desk top, I miss it so (no offense, laptop, you're functional). The kids could use some toys.

But it's not terrible. There is all the pool swimming you can handle. We have some exploring to do around the complex in search of the other playground and the mail box. I was surprised at how fast yesterday went. Things will be okay.

I know I promised pictures, and I know Eric uploaded them onto this laptop, but I can't find them anywhere. They will be coming, and they are worth the wait, in my not so humble opinion.

The plan for today? Relaxing, because we all have colds. What is it about traveling and changing climates that makes people sick? I suspect for me anyways, it has much to do with the lack of sleep and constant running during my last couple of weeks in Appleton. I guess I knew there would be a crash at some point.

Well, off to feed my kids!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Quickie

Because I think Eric is getting antsy for me to get the show on the road. Literally. We are like a crazy sideshow what with our two cats and two unruly children and junk strapped to the roof of the Vue. We pile out at gas stations, hotels, and road side vegetable stands. Life is good.

The trip itself is almost done, we're probably two hours from Columbus. There will be a Trader Joe's stop before we leave the Atlanta area. Hopefully there will be no snags with our apartment...cross your fingers! After things settle down, I'll get some pictures posted.

I still can't believe we don't live in WI. I can't believe we're really doing this, making such a huge move, doing something life changing. It's scary and exciting and amazing and awesome. The adventure started the moment we drove out of the driveway at our old house, and so far, so good!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dude, where's my stuff?

I know where my stuff is. I just miss it already. The sewing machine and serger got packed up today, and suddenly I have the urge to sew something. It will be about two weeks until we get our stuff most likely, and the priority after that will be unpacking and organizing. It could be upwards of a month before I get to bust out the sewing machines. Oh the humanity!!

Sewing really is my relaxation. Creating things from fabric, useable things, fun things, interesting things...that is what I enjoy. I use patterns mostly, but I'm getting to know techniques and methods. I had a lot of fun making Reese and Eli's summer wardrobe, shorts, tank tops, cute shirts. It's fun knowing that when my kids walk into a gathering they're wearing something unique. Well, unless there are other seamstresses who shop at the Joann's clearance rack. haha. I don't know that sewing their clothes saves bundles of cash, but at least my daughter isn't wearing short shorts and spaghetti strap tank tops like the ones in the store. The kids can pick out their own fabrics. It's satisfying to have them wearing all mama made clothes, right down to their unders!

But right now, I'll have to be satisfied with bookmarking interesting sewing tutorials to try and window shopping for fabric. It's worth it, this move is going to be amazing. And hopefully we won't have to wait too long for our stuff!

Looking ahead, after we move, I can start thinking about homeschooling for the fall. I'm definitely excited to order some curriculum!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Oh coffee

I just caved and brewed half a pot of coffee, because I was sure if I didn't, I would end up stopping somewhere and buying a cup on the way to the strawberry patch. I'm trying this thing where I don't make coffee every day in an effort to continue to not be dependant on it. What's wrong with coffee, you ask? Well, there's nothing wrong with it. I like coffee. However, I have some personal issues. Issue #1: I put way too much sugar in my coffee. Wayyyyyyyy too much. I can't stop. It's terrible. Issue #2: I used to be one of those people who was all, "I'm going to die if I don't get my coffee!!!" I'd like to not be like that anymore.
Issue #3: I'm pretty lazy and just don't want to fuss with coffee every morning.

So I'm limiting myself. There are other things, like not shelling out for coffee beans and creamer. My coffee grinder is probably on its last legs anyway because the top is cracked. It's only a matter of time before the locking tabs break off (which, coincidentally, is what happened to my LAST coffee grinder). I still enjoy a good cup of coffee, but you know, moderation not addiction.

In other news, Reese may be done with chickens, at least for a while. Nibble pooped on her twice today. I don't know if chickens poop that often or if Nibble was trying a new defense mechanism. Still, I think we will miss those darn chickens after we move. They crack me up with their chicken noises and their willingness to try to eat whatever you toss their way. And little kids chasing chickens? Hilarious. Perhaps I will round up a picture of Reese and her buddy Nibble.

Well, back to packing!

Friday, June 11, 2010

As we're packing and organizing, I'm also purging. In my not so humble opinion, my children have way too many toys. It gets to a point when they don't play with anything because they can't decide what to use. One of my hopes with moving is that we can simplify, simplify, simplify. I'm doing it with my fabric and sewing supplies, and to my surprise, it feels really freeing. The 12 or 13 ominous tubs of fabric have been pared down to three, and it's only pieces I really really like. We're trying to do the same with toys. Reese and Eli have input, of course, and I've been shocked at times that it's been so easy for them to give away their stuff. It's funny what they choose to keep and what they choose to go to the thrift store. I'm proud that my children have an attachment to people and not things.

The most nerve-wracking part of packing? Cleaning out my pantry, freezer, fridge. I'm so used to having a well stocked pantry that it's odd to see it looking so empty. Not to mention, it makes meal planning and cooking somewhat of a challenge. There will be a grocery run for fresh veggies and fruits, but I'm trying not to buy pantry staples so we can use up what we have. I'm sure it will lead to some pretty interesting meals.

A little over two weeks and we'll be in Columbus. I'm excited, scared, happy, sad. Everything. This is a big move for us, a well thought out move, a good decision. And there is so much to do! Guess I better get on it.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Yes, I'm here with another blog. I have the All Cancer, All the Time blog here ( And now I have this one too, although this blog will be more about family (you know, lovin), life (livin'), and our adventures (learnin') in a new city. I'm feeling like I need a place that is separate from my cancer blog, because as I've stated before, my life is NOT cancer. The cancer was just a rest area, or really, a wake up call.

Anyway, I'm not sure what exactly will be here. Everything, nothing, something all related to our lives. Perhaps it will be horribly boring. Perhaps it will be wildly exciting and you'll stalk my blog. We shall see.

For the time being, I'm busy with sewing and packing and enjoying my family and friends. When something good happens, you'll be the first to know. ;)