Sunday, April 30, 2006
Where? Mi casa nueva.
Why? Because I want to properly thank all of the people that helped us move...and eat tacos...and break a piñata.
You all must know that in Mexico, at least where I lived, Cinco de mayo is just any other day. I think in Puebla it's a big deal since that's where the whole kicking France's butt took place. I think the restaurant business took over Cinco de mayo to promote their mexican food. That must be it. Cinco de mayo is a much bigger deal in the States than I ever saw in Mexico. Having said that, I don't care! We're having a party! Mark your calendars now.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Their mom is great. She apologized and told me that they aren't supposed to go through that hole in the fence at all! They weren't allowed when the other people lived here and they aren't now. They haven't done it since. Now they come to the front door and ask me nicely if they can play in the backyard with my kids and I'm allowed to tell them to buzz off if I want. I also found out that they aren't supposed to play on Saturday (they're Jewish...speaking of which, I told them that we're Mormons and think of the jokes that could be made about our street!).
There is another kid that lives a couple of houses down. He's about 12. He keeps coming over asking for jobs to do so he can earn money. I wouldn't mind if he came once a day. Nope. He knocks on the door about 4-5 times a day. It's majorly annoying and I told him to cut it out. Caleb tries to run out into the street any time I open the door and Eva tries to tumble down the stairs anytime I leave her to her own devices. I hope he stops soon. I don't feel like paying him to sweep my driveway although I am tempted to give him 25 cents a day to not knock on my door!
The good news? Caleb and Eva love playing with these kids. It really has been a blessing having some other kids around. They love running outside and messing around with them. It's exactly what I envisioned having kids would be like---them playing with the neighbor kids in the backyard eating popsicles. Now if only I could keep them from teaching Caleb how to wrestle even better than he does now...
Friday, April 28, 2006
In other news...we're almost done moving all the stuff from our other house. I told Carl that if we've lived without it for this long, we can live without it forever. Just when I get the boxes down to a reasonable number, he brings home more! I'm running out of places to put things so he's going to have to face the fact that something's gotta give!
Excuse the lame post of more complaining from me but I think that's all you're going to get today. Caleb is about to be home and I spent the whole morning in a Relief Society meeting. It's a rainy day so I'm going to have to come up with some way to keep the kiddos occupied without playing outside. Fun times.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
This is a true story. Carl is a major pack rat. He does come by it honestly, though. He comes from a long line of hoarders. He has a hard time throwing things away. I'm starting to fear for this house. We've been married for almost 8 years and in that time we've moved 6 times. This has been good for me because it forces Carl to throw out some things out of sheer necessity. Now that we are finally in our own house, I worry that not having the every other year purge is going to make this house feel overrun. I shared my fears with him this morning and he blew me off saying he couldn't talk about it at the moment because he was feeling backed into a corner. Backed into a corner??? I merely suggested that we can throw out a travel coffee mug (hello? We're Mormons. We don't even drink coffee!) that we got from the little cafe where we ate after we got married. We've had that thing 8 years and haven't used it once.
Another example...Carl has more clothes than I do yet he wears the same thing every week. He does admit that he can get rid of some t-shirts now that he's a working man (like those free bank t-shirts that we got when we were undergrads over 10 years ago?) but most of his t-shirts need to be SAVED because of the memories. WHAT? He wants to pack away t-shirts in a box in the basement because they have sentimental value? Did they save his life? Are they magic? They're just t-shirts! I suggested cutting them up and making him a quilt if he wants to keep the "memories" alive so badly. I think he actually wants me to do that. Maybe I can get away with taking pictures of him in the shirts and making wallets and he can carry them around in his pocket everyday! I'm getting a good idea on how those Clean Sweep organizers feel when they have a particularly hard person to convince that they don't need to keep every little thing that they've ever owned.
Well, I have a long day of unpacking ahead of me but I'm not allowed to throw anything else out until Carl has an "inspection". I know at least half of the things he would never notice are gone but I'm not quite willing to push my luck on that yet.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
1. Loco en el coco. This translates literally to crazy in the coconut. It's just a slang way to say crazy in the head.
2. Pies Descalzos. Translated to bare feet. I really liked this one. So deep. Think about all the bare feet in this house and how I want to knit them socks! It all came down to the fact that I figured people would think I was crazy for having pies (the food) in the title of my blog even though I really meant the spanish word for feet.
3. What's this? Christy's Blog? CHRISTY'S BLOG!!!! MMmmmHmmm. This title was inspired by the Frog and conceived of by Sugar Daddy. At first I was like, uh...no way. Then it kind of grew on me. In the end I realized that I didn't want my blog to be named after something that Frog says all of the time and a lot of people wouldn't get it.
I'm just glad to have this up and running now. I'll be adding my links and other goodies to the sidebar in the next day or two. I'll probably blog again later today. I've been saving up all of my good stuff!
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
In other news, Elder Bednar was at our Stake Conference this weekend. I went to a meeting with him this morning for new members and those that are investigating the church. I'm neither, but SD is the Ward Mission Leader and was playing the piano at the meeting so I tagged along. I sat in the front row (it was in the Primary room) so I was super close to E. Bednar. I'm writing down my spiritual experiences in a not so public place but I thought I'd share some of the funnier aspects of this morning.
1. Both of the General Authorities wore two rings. I'm wondering if this is a pre-requisite for the job or, if once you have the calling, you feel pressure to live up to the two ring standard.
2. I was close enough to see that E. Bednar's ring was from BYU and he graduated in 1980.
3. He was very well groomed and had no visible nose hair. *I can't believe I just wrote this*
Blogging may be sparse in the next couple of days as we're trying to dig ourselves out from under the boxes. I already have a couple of funny stories about our first few days here but I'm too tired to write about them at the moment. Just wanted to check in!
Thursday, April 13, 2006
I have a feeling this "no more packing" is going to bite us in the butts big time. So, I'm trying to use as little energy as possible during these next few days so I'm ready for all heck to rain down upon me. Time to go and have a quick lie down on the couch!
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Darling Meshach and I share the same birthday.
I had a great day...thanks for all the birthday wishes! My birthday is my favorite holiday of the year (it even beats out Christmas--probably because it's all about ME!). I'm selfish, I know.
Today has been a pretty big day so far. We spent a fair chunk of change on a house. Yep, that's right. It's finally ours. The previous owners are paying us rent for a couple of days while they wait for their house to close and so they can move. We'll be loading up the truck Saturday morning. We did our last walk through last night and I'm SO excited to be moving there. It's gonna be awesome!
Well, Frog is going to be home soon so I better wrap this up and wait for the bus to get here!
Monday, April 10, 2006
We all waited outside for the bus to show up. It arrived at 7:20am. I can't believe we were all up and ready that early. I did work on getting him to bed at a decent hour last night. It should be easier tonight since he's been up since 6:30am.
I think he had a good time. He came home in a good mood and it took him a good 2-3 hours before he started getting naughty. I didn't get any sort of message from the teacher so I'm taking that as a good sign. No news is good news, eh?
Tomorrow, Big Apple and I have a breakfast date to celebrate my birthday. It'll be weird going out with just one kid in tow. We're meeting Hollie at the IHOP (by the Walmart at 9am--anyone else care to join us?). Check out the pics of her little girl on her blog. In one of them she's wearing the hat I made for her 1st birthday. Cute as can be!
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Most of you know that the Frog can dance. I mean, he can DANCE. He loves it. Big Apple is the great imitator of all time (heaven help me!) and she has started to pick up on some of his moves. She's not a total copycat, though. She's got some good ones of her own. Her favorites are militant marching (she gets her knees up so high that I think she's going to fall over), and spinning. This kids spins and spins, usually until she can't walk and just has to fall to the floor. When this happens she will just stay there and giggle until she's good enough to stand up and do it again. It's super cute and I hope just she doesn't injure herself.
***There's just one of the dancers in the movie that plays the role of Satan in a video that a lot of us have seen. It's not REALLY Satan...or is it? ah ha ha ha ha
Friday, April 07, 2006
I've been looking into a couple of different options and I'm not quite ready to discuss them here. I still need to get more information. I would like to see if any of you have any good work at home ideas? No Pampered Chef (been there, done that), Mary Kay (I'm clueless about skin care and makeup---despite my recent eye shadow success), Avon, Tupperware, or Creative Memories (done it). It doesn't need to be a "party" business but those seem to have the most appeal to me because I don't need to do a lot of the leg work involved with getting something started. Any ideas for me?
Thursday, April 06, 2006
I've been trying to get things organized for the move. I've gone through my clothes and threw out a ton of things. Most are now too big or just plain ugly (polyester capris? What the heck?). I realize now that I have precious few spring/summer clothes. Too bad I can't remedy that right away. I can last another month or two.
I tackled the craft room the other night. I got some good organization going on now so it shouldn't be so bad to unpack. I've got a filing crate with most of my paper, die cuts, etc... and most of them are even labeled correctly. I have about 8 stamp sets I'm ready to part with but I'm not going to do that until after the move. They're too good to put into the garage sale.
Speaking of the garage sale...we are going to have a lot of things in there! We've got a bed, dresser, chairs, treadmill, toys, baby clothes, crafty goodness, and junk out the wazoo. I'll be surprised if we don't make a couple hundred dollars. The good news? What's left will not be coming into our new house. Straight off to charity. Yippee.
Frog is demanding my attention now so I'm guess I'm done blogging for today. Sorry it's not more exciting. But, that's my life these days.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Frog went to preschool today to check it out. It was awesome. The teacher is great, they sing a lot, and there are 3 adults to about 9-10 kids. We go back on Friday to update his IFSP and then he'll start riding the bus on Monday. I'll admit that I teared up a little thinking that my little guy is going to be riding a bus to school already! Then I started thinking about how much that should help our family and then they were tears of joy. This is going to be good. But, I can't guarantee there won't be more sad tears on Monday when he actually goes for real.
They had to take his picture for some of the things they do at the school. I don't think I have to remind you how Frog smiles. Well, I will anyway.
The paraprofessional that was taking the picture had to tell the one that was telling Frog to smile to stop it. It was quite hilarious. I think they finally came away with one that worked.
Next week is a big week. Monday: first day of preschool; Tuesday: MY BIRTHDAY (send money, yarn, or best wishes please!); Wednesday: we close on our house; Thursday: we go broke because we spent all of our money on the house; Friday: we freak out because we move in one day; Saturday: we MOVE..and my sister is coming!; Sunday: Elder Bednar is in town for our church's Stake Conference; Monday: Sugar Daddy leaves for 2 days for some conference and leaves me and my sister alone to unpack the house. Fun fun fun!
Monday, April 03, 2006
Pattern: Fancy Silk Socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino dye code P814. I used just under 2 skeins.
Here they are ready to be shipped off to Oklahoma!
They should get there sometime this week, Mom.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
You can't really see all of the clear tape but it is covering the whole front of the computer. The ruler is taped over the on/off button so they can't push it down. Even Sugar Daddy marveled at my crafty genius. Luckily, I only have to endure this for 2 more weeks. When we move, I get a better computer in my own room. Frog can keep this one.
Tomorrow I'll show you my mom's socks that I finished. I'm really proud of them. They turned out nicely. I've also started a new pair of socks with the yarn I got in Long Beach. I really have to get a project other than socks. Maybe after the move...