Friday, September 26, 2008

Q: How do you eat an elephant?

A: One bite at a time.

Every morning I unpack one bowl to eat my cereal. At this rate, I should be done unpacking in no time.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A little sore.

We waved goodbye to the second empty truck yesterday morning. We're all a little sore today, but glad we're all moved in.
Speaking of sore, this morning I was leaning over my temporary desk to measure how big the new desk will be. I managed to slip or to trip over something and fell backwards onto a whole pile of stuff. Minor damage to me and the stuff.

I haven't fallen in a while. I suppose it was time. Doug used to do great parodies into our swimming pool of my falling episodes. Since I've known him I've fallen down half a flight of concrete stairs, down a hiking path, and now into a pile of office stuff.
Doug said the fall today looked like it happened in slow motion. (I don't think the hanging file folder thingy in the pile of stuff is going to make it, by the way.)
I suppose I'll be more careful. Doug told me to sit down at my chair and don't move until he gets back. Not sure that will help. There's still a couple of feet between me and the floor. :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Aside from a few things left at Mark and Ruby's house (some hanging clothes, our other computer, and the cat), everything is here.

We had a really long, but really productive day yesterday. I suppose I could blog about how tired I am, but you can imagine that for yourself.

Harper is either going through some house moving changes or she's growing. She's hungry all of the time, demands constant attention, and has woken up the last two nights at 3 AM for a bottle. She's quite the character lately. Lots of demands to be held or looked at and lots of laughing too. I'm sure she's just trying to remind us that she IS the center of our universe.

Ok, enough blogging. I need to either get some more sleep (I've been up since the 3 AM bottle working on setting up the office stuff that I moved yesterday evening) or get started unpacking something. (Hmmm... I wonder which one I'll pick!) :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A sign of the times.

Yesterday we were (I was) so uncoordinated that I moved all of Harper's stuff to the new house and she had nothing at Mark and Ruby's to wear after her bath. Perfect picture for the perfect chaos going on here.

Holy cow.

We really do have a lot of stuff.

Blog updates after I dig my way out of the mountain of stuff. This may take a while. I'll try to take pictures.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sweet, Sweet Home.

We officially have our own home again. We don't get to live there yet, but we get to visit which is nice enough for now. As soon as our stuff gets into the house (this is where the magic pixie dust comes in and thousands of pounds of belongings somehow make it into the house without a single drop of sweat or a sore muscle), I think we'll finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Friday, September 19, 2008


We went to the visitation last night for Tom and Stephanie Bobinger. We guessed that there were around a thousand people there. The line wrapped around the entire outside of the funeral home, and the wait was about three hours to go inside. Once inside, we got to see several posters full of photos and the touching video slideshow that Ron and Paula stayed up all night putting together.

We only visited with Ron, Paula and her family a tiny bit because there were still hundreds of people lined up behind us. I was stricken by the number of people who came to pay their respects. I thought it was an amazing tribute to Tom and Stephanie. You could that they are well loved and will be deeply missed.

Harper was really a trooper through the whole thing. It was a beautiful night weather-wise, so she enjoyed being outside (her favorite place to be). This whole tragedy has made me stop and reflect on how lucky I am and just how fragile life is. Every time I looked down at Harper, I thought about how much I love her and how important it is to have a plan for her. We set a deadline to have our will completed by the end of the month.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


One day until closing!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming...

After 52 hours without power (give or take a bit), we're back up and running.

There's quite a bit of wind damage around here, but it's getting cleaned up fairly quickly. Mark and Ruby lost some tree branches, shingles and two big fish in their little pond. We had one big branch fall over at the new house, but no damage otherwise.

The most devastating loss was Ron and Paula's. (That's Ron and Paula who were in our wedding.) Paula's nephew Tommy and his wife Stephanie were participating in a motorcycle event at a state park. As they were leaving (the event was cancelled due to the high winds), a tree fell and killed both of them. They are survived by a six month old daughter. I get upset every time I think about the whole thing. More here.

I'm ashamed to say that Doug and I haven't written a will yet. The tragedy has pushed that to the top of our list.

There's no good way to transition from that to other stuff. Sorry.

We spent our no electricity days doing some of this,

And some of that.

Doug and Ruby arrived home yesterday. All of our stuff is in two containers somewhere in transit. We close on the house on Friday, and our stuff is set to arrive starting Monday. It looks like life might get back to normal sometime soon.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Too Much Stuff

Well, we just have too much stuff. Doug had to call and order another container to be delivered to fit the rest of our things. Other than not enough room, the packing seems to be going well.

By the way, having too much stuff doesn't make me want less of it. I was in a major purge mode when we were in Washington, but suddenly I NEED STUFF! Stuff such as a huge table for doing artwork! Maybe I'll get over my need for stuff once all of our things are here.

Sweet Sleep.

Harper slept from 10 PM until 7 AM last night. 9 whole hours. I only slept about 7, but I'll take it!

And she took two good naps yesterday. Sweet.

We're planning a relaxed day today. Well, that's MY plan at least.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Got 'em!


Harper wants to play too!
Harper's quirks:
1. I cover my eyes with my hands when I'm sleepy.
2. I hit myself in the head when I'm drinking my bottle.
3. I think my toes look tasty, and I'm trying to reach them to find out for sure. Speaking of toes, I have sweaty (and sometimes stinky) toes!
4. I like to pretend walk across the table.
5. I love to stare at things with lights on them.
6. I would watch TV if my mom would let me.
Rosemarie tagged me!

Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking to them. (if you can)
5. Leave a comment for each tagged blogger that they've been tagged.

OK, now that that's done. Here's my list.
1. I'm addicted to reading blogs.
2. When I cook, I wash my hands about a million times more than is necessary.
3. I say the words "basically" and "like" A LOT.
4. Whenever I see a mirror, I can't help but to look in it.
5. I am not a neat freak, but every once in a while, I am.
6. I like to doodle.

I'm only tagging four people instead of six because that's all the people I personally know who blog!

Sarah who may or may not have time in between a full time job and two active boys
Judy who may or may not have time while she's in AUSTRALIA (!)
Lea who is on blog hiatus but might come out to play
Missy who may or may not be speaking to me right now so one of her quirks may be people like me :(

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mellow Morning

Morning everyone. It's a quiet morning around here. Ruby and Mark took Pap to the doctor this morning, so Harper is hanging out in the office with me until they get back.

I forgot one other note about Harper the other day. She's passing things back and forth between her hands. (And back and forth and back and forth!)

Back to work for me. Just wanted to post a little Good Morning and Happy Thursday to you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

10 days and counting...

Just ten days until we close on the house.

Things I'm looking forward to:
- Sleeping in a KING SIZED BED!
- SPACE! We'll have lots and lots of SPACE again. I'm ready to settle in.
- Setting up a room for Harper (again). Her room is already painted a pale shade of pink. So perfect.
- Setting up an art area. Lots of ideas for this and the art I want to create.
- Being able to cook again. It has been a long (very long) time since I've cooked anything.
- Movie night(s) on the big screen! I just joined Netflix and have a whole string of movies lined up.
- Having a laundry room back. A strange thing to be looking foward to because I don't really like to do laundry, but I do look forward to having my own laundry back, nonetheless.
- Here's another weird one. Using my refrigerator. We bought the refrigerator way back when we moved into the condo in Washington. We bought a nice one, thinking that we'd use it in our house when we bought one. Then we bought a house with a built in refrigerator. That one was fancy and all, but it wasn't the one that I picked out. Now I'll finally get to use the one we bought full time again.
- Some quiet. There isn't much of that in a house with six people, one dog and two cats.


Monday, September 8, 2008

Noteable Notes + A New Set of Wheels

My father-in-law Mark bought old bicycles for all of us! I'll post real photos soon that Mark will take with his good camera (I can't seem to focus my camera at all any more), but as a preview, here's a little detail of MY bike - a HIAWATHA!

Mark is going to fix the bikes up for us. Doug's is a red Huffy, and Harper's is a royal blue tricycle with a blue and white checked seat!

Some Harper updates:

Over the weekend she grabbed her bottle and stuck it straight into her mouth! She had been showing signs of wanting to hold her bottle, but this time she just nailed it! She doesn't do it all of the time, but it's definitely one of her new tricks.

Harper is still working on sitting up and rolling over. She's getting quite squirmy! One of her favorite positions is standing up, and she gets a little irritated when she thinks you're trying to put her to sleep.

She sometimes sucks her thumb, but really not that often. I think she's really chewing on it to make her gums feel better.

She showed her first signs of playing favorites over the weekend. Poor Miss April took her to say hello when they got here on Saturday, and Harper just started crying. When she came back to me, she was fine.

And on a completely different subject:

Overheard at the Antiques Mall on Sunday; Father talking to mother while holding four year old son...

"I still think that a Taser would be a good investment."

And on that note, have a Happy Monday! (Or else!) :)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

End of Summer Fun

We had to squeeze in the last of the summer outfits before it gets cold outside. Maddy and Marley and their parents RJ and April came to visit us this weekend. We had a short but great visit!

Maddy was practicing spelling Harper's name on the garage floor. As you can see below, she wrote Haper instead (which happens to be exactly how she says Harper's name). SO, now we're going to use Hopper as Harper's nickname, I think. :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Rare Quiet Moment

Evidently she's camera shy! She babbles all day until I turn on the camera. We'll catch her one of these days.


All Checked Up

We went to Harper's doctor appointment this morning. She weighed in at 13 pounds, 2 ounces and is 25 inches tall. That puts her at 50% for weight and 75% for height. (At least that's what I remember from the chart flashing on the screen while trying to keep Harper entertained.) All healthy!

Four shots today, but she was a trooper. Just a little bit of un-fun crying and then back to happy girl!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I even found time for working on one of my art journal pages over the long weekend. It's not quite done, but it feels so good to make a tiny bit of progress on something artsy that I had to share!

Ooooo... the buttons are from a big bag of old buttons that I found at the antique mall. I have a feeling we'll be seeing quite a few of those on my little art projects. Yummy!

Catching Up

Hi all,

For starters, I've calmed down since Friday. Someone anonymously requested to know what the "BIG DEAL" is, but I'm afraid I can't share. (If I know you, call me and I'll explain.) Doug was probably right and I was just in a mood to fly off the handle. Stress has been an unwelcome visitor in our lives for quite a while, but we expect that by October or so, we'll be finally back to "normal."

Big Girl got an Exersaucer over the weekend. She seems to like it, but she can only handle it in short spurts so far. She's also trying to sit up! If you get her halfway there, she takes it the rest of the way. AND, she's doing much better with tummy time. She has a doctor appointment tomorrow morning, so we'll have some height/weight stats for you then!

We've been eating tomatoes like crazy around here. The most recent harvest was so pretty that I had to take a photo!

And finally, I've been raiding the Goodwill store and filling up the garage. All of the stuff in the photo isn't mine, but quite a bit of it is! Lots of goodies to fix up for the new house (which, by the way, is still on track).

Happy Tuesday!