Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires...courage.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 23, 2009

An update on our move

Well, we arrived in Florida a week ago. We stayed with Karl's parents the first two nights because the movers weren't arriving until Tuesday. Since then, we've been working hard to get boxes unpacked and get everyone settled. For the most part we have things done. There are a couple of boxes in the master bedroom...mostly clothing. There is also one box of school things still left to unpack, and we have the garage to get situated. However, it is not overwhelming and I am beginning to feel good about things. It's fairly easy when you don't move everything!

The kids all did great on the drive down, nothing more than a few "He's touching me!" and "I have to go to the bathroom!" comments, really. Even Emma did awesome, and she didn't nap nearly as much as she did when we made the trip to Alabama and Florida for vacation over the summer. Most of the hotels were really nice...we had one that was questionable, but we survived! ;) Karl did a great job planning ahead for where we would stay and how far we would travel each day....and I think it was a wonderful trip. None of the days were too long, and we got to do a couple of 'fun' things on the way down. We went to the glass museum in Corning, NY and we visited Amish country in PA, eating at a wonderful Amish restaurant for breakfast. The kids had fun with their "own room" in the hotels at night and enjoyed watching movies, etc. on the nights we got there early.

Now, we've gotten our LR furniture and our TV in place...though Mommy is apparently inept at working the TV at this point! :-( We just made a big grocery run yesterday, so our pantry is mostly stocked...we do have to go back today to get a few more things, as I ran out of room in the cart! And Thanksgiving is Thursday...we're having Karl's parents here, so this week will be filled with those preparations. We began a bit of school today, really because the kids do much better when they have something to fill their time. We'll start back full force next week.

That's all I have for now. It's time to leave for our last grocery trip of the week.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I finally got it...twice!

You know those things that you just don't get....the ones that it takes you a really long time to understand, I mean years? Well, over the last week I have come to understand TWO very important things from my childhood, and believe me THEY ARE HUGE. Ready? Here goes....

  1. Those commercials, I think they were for Life cereal or something, now I understand. You remember how the kids always said, "Give it to Mikey, he doesn't eat anything!" I never understood why they said that.....until last week. They gave it to Mikey as a test because if he would eat it....because he didn't like anything...then it MUST be good.
  2. Trees in Halloween stories, etc. NEVER have leaves on them. I always thought as I was growing up, when I would see this in books, in a movie, or on TV it was just meant to make things look more spooky. NOPE! After living here in New York, I now understand it's really just because in the fall.....during the month during which Halloween occurs....THERE ARE NO LEAVES ON THE TREES! How convenient, and how funny what a Southern girl doesn't know until she moves to 'the north'! ;0

Ta-daaaaa......that's my revelation for the day. Just thought I'd share that with you. Maybe you guys had already figured it out, but it took me about 25 years. That's a big deal!