Thursday, August 30, 2012

Scarred for Life

After school at our house is usually very chaotic.  Thousands of papers from Jack and Molly for me to instantly look at, fill out, and file, snacks, drinks, taking Will to the potty the second we get home, life is crazy!  And, we haven't thrown in basketball practice, Tiger Scouts, and homework!  Yikes!

Well, yesterday, all three kids were tired, cranky but still full of energy!  Doors were slamming left and right, lots of running around and screaming for fun!  It was awesome.  Throughout all of this, I hear Molly crying and I meet her on the stairs, where she collapses in my arms.

"What's wrong, Molly?"

"I want to play in Jack and Will's room, but they won't let me!"

"Is that why all the doors are being slammed?"

"Yes!  I was trying to go in there and I walked in, and Jack farted in my face."

Is this normal?  I was the oldest and never once farted in my brother's face but I know boys are different!  Is she going to be scarred for life?

And when I asked Jack about it, all he did was laugh!  How annoying, I felt so bad for her and obviously he did not.  No worries, he was punished...I told him if he ever, ever does that again or burp at someone, he would change a poopy diaper.  I think it's pretty fair.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What We've Been Up To!

We've been busy over here but not really, but really.  The days are flying by but when asked by Eric what we did all day, my mind draws a blank.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Just me?  Here is what we've been doing...that I remember!

*Potty training Will!  It's going...good.  We started on Monday and he doesn't tell me when he has to go, but he does go almost every half-hour I take him.  Think I'm training myself more then him.  He does love wearing his new underwear and he looks so cute in it!  Promise I'm not weird by saying that!  I think we're at the point where he is super annoyed at me for ALWAYS asking if he needs to go potty, always feeling his shorts, and shoving gallons of water for him to drink.

*Since we're potty training Will, Molly and I have been keeping ourselves busy with art projects, baking, painting nails, and our sensory box(I'll post about this later)!  Will tags along too but usually he just does whatever Molly does for 5 minutes and then plays with his cars, trucks, or horse trailer.  Or he's sitting on the toilet.  Molly is loving all the projects, she's made about 1000 birthday cards, and it's great seeing them create new things!

*Yesterday after school, I took the kids to our local library!  I feel complete now that I have a few books to read!  The kids checked out 18 books and loved the new, nice and friendly library!

*Today, after taking Molly to preschool, we dropped Jack's bike off at the school bike rake and after naps, I pulled Will in the wagon to pick Molly and Jack up from school.  It was awesome on the way there and we had a nice little walk!  Going home was a whole new ballgame!  Molly rode in the wagon with Will, so that was 60 pounds plus 2 backpacks that I pulled home in the 98 degree Kansas heat.  Jack did great staying so I could see him but it was a tad on the stressful side making sure he was safe!  I about passed out when we got home but the kids loved our trip home!  I'm making Molly ride her bike next time, she does pretty good, so I guess we'll just practice!

*I've spent a lot of time on the phone to the post master supervisor.  Bob is very nice but not a very good supervisor if you want my opinion.  You read about my adventures all ready, but still didn't get a key or any mail.  Bob told me Alan, our postman, would personally deliver our mail today.  Nope!  He also keeps asking me why I put in to have our locks changed.  Nope, didn't do that either!  He keeps telling me that all we have is a newspaper, but I find that a bit odd since we have not received any bills for our new house, have all our old mail forwarded here, and still just a newspaper?  Interesting.

*We've had lots of friends over!  Love it!  And had an impromptu girls gathering with a few friends at a close bar!

*More AC problems at the old NOT. KIDDING!  The air coil was leaking or something.  Really!  And the sprinklers aren't working.  Seriously!  Money pit!  Why!  And now, our garage door isn't working at our new house!  No!

*Molly had show-n-tell today at preschool and I was super stressed out by it.  Like way too stressed out beyond belief!  Maybe if we had more then a days notice I would have been slightly more calm.  Not cool.

*I sold our baby crib on Craigslist the other day.  I have a few more things I want to sell, but nothing.  Is the Kansas City market a little harder to sell then Houston?  It's all baby stuff too!

*Now, on to more potty training!  Planning Will's birthday party!  Getting on a routine!  Mama needs to workout!  Prepare for Fall!  I'm so ready for Fall, just not Winter!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bless Your Heart

Went to get the mail yesterday and our mail key wouldn't work.  I walk back home, get the other key, and try again.  Nope, didn't work either.  So, I'm talking to my neighbor Lindsey and she told me that the post office switches the locks on the mailboxes and I had to go to the annex right down the street.  No big deal.  Oh, and she told me to bring our closing documents and all the mail keys.  Super.

Go this morning after I take Jack to school and the parking lot is empty, no hours are posted, and the door is locked.  Must not be opened.

I go back this afternoon after I picked Jack and Molly up from school and once again, parking lot was empty, no hours, and door was locked.  I loaded everyone back in the car and, being the rebel that I am, go behind the building where all the post office trucks are parked to investigate.  Sure enough, people all over the place!  I roll down my window and ask a sweet looking lady about the mail keys, locks, and when I could possibly get my mail.

She tells me to go to the other post office in town, all of our things will be there.  I say thank you.  And she says, "I figured you needed help, since your from Texas.  You folks usually need the extra help."

Excuse me?

She is not the first person to say something along the lines like that, but once I explain that I'm really from this area, I just get the, "bless her heart for being a ditz.  She can't control these things, too bad she's not from Texas, that would give her a little more of a pass."

Not sure why people around here think people with an accent aren't very smart, but how in the world was I supposed to know our mailbox would have the locks changed?  And where to go?

Back to the point...I think I might have to start faking a Texas/Southern accent to get a little more of a "pass" in life.  I love the southern accent and being around it for over 4 years really taught me a lot.  Here is what should have been said:  "Excuse me ma'am.  I need to find where y'all have placed my new mail keys and mail because y'all went and changed the locks on us!"  See, easy!  This way, I won't have to explain and go into a lot of pointless details, simple, "Yes, sir, from Texas and y'all are so kind to welcome us to the area!"

And technically, we are from Texas...right?!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1st Day of Preschool!

Yesterday Molly started preschool!  Such a special year for her because this is her last year before she begins Kindergarten and her preschool is at Jack's school!  They are both so excited to maybe see each other this year at school!  We had one excited little girl yesterday morning, she is going afternoons to preschool, and was ready to leave all day!  Finally, we ate lunch and were ready super early, so we decided to walk!  Great idea, except I pulled both her and Will in the wagon and that wagon got a tad heavy about halfway to school!  Maybe the hills and the hot weather had something to do with that!  Here are some pictures of her on her first day and at Meet the Teacher!

Love the shades!  She's growing up way too fast!
Her new princess backpack!
One excited little brother!  Next year buddy!  
Molly and her new teacher!
At Meet the Teacher!  
He really wants to be a Stanley Wildcat too!  All three at Meet the Teacher!  

She wanted to make cookies on her 1st day of preschool, so a picture of the girls! Love her so much!
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

First Day of First Grade!!

Seems like yesterday Jack graduated from preschool and started Kindergarten!  Now he's in 1st grade!  Wow!  My sweet guy was a mixed bag of emotions, between starting a new school, meeting his teacher, and making new friends, that's a lot for a 6 year old!  We had Meet the Teacher on Tuesday night and that helped A LOT with the nerves!  Jack's teacher is super sweet, has a fun classroom, and was so excited about meeting her new students!  She had us do a fun supply scavenger hunt and sent us home with a letter for Jack to open the night before school!  We opened it last night and it was a sweet poem about trying to sleep the night before school and it had magic sleeping dust!  So cute!  The former teacher in me loved it and may have kept it for future classroom references!   All five of us took Jack to school, walked him to his class, and he did awesome!  I'm so excited to hear about his 1st day of school!

Jack and his new teacher!  
All three kids ready to go to school!
Showing off his new backpack and shoes!
My 1st grader!  How did he get so big?

At Meet the Teacher on Tuesday night!  An excellent way to calm a few 1st day of school jitters!

Molly starts preschool, at the same school (!!!) on Monday!  Go Stanley Wildcats!
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Booty Pants!

Does anyone else have this situation going on in their house?  Will and Jack pick out shorts and a shirt and they are ready for the day. I sometimes have Jack change his shirt because he's wearing all the same color, but even some days I don't bother.  So easy.  No fuss.  Simple.

Then there's the opposite, Molly!  We must pick out her dress/shorts/shirts/capris/underwear/socks/shoes/bows.  It's enough for three children combined.  We first have to determine shorts or dress.  If it's a dress, pretty simple.  If it's shorts, then we have to discuss if she wants capri's.  Then, we need to pick out the shirt to go with shorts/capris.  This usually takes some time because of matching the shorts/capri's with the shirt.  Next, underwear, because you know the perfect underwear completes every outfit.  After that, bow and how to style the hair for the day.  Small ponytail, big ponytail, braids, pigtails, only a bow.  Wow!  Then, the perfect color hair tie must be in place.  Finally, we choose our shoes and she has more shoes then the boys and myself put together!  Wow!  And, she may be known to change outfits during rest time.  Any one else have this going on?!

Yesterday, after the boys were dressed, I went into Molly's room to see her clothing status.  She had a dress picked out (awesome, a lot easier with dresses) and her "booty pants!"
"Molly, what are booty pants?"
"Ugh, my booty pants" where she then picks up her underwear, puts on her underwear and starts shaking her booty, hence, booty pants!

Never a dull moment here!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Dreams

With Jack starting school on Thursday, our summer is almost over.  Sad!  I had dreams of this...

Well, the last one seems a little too much for me but it looks fun!  Thanks again to Pinterest for the awesome ideas!  It's not like my kids didn't have fun, my mother-in-law took them to the zoo twice, Monkey Biznes twice, Zonkers, Deanna Rose, The Arboretum, blue berry picking, the several parks,  and they went on the slip-n-slide several times, plus toys, other fun outings, and lots of love!  I can say how thankful we are!  Plus our adventures in Texas of swimming, Blue Bell, swimming and lots of play dates with friends!  Even being here for two weeks has included several play dates with friends, a few sprinkler parties, dinners with Papa and Grandma, Uncle Todd and lots of friends, lots of play dates with our neighbor Ethan, and playing outside on our swing set!  It really wasn't a summer fail, but I set the bar high and feel as though I failed.  I really wanted to go on a family vacation, have our kids do VBS, and have fun exciting adventures like the ones above.  We have three days left and we are going back to the zoo for one more adventure there!  Lets see how much family fun we can squeeze in!  And here's to another year of planning for a fun summer (and all school breaks)thanks to Pinterest and all the wonderful blogs out there!  Anything I need to add to our list?!

* I did just ask the kids what they wanted to do today~have a pajama party!  Done!  

Friday, August 10, 2012

Moving Day!

On Tuesday, July 24th, Eric and I flew back to Houston after spending a few weeks in Kansas City finalizing things with our move here.  We flew back to meet the packers/movers and say good-bye to our Texas home.  Eric's parents were so wonderful and helpful through our move and all three kids were loved on and spoiled with fun activities, food, Uncle Todd and Aunt Katie (Eric's youngest sister and brother) while we were in Houston the last time.

Tuesday and Wednesday were like a mini-vacation, we had never been in our house with each other and no kids in the four plus years of living there.  Tuesday night we went to HEB (love!) and stocked up on few things and we had so much fun!  We even used a small cart, I know, we're so cool!  Wednesday, we had a few showings, ran errands-in the middle of the day, and I went to a good-bye dinner with my sweet friends!  Sigh!  Love those girls!  Thankfully, there are no pictures from that night because I cried all night!  It was pretty!  They gave our family a sweet picture book full of pictures of all the kids from playgroup over the past four years!  We all love it!  Molly wants that book to be her bedtime book (and the one Bella gave her) as her bedtime stories almost every night!

Thursday, reality set in when we sold our kitchen table and chairs and the packers arrived to pack us up.  Pretty much, Eric and I tried to stay our of the way of the packers, bought them food, read a little, and played some games on the Ipad.  We had a quiet night with most of our house in boxes, eating Taco Bell and watching Big Brother.

Our huge moving truck, only half full when our entire house was on there!

Friday morning we woke up to the packers packing more boxes, beginning to load the truck, and our A/C not was 82 in our house by 10 AM.  So, we called the A/C people (who were out a few days before and reassured us the unit was fine) and they came out to tell us that we needed a whole new A/C a house we were moving out of the next day.  Not cool, and really, it wasn't!  91 in our house, hotter outside.  We had a few friends come over to take our food, more good-byes, and hotter then hot, we hung out in our house while the packers did their job.  We had some Whataburger for lunch, ran into another friend (more tears, hate good-byes!), and wrote a painful check to replace our A/C.  Since our house was so hot, we stayed at our friends house that night and it makes me so sad that our last night there was not at all how I envisioned (actually, none of this move is how I envisioned, but that's for another time) but we are so grateful to our friends!

Saturday was spent getting a new A/C installed and cooling off our hot house, our house loaded up onto a truck, cleaning, and tears.  I might have been the only one crying, but all were tears of happiness!  Just seeing our empty rooms, the memories of all the good and even some of the bad, and in almost shock how fast the four years went.  We ended up staying in Houston that night and vegged out in our hotel room, ordering room service and watching some of the Olympics.  It was awesome!

Sunday, we drove back to our house to pack up our car with all the things the movers wouldn't take (fire extinguishers, bleach, cleaning supplies, etc) and said our very last good-bye.  Then, we hit the road to Kansas City.  The drive wasn't too bad considering we didn't have to stop all the time for potty breaks and starving children.  As sad as I was leaving Houston, I was excited about getting to Kansas City and starting our next adventure!  And, I missed our kids!  I had never been away from any of them for six days!  A very happy reunion! But then, Monday and Tuesday were spent unloading the truck and doing this....

Our beautiful kitchen, just look past all the clutter.
Unpacking.  Notice no exclamation point.  Wish us luck.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

What We Miss About Texas

This post has taken several days to write mainly because I get teary-eyed while writing!  I'm so excited to be back in Kansas but I seriously loved living in Texas and our life there!  So, here is a list, in no particular order, about what we will miss about Texas!  If you missed what we won't miss, check it out here (apparently Eric thinks I'm too harsh on our former neighbors and my blog would prevent our children for winning an election if they were to run for a public office in their future, you be the judge, I was just expressing how I feel and the truth!) !  I have to agree with Vanessa about the 4-way stop issue, it was annoying that people never figured that out.  Focus, back to what we will miss!

1.  HEB~I love this grocery store and I know there are some amazing ones all over, but where else can you buy homemade tortillas and sushi, sample wine, and have a great selection of bulk spices, produce, and meat all in one spot?!  The HEB, that's where!  The kids LOVED going, between the car carts (no thanks), all the samples, and the Buddy Bucks (to get free things with), they begged to go with me.

2.  The Weather~Yes, it's humid and hot for a very long time, but when the rest of the country is covered in snow and ice, Houston's not!  All the humidity makes up for a very mild winter and I love, love, love wearing flip flops 90% of the year!  My poor kids have no winter clothes and are in for a real shock once the winter months roll around!  Eric's excited for all 4 seasons in Kansas, but I will miss the long months of summer, usually March to November!

Out riding bikes in December 

3.  Our House~I know, I know, I've complained about our house and neighbors so much but I really, truly loved our house!  We started off as a family of 4 there, brought home a beautiful baby boy, watched all three kids grow, blossom, and explore life, had many play dates, small groups, birthday parties, holiday's, and memories there.  Eric and I learned to depend on each other, watched our marriage grow, and went through ups and downs that we never dreamed of while there.  We had many out of town visitors stay with us and we loved showing everyone our Texas home!  I loved the Crepe Myrtles in our front and back yards, I loved our walks to the bus stop and all around the neighborhood, I loved our children's rooms, I loved painting almost all the rooms to give our personal touch, and I loved being together the five of us!  While vacuuming the empty house, I was flooded with so many happy memories and I just cried tears of happiness in each room!  I thanked God for those memories, asked for more in our new house, and for a new family to come in to our house and be happier then us there.  It was a wonderful house!

Saying good-bye to our house!

4.  Church~I have written a TON about our amazing church, so I'll keep this one short and sweet!  LOVED it and our next church home has HUGE shoes to fill, but I know we'll find the right one for our family!!  

5.  Schools and Teachers~Another one I've written a lot about but loved the schools my children attended, loved their teachers, and couldn't be more thankful for the education they received!  Molly had the sweetest preschool teachers send her notes over the summer and Jack's Kindergarten teacher came over to our house to say good-bye to him before he left.  I mean, that is so sweet!

Ms. Anne and Jack on his first day of preschool~3's class

Ms. Angela, Jack and Ms. Connie at his preschool graduation last year!

Jack and Mrs. Lundahl on his first day of Kindergarten!

Ms. Heather and Molly on her first day of preschool~3's class

6.  Y'all, Howdy, A fixin' to go, Texas talk~ I really didn't think people spoke like this until we lived here and I promise, most people do, especially if they're native Texan and from a small town.  Listening to them talk was like ice cream, so yummy!  I love it!  I have a friend who says all the time, "We're a fixin' to go in about 5 minutes, y'all go get your shoes on now!"  I mean, how precious is that?  No way could I ever talk like that!  They actually thought I was weird when I said "you guys" instead of y'all.

7.  The Rodeos~I loved going to the Houston and Katy Rodeos while we lived there and both were so entertaining!  Between the atmosphere, people, food, entertainment, what's not to love?  We took the kids to both the Houston and Katy Rodeos this year and all three had a blast!

See how excited they are to be going to the Rodeo?
8.  Our Community~Seriously, never seen anyplace like where we lived!  Parks, pools, tennis courts, walking paths, and family fun events everywhere!  There were around 13 pools we paid for in our HOA that we used from April to the end of October!  We went to the parks all the time and the walking trails were awesome!  We even saw an alligator or snake once in awhile!  The HOA was a tad high when due at the end of the year, but by July, we were loving choosing which pool to go to for the day!

Jack at the Beach Club, one of our only pool pictures, sad!

9.  Playgroup~We made lifelong friends in our playgroup!  I met my friend Jean at the horrors library when we both had our first two kids.  We instantly connected, chatted almost daily on the phone and she introduced me to our play group friends!  Most of the families had children around the same ages as mine with a good mix of boys and girls.  Since we started going to playgroup, several babies have been added to our families and my entire family has made friends in the playgroup.  We meet weekly or more depending on the time of year, had birthday parties, played on sports teams together, and we always looked forward to seeing our friends from playgroup!  Now that kids are getting older, the playgroup doesn't meet as often but I can't be more thankful for what that group did for our family!

10.  Speaking of that....FRIENDS!  We're going to miss our Texas friends~Not only friends from playgroup, but church, Kindermusik, school, neighborhood, the Y, all of them!
 **First the Kids~My  kids can be a tad on the shy side, so I was always nervous about them making friends!  Luckily, we met our playgroup friends almost right after we moved, so we were able to hang out with them for most outings, sports teams, and at the Y.  But, not everyone went to the same schools, ended up in the same classes even if they were the same age, or just luck would have it that someone wouldn't know anyone at preschool, VBS or Sunday School.  Well, Jack and Molly did awesome meeting friends everywhere!  Molly knew no one in her preschool class and had an instant friend with her sweet friend Bella!  Jack also knew no one going into preschool and VBS one year, but made friends with several kids at both!  Also, when Jack started Kindergarten, he had a friend going to the same school, he wasn't in the same class, but Jack made friends with almost everyone in his class!  Praying hard that they both (Will too, I promise he's not forgotten) make lots of friends and have a special bond with their classmates this year and years to come in school!
Most of the gang~our last get together with the kids!

Molly playing soccer with her sweet friends Ciana and Lily
Our friends from small group~Greer, Canaan, Delaney and Brady
Kindermusik~we love Ms. Kathy and Kindermusik!
Some more friends from playgroup~Katelyn, Kamri, Molly, Lily and Aiden

**Eric and I~We also made some awesome friends while in Texas!  I was super determined when we moved down to Texas to make friends.  So, between playgroup, church mom's groups (Ibloom and MYC), church small group, Kindermusik, the Y, and who knows where else, the good-byes were hard because I love all my friendships I made while living here!  So many were there for us when we had Will in 2009 and our miscarriage in early 2011, I can think of some many people I could call at the drop of a hat to talk to, pray for or with, laugh, cry, and would give anything if needed.  I would do the same for them!  Sadly, I don't have many pictures with my friends...guess we were too busy with our kids, talking, or both!
At our friends Jill's good-bye party!

My MYC friends~so many sweet ladies!
Don't you just want to move to Texas now because of all of these wonderful people, places, and things?!  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Is This Thing On?

Yay!  We moved!  Yay!  Our house is a disaster from all the boxes!  Yay! Our house in Texas still hasn't sold (hope that isn't because of those neighbors I wrote about).  Yay!  Life is crazy!  Yay!  We just got Internet after over 2 weeks without!  Yay!  Here are some posts to look forward to:

*What we miss about Texas, there's a lot!

*Our move~wow!  I promise, it's a good one!

*Life in Kansas (I was forwarding our bills to our new address and I had to spell Kansas for a lady in Texas), it's like we never left but oh so different!

*School Starts!  Jack starts 1st grade next week!  Molly begins the week after!

*Basements vs. Attics

*My summer fails

But for now, we're off to a preschool play date at the kids school and then my brother is coming later this morning!  Then, hopefully, more unpacking and some organization to our basement and office?!  With toys, office stuff, my teaching boxes, kids clothes, baby stuff, Christmas, Halloween, Easter decorations, Eric's office stuff, sewing machine attachments, and random stuff, our basement is in need of major help!