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Reason for the Season

Well it has been awhile since I have been blogging.  The move kept us busy for a while, and with Christmas upon us I have been pretty occupied!

I am not really inclined to do a big review of what has been going on — because that would bore you all to tears.  We have been unpacking, exploring Colorado Springs and getting ready for the man in the red suit.   The children are very excited, and ask almost hourly when Santa will be here. Does he know our new address?   Do I think they will make the nice list?

I have attempted to train, guide, persuade them that Christmas ( or any holiday) is not a time of reckless greed and mile-long manifestos.  That we should think of others and their wants, desires and mile-long manifestos and be thoughtful.  They enjoy my allegories, and listen intently.  Then tell me  they need to go on http://www.amazon.com and look at stuff.  That’s right.  They say w w w . amazon . com  — and they are 4 and 3.   And while I try to model behavior that is productive, I can not claim to succeed with consistency.  Because I starting seeing things, too.  Wonderful things.  Like new computers and camera lenses.  Oh the lenses!  And camera bags that look like purses!  And then we all sort of lose focus and head to the kitchen and bake something.

And while baking today, I was thinking about what really makes this season “most wonderful.”   And the thing that really occurred to me, speaking on a very basic level, is gingerbread man shaped waffles.

 

That’s right.  Waffles.

What other time of year do you cut waffles into shapes?  What other time of year do you sit your two pre-school age children down and make homemade wrapping paper?  With paints!

It is all these things.  The waffles, the baking and even the time sitting on http://www.amazon.com together that make this season so special.

And I really do think that this magical time is being spoiled by stores putting stuff out in October… because the stamina required to

create this magic can not be maintained over 12 weeks!

Like cutting sponges into stars and trees.

And then practicing the painting.

And doing the painting.

And cleaning up  the painting…which is why there is no actual photos of completed homemade wrapping paper.

And even shopping in long lines to buy a gift for someone who may get overlooked at times.  I am glad we settled enough in the house to do these fun extras.

And even if the children don’t remember them or can’t stop fixating on the toys, I know I will.

 

** G is busy at work designing my new blog!! I want to put the link up so badly, because he did great.  But alas, he says it will ruin the presentation.  But soon!!!!**


Sheminetty

Frances...Franny-Danny...Whap.Ba.Bu.Lou.Boop

 

 

SOOC…. I love this one, and when my computer resuscitates I will do some processing.

When I get overwhelmed, and my brain feels full, there is only one good solution.

Writing in list-form, and here it goes.

1.  The Blog-frey’s have landed in Colorado Springs, and are loving our new home.

2.  No… it hasn’t snowed.  It has, however, snowed at Fort Gordon where we just left in GEORGIA.  Whatever, let’s keep this positive.

3.  It is BEAUTIFUL here.  My backyard looks over the golf course, and we get to watch the sunset out my living room window.

4.  We would get to do that if we could sit down for 12 seconds.  Which we don’t get to do just yet.

5.  All that running around and activity has oddly placed 6 lbs on my body, I don’t get it either.

6.  Unintentional animal spottings are numerous and very exciting.  Coyotes live near the post hospital, and wander freely.   They are mange coyotes, which I learned is more of a disease than a criticism.  I also saw a ton of girl deer, and a large boy deer.  Still waiting on elk, moose and maybe a bear.  Luckily, there is a zoo up the road to fill in the gaps. 🙂

7.  Moving is a large task.  Moving with children is an even larger task.  Moving with children during Christmas is a monumentally large task.  Moving with children during Christmas when you are painfully neurotic about producing holiday magic is a near death experience.

8.  I love Chipotle.  I have heard the rumors of greatness, and it delivered.

9.  My husband has become an incredible asset in moves and home-creating.

10.  My children always have cuter rooms than I do, which according to some marriage book is not good.  Regardless, I am very pleased.

11.  I love Trees for Troops and the fabulous tree they donated to us, tied to our car and freshly cut.  We are very grateful for the money savings and convenience this year!

12.  Our home here  really feels like home, which is odd seeing as though we have lived here 10 days.

13.  The schools in town ( or lack of good options) caused a panic attack, but I have come back down and have some hope.

14.  MY COMPUTER WON’T LET ME DOWNLOAD MY PICTURES OF MY CAMERA!!!!!  MY 200 PICTURES!!!!!

THIS IS unACCEPTABLE!

 

** Updated once I stole G’s computer.**

I stole G’s computer to reassure myself that it was my aging computer, and not my memory card.  This did not allow for any editing…but I feel better, anyway.

15.  I will be back to blogging more when my computer submits to my will and allows me to get my pictures. So until then…  the Blog-frey’s are happy, healthy and ready for Santa!

 

 

 

Touch Up Tuesday's at the Paper Mama


1,381 Miles

 

Which isn’t nearly as catchy as 525,600( I think) minutes from Rent… but does accurately catalog our journey West. I took a bunch of pictures, while driving.  I mean, actually driving… so please forgive the quality.  I also have no way to edit these pictures, or the mental capacity to even undertake such a task..I also have a funny comment for each picture, but it is midnight( as G just reminded me) and we have 20 feet of trailer to unload tomorrow….. Enough with the excuses….

The Blog-freys Go West

( Minus the Little People, who are partying it up with Grammy and Bampy)

 

 

 


*** WE are in Colorado!!!! Pics are soon to come.  We sign our house lease tomorrow morning, and will spend all of tomorrow moving in.  I hope to be back and running in the next few days.  The highlights are: extreme beauty, way too much food, seeing old friends, and all the fun possibilities in the next few years!!! ***

 

{one} if you were going to a remote place and could only bring one CD, what would it be?

Hmmm… I am not good at limiting myself.  But, I think that I could get by with a great soundtrack.  Which one, I simply do not know.  I rather love the PS I Love You track though.

{two} are you generally more of an optimist, pessimist, or realist?

I don’t actually think people can honestly answer this about themselves, mainly because each “title” has a bit of a stigma attached.  I don’t want to say I am a head-in-the-clouds optimist, or a Debby-downer pessimist.. and honestly, a realist just seems to be a bit bland.  But, if I had to pick, I would say realist.

{three} have you ever picked up a hitchhiker? if not, would you?

No, I would not. NO, you should not. NO, I will not.

However, that being said, I sort of admire the audacity of both traveller and transporter.  And in a perfect world, I think it would be a great kindness, and chance to experience different people.  But, if you knew my mother, you would know that she dedicated her life to ensuring I would not do such things, the world is full of creeps after all.

{four} what spice or seasoning is your favorite?

Cinnamon….mmmmmm

And since it’s the season of decadence, let’s say Cinnamon Sugar….. delightful.

{five} what’s your birthstone? do you like it?

June…the pearl.

Perfection.

{six} do you know what your name means?

Brittany= Being from Brittany (France)… my whole existence is a lie.

{seven} what is your favorite breakfast cereal?

I am not a cereal eater.  I will eat it dry, but will not ever eat with milk.  To munch on, I prefer Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

{eight} if there was an extra hour in each day, what would you spend it doing?

Probably much of the same, though I like to think that I would work out or read more.

{nine} if you could turn any book into a movie, which would it be?

The Little Prince… is this a movie? If so, I have not had the privilege.

{ten} if you could go back and play out one day of your life to watch (like scrooge), what day would it be?

I think it would be the day I had my babies.  You want to be so present, but frankly, delivering a baby doesn’t allow for such perspective.  I would love to have seen it all, I didn’t have many pictures of me and the brand new babe, so it would be a great memory.


Hello…Wee Bit

*** I will return to the world of blogging in the next week or so… We are currently in Phase 2 of the Great Move of 2010… We are officially out of Georgia, and in Florida visiting family for the holiday. G and I will be making our 3 day journey West starting Sunday!! We sign our lease on December 3rd, and will be back in the swing of things!

I am still sane… and having a nice visit… people keep talking about Christmas…and I don’t understand… I thought everyone knew we were moving.  And thus, everything( including time) should halt until we have more time.

{one} what kind of camera do you have?

A Canon 50d… and I love it.  I need to name it.

{two} you just won $1000 and you have to spend it on yourself on one item. what do you buy?

Hmm… I think I might buy an Ipad… or a new laptop… or a new lens.

{three} if you had to choose, would you rather live with your parents in the same house forever or 5000 miles away?

Oh dear… I would say…since I am married and have two kids and each of those relationships require my complete attention… I would opt for 5000 miles.  But I am also secure in knowing that my parents would be in constant communication, and would visit often.

{four} is your christmas tree up yet?

Not yet… we need to get in our house first.

{five} do you bring reusable bags to the grocery store?

No..but I plan on it…and can’t resist buying them whenever the chance is available.

{six} which would be worse: listening to the same song on replay for the rest of your life or having to eat the same meal everyday for the rest of your life?

I think both would be equally annoying..since both are needed to agree with the mood of the day…but the food thing could get really bad.

{seven} name 3 things you are thankful for this season.

I am thankful for family, healthy children and a world of possibilities.

{eight} do you dye/highlight your hair? if so, do you do it yourself or have it done at the salon?

Yes…only at a salon… I am not a risk taker. 🙂 I probably only have it highlighted once a year though… but have a strong desire to dye it dark brown with a hint of red… not sure if I am brave enough.

{nine} would you rather watch a movie at home or at the theater?

A theater… I love going to the movies…shows…theater… I just love going out.

{ten} would you rather win $1000/week for life or $5 million all at once?

1000 a week.  That way I could indulge regularly, but not lose my mind. And it would be like winning every week!


Wee Bit

 

{one} do you collect anything? if so, what and how long have you been collecting?

Negative…I go in sprees of throwing away everything not nailed down.  Clutter is not my friend.  Though it always seems to be around.

{two} what is one cleaning tip that you swear by?

Hire help when possible.  Then up frequency of help when possible.

{three} who would you call for bail money?

My parents.

{four} what is one thing you miss about being a kid?

Not thinking about money,

Waking up and having clothes cleaned and in my drawer,

freedom to come /go as I please.

{five} name a few of your guilty pleasures.

Watching senseless television,  getting lost in the internet.  Reading.

{six} how early do you start your holiday shopping?

I refuse to let it become a frenzy.  I will usually devote a day or two to shopping for everyone.

When it stops being festive, I stop.

If I don’t find something that suits a person, I just don’t buy.

I  simply refuse to make the holiday about a list of people I need to check off.

And I certainly refuse to cause financial stress in my family over Christmas.

I don’t usually get in the spirit of the season until a few weeks before, I think it just becomes overkill.

I re-read this and sound like a downer, recent Christmas celebrations have sort of rained on my parade.

This year is going to be great, and probably WHITE in Colorado.

{seven} what is a family tradition that you would like to pass on to your significant other/children?

Playing board games.  Camping.

And playing the State Capital game while on road trips with other license plates.

Can’t wait until kids can join G and I playing the alphabet game on road trips, too.

{eight} what do you consider your greatest achievement?

I am pretty happy I have never used the word “ain’t” in a sentence other than joking.

And I like people.  Most all people.  I wish I knew more people, so I could further my liking.

Meaning, more people around the world.

Because I am certain life would be so much more balanced if we knew people from everywhere.

{nine} what do you do to pamper yourself?

Pedicures.  Massages.  Going to see a movie by myself.

{ten} if you were to start your own restaurant, what would it be called?

Chew with Your Mouth Closed

Ha…who knows.  I don’t think I would want to own a restaurant…some people stress me out when they eat.

 

 

your turn!


Zip Locked

 

 

Day 14

 

 

Today will go down as a success.

ALL the kiddos toys are sorted, organized(thrown away) and safely zipped up in their Zip-Locs or Target brand “zipper bags”.

And it feels good.

Except when I realize how many toys they really don’t play with, then it feels really gross.

I spent all morning organizing these bags(note the progression), because I aim to bring them down in rotations when we get to Colorado.  Opposed to the ridiculous piles of toys the children wade through now.

I have visions of “J go grab your zipped up Cars bag, and play nicely on the rug while I make dinner.”

“Yes, ma’am!”

” Ok, now zip those up and get ready for dinner”

“Sure thing, Mommy!”

See the dreams that are born of productivity?!?

 

Also tackled today:

1. Packed all cups/Tupperware/bakeware away and moved to paper products. (sorry Earth)

2.   Wrapped glasses in newspaper and duct tape…classy.

3.  Found the desk surface on G’s desk…. big project.

4.  Got library books ready for return.

 

Moving right along….now to just get my dryer fixed and we could put away linens and such.

We are going on Day  7 of no dryer…and it is getting bad in here.

 


Countdown: Days 21, 20, 19, 18

The following is a recipe for a successful “gear up to moving week”.

#1. Make sure your children get Strep.

#2. The lovely 48 hour cultures, since my children never test positive on the rapid test.  So the lovely Strep has 2 days to grow and torture, before meds are given.

#3. Get Strep yourself. Even when you don’t have tonsils.  Which seems both impossible and like a cruel joke.

#4. Pack up large bins and leave them in plain sight of said “sick children”.  Who rarely act sick, but can not go to pre-school.

#5.  Watch children unload and throw items with wild abandon as you lounge on the couch nearly incapacitated.

#6. Have your husband have to be at work at horribly early times, leaving him tired upon arrival.

Need I go on….

There has been nothing.nada.zilch.zero accomplished to move this family across the country.

Including the things I have put on G’s list…just saying.

I will, however, commend G on tolerating me while I am sick.

Which is a fate worse than both children being sick.

I can be mean. And require A LOT of foot massages.

And I am sorry to lose focus, but I have been updating my picture files, and this was my little, tiny baby 3 years ago!!

You read that right….3 years ago!!!

I miss those big chubby cheeks. And pink knit hat.

 

 


Wee Bit of me Wednesday

 

{one} do you still use a checkbook?

Negative.  I mean I finally have a checkbook, but it probably only comes out once a month for kiddos tuition check.

{two} what size shoe do you wear?

I am so inclined to lie…but fine…  I wear a 10…That’s right. It is the reason I hate shoe shopping.  And if the 10 doesn’t fit…well then, I don’t buy.

{three} scary movies or happy endings?

I don’t like scary movies. But most of the dramas I really love aren’t necessarily a “happy ending”.  But I can get sucked into a Nicholas Spark movie any day of the week.

{four} do you prefer spontaneity or stability?

Prefer spontaneity.  Definitely.  Makes me feel alive, like an active participant in life.  Which does not mean I really like surprises, but last minute trips or moves to Europe will always be dreams come true.

{five} what is the most embarrassing cd that you own?

I do not own any CD’s anymore.  But have owned plenty of embarrassing ones before.  NKOTB?  Salt-n-Peppa?

{six} do you watch reality tv?

I am pretty much weaned off of it…but have a few I like.  Survivor, Guiliana and Bill and The Real Housewives of DC was fascinating for awhile.  I like to think I am evolving by watching HBO mini-series now.  We can’t get enough of Dexter right now.

{seven} what is your favorite home-made meal?

My  mothers cheese potatoes…which are labelled with two words that I have HEAVILY moderated in my current diet.  I will never say no to them…never.

{eight} do you have any allergies?

I think so.  Not terrible if we are talking seasonal allergies.  I am not allergic to anything though, except latex, and it is not severe.

{nine} if you could open your own restaurant/store, what would it be?

Hmmm… I think I would own a napping  station for Moms(dads too!).  Military wives would be free!

And I would have a few play rooms and some comfy sleep rooms with TVs.  Glass of wine, and some down time.

I think it could save lives, marriages and sanity.

{ten} would you ever go skydiving (or have you been)?

I really am not drawn towards purchased or forced “highs”.  Would be more inclined to back a bag and travel somewhere different for an adrenaline rush.

Your turn!


One Vote

**** Be warned****I am in the mood for a good rant.

A political rant…shudder.

You see, election day can cause me some stress.  Not stress over who to choose, or where to go , or which side to stick my sticker.  But rather a deep stress about life and hope.  And when I get in these moods, it is rather challenging to get me out in one piece.

Because, even though I do not vote, I still feel rather strongly about some issues.

Primarily, the indication that my lack of voting seats me behind you in the proud Americans line.

It doesn’t.  In fact,  there is nothing more American than my ability to decide when I cast my ballot.  It is a right to vote.  And democracies are best judged by their ability to handle any dissension in process or thought.  In they weren’t able to handle any objection, they would cease to be a true democracy.

And secondly, that my right to vote needs to be exercised at every single oppurtunity. You see, in my opinion, people get vote-happy.  They will vote a whole party line without true research into who they may be seating.

They will “Rock the Vote” without rocking their search engine.

This may stem from my own insecurities at my education into such matters, but I do more research on the kids babysitters than some folks do on the President.  And who can blame them???

Not me.

I do not have the time or inclination to read pages of information on economics, international business, health care, education, Social Security, etc….

The list could go on for miles.

The research could take years… and even then…where can you find material you can trust???

You see how overwhelming this can become.

And it should be.  Because my voice being “heard” is of far less concern to this country than the right decision being made. Which seems to always  be the case in life.

And lastly, I think the responsibility of such decisions would weigh greatly on me when watching the news.

For example, a lovely gubernatorial candidate here in GA, calls himself the Real Deal.

And the Real Deal finds it acceptable, and important, to question rape victims after they were victimized.

He would like to further create legislation that allows law enforcement to be able to ask these women(and men) what they were wearing? drinking? who they were hanging out with? what type of people they have dated in the past?

Which I find morally outrageous and repugnant.

That being said…say I didn’t research Mr. Deal, and voted my party line.

And one day there was a young girl sitting traumatized in a courtroom, being made to feel responsible for her victimization and cheapened for wearing a skirt and not pants.

I don’t want any part of this scene…not even one blindly-made tick mark on paper.

And even worse, later, when re-election comes…Mr. Deal will write banners with his valiant change in the rates of such crimes in Georgia.  Maybe because he is awesome, maybe because people just won’t report it anymore.  And who could blame them?

Because if you believe your vote can make a change, you also must believe your vote can make a change for the worse.  And in fact, the non-voting contingency ( which happens to me the majority), is a very powerful group.

And the slogan of ” if you don’t vote, you can’t complain” is indicative of anything but democracy.  In history, non-voting populations have been instrumental in the development of our country ( African Americans, women, illiterate, ex-felons,etc…).

And while I do not plan on complaining, that ability  hardly is granted by my voting status, and completely granted by my status as citizen of this country.

I am feeling only slightly better… because I would never want to insult another persons conviction to take part in this process.

I accept this process completely, and as part of that, support the President and all the folks doing their best to be of service to our country.

Whew… ok.

Done with that now.