DITY PCS

We went with U-Pack this move, and so far, it has been great.

 

Well, I am not completely surprised with myself for not completing my PCS countdown.  PCS for those who speak in real words, I believe, means Permanent Change of Station.  However, we all know that ‘permanent’ is used rather loosely.

But it is now Friday, and we move on MONDAY!    The children are nestled away in Orlando with my parents, visiting a very awesome expensive mouse.

Our DITY ( Do-it-yourself) move is near completion, and I must say that as I watched the movers pack our neighbors house in less than 10 hours I was actually happy with our decision to move ourselves.  Mainly because we will get a nice little check when we arrive in our new place… or within 90 days; but also because a good day’s work is good for the soul.

I would not say that statement if I was having to watch/entertain/feed my children during this process.

I completely cleared both kids rooms, as well as the kitchen.  And I mean CLEARED ( short of A’s heavy stuff I couldn’t handle on stairs), including the carrying of her double mattress and box spring by myself.  Very noticeable accomplishments are so rare in my stay-at-home-mom life that I have gotten great satisfaction from tackling this (albeit large) task of moving across country.

The movers from next door kept telling me what an awesome wife I am, and how G really lucked out.  Me being willing to work and all.  They also said, you must not be a Southern girl, cause you know how to work. HA!  I am not a Southern girl, so that made me smile a bit…but seemed dangerous to say in Georgia  ( no laziness implied to any Southern girls, it made me smile merely because they guessed correctly, even saying they thought I had “some NYC in me”…which I do).

And while I do consider the neighbors movers my new best friends, I have to say I  was annoyed by the statements.

Why shouldn’t I be carrying things into a truck?  Why wouldn’t I attempt to get as much done as possible?  Is this not my home and  my stuff?  Do I need to wait for my big, strong man to come home and take charge?  Some may say I am just a bit touchy when it comes to gender politics, but I hardly think a woman should be praised for lifting Rubbermaid bins during a move.

But I chose to laugh it off, because these men work on Army posts all day.  It is “PCS season” in the Army (and maybe other branches) so every cul-de-sac is jam-packed with moving vans and U-haul trucks. And if they haven’t realized it yet, they will soon realize that military wives are not-at-all-incapable of doing “mans work”.  And lifting heavy objects and sweating are ridiculously easy when compared to raising two children for months at a time single-handedly.  In my opinion.

But again, they are my new best friends and we worked through our differences carrying big boxes and laughing about how the youngest movers girlfriend kept calling him every 3 minutes.

Rant aside, I am pretty pleased with our progress and feel we will be resting  comfortably Sunday evening on our full-sized air mattress.  I have no desire to revisit the days of sleeping on a full-sized mattress, I think King-sized mattresses should be required by law when you sign your marriage license.   Again, my opinion.

In other  news…. I simply am not happy with my blog appearance. So I keep changing little things, but I feel a big change coming ( G made the logo above).

I also am getting rid of some of  my clothes, as they are now getting too big.  Woot!  I am still pressing on with dieting (moving is not making this easy), and am hoping I will be zipping up those pre-both-babies jeans around Christmas time.  Problem is… all I have been doing is holding cute babies lately… danger.

 

 

 


A brief break from chaos….

I am literally being swallowed alive by boxes.

(Well not boxes, G is the world’s biggest fan on Rubbermaid bins.  So we have about a million.)

And worse than that, I am being overcome by the 500 or so spare pieces of stuff that has no box to call itself home.

G is still in the field.  So I am working solo, which is actually my preference in such matters.

But I was happy to stop to link up with Faith at Simplicity…because “Daydream” is a perfect thing to think of on such days. It is rather inspiring always to see such pretty things, but even more so when you are surrounded by such a mess.

And I also wanted to mention, that my picture of my little nephew Coleman was chosen as a favorite over at Trendy Treehouse.  Woot!
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I have about a zillion pictures from 3 recent photo shoots, but can not allow myself to get started on this!

I will be loaded up and out of here Monday, so next week I hope to put them up.

This week at Trendy Treehouse it’s “birthdays”…

That little turkey naturally encourages me to want to go out and find the BEST present ever.

Because if a Sleeping Beauty coloring pack earned this face, imagine what something really awesome would produce.

This is a good time to mention the little ones just left on a surprise trip to the Magic Kingdom with my parents.

The kids don’t know yet… can you imagine her face when they pull up?!?!!?

 

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Wee Bit/ Completely adorable little girls

**** We are 4 days away from our move, and I just returned from 2 days visiting my dearest friend Christina and her 3 little girls!!**

yes, her children are ridiculously cute.

And I am sorry if you have emailed me recently, I am sort of in and out until Monday.

{one} what time do you normally wake up?

I would say the kiddos give me a 7:30am average.  With an occasional 8 or 6:30.

{two} do you have a go-to song for karaoke?

I do not sing in public. Period.

{three} if you could only see black and white except for one color, what color would you choose to see?

When I was around 12 or 13, I was “acting out” at school.  I was made to go see Dana Goldfarb the school counselor.

I answered black to all her color questions.

Sorry Dana, I really thought I was funny.

Probably green.

{four} what color best matches your personality?

For the sake of not answering with green again… I will say orange.

Because I am spicy enough to not to yellow, but haven’t quite earned red yet.

{five} if you could choose one meal to cook better than anyone else, what would it be?

Oh dear.  I don’t really care to cook anything better than anyone else.

And it’s really impossible to even claim that, seeing as though we all have different tastes.

{six} how many keys do you have on your key ring?

I believe 3.  Car, house and some mysterious mini key.

{seven} do you give your pets birthday/christmas gifts?

Absolutely not.

{eight} when your plate has different foods on it, do you mix or not?

Absolutely.  Getting through some veggies would be impossible without some fusion.

{nine} if you could hire someone to do one thing for you all the time, what would it be?

COOK!!!  wait no…CLEAN…wait..I don’t know.  I think organize.

{ten} when flying, do you prefer the window or aisle seat?

Aisle… my legs are a bit on the long side. And it gives me a bit more room, and easy access to potty.


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.

 

 

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Some Challenges on a Challenging Day

“Brown”

This is from my nephew’s newborn pictures, but has just been finished in editing.  He is almost 3 months old.  Yikes.

If he is not exactly this little when we get to Florida in a few days, I will be upset.

And then there is little Miss Charlie.

Who is one part of the foursome(well five with their Momma!) of girls that our time in Augusta has gifted us with, the kiddos and I are all sad to be leaving them.

And just so you don’t think I am bragging about editing skills(which I could not actually do), the original is below.  Her eyes are naturally that amazing. And so are every single one of the sisters.

 

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And last, but certainly not least, I will be using A’s picture for the “Innocence of a Child” challenge at Pixel Perfect.

Because I love this shot of her so much, I think it needs to be a wall mural when we get to Colorado.

It is her, with cute boots and a frog lunch box.

She is so very officious and sweetly confident.

 

And I hope in 20 years, she is marching confidently down whatever path she chooses.

Preferably one that heads towards my house. 🙂

So if taking a photograph is meant to capture a person, or a moment, then this will be ( in my mind) the best I have ever taken.

(My husband doesn’t agree.)


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.

 


I Heart Faces: Orange

I Heart Faces: Orange

Orange you glad Grammy likes to send boxes full of Gymboree?!

Ha! It’s Monday, don’t hate. 🙂

These little guys are minutes away from swimming in a sea of cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.

Mmmm.

Macro Monday

 


He Smiles

He smiles.

Not much today, especially this morning, but he does in fact smile.

His list of complaints today ranged from not getting a Happy Meal  to not wanting to rest.

There were many, and all were made plenty loud.

But, with a superhero cape and some time on the swing all is well.

Mommy gets a smile.

And he gets to practice what he aspires to be most… a superhero flying in the air.

I can’t decide if my favorite part of this is her expression, or the fact her fancy bejangled shoes are on the wrong foot.

Both my children NEVER wear there shoes on the correct feet.

And when we fix them, they say it “feels funny”.

She is learning how to swing on the big girl swing, which is adorable.

But, if you ask me, she is still too little. 🙂

SOOC Sunday

 

 

Ni Hao Y'all

 

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** for those waiting to hear about countdown Day 16 and 15…know this…I have not inhaled through my nose in 4 days.  Which means I haven’t slept, or tasted food.  All this to say…. packing is halted until such time as I can breathe again.  **


Countdown: day 17

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I still am suffering from this sickness / worst exhaustion ever-faced-by-any-human-to-date.
But still I managed,aided by my 3 naps and sleeping babies and a hubby that was out, to start getting things in boxes.
My first area to tackle was the kids toys.  This is done first because limitations on the number of things they have to scatter about only further opens my day to packing. 
I also partially unloaded the storage closet.
All the while I am trashing and organizing.
Zip loc bags are my bestest of friends.

So I can now check off: organization of kids school/art stuff
Special papers to save
Junk drawer
Books and puzzles

Now for some more sleep.

Current symptoms are: unbelievable thirst
Extreme fatigue
Dizziness
Stuffy nose
Hunger!

Please diagnose me. 


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.