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.

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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!


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.

 

 

your turn!