Thursday, April 28, 2011

The ramblings of a slightly more pulled together than last week person

So - as I have gone through this week - I keep having thoughts pop in my head

"that would be good to blog about"

"I need to remember to type that"

"oh that is a post in itself"

And then life and boxes and three kids and new schedules come along and the thoughts never make it to my computer.

So - here it comes in bullet format - some ramblings of me:

* Before I left for MA I had SO many people tell me how rude everyone here was going to be to me. I would literally have strangers, friends, librarians, my Walgreens lady - pretty much a lot of people express the opinion of how miserable I would be here. They would tell me how lonely I would be and how rude New Englanders are and how no one would help me out - at all.

Well - let me just tell you - people here are great! I am really not sure why people have to be so negative about big life changes (surely I have gone on and on somewhere on the bowheads blog about how before I got married people were telling me stories about husbands leaving their wives on the alter or hooking up on the honeymoon. Don't even get me started on the baby stories that people told me before each delivery. I guess people just like to have a story of their own to share and often times the horror stories are the most interesting? I don't know but it is an interesting component of human nature that I have been un - officially studying.

Anyway - I digress - as usual

People here could not be nicer. I did not have a neighbor even acknowledge my move into my house in Texas but here - I have been getting plants and brownies and muffins and people dropping by to offer tools and help with directions etc.

I have had more friendly interactions with more friendly people than I can count and I really do appreciate that!

* New Englanders are pushier drivers - I do have to say that. The kids and I are pretty much getting the hang of hanging on and jumping in. The Roach Coach is none the worse for wear so far so that is good.

* Trader Joes is wholesome, tasty, affordable goodness - enough said. I love it there. I wanted to just sit in the aisle and hang out for a while.

* I went into town to go to the butcher yesterday - how freaking charming is that?

* Having a four-year-old as my constant companion with absolutely no nap, no preschool, no babysitter is going to be a bit of a blogging challenge. He has actually been a very good little guy and he and I have had a great time exploring the neighborhood.

This moment of blogging is brought to you by the television program - Caillou

* I love hearing everyone talk about how hot it is here right now. I think it got to 75 one day? Maybe?

* I was pretty excited to leave Texas and the mosquito and yellow jacket situation. Pretty much a bummer to come to the herd of locusts and fly situation that they have going on here - that reminds me - I gotta go buy off. Someone did tell me that the ants don't bite but the flies do - awesome.

* Craigslist is such a blessing and a curse. I sold one thing to a very nice lady buying furniture for her son going off to Cambridge. I also bought the cutest desk that fits this room PERFECTLY from a very nice man on Craigslist who actually brought it to me because he lives in the neighborhood. Both blessings. The strange, creepy, soliciting, I am buying from out of state, have a princess in Indonesia who needs a check for a million dollars emails - kind of a curse.

* I got my camera strap and lens cap holder from I will give it it's own review and pictures because - oh my goodness the cuteness - I can hardly stand it. I did have to go ahead and give them a shout out and say GO CHECK THEM OUT! I do not know how I lived without that strap or holder. LOVE LOVE LOVE - CLICK CLICK CLICK

Anyway - that's all she right for today - signing out!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The best quotes of the week (that I can remember)

I have started typing in the notes section on my phone whenever the kids say something funny. I am really loving this new system because it helps me remember funny moments and I think that I got some good ones this week!

4 year old son - coming out of the airplane bathroom with big eyes and wonder in his voice....

"There is a tiny bathroom in there Mom. It's like a port-a-potty but it's got a sink!!!!!"

One of the girls in the back of the van while driving around Massachusetts.....

"Hey look - we are in the neck of the woods!!!!!"

My 6 year old talking about a friend of ours who came from Texas to run the Boston marathon.....

"So Mommy - did Coach Matt run all the way from Texas to Boston for the marathon?"

4 year old and 6 year old in the way back of the car playing while big sister practiced soccer...

"Hey Zoe - I am pretty sure we are stuck back here."

Zoe: "Oh well - at least we have chips"

Friday, April 15, 2011

A MA Update

So I am typing on my phone so no fun fonts or spacing tonight folks.

It's ok - I don't mind pausing while you get over your disappointment.


Here is what I have learned since being in MA

* I really love having my family back together again - total total total plus

* I have pretty good kids who are handling this very well

* I am going to be lost - all the time

* You know how they say how stinking charming New England is? Guess what - it is so stinking charming. I have used that word more in the last 24 hours than I did all last year. I have now resorted to exclamations of

"how charming is that?"

"could that get any more charming?"

"uh hello - charming!"

You think I joke - but I seriously keep saying that. My kids think I am trying to hammer home a new vocabulary word and I am
pretty sure my husband thinks I
have just lost my mind.

* Speaking of him - husband - I really do love him. He makes me laugh so hard - I mean - church giggle, stomach hurting, belly laugh, kind of hard. I am a fan of that husband - pure and simple - a big fan.

* No one has been mean to me yet and as far as I can tell - no one has made fun of my strange, backward, Texas ways.

* I am really looking forward to getting all of my stuff back tomorrow although we have already figured out at least 3 pieces of Texas sized furniture that are not going to fit in my Massachusetts sized house.

* It is time for me to sleep!

More tomorrow as the adventure continues!!!!!!!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone on the fly!!!! ;)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Traveling, traveling, just traveling through

This would be me unpacking and repacking in a grocery store parking lot.

3 backpacks and 3 jackets - totally unnecessary in Texas - will be used getting off the plane in Massachusetts!

My bags are packed! One carry on - nebulizer and camera. The other bag - my coupon binder (could not possibly part with that for a second - that one is getting on the plane with me) and my magazines that I just used up a bunch of coupons on for the trip.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone on the fly!!! ;)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

How something Awesome can get - More Awesome

Dragging two reluctant kids out of the house on a weekend with no Daddy in town to go watch a soccer game for your oldest who has been to a sleepover while fielding phone calls from movers and packers.......


Pulling into the driveway of the soccer complex 45 minutes later and having your 6 year old puke cinnamon rolls ALL over the back seat of your car......

More Awesome

Completely busting your rear end to get clothes sorted for three kids to live out of a suitcase for 2 weeks in two VERY different states with two VERY different weather forecasts.....


Movers packing your big suitcase and burying it so thoroughly that there is no way that they will ever be able to get it again......

More Awesome

Cleaning as fast as you can behind the movers as they finish loading each room, scrubbing toilets and baseboards until your fingers are raw.....


Having one of the movers go spend a solid 20 minutes in one of your very clean bathrooms and take a dump that is so smelly it would make your great uncle earl proud......

More Awesome

The chaos of moving day. Boxes, people, movers, everywhere......


A fire alarm that won't go off screaming into your brain until your husband finally has to call the fire department, only to have the fire department show up in full force so that they can take the battery out of a smoke alarm that is under a pile of bags on your kitchen counter.....

So much More Awesome

Finally having my family back together and all of my belongings loaded and headed across country.

A really big fat awesome relief!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Stats on Sleepover Saturday

The participants

1 Mom, 3 - 6 year old girls, 1 - 4 year old boy, 7 - 9 year old girls

Survivors - 12

The food

6 medium pizzas, one cici's pizza coupon - $21.00

One homemade chocolate cola cake

6 bags of microwave popcorn

2 liters of soda

1/2 gallon chocolate milk

1/2 gallon of white milk

1 doubled batch of plain pancakes

1 doubled batch of chocolate chip pancakes

1 pound of bacon

leftovers - 0

A final sleepover for my girls with their best friends from school.


Now - that is enough blogging - it is time for me to sleep