Friday, April 1, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Easter 2016

We had a nice, mellow Easter Sunday this year. We celebrated with just our nuclear family and had our hunt in the backyard with perfect, toasty warm weather. Ahh, so nice.

My favorite moment of the day was when Ben bit into a chocolate bunny, made a face, then said incredulously, "Mom! This bunny is HOLLOW?!" I reassured him that it was normal, but that got me thinking- why do we accept hollow chocolate bunnies as something to be expected? No wonder he felt cheated. Still, it was a funny moment.

Friday, March 4, 2016

This is a Test

So I've decided to start blogging again.

Yep, for real this time.

Rather than try to cover everything that's happened in the last few years, I'm just going to jump on in assuming you know enough to follow along. But let me introduce these two cuties: Christian (2) and Duncan (3 months), my Texas boys.
Love those two.

Ben and Sophie are in second grade and kindergarten. Both of them really love school and reading, which I love. They've also started karate lessons once a week and are working on cars for the Pinewood Derby.

Oh, and as I'm typing this, Christian is eating jam out of the almost-empty jam jar that he stole from the kitchen counter. And giggling.

Just to give you an idea of how most of my days go.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Home(ish)

So, as you are well aware, I am pathetically terrible at keeping up with the blog. Which is even more terrible now that I live away from family and the majority of people who are interested in my life. I have not left a lifeline. Sorry. I can say that I will try to do better. Let's all hope for the best!

Winter in Texas is mild and quite nice. Sometimes too cold, sometimes too hot. I have this feeling that I will never be quite satisfied with the weather. I don't feel too bad about it, though, since we're not native and even people who've lived here a long time complain about the weather. So, no guilt here!

We are really enjoying our house. It is so nice not to have to share walls with anyone and have many rooms to use throughout the day. My kitchen is a dream! I have a "house tour" planned for you. I'm sure it will be riveting. But one of the huge disadvantages is that there's always something to be done. This month it was having the trees trimmed- one in the backyard really needed a good hacking. It was leaning, off balance, and a lot of branches were hanging over the fence and intermingled with the supports for the utility pole in the corner of the yard. Hurricane season starts in April and we wanted to get the trees taken care of before that starts. But if it's not trees it's something else... always something else. ;)

We are starting to feel more comfortable here, but I still feel like we are visiting and it will all be over soon. But it's not a vacation, it won't be "over" because we live here and put down some serious roots. My goal for the next few months is to get stuff up on the walls. I think I will begin to feel much more settled once we are truly moved in.

Here are some pictures from the summertime- the kids are starting to become pretty good friends. I love those little buggers. Oh yes, they're adorable, but to put it politely, they are teaching me a lot of patience. They give the best hugs, though.




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

First Impressions of the Lone Star State

First of all, it really is hot in Texas. But I think I like it. It's hot like walking around in a blanket just taken out of the dryer that's still a little damp, and I sort of like that feeling. But I missed most of summer (I got here last Tuesday) so I don't think I can really comment on how hot it can be.

I love the way people talk. I love hearing the drawls and especially the How y'all doin's and the You take care now dahlin's. It's just so friendly. And oh my goodness, do people ever use y'all here. We went to an open house at the local volunteer fire station and there were some bossy, albeit adorable, kids telling all the other kids what to do with loud pronouncements of, "Y'all need to get over here!" and "Y'all ain't allowed to do that!" Love. It. Though while listening to the radio this morning the talk show hosts called someone a ho and advertised buying guns for Christmas and were generally unpleasant.While I think it was just another raunchy morning radio talk show, I am out of P.C. California for sure.

It is really beautiful here. There are trees everywhere- big, beautiful, deep green trees dripping with moss that look like they are just reveling in the moisture in the air. And the cloud cover is gorgeous! It seems every sunset is full of golden beams shooting through billowy clouds that move quickly to the north, with the scene changing and bending and melding into a new, perfect picture every minute. It is stunning.

I still haven't tried barbecue here, which is a huge problem. Seriously. I'm in the South! Not the deep South, but it's still Texas, and no ribs or brisket has passed my lips yet. It's a shame. Hopefully that will change this weekend. And thankfully there is fresh, in-house made sushi in every grocery store I've been to so far. Thank goodness!

The kids and I are going a little stir-crazy in our hotel room while waiting to move into our house. But...

We close on our house on Friday! Woo!

We are really excited about it. I'll take you on a little virtual house tour once everything is settled, but no pictures until we've got the keys in our hands. I don't want to jinx anything!

It has been so wonderful being back together. Spending so much time with family before we left was fantastic, but it is so nice just to be in the same room again! Just being able to hold hands sends a contented little flutter to my heart. I am so glad to be here.