Sunday, June 7, 2009
I've seriously considered locking all four kids in their rooms and tracking down the biggest chocolate bar I can find.
Now that we're back to the Sunflower State, can I really keep calling this thing a round-up?
I mean, I KNOW Kansas had round-ups back in the day. Our part of the state was a big stop for the wagon trails on their route west...and they moved TONS of cattle through here, but not so much anymore.
In Wyoming...they rounded up. They herded. They branded...and ranchers had thousands of head of cattle.
Here...not so much.
Maybe I should call it Sunflower Pickin's or something like that. This is where you rush down to the comment button to leave me a creative new title, 'kay? ;>)
Alright...so its time for the final installment of the Lazy T Roundup. Grab your...oh forget it, who am I kidding? I don't have any of this stuff and neither do you. Just pull up a chair, a cup of joe and settle in for a long-overdue update.
1. Wireless or Bust - Sorry I haven't posted in forever, but I've become the ultimate lazy poster. If I don't have my laptop its just too much work to post something. Who wants to sit in a stiff old computer chair when I can lounge on the couch and type away.
Here's my dirty little secret - the Internet has been up and running since the day we walked in the door...but I couldn't get the laptop to 'see' the wireless connection...so I didn't put in the extra effort to sit down and post anything.
I finally broke down and called tech support today. They got me up and running in less than 30 minutes. I guess that'll teach me to sit and stew about it for days on end, absolutely convinced I can do it myself! :)
2. Half-way there - I would say our house if just about half way back to normal. The nice thing about moving back into a house you've already lived in is you know where to put things.
The not so nice thing about moving back into a house you've already lived in is chances are you have more stuff than you moved in with the first time around and there aren't as many places to put things.
I've thrown more stuff away this week than I did before we started packing. We could probably have saved ourselves some serious cash and time by just chucking all of this stuff BEFORE we got the U-Haul!
3. Moving Malaise - I'm not going to sugar-coat it, even though I discovered this week half of the Emerald City reads this blog. I promised you a long time ago I would keep it real. And so I shall.
We're starting to get on each other's nerves. The kids are arguing...the adults are squabbling...Maddie has been regressing. It's been fun. No. Really. Can you hear the sarcasm?
I've seriously considered locking all four kids in their rooms and tracking down the biggest chocolate bar I can find. It seems since the excitement of moving 'home' has worn off, the boxes are still blocking doorways, we can't find enough clothes to wear and we've eaten our weight in fast food for the last six days...life just can't seem find any sense of normalcy.
Add to that the fact the boys have been HORRIBLE this week, they've lost every privilege known to man, and you can see why we're all going stir crazy. I'm seriously wishing we had never loaded Alek's room with his stuff. It may be time for 'Boot Camp'. His attitude lately has been MONSTROUS.
2. Maddie's Regression - Maddie has seriously regressed in the last week. Doing things she hasn't done since we brought her home. I know, I know...she's gone through a lot of changes, but somehow it doesn't make me any more patient when she puts used toilet paper in the trash can or jams so much in the toilet it overflows...or when she steals bananas.
Yep. She's at it again.
Then there's the bossiness. My word, people, I'm telling you if she tries to boss ME around one more time I'm going to lose it.
She's been slapping Anya...
Has started at least a dozen fights with Nick...
She got into my makeup and ruined almost all of it...
She's putting clean clothes in the hamper and dirty clothes back in her drawer.
She asks 'huh' or 'what you doing' 27 million times a day...
She's getting openly defiant...only obeying if she thinks you're going to DO something about it. And believe me...I'm DOING something about it.
And her speech at times is unintelligible. (How's that for regression, Mr. IEP man?)
I know, I know, it WILL get better. I'm just not real patient right now.
The good news is she had her first t-ball game last week and BOY was she excited! No, really! I mean EXCITED!!!!! It's all she talked about all day...during the game she kept giving us 'thumbs up'....and after the game until she fell asleep she kept talking about playing baseball like a big girl.'
I'll post pictures as soon as I can find my extra camera battery. In the craziness that was the move, I've lost my camera card...ran out of batteries and can't find the camera cord to save my life. I was lucky I could find the camera at all.
Pictures, soon, I promise. ;)
3. Some really awesome people - Can I just say I love my church family? Not to sound like the child of the 80s that I am, but they are awesome people. Absolutely awesome! :)
When we pulled up on Monday afternoon I wasn't expecting to see anyone except some dear college friends. Tom and Lynda had offered to come up along with another friend of ours to help unload the truck.
I was so thankful for their help...I never dreamed our church would send in reinforcements as well! :)
At one point we had six guys helping Shad unload the U-Haul...which meant I could stay in the house directing traffic. Then a couple of other ladies showed up with dinner.
A hot meal after a week of feeding my kids lunch meat sandwiches and take-out. It was all I could do not to cry...seriously. It meant so much.
4. Back to Work - Shad heads back to work tomorrow. We've really enjoyed having him to ourselves for the last week and a half, but I guess its time.
5. Turned Upside Down - We went to Wally World yesterday and I finally did it. I bought one of those Topsy Turvy dealie's. I have not the foggiest idea if it will really work, but I'm willing to give it a shot. I want to have a garden, but there's no way I have time to put one in now...the growing season is already going full tilt...so I'm cheating, buying some plants from the nursery and putting them in this topsy turvy thing.
Tomatoes, of course. Although I did buy a watermelon plant too. I have to admit it was a bit of an impulse buy...I have absolutely NO idea where I'm going to put it.
While I'm waiting for the tomatoes to do their thing, I'm going to go ahead and put my dehydrator to work. Strawberries are in season...and there's a neat little fruit farm across the border. I'm thinking about taking the kid over and see what we can pick.
Mmmmm....fresh strawberries. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Of course it could just be the bag of Oreos calling my name from the kitchen.
We went grocery shopping yesterday. I. KNOW! Exciting stuff. But you'd be excited too to actually see fruit in your fruit basket and a loaf of bread on your counter for the first time in weeks! :)
I guess that's it for now. A busy week around here, and that's the best I can come up with. Sad, huh? I'll keep thinking...surely something interesting will happen soon.
I should have pictures of the kids baseball sometime this week...
I should hear some results of an important meeting I had on Wednesday...
I've got to put in a call to the IEP people this week...that's always good for a couple of laughs...
The D!recTV man is supposed to show up tomorrow...we'll see if he materializes.
Oh, and there's the play by play I owe you of the actual drive across Nebraska with a moving truck, trailer, mom-mobile packed to the gills and four absolutely bored kids.
I SHOULD be able to come up with SOMETHING this week. ;)
And if all else fails I can always let you in on the details of my days upon days of unpacking! :)