Sunday, September 14, 2014


Out here in the country, we have a little menagerie going on. Some good, some bad, but all interesting.
Of course, we have the cats. It is apparent that they are freeloaders because they don't do much of anything to keep any other animals away.
Perhaps you'll remember the copperhead. He is very dead now.
We have lizards. Lots and lots of lizards. We also have skinks everywhere.

There are also gigantic spiders here. I promise never to put my finger this close again.
So many deer. So, so many deer. This particular doe also has a baby who follows her around.
Big stupid raccoons who come on our front porch looking to check the cat bowls. Please note the cat just watching it.
And a disgusting possum. Stupid oversized rat.
A baby ring snake! He was caught in a bunch of debris and even though we tried to help him, we couldn't get it off. We put him back in the woods and let nature take its course.
We've also seen a bear cub but didn't get a picture in time. I'm sure this is just the beginning of animal kingdom out here.
It's hard to believe we only moved less than ten miles from our old house. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Night Leftovers: The Chaos Edition


  • Moving is hard, hard work. Really hard work. I thought that once we got into the new house everything would settle down. Um, no. Now it's the chaos of unpacking and sorting and trying to figure out where things will go. That's really hard to do when you need to work and juggle children.
  • We talked with a contractor last week and ordered all new kitchen cabinets last weekend. I cannot wait to get everything installed and finished. The current cabinets date back to 1989 and they are in dire need of trashing. I can't wait to unpack all the kitchen boxes. We should get the cabinets in about two to three weeks and the demo will start right away.
  • Work continues to be intense. I know there are ebbs and flows to higher education and I'm looking forward to getting ahead a little in the near future. I also need to write. Desperately. 
  • The issue with Tot's teacher(s) is not yet resolved but I've had conversations with her assistant principal and we have a meeting scheduled for next week. 
  • I attempted to take Blue to a kid's play/ dance class today. He absolutely wouldn't cooperate. Shocking. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Big Boy Proud Moment

In our old house I couldn't bring myself to get rid of the nursery decor. It was the nursery where all three children slept as infants, where they were nursed, rocked to sleep, and loved and held in the first few years of their lives. I just couldn't alter the appearance of the room even though it was officially Blue's room and he hated it. I knew he was outgrowing it, but I couldn't let go.
Now that we are in a new place with a blank palette, it is time to move forward. After searching around, I found a perfect comforter set on Amazon for the boy. It has trucks, planes, construction vehicles, and cars. It is all an around awesome fit for the boy.
After putting it on his bed, I brought the boy in to see it. I don't know if I've ever seen him so excited about something. He rolled around on it, jumped, and snuggled against it.
This kid believed he had just won the two year old lottery.
Wait until he sees this! I ordered it today and cannot wait!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Cats, cats, everywhere cats. Here we are. Us non-cat people have inherited three cats. May I introduce Mo, Martin, and Oreo. These are the cats who lived here before us and continue to live here now. Mo was here when the previous owners moved in

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dirty Boy

The kids have been outside more than ever since we moved to our new house. This is exactly what I was hoping for. They play and play and play. They are also in and out of the house all day long, but that's okay.
Without a doubt, the boy is dirtier than ever before. It is no uncommon for him to have black smudges all over his face and arms. Sometimes his feet are almost black. He is exploring more, which means there are a few more accidents, including some bloody noses and scrapes.
He's thriving out here and his (growling) face and body show it.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Things I miss:

  • my old dishwasher
  • my old gas stove
  • my old shower
  • the old neighbors
  • being five minutes from everything

Things I'm getting used to:

  • the cats
  • the wild animals
  • the dirt road
  • the hill we live on

Things I love:

  • the quiet
  • the wild animals
  • the spaces in this house
  • our new bedroom
  • the creak of the wood floors
  • the view
  • the potential