The Kids

The Kids

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

We are all sick... full of snot and feeling like poop! We had to cancel our plans to go over to JD's boss' house... so now I am unexpectedly stuck doing Thanksgiving dinner. We are still emptying boxes and I don't have everything in the kitchen cleaned and washed yet (this is partly my fault, but I'm not going into this online)...

We did make it to the commissary to get a ham, some veggies and pies. JD was so looking forward to mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. We unpacked and cleaned up until it was time to make dinner.

I tossed the pies (apple and pumpkin) into the oven and set the timer on the microwave. When the pies were almost done, I put the potatoes on to boil. I went back to unpacking. The potatoes reminded me that they were cooking because they were boiling... when they were done, I found the beaters and started looking for the mixer... crap! I couldn't find the mixer anywhere! We started going through boxes in the garage... I know it was in a box that we moved, but we had no idea where that was!

In the meantime, I forgot about the pies... it wasn't until I started smelling 'browning' pies that I realized that I pretty much burned them... I would like to affectionately call it 'roasting' the pies. Well, they were a bit 'done', but still (for the most part) edible. So, we had ham and corn, parsley butter non-mashed potatoes and well-done pies...

It was a feast fit for a snotty, infectious family living out of boxes!

Monday, November 23, 2009

We made it!

We pulled into Albuquerque and navigated towards our house around 9:45 a.m. Seems like we've been driving forever! (if 'forever' equates to 36 hours!)

We turned down our road and saw the moving truck pulled up in front of our house! They were already there and had the driveway full... we waited another 30 minutes until JD showed up with the keys. It was cold and windy... the wind was full of sand... I'm too tired for this!

We showed the movers where to put everything... it felt like we were doing something complex like brain surgery when asked which room I wanted the sewing machine in... it got to the point I would just tell them upstairs, downstairs or garage... I really didn't care! I just want the bed put together!

The 'Bandaid' has been ripped off... the 'sting' of the move can still be felt, but after a good nights sleep we should start to feel a little more human again!

Oops...

About an hour and a half outside of Albuquerque, my 'check engine' light came on as the truck accelerated to pass a truck... I slowed down and pulled over on the shoulder. As I was shutting off the truck, I called JD. I told him what happened and that I took it off cruise control as soon as the light went on...

What?!? He was horribly surprised and a bit worried to find out that I had it in cruise... he told me that you aren't supposed to pull a trailer with while in cruise. Really?!? No one had ever told me that. I knew about shutting overdrive off, but not about cruise. I told him that I've had it on cruise the entire time without any problems... He was shocked to say the least.

I turned the truck back on and the light went off... he headed back to his truck and I grabbed the manual... what do you know, he was right! Oops, my bad.

We started out again... I hate pulling a trailer without cruise! So glad I didn't know this rule earlier in the trip. I called JD about 20 minutes later and told him to go ahead of me. We were running behind schedule and I wasn't making good time at all now that I had to pay attention to the speed gauge. I'm tired so I kept slowing down...

He headed on and the boys and I kept pushing forward. Driving sucks!

Some Western observations...

This is the first time that I have travelled by car this far West... it's neat seeing the differences between the East Coast/Mid West...

I saw a shop along the highway called the "Indian Smoke Shop"... I thought that was hillarious!

Another place was named "Jesus Christ is Lord not a swear word Travel Center"... I swear that this was a real place and that was its' whole name!!!

I also saw my first tumbleweeds... that was pretty cool! They also have a lot of huge birds... kind of freaky!

New Mexico, here we come!

We started out this morning around 4:30... we are trying to meet our movers at the house at 9:30. The boys are just so tired... we moved them out of the beds in the hotel and into their 'mobile beds'... wish I could join them! On several occassions I have asked Ethan to drive so that I can rest... he told me 'no'!




What a beautiful sunrise to start out our last day on the road! We've got about six more hours and then we should be there... if you take in the time change, we should be there around 9:30... I won't hold my breath!


We are finally in New Mexico! Can't say that I could be happier! We all made it! (Technically, we all did because the DOA fish is still double wrapped in the back of JD's truck!)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Is it wrong to love a hotel...

We drove until we got just inside Texas (no picture of the 'Welcome to Texas' sign as it was too dark)... then we started to look for a nice hotel. We happened on a Holiday Inn Express in Shamrock, TX that looked fairly new. Please, please, please take pets!

I waited and waited for JD to come out and tell me that they didn't take pets and we would have to go across the street to the scuzzy hotel. Thank God! He came out and told that we got one of their last 'Pets only' rooms... yeah! They do extra cleaning on these rooms after each stay... no fleas here!!! I can't remember the last time I was this excited about staying in a hotel!




These are pictures of our 'Pets Only' room... I would have stayed here without pets!



We brought in Max and the cats... JD went and got the hotel baggage cart to bring the fish in... poor fish. At this point, all of the fish were doing well except for that one that was still floating. It was the oldest of the three Kissing Gouramis. Technically speaking, this fish already had one fish miracle when he survived being either dried out by the air conditioner or baked on my carpet. Needless to say, we pronounced him DOA right there in the hotel room... He was now in Fishy Heaven... that big fish pond in the sky. When the kids were a bit distracted (five feet away) I fished him out and put him in a ziplock bag. I then double bagged him so that he could be moved. What were we going to do with him now?!? He was at least six inches long... he couldn't be flushed and it felt sacreligious to just toss him in the trash... we decided to deal with him later...


We got cleaned up and it the sack... wish we could have slept in later than 3:30 a.m. because these beds were so comfy! I love sleeping in a nice hotel... I guess I just appreciated this one more because of what we were in last night!

I'm a funny truck driver...

Seems like we've been driving for ages... We spent 12 hours on the road yesterday and we are hoping to get 18 in today! I am so sick of driving! It's a lot harder than what I thought... especially since we don't have someone to trade of with... I dream of napping!

Anyway, hope we can make it a few more hours... our goal is to get inside Texas. My mom thinks we're nuts! She knows that I'm not intoxicated, but I'm so tired I'm apparently not making sense on the phone... oh, and everything is funny!





Like I said, we are going to try and make it a few more hours... oh, and I've also made up my mind that we are not staying in a nasty hotel tonight!!! I refuse to feel like I'm sleeping in a room that has seen its' share of two dollar tricks and has a dead body encased in the box spring!!! Who can sleep in a place like that?!?

Belly Ache...

Sean told me that his belly hurt so he has to take a little nap...

I'm all for that!

Three minutes later, he told me he has to poop!

I guess we are making a pit stop!

Hey Merle...


Okey from Muskogee!!! I love it!!!

It's OK to be shy...



I was so excited to get a picture of each State's 'welcome' sign... unfortunately, I forgot to let Oklahoma know and apparently they didn't want to cooperate! Couldn't get a darn clear picture if my life depended on it! Oh well, welcome to Oklahoma!



Did you know...

Did you know that Alma Arkansas is the...

"SPINACH CAPITOL OF THE WORLD"????

It is. They said so.

Keep on truckin...


Couldn't resist the picture of the huge American flag...


Arkansas is a pretty State... I have to say that I am over it though and would love to be leaving right about... NOW!





Did I make a wrong turn?!? Thought we already went through Knoxville!


I've got to admit that the sunsets the last two days have been gorgeous! Outside of it being cold, our weather has been really nice!


Oklahoma, here we come!!!


I had no idea...


Sometimes you think you know someone... and then you move across country and you find out that your husband has talents that you didn't even know about...
JD, really?!? Tattoo's and body art?!? I'll support you in whatever profession you choose... just wasn't expecting something so... artsy.

Welcome to Arkansas!


We are finally out of Tennessee and in Arkansas... I'd never been to Arkansas before... the only thing I could think of was Bill Clinton. Wasn't he from here... ugh.






Every once in a while when I'd look in the rear view, I'd freak out because I would forget that there was a trailer connected to my truck... sounds ridiculous? Yes, but it would really scare me! I need some sleep!
Oh, did I mention how good the boys have been? They have been so great! So glad that I drug them back and from from Virginia to Michigan to Illinois and back to Virginia so many times... they are awesome travellers!


Fish Emergency...

About two hours later... somewhere west of Nashville, we stopped again to check on the fish. The aerators were still running, but we had an algae eater laying on his side and three other fish in the other container swimming belly up... well, three would move and one just kind of floated. Why?!? Why??!!??!!??

Suddenly, as if spoken from heaven, JD said, "Do you think the water is too cold?" Something so simple and so RIGHT! I felt the water and it was freezing cold! Holy Cripes! We froze out the fish! Fish Emergency! I ran into the McDonald's and purchased (yeah purchased) HOT water... I walked the hot water quickly out to the truck. We carefully poured the steaming HOT water into the containers... not warm enough. JD went in next and got FREE HOT water from the bathroom (would have saved us $5 if I would have thought of that!)... anyway, after the third trip in for HOT water, we finally got the temperature up near 70. I 'Stress Coated' the fish like crazy and treated the water to make sure everything was 'good to go' (or as good as it was going to get with 4 floaters!

Now, all we could do was pray (that's really all we could do because we truly had done everything we could)... so we prayed for the fish.

Two hours passed and we stopped to gas up... checked the fish expecting the worse... only 1 floater!!! It's a fish miracle! We revived 3 of the 4 fish... the odds were pretty good! Thank you, God. Didn't really want my mom to be right and have all the fish die on this trip! We kept that last floater in the tank just in case he was a late revivalist! Sometimes it can take a little time to come around...

Pink in your teeth...

Sean told me that the pink in my mouth holds my teeth in... my child discovered 'gums' on our trip!!!

It's too early...

We got up this morning at 2:30 in order to leave by 3:30... I was careful not to let anyone run around sockless on this nasty floor... it helped that both kids were still sleeping! It was bad enough the thought of the dog and cats laying on that floor...

Anyway, we got everybody packed up and in the trucks... we pulled back on the highway in search of a gas station in order to get gas. We stopped about an hour up the road. While JD went in to pay, I checked on the fish... Holy cripes! We had four '4' floaters!!! JD was walking out of the store and I yelled to him, "Batteries! We need batteries!" He immediately turned around and went back in the store. About 3.5 minutes later he was on his way back out... I yelled to him, "Hurry! It's a fish emergency!!!" He started running! (this all probably looked really funny!) We put the batteries in the aerator and got things going. All we could do now is pray... that was our second mistake (not the praying, but thinking that we had physically done everything we could)



This is the first time I had ever seen a sign for Little Rock... since a song was made that says 'Little Rock' in it, I felt compelled to remember this moment always with a picture...

Welcome Home...



Meet our new State... I must say that it is much prettier than what I had thought! Two years ago when JD suggested moving out here, I think I gagged... not so much anymore! Must say that I was completely wrong about New Mexico!



The boys loved the trains... I couldn't resist taking pictures of these two. Honestly have never seen a train transporting a whole bunch of construction equipment! This double decker transport must have been a mile long! I love the fact that instead of 400 trucks on the road, they've got two trains on the track!!!







Simply gorgeous!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Goodbye Virginia...

Hello Tennessee!

This is the exit that we got off on a couple years ago when we took a family trip to Gatlinburg, TN... that place is gorgeous! Love the cabin we stayed at...
Awesome!
... and then we hit the traffic! Up until this point we were making great time! I actually called 9-1-1 when we hit this slow down because all I could see in the right lane were semi trucks and the semi in front of us just stopped and wouldn't let anyone pass in the left lane... I immediately thought semi truck strike... or worse, domestic terrorism! I was freaked out! Needless to say, it was actually a really bad accident in the mountains.
Eventually, the had us bypass the highway and detour... it took us an hour and a half to go 10 miles! While we were sitting still, I let Ethan and Sean run around the truck. We were kind of feeling like a bit of Northern Virginia was following us on this trip! Did I mention that we had the dog and two cats in the back too?!? Max was great, but those two cats took turns crying... first one and then the other... every once in a while they would shut up... until I hit a bump and woke them up!
Needless to say, we didn't get as far as we wanted to... we ended up staying in a nasty motel in Crossville, TN. I was absolutely grossed out! Sean decided to throw a fit and lay on the floor... I about died!!! I was quietly (the walls were paper thin) screaming at him to get up off the floor... disgusting!
We told the hotel that we had Max with us and then snuck the cats in... we decided that the fish would be okay in the truck since we were only going to be inside for about six hours... we covered them up to help keep them warm... this was our first mistake...



The Bandaid is coming off...

On the road in Virginia... it's a really pretty State, but I'm not going to miss the traffic!

Got stuck in Virginia Tech game day traffic! For Pete's sake, we aren't anywhere near Northern Virginia and we are still hitting traffic!

God's watching over me on this trip... the trailer is still attached and everything is going well!
Welcome to Tennessee!!! One State down and a bunch to go!

Friday, November 20, 2009

We love our Joanne...


It's Joanne! Saying 'bye' for now was so hard!
Ethan had crocodile tears going...

Joanne,
We love ya like family that we got to pick!!! Come visit us soon,
All of us

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Movers are off...



We are finally packed!!!

The house is almost empty... we've got our ditty move stuff, but that's it!




Our entire life in 'stuff' is sitting in the back half of this trailer! Crazy!!


See you on the flip side... in Albuquerque!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Moving is like a Bandaid...

Moving is like removing a Bandaid off of your arm... you know you've got to do it and there's a little anxiety leading up to the actual removal... the actual move is like the ripping off of the Bandaid... it hurts like hell! So not looking forward to Saturday!

My little Indian...


Sean's Thanksgiving Feast was this morning... he did such a great job! It's too bad Daddy couldn't have been there... he was home with the movers!

We love you Sean and we are going to miss Peace UMC Preschool! We think Ms. Sandy, Ms. Robin and Ms. Missy are the best!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

All boxed up...



We get to spend the next two days living out of and among boxes!

The boys think this is great fun because they climb all over them... can we say 'Emergency Room visit'?!?!



Saturday, November 14, 2009

On the plane again...



In the air again... (sung to the tune of 'On the road again')...


We realize that when we hit the ground in Baltimore... we need to hit it running! Our schedule for tomorrow is crazy insane!
I'm going to get up and make cookies to take to our friends The Elam's house for lunch... then Ethan is headed to the doctor... and finally we need to stage our house for the movers so that the stuff we are going to move is out of their way...
That's all... no stress... no pressure... it'll be a breeze and all will go according to plan... right?!?