Monthly Archives: September 2008

Busy, busy, busy…

I will write more later, but I just wanted to let everyone know that we signed on the new house!  All is well and all most of our stuff crap is in the house.  We’re still awaiting a few things from IKEA(should be here today!), and we still have most of our every-day stuff at my mom’s.  Anyway, as you can imagine, it’s quite crazy around here trying to get everything put together and out of boxes…it’ll be much easier once we all have beds!  🙂

The best thing about the new house has been watching Tucker.  He’s so excited!  He went over to a friend’s house for a few hours while I painted his room.  When he came back in and saw his new wall color, new bed, new dresser, etc., he said “This makes me SOoooo happy!”  It was too cute!  He also is in love with the “magic door” (automatic garage door) and the playground in the backyard.   He LOVES to play out there!  It’s just so much fun to watch him be so excited!

Anyway, we’re supposed to close on our old house on Friday, so please pray that all goes smoothly on that front.

So I haven’t fallen off the face of the planet.  And I haven’t forgotten about this little blog.  And I haven’t been so sick I can’t type.  (Thank goodness!)  But I have been incredibly busy…in a good way.

A few weeks ago we went to visit my friends in Augusta and go to this arts and crafts fair near their home.  You’re probably not going to believe this, but I didn’t buy A SINGLE THING!!!!!!  There were so many cute thing to be bought, don’t get me wrong.  But my children have more clothes than they could ever possibly wear.  And I was skeptical to buy anything while we weren’t in a house.  I figured if I couldn’t carry it in a bag, I didn’t need it.  I don’t even have room right now to store my extra deodorant!!  For some reason I really like to stock up on deodorant…never want to be caught without that around, I guess!  Bad memories from band camps long ago when I asked what that smell was…and realized it was me!  Oh, well…point being:  It’s a bit cramped here in my parents house.

The weekend after that we went to IKEA.  My mom nor Marshall had even been before, so it was fun to show them.  There’s lots of cool furniture, interesting layouts and designs, a yummy cafe with my favorite Lingonberry juice, and…here’s the best part: SMÅLAND.  Smaland is a wonderful, wonderful thing.  Kids over a certain height who are potty trained(boy, we BARELY made that cut!) are allowed to be checked into Smaland while you shop.  I think there’s a 2 hour limit, but I’m not really sure.  Anyway, while you’re off oogling all the wares, your potty-trained preschooler is happily playing in a ball pit, climbing on the playground and watching a movie on what appears to be an oh-so-comfy platform covered in down pillows!  I wish I weren’t too big for Smaland!  (I barely missed that cut off, too, for you smart asses who were thinking that I was probably short enough to get in.)  Anyway, I do have to admit that as I walked away from Tucker who didn’t care one iota that we were leaving him, I almost teared up(it must be the pregnancy hormones!).  I know that I lamented quite a few times about wanting him potty trained, and how great it would be to have a “helper” when the new baby comes…but it was a moment, however small, that I realized that he’s really not a toddler anymore.  He’s a big boy.  A real big boy…who doesn’t need me around quite like I thought he would.  And, although I’m really glad that he isn’t the skiddish-type when it comes time for me to leave, it would have at least been nice if he’d said goodbye!  🙂  Oh, well…he had a good time, and we were able to shop without having to chase him all over the store.  We got most of the furniture I mentioned in my previous post about IKEA, although I didn’t get the sofa or chair.  I’m really picky about texture, and it just didn’t live up to my probably-too-high standards.  But we brought home quite a bit of stuff.  So much that we almost had to leave Marshall behind and make him take a Greyhound bus.  (Do people still travel on bus??)  And we have even more stuff slated to be delivered soon!  Yay!

After that we took ANOTHER little trip back to Augusta.  I had some stuff to do on the house there(it’s under contract now!!!!!!!), and there’s a big consignment sale there twice a year that I love, love, love.  I was lucky enough this year to find something my mom and I had been searching for high and low.  Emmie found this little vanity table and chair at the store the other day that she loved.  But it wasn’t really…well, it was plastic and it was cheap-looking and so I didn’t get it.  But my mom decided she’d like to try to find her one for Christmas.  Have you looked up the prices for little kid vanities lately????  You could buy a full-sized one for the price of a nice wooden one.  So, I’d kind of resigned myself to the fact that we’d be going the plastic route(which isn’t all bad, but I really wanted wood).  And then, as I walked into the toy room(a whole gym full of toys to be sold), there sat my once-lovely-now-quite-dirty treasure.  It was an adorable little vanity with sleek, curvy legs; an oval mirror and two little shelves for all your girly goodies; a working drawer; and an adorable seat to match.  I didn’t care that it was covered in stickers and the paint was worn off in more than a few areas.  It was PERFECT!  And I was SO excited.  I called my mom and she said to snap it up…since it was only(get this!) THIRTY DOLLARS!!!  Wow!  I couldn’t believe it!  And I’m glad I got it when I did, because a little bit later I overheard somebody saying, “Man, I guess somebody got that vanity.  I really wanted to look at that!”  Ha!  I got it!  And it’s dirty, but it’s mine.  And we’ll paint it up and it will start a new adventure in a new home.

Ah…nice transition there: new home.  New HOME!!!  I have to admit that Tucker’s pretty excited, but I am, too.  We were supposed to close on our house yesterday.  But, well…one thing led to another and we got delayed.  Grrr….  But it’s all taken care of now, and we are set to close at 10:30 this morning.  That’s only 2 hours away!  And I’m getting pretty darn excited.  We went to the store on Monday night and bought all the big necessities a family needs. You know, a washer, dryer, vacuum cleaner(we’ve had only hardwood for so long, we no longer had a vacuum cleaner!), and the true necessity: a TV.  I’ve never been one to care much about how big my TV is or how true-to-life the color is, or any of that other nit-picky stuff.  As long as I get to watch Patrick Dempsey on Grey’s Anatomy (which starts tonight), I’m good.   He looks good no matter the quality of the picture!  BUT…I am now quite taken by just how amazing the quality is when you combine a high-def TV with Blu-ray discs!  I’m telling you folks, it’s just amazing!  There’s no other word for it.  I’ve never seen anything with quite so much detail!  I’m sunk now…out with the old DVDs and in with the Blu-ray.  Now we just need to a) get a Blu-ray player and b) convince Netflix to carry blu-ray discs!

Anyway, instead of sitting here and blogging away…I should be getting showered and dressed.  I’ll make a short little post this afternoon to let you all know that the deal is done and that we’re signed, sealed, and delivered on the house!   Wish us luck!

Welcome to the South…

…home of the bible belt, rednecks, and some seriously crazy people.   Check out this article which was in our local paper this past weekend by clicking here or reading below.

The bride was resplendent in her white gown and blue sash as she walked along the red carpet.

The groom was dashing in his in his -length black coat and tuxedo as he stood on the landing of the staircase, waiting for her.

Click here to find out more! Yes, the wedding seemed fairly traditional in all aspects save one – the location.

William Studer and Kelly Sisson had elected to tie the knot on a staircase inside the Macon Mall, right in front of the Sears store where they met.

Originally, the ceremony was supposed to be inside the store, but it was moved to the front of the store because of the logistics involved.

Still, as far as anyone knows, it’s the first for Sears.

“The choice was hers,” Studer said. “She wanted to get married where we met; I got to choose the date. (Sunday) is her birthday, so I chose it so I’d never forget.”

Destiny took place about a year and a half ago, when William went to the mall to get his cell phone fixed and spotted Kelly, who had gone to Sears to buy a new miter saw. He lost sight of her in the store and had given up hope that he would see her once more when he opened the outside door in the section of the store where the power tools are and there she was.

“I had never seen him before,” she said. “He tried to open the door for me and I was going to say ‘no’ – I’m kind of an independent woman. Then I looked up and saw him, and said, ‘OK!’ “

“I gave her my number, but she didn’t call me for two days,” he said. “When she finally did, she told me she didn’t want me to think she was desperate.”

It’s William’s fourth marriage and Kelly’s second, but the first department store wedding for either of them. When they decided to get married, Kelly told William of her Sears plan.

“I laughed, but she said she wasn’t kidding,” he said.

The local Sears employees were very enthusiastic when the couple approached them.

“I know (William),” said Reginald Stubbs, the assistant manager for the home improvement section at the store. “He shops here all the time. When they told me, I said, ‘Well, good luck. Whatever was needed, just let us know.’ “

The couple contacted Sears’ offices in Dallas, which loved the idea. But the corporate office in Chicago was less than enamored, William said.

Eventually, they were able to make it work.

“My first thought was you can drive sales by having a big thing like this,” Stubbs said. “We welcomed it. It was taking care of the customer, to me.”

The couple wasn’t going to be able to fit everyone in comfortably within Sears’ confines.

So they went to the mall office, which was happy to help, said Lili Donaldson, the mall’s marketing director.

After pastor Ronnie Campbell of God’s Church of Worship and Praise performed the traditional ceremony – his first in a mall – the Studers made a long procession from the stairs into the store.

They passed the luggage display, the chain saws and patio furniture before they reached the magic doors where they first met.

So, will this start a new trend for Sears and the mall? Will we see anniversaries, bar mitzvahs and graduation parties join the ranks of weddings?

“It seems to be a real fit,” Stubbs said. “We’ll welcome it.”

If nothing else, Sears may have a new marketing campaign – come in for a miter saw, leave with a spouse.

“You never know what you’ll find at Sears!” Stubbs said with a laugh.

Makes me proud.  Really.

(Story written by Phillip Ramati for The Macon Telegraph)

Letter to my BIG little man.

Dear Tucker,

I can’t believe it!  I just can’t believe it’s true!  You’ve been dry, clean and diaper-free for 4 days now!  You’ve done SO well telling me when you need to go potty, and even holding it until we can make it to a restroom.

The real test came yesterday when we had to drive 2 hours to see Jesse.  I almost put you in a pull-up, but you said you didn’t need it.  And you were right!  We were about a hour and a half into the drive when you said you needed to go.  There was NO WHERE to stop, so I pulled off and let you pee in the grass.  As we were buckling back up, you told me “Mom, that was SO cool!”   Yes, it was cool…but what was cooler was to see the look of satisfaction on your face!  You did it!  Yay!!

Bravo, little man, bravo!  Now you have your train table, you can go to school, and I’m so very proud of you!

So…don’t get too used to peeing in the grass, and don’t expect to still be getting jelly beans for pooping in the potty when you’re 18.  OH!  And you better get started teaching Emmie what you know about using the potty!  I’m over this potty training thing!  🙂

I love you!
Love, Mommy

Things are looking up.

I knew they would be soon enough.  I just had a freak-out moment(or day or two) and now all is well.

The kids spent some time with Grandma and Grandpa, which everyone enjoyed.  I had time to read and nap and eat dinner without having to use 200 napkins, or getting glares from any child-free patrons.

“School” started today.  And although it’s only 3 hours a day(vs. 4 a day last year), it was still nice to relax and take care of phone calls without having to shout.

We had an offer on our house.  It wasn’t as good as we had hoped, but we made a counter-offer.  And they accepted.  So…assuming all goes well with home inspections and loans and such, that house will be off our hands soon!

I’m going to visit my bestest friends this weekend, next weekend we’re off to buy furniture, then off to see mis amigas in Athens, and then…are you ready for this one?  Then we move into our new house!  YAY! 

It’s kind of hard to believe it’s all coming together!  Now if I could just get rid of these pesky headaches!

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