(2) Fri May 01 2009 16:09 May Day:
Mi-chelle, ma belle, Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble
très bien ensemble. Happy 22nd birthday, Michelle.
Today was eventful. This whole week has been pretty busy actually. I thought I would be ushering in my 30's with a new van. It turns out that our little sedan, the one I bought in college, is not what it used to be. I would have loved more than anything to drive it until #3 made it's debut. It has been a cheeky fellow and picking and choosing when it wants to start. I am done paying for repairs.
So Aaron and I did our homework and decided to go with a new white Hyundai Entourage. It's got everything and we got it super cheap. We just got it this morning in from Nebraska. They literally only had a handful of the Limited ones left in the United States. It exceeded expectations in real life. I mean it is a minivan, but a pretty sharp looking minivan. I am already feeling regretful about the dvd player b/c I don't believe my kids need to watch any more TV than they already do and that, of course, is their favorite part.
Lily has called the seat in the back as her own. Gunnar wishes he could be back there but the point was easy in and out, not mom crawling over seats to buckle kids in. I know, I'm mean. It is fun to drive and I am still getting used to the buttons and gadgets. For example when I am reversing, it started to beep at me when I was getting close to the curb. Pretty cool. And anytime it is in reverse the mirrors point down so I can see stray children and whatnot. Pretty neat safety features. I can't wait to know what does what like the back of my hand b/c it is not easy to figure it out while driving.
Gunnar had an eye appointment this afternoon as well. Everything looks good, but he didn't dilate his eyes. He said to wait until sept to measure his eyesight again. I said "I really hope it doesn't get worse" and the Dr said "it will". Nice manners. I guess if Drs can't be honest, then who can I suppose. Aaron has the WREB tomorrow and Sunday. I hope everything goes as planned. Also, we close on our house a week from today. Pretty crazy stuff happening in the next little while.
(2) Mon May 04 2009 15:33 We have arrived:
WREB is officially over. Aaron thinks he passed. I guess they let us know for sure before graduation. So last night we went to mom's for Michelle's birthday dinner. My mom is the best cook, hands down. She made awesome mahi mahi, salmon, mango chutney, coconut lime rice, crusted pecan feta salad, asparagus and peppers, and chocolate cake and as an appetizer hummus and pita chips. It was one of my favorite meals.
Aaron joined us at the tail end after he finished the exam. What a relief. I feel exquisite! Aaron and I stayed up late chillin with Julie who is in town. it is fun to see her and I love patting her pregnant belly! We stayed up way too late, and for some reason I couldn't sleep when I went to bed. Probably bc I took a nap.
This morning I took advantage of Aaron being home all day and went on a run outside. It was such a nice morning. I enjoyed being by myself. I love where we live and that in one direction we can get right to stores and conveniences, and in the other direction is a calm road with cows 8 feet from the road. Country and city, that's how I like it. Here's to a 2 month long vacation!
Wed May 06 2009 19:21 The Reader:
After reading the synopsis of the movie that Kate Winslet won best actress for, I realized that the story sounded very familiar. I googled it and it turns out that I read that book years ago. Strange.
(1) Thu May 07 2009 22:24 Bubba boy:
While pulling weeds in the garden, Dubya was walking the perimeter of the garden too scared to come in b/c I told him mean scary ants would get him. I told him that b/c there were ants but mainly because his "helping" is pulling out the plants and not weeds. The tomatoes were in the middle and still green and small, and he kept saying "I want some grapes." I told him, no they are tomatoes. He argued no ah moes, ah grapes. I have some grapes, please. He was so cute, I wanted to give them to him anyway.
(1) Sat May 09 2009 13:46 "Closing Time":
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.-Semisonic
The house is no longer ours. We closed on it yesterday, and by Monday we should have a large sum deposited into our account. It all happened so fast, and since we still live here it doesn't seem real. I am very grateful for it, I love it. It is almost like a member of our family. My mother-in-law always says her favorite house is the very first one they owned in Seattle. Not because it was the nicest or biggest, but because it was the first. I love this little house. It was so perfect and wonderful for this phase of life we are/were in. It is cute and comfortable and we are so glad it was ours. We have so many fond memories here, I hope the new buyer treats it well. I can't wait to come back after a few years and see how big the trees have grown.
We go out east the end of this month to look for a place to rent for the year. Hopefully it will be a teeny bit bigger than this house. We are busting at the seams.
Sat May 09 2009 13:54 The Graduate:
HoRrAY! David got his bachelor's degree. He walked the stage this morning. I am so proud of him. He is one of the hardest workers I know. He earned his degree with night classes and what not, working full time with his jobs pretty much the whole time he was in school. I have so much admiration for him b/c I tried working full time for one semester while going to school and it wasn't pretty. That is the hardest thing to do. I am so proud of him! Great job little brother! He says he is applying for Masters programs. Have fun with that. hA!
Tue May 19 2009 15:48 I feel like a huge weight is lifted.:
3,600 pounds to be exact. I listed my car on craigslist yesterday and minutes later I got a few emails. Some people came to test drive it last night and a lady gave me an offer I couldn't refuse. I went and signed it over today and I have a wad of cash in my purse now. Aaron said I could spend it on myself and that I deserve the money for whatever I want. Laser hair removal came to mind, haha.
Alas, the money is already spent. Such is the life of a student. The cash is going straight to paying down the new car and credit card. Woohoo. I felt rich for a second. It was kinda fun to pretend to spend it in my mind. I did, however, reserve the right to buy a new graduation dress for Sat. After bed time, I'm going to the mall. Who wants to come with me? :)
So thank goodness I got to check that big item off my list of things to do before I move. Also, a bonus it sold before we left town and had to deal with that mess.
(4) Tue May 26 2009 21:27 Nation's capital:
We are house hunting in DC now. We think we found a good match. Aaron wanted something close to work...it's just not feasible here. Our realtor says (commuting) it's just a way of life around here. It's not too bad though. About 25 minutes without traffic and 45 with. That is old news since that is how it was in San Antonio. Aaron just needs to be one with his ipod and some good audio books.
So it's south of downtown in Waldorf, MD. It is in a very nice community with a hiker/biker trail, 'lake', tennis courts, swimming pool, 'tot lot' playground, and near shopping and conveniences. A huge plus, the school is great and within a couple blocks of the house. Overall, I love it. Especially going into it with the notion that everything is teeny and super expensive, close together and crowded. Not the case at all in this town. It's a 4 bed 2.5 bath, two car garage, hardwood floors in the downstairs. It is pretty new, built in 2003, and we have a good deal of money left from our housing allowance to pay for bills and help out with other expenses. We feel very fortunate.
I do feel sorry for Aaron's commute, but that's DC for ya. Seriously, there was nothing safe near the base. I flat out told him we would not be living in one house...he agreed.
We even had some time to get in some sites. Very exciting stuff. Looking forward to being east coasters.
(6) Sun May 31 2009 21:15 Church stuff:
Today in church I hear this quote that I thought pertained to our day and time. What a testimony that the leaders of our church really are being Divinely inspired.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell
"Meeting the Challenges of Today" Oct. 10, 1978.
"Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years
ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he
will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to
halt longer between two opinions. President Marion G. Romney said, many
years ago, that he had 'never hesitated to follow the counsel of the
Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional or
"This is hard doctrine, but it is particularly vital doctrine in a society
which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being
ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the
prophets of Jesus Christ. . . . Your discipleship may see the time when
such religious convictions are discounted. . . . This new irreligious
imperialism seeks to disallow certain opinions simply because those opinions
grow out of religious convictions.
"Resistance to abortion will be seen as primitive. Concern over the
institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened....
Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes
will be lost. Even in these, however, let us leave a record so that the
choices are clear, letting others do as they will in the face of prophetic
counsel. There will also be times, happily, when a minor defeat seems
probable, but others will step forward, having been rallied to rightness by
what we do. We will know the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a
slumbering majority of the decent people of all races and creeds which was,
till then, unconscious of itself."
© 2003-2009 Kristen Smith.