Monday, August 11, 2008

Our Life in the Travelling Circus (Complete With Exotic Animals and Ornery Midgets)

Hello all! We finally got our Internet switched so our connection is no longer dial-up-like, and now high speed. We got home from our trip to Utah last Tuesday, and so here is the update I promised.

Leaving Lawrence was sad and stressful. Packing up our entire apartment really made me really REALLY realize I never want to move again. I wanted to pack up all of our stuff, so I would know where everything was when I unpacked. Lesson learned. Next time let the movers do it. Steve actually got a brown recluse bite on his upper thigh. We really didn't know what it was at first, but after the red, white and blue bulls-eye mark turned into a 3.5 inch purplish/brownish bruise looking thing, we suspected a recluse bite. I didn't take a picture, so I don't have one to post. I'm sure Steve wouldn't appreciate a picture of his upper thigh on the Internet anyways. Lucky, it wasn't worse that we had to go to the ER.

I had great friends help clean my apartment so we could get the deposit back. Daina and Lisa I LOVE YOU!!! Thanks for your hard work. I'm missing all of my Lawrence friends dearly.

After ignoring my children for the two weeks before the move, the move itself, and then flying to Utah for a wedding, let's just children were ticking time bombs. Especially Joshua. We left for the airport at 4am, got into Utah around noon, and ran around doing pre wedding stuff the rest of the night, getting back to Steve's grandma's at 10pm. The kids were FANTASTIC on the airplane and going through airport security. I made a picture schedule so they knew exactly what to expect. Too bad there wasn't a picture schedule for the wedding dinner and ceremony the next day. It was 100 degrees in Utah the day of the wedding, and after pictures and not getting lunch until 3pm, Joshua lost it. With some very ticked off caterers and other people who just don't understand autism, it was time for us to go. It was a beautiful wedding though. Christine looked incredible. Congrats to Dave and Christine!

We are finally home, unpacking our house, and trying to get settled. I feel a little out of my element. I don't know where to shop for the best deals for groceries, garage sales, etc. I guess I'll figure it out in time though. I did find something equivalent to freecycle, and picked up a headboard that I want to paint white for Whitney's room. I'll have to post the pics when I'm done with it.

To all you moms out there--why is it that just as you want to slack off a little, because you want a break because you're life has been a little more stressful or out of whack than usual, you can't because you're kids are feeling the exact same way? What can you do so everyone's happy?

Well, I finish this post with some pics from Utah. Enjoy!

The lovely Dave and Christine. Doesn't she look like Keri Russell to you?

Joshua and me taking a break in the heat.

Heidi and Scarlett--beautiful divas as always

Roomies re-unite--me and Sunny--she's due in just a few weeks. Doesn't she look great!?

Elizabeth and me. We share two loves--English and Cooking! It was so good to see you both!


At 9:01 PM, Blogger Robyn said...

Sarah! I'm so sorry I missed you when you were here! We'd been crazy busy the few weeks leading up to your arrival, so Parker inevitably got sick! Anyway, good luck with adjustment to your new life in Fargo!

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Debbi said...

Glad you had a great trip (mostly) and are trying to get back to normal. I have no advice for you except tread water until school starts? Mary starts on Friday and she can't wait.

At 7:22 AM, Blogger heidi said...

glad all is well in fargo. i bet you guys are in for a loverly autumn. glad to see you survived the trip to utah.

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Sarah S said...

UGH! I am totally feeling your pain right now. Last night I vowed to Ben that we will never move ourselves again - I don't care how much it costs, we are hiring movers next time. We have two days to finish packing and I will be so happy when this is all behind me.

Congrats on making it to Fargo, surviving a trip with the kids to Utah (I love how you handled the airport with them - great idea!), and getting adjusted to your new surroundings! Will you email your new address/phone number when you get a chance? (that can be low on your priority list though!! take a break first) :)

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

I'm excited for you to be finally settled in your new place and to have all this behind you. What a crazy few weeks! Yay for Sarah! Now about this Brown Recluse bite.... Where/when did it happen? How did it happen? Did it hurt? Does it hurt? Does the purplish-brown go away? Have you seen any since you moved? How many? Did he go to the doctor?? AAAAAAAAA!!!

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Anne Marie said...

Moving is such a pain!!! Good luck with settling in. Beautiful pics from the wedding.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

Hey, where are the exotic animals? ;)

When life is crazy like that I try to keep to certain routines...getting ready/breakfast, lunch/quiet time, and supper/bedtime.

I also try to get their bedrooms put together as quickly as possible after a move so that they are at least sleeping/waking up in a place with as little chaos as possible and have a quiet place to go in case of meltdowns.


At 2:27 PM, Blogger esherman10 said...

Too bad I missed seeing all of you on your time we'll all have to coordinate when we go! Good luck getting back to normal and getting all settled in!

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Wow! What a crazy summer. I am totally freaking out that steve got a recluse bite that is so crazy. I am so happy for you that you are getting settled. Your house is cute and I hope you enjoy every second of making it a home!

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Allie said...

Wow, that is a crazy week. MOVING is the pits. But you were moving into your very own house, so I dont really feel sorry for you. Actually I am quite jealous. :)

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Whitney said...

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