Wednesday, June 16, 2010

the other side

So here we are- on the other side! Natalie and I packed up last Thurs. and jumped in the car for Knoxville. We were both so excited to get there that Natalie didn't even mind that the DVD player didn't work (I um didn't realize part of it wasn't plugged in) and that my ipod wasn't charged. It felt so good to be with our boys again! We spent a few days relaxing and swimming. The kids even went out on the jet ski with M (they've been too afraid the past few years) and loved it. We also had brunch at Fox Den Sunday with my whole family, and that felt so good since I haven't been with all of them since Christmas. So now we're at the beach and it's bliss. The kids have been wave jumping and swimming and on the hunt for gators. God has been giving me this amazing energy, so I'm thankful for that with my two bundles of energy. Then other times I'm feeling very heavy and a bit drained. I can't believe we'll be a party of five in 6 or 7 weeks! Wow! I can't wait to see this little girl! I think the kids don't believe a baby is really ever coming out. :) I told M I feel like I'm going against nature b/c I'm really wanting to "nest" and there is no house to nest in. Our stuff is sort of all sprawled out all over my parents house and the kids are sleeping on an air bed. I'm sure we'll figure out a good living situation in the basement (or hopefully will sell our house!). Anyway, it will happen eventually, and I know that our baby will eventually have a really cute room. For now I guess this is an excuse to relax!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

calm before the storm

In only four days I will be back in Knoxville! M came in this weekend and left this morning taking Ben with him. So here Natalie and I sit sort of wondering what to do with ourselves, and being a bit jealous that the boys are where we want to be. I'm feeling really bad for M two years ago when he was here by himself in a new town with not much to do and not even a TV. I am so very glad we moved here and experienced everything we did, but now I'm so very very glad to be moving home! My friends and fam that have moved away from their "home" can all relate in knowing how hard it is to keep saying good-bye to people you love and just want to hang out with. So I'm so excited that now we get to relax, and be with people we love without having to check our watches and divide time between everyone. It's such a relief! I'm also so excited about the kids getting to grow up around their grandparents (something I didn't have), and for us to have free babysitting again. :) We have A LOT to do and our house still hasn't sold (meaning we can't buy a new one yet), but hey we can take all this a day at a time. I'm just happy our little family can all be together again and start up this new life we have been looking forward to the past few months! Also, Natalie is officially addicted to Mad Libs. I used to LOVE them, and I thought it would be a fun sneaky way to keep her up on reading and knowing what nouns and adjectives are and also to pass time in the car (on the way to Knox. and the beach). I still have to be reminded what adverbs are. Should I admit that? Anyway, she thought it would be lame and now she loves it, and we've done almost a whole book together today. I don't think I can think up any more creative nouns and adjectives and funny sounds. So yes, this is what I'm doing instead of packing up- blogging and doing Mad Libs.