Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Another day in Paradise. . .

Well, hello there! Have you been wondering what we have been up to? It's that process known as "settling in." Somehow my days seem to be crawling by as we unpack boxes (done) and put things away (not done.) Yet the weeks pass by in a flash, with the summer now past it's halfway point, and still, our countertops are buried in stuff, and I have no clue how I want to put this house together.

We are planning to get some new furniture for several rooms of the house - the den, Gracie's room, the kitchen table, the guest room. . . I know for some folks this sounds like the thrill of a lifetime - new furniture shopping! To me it sounds like a big chore. We've got furniture, although it is getting threadbare, dinged and dented. Still, it works, so I'm not very motivated to go out and get new stuff. Luckily, it's disappearing, thanks to Craigslist, so pretty soon I'll have to go get something new. I've tried to get motivated - I took the girls to Pottery Barn kids to look for a bed for Gracie, however, the kids couldn't grasp the concept that "bedding" and "bed" are two different things. Gracie liked the doll one, the flower one, etc. Now she insists that the bed she wanted was the one with the stuffed bird perched on the canopy. I can't seem to get through to her that the bird is separate, and can be had with ANY bed, not just that one. As long as she gets that bird, I could probably put her mattress up on cinder blocks and she'd be fine. (Sigh.)

This was our first Fourth of July in Oklahoma for the girls and I, as we celebrated the one-year anniversary of our arrival on the 7th. Our church had a big picnic after the local parade (we skipped the parade, but made the picnic.) The girls had a fine time in the bouncy houses and inflatable slip and slide and wet obstacle course. After they got soaked and we had a sno-cone we went changed into swimsuits and went to the pool. The girls have a base tan, so they did fine despite the full afternoon sun, but Jerry and I got mildly burnt despite 50 SPF sunblock. After that we took naps and the girls played in the front yard with squirt bottles. I thought squirt bottles would only get them a little bit wet, but when a little voice piped up, "Mama, can I pour this on my head?" I knew what was coming - a second set of clothes soaking wet! After a final change of clothes and burgers on the grill we headed out to the local fireworks display, which was very nice. The traffic afterwards was not so nice - we got home about 11:15 with two sleeping girls in the back! All in all, it was a nice Fourth.

I've been feeling a bit guilty lately for the complete lack of photos from this summer - or actually this entire year, if I'm going to be honest about it. I've found that this happens when I am horribly behind on my scrapbooking. You know, as if I won't be more behind if I don't take any more photos. . . Anyway, I did charge up the camera battery for the Fourth, but then forgot to actually take it with us to the picnic. Freudian, I'm sure. I made an extra effort for the next few days though, and actually came up with a few shots. Here you go:

We went to Home Depot for their Kids Do-It-Yourself workshop and the girls made birdhouses:

The kid's meal from Braum's had an activity using white flowers and food coloring that the girls wanted to try. Here's the end results:
Maggie turned her flowers purple, and Gracie's were pink, if you can't tell from the photo.

There you go!

Now, the big event next week is, of course, my surgery. I have to admit that I am a bit apprehensive about this, but also looking forward to the end of the symptoms that this is supposed to relieve. Mom and Mike are coming to help out the next week, so I guess I better run so I can try to get the house presentable before they get here! At least I know my mother has seen my housekeeping at its worst (think 1984 - 1989) and loves me anyway! I'll try to post during my recovery to let you know how it went!


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