Saturday, September 26, 2015
So the next few photos pre-date our Michigan move. The kids love to help me wash the car. We ALL get washed when we wash the car.
Friday, September 18, 2015
This year Lydia's class is learning Michigan history. It made me remember doing Idaho history. I loved it! We made teepee diagrams and went to a rendezvous. It was so much fun. I guess at that moment it really hit that we live in Michigan now. My kids won't learn Idaho history. I suppose they will learn about Indians and settlement but I doub't they will cover Sacajawea- more like Henry Ford. I just read a wolf was spotted on the lower peninsula. Idaho has wolves too.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
So on Sunday, I go to church. Every Sunday. I've been going to church every Sunday for as long as I can remember. My Mom and Dad diligently went, and I diligently go. It's something I've been taught to do and it's something I am in the habit of doing. But, WHY do I go? I don't have to. It crossed my mind as we moved around so much- it would be so easy to just NOT go. You move to a new place- no one knows you. You get lost in the transition. When we first moved to Michigan, I think I went because of the network it provided. A new place- new friends. In Texas, I went out of obligation. I had an assignment that needed to be taken care of each week and I wasn't going to bail out on people. I really didn't enjoy church- at all- when we lived in Texas. Then we moved to North Carolina and church was just so much fun. There were so many people to do things with- the sort of active things that I like. Basketball, and exercise groups, and tennis. And now we are back in Michigan again. I have a network of friends already established, and I haven't had a duty to fulfill at church and it hasn't been 'fun' like North Carolina was, but I've still gone to church and I've asked myself- WHY? Or more, I went to church and I felt why. The first few weeks here I was busy unpacking, getting the kids registered for school, filling out various paperwork and many other odds and ends. It was tiring. But then, I went to church. It was hard those first few weeks, walking in and not knowing anyone, but there would always be a moment when I just felt good. Light. Peaceful. Less stressed. I liked it and it reminded me why I go to church every week. When I go to church, I feel the Holy Ghost and I feel directed. I feel like I am a superhero and I can do anything. Even if that feeling doesn't stay, and it usually doesn't, it is refreshing to have it each week. A pick me up- kind of like the chocolate I sneak in the afternoon when I start to drag. The week starts to wear on you, but go to church and poof, you feel better.
Monday, September 7, 2015
hopefully the above video works. we have been trying to get to know the area and we found this park not far from our house. If you notice in the background Lydia and colton are on the tetter-totter. Our whole family tried teeter-tottering together. mike was on one end, and the rest of us were squished on the other. Being that squished, Colton got squished right off, but his foot somehow got caught in Lydia's shirt, so he couldn't fall all the way off and was hanging there with his foot in the air. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.
In other news, we are potty training. Yuck. I mean really. how many times does one have to poop their pants before they realize there is another way. I hope she sees the light soon. Don't be surprised if i am baking. it's not just the fall weather. Fresh baked cookies masks the poop smell.
Friday, September 4, 2015
We made it to Michigan and we like it. The neighborhood has a wonderful sense of community, which we have craved. Our house is fantastic. We bought something move in ready and I'm glad we did. The weather is delightful- a wonderful reprieve from NC heat. We are getting settled after a month here. The nice thing is not feeling rushed to do everything. . . make friends, join this club, sign up for that sport or go see that attraction before we move again. We are here, not thinking about the next adventure 8 months from now. It's like we can finally take a deep breath and relax. Don't get me wrong- I've loved our adventure- I've met wonderful people all over the country. I've seen some neat things and experienced new cultures, but Michigan, the Midwest in general is more similar to what I had growing up and I'm glad to give our children that.
It is also nice- we are close enough to see more family- at least the Hansen's. Mike's brother is coming for the long weekend and we are delighted to have him and his family. I'm kind of excited just to have extra room for guests. We have never had too much elbow room, but our house has 4 bedrooms with one that we are using as a guest room. Mike and I just bought a new bed- a king size bed- I didn't even know if I had a husband on bed with me last night, so our old bed moved to the guest room. It's been fun making it a cozy place to stay for our family. Putting extra pillows and blankets so they have whatever they like. Making sure the towels are washed and folded. Getting an extra box of Kleenex. . . I feel much more domestic than usual.
And with that said, our guests should be arriving any minute and our long weekend will begin.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
I was going to write more, but now it's almost time to get ready for a swim meet. How do the days fly by so fast?
In other eventful news, Mike accepted a job in Michigan. We move in two weeks! We flew up together and bought our first house. We will be a little farther our from Detroit than we were before, but it's pretty up by the lakes. We are sad to leave North Carolina because we really love it here, but I know we will enjoy Michigan once we get settled.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
We went to a family fun farm thingie and they had this big blank wall the kids could paint on. Josie LOVED it!
We had fun while the kids were out of school and while we were in Ohio. The kids are back in school until the end of the month, but they are busy with swim team everyday, so life isn't slowing down. I don't know that it ever will.