Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Checking In

It’s that wonderful time again. Yes, its babysitter interviewing time. It feels like I just did this not too long ago actually. I put ads out, interviewed each candidate, thought long and hard and finally found a sitter. The sitter I chose the first time was very sweet and Snuggle Bug just loved her. She has great availability, was educated and experienced. Then a few months later whenever I’d call she’d have classes during the day and be working weekends and evenings so she was never available. It was quite a letdown to go through all that only to have a sitter flake a few months later. Especially during a deployment when I needed the extra help. I’m hoping this time around is a bit better.

I was speaking to a friend of mine last night who told me she couldn’t imagine having to find a sitter. She only leaves her children with family. I really envy people who have family nearby to help with occasional sitting.

In other news, we’re pretty well settled here in Colorado, as I mentioned in my last post. The area is beautiful, the people have been nice and I feel very comfortable here after the last couple of weeks. We’ve got pretty much all the boxes unpacked now, except for the office which I’m not touching until the hubby gets in there and sorts some things out. It’s mostly his stuff anyway. So reasonably that room will stay that way until he decides there is something he needs and has to go through everything to find it.

Snuggle Bug did quite well with the transition. There were some rough nights at first with her trying to get used to her new room but we’ve finally gotten into a good routine and she is much happier now. I say that as she throws a huge toddler fit in front of me for no apparent reason. I guess she wants me to wrap this up. I just thought I’d check in and let everyone know we’re doing well, getting settled and should hopefully be posting more soon!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Getting Settled

What a busy few weeks this has been with SO many changes! It all started on my birthday when the movers came to pack us up. The next day our stuff was put on a truck and they drove into the sunset. We cleaned and painted and got everything in the house ready to rent and by Monday is was time for us to pack up the car and head to Colorado. The drive wasn't bad, about 8 hours, which is long enoug when you've got two dogs and a toddler in the car with you. Snuggle Bug did very well for being couped up so long actually. Thank goodness for portable DVD players and Elmo. We got to Colorado that evening, checked into our hotel and the next day was the day us to sign for our new house, it was right down the road from our hotel on post so it was pretty convenient. Then we waited....and waited.....and waited... for our stuff to finally arrive. It finally made it to us on Friday. We had days of beautiful sunny warm weather out here and on Friday, of course, we had to get a random snow storm. I felt so bad for the movers having to move in all our stuff in that nasty weather. Those guys really earned their money. The past few days have involved tons of unpacking. Who knew we had so much stuff? Snuggle Bug's room was first on my list because I wanted her to get settled first. The living room is about done, got the curtains hung today, the dining room is unpacked but still a mess and Snuggle Bug's play area is a mess but that is only because she likes to pull out every toy she sees me put away.

So here we are in Colorado. I really like the area so far and I love our house. There's so much to see and do around here and having such a wonderful view of the mountains doesn't hurt either. So thats whats been going on during my blog hiatus. I'm sure there is more I could tell you about but I should probably get back to getting the house together and then start dinner.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Birthdays and Movers

Today is my birthday. The sad part is I’ve had to be reminded of that a few times earlier today because I completely forgot. It has been such a long day. Today is the official beginning of our big move to Colorado and I’m so excited and just so ready to get there and get settled. The movers came to pack us up and got to the house a little before 8am and spent the entire day there; finally finishing at around 5pm. I didn’t realize we had so much stuff! Tomorrow the movers will come back and pack all our stuff onto a truck and on its way to Colorado it goes. So we’re living in a hotel for the next week or so which could be better and could be worse. Snuggle Bug is handling everything really well so far which is a big relief for me. I was quite worried she would freak out and I’d damage my child forever. Can you imagine in her little world leaving the only house you’ve ever known? That is a huge change in her little world.

The hubby took us out to dinner after we got checked into the hotel. We were both so tired and Snuggle Bug was just grouchy and ready to eat and go to bed. But the food was good and its always nice not having to cook. I’m sure after a week or so of take out I’m going to be dying for a home cooked meal – even if I’m the one cooking it. I will admit since it’s my birthday I was hoping for a little cake. Something about birthdays just makes me crave cake. Yum. Now I’m drooling about cake. Maybe I’ll run by Wal-Mart and get a small one just to celebrate our move and my birthday all in one. I think that is a good enough excuse for cake.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

2-20-10 Photo Shoot

I meant to post some of these earlier, but here are some pictures from the 2-20-10 photo shoot. There were so many wonderful photographers involved and we had a lot of fun even though it was freezing out!

and a few of the hubby and I.

HUGE thanks to Kim Kravitz Photography, James Smotherman of Smo Shots, Kenneth Rodriguez Photography and Danta Simonsen!! They all do amazing work!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Help Help!!

Goodness. It has been such a long few days I don’t even know where to begin. The hubby has been sick for over a week now so I’ve been taking care of him as best as I can while doing my usual chores. Then Snuggle Bug came down with a fever last night and has been coughing all day. All of this usually wouldn’t stress me out but add to that the fact that we are moving in less than two weeks and everything has fallen on me when it comes to getting the house ready. This is one of the first times I’ve sat down for a long period of time in a days. Snuggle Bug is down for her nap and I really should be patching up the nail holes on the walls, ordering the mulch for the front and back gardens and cleaning up the garage. Then there are the dishes and laundry and other daily chores that don’t stop just because we’re moving. I’ve already gone to the dentist this morning and the store to pick up some Gatorade for the hubby and stuff for the house. Mommy needs a time out very badly at the moment. So I think I’m going to take a few minutes to myself to enjoy the smell of the beef stew in the Crockpot and listen to the sound of quiet.