Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Empty Boxes

We're currently in the early stages of moving.   Early, in that we're packing all of the decorations and extra items that we aren't using (for example: all of my bakeware is packed because my oven doesn't work).    So we've been asking around to friends, and friends of friends and local grocery stores for boxes.  When the boxes were first brought home they were stacked in front of the house.  It didn't take long before this happened:


And I found this later on,

Fonzie (I will be washing those grocery bags before I use them again..........just in case anyone is looking at this photo and getting grossed out that my son's cat is using them as a comforter or a pillow.)

Hmmmm......When moving day comes, I wonder if this would be a viable way to move the cats?  Just kidding :)


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Our First Day of the New School Year

I have a high schooler now.  
And I have another middle-schooler, at least according to his age, he is one. 

I had read about a tradition of another home-schooling family (Sprittibee), in which they take their children out for a "back to school" breakfast on the first day of school.   So we did that last year, and had plans for that this year as well.  Because of limited finances both last year and this one, breakfast was only for the children, and it came from McDonald's (a.k.a. "Micky D's" or "Mac & Dee's Roadhouse" around here).  

When I woke up this morning and came out into the livingroom, Kylin was on the couch, dressed and ready to go (I wasn't).  Heather came out soon after and she dressed for pictures (because she knew I would take them and she didn't want to look like she had just rolled out of bed).    The plan was, for us to leave as soon as Kevin left for work (he took the bus this morning  so that we could have the car).  

When the time came for us to leave, my son was out of the door and waiting by the car, and I was still inside the house, looking for the keys.  I couldn't find them anywhere, so I finally sent Kevin a text asking if he knew where they were.   As it turned out, he had them.  So he got back on the bus and came home.  While we waited for him and the keys to arrive, the kids decided to get started on their schoolwork early.

So here is my highschool gal

and here is my middle-schooler boy

When my husband arrived home with the keys, we then took him to work and finally made it to McDonald's for this breakfast

I probably would have ordered a hashbrown for myself (because I LOVE potatoes), but they tend to stick with me longer than I like.

What I really wanted was this:

"Mama's Little Helper"

So by 9:30 I think, the kids were finally having something to eat

Pay no attention to the table, it has just become a catch-all for a family starting to pack for a future move (and a boy who likes to draw a lot of pictures and then not put his supplies away).

The weather seemed to know that it was the first day of school as well.  We went from decent sunny weather yesterday, to rain all day today.   I didn't mind too much as it gave me an excuse to make chili and the kids had some hot cocoa!

Eventually, I'll get back to posting about our Seattle trip, and also about the move that I just mentioned...........when I get another free moment.  


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Are We Old?

Yesterday, we were watching "Live With Regis & Kelly", and apparently a viewer had e-mailed the show stating that Regis wouldn't have such a hard time dialing numbers for their trivia contest, if he had a rotary phone.  So, that brought the question out of my daughter, "What's a rotary phone?".  Did someone just slap me with an "old" label!

So I posted that comment as a status on my Facebook page and that brought on other comments.  I was reminded of the days when we had party lines.  I remember trying to call my grandma or my dad, and discovering that there were other people having a conversation on my phone.    Then someone commented on how when they worked in a thrift shop and a record player was brought in.  Apparently the 17 year old co-worker didn't know how to put the needle on the record.

My husband and I have told our kids about our childhoods, in which we didn't have personal computers (I didn't, but my husband did when he was about 15), and our televisions only brought in 1-3 channels and we didn't have cable (as Jeff Foxworthy once said about those days, "When the President was on, your night was shot!").   When I was 12, my mother put our black & white tv in our pastor's garage sale, so I wasn't watching any channel for several years (until I had my own apartment and my own tv, and soon after that, my mom and stepfather acquired another tv and it was ok to have in the house again).

My kids have heard of records, but I don't think that they've seen them.   My daughter likes to ask, "What are those?" everytime they're mentioned.

So because they don't know what these things are, does that make us "old".  I'd rather use the word "classic".