Friday, November 27, 2009

Giving thanks for wonderful things

We had our first Thanksgiving in the new house. My mom and dad and little sister came up from Colstrip, and John came over as well. We made a big turkey breast and Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes . They were both really good, despite getting the stupidest cooking instructions EVER with the turkey breast.

I had a few beers, and a lovely bottle of wine, and Thad ended up finishing all the cooking when I decided it was more fun to entertain my family with Texts From Last Night. Most of them were not "family friendly" but I had my mom cackling quite a bit.

Today Thad and I ventured out for early morning shopping with really no idea what we were going for. I knew we needed a tv for the kids room with a built-in DVD player. So we ended up spending a bunch of money at Target for a couple toys for the loud monkey girl. Then Thad ventured out alone to Walmart and got the family a PS3 (Gamestop) and the tv I wanted for the kids room. He also got a couple Blu-Ray movies (LABYRINTH!!!), so once we get a couple things for the soft baby boy we'll have finished our family shopping.

Now we just have to finish up our extended family shopping, and I've already got a good list of what I'd like to get for everyone.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I wish you all the best of luck gearing up for the holidays. I'm going to try to have fun this year shopping since this year is one of the first where there is money in the bank for whatever we want. It's kind of nice!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I've gone and done it, part3

I'm on cup of coffee number 2 for the morning. My in-laws (fabulous people that they are) got us a new coffee machine as a house-warming present. And I'll be honest, I was skeptical. I had decided not to waste time looking at new coffee machines because the Gevalia one we have works just fine. It has a timer, it's dependable, and it holds 12 cups. So it seemed a waste of money to replace something that worked just fine.

Lo and behold, I've been converted. This little coffee machine is pretty cool, and it's ridiculously fun. It's a Keurig! It is fantastic! All the coffee is in single servings, so no wasted coffee just sitting in the pot, no clean up, and it is freaking SUPERFAST. The cup is full in less than a minute, and I made coffee for myself, Thad and the afore-mentioned in-laws in less time than prepping my old coffee pot.

Elora is sitting next to me watching cartoons. Yesterday we all took our first showers in the new house, and found that by 9AM there was water backing up the floor drain in the laundry room. We got a hold of a plumber, who said that we'd need to get a sewer specialist. We got the sewer specialist, who snaked the line (he had to remove the toilet in the laundry room to do this. He snaked out 45 feet from the house. I think he got whatever was clogging the line, as the water is running and we've had no more problems, but this is the not-so-fun part of being the owner of a home no one else has lived in. We get to discover all this stuff!

The Bresnan guys did a great job getting us hooked up, despite the fact that yesterday morning there was no drop running to the house. The got the drop in and gave us cable to fix the line in our bedroom. So we got tv and internet, haven't checked the phone yet.

Today is going to be busy. We don't have mirrors in the bathrooms, so we need to measure those areas and go to Lowe's. We also need seating on the main floor, so we need to hit Furniture Row or Slumberland to go shopping for a new living room set and a dining room set. I HATE MAKING THESE KINDS OF DECISIONS. You'd think getting new stuff would be this amazingly fun time, but it really isn't. Thad makes it my decision, and then complains about what I get later. Jerk.

Well, little guy is fussing again. Blogging like this is fun, so I'll be back to relay more joy!

I've gone and done it, part2

Ok, I'm back. I'm only going to be able to do this in fits and bursts, so if you don't like it I apologize.

Changed baby, fed baby, watched Food Network AAAAAND Gosford Park. I love the kiss between Mary and Robert Parks.

Ok, so if you have been speaking to me during the entire house purchasing debacle I want to say thank you. THANK YOU. You were probably equally as outraged at some of the crap we were dealing with, and most likely provided sage advice and someone to calm down the storm of irritation.

We are in the new house. It's amazing. We have had a little bit of a rocky start, but my husband is pretty much the most awesome guy I know, regardless of how much of an asshole he is while he's doing all the stuff that needs to get done.

We have a dog pen, he salvaged that from the old backyard. The dog needs to go out to this pen, and I am going to take him, but not before I relay a cute story.

Elora was watching me change Colter's diaper in the hotel on Wednesday night. She told me that Colter has a "peanuts". She tried to tell me that I also had a "peanuts" but I explained that I had... well, the medical term I used may seem a little graphic in the retelling of this story. Oh, hell, I said VAGINA. That's what it is, but I get the feeling that some people may have different opinions on what terms a parent should when labeling genitalia. So yesterday we're about to jump in the shower, and I ask her what she has, and she says it's her "crotch". Crotch is pretty universal. Good story? No, I don't think it was. But you've read it, and you'll never get those few minutes of your life back.

I've gone and done it

It's finally happened. I'm finally back.

You really need to understand something. The only reason I'm typing these words today is because less than 2 months ago I suggested to my husband that we look at upgrading our home size while interest rates on home mortgages were low. That decision led to a million, smaller decisions. All of the choices made have led to where I'm sitting right now, with a fresh cup of coffee and a brand new house. Alongside a baby sleeping with a giant diaper full of pee. Let me change him, and I'll be right back.