Because I don’t have enough

on my plate… I thought we’d add a bit of ballet camp and altar server training into the mix.. as well as getting enrolled with insurance being in a new area, proposing updates to the new home, considering new furniture, calling about riding lessons, a good vet, and trying to find a hair brush!
and of course, we can’t forget lunch.. 🙂

And much to the help from family… one room is completely finished! The Powder room.. although not quite the appropriate title… We’ve re-caulked and cleaned and hung curtains and prints.. behind the curtain is a shower… but we won’t tell…

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A new place

We are quickly settling into our new place. We’ve been able to get so many boxes out of the house which is always a good feeling. Nana and Guka have been here with us getting SO many things crossed off the honey-do list. Thank you for all the prayers for us during this move!

keeping us busy


while we are in the temporary apartment… We’ve been very busy playing board games, working puzzles, and even enjoying the wii.. the kids especially find the check mii out channel to be fun. They like to figure out how others make neat characters, such as Pooh and the Pink panther.
(I obviously took this shot without remembering to change my setting from the up-close shot above to this one of the the two playing.. oops)
We quickly worked a simple small 300 piece puzzle and got excited to work a few more. We dashed out to chose a few more and came back with two 550 piece puzzles with cute animals… after working those, I got industrious and decided we need to try the 1000 piece puzzle, especially after seeing Jessica’s family enjoy it… I’ll show pictures of it finished later, but right now we are only about 20% into it.

We’ve also driven around the town in search of playgrounds.. one of the best ones we found was right on the post!





We’ve also all been to see the eye doctor. The three little girls are all clear with perfect vision, and the two older ones and I all needed new prescriptions. Cookies are shown in the shot above. I really like how they look on her, I can see all of her blue eyes!
Mine are another story.. I am far sighted and cannot see up close to read things anymore. I knew it was bad… I went from a +.50 to a +2.50 and have been going through a major adjustment period.
While we’ve been in one place, our lab has been staying with Nana and Guka. we’ve noticed over the three weeks we’ve been away, he’s lost weight and Nana says he hasn’t been eating. We thought it was just all of the changes he’s been through and all the suitcases he keeps seeing weekend after weekend… This weekend, we decided to take him to the vet and were shocked to learn he had dropped 15 lbs in three weeks, after having just been to the vet in Texas with a clean bill of health. Now, 15 pounds less, at 82 lbs and swollen lymph nodes, the doctor had his concerns. We had blood drawn and are hoping it is something that can be treated with Antibiotics. We will hear more hopefully in a few days, and praying for the best news. If you can, please say a prayer for our family dog, Bode, to be okay.

An outing~or two…

.. for now, we are staying in a three bedroom furnished apartment. We are all feeling a bit bottled up, so we’ve tried to venture out to see what is around us. We found a cave nearby with a few walking trails up and around it. We walked the one mile track (after first posing under the cave entrance)


I could tell the kids hadn’t gotten out much, the little girls were ready to get back in the car and ride home just shy of the one mile. John and I found it beautiful and invigorating… I could see us returning again soon ( if the Tennessee rain will ever stop)
On another day, we drove 45 minutes down to Nashville. Cookie had hopes of running into Jonny Diaz.. but soon realized, probably won’t happen… We toured all through the Bass pro store, while dad really shopped… we admired all of the fish in the large tank, sampled fudge, and counted multiple displays of wild animals… even got to pet a turkey ( stuffed of course)