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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Just a Good Day

It's been a good day around here at the MeYeR house. I went off and earned David's gym lessons, which he greatly appreciates and on days like today when there isn't much activity, I can catch up on my letter writing...LOL! Patrick got invited over to 'Shua and Lauren's for an overnight trip, hurray for Pat! David had a friend over to spend the afternoon and they had a ball running around, beating each other with boffer swords, jumping on the trampoline and playing video games. Dan and I spent some time together making fruit leathers (kinda like fruit roll ups but healthy). We talked, decided and then signed the paperwork on our new house (phew, that's done) and still had time to chat with Mom, Dad, Lee and Marsha about the new place, and the cousins played some games together via Skype which has to be one of the best inventions, EVER. Derek played on the computer, ran around outside, made a pest of himself to David and his company, got tickled until he screamed by Daddy and then collapsed into bed. Pizza has been made and enjoyed...love me some homemade pizza! So now, it's 11:30, everyone is asleep except me (I'm waiting for the fruit leathers to get done) and I'm absorbing some quiet, not only in my head, but in my spirit. God is so good...even and especially when we don't deserve it. Kinda makes you want to holler AMEN, doesn't it?

Wordless WHATEVER day it is...LOL

I know, it's not Wednesday...but I wanted to share anyway. ENJOY!

Sophie is a VERY curious kitty and Dan is a rather indulgent pet owner, when she started noticing the ceiling fans....Dan just picked her right up so she could see them go 'round up close and personal like!

Everyone say it with me, "Only at MY house" LOVE it...LOL!

Moving Musings~ Part 1

I'm going to ASSUME there will be more than one part to this post : ) Moving does NOT bring out the best in me...and that's putting it mildly. I crave security, schedule (or at least scheduled chaos) routine, and HOME. Take those things away from me and I become my least best version of myself. All my flaws, insecurities and character defects become magnified, and it's not pretty. I get over emotional, catty, sarcastic and whiny, and that's on a good day. It all boils down to control. I dislike moving because I feel like I'm not in control of what's going on and I tend to feel a bit left out of the goings on and activity, while at the same time feeling overworked as underappreciated as I do much of the packing and sorting of belongings. However, this move has been going a bit differently already, and well...it's pretty great! Dan is helping me look the PAGES of homes for rent each week, and we drive past each one that is in the price range and size that we are looking for. He has asked me how I feel about each one after we look at it. We are being more reasonable in our idea of what we want, need, or dream about. We are talking more about our financial goals, and how to make these things happen more than we ever have before. (LOVE IT) It's one of the first times we've really gone about achieving a goal together in terms of moving. It's super! Still not sure if I'm friends with Dave Ramsey or not, but that's another story : ) I'm following the advice of a dear friend, who told me to follow my husband, even if his choices weren't what I considered the best. (Marsha, that's HARDER to do than to say!) We have found a house and signed the lease today and while the house is a tad unique, so are we and we will just make it work. I've found as I get older (and hopefully wiser) that I really can set the tone for our home...so if I say it's gonna be fine, it will be. So...it's gonna be GREAT! Give me a week to settle in and I'll be baking bread and hanging my clothes out on the line, and Dan may even let me have chickens! It will be HOME. And home is where Kristy's heart is.

Catchin' Up with Us MeYeR's

Well, my goodness, it seems like it's been forever since I blogged. Where to start, where to start? ~Big news first, I suppose......we are moving in 2 weeks from yesterday! No, we are NOT packed, no we are NOT ready, no we are NOT going to be ready in time, but moving we ARE!WE have found a house (Praise the LORD), signed a lease (Amen) and will be posting pics (Yippee) soon to let you all know what it looks like, before we move in and clutter it up...LOL!

~More big news, Dad and Mom will arrive Tuesday for a 12 day visit DURING which we will be moving...can you say HECTIC? Mom will be of great help to me with packing and such and Dad will help entertain the boys, so we may just pull this off yet.

~Smaller news, but still good....school is coming along nicely; we took a week off last week, worked really hard this week and I'm hoping to get a full week in this week as well, after that, I think moving chaos will take over for a week or two. Have I mentioned recently that moving makes me insane? If you've forgotten how I feel about moving, check out these posts #1 and #2.

~Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE it here in New Mexico? To be honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it when we moved here almost 3 years ago. After living in the lush greenery of northern Illinois for my entire existence, the dull greens and varied browns didn't look like much to me. But what I've come to love about the vegetation in the desert is that they have to work so hard just to stay alive and yet, at just the right time, they bloom so beautifully. It takes my breath away. Reminds me a bit of Dan and I, we struggled so hard, for so long, and just when I was about to give up and resign myself to a life of misery, God picked us up, transplanted us and gave us a new lease on life and now our life is one of those gorgeous flowers *sigh* Along the same lines, I've decided that no sunset on Earth can rival the ones seem from down here.

This is from our yard, taken from our sliding glass doors in the master bedroom. I'll miss that view, but I think we may get something as spectacular at our new place. *Here's hopin*

~Dan is enjoying his weekends off : ) The motorcycle is running well and he's enjoying riding it whenever he can. He's even called a sitter a few times so we can ride together. I LOVE to ride, but will say that I've discovered my limit is about 2 hours. We rode yesterday while looking for houses and ended up being out for about 6 hours. I'm sunburned, just from the nose down on my face, I'm sore and I was HOT with all my riding gear on in the 99* heat. However, I'll not be doing any complaining to him about it, I may not get invited again...LOL!

~Work is going well for both of us, Dan loves working his 4 10 hour days and then having a 3 day weekend. He will be SUPER busy for the next 2 as we prepare for the move, but that's OK, he LOVES that kind of stuff. I have a new boss, not sure if he's going to last or not. I think he's a bit afraid of us. We're a bit wacky and he's pretty uptight. ; ) Plus, I don't think they told him how late we work, HA!

~We are STILL looking at churches, Dan said today he wants to go back to the original church we had been going to, as sort of a comparison to the ones we've been trying. At this point, I'm game if he's wanting to go. So, off we go to Calvary Baptist tomorrow.

I think that's most of the bigger news, so I'll be signing off now. Blessings from NM! Lost Boys, Mama K misses you so much!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A SUPERB Freebie!

As anyone who knows me can tell you...I Love a good deal and FREE is my favorite price ever! Over at Raising Homemakers they are offering a contest to win the Franklin Springs Media DVD Series by the West ladies. Learn about canning, baking, sewing, quilting, gardening and much, much more in this 10 DVD set. So, go check out Raising Homemakers and enter to WIN BIG!!


It's the Little Things

I've discovered as I make this journey through life that it's not the HUGE things that make or break your day, week, month or LIFE....it's the little things. In celebration of those little things, list a few things that made your day, week, month or LIFE sweeter or brighter.

  • The first (and hardest) box has been packed...so the rest should be easy!
  • Memorial Day weekend was just flat out SUPER! BBQ with friends, game night, several projects around the house accomplished, Dan was able to get some much needed extra rest, and even a motorcycle ride....just great!
  • I only work 1 night this week and while that isn't necessarily good for my pocket book, it IS good for my sanity, and gives us more time to look for housing.

  • Homemade bread, still warm from the oven, covered in butter...real butter. Mmmmmmm....................

  • Coffee with my sister girl, Karen (and sometimes my mom, via Skype)

  • Dad and Mom will be here in less than 2 weeks for their first visit of the summer : ) We are all so excited!

I like the idea of this kind of post. If you do too, add a few of YOUR little things. I'm making it a goal to be more positive this year, join me!


Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY... June 2, 2010
Outside my window... a bird is chirping happily as the sun slowly begins it's ascent into the sky. Forecast calls for a high of 93*, but I'm assuming it will end up warmer than that. The sky is clear and dawn is just on the horizon.
I am thinking... that I really should have gone back to bed when Dan left. I'm so sleepy >_< I am thankful for... coffee with friends, home baked bread, a good book, THE good book, and a family to live, love and learn with.
From the learning rooms... we are taking a break from MFW this week, but still doing homeschool lite...reading, practicing our math facts, and a little copywork
From the kitchen... Pumpkin is thawing for pumpkin bread this morning, bread is soon to be rising on the counter, tea is steeping and here's the menu for the week.
  • Monday~Memorial Day BBQ...BBQ ribs, grilled corn on the cob, pasta salad, veggie tray, baked beans, brownies, snowball cake, sweet tea and GOOD friends to share it with : )
  • Tuesday~Hamburger Helper "crunchy taco" flavor, made by Pat
  • Wednesday~Breakfast for Dinner...Eggs, biscuits, bacon, sausage, and hash browns
  • Thursday~Chicken and potatoes on the grill, salad

  • Friday~Soup and Sammies

  • Saturday~Pizza

  • Sunday~Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Salad

I am wearing... my jammies...shhh, don't tell!
I am going... to look at houses again today. Anyone have a house they want to rent me so I can quit looking??
I am creating... Packing boxes FILLED with our things (and a LIST to go with all those boxes)
I am reading... Musclehead Revolution, Proverbs and Dr. Suess/Veggie Tales books
I am hoping... that the Lord leads us to our new house soon...we are moving at the end of June whether we have a place to go or not, and I'd really rather not live in a hotel with my 3 boys.
I am hearing... The birds chirping and the fish tank filter. That's IT!
Around the house... it's CLEAN : ) I'm going to take advantage of that today and do as little housework as I can today...LOL!
One of my favorite things... A long weekend filled with friends, laughter, tasty food and sunshine, and plenty of rest to recharge the body and mind
A few plans for the rest of the week: Looking for houses, packing, and homeschool lite
Here is picture for thought I am sharing... This is DT, after WAY too much Memorial Day fun....notice the BBQ on his face, wet hair from playing in the hose and the grumpy expression since I just announced that he needed to go to bed (it was already 2 hours past bedtime) ...LOL! Love his Eyes in this pic, so BLUE!

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What's that old saying about not being able to pick your friends?? Oh my...Dan and Devin get silly. Love Pat peeking in the corner of the pic : )
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