We got Angela a bed this past Sunday. She is very excited for it. It is a twin size bed with a bookshelf headboard. She decided she would really like a lamp and some bookends for her headboard. By getting her a lamp we are liable to have her up reading through most of the night. As it is now, it is hard to get her to shut off the light and go to bed. We have also talked about getting her an alarm clock. Underneath the bed are three cupboards. There are two sliding doors to close up the cupboards. It is a light cream/brown color and I will try to get a picture on here soon.
Friday, March 27, 2009
We bought the house with all the appliances included. At least most of the major appliances. There is no microwave. I didn't think it was that big of a deal until I realized everything I might use it for in a days time. Now to reheat anything it is in the oven or on top of the stove. You have to make oatmeal in the pot and boil water for coco. To thaw meat it is in the fridge for a few days or in a sink of running water. It really takes a moment for me to think my cooking through so that we get our food on time instead of running late. Like I said I never realized how much it was used. Right now there is no place for one, but hopefully Brian and a buddy will be building a spot for it to go over the stove like the one we had in Spokane.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
These last few days have been really great. Filled with community kindness. We were able to borrow a: futon, recliner chair, wing back chair, and table with four chairs. It is so very amazing to be able to sit somewhere other than the floor. It makes it even better that we do not have to pay for the items. We will borrow them until we get our furniture, sometime in June. Thank you very much to those that had extra and were willing to help us out!
Monday, March 23, 2009
We got our first piece of furniture into the house tonight. A new race car bed for Connor. I know that it is not too much of a help for the rest of the house, but he was very excited about it. Now we are on a hunt for a pretty bed for Angela. I will put some pictures on tomorrow when I dig out the camera.
Friday, March 20, 2009
We signed papers on our house yesterday afternoon at 4 PM. Then it was a mad dash rush to get everything cleaned up at the camper and get it all into town. We got to the camper and I made a quick dinner. After eating, I readied the camper for travel and Brian packed up all the outside things to make a quick run into town. We headed into town and unloaded our first load of things, then headed back to the campground. Once there it was a little after 7 PM. It took us a lot longer, to get the 5th wheel attached and the rest of the things into the truck, than we had anticipated. The kids were great though. The stayed inside the truck and played. At one point, when I checked on them, they were both sitting in the front seat snuggled under a blanket looking up at the stars. It was way too cute! It was about 9 PM when we left the campground. We realized that sleeping in the house last night was not really an option (I wanted to get it cleaned first), therefore we stayed in the trailer. Of course we had to park the wrong way so that we could open up the slides away from the street so that we could sleep. Then Brian had to start work at 3:00 this morning. I have been cleaning and moving things into the house all morning. I decided to have Connor nap in the camper since it is all set up for him still. As Angela and I were sitting here doing school there was a knock on the door. A police officer was here and said that someone had complained about where we were parked. I tried to explain our situation and the fact that Brian should be moving it this evening. But, he said that since someone had made the complaint he had to issue us a ticket. It wasn't very expensive, but it was not a very nice welcome to the neighborhood. Very frustrating too. I am now waiting for Brian to get home from work to share the "happy" news with him.
Monday, March 16, 2009
On Saturday our temperature highs were in low 50s. We spent a couple of hours outside soaking up the sun. We took a 3 1/2 mile walk and just really enjoyed our day of nice weather. Then, on Sunday our highs were in the mid to high 50s. What a nice treat to have another day of nice weather. I talked to my family in Washington and they said that the temp was in the mid 30s and it was snowing. I ended up getting Connor up early from his nap (he wasn't sleeping) so that we could spend some much needed family time outside. We played Frisbee, catch, Angela rode her bike and Connor played in some mud puddles. All afternoon the front door was open with just the screen door shut. It was heavenly to have all of that sun and warmth seeping into the house. Now today our highs are predicted to be in the mid 60's and tomorrow they think it could hit 70! I believe that we will be outside again. It is much nicer playing outside than being cooped up in the camper. My big fear is the fact that this will all go away soon and we will be back to the harsh realities of winter. Hopefully soon Spring will be here to stay.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I have been teaching water aerobics for about six weeks now. It has been a lot of fun building a devout following of women and men that enjoy the invigorating workout you can get. I was just getting ready to add in another class. Then yesterday, I found out I will be getting laid off for two months. Beginning in April they will be closing the pool for maintenance (repair and cleaning). It will not open again until June. Therefore, I will be out of work. Bummer, I was just starting to have fun.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Tonight Brian and I took a little trip back to our youth. We had SPAM! It has been years and years since either of us have had any and the taste didn't taste any different. I mean, when I was a kid macaroni and cheese tasted like the ultimate best thing in the world. Now, it is okay, but it is not on my top ten. But the SPAM didn't change, it was still a lump of meat. The kids thought it was really fun and exciting.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
36', that is the length of our 5th wheel. For a weekend or even a week of camping that is pretty large. For a year round house it is a little on the small side. I first thought it would be like a single wide trailer, but I think it is much smaller than even one of those. We have all been living on top of each for much too long and are starting to get a bit of cabin fever or camper snap. Neither of which is good. Therefore, we started looking at homes to buy. Being that we will be here for a minimum of 3 1/2 more years we thought buying was a better investment of our money than renting. No, Brian's job did not all of a sudden become stationed in one location. He still has the very definite possibility of moving around Wisconsin. When the job locations changes he would be gone one week at a time. While away from home, he could either stay in the camper or in a hotel. It is not ideal, but it would allow the kids and I to get some more stability in our lives. We found a house in town Portage that suits our needs. Here is the reality listing for you to look at.
-select city, Portage
-202 E. Franklin
Hope you enjoy looking (the gal sure did like color). We put an offer in, she accepted, and we are looking at a closing date of March 20th. Unfortunately, Brian has to work that entire weekend. Maybe the kids and I can do some moving in while he is working. Since all of our boxes and furniture are in WA, we will be living with a bare minimum from the camper. Hopefully in early summer we will be able to arrange something to get our things from there to here. Like we have said from the beginning, this is just one big adventure!