Friday, September 30, 2005

Moving Stinks!!

Seriously- I'm never moving again. It's the most physically, mentally, emotionally draining thing I've done in a long time. It's probably a good thing I didn't have a working computer/internet access during the process or you would have heard a lot more whining. The good things?

1. The things that were wrong are being fixed/corrected
2. I had lots of help packing
3. We had lots of help for the physical move
4. Jessica (my sister) and Luke (her husband) came down this week and were tremendously helpful in unpacking and helping me maintain my sanity.
5. I really do like my house (and will like it more when it's 'finished'
6. I get new furniture- we've not ever purchased couches, so it's nice to get to do that
7. Ashley's school is a 15 minute walk from our house. I have forced exercise every day (which apparently I need) and the walk is through a park in the middle of our neighborhood. We only cross one street.
8. Megan, Annika and Corinne get out of the house every day as well and get to play on the swings in the park on the way home from school.
9. The girls seem to be adjusting well

The options that KB 'missed' and have had to correct:
After the 'first' walkthrough:
All the baseboards and door casings throughout the house

things we noticed after we moved in:
wrong doors and doorknobs/hardware
missing keyless entry on garage door
missing gas BBQ stub outside

Other things we missed on our walkthrough:
water softener didn't work
hot water recirculation pump didn't work
Ashley's window didn't latch shut
the doorbell doesn't chime properly
dining room window missing tension springs to hold it open
there's only one plug/outlet in the entire master bathroom
laundry shelving reversed so that the 'hang' feature was useless
masterbedroom closet shelving reversed on one side leaving us with hardly any 'hang' at all

So I've had workers in my house almost every week day fixing something or fixing what they had to rip out to fix something. But it's a nice house, it's a bigger house (which is what we needed) and there are tons of options that we picked that I'm loving (like my corian countertops and seamless sink). But we're here and it can only get better from here on out right?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I'm Back!

What a long couple of weeks it's been. Our computer died (fried motherboard and something wrong with the hard drive). We ordered a new computer. We moved. We got to the new house and once the computer arrived the DSL wasn't working (grr). Called Sprint and they came out today and hooked it up- so once again I'm connected with the world!! Seriously, not having access makes me feel so out of touch with everyone!

I just have a minute- but I'll update on the move and the house and the new ward as soon as I can.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

There has been a death at the Price home....

Sadly it's our computer. Tears have been shed. I guess it'll force me to be productive this week. (I'm currently using a neighbor's computer to get my fix.) Hopefully I'll be around soon. Hopefully we're moving Friday. But I"m not counting my chickens until they hatch. I've not been so impressed with KB's ability to 'finish the job.' Sigh. Hopefully I'll love my house a whole lot and I won't have any problems once we move in.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Five random things about me...

So apparently I've been tagged, I've got to post five random things about me and then tag somone else...

1. I've never kissed anyone except for my husband. Once a boy tried to kiss me (when I was 14) when I figured out that he was about to kiss me I took off running- literally. He 'broke up' with me the next day. After that I decided that I wasn't going to kiss anyone until I got married. I almost made it- but we didn't kiss until we were engaged.

2. I drink about 100 oz. of water a day.

3. I belong to several 'bulletin boards' online- LDS moms who 'post' messages and 'talk' all day long. I started 3 years ago and it's become addictive. It's my outlet and keeps me sane with 4 small children. I've met many of them 'irl' (in real life) and consider some of them some of my best friends. If you would have asked me three years ago if that was possible I wouldn't have thought it was.

4. I love to read- anything I can get my hands on. The scary thing is that my FIL, BIL (Chet) and I enjoy a lot of the same books. It gives me something to talk about with them though and that's good. It also gives me a source to trade books with. I'm currently reading a book I 'stole' from my FIL. (I promise to give it back if you're reading this Sherman- it's State of Fear)

5. I reread the previous 4 things and now I think I'm a nerd. Nerd

Okay, I'm tagging Barbara and Lacey. Now you guys have to do it!

By this time next week...

That's what I keep saying. By this time next week we'll be in the new house , by this time next week we'll be going to the new ward, by this time next week....

Church today was bittersweet. This was the longest I've ever been in one ward. I love these people. I have so many memories and now we're starting over. Which is a little exciting too. But I'm going to miss this ward. Now we're going to be 'the new people'. I'm excited to meet new people and make new friends, I'm all social like that.

I'm also excited to start decorating a new house. I've got a blank slate to start over with. That's going to be fun. Especially since we can afford to decorate and buy furniture and stuff. Corinne also gets to move into the big crib and have her own room. It'll be nice to have the baby stuff out of our room.

Tomorrow is our final walkthrough, and we sign papers for the current house. It should fund Tuesday which means we can sign the final papers for the new house and move by Wednesday hopefully. It's going to be a long week.

When we did our walk through last week it was the little things that were exciting. The closet organizers, the countertop, the sink that has a smooth surface from the countertop so that there's not a seam for junk to get caught in. Things like that make me happy. (Yes, I realize that I sound shallow Winky) I was there at like 9 pm last week one day and there were tons of people out walking in the neighborhood. I'm liking that too since it's a good sign that the neighborhood is safe if there are that many people out after dark. The neighborhood is also condusive to walkers with the walking paths through it. I'm anxious to get there.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Lace, panties

That's what the box closest to my front door says in huge letters.... I have a couple friends from Utah that volunteered to come down and help me pack for the big move in FIVE DAYS!!! I left them unattended with sharpees. Of course in the box are things from the linen closet- including a lace tablecloth and some thick potty training panties. Laugh Won't the Elder's Quarum get a kick out of that? I hope they pay attention to the punctuation.

I'm very, very grateful for the help though. (Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you Char and Sabra). I firmly believe that it's a lot easier to pack up someone else's things then your own. You don't feel the need to sort and toss ect.

We did our walk through yesterday at the new house. I'm so ready to move. I'm wanting to be in a bigger space, I'm wanting to unpack and feel 'settled' and I'm ready to walk Ashley to school rather then driving 20 minutes to take her. It also feels like this summer has been non-stop. We've either had visitors at our house or been visitors at someone else's house every weekend but maybe 3 this summer. One of those was the weekend after Corinne was born. It's been nuts.

My back has been out for about 3 weeks now. Usually when this happens I'm feeling pretty good after a couple days flat on my back. This time I'm not healing as quickly. Part of it is that I've not been able to just lay down and recover- instead I've been taking drugs (dr. perscribed Winky ) and trying to get stuff done. I don't see that ending for at least a couple more weeks though. I've been seeing a Chiropractor pretty much daily to try and get this taken care of and get to the point that I can not have this happen anymore. I've got a disc in my spine that's deteriorated and apparently if I can get my spine to be aligned correctly then I can regrow that disc with the correct exercises. I just have too much going on to be flat on my back!

Anyway, break over, I need to get back to work!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Continued weekend coverage..

Ashley and Lily played hard all weekend. Here's a picture of the two of them at the wedding:

We had a nice wedding lunch at the Spaghetti Factory and then a great garden reception that evening. Here's a picture of the cake:

I got tons of compliments on how great it tasted as well as how good it looked. Kim and Spencer really liked it too, which I guess is important. Winky I think I enjoy my siblings receptions even more then my own because I get to sit and visit with people I haven't seen in a long time. My reception was fun- but stressful, theirs I get to sit and enjoy.

Saturday we tried to recooperate from the crazy couple of days we had. Here are some pictures of the tired Price's:

Megan and annika

Steve and annika:

Monday was Megan's 3rd birthday so we celebrated on Sunday night with everyone (except Spencer and Kim and Samantha). Here's a picture of her Dora cake (and I know boots is the wrong color):

Here are all the cousin's except Samantha. My parents now have nine granddaughters!! Of the nine seven of them are 3 years old or younger. CRAZY!!

What a crazy weekend. It's going to be followed by an even crazyier week! We do our walk through on our new house tomorrow and then move Monday! We stopped by last night on our way into town and it's looking pretty close to done. Even the front yard landscaping is in. Now I've just got to unpack and clean up our house from our trip so that we can pack and clean up our house for the move. I'm tired just thinking about it!

What a weekend!!

Last weekend my brother Spencer got married. It was crazy!! I'll start at the beginning...

Wednesday night we drove up to Utah, we didn't leave until 7ish and didn't get to the hotel until 3am. I hurt my back last week and was on some pretty significant pain killers so Steve drove the whole way. Once we got there Annika wouldn't sleep unless Steve was holding her- so he didn't get to sleep much at all that night.

Thursday we got up early and I spent the day making an anniversary cake for my parents. I'd brought tons of cake stuff from home so that I wouldn't have to buy much in Utah- I forgot my tacklebox full of bags and tips though!! I ended up rebuying stuff I already had to make the anniversary cake. My parent's had their 30th a couple weeks before. We surprised them with dinner at an Italian restraunt in Provo (Octavio's). They had no idea we were planning a party for them. Here's the cake: (my maiden name is Pechin- pronounced peach-in, so it's our family peach tree)

After dinner I went back to the friend's house I was using to bake and decorate cakes at to finish baking the wedding cake and groom's cake. I didn't get a picture of the groomscake- I'll have to see if someone else did and if they can email it to me.

Friday was the wedding. I frantically finished the cake Friday morning just in time to get to the wedding at 3. The wedding was nice. My brother married a girl named Kim (who I love) who has a daughter (3 years old) from her first marriage. Here's a picture of the newest Pechin family:

I loved Kim's dress- it was so pretty. Here's Kim and Ashley:

Apparently I'm out of picture space on this post. To be continued....