So we have been in our new place a week now and I LOVE it! What I don't love is having no chairs, tables, couches, beds, phones, Internet (until today), T.V., toys, kitchen supplies, washer/dryer, EVERYTHING you need to run a house! The story is that we rented a P.O.D back in April to store our stuff in and be shipped to Colorado and wait here for us to find a place, well for some reason we don't know, they never sent our P.O.D to Colorado so when we called to have it delivered they were like "Oh it's still in Las Vegas, and the soonest it can be to your new address is July 14th." Of course it's still in Las Vegas, cause who the heck likes things to go smoothly?!? Not us, nope! So then we debated on moving in last week when we had nothing to move in, but a few hours later and a reminder why living with your in-laws can be a challenge I made the executive decision to try camping for a bit in the new house!! Jimmy was wise to agree and so with a trip or 4 to the store to buy things that can be cooked in the microwave, in a bowl with milk, or don't need cooking at all, along with plastic spoons, paper-towels, a hand-vac, a can opener, toilet paper, paper plates, bug spray (I hate spiders and there are many in this land called Colorado, or Spiderland as I refer to it), and the few essentials we would need to survive!
Now ask yourself what do you do with three kids in an empty house for two weeks? We don't have crayons, pencils, markers cause that would just be an open invitation to color on walls, doors, people! The kids and I have gotten creative with our time, we do have a portable DVD player that they have used to watch a few (wink wink) movies, we have two hula-hoops, and a mini-football. I spent the first few days hanging up clothes on hangers that we have and trying to make some sense of things. We have spent time at the park near our house, driving around trying to find near-by grocery stores/gas stations/places to eat. We even made a trip to Goodwill and found a couple toys for James, Grace found a treasure or two and Lexi decided there weren't any books that looked good and she "wants to find a library!" I have gotten some work done on editing the pictures that I owe to several families, again thanks for your patience! I mostly maintain them and me until 4:30 when I know Jimmy will be getting off work and on his way home and then we go on walks around the neighborhood and I have someone to talk to that doesn't whine at me or need his diaper changed!
Don't worry she will thank me for getting this picture later!
We have picnics for every meal, and the kids don't seem to mind although keeping a 17 month old boy sitting without the help of a highchair has it's challenges! The girls have made friends with a little girl across the street and her parents found out that we "didn't even have a TV" so they sent over an extra one that they had and said we could use it until ours come!
Speaking of which, Jimmy and his brother Danny are driving this way, as I type, in a U-HAUL truck with a small portion of what was still in Vegas, including my DYSON!! Oh to hear the lovely sound of it's motor and never ending suction will be like the voice of a long lost friend!! Never as a child could I have anticipated loving a vacuum so much, and yet, I do!
Life is good for the Kelley's, we are rebounding quite nicely here in this new City. I have a couple friends, all of whom I knew before moving here and one happens to be in our new Ward!! That was wonderful having at least one familiar face on my first Sunday, she is also Lexi's Activity Day Leader, awesome! They have 3 nursery's and James has managed to find an open spot and joined right in, shh don't tell anyone that he is really two weeks from being old enough! Grace must have also felt right at home on Sunday because she threw a great tantrum during Sacrament meeting, even flopping around under the bench seat!
I want all of you to know that we are safe and sound here in Brighton, CO and not to worry cause they have a Target and a Wal-Mart nearby so I will be OK! My children are a reminder though that we have been City folk since their birth because we drove past one of the many farms near our home and Lexi was like "Oh MY GOSH, what are those tractors doing with all that Hay?" or "OH MY GOSH MOM, there is a horse trailer with horses in it, in the Wal-Mart parking lot!"
Grace has kept us laughing in all this, as always, and I have to share just one silly thing she said the other day. She and I were listening to my IPOD touch and she noticed there was a picture of the girls singing the song on the IPOD and she says
"Mom, I have a GREAT Idea! You could be a singer like these girls and be a super-star and make lots of money and get all the money and then Daddy will really love you!"
Me " Well, that is a great idea Grace, but I dunno if I could be a super-star."
Grace "Well, here Mom, let me hear you sing!"
I love that I felt like I was auditioning for American Idol or something for my 5 year old! Maybe she meant this kind of Superstar!
Oh wait, OK one more story, I just can't help myself!
The second day we were in Colorado Grace lost her first tooth (without it being knocked out), she got 5 one dollar bills from the tooth fairy and the next morning she came down stairs and says to Grammy Kelley "Here, Grammy (hands her a dollar), go get yourself a new couch, this one hurts my hips!" Oh Grace, really, your hips?! LOL
Love to you