Here is a journal of my adventures, from what appears on our blog as the “lost month” …March.
Monday, March 9th
My first week with they boys went well. I spent my time getting to know them and their home. It is hard to make breakfast when you cannot find the toaster! Luckily these challenges will be over soon enough:)
The soon to be three-year-old called, I’ll call “Littlest,” is eager to do things for himself. He is nearly potty trained and has an interest in Josh and airplanes. Each time we see an airplane he asks if it is Josh. While we were playing with blocks last night, we made several airplanes. This one was the best of the evening.
The other boy, “Little” turned 5 the weekend before we met. He likes to make everyday tasks into contests and really enjoys video games. Poor Little doesn’t like school much. The boys go to a church daycare program Monday – Friday from 8 until 5. Dropping them off Friday and Monday morning, makes me a bit of a bad-guy:)
I can’t wait until I’m not living out of duffle bags and I don’t have to drive 10 hours, of my three days off, to finish packing up the old apartment! We did find a 2 bedroom ranch to lease for the year. It has a great big kitchen and a wonderfully lush green yard.
Monday, March 23rd
It was very sad to leave you at the airport Saturday. I had gotten used to having you around in the week you spent with us:) I keep going over the highlights in my mind… happy thoughts!
Watching you eat 3/4 of a pound of brisket was pretty amazing.Josh had a feeling you would enjoy Southern Barbecue.
Having help packing up our apartment and moving was wonderful. I was so sick at the time, I barely recall the experience. Which makes me ever more certain that you did more than your fair share…
The guilt of getting you sick too!!! At least, I was well enough, at that point, to take care of you a bit.
Your catch and release program for the pet lizards that came with our new house!
My curiosity got the better of me! Maybe you would like to know about our lizard friends too.
Thursday, March 26th
Our new washer and dryer arrived today! I’ve been washing all the laundry we’ve made since the move. The delivery guys who installed our new appliances, got the hot and cold hoses backwards. Josh will have to switch them when he gets home. I tried but they are too tight for me to turn.
It is so nice to have the house almost completely unpacked and cleaned. We still need to make a day of window washing and vacuuming the attic, but most of the other big jobs are done:) It is feeling more and more like home. Once I finish all the unpacking and get the wall art up, I’ll make a post with photos:)
Monday, March 30th
This week I made Apple Pancakes with the boys. I used Mom’s recipe from when we were kids. The recipe was a hit with the boys, just like it was for us:)
Whisk together 1 c milk, 1/2 c applesauce, an egg, and 2 t oil.
Beat in 1/4 t salt, 2 t baking powder, and 1 c flour. Panfry.
There were new challenges this week, the boys are now comfortable enough with me to challenge my leadership. They learned that I can be strict when I need to be, so that they learn to use their words instead of cry, become more tolerant of their sibling and refrain from hitting, learn to clean up after themselves, share, and so on.
This little guy was in the drive when I got home this morning:) There is so much life here. Living in the desert has given me a new love for nature!
Josh is out of town for the next few days, and I plan to make the most of the time alone. I signed out the first season of Downton Abbey at the library, did some secondhand shopping, and picked up supplies for Mothers Day Gifts, Bridal Shower Gifts for the Cooksey sisters, and Birthday Gifts for the Tinsleys.
Our Goodwill is amazing! It is so clean, organized, and well stocked. Such a treat after the woes of the Goodwill in Midland:) Our library also runs a very nice thrift store, but it is cash only, so I didn’t get anything today.
Tuesday, March 31st
Today I tested two recipes for new gift mixes. Since the wedding, I’ve been a huge fan of pastry mixes in a jar, as gifts. They were so well liked and I enjoy making them! I plan to share the new recipes soon… so don’t worry about that:)
My day in the kitchen went by so quickly, with Downton Abbey playing in the background on our portable DVD player. Friends have been recommending it for years, but my historical drama watching has taken a hit since the life alteration of courtship, engagement, and marriage!
Just as I was pulling the test muffins out of the oven, the neighbors dropped by with their new son Max. They returned the dishes and thanked us for the food. They said it had come at the perfect time. They were so tired those first few days, and they were grateful not to have to worry about preparing a few meals. They stayed to talk for a while and taste approved my new muffin recipe:)
Supper was a yummy new salad inspired by a pre-made salad I tried recently.
Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad
Line a salad plate with fresh spinach. Top with a diced hard boiled egg and 2 T each sliced almonds, dry cranberries, and shredded mozzarella. Drizzle with Honey Dijon Dressing.
Honey Dijon Dressing
Whisk together 2 T each honey and mayonnaise, 1 T olive oil, and 1/2 t dijon mustard. Dresses 4 salads.
I ended the day with a walk, just like when I was living in the Harmony house in Pennsylvania:) It is so nice, not to have to drive to get somewhere safe enough to walk. The bluebells were breathtaking!!!