Sunday, February 24, 2013

I'm back!

We have internet again which means I don't have to use the tether on my phone anymore.  I am glad we are mostly unpacked and seem to be settling in here.  The highlights of the past week are pretty short, but they are big ones.  The husband bought a car with some of our tax refund so we are no longer a one car family.  Now I am free to go places during the day.  We were stuck at home (although we are close to a playground so we did walk there), and that would make for very long days.  He bought a 1995 Chevy Silverado.  It has the extended cab so we can put the girls in it as well.  It isn't the nicest of cars, but it is in good condition and it should do the job while we are here.  There are some other things from this week, but they are negatives which can wait for another post.  For now, I am going to take advantage of sleep while I can before everyone wakes up for the day.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Moving stinks

We are moved in (for the most part).  We still have a few things at our old house, and we need to clean it.  Our lease doesn't end until the 28th so we have a few weeks.  I think today is going to be a cleaning day, but with kids we won't get much done.  There were only a few casualties in this move.  One was my favorite hot chocolate mug.  It was crushed in to many pieces so I couldn't even salvage it.  The other was our dining table.  It is a glass top.  The glass had a crack in it.  The husband didn't believe me until the glass shattered when he tried to find a spot for it on the truck. I am not too upset about this. I have wanted a new table for a while.  We only had two chairs so we were talking about finding a new table since we need more than two chairs. Plus a glass top is not ideal with dogs and kids.  The table always had some sort of smudge or mark on it. I got tired of crawling under the table to wipe it down.  Nose prints are hard to scrub!  I thought for sure I was going to be crushed by the washer.  The laundry room is on the second floor so we were stuck hauling it up the stairs.  I have no measurable upper body strength so it was pretty interesting.  There was a lot of cussing and yelling, but the washer and dryer made it safely to the second floor.

The dogs are so happy here. They have a yard.  That is all they wanted.  Rowdy finally got to soak up the sun in the grass again.  At our old place she would have to lie on our concrete patio which is not as comfortable as the grass.  Hannah is slowly adjusting to the new place.  She kept asking to go home Friday. I think she kind of understands that this is home now.  However, she keeps wetting the bed and her pants.  I am hoping that this is a reaction to moving and after she adjusts she will stop.

We have a view of the bay from our windows.  Meeghan and I watched the sun rise over the water yesterday morning.  It was beautiful.  I really need to find the camera so I can take a picture of it.  This move I am not as gung ho about unpacking since we are moving so soon.  The husband's wing date is in July.  It seems so silly to unpack when we have to turn around and pack it all again. I think living here will be good though.  It is our first experience with base housing.  I am curious to see what it will be like.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


The husband went back to work this week.  He had been home since November, so I became accustomed to him being here.  I got a wake up call Monday morning when everything fell on me.  I never even made it to the shower because the day was so hectic.  I know part of it is the fact we are in the middle of a move which makes it hard for Hannah to play.  She has been acting out a lot, and it is driving me crazy.  I blame the move.  Hopefully in a few weeks she will start to behave a little better.  It seems like as soon as I complete one task somebody wants something.  I have to feed myself, the dogs, the kids, walk the dogs, pump, feed kids again, pump, clean, pack, pump, feed kids again, etc.  I think you see the pattern here.  I would get Meeghan to sleep, and try to pack with Hannah.  I would get about 20 minutes before either Meeghan woke up or the dogs wanted to go out.  I know this will get better once we move and have a yard again.  I won't have to walk the dogs every few hours.  It doesn't help that Meeghan has become so cranky. I don't know if she has reflux, if she is starting teething already, or if there is something else going on.  I think she has thrush.  I have never dealt with thrush before so I am not sure what to do.  I keep telling myself once we move and are settled, life will be better.  Right now though it is a state of chaos.  I hate chaos.

Friday, February 8, 2013


Our hallway upstairs
The house is quickly becoming a disaster area filled with boxes and paper.  We decided to move ourselves to make it easier to only unpack the essentials in Corpus Christi. We will only be there for around 5 months before moving to the next location (hopefully Jacksonville, FL).  We decided if we move ourselves than we can pack the non-essential stuff together and label it so we aren't sorting through boxes.  Now we have everything we need for the next few months organized into the same boxes.  It is a pain to try to pack with a toddler and an infant.  I feel like I get about 20 minutes to pack a day.  Wednesday I was able to pack my closet and that's it.  Plus it seems like we can't pack a lot until the last minute.  We still need clothes, we still need some toys for Hannah, and all the stuff we use for Meeghan can't be packed until the last minute.  Thank goodness our lease doesn't end until the end of the month so we can come back to get stuff or clean the last few weekends of the month.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2 months

This sweet baby is 2 months old today.  I can't believe how fast time is flying.  I swear I was just in the hospital with her.  She just had her 2 month check up today, and she is growing.  11 pounds, 5 ounces.  She has gained 3 pounds since birth.  I didn't catch how long she is, but I know she is getting long because I had to change her pajamas to 3-6 month pajamas.  She hated her vaccinations, but luckily she settled down and passed out shortly after.  No more for a few months.  She is healthy and happy (most of the time).  I love my little Squeakers (my nickname for her because she squeaks so much.)  She has been smiling for a while, but now it doesn't take much to get her to smile.  Just seeing me in the morning brings about a smile.  She is so close to laughing.  I can't wait to hear her first laugh.  I love baby laughs.  My baby is getting so big!

Saturday, February 2, 2013


I have a problem.  I have a few hundred ounces of breast milk in my freezer, and I am not sure the best way to move it.  The husband and I are thinking throw it in a cooler with some dry ice.  It is only an hour between here and the new place.  However, it is in the 70s and 80s here so it won't take long for the milk to warm if we don't do this correctly.  I really don't want to lose that milk.  Have any of you moved with a freezer stash of breast milk?  If so, how did you do it?

Friday, February 1, 2013


My husband has orders which means he will finally breathe a sigh of relief.  He never relaxes until he has orders.  (You know how the Navy likes to change its mind.)  We have decided to move ourselves since it is a short move.  Now here is what I don't get.  They gave him orders yesterday.  He must report by the 11th of February which is less than two weeks after receiving orders.  However, the time needed to process the paperwork for an advance on the move is 2 weeks.  Why does it take so long with the Navy?  When we moved ourselves to Florida from Kansas it took the Army just a few days to finish the paperwork, and we had money in plenty of time.  We moved one week after he received orders. I guess the Navy has its own timetable for things. We were told a house probably won't be available until the end of the month, and we paid rent to live here through the February, so we hopefully we won't have to stay in a hotel at all.  We are number 1 on the list.  I am excited to have a garage and a yard again.  No more taking the dogs out every few hours. I can open the door and tell them to go run around.  Hannah can play in the yard and I won't have to worry about her running into a parking lot.  We can walk to the store if we need something.  I am looking forward to the change.  It will be nice to live in a city again.  It is crazy to think that in a week I could be hauling boxes onto a truck and leaving Kingsville.