Sunday, March 31, 2013

More Texas pics.

 Maddie watching Grandpa and Cody take the fort down. We gave it to their cousins Lucy and Holly.

Swings are down...

 I made this pad for Jake for the flight. He loved it right away. Too bad we didn't end up using it! We were lucky that Jake made it on the plane at all. Somehow I missunderstood the crate size and the crate I had was too big. Jackie left the airport in a hurry and ran to the store to get a smaller crate. Luckily our flight was delayed and she made it back to us in time for Jake to join us! Stressful much!

 My goodbye party. Yep, bunch of moms just hangin out. Luisa, Erin, Ashlea, Alison (and Melanie.) I miss these guys!!!

 Melanie and Luisa.

Caught Ripley in this awesome Sun Puddle.

 Then saw Jake in a sun puddle upstairs!

 Took the girls down to the cul-de-sac way at the end of our old street. I wanted them to see what a cul-de-sac was like since our new house was going to be on the end of one. It helped get them excited about the move. Izzie and Maddie

 Izzie and Maddie
Love this picture Izzie drew of her and her sister. They are wearing matching tiaras.

Pics still from Texas

 Maddie and Izzie (This was inside outside day, according to them.) They were using these math cards to build a maze.

 My Mom's cat, Smudge.

 Maddie making Izzie a get well card.

Izzie wasn't feeling well.

The view from my old backyard.

 Making a mess with beans! (Maddie and Izzie.)

 We have crazy hair!

 Izzie and Maddie watching Rhonda look through my old baby book.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Trip to Mema and Pepaw's

 Towards the end of February I wanted to get a trip into see Mema and Pepaw before we left Texas. This is Mema trying to figure out how to use the video camera.

Pepaw was having a sprinkler system put in, which meant that the girls had access to a lot of mud to play in. This thrilled them. 

 "See, I sort of still fit in Mema's sink!" Maddie washing off the mud. I carried her from the back door to the sink, her feet were caked in mud!

 Darian and Daylynn came to visit while we there. They found these color boxes of my girls' and they thought they were the coolest chairs. They wanted to sit on them the entire time we were there.

 Darian asking what's for dinner?

 Mema put the girls to work mopping the porch. They ended up swishing the mud around, but they sure had fun doing it.

 Maddie giving Daylynn some love.

 And Darian.
 What, just sittin' on our stools!

Mema wanted pictures up on the blog! Love you Mema!!! Izzie and Maddie love running into Mema's room first thing in the morning to watch a cartoon and wake up slowly with Mema while she drinks her coffee. Mema likes it too, because it usually means I'm the one in the kitchen making breakfast for everyone!

Pooh and Tigger

 Maddie drew this awesome Tigger. It says, "Tigger like honey." The green circle in his hand is a honey jar. Pooh asked him to taste it and he didn't want to, but when he did, he liked it. (That's the story Maddie told me about this picture.)

Izzie drew this pooh and tigger. I love how different their tigger's look. I really love the tail on Izzie's tigger (those three bumps at the bottom.) Her story says, "Pooh is NOTHING." Bascially Izzie didn't want to do the assignment (which was to write a sentence describing their picture.) She did sound out a sentence even though it wasn't about the picture.

Birthday Parties with Friends

 Way back in middle of February. Here's a cute photo of Izzie with White Teddy.

 Izzie and Maddie getting ready to go to Madison and Sydney's Rock Star birthday party.

Melanie had really cute party favors!

 This was at a place called CooCoos. It was a pretty cool bounce house place. If you put on 3D glasses the floor was 3D.
 Izzie and Maddie

 The Rock Stars, Madison and Sydney.

Izzie and Maddie

 The very next day they were invited to their friend Jake and Ford's birthday party. What a bittersweet day, because it was our last playdate in Texas with our playgroup.

 The girls kept trying to find a "quiet" place to talk. They looked like a bunch of teenagers wanting to hang out. Maddie, Madison, Izzie and Sydney.

 Jake and Ford!

Sydney, Maddie, Madison and Izzie.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

In an attempt to get caught up...

Here I am reading a bedtime story earlier this evening to Maddie and Izzie in their new beds. 

Who am I kidding! I'm so far behind on photos, it's going to take some time to get them sorted out. At least tonight, I took the time to upload them all to my computer. I am going to make an extreme effort over the next couple of days to make several posts. Starting where I left off in Texas and get caught up. I know there is a bunch of family that can't wait to see photos! We are settling in nicely; and slowly but surely our new house is becoming our new home.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

We Made it to Washington!!!

We made it! Our family is now all located in one state. Mom, Dad, Kids and Pets all under one roof. We've been here for only nine days but we are starting to settle in. Starting is the key word. I look around at the stacks of boxes around the house and sometimes feel like we'll never be unpacked! Considering the movers delivered everything four days ago, we are actually in good shape. My kitchen, the heart of the house is complete (minus a few missing items that are SOMEWHERE in all of this... stuff!) The past two nights I was able to cook dinner and we were able to eat at the dining room table. Despite the dining room table still has a mountain of stuff in the middle that we sort of shoved out of the way. That is a major accomplishment.

I started to get us back into a routine yesterday with our school lessons. And today we went to our first Washington playdate! We met JoAnn and her three boys. She also watches some other kids during the day so there were 4 boys and 3 girls at the house not including Maddie and Izzie! But her house is a perfect kid haven with art supplies, puzzles and various other easy accessible toys. She even made the closet under the stairs the official "Rash Family Hideout/Fort" which I thought was pretty awesome! My girls fit right in and were having fun with the other kids. Tomorrow we are meeting Emily and her three triplet boys at a jump place. Yep, getting right back into the swing of things!!

But to back it up a bit... the girls were excited to go on an airplane. They traveled by air when they were six months old, obviously not remembering that at all! So the day of the flight they were a bit nervous and scared. We stayed the night before and Grandma and Grandpa's house and since since our flight wasn't until the evening the girls got to play with their cousins ONE last time before flying off. Jackie took the girls, me and Jake, our cat, to the the airport. Where we found out the hard way that Jake's carrier was too big. Despite the big label on it that said, "fits under airline seats!" Don't trust labels! Honestly, I think it would have been fine if the ticket lady hadn't been too uptight. But she was so we had to deal. My mother-in-law took off towards the nearest pet store. She called my brother-in-law, Chris, on the way and had him call the pet store and have a crate waiting at the check out counter. She made it back to the airport and was able to get Jake to us. Whew! What an ordeal. She literally saved the day!

We spent a couple of nights at what I call "John's apartment/bachelor pad" aka... the tiny little apartment he has lived in for 4 of the past 6 months. (The first two months he was here in corporate furnished housing that was much nicer.) He still had the box from his futon that he bought so I made it into a fort for the girls in the corner of his unfurnished living room. All we had with us was what we brought on the plane so any extra diversion was great.

After finally getting the keys (a process that is a bit different here than in Texas.) We were able to go measure for a new fridge, washer and dryer. Our fridge space is a "small" space so that limited what we could get fridge wise. But I'm happy with the one we picked out. Apparently the water line was installed incorrectly so we still don't have an ice maker that works. We're working on that. The following day, I went to Home Depot and bought a couple of samples of paint to start on the living room. SIX samples later I found the shade of grey that I was looking for. It's called Pewter Mug. It's a silvery blue color and it looks terrific! I really, really want to get my hands on the mauve color in my bedroom/bathroom/desk area but I started with the living room since the furniture hadn't been delivered yet and the entertainment center is a bugger to move. I also bought a pretty buttery yellow color to paint the laundry room. It was painted mauve and a depressing grey color. They grey in the living room reflects light and is light and airy. The grey in some parts of this house that they chose is sad and gloomy. Grey is a very hard color to pick!

Friday was literally ALL about the movers bringing stuff in. They got here at 7 am on the dot and didn't leave until after 5. I was becoming a nervous wreck. There was just so much stuff! Loosing 430 sq ft was very apparent! All the rooms are a bit smaller, plus this house has hallways and a larger bathroom and laundry room. But eventually I got the furniture to mostly work. There are a few pieces that are homeless and we'll have to sell/get rid of some old bookcases. The garage is sadly stuffed to the brim, but we plan on tackling that and not letting it become the dump it was at our old house!

The weekend was spent unpacking my kitchen. John helped get some of the toys unpacked for the girls and got the computers and tv's up and running. So far, I love the house. It is an older home than what we are used to and has some quirks, but for the most part I love the layout. It's very cozy. I totally love the yard. I've spent the past two mornings leisurely eating my breakfast while watching dozens of little finches hop around the wisteria vines on my front porch. It's a very peaceful and private feeling house on a quiet little cul-de-sac. Speaking of the cul-de-sac, I've already met 4 of my neighbors, two on each side of me. They are all very friendly. Everyone has been so welcoming. So far, I love it here!

Pics to come soon.... haven't unpacked the cord that goes from my camera to the computer!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Close tomorrow

Today was our last day at the house. We close tomorrow. It was very bittersweet to walk away...

Friday, March 1, 2013

10 Year Anniversary

Today is our 10 year anniversary. Just the thought of that makes me smile. I remember very clearly coming back to our apartment after our honeymoon 10 years ago and thinking ahead to the future. Wondering where we'd be. Would we have kids? How many? What kind of house? Would I be working? What kinds of memories would fill the next 10 years of my life? I liked being a newly wed, but for some reason, 10 years was stuck in my head. It sounded like security.

I married such a wonderful man. He's fun, smart and great looking too! He's a wonderful provider for our family; allowing me to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschool our kids. He works hard at his job and takes pride in his accomplishments. He likes to spoil his "three" girls. He's the best father any little girl could ask for. I'm so glad that I met him. I knew right away that he was someone special.

Today is a special day for me. I can look back at the past 10 years with a big smile on my face. Remembering the trips we've been on both as a couple and as a family, Disney (Florida), Boston, Tahoe a couple of times, Wisconsin, Hawaii, California and various weekend get-aways to my in-laws time share cabins across Texas. I look at our beautiful children. I am so lucky to have such beautiful, smart and healthy; rambunctious five year olds. We've made it through a few job changes that included 3 layoffs. And now, we are starting our next 10 years in a new city. In 9 days, the girls and I fly to Washington to start our new adventure in a very exciting place of the country. If 10 years of marriage is this great, I can't wait to see 20!