Wow, ok, I didn't know I would post that part tonight. Anyway, when I'm bored or can't sleep, I solve my world's problems, i.e. what am I going to use to store piano books so that they are more handy for everyone? Ah, the smallest of the Howell bookcases should fit most of them and be the perfect size for that spot! I figured that out at 1 am a few nights ago. I have some backup plans, too.
Ok, so what did happen today? Well, Abishai got a new Thomas the Tank Engine bed! Of course we got it used, just like we got the twin sized big car bed for Benaiah when he was 2. I don't know what it is, but I like providing little things like this that are their favorite cartoon character because it makes them happy. I don't get everything they ask for, but if I can do something or get something they haven't asked for, all the better. I just hope it fits with a weird shaped bunk bed set up in the boys' room. We'll see!
We also cleaned the van today. We always keep the trash picked up, and since we didn't live where there's a ton of sand and salt on the roads, it really wasn't that bad. Justin vacuumed and Keturah did the plastic areas. I washed the inside of the windows and the headlights. We usually do the outside windows when we get gas. And there was no arguing about it because we had talked about it before and how it would count for their TV time of the past 5 days. I plan to have them help with the condo's fridge as well. I did notice that the vans rugs are filthy and need replaced. The van is well used and over 10 years old now. We try not to abuse it, but still, it gets used by kids. I have tried to vacuum it twice a year. At least we've never had a payment on it and it has served us well in 4 Canadian winters and made the 1,600 mile trip to Canada and the 1,600 mile trip on the way back. Plus trips to NH. Plus trips to New Orleans. Lol, I just thought of something. We should call it "Mama's bus" so that Abishai has some new words! But he can say, "van" as well. His vocabulary is definitely increasing DAILY. As well as his toddler tantrums.
Ok, that's it for today. I think I'm going to take the kids strawberry picking tomorrow to fill in some of this downtime and then close up some boxes, and declutter my desk again. Wednesday I'll put together a basket of cleaning stuff and other supplies to take to the new house and pack some of my overnight type stuff. Keep praying that the current residents have moved by midnight on Wednesday night. I went by there today and there was no activity. I don't know if that means they already moved stuff out and were cleaning, or they are way behind and will get a truck on Wednesday to haul their stuff. I'm not going to lie. It makes me nervous. I don't want to have to kick people out. It seems very ungodly to do that, especially since they are grandparents. Just keep praying.
|Mommy, what's this? Is it a playground? Is it a sandbox?|
|I hope we don't need that clothesline Jared used to tie the bed frame to the truck! Neither vehicle had any tie downs in them! I know we have some bungee cords, but they might be in the way back of the garage. Oops! And we, in the van, followed Jared in the truck, and Abishai kept saying, "Mommy, Foo foo! Mommy! Foo foo!"|
|Oh, it's a bed! Foo Foo night night!|
|I want to get in it! We are leaving it on the truck because Jared is driving his dad's car while they are away, and it doesn't make sense to unload it on Monday just to reload it on Thursday.|
|It even has tracks on the side for cars!|
|And the front has a little toy box! And there's a shelf, too, perfect for toys!|
|Vroom, vroom! I think it's going to be difficult to get Abishai to sleep the first few nights.|
|Different boxes, but Abishai loved climbing on them today. He even laid down for night night, and then went "bing!" and say up, which is a game we play when he doesn't want to go to bed!|
|Not much to do when there's no toys in the house. Except for running around, which is fine if you don't have a neighbor downstairs. Poor Judy. I try to keep the kids quieter, but it's so hard. I'll let them be louder in the new house and maybe scare any critters in the crawlspace under the house away.|
|Plenty of room for gymnastics!|
|My mom always made Shepherd's pie with just green beans because my dad had a sensitivity to corn. I've always used frozen mixed veggies (carrots, peas, green beans, corn, lima beans) before. Frozen is better than canned, in my opinion.|
|Cleaning the inside of the van. Keturah likes to collect little doo dahs in the backseat though. But at least there's no food or spilled drinks or nasty gum! They can eat in the car, but they are pretty good about throwing that kind of trash away. Keturah just had a few Sunday School papers and toys in the back, which is her domain. Justin and Abishai sit in the middle, and Benaiah gets the front seat if Jared isn't with us. If we are all in the van, Jared and I are up front, Abishai and Benaiah are in the middle and Keturah and Justin are in the back. The arrangements work very, very well actually. The boys can help Abishai, and Keturah cna't pick on the boys and vice versa. But it must be a little lonely way in the back, too. Keturah is still in a booster seat because we can't move the shoulder belt to a lower position like we can in the middle row. She can sit in the middle row without a booster.|