Tuesday, December 23, 2008
hannah and i were looking for something very special today, and things were a little crazy, of course. it was a group of shops around a little courtyard. we were walking around hurriedly, and heard christmas music. then i noticed there were real live carolers, all dressed up in period costumes. they were just beautiful. hannah and I stopped and listened for a while, and i noticed we were the only ones. everyone else was running around crazy distracted with spending entirely too much money on things like $20 barbecue sauce. (We'd come from Williams Sonoma.) Then Hannah got a candy cane out of the deal :-). The moral of the story: stop and listen to the carolers.
Sorry we've been out of touch. I've had all kinds of pictures i've even edited, but our internet has been down. And I didn't bring the adapter for my memory stick, so i can't do it now. we had all kinds of pictures from our texas christmas activities. but i guess you'll have to wait!
we are in Virginia now. The drive from Texas to NC went really well, after a rocky start with an ice storm in dallas. i only had a twinge of apprehension about doing our roadtrip by myself, but it was fine. then of course, the 5 hrs from NC to VA was a breeze. Patrick gets here tomorrow, he's trying to go standby. on christmas eve. wish him luck. (he does have a ticket, but he doesn't get in until 10.30 pm)
We had a great time in NC, Hannah learned alot of new words. especially "NO, MINE!" she had to use that alot with her cousins :-). she did well with baby emerson. who is also doing well, btw. i only heard her cry once the whole week. anyways, sorry about the pictures. i'll make up for it. Merry Christmas, guys.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
i know my family laughs at me, but here's my baby getting ready to enjoy the texas winter. yes, texas has a winter. of sorts. it was at least 50. on the right, you can see patrick's going to open a salon if the whole aircraft sales doesn't work out.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Just like the rest of us, Hannah enjoyed eating. She would have eaten the whole basket of Grandma Loretta's rolls, if I'd let her. And she no longer lets anyone feed her, so eating is a messy business. we took to using a towel tied around her neck, like the hairdresser. and vinyl tablecloth on the floor.
We drove around the lights in the park one night, and Hannah really enjoyed it. We found a cowboy who was pulling his own christmas tree, but you can't see the tree. and also a moose. so we've got our canadian and texas heritage together :-).
all we're missing is the hat
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
There is one new aircraft owner in america today, thanks to my husband! Patrick just sold his first plane!!! We are so excited. As you know, he's only been here a few weeks, and this is a difficult time with the holidays and all, so this is a momentous occasion. He has been working very hard for this. I didn't realize how much effort it takes to make just one sale, sometimes. We have a lot to be thankful for. we're leaving as soon as i get my junk together, so got to run. have a good thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
we stopped at cracker barrel on our road trip, and since it was a sunday morning in texas, we had a wait. not a big deal, we needed to stretch. hannah can now climb up into most chairs by herself. she loved the little cooking set at my dad's house. the one that matches our teaset is on her christmas list. i'm training her young :-)
then you cut them in half. i needed some help here!
then you scoop out the seeds, wash them, and spread them on a tray to dry. (not pictured). you can put some olive oil and salt and roast them, or you can leave them plain and put on salads or ground up in things. then cover the pumpkins with foil and bake for awhile.
- the food. we've had pakistani and thai and hope to try many more. in a shopping center near our house, there is thai, afghani, brazilian, mexican, chinese, indian, and of course italian and american, all in one place. so exciting.
- the gym. it's only 6 min from our house, and you don't have to sign a contract, you can go on a month to month basis. it's heavily subsidized by the community, so it's cheap. i'm hoping to train there in the new year, or as soon as they have extra clients.
- our guest room. at least i hope to enjoy our guest room. which can only be done if people use it. we actually have two, one which will also function as patrick's office. and we can't wait for people to come visit. you don't even have to be coming to visit us, you can just use it as a free place to stay if you're coming to the area. like a hotel. really.
we've finally gotten our cars titled (that took 3 trips to the place), and i'm going to work on licenses. our landlord shut off our power and water the day we moved in. it took extra money and over 24 hrs to get that fixed.
we definitely have more room to breathe up here in frisco. hannah and i have been jogging in the neighbourhood (another plus), and its been just cold enough for the leaves to change, so it's beautiful. we still miss patrick, he's working so hard. keeping his spirits up, when everybody else in the world is so depressing. i'm not going to listen to the radio anymore, i can't stand it. yes, i know, nobody has any money, everyone's losing their jobs, it's scary. but that's all they ever talk about. anybody else tired of that? but hey, at least we aren't getting election coverage, right? thank God. back to patrick, he's doing a great job, giving it all he's got. thankfully he can get to his territory in a day (flying, of course), so he hasn't been gone overnight much.
we're going to kansas for thanksgiving, so that'll be a very much needed break for him. all of us, i guess. no traffic (and i really mean no traffic :-), just family and food and football. and for me, miles of open space in which to enjoy my running shoes and Hannah free time. compliments of grandparents/great grandparents.
Meghan is only 10 days away from her due date, so we're hoping for any time. i'm very excited. i'll keep you posted. i'll get the camera charged and have pictures of the house. love you all. thank you for your prayers.
Friday, November 14, 2008
we are all unpacked, just haven't put up pictures and such. patrick's gone from 7 - 7, so we are really looking forward to the weekend! i know hannah misses him, and i do to. we went from being relatively in the middle of nowhere in AL, to people on top of people here! and we aren't even in the city. it's actually 27 miles to dallas city limits. i mistakenly thought that, upon heading IN to the city tonight, i would be going against traffic so it wouldn't take long. apparently, that's not true. my ride's here. i'll put pictures as soon as i can. thanks guys!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
i got to tell you, this has been the most difficult move yet. Hannah's activity level adds an interesting ingredient to the mix. Also trying to show the house while packing, which thankfully we didnt' do much (showing, not packing). Preparing to spend a week or so in a hotel, as well. The drive wasn't that bad, we drove alot during the night. Also, we had bags of discounted halloween candy i periodically through back at her. kept her quiet for a little. (actually, she had individual portions of various vegetables, edamame, black eyed peas, plain yogurt, homemade bread, ezekiel 49 pasta, and different fruits. i'm the one who kept eating aforementioned halloween candy. it's sad when you start counting how much you ate not by the serving size on the back, but by how much of the bag is on. not the individual bag, but the one you keep at the door for trickor treating.) it got really boring without patrick. but it had its advantages: no fighting about which music and how loud, where to put the airconditioner, tailing or driving to slow, where to stop for food, etc. Come to think of it, it was quite peaceful :-). We met up periodically to switch out food bags and books on tape.
We made good time on the trip, stopping in Ruston, LA for the night. we got there at 11, got hannah finally settled down by 12, and woke up to the fire alarm and traipsed out in the parking lot with everyone for a while. then she woke us up at 5.30, so we hit the road again. (which was 4.30, because of the time change.) we got here by noon, and started house hunting that afternoon. Long story short, we ended moving significantly farther away from the city than we thought. But, Patrick will soon be doing alot of work from home, so he won't have to commute as much. We'll be living in Frisco, which has about 98,000. without traffic, it's probably 25 min to dallas. with, who knows! yes, i've been to central market. they had 33 different varieties of apples on the day i went. and over 600 different cheeses. and all kinds of samples. we had pakistani food our first night here, which was a first for me. so i am enjoying aspects of a big city, but others will take getting used to. basically, the driving. when we first went up into frisco, we passed cows and pastures on the way to the houses. we took that as a good sign.
patrick's had a good few days at work, i think. he's jumped in with both feet. they have a show tomorrow, and another on saturday. i'm really proud of him, starting this new position and all the stress of house hunting and taking care of your family in a hotel and everything. we finally visited the office today and met the other premier "team members", as the say :-). we'll have pictures of the house soon. and i'll get a good hannah update soon, she's growing and learning new words and being a regular little stinker. she's charmed the hotel, though. it's an extended stay, so we see the same people at breakfast and supper every day. check back in soon!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
as i mentioned, this was very unexpected. we had always planned on patrick becoming a salesman, just not right away. this is unprecedented, and i am so proud of him. he has obviously done an amazing job where he's been the past 10 months, that they feel confident he is ready for this next step. he is such a natural pilot, a good people person, and a good salesman. i, along with premier, can't wait to see what he's going to do in texas!
his territory will be much smaller than the one he has now, but alot of people, and alot of potential. he will be working alot of hours, but on the road less. i hope he'll be home in time to kiss hannah goodnight. the commutes are so much longer in these big cities, i know i'm going to miss the small town life! his office will be right at the airport, which is great, and he'll have an administrative support person, a customer service helper person, and be working alongside another saleswoman. as for us, we're just hoping we can find a house not too far away so we can bring him lunch or a pumpkin scone. (because really, what do stay at home moms do all day except make pumpkin scones and do lunch with friends, right? :-) hannah and i are really excited about the exciting things in the big city!
we have most of the logistics figured out. we are leaving a week tomorrow, actually. patrick driving the uhaul and me with the munchkin in our car. (anyone with extra earplugs, send them to me. hannah is going to go so crazy). we think that the time hannah will need to stop and run around every so often will be enough time for patrick to catch up with us. when we get there, we'll find a house to rent for a while. our house is on the market, so we'll see how that goes.
i'm going to miss our relative proximity to NC, our cute little house, and our church. but for quite awhile i've been meaning to write a top 10 of what we miss in texas. so here goes, a top 10 of what we're excited about in texas!
- food. specific restaurants, like joe t. garcias (at the stockyards in ft. worth. they only have 2 items on the menu, but it's always packed out. they also don't take cards. wierd.) and fogo de chao (brazilian, and conveniently located right in addison. but expensive!), authentic mexican food, and pretty much every ethnic food on earth is available in dallas. and then of course, the grocery stores. oh, the grocery stores. central market, it's 2,000 cheeses. and the farmers markets too.
- broken bow, oklahoma. i know, not texas. but only a few hours to paradise. of sorts. you probably don't believe me that OK is paradise. you can rent cabins or camp, and fish (lakes and streams), swim, hike, canoe, all kinds of things. it's really big, and really secluded. we went there on our babymoon. we got stranded at the top of our little mountain because the road washed out. i was 1 wk from my due date. fun stuff :-).
- which brings me to my next one, midwives. no, i don't need one. but when i do, yeah!!! i won't have to go underground to look for a covert midwife. they're everywhere, and certified, and well regulated. so great!
- fredericksburg, and the hill country. absolutely beautiful. we went there last march, and missed so much. there are outdoor things like climbing enchanted rock and white water rafting on the river, beautiful little bed and breakfasts, great restaurants, cute little towns with lots of shopping, wineries, all kinds of stuff.
- canton trade days. the first weekend of the month, canton texas has the worlds biggest flea market/arts and crafts/antiques/everything you can imagine sale. it takes a couple days to see it all. i almost have dreams about canton trade days, i like it so much.
- friends. we will be a few hours from longview, but we'll still go back and visit. patrick's friend ben lives in dallas, and my friend kristy (who just had another baby!!) lives in houston, so hopefully we'll get there too. my best friend from highschool lives in san antonio. and i have a friend from middle school in dallas somewhere. (i never talk to these people, but thanks to facebook, i know what they're up to :-). see, texas is the place to be.
ok, so that's only six. i'll come up with four more. proximity to an airport, so all y'all can come visit easily! and lots of things we never did in dallas, like the arboretum. ok, i have to go find us a house to rent. wish me luck!
Monday, October 13, 2008
we had a wonderful visit with des. she got to spend lots of time with hannah because i totally took advantage (in a good way, i hope) of her being here. we went to the pumpkin patch, and hannah really enjoyed her birthday present from nana and pop pop, pictured here.
roll in the hay, anyone? :-)
who knew a feeding trough full of corn could be so enthralling to a toddler?
david couldn't come, but he sent hannah some beautiful dorothy shoes, which she loves. patrick helped des put together hannah's wagon.