Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I would like to interrupt your regularly sheduled programming to make an announcement:
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

so i know you're expecting pictures of our house, and our new town, and patrick's office, and i'm sorry! the camera is dead, i have to find the charger. (big surprise there, right?) but just so you can see how she's grown check out the shoes. these are actually from my wedding (both. not both shoes, both weddings :-). yes, she can actually shuffle around in them.

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 :-)

so we got mr. potato head at the consignment sale, since she's learning body parts. but i didn't know this one is new and fancy and talks to you. there's a button that makes him jump up and all his parts fly out. every time, she gets really scared and runs away. if i weren't her mommy, it'd be pretty funny. no, we don't do it anymore, i'm not that cruel. patrick would, though.

you know how i like to cook seasonally, especially using what i can find around me. i really like pumpkin, but i know most people buy pumpkins for decorations, then make a pie out of the canned filling, and that's about the end of the pumpkin harvest. here is my own little pumpkin story. first, hannah picks out some good ones. (they do have little pricklies on them though)

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.
then scoop out the flesh and puree it. i like to freeze mine in muffin tins because they're a good size. when they're frozen, put them in a ziploc bag, then you can then just pull out a few as needed.
my favourite part is the little fingers in the corner. priceless. these pumpkins were very special, as they were destined to become pumpkin scones. this is the starbucks recipe from online, and oh. my. so good. i added maple syrup to the glaze, and they were amazing. i dont' normally say that about my own cooking, i guess it seems kind of prideful. but these really were some thing else. anyways, you can also add pumpkin to all kinds of things throughout the year. soups and chili, you wouldn't even notice, but it adds vitamins. also pancake batter or bread, for vitamins. all kinds of things.
alas, pumpkin season is nearly over, i guess. cranberries are here, though!
my top 3 things so far about frisco are definitely
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

settling in

so, i still can't get our internet working. i'm doing this from the airport, while i wait for someone.
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

homeless, but not for long

good news: i found my camera! it was in hannah's bag the whole time. whoops. the real good news, though, is that we have a house and we'll move in on Friday!

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!