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And they were good.

What a terribly exhausting but mostly fun week! I am not even sure where to begin… I don’t have a lot of time, which seems to be the new theme around here. No time and no motivation. Bleh. But I really wanted to hop on and share some of the highlights…

On Wednesday we had a fun picnic in this very mini-sized park in Buckhead near Michael’s office during his lunch hour. It was so nice that it only took us 17 minutes to get there! On Thursday I had to go to my friend Carrie’s home visit with her midwife since I plan to be at the birth. It feels almost surreal that within the next month I will have attended a birth, when it has been a year and a half since my last birth. It will probably be that long or longer before my next one. LOL. Haden got to play with Carrie’s boys and then after that we headed over to GiGi’s house for a birthday lunch, since Thursday was actually his birthday. On Friday we joined my friend Laura and her girls at Rope Mill Park in Woodstock to have a playdate with a homeschool group.

The kids with Laura’s girls, Maddie & Grace.
Addison spent the majority of her time exploring leaves.
Haden enjoyed playing in the sand. He enjoyed it so much that he lost a flip flop in there somewhere and had to go home shoe-less.
Saturday was GBN’s 6th birthday party, which went really well and was lots of fun. We had it at Cauble Park, which is on Acworth Beach. We even rented the Beach House so we had a nice air conditioned indoor space. Woot!
Sunday was lunch as usual at my mom’s house but then we had to drive my FIL’s truck back to Alabama Β and drop it off. It sucked. It is almost a 2 hour drive so we left after lunch and got back a little over 4 hours later. I am really missing the truck because now I am car-less again. πŸ™ The motorcycle needs some work done on it before Michael can start driving it, so until we get that done I won’t have a vehicle.
Yesterday I was sick. I thought it was a stomach virus but now I am not so sure about that since it lasted less than 24 hours. ? Who knows. I woke up today feeling just fine though. Not even a little residual yuck left over. Played catch up today on cleaning and tried to make pureed pears for little girl, which didn’t turn out well. I am trying again tomorrow and I am going in with a game plan. πŸ˜›
September 13th was National Chocolate Day. I had big plans for baking some brownies to celebrate but this day fell 2 days after we moved and it completely slipped my mind. But I figured that chocolate should be celebrated EVERY day of the year so we had a chocolate-y bash by making our brownies today. And they were good.
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Home Sweet Home

Here are some of the pics that I promised. I still have work to do upstairs but the downstairs is mostly done! I am just hoping to get a new couch in my very near future… πŸ˜‰

The Front
View of the courtyard from our back patio.
Living Room with some JoJo butt thrown in for good measure.
The kitchen & part of the dining room/homeschool area. The laundry closet and a small bathroom are right off the side of the kitchen.
The dining room/school room. πŸ™‚

There is the debut of the humble abode. πŸ˜› Pictures of the upstairs… hopefully coming soon.

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Chuck E Cheese Hell

So yesterday was Haden’s Birthday party. The party itself went fine and Haden mostly enjoyed it although even he got upset by all the noise, clapping and singing, that I had to take him away during all the birthday stuff with the mouse. I really do hate that place. It is so loud and there are always so many people but yesterday was probably the worst I had ever seen it. So many kids that it was hard to find a game available to play. Just being there makes you feel stressed out and your heart beat faster. The music was entirely too loud. I think the hope was to help drown out some of the yelling kids but it just made your head throb twice as hard as it would have without it. Next year we will either have his party here or at a park. I think that will be much more fun for everyone, including him. Enough of my bitching….

Mama and the birthday boy.
The whole crew.
Make a wish!
The party totally crashed him out. πŸ˜‰
LOVED my day today. It was completely exhausting but lots got done and the kids were happy so that makes me happy. Haden felt the need to try to play with as many of his new things as he could. We built houses with his blocks (sister really likes the blocks too), painted with his new foam stamps, he played dress-up all throughout the day…. played his guitar… I am sure there is more that I am forgetting.
The townhouse is really coming together. I love it here. It is starting to feel like home.
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I am back!

Things have been a complete mess here and I have not nearly gotten my groove back but this week I have serious goals to try and get into a new swing of things. The move is over. The house is starting to come together nicely. Hopefully I will have some pictures to share within the next few days. Things have been a little rocky trying to adjust to a new house, new city… both me and Michael got sick last week. That of course made things all the more fun.

Haden has been back-tracking behaviorally a little bit due to all the change. I am going to make myself take time every day to read some of The Discipline Book by Dr. Sears. My hope is that I will gleam some insight into how to improve our relationship so that things will improve between us.

This was us after eating our lunch out on our new patio on one of our first days here. Before everyone got sick…

Today was Haden’s birthday party but I will have to blog about that tomorrow! No time tonight. I really should already be in bed as I type and I still have to go get frisky with the hubby. πŸ˜‰

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Gimme Pizza! I want Pizza!

Addison woke me up at 6:30ish today with Haden following suit around 7:15 so it was a up and early day for us. This has been happening more frequently. I am actually considering working myself into a new bedtime and giving up my late nights. πŸ™ I’m really not a morning person but I guess it just one of the sacrifices I am going to have to make for the kids because they seem to like the mornings now. Blah! πŸ˜‰


I am actually having a really awesome day. Both of the kids seem to feel loads better even though we still have some snotty noses going on. We may have been slackin’ and out of our groove all week but I think we have been making up for it today. I feel excited and not stressed about the move because everything is right on track.

So for lunch we made pizza!


Haden kneaded the dough.


Haden put slices of plum tomatoes, green bell peppers & mushrooms on our pizza. Well, mushrooms only went on my half because Haden insists that mushrooms are gross! πŸ˜‰


The finished product! It wasn’t half bad either.


Italy is home of the pizza! Buon giorno is “hello” is Italian. Parmesan cheese comes from around a region in Italy called Parma… Haden really LOVES parmesan cheese. And Italians are very passionate about soccer & have some of the best teams in the world. πŸ™‚

Addison is 6 months old today! My sweet little girl is growing SO fast.

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Some of my enthusiasm has left me now that I have found out that the people that were supposed to be helping us move have bailed out at the last second. Just freakin’ great. Why can’t things just go smoothly for once???!!! Is that so much to ask?Β 
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Is it over yet?

I feel like time is just dragging! The move has been pure torture for some reason & I am just so over it. Add to that I have 2 sick kids and this whole thing is just a whole lot of yuck! My groove has been totally out of wack and I have a feeling that it is going to take me at least a week after the move to try and resume some sort of normal flow of things. So although I am uber happy that we only have 2 more days till the move, I know that is not going to be the end all of my angst for the time being.

No karate this week since the boy is sick but I have bought myself some semi-downtime since he is hanging at my mom’s today. Addison is asleep. Hopefully little sick girl will wake up less cranky and let mama get some stuff done around here. Maybe if I get some of the things off of my to-do list I could take a nap! A nap would be just heavenly. We did not sleep good last night…

There really isn’t anything to report in the world of homeschool this week. We haven’t done crap. πŸ™ I am hoping Haden will feel up for making pizzas tomorrow and leaning about Italy but I don’t know… and really, will I even feel like it? I am most likely going to to be going back and forth, walking tomorrow trying to do laundry at my sister house since I sold our washer. Which is awesome but would have been nicer to say goodbye to it closer to our move day. Oh well. I am happy for what will be the end result here.

Little girl is enjoying the move because she loves getting into all the open boxes around here.
I have big plans for giving our dogs a bath today and packing as much stuff into boxes as I can! Lets hope by the end of the day I feel like I got something accomplished. I could really use a coke and candy bar right now to help get me through. Abby cat just took a chunk out of my thumb and it is throbbing. And to add some icing to the week I am having, Haden told me this morning that babies are supposed to be born in the hospital! What??!!! It broke my heart.

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Slackin’ Ass

With one week until the move and still tons to do, we did the obvious thing today and decided to slack ass and take the kids to Imagine It & The Cheesecake Factory. πŸ˜‰ I had originally planned to take advantage of the free museum days through Bank of America and FINALLY go to the Atlanta History Museum. No such luck. I realized that both of our bank cards had expired recently so those were not going to get us through the door. πŸ™ I swear I will go to the Atlanta History Museum! Fate will not keep us separated. I’m hoping I actually get to go before the Lincoln exhibit leaves….

The day was GORGEOUS. Oh my. My mood was flying high just from the weather & just Β confirmed my feelings that the state of weather seriously affects my moods. I could never live somewhere that the sun didn’t shine much and was always dreary. I need to live somewhere where it is always sunny and around 70 degrees. That would be my heaven on Earth. I walked outside this morning and it felt like Fall. It got considerably warmer as the day progressed but it was still nice considering how hot it has been here. Yuck on Georgia Summers. When we got to The Cheesecake Factory, we opted to sit out on the patio so we could enjoy the weather.

We ate yummy lunch & the whole time Addison kept looking at me like, if everyone else was gonna get to eat then I needed to plop the boob out because she was bored. πŸ˜‰ She drooled a lot and chewed on her puppy, which she kept repeatedly throwing in the floor so that we would pick it up for her. I worried about traffic trying to get to the museum because Dragon Con was this weekend! I have never been. Why? I have no idea. That sort of thing would be so much fun to me. I swore to Michael that this is the last time I don’t go. Next year, I am going. Mark my words… but traffic was fine & the only place it kinda got bad was near the Georgia Tech game that was today.

Here are the highlights from our day….

Yay! Gardening!
Dressin’ up!
Sexy! I could be a SUPER model.
Recycle Relay!
Good times! I am really happy that I decided to get the year membership. Now I really want to get one somewhere else too, so that we can switch out the places we go. I am feeling very torn between the zoo and Fernbank but I think I am going to end up going with the zoo. I know where my next class payment is going… well whenever I actually have another class. I have squat on my schedule as of now. Where are all the women scrambling for natural childbirths??? Anyone???
I did see on Fernbank’s website, this thing called a City Pass. OMG. Awesomeness. Or it would be if the stupid thing were valid for more than 9 days. BOOO!!!! I want a city pass that I can use anytime for a year, as many times as I want. πŸ˜‰ Where can I get one and how much is that? LOL
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My Mushroom Mincer

I had a great day today. I stressed minimally about the move & did very little to actually get ready for it. Not sure where that came from. We have a week and one day but for some reason today I am just not getting all worked up about it. I am even making plans to spend a nice chunk of Saturday at the Atlanta History Museum enjoying the Opening Day of the Lincoln exhibit.

This week we decided to make fried rice with vegetables and learn a little about China. “Hello” in Chinese is “Ni hoa”. China is the 3rd largest country in the world but is the most populated one. One fifth of the world’s population is Chinese.

I totally let Haden wield a real knife today for the very first time. He cut up the mushrooms for our fried rice. I was very proud. He was MOSTLY very responsible while using it. πŸ˜‰

The finished product! The rice included mushrooms, bok choy, scallions, peas and bean sprouts. And of course some soy sauce!

Sorry for the crappy quality photos lately. My camera is in our car, which is usually with Michael at work & I keep forgetting to get it out when he is at home. Like right now would be the perfect time to go grab it since I am thinking about, except he is over at a friend’s house working on his new motorcycle. Yes. I said motorcycle. I think somewhere along the way I became the cool wife because I so was not down with the idea a few years ago when I was approached with it. πŸ˜‰

Miss Little Butt is pulling up on EVERYTHING! Getting herself into lots of trouble too, when she falls. I guess from here on out we are going to be looking at lots of bumps and bruises. She seems her happiest when she is loose in the floor with tons of interesting objects surrounding her so that she can have her pick of what she wants to entertain herself with. I am seriously enjoying being a mommy to two. Now that I am more adjusted I am starting to have doubts about weather or not I am actually done having babies. SHHH!!! Don’t tell Michael. He will have a cow. I still think I don’t want anymore for a while… LOL.

Funny for the Day: I put eyeliner on after dinner Β because we had to go to karate class. When Haden saw me he said, “What did you do to your eyes?” I said, “Put some eyeliner on. It makes me look less sleepy. Why? Do you like it?” He said, “Yeah. It looks nice. Daddy is really gonna like your eyes.” Ha! He looked very pleased with the idea.