mmmmm smell that salt air.

On Friday the moving van came and put most our stuff in storage. The overflow should be here next week… man I have a lot of crap….. It was kind of sad seeing all my stuff get put away. It really brought “home” we do not have a home of our own, that we are in limbo….. but on a bright note we left Friday afternoon for our family beach house where we have had a very relaxing weekend. Crazydad will be going back into town on Monday for his first day of work and the kids and I will be staying at the beach for at least the week alone ~ give my dad (and me a break). My  dad is doing good but having four extra people in the house including my wild monkeys is a huge adjustment. The no drinking at my dads house is going ok but the crazydad has been drinking like a fish the whole weekend. No biggie in fact working out quite good for me as the beer or maybe the salt air or just the ocean is making him extremely frisky if you know what I mean and that is a welcome change in behavior for all involved.    

I miss my wild west friends very much. I haven’t felt like seeing any of our old friends yet, I feel like I am in morning for my life I have been used to. I know I still have all my old friends but …… I know I am depressed. Yesterday I burst into tears at the site of a yards sale as we drove by. Crazydad thinks I am completely crazy but what’s new…

There’s no Internet at the beach but I am up the road a bit at a Internet cafe… $2.00 for 30 minutes and it is packed. I should open one of these up!!!

Home?

Well we made it successfully crossed the country in three days. We saw lots of road kill and plenty of drunk drivers and my kids gave our DVD player a run for its money but we arrived all in one piece. Our poor van topper get ripped due to severe high winds in west Texas leading to a really fun game of vehicle Tetris but we got it all to fit some how. In the process of said game of Tetris JM decided he had to pee and
mommy knowing nothing about peeing down wind, daddy almost got a golden shower. In the end I only had one meltdown and the kids were amazing, as if they sensed this drive was more then just drive to a tour at the recycle plant.     
  We are now staying with my dad until our house in the west sells. It is oh so generous of him to let us stay here but OMHeck let’s just say he keeps his house a little warm. The kids are definitely somewhat out of sorts and a bit wild but we can handle it, rent free makes all that a little easier. It also took all of one day to realize I can not deal with dial up connection. I called the local provided got our TV, phone and internet “bundled” and phew the incompetence! I thought Direct TV people were morons, boy was I wrong these people at Bright House are so stupid! It has been two days and my new email still isn’t working and then they finally managed to fix the cross phone lines last night at 10pm but I am still getting the run around about the email so hopefully it will get cleared up soon.  The moving van arrives tomorrow with the first load of our household items and then sometime next week the van with our “overflow” will arrive. The overflow situation was not my fault the two loads before mine went over so fun fun for me. The moving company gave me $75.00 back, not much but at least it was something. All in all we are ok and only slightly shell shock and now just kind of on pause until our old house sells….   

Today is it!

John Denver- The Wildlife Concert Country Roads

Ok sports fans today is the day!!! We are loading up the moving van, leaving the wild west and we are off for the races in the south today!!!
The kids are spending one last day at their friend’s house. Their mommy (my friend) so generously offered to watch my kids. Now I am just supervising this “small” project. I am so nervous, excited and really on the verge of puking. These poor movers have seen me dissolve to tears at least three times and the day isn’t over yet. I am not too sure about how the next thirty or so hours will go but I do know one thing… soon enough all this will be in the past. Where we are staying temporarily only has dial up connection so I’m not sure how often I will be online so don’t worry about me.

Super duper hugs ~ Crazymom

PS let me know if anyone is interested in a awesome deal on a house in the west!!!

Take me home country road……

Southernness

 *Only a  Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don’t “HAVE” them, you “PITCH”  them. Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up “a  mess.”.

* Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of “yonder.”.

* Only a Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is, … as in: “Going to town, be back directly.”.
 

* Even Southern babies know that  Gimme some sugar” is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table..

* All Southerners know exactly  when “by and by” is.  They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
 

*Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad.  If the neighbor’s trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!

* Only Southerners grow up knowing the  difference between “right near” and “a right far piece.”  They also know that “just down the road” can be 1 mile or 20.

*Only a Southerner, both knows and understands, the difference between a redneck, a good ol‘ boy,  and po‘ white trash.
 

* No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
 

* A Southerner  knows that fixin can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
 

* Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, … and when  we’re “in line,” … we talk to everybody!


Put  100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they’re related, even if only by marriage.
 

*In the South, y’all is singular, …. all y’all is plural.
 

* Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
 

*Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.

* When you hear someone say, “Well, I caught myself lookin‘,” you know you are in the presence of  a genuine Southerner!

* Only true Southerners  say “sweet tea” and “sweet milk.”  Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it — we do not like our tea unsweetened.  “Sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.

* And a true Southerner knows you  don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say,”Bless her heart” … and go your own way.

*To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness:  Take  two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning.  Bless your heart!

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And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, … bless  your hearts, I hear they are fixin to have classes on Southernness as a second language!

_____ And  for those that are not from the South but have lived here for a long time,  all y’all need a sign to hang on y’alls front porch that reads “I ain’t from the South, but I got here as fast as I could.”____ Bless your hearts, … y’all have a blessed day.  

ohhh girl you so ashy…

Instead of napping my sweet daughter decided to do rehydrate her skin. Assuming she was asleep due to the hour of silence in the bedroom, I went upstairs to take a bath and I find my sweet innocent daughter on the floor with two previously full bottle of hand lotion (both family size bottles). She just looked up at me and smiled and said “Hi momma”. Not only was she covered head to toe in lotion so was my carpet, dresser, the window sill and also her hair…. The cream foot prints lead to her side of the bed, into the bed and on the sheets. All I could do was laugh at the mess and the puddle of lotion on the carpet, literally a puddle Laugh I tell you L.A.U.G.H.!!  

Someone please send my girl the memo; we are trying to sell this house!!

Are we all having fun yet or what?

How many lists can one girl have I ask you? Well so far quite a few … general to do, do before I leave, pack to go in the van, pack to go in storage, call before the move, contact after we arrive…. And so-on and so-on….  My head is spinning. I’m not nervous, do you hear me cold sole gods I’m not stressed I’m just excited and anxious and sad all rolled up into one mind. Mix all that with a three week prep to move 3000 miles couple with a toddler and a preschooler and you have one fun time I tell you! F.U.N. stuff!  I decided I need to buy an MP3 player because 30 hours in a car with one kid playing video games, one baby having a what I can only imagine will be a very vocal struggle between watching multiple DVDs in a roll and wanting out of her car seat and a husband pepped up on red bulls… the least the three of them can do is listen to momma singing Call Me Al and Talk Dirty to Me. WOW will momma need a good strong drink when we arrive.   

T minus 6 days….and counting

In my adult life I have moved 10 times so one would think by this eleventh move I’d be a pro. In some areas I think I have improved a lot and other areas well…..   An example of said experience I have learned it is totally worth the money to hirer a company to not only move your belongings but also for them to pack said belongings. Sure on the other end it is somewhat of an Easter egg hunt but that’s fun right? I have learned price is negotiable but the better known company is worth a little extra. I have my list of who to call to disconnect things and changed our address with. Where I am still faltering at this move gig is what to do with too much stock piled food (cold) and where exactly is the best place for the vibrator to go?  Packed by me to go in storage? Deep in a drawer to be shirked wrap by the movers? I’m thinking maybe in my purse in case of emergencies might be best.  I remember my first move I went from my mom and dad’s house to a room of four roommates in a house. I had one car load and only stayed two months. Then I moved in one pick up truck load in with Shel. That was so much fun but there again one truck load and batta bing done… Fast forward to crazycouple (now aka crazydad and crazy mom) move out west, it was not to long after we were married. We didn’t have too much stuff plus it was a company move we had movers, packers etc. We had considerably more being a married couple but my biggest concern was our Unity candle and my choice to toss out the dried flowers I carried in our wedding. Even the move from the old house to the current one was only slightly an ordeal but still controllable. One small child not that much more then when we were just a married couple move. Well here we are two years later with a small child and a bigger small child and OMHeck! Because we will have to go into storage when we get back East I am walking thru my house mentally listing what I will tell the movers. I have four packing categories;

1. To be mover packed to take in their truck and put into storage.2. To be mover packed to take in their truck and put into our temporary home we are living in until our house out west sells.

3. To be packed by me to take in their truck to be put into our temporary home we are living in until our house out west sells.     4. To be packed by me to take in our van to be put into our temporary home we are living in until our house out west sells. 

I am looking at this like if the moving truck were to meet its demise what would I be happy living without? I mean sure our insurance would pay to replace everything lost but what can’t be replaced? So far I have come up with all of our family pictures (fortunately they are all burnt to many cds), about five scrapbooks, the outfits I brought the children home from the hospital in, all our pertinent paperwork, my grandmother’s wallet with the change that was in it when she died, all of our Disney Cds and some of MD’s dresses. OH MY that girl has so many clothes. I guess when I said she is my living baby doll man I wasn’t kidding. I never realized just how much clothing that girl has. But I also realized how much stuff we as a family have at this point in our lives to. It makes my head spin but everything will work out fine. And to think I have gotten rid of the “junk”. I like to think I am a minimalist at heart well that girl is buried deep down, I mean D.E.E.P. down in my heart. Just think of what my house would look like if I wasn’t continually purging unneeded items…… Our Open house is today Shhhhh don’t tell anyone but we are planning on accepting any offer that comes our way…. Don’t tell anyone. I doubt anyone will make us any offers today but one can hope right? I guess I should be hoping that at least one person shows up…….    

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