Sunday, August 21, 2011
Here We Are
We live in Arizona now.
I drove here alone with 3 kids and it was easy peasy lemon squeezy...for the first 12 hours.
It could be bordering on child abuse that I crammed those kids in the car for so long with so few breaks. But they were angels and didn't complain a single time...so I took advantage of their good nature. I was pumping and mixing formula in the drivers seat like it was my job. (I guess that WOULD be considered a "job" of a stay at home mom.) We stopped after 2 hours to run some last minute errands in Richfield. We got to see some of our favorite neighbors at Christensens.
When we left Richfield and I was asking the kids to put their seatbelts on, Gwen asked why it was the law to wear seatbelts. I told her that if you got in a wreck you could die. She said, "Why is it against the law to die?" She is definitely Joey's child.
Then we drove all the way to Flagstaff.
We could have driven longer, but we were out of gas.
I have to give credit where credit is due. My kids were so excited for the trip mostly to see Joey. But they were also looking forward to a giant basket of traveling goodies that they got from their Aunts Randi, Kelly and Dion and grandma Patty. This basket was FULL of treats and activities. There were even slinkys! The kids had been looking at it on the kitchen counter for over a week and I seriously think this was the sole reason for their good behavior. They spent a solid hour and a half just drawing on dry erase boards. They were even complimenting one another on their art work. There were also stickers in the basket. Since Max can't read, Gwen was telling him what his stickers said. He gave her a sticker that said "beautiful" and told her that she was beautiful. Then he handed me a sticker that said "super" and said, "It is because you are super big." Haha.
It was POURING in Flagstaff and parking lots were flooding. But I texted Joey and he assured me that Phoenix is dry as a bone.
With an hour and a half left on our journey, not a SINGLE fight between siblings (can you believe that?) and no potty accidents, we were directed OFF the freeway and detoured 10 miles to another on ramp. No big deal except that we were about the 500th car back. It added over an hour to the trip. I was unhappy. The kids were unhappy. We almost made it with zero contention. Oh well. Gwen started tattling. Max started annoying her. She tortured him. He almost broke the baby's pinky (not intentionally...I hope.). It got miserable FAST.
Then 6 miles from our destination I got pulled over.
Gwen started to cry. Max said a little prayer in the back seat.
Can you tell that we use unreasonable methods to get the kids to behave in the car? They are terrified of police men.
I only got a warning, but that mandatory written warning that I was told goes right into the trash added another half an hour to my trip. Once while we were waiting, Gwen asked why he needed to take my license. I told her he needed to make sure I wasn't a criminal. She said, "What if HE is a criminal?" She also thought that he would be able to tell when he looked up my record that I had been in marching band. She was imagining him coming back to the car laughing. Nice.
Now we live in an apartment.
I forgot how thin the walls in apartment buildings are.
And it is really hot here. At midnight.
We are starting homeschool in the morning. Only for a few weeks until I get all signed up for k12. (Thanks for all the homeschool links Kelly.) Tomorrow is testing and our first sign language lesson. I just learned mom, dad, sister and brother. I figure that is something all three kids can learn. Maybe.
NOW TELL ME....
Where can I find a decent CHEAP vaccuum? I couldn't fit mine in the car. It was the vaccuum or Gwen.
Any suggestions on how to teach/learn sign language?
Also...any of you awesome couponers or deal finders...I also need a mop, broom and lots of groceries. Any good deals floating around out there? I could also use a bed frame, kitchen table and chairs and dressers. I plan on hitting up lots of yard sales.