Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring(?) Break(!)

What a week!
We started out with Phase 4 of our move! Pretty sad that we aren't done and are already on phase 4...anyway...the four of us left for Oklahoma on Friday morning. We stopped close to our home (in OK) to pick up a 14ft. Uhaul truck. After eating our FAVORITE Mexican take out we put the boys to bed and got to work. We sorted through our boxes getting out anything we wanted to take back to our temporary home and the things that we were going to take to our storage unit in St. Louis. Shortly after getting started we found a heartbreaking problem! Our garage freezers' door had been left opened and the water from the defrosting process had soaked into nearly every box on the garage floor! We got off SO lucky in the end though! My wedding dress was one box but, it had been preserved and so only the outer box was touched. A box of "baby memories" but, luckily we had filled in the box a little with some blankets in the bottom. The situations continue and nothing was really ruined! We caught a really lucky break with that one! We loaded the storage stuff in the truck first and the spring clothes, the boys cribs and kitchen, as well as some other items we wanted with us at our temporary home. We finally finished loading around midnight and enjoyed a great nights sleep in our own bed!Jeff left the next morning to drive the truck back while I stayed and fixed some things up at the house. My parents arrived shortly after Jeff left and they entertained the boys and helped me with some things on Saturday and Sunday. We got the yard cleaned up, planted some new plants and put fresh mulch in all the flower beds. We packed up the kitchen and packed and reorganized what was left in the garage.Monday we got to meet up with our friends from the twin club at a mall play date! It was so great to see my mom friends and their twins! I had missed them so much - other than my bff, Lindsey, I think they are what I miss most about my life in Oklahoma. Afterwards, we ate with a few of the mom's in the food court. Hindsight...this was a GREAT decision since we don't generally eat out. On my way home to put the boys down for a nap while I cleaned the house, I talked to my mom. During the course of our conversation I realized I was going to be locked out of the house when I got there. I didn't have my keys, just the garage door opener and my mom had locked the garage door to the house when they left! In the end, I had to call the realtor to come open the lock box to open the house. We had to wait nearly an hour outside, luckily it was a beautiful day! It was really sad to see Ashton going from door to door trying to get them opened and crying. He always loves to go outside but, he was so exhausted from our morning he just wanted to go inside and take a nap!
While the boys napped I worked my heine off! I did a whole weeks worth of cleaning during a 3 hour nap! I swept, mopped, vacuumed, dusted, made the bed, did a load of laundry, wiped down the bathrooms, loaded all our stuff in the car and a few other things. Now I was the one exhausted and ready for a nap! But, unfortunately, I had to get the boys up, give them a snack, take down their pack n plays, get them loaded in the car and drive an hour and a half to my parents house.My grandma had fixed my favorite recipe of hers for dinner and we got there just in time to eat. Why is it that when I fix the exact same meal with the exact same recipe it never tastes like hers?? I think it's a grandma thing! In case I haven't mentioned it before, I have the BEST grandma! She also fixed a custard pie thing for dessert. It has coconut in it and she knows, of course, that I am not a big fan of coconut so she made a mini one just for me! I am so glad that my boys have the opportunity to know my grandma, their Gigi!We spent the week basically taking it easy! My mom and I got a pedicure one afternoon and went grocery shopping on another. I checked out a few stores during nap time one day when she had some ladies over for a meeting. Friday my sister arrived with her two kids who where on Spring Break. We all met up at the park and played for awhile. It was a nice sunny day, but the wind was a little cooler than we expected - but, it was still the nicest day of the week! We planned to have a picnic but decided against it and picked up Braum's burgers on the way home and ate them there instead.During the boys' nap time on Friday my sister, Kim, cut and colored my hair. I decided to have more of my natural color put in this time. It is so much darker than when I was younger! The back has been natural for awhile now since I have only been having the top/front highlighted. She colored it all over the same light brown as the back. Then she went back and just put a few lighter highlights in the front/top. Afterward, she trimmed it as well. It looks and feels so much better! I just have to get use to this new color! After dinner that evening she gave the boys a new look as well! They got their second hair cut, which was also their first "big boy" hair cut! They look adorable, but so grown up! I guess we are getting ready for their (quickly) upcoming second birthday!Our plan was to go home on Sunday. Daddy was going to be in Memphis with his buddies celebrating their birthdays from Friday-Sunday too. As the week went on the weather forecast for the week began looking worse and worse. By Friday night they were calling for about 10 inches of snow at my parents' house starting Saturday afternoon and not ending until Sunday evening! I did not want to get stuck there like we did at Christmas. We had things to get back home for this time! At the last minute I decided we would leave on Saturday instead. I got done what I could on Friday night and then rushed around trying to gather all our things and get the car loaded on Saturday morning. I went out to turn the car around and get started at around 10:30 and it was already about 32 degree and sleeting outside. (Do you remember that the day before was over 70 degrees! Crazy!!) We finally said bye to all our family and left around 11:30. It was a long trip through sleet, snow, and lots of rain and drizzle. I wasn't able to turn off my wipers until about an hour or so from home! It was gloomy here and had drizzled on and off all day and did rain after I got home though. Nana had a great dinner ready for us when we arrived home. We spent Sunday relaxing with Nana until Daddy got home after the boys woke up from nap. We were all excited to see Daddy after being away from each other for over a week! He had a great time on his "Boy's Birthday Bash" and even returned with a few souvenirs."After" hair cut pictures!
The boys loved coming home to play with their long lost kitchen!

Although a lot of kids were our for "Spring Break", it didn't seem like spring most of the week! The actual first day of spring was on Saturday, the same day Oklahoma got inches of snow! Although I did have to do a lot of work the first few days of the trip, it was nice to get away and get a little break from our normal routine!


  1. OH wow you were busy! I was so sad to miss you, I can't believe I didn't make it to that playdate. I was so bummed. Your boys are getting so big and of course continue to be adorable.

  2. Martha said it!! I was sad to not make the playdate too... I hope though that we'll see you again! Surely you'll come to Tulsa again, right??? Glad you were able to tie things up here though.... I know it stinks to be in 2 places at once! Missing you!