Friday, October 23, 2009


I really want to tell you all the good things that are happening in Hastings with the Taylors!! This week I've had a whole new perspective on how the next 9 months will be. And I will share all of that. Unfortunately our internet services is not on the good list & and I'm occasionally able to steal from an unknown neighbor who has an unsecured wireless provider {thank you whoever you are}. But they're good at being on for a few minutes, and then closing down. So... that's the quick & dirty. More to come when I can squeeze it into my neighbor's scheduled computer time, or get our issues worked out.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Nebraska Move Recap- pics to come

According to Molly, if I’m going to move I have to keep my blog up to date more. I agree! However, “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all” kept popping into my head every time I thought about writing of our Nebraska adventure so far. Not to say there weren’t a few good things to talk about, I just didn’t want to. So here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly.

We had a friend volunteer to watch our kids last Sat. for us so we could pack up without them under foot. AWESOME!! (a huge thanks Anna!!) We spent 1-2 hrs. packing up the essentials from each room on Friday night after Zach got home so we had a good amount of things ready to head straight to the truck. Zach & his Dad loaded it all up while I packed up a few other boxed up. It only took 2ish hrs- WOW! I was amazed. We picked the kids up, made sure we had everything & headed North. We were hoping the kids would take great naps in the car and sleep a good amount of the time. Might have happened, but it didn’t. Brooklyn slept an hour, then woke up screaming and woke up Isaac. They did well on the trip- thanks to a foresight to buying a dual screen DVD player. Yes, I can drive, change DVD’s on the head rest behind me, and hand out snacks all at the same time. It was a long drive, but overall not a complete disaster.

We let the kids stay up a little late and swim in the hotel pool. And they went to sleep fairly, despite hotel noise. We headed out to our rental house and started unpacking. It is cozy {tiny} but defiantly livable. Well maybe until #3 arrives, then we’ll see. It looked as if it hadn’t been cleaned in quite a while, so I was feverishly vacuuming our bedrooms so we could set up beds at least. A good amount of elbow grease had gone a long way, and I’m much more hopeful about being here now.

How it came that Zach packed our kitchen, I’m not sure, but there are a few thing I would have considered ‘essential’ that didn’t make his cut so we’re slowly stocking up on every trip to Wal*Mart. Other than that, I think we did well downsizing. We didn’t bring any dressers since we knew the space was small, so our clothes are still in boxes as I figure that one out.

The kids and I have checked out the Y {and got a sweet deal on membership,}. They have a huge kids climbing deal (similar to monkey business), a 5 & under play area with a wooded house, bank, store, and all sorts of toys, a small gym area and trampolines to play basketball on in addition to all the regular gym ‘stuff’. The kids loved it & we played there for over an hour Monday. Tuesday we went to the Library in the morning and the Museum in the afternoon. I thought I was taking them to the children’s museam-wrong. But with an hour before everything closed I decided we’d try it out anyways and the kids had a BLAST! There were tons of animal displays to look at and a pioneer/Indian/Dinosaur dig hands on kids area. Lots of fun!! Wednesday we went to the Children’s museum. They had all sorts of fun stuff for the kids. And we were the only ones there the whole time. While this was nice for the kids, it had me scratching my head wondering, “We’ve gone to every kid friendly place in this town and I’ve yet to see any other stay at home moms- what gives?” Thursday morning MOPS met, so I knew there had to be other moms there. I had a great time. The ladies I met were so welcoming and friendly. Their next meeting is a craft fair so I’m going to show my Taylor Belle products. If I don’t make any friends by showing my stuff, hopefully I’ll make some money ☺ And the sun came out for the first time since we’ve been here. The kids and I spent the afternoon exploring the backyard, digging in the mud, finding ‘treasures’ on our walk around the block, and waving to every car that passed.

Zach is working long hours, but I think enjoying being busy instead of twiddling his thumbs sitting in cubicle land. And he loves having his family to come home to and not an empty hotel room.

The kids are doing as well as can be expected. Isaac, who has always had a difficult time with change, is coming around. Less tantrums, but requesting to watch movies a lot more. I’m trying to stay on top of ideas of other things to do and burn some energy.

Me…well maybe that should be another post, this has been long winded enough.

{Hope you approve Molly ☺}