Hey, Remember Me?

Well, dare I say it, we have finally settled into somewhat of a routine here in Kansas.  Hard to believe we have been here for a month already!

It’s hot, humid, and different.  But I don’t mind it that much, and having some awesome friends has really helped with the transition.

Sometime earlier this year, I joined a few Fort Riley face book pages and got to know a few select women, just so I wouldn’t feel too much like a fish out of water once we got here.  I am so glad I did because I am not as lonely as I feared I would be.  Leaving home was a big step for me, like I wrote about many times, and I was scared for change, but I was also anxious to leave because I needed friends.  My one really awesomely good friend left last year to move to another state, and the couple of friends I thought I had completely disappeared from my life a few months before we moved.  Disappeared so much that they didn’t even come to see me off or make ANY attempts to say goodbye to me, even though they were given many opportunities.  At the risk of sounding like a sad sack, I am still dealing with a lot of hurt over that, and it has been tough for me in that aspect as I felt like they didn’t care enough to say goodbye.

The morning that we left Washington, my middle daughter’s best friend’s mom was the only one who made me cry…that was so hard.  Seeing all the kids cry (minus the boy) as they said goodbye to their best friend was heartbreaking.  Leaving our house was equally hard, and hearing afterwards that all our new neighbors hate the new tenants was even worse because it made me feel helpless and worried about the state of my home.

Moving on…

The house is great! I like a lot of things about it more than our old house, but I’d give anything to have my kitchen back, and a little extra space…just a little would be great (we gave up 250 sq feet moving here).  I love having the laundry room upstairs, and a new washer and dryer (that we bought a few months ago) too, and I love not having to worry about yard work, as that is all taken care of by the housing office here on post. I don’t love having to walk in the heat to get my daughter from school, but the exercise is good for me. I love having my husband home for dinner every night, and being able to sleep in the same bed as him, as well as making his lunch most days and seeing him in the morning after PT.  I am still getting used to having to cook a solid meal every single night, haha. I love that I randomly made another new friend just by walking to and from school, and look forward to talking with her every day! I don’t like that all my neighbors keep to themselves, and that my next door neighbor has two yappy little dogs that we all hate.  I love seeing my dogs try to catch toads on our back porch every night, it always makes us laugh, and I love the awesome storms and sunrises we get.  I do not love the hot humid heat. I miss my cat Hades so much that it’s even hard to see pictures of him that my sister sends, and I can’t wait to have him back in our house again when we move back to WA.  I jumped out of my comfort zone by a mile and joined the spouses choir here, and we are performing at the fall festival, but I am nervous as heck! I know we will do great, but I’m SCARED I will screw up or not be good enough. Lastly, and again, I am thankful for my friends here who have really helped me transition and welcomed me with open arms!

I want to get started on my New York posts, and I haven’t even been able to go through all of my pictures yet from our honeymoon. I will do my first NYC post next week, after the Labor Day holiday 🙂  After that is summed up, I will be able to share all about our July and our road trip here!  We had a great drive here, and saw some really amazing sites and made some wonderful memories.  Summer 2013 has been a few months of adventure for sure!

Moving Day!!

Pardon my lack of punctuation and spelling in this post,a s well as my lack of proper grammar.  I will do my best, but am writing this as quickly as I can!  I’m on my husband’s laptop, surrounded by packing paper and boxes.

today is moving day, and with that brings a lot of emotions.

I went to pick up our uhaul trailer today and when  I came back and saw the big semi here in front of the house, I cried.  I knew this day was coming, but the past 8 months have gone by so fast and today is finally here.

Yesterday the packers were here and spent all day packing up the house.  we spent our last night in our bed in this house.  No kids were here, we ate panda express and rented a movie on amazon prime.  It was quite nice actually, but then the craziness hit today.

about an hour into the packout this morning, Andrew thought to ask the driver what the delivery date was.

Oh SNAP, it’s the day we arrive.

what the hell Bekins!

I immediately began damage control and was on the phone to the owner of the company here in Seattle, and well…we have to leave a day early.  They can’t hold our shipment.  So we’re leaving tomorrow.  shitballs.  This completely screws up our plan though, as we have to leave a day early.  Andrew went and re-booked all of our hotels, and we only had to cancel one, and find a replacement.

The owner knew they screwed up though because I had told our coordinator I could not have a delivery before Aug 2nd.  He offered to fix it somewhat, so he is now paying for someone to clean our house as we have no time to do it.  I guess  there is a silver lining in there somewhere, right? Tonight after the packout is done, we will pick up trash, vacuum a bit, paint over the nail holes that we already spackled and do whatever else we can.  I had a window cleaner in here the other day, and the blinds were clean so thankfully that doesn’t have to be done at all.

I’m so pissed off though because of how this has thrown a wrench into our plans, and made a stressful day even more stressful.  We have no food in the house, so for breakfast i ate a frozen trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka masala meal, with an aero bar.  Snack was a few handfuls of ketchup chips.  I’m so glad the kids are at their friends’ houses now and aren’t underfoot, it really helps a LOT.

We had an amazing time in NYC on our honeymoon, and I took well over 1000 photos, so I can’t wait to share those with you all once we are settled.  Give me a few weeks though…as soon as we get to Kansas, it’s time to get the kids ready for back to school.

Oy.

 

Yard Sales, and Rivers, and Zoos and Sunburns

That’s been pretty much our life the past two weeks 🙂

Kiddos and I spent a whole day in Seattle a couple of weeks ago.  We have a membership to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, and since we’re leaving soon, wanted to use it as much as we can.  Seattle is always a special day for us, as we go to our favorite burger place (Dick’s), our favorite store (Archie McPhee) and explore!  This time I took it a bit further as I knew we may not get to come back before we leave.  First we went to the zoo for a few hours, and then we went to Dick’s Drive Through, and then we went to Archie McPhee because Andrew insisted I buy myself a mask as well.

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Yeah.  A unicorn Mask.  We all have one and we plan to get a silly family photo taken in July sometime with all of us wearing ours.  We have my Unicorn, Andrew’s Horse, and then the kids have a Giraffe, Cardinal, Rat and a Squirrel.  They’re quite amusing actually.

So anyway, kids and I went to Archie McPhee, but THEN…then we went to this wonderful little Gelato place called “The Fainting Goat”.  A gem of a place in Wallingford, and it’s all made with Goat’s milk.  Say What? Yes, Goat’s milk.  It’s amazing.  I had Green Tea, Roasted Almond and Lemon Grisbi (all amazing) and the kids tried various flavors like Pink Grapefruit, Chocolate, Strawberry, lemon meringue, and a couple of others I can’t remember. They have small scoops in small bowls, so you are able to try several flavors out.  I took home a pint for Andrew that is Mango Habanero…WOW! it has a bit of a kick,  but it’s so tasty!  And one for myself that was Blueberry Pomegranate.

After that we headed to the Fremont Troll.  We’ve lived in WA for years, but have never been there, so I figured it was high time we visited the troll under the bridge.

iPhone backupJune2013 949Ok it’s an absolute awful photo…took a pic of the computer screen with my iPhone.  But this is the Fremont Troll.  The kids loved climbing around on it.  We stayed for about 15 minutes and then moved onto Gasworks Park (we were really making the rounds). Gasworks park is pretty amazing, right on the water, lots of hills and kites and people and trails.  Then we went home, tired and exhausted, but filled to the brim with fun.

The last two weekends we have gone to my friend Janelle’s house, and spent hours in the River.  I hope we can go back maybe one more time before the big move.  The kids love to swim there, and it’s hard to tear them away.  It’s hard to tear me away for that matter, as when I am near the water, I feel more at peace than I ever do.  Water is calming to me, relaxing…I just love it. I’ve almost always lived no more than an hour from the coast, so moving to KS will be a huge change being landlocked.  Yesterday we even took one of our dogs, Athena, who is a total water dog and LOVES to go swimming and play fetch in the water.  The current was a bit strong for her at times, so we had a few good laughs watching her paddle in one spot for a few minutes till she finally figured out how to go at an angle.  She’s still exhausted today, as she played in and out of the water yesterday for almost four hours!  She is overly possessive of her tennis balls, so I got some HILARIOUS photos of her barking at us to give them back.  She looks pretty scary here, but she was just barking impatiently for her tennis ball.

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We all got horribly sun burnt, even though we did apply SPF50 sunblock.  My fault, we forgot to reapply after being in and out of the water. My lower shins and calves are angrily red and really sore right now, and the kids got red spots all over.  Let me tell you, the weird burn shapes show how adept they are at applying sunblock ;). After we got back from Janelle’s house, I picked up some pizza at Papa Murphy’s, let the kids eat till they were stuffed, and bribed them to help me set up for our yard sale.  That took another two hours. We moved furniture around, priced items, borrowed a table or two from the neighbors, went through more goodies to sell, and then came the bribe.

I’d post a picture of it, but I’m not too big on posting my kids pics publicly…so you shall have to imagine it.  I had five with me yesterday, including my oldest’s bff, so it was really like having five of my own.  Out we went to McDonalds, barefoot, dirty, sun burnt and half of them in their pajamas, just for an ice cream cone.  Kids are happy with the smallest things, and this pleased them.  They all crashed shortly after.

Today dawned bright and early, and we were outside by 8AM getting our yard sale set up. I sold pretty much everythng we set out, and only took a couple bins full of items, an old vacuum and a couple small toy bins to goodwill afterwards.  I’m happy with that, as I have less clutter in my house, and am $250 richer. Woohoo! That money will be coming to NYC with Andrew and I, and will pay for a nice dinner for us on our honeymoon.  I am pretty stoked 🙂

The sad part of today was saying goodbye to some of our favorite neighbors, another military family, who moved in three and a half years ago the same time as we did.  They’re moving to Hawaii this week, and we probably won’t ever see each other again, but such is Military life.  We can still keep in touch on Facebook.  It’s hard to leave a life you have built and never expected to leave, but at least the world is smaller now and we can easily keep in touch.  Actually, most of my cul-de-sac is military…there are two retired couples, and five active duty families…four of us active duty families are all in a row, one after the other. 🙂

This ends June for us…nothing much happening tomorrow. July is our month of big changes…My husband comes home in 6 Days!!!