Charitable Chicken and Other Little Tales

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Lots of little things are going on here in the House of Many Little Men….

This is the thing I’m most excited about:  JD is getting ready to take off.  Each day he finds his way onto his hands and knees just a little bit more.

He is also SERIOUS about his “standing practice.”  He just loves to be on his feet.  He’s extremely unsteady when you walk him, and yet the boy will randomly just let go of your hands.  Gutsy, this one.

Do you think we’ll have to hang gates before we move?  Right now he moves at the speed of sleeping turtles, so we’re good, but we have around seven weeks left in this house, and a lot can happen in that amount of time!

DID I MENTION MOVING?????

This is hands down the most stressful thing going on with me right now.  Here’s the deal:  we are a military family.  That means we can’t even book movers (set a moving date) until we have official orders in hand.

Alan has to report to his new duty station on June 30.

We have no orders.  This is April 24!!!

We keep calling.  It turns out that the EFMP is what’s holding us up.  What’s an EFMP, you ask?  Exceptional Family Member Program:  a PCS nightmare.  (PCS = Permanent Change of Station= Moving) Pray for us!  We can’t move until the EFMP people decide this is a good place for Caleb to live and get treatment.  Caleb has epilepsy.  I will be doing a post on epilepsy soon:  yes, another one, because I’m always amazed at the misconceptions that people have of it.

So that’s that.  Moving stresses me out to talk about, so let’s move on…

My #2 stressor right now is that I’m the room mom for Caleb’s class, and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up.  I volunteered to make this:

only with less Elmer’s and more pencils.  Plus, we’re adding a couple of fun gift cards for the teacher.

Do you think I can do it?  Let’s go with yes.  After all, I did make this last year:

and by ‘this’, I’m referring to the diaper cake to the right of my friend Betsy!  I forgot to take a close-up picture of it!! How do you create a masterpiece like that and forget to take a picture?  ; )

I’ll keep ya’ll updated on the ‘supply cake’!

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Funny things I’ve seen/heard lately:

–I was going over my bank records, and I noticed a transaction that read  “Church.  $23:  charitable giving”

(Our bank categorizes our purchases.)

Alan was sitting beside me, and I thought this was an odd amount, and at a different location than our church.  I asked Alan, “Did you give $23 to a church?”

“No.  What’s the address?  Hmmm.  Let me see it.  Oh!  Ha!  Church’s chicken!”

So there you have it, folks!  If you eat fried chicken, it may or may not help you on your tax return!

One more:

Daniel was sitting down the other day, making his feet talk to each other.  Apparently they were having an argument of some sort:

“Your turn,” said the left

“Noooo,” replied the right, and it kind of just went on along those lines.  But then doesn’t everyone’s feet talk to each other?

 

Big Announcement!!!

Happy “Snow Week 2014”!!!
Our kids went to school all of one day this week.  My friend Anne said that we should make t-shirts that read, “We survived Snow Week 2014!”  hehehe
*******MY ANNOUNCEMENT*******
  After five years of calling the national capital region our home, it is with lots of mixed emotions that I announce our upcoming cross-country move.  
  That’s right.  We’ll be packing it all up and heading to the west coast this summer.  It’s time for Alan to get his master’s degree.  
  Am I going back to school too?  
   No Way!!!  I have zip desire whatsoever to ever have to study for another test!!
  This may be the saddest move I’ve ever dealt with.  We’ve never lived anywhere this long before.  We’ve never been a part of such an unbelievable community.  I wish I could pack up all my friends and take them with me!!  We love it here.  
  Yes, it’s sort of rat-race, crazy- busy here, but it’s the world we’ve come to know, and we love it.
  Our children love it too, so that makes it even harder.  Joshua’s best friend lives right next door, with all of his other buddies so nearby.  Caleb’s best friend lives three houses over, and all of his buddies are nearby as well.  
  These are the people that supported me when Alan was overseas, babysat my children, supported us through the birth of John David, and hung out with us after school and on the weekends.
  This is the school where both of my boys went to kindergarten!  
  I’ve always said we have our own little Mayberry in the midst of a modern urban world, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but now we have to say farewell.
 Words can’t describe how much I will miss this.
  It’s not good-bye though!
  I am convinced we will be back, so don’t forget about us, neighborhood friends.  There’s no way we could ever forget any of you.
***Snow Week 2014***
 A neighbor gave us these awesome blocks for Daniel, but actually Caleb is the biggest fan.  He is lovin’ ’em, and I LOVE anything that engages Caleb’s creativity.
Joshua and JD.  Joshua is an AMAZING big brother.  
Word to the wise:  never let your kids buy a Captain Underpants book.  Total garbage full of bathroom jokes and the words “poopoo”.  Believe me, that is the last thing this age group needs reminding about!!!  I’m throwing the one Joshua got away.  If I sold it, I’d just bring problems to someone else’s home.  ugh.
 Joshua, trying so hard to entertain his brother.

 our baby bath solution until we can find an infant bath chair
 Xavier and JD

 JD had the hardest time with wanting to look at Xavier instead of the camera.  Finally, Zoe stepped in and got him laughing for the pic above this one.

Sean (Xavier’s dad) took his kids and Joshua out snowboarding down a local hill.  Joshua is SO EXCITED about this that he is still talking about it.  He wants his own snowboard, and he can’t wait to try this again.

There goes Joshua down the hill!!

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