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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Observations, day 7

*Whole Foods (or Whole Paycheck as Paul now calls it)in London is actually CHEAPER for some things than the local grocery store!
*Still haven't found a home.
*Decor fits into 2 categories: 1. STUDENT--throw sheets over old couches and throw your stuff in a corner 2. GORGEOUS--family home have done A LOT with a little bit of space. There is little in between.
*Lots of cute, comfy shoes here.
*Diana, Princess of Wales Playground in Hyde Park--AMAZING. We were there for hours today.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

In Love with London

Ahhhhh...we are here in London, finally. We have had a different hotel room every night since arrived on Monday, and we are finally in a place we can stay put until we find our new home.

We hit the ground running, seeing 12 places within the first 3 days we were here. We then reevaluated our finances (expensive doesn't even BEGIN to describe) and have expanded our search.

A few observations for now:

1. What looks like a 20 minute drive on a map is really a 20 minute walk.
2. After long walks....Tate has really smelly feet for a 3 yr old!
3. The tea is SO good.
4. The food has been very good. We have had a wonderful selection of chinese, italian, cafe/bistro sandwiches, thai, etc etc.
5. The sun comes at 4AM.
6. Londoners all dress very fashionably. Even the kids!

Paul leaves for Germany on Monday, returning Friday, so Tate and I will explore on our own. I secretly am excited to have my little guy all to myself and get back into our little routine. Sometimes with 2 tired, stressed parents who are desperately in search of a home can be harder than one parent who is just sightseeing until Daddy returns :)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

No room at the Inn!

I really want to add pics, because just words on a blog are boring! I, however, have Paul's work computer and unable to add anything off our camera...

So, yes, we are still in the US. Long story short, some butthead on base messed up our visas. The last few days have sucked, with at least one day where we seriously didn't know where we were going to stay at 4pm! All hotels were booked and we only had 5 days allotted to us anyway, even though it was the USAFs mistake. Big thank yous to all of our friends and the numerous offers for housing, even though we were toting along a VERY cranky 2 yr old who was wondering where all his stuff was.

Good News: We are leaving Sunday and we are now in a hotel.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

What's been up?

1. Decided on Monday at 4pm to drive to MI to drop off our unsold jeep (8.5 hr drive). Departed at 6pm. Flew back to StL on Thursday.
2. Visas not here yet! Can't leave until 27th instead of 18th as planned.
3. House is mostly empty. Movers to pick up last things (our 2 wk shipment) on Monday.
4. Do I really have to wait 2 months to scrap/create again?
5. Enjoying computer time while Tate watches a show next to me. TV weaning will start after the move! (along with potty training!)

**I took some pics of my layouts from my video that I will post later today.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

First blog video

Ok--I wanted to try this.... My hair is really bad and I really don't like taping myself, but I love watching other people's videos, so here ya go.

I could never be an actress...

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Last Week in bullet format

*Lunch outside at Shining Rivers (Tate's school) with fresh grown lettuce, berries, cheese, nuts, bananas, mini PBJs, and fish crackers.
*Realtor appts.
*Driving in the car, windows, radio cranked. It feels good to be warm.
*Learning how to share...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
*Zoo on Thursday? Hopefully.
*In my fav "uniform" of tshirt, shorts/skirt, tevas or flip flops. I actually prefer barefoot, though.
*Taking a Scrap/art break until move it over.
*Hoping all this outdoor play helps shed the extra winter poundage.
*Finally excited now that the stress is subsiding.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Goodbye Party

**Recipes for Cheesecake Pops and Mac and Cheese are linked to title of pics!! luv-cat

Boxed Carrot Cake Mix, Ready-to-Spread Frosting, Sprinkles from Dierbergs.

Cheesecake Pops
Mac and Cheese
Beans, with Bacon and Brown Sugar...dump in to taste.

Pulled Pork: Roast a Pork Shoulder for about 8 hours (salt and pepper)at 350 degrees, cool a bit, then remove excess fat and shred. Add LOTS of BBQ and heat up in a crock pot.