Sunday, November 25, 2007

packing, cleaning, saying goodbye

Well, we leave on Wednesday at noon. We've been in a packing frenzy. We're running out of space in our luggage and our storage space so nearly everything has become expendable.

We have so much to do it's hard to think straight and we all seem to be coming down with something. My throat is killing me. I'm glad to be busy though, then I don't have to think so much about everyone we're leaving. It's been so hard to say goodbye...

Last week my old dog Enzo went blind and started falling down the stairs. My father-in-law and his wife offered him a home with them and we realized it was the kindest thing we could do for him. We left him with them on Thanksgiving.. Now I'm getting teary-eyed in the pet department at Walmart... I really hoped we'd ALL be going (except the fish). Even my cat, Pushy, misses him. They'll take good care of him, though.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Teddy Bear Birthday


Here's Phoebe with her cake at her "Teddy Bear" party. It was fun all the kids brought their teddies. We made honey comb necklaces for the bears, played "Pass the bear", I got out the parachute and we put all the bears in and tried to shake them off, the winner was the one who's bear stayed on the longest.... This didn't work so well all the bears stayed in a big clump, but we had fun trying.



This is my nephew "T" with a friend, Kaylee. "T" won the parachute game.





Here are my three girls and my niece and nephew later on that day.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Three weeks and counting...

Well, we've taken care of moving all the heaviest pieces of furniture out of here. It's a huge relief, since it's just Mike and I doing everything. The last few moves we've always had help, but, of course we were always doing it all in one day. This time it's stretched out over a few months.

We went shopping this past weekend and I bought all three girls yellow shirts with chickens on them for the day(s) we fly. I read that bright colored shirts can help you keep track of your kids in a busy airport. The same article also suggested giving them emergency whistles... I think I'd rather NOT get kicked off the plane though.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Lyme Disease

Well, we didn't get out of here soon enough, Chloe has contracted lymes disease. Of course it's the child that's allergic to three different antibiotics. This area is endemic, my neighbor's daughter was diagnosed two months ago, and her dog had it last fall. There are herds of deer in our yard all thru the winter and in the early morning all summer. I'm thinking of getting Naomi tested as well. I kept finding ticks on her a few months ago, but she had no rash or other symptoms.

South America has no confirmed cases at this time, and ticks are very rare at the altitude we're moving to. This is very good, since, now that Chloe has lymes she has to get a blood test whenever a tick is found on her.

I guess I should feel lucky that we're not all sick, but somehow that's not making me feel better.
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