Friday, August 17, 2018

Phone Photo Friday: 8.17.18

Happy Friday! We have officially been in New Mexico for a full week! 

Last Saturday we started the day off with vegan donuts!

And then we had to face this...

Though first order of business was setting up the kitchen.

Lucy helped.

Eric and Cordelia working on something.


Family portrait at the science museum.

Last day of summer fun.

Took the cuties out for a last day of summer dinner.

Off to their first day of school. It was a great adventure  for them and they are settling into our new home and routine.

And a vegan green chili cheeseburger. 

Our new normal.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Captain’s Log 

Today I made enormous progress in unpacking today. So much progress that I am now utterly exhausted. 

The real measure of progress was when the girls ran into our living room and said,”Oh mommy it looks like our house!”

We aren’t there yet, but are now down to a small handful of boxes to unload. Organizing will come later, as we live in the space, but for now I am so happy that our new place is starting to feel like us.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


In case it isn’t clear from my posts this week,I am exhausted! Happy and excited, but so so so tired.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Today they started school...

Without Words

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Seriously, Just More Unpacking

I am basically a broken record of sleep (or whatever), get up, unpack/move-in, sleep (or whatever).

I did manage to take a walk in the morning with Cordelia and in the evening with Elise. 

We are closing in on a liveable environment and it feels good!

Saturday, August 11, 2018


There are boxes everywhere. My body aches. However, we are making loads of progress!!! I am starting to see it come together.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Phone Photo Friday:9.10.18

Happy Friday! It has been a crazy day, but we did it! I am writing this post from our new house! Let’s review one heck of a week.

One week ago today I was watering my friend’s yard and appreciating her gorgeous garden piano.

Daily drawing.

Bode, my parents’ dog, watching Scooby Doo.

My mom and Elise.

Park break.

Walk with their dad.

Surprised pickle.

Cordelia with a locket from my parents.

Elise with her locket.

Loading in Wyoming.

So much loading.

Wearing a manatee hat that was a gift from a friend.

En route day one. We tried to take a route around Denver because the traffic there is awful and we had a big old truck. The alternate route said 1 was four. 

When we finally made it to the hotel. So so tired. 

Bright and early the next morning we hit the road.

We made it to our house by early afternoon. Our awesome realtor was at the house with supplies and tools to help us fix a pump that needed replacing.

While we were unloading this sweet girl made some art.

Andy, Anne, and the kids were here to unload and play. I am not showing their photos as I forgot to ask, but they are the best and made a long day so much more bearable. We are so thankful to have them on this end of the move.

And Eric's mother was in town and stopped by! 

Then I did this.

I am tired. Byeeee

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Almost There

Woof! Just woof. Been on the road all day. Cats. Dogs. Kids. Car. Uhaul. Chaos. I would be lying if I said it had been an easy day. It has not been an easy day.  Not every day is supposed to be skated through, and this was one of those days that really pushed the limits.  Running on physical and mental exhaustion is one of those things that really show you what you are capable of. Apparently we are capable of this...but man alive! I hope that I sleep hard tonight and tomorrow we rise bright and early, because tomorrow we get to move into our new home and boy has it been a journey. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Well, we have done it.  The uhaul is filled to the brim. My body hurts so badly from the insane physical effort to move boxes and boxes of stuff. Eric and I worked so hard! Cordelia worked hard too. Elise...well she rode a scooter around, asked me to blow up balloons, and about a million requests. It was a day. 

Tomorrow we hit the road, bound for New Mexico and a new life. Everything changes, but boy-oh-boy these changes are very big indeed.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Last Push


We started saying our official goodbyes. It is really hard and sad. A great, and longed for, adventure awaits, yet goodbyes are so very hard.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday Quote: Always You

You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
-Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Bronchitis, Boxes, Bassets

I am not sure what compelled the alliterative title of this post, but there you have it. I suppose those words encapsulate the day. We have been nursing Elise back to health (she isn’t there yet) and hoping none of the rest of us succumb to illness in our final Wyoming.  Her bronchitis is sad to hear, nobody wants to hear the wheezing lungs of a child. Don’t worry we are watching her closely and living with a nurse. Her energy is better today than yesterday. 

We have been packing up the boxes of the things we have been using while we stayed with my parents. Mercifully the packing is pretty light. Clothes, toiletries, art supplies, and some toys. We are all so very eager to unpack in our new home. We have all been living with less, which has been cool, but we are eager to have a little more variety in our wardrobes.

The bassets (and cats) are all trucking along. Betty enjoys her nightly walks. Bumblebee continues to be happy and engaged, though she can no longer eat solid foods. She has a mass in her abdomen and we have no idea how long she has at this point. We are happy to keep her comfortable in her final weeks or months.

So we are all trucking along! Hope you are well.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Phone Photo Friday:8.3.2018

Hello! Our Friday has been a bit different than I anticipated. I had planned some fun activities around town, but we have been home bound with a sick kid. So let’s review the week...

So last Friday I met this dog. I took this picture and sent it to Eric in NM to make him jealous (bulldogs are his favorite). Then I watched as the dog scaled a play rock wall at the playground. Sure kids can climb it, but it is six feet high. I was impressed, so impressed that I am writing about it in a blog post a week later.

Oh yeah, the kids were there too.

They were also charmed by the bulldog.

Cordelia, queen of a thousand selfies.

Thanks to Anne for this photo of Eric on his first day of work.

My mom had a day off from work on Monday and came to swimming lessons. Afterwards we ate lunch and did school shopping.

Evening park time.

While Eric has been gone EVERYONE has been FaceTiming with him.

A goodbye to a friend.

Evening walk.


Elise at the doctor. She has been diagnosed with bronchitis. We have her on meds and hope for a speedy recovery. 

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