Wednesday, July 24, 2013

You Had Me At "Free Hot Dog"

Husband has been traveling 3 nights a week for work the last few weeks. Since I work at home it has been manageable - especially since with my part time status I can stop working at 4:30 to grab the kids from daycare and do something fun.
Yesterday I decided we should go get library cards after I picked them up at "camp" (the lies we tell our children and ourselves to avoid saying "daycare").

The town center has a big outdoor mall - very new and trying very hard to be charming. It's well planned. In one green space the parks and recreation department was celebrating national hot dog day by giving away free hot dogs. Despite spoiling their dinner we had to get one each!

Signing up for library cards was a bit hectic (I of course had to fill out 4 forms). Does anyone else think that libraries are too quiet? I felt like my kids were too rowdy and they aren't really rowdy kids - it's amplified by the hushed environment. And I'm always worried about forgetting to return books or if the

kids lose them. Penny picked out a book of math riddles, Ned a Magic Treehouse (but he doesn't like that there are "so many words") and Jo one about bees. I already can't locate 2 of the 3 books in our house.

We had "lunch" for dinner which they enjoyed and it was easier on me - a medley of grill cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, apples, grapes and 1 carrot each that only Ned ate.
I can't help but think though when I yell at the kids (the dawdling! the dawdling!) that Nanny April had more patience than I do. I'm working on it.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Will You Be My Friend?

This Spring Husband made a case for moving to Texas. His company had offices there and he was looking for a change for our family. After many discussions, a little therapy and lots of sad good-byes we moved away from the Boston area (and my parents, brother, friends, work connections). My company agreed to keep me on part-time as an independent contractor working remotely.

So we're here. We bought a house I did not see until we moved in. How crazy is that? But a necessary evil when houses are sold the same day they are listed in the town we chose (and there is no rental market). Sometimes they sell before they are even listed.

The kids are adjusting - in fact they have been incredible. They are in daycare this summer and all three in school this fall - Ned and Penny in kindergarten and Jo in pre-school.

It helps that we have a pool and a swingset.

Working at home has its pluses and minuses. I need a little more time doing it before I can let you in on them.

In the meantime I'm trying to make friends. I "hit on" a mom at daycare yesterday. She gave me her info and I already sent an email for a playdate. Thank goodness for kids - they make it easier to make friends.

I don't think I'll ever consider myself from Texas or a Texan but I'm giving this a shot.
Do you see Husband in the background?