Friday, August 31, 2007
This is the front part of our rental house.
This is the kitchen/dining room/living room/office.
This is the kids' rooms... viewer discretion advised. :)
This is the garage with laundry area (weird, I know?).
Last but not least... the back yard.
THANKS FOR WATCHING!!
#2. Have you ever been woke up at 2am by some teen girl who wants
Madison & I went to Chili's for supper (really just to see Jared working). The water mugs look EXACTLY like A&W heavy glass mugs, but they're not, they're lightweight plastic. Anyways, I told Madison to feel how 'heavy' the water glass was so she hoisted it up so hard & fast (expecting it to be heavy) that she spilled water on the table. We laughed very hard.
Dillon & Madison have obsessively been torturing & teasing each other this week. Dillon forced his way into Madison's room during one of those episodes and he jumped on her bed. The bed is against the wall on a hardwood floor... the bed rolled away from the wall & Dillon proceeded to fall straight down to the floor & he stayed there trapped. Madison laughed so loud we could hear her outside.
And then not so funny....
I decided to take back movies & get a UPS package to the UPS Store by 5:30, so I left the house at 4:50, thinking I could be back shortly since they're located in the same strip mall. It took me ONE HOUR to get there & back. DUH... It was high traffic time. It would normally take 15-20 minutes to do these 2 tasks. Anytime between 3:30 and 6:00 is considered high traffic. Won't do that again.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
6:45 Madison & I fight for the bathroom
7:15 Dillon eats breakfast
7:36 Dillon, Madison & Shelly leave for Madison's school (school starts @ 8:20)
8:00 We're stuck in traffic
8:20 We're stuck in traffic
8:21 Called Jared to tell him to leave NOW! Traffic is BAD! (his school starts @ 9:05)
8:23 Madison decides to walk the remaining 6 blocks because we're stuck in traffic (she made it to school with MANY other late students--not a good start-- I feel terrible for her!)
8:40 Dropped Dillon off... Didn't see Jared amongst traffic, he must've beat the traffic!
2:45 I left to get Madison (school dismisses at 3:30-but I don't want to get stuck in traffic again)
3:10 Parked at Madison's school
3:40 Madison finally emerges... she talks the entire way home... not such a bad day afterall!
4:20 Jared calls from school- he wants to stay after to enroll in Debate Club.
4:45 Jared calls from the car- he's going to McDonald's on his way home from school (oh the joy of cruising in mom's car...)
5:30 Scott picks up Dillon from football
The funny thing about our day is that it only takes 10 minutes to get to the kids' schools! This of course, is during low-traffic times of the day. Oh my. Today Madison left the house at 7:30 and they took a different path... much better. Scott dropped her off at 7:55. Yay!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Macey was digging away at something outside the window yesterday. Quincy started barking & everything. So when I went to see what all the fuss was about, I realized a tiny, baby gecko found it's way in between the screen & the glass of the front window. It certainly kept Macey busy for about an hour... then we lost it. Madison thinks it's in her bedroom, so she won't sleep in there. :)
It's not raining at the football game... this is the way spectators stay in the shade. I think it was 100 degree heat index at 11:00 this morning. I got a nice tan. :) Scott just complained. :) Madison's glare says it all. It was DANG hot!
Dillon played his first freshman football game (actually a scrimmage against Waco) today. This is the stadium they will play home games on. OMG! It's a beautiful stadium! It feels like we're at a college game! The field is astro-turf, the seats are stadium seats with cup holders & everything. I guess football is pretty serious here. I kinked my neck video taping the stadium, so sorry I didn't get the press box, just a corner of it. Use your imagination...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Jared has been applying for jobs, a few each weekday; even though he had a good recommendation for The UPS Store they were not as receptive as we hoped. He's had a few job offers from restaurants but he's looking for one where he might get good tips (in other words, no fast food). Jared will go to the high school 'new student' orientation on Thursday at Stony Point High School.
Dillon has football practice each day from 4-6pm. Thursday he will go to orientation at Stony Point - 9th grade campus. All the students in that school will go to orientaion since everyone will be new! HA! Get it? Only 9th graders go there... ?! Anyway, the High School is right next door to the 9th-grade campus, so the Jared & Dillon will ride together to school each day.
Madison ALSO has orientation on Thursday! She will go to Hopewell Middle School. I'll have to give Madison a ride to school each day because this rental house is not in the right district (when we get into the new house she'll be able to ride the bus). Madison also has volleyball sign-up & try-outs on Friday. She's a little nervous because they play a very competitve rotation here... I have to admit that I have a little anxiety about it all too.
Scott has had very promising meetings with 3 different banks about our Houston business venture. He'll follow-up with each of those banks this week, plus we have a meeting with a financial advisor who deals with venture capitalists in Texas. This is very exciting!
I have been on this never-ending pursuit of getting my Texas drivers license. Who knew that there are FOURTEEN offices I have to go through to simply change my license from Iowa to Texas (okay I'm exaggerating, but at least 5 different places; inspections, registrations, 3 forms of ID... whatever). Oh, I forgot to mention the $200 per vehicle registration. WHAT?! As if the move to Texas wasn't financially draining enough. I am also contemplating doing some research work similar to the work I did in Iowa. Simply finding all the county offices has been a challenge! As I just stated... Nothing seems to be easy!!
Madison's 13th birthday was yesterday!!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Because our house is close to a 'green-belt' (many trees) the builder says we can expect some visitors once in a while. I think I'll like these better than the creepy-crawlies that sting.
Look at all the drywall that was left in the living room! Each room had a pile of drywall in it, but this pile was huge!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Here's the catch though... the buyers have 2 houses to sell (they have invited their parents to live with them, thus 2 families, 2 homes). Good news is that they have accepted an offer on 1 of the houses (contingent upon those buyers selling their house.... this could go on forever). Now they need to sell the 2nd home.
They have asked for possession on Oct. 1, which would be fine because we learned on Friday that we have to close on our new Texas home BY Oct. 14.
We have some definite prayer requests that we'll be able to afford the new house since we ended up substantially reducing our list price in Iowa. yikes.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Scott, Dillon & Randy left on Friday from Iowa City. They drove the grey truck with the trailer (full of furniture) and Scott's TV work truck with the compressor on the hitch. No rain for their trip! They drove late in the night until they reached Fort Worth, TX. Then they pulled into Round Rock on Saturday morning at 11:00-ish. The landlord at the rental house was here to meet him with a fantastic house!
Jared, Madison, Ellen & myself left on Saturday morning. I drove the Suburban (full to the hilt) with the 2 dogs and Ellen drove the Sonta (so full we had to open windows to put in last items). Madison & Jared traded cars every so often. We stayed in southern Oklahoma for the night. Quincy was sedated for the trip so he wasn't much problem and wonderfully enough, Macey was bored & slept too! (see earlier posts).
The rental house is very nice! We had imagined a tiny apartment-size home, but this is a nice-sized 3-BR home with 2 bathrooms. The boys are sharing the master bedroom becasue they have 2 queen beds... this means they get the master bath & walk-in closet... Scott is dealing with it...
It has been REALLY hot here, but I see there's a heat wave everywhere so you're probably experiencing the same thing. Dillon has been in football practice each morning until noon. He's one of 100 boys on the team! Jared has applied for jobs at a few places & had one interview already. Madison has tried to 'lay out' to tan herself but that only lasted 15 mintues because of the heat. Whew! Scott went to Houston yesterday to talk to the owner of the company we are trying to buy. Today we're going to switch the car license plates & get Texas drivers licenses. I anticipate waiting in line a long time... you wouldn't believe the population explosion since we lived here 7 years ago!