An update

By Moriah on August 31st, 2008

Alright, alright. I’ve been holding out on y’all just a little bit.

(Nope, not pregnant or anything. Settle down.)

Andy is back working at the restaurant. He decided that the job we moved here for wasn’t a good fit, for better or worse. He was working with a friend, and friends they still are. No strain on either side, which is a blessing (but I wasn’t really worried about that).

I don’t know where we’ll end up, but that’s the nature of the Christian life; trusting and waiting on the Lord. We’re content to coast here for now, Andy working in the evenings again and being home during the day. (It’s actually quite nice, what with a house full of pre-schoolers and all.)

I know, we’re full of surprises. But now you know!

I know it’s late

By Moriah on August 31st, 2008

But I just got home from having coffee (okay, I really just had water) with two of my dear friends, hopped on the internet for a quick check around and saw a headline under my ads for another in-network post, got curious and clicked over to read it.

It’s a must-read that I just had to pass on: Mommy Life’s Memo to Jennie Chancey on Sarah Palin.


One last question, while I’m at it

By Moriah on August 30th, 2008

One of the comments when I asked y’all to help me this week said my blog was finally “fixed.” I emailed R directly to ask what she meant and she said for a while my right sidebar had been down underneath all my posts.


I’m sorry to be such a nag, but could you leave a comment if you can’t see both sidebars, sandwiching the posts like they should be? It looks fine on both of my browsers. Also, another friend (Hi Debs!) said she can no longer see the brown swirly wallpaper on the edges. So, clearly I have some issues.

Although, everyone else I’ve emailed specifically about the wallpaper says they can still see it. (So maybe you need a new computer, Deb.)


Andy just took the ‘big’ kids to the pool so I can get caught up on laundry. So that’s what I should go do, now, right?


Because my brain is mush

By Moriah on August 29th, 2008

(I totally copied this from Boomama’s, posted several weeks ago.)

What were you doing 10 years ago? I was settling into my new digs as a freshman in college. Let the party begin.

(No, I didn’t really party.)

(Like, ever.)

Favorite Snacks: chips n’ salsa or guacamole, those junky frosted sugar cookies from the bakery that really taste like cake, kettle peanuts, pink starbursts

To Do List: Yes, please, I love lists.

Yesterday my list consisted of the following:

1) Take Drew to preschool (actually Andy took him)
2) Play over at Nicky’s
3) Lunch
4) Naps
5) Sit on the couch and pretend I’ve nothing to do
6) That’s as far as I got

Today my list so far is:

1) Have Andy roll the trash bin down to the street
2) Sit on my bum and drink coffee
3) Feed Adelaide her oatmeal
4) Go to Sarah’s for a swim and picnic lunch

Jobs I Have Had: babysitting, salesgirl at the Limited Express during the Christmas rush and then ended up staying on, Frame stylist at LensCrafters, server at Chili’s, legal assistant at a lawfirm downtown (my “real” job), mama (my other “real” job), making retainers for Ethan (bah ha!)

Places I Have Lived: Born in Madrid, Spain; moved to D.C. when I was three months old; three years in Utah with a three-month stint in Vegas in the middle; Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Osan, Korea; Alamogordo, New Mexico; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton Roads, VA; Las Vegas (three years of junior high); Layton, UT (high school); and then Lookout Mtn, GA for college. Also, a semester in the South of France my junior year. (When life was rough.) Since marriage, spent one year in the Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia. And now we’re back down South. Thankyouverymuch.

Bad Habits: Interrupting people (sometimes I don’t catch myself until it’s too late. I’m a work in progress, what can I say?), picking at things, procrastinating, worrying (I come by it honestly, right mom?)

5 Random Things People May Not Know: I competed in gymnastics when I was little, I love a good practical joke, I had a French minor in college that I never finished and no I don’t speak French, my mom made me take piano lessons and no I don’t play the piano, and I’m the only blue-eyed person in my little family (thank you dominant Andy genes)

CDs I would want if stranded on an island: I’m very insecure about telling the interpeeps my music selections because I’m married to a music snob and have deep music issues. So don’t judge (and no, this won’t be spiritual). S’Il Suffisait d’Aimer (A French Celine Dion CD my cousin Vangie gave me in college), SheDaisy, the Finding Neverland soundtrack because I heart it, and maybe something spiritual after all – a hymn cd like Fernando Ortega’s?

What I’d Do if I Were a Billionaire:

1) Wow that’s a huge tithe check, that’d be fun
2) Hire a maid
3) Pay off the house and other random debts
4) Actually I’d sell the house and get one with a craft-y room (with a strong lock) and more than one bathroom. And an actual playroom would be nice (instead of our living room. Ahem.)
5) Spread the love
6) Maybe do something splurgy like a family cruise? Okay, friends can come, too.
7) Renew my pass to the children’s museum and not wait ’till Christmas
8) Go see friends and family in far-off places. (Make sure I’m not flying alone with my three kids. Or if I am, I’m well-stocked in Benadryl. Just kidding. Sort of.)


By Moriah on August 29th, 2008

Okay, y’all, do me a wee favor.

I normally use Firefox and my blog looks fine. In Safari, though, it looked all wonky. I think I fixed the wonkiness, but can you help a girl out and tell me something? Is there a border around the main post content? Or no? And what browser are you using?

(In Firefox I can see a border around my main wrapper and also around the outer wrapper, next to the wallpaper. In Safari, no borders.)

Today’s post brought to you in part by ‘A Bug’s Life’

By Moriah on August 27th, 2008

My parents are probably at the airport by now. It’s always sad to see them go. The past two days have been overcast here and I always have to fight to maintain a cheerful spirit when the weather is gray. And oftentimes I lose. Cup of tea, anyone?

I picked up Drew from preschool yesterday… (nevermind that I was daydreaming and missed the main turn and then tried to feel my way back via backroads. I totally made it there by the hair of my chinny chin chin. They’re strict; six minutes late and you have to pay a late fee!)

There were no tears. Andy said he had hopped on out of the van in the morning with a “bye, Dad!” thrown over his shoulder as he trotted off with his new teacher. When I went to get him later he was still just his happy self. Apparently there was a birthday because he said they ate some cake “but not for [his] birthday because [his] birthday is in January.”

The other funny thing he told me is “THEY DIDN’T TEACH ME MY ABC’S!!!”

Me: “But, Drew, didn’t you learn about “A” today?”

“Yes, and apple.”

“It’s one letter a week, bud. Not everything at once.”

He also asked me if my sisters would be at our house when we got there and I said no, they’re at school. He said “I go to school now, too, because I’m big. I’m big like Micah.” (Micah was a little boy we knew up North that started kindergarten last year and so Drew naturally thought he was big time.)

Other than that we’ve just been hanging out with my family, including eating junk food and making a trip to Target yesterday with my mom and sisters. They needed fun things like college room accessories and I needed paper towels. Hmph.

The rain has made the temps a little on the chilly side, so last night I rummaged around in my attic a bit and am happy to report that most of my kids warmer clothes still fit. Madeline’s jeans are waaaaay too short, but otherwise we’re good to go. Is it just me or did the summer seem not very long and not very hot?

Although, this is the South. We could be warm until November.

The Wasp Saga Continues and also, First Day of Preschool

By Moriah on August 26th, 2008

Yesterday morning Andy was standing at the kitchen sink and got attacked by another wasp. In our own kitchen! He’s sure it came in from along that wall somewhere, maybe the window or the light fixture?

We remembered we had seen one outside entering the electrical meter box thingie. Andy took the kids down the street to the hardware store and bought some wasp spray. When they got home, they came inside (for obvious reasons) and Andy opened the box door.

He was expecting maybe ten or so wasps to be in there. Instead, a huge ball of at least a hundred were waiting for him. He sprayed the life out of the can and ran. (Unfortunately I failed to capture it on video.)

So that was probably our problem; they were getting in by following the electrical cables into the house and through the walls. Nice.

Hopefully that will be the end of it. Good riddance.

And thanks to Fay, we started preschool this morning in the middle of a downpour. It’s a good thing Andy was around to take Drew or he would have been late. I’m a little out of practice for getting three little kids and myself out the door before 8:45 a.m.

(Okay, I never was in practice. Ahem.)

As Drew was eating his breakfast, I was telling him he needed to hurry so he could go to school and his response was “Yeah! Because I’m growing up!”

True that.

Happy Sunday

By Moriah on August 24th, 2008

My parents and siblings are all here (yay!) so I probably won’t be posting much the next few days. (Although I’m sure I’ll blog Drew’s first day of school on Tuesday.)


I was busy preparing lunch for everyone after church and a wasp stung my collar bone.

In my own kitchen!

The nerve!

Okay, off to enjoy my coffee and my peeps.

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