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By Moriah on February 7th, 2011

Random Integer Generator
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38	14

Timestamp: 2011-02-07 18:54:02 UTC

Which would be 38. Cindy and 14. Camille – congrats, ladies!  I’ll be in touch with you via email.


By Moriah on October 13th, 2010

Sooo, we’ve been wanting to re-home Max for a while. I found out (back in the spring when I had some bloodwork done) that I’m technically allergic to dogs, and I’m pretty sure Drew is, too. We put the crate out back when we pretend-sold our house and Arianna started crawling. No way I was going to bring him back into the house, like ever.

Problem was, he was lonely out there and he chewed several shingles off the side of our house. If shoes ever got left out there, they were history. (Including a brand new pair of Adelaide brown fall shoes. Yes, mad.)

Anyway, I had listed him on Craig’s list a while ago but then didn’t follow up with the calls in time and had to re-list him two weeks later. Nothing, then.

Yesterday morning I received a call from a guy wanting more information; he ended up coming over and playing with Max and then took him and all his stuff! He and his wife are in grad school and have one son. I seriously could not have asked for a better solution.

Total God thing.


By Moriah on May 28th, 2010

Two big things happened today. The first is Drew finished Kindergarten, but unfortunately I have no photos of that (yet).  My girls and I went to the Closing Exercises and then went with the other K parents to his classroom.  They recited more memory work just as a class and we picked up his years’ (best) work.   Then we met everyone at a playground for a picnic, which got rained out.  The kids got to play for at least an hour first and I managed to sneak them some lunch.

Andy couldn’t be there because today was also the day his friend could help remove the tree from our yard. (It totally pays to know people.) THE TREE IS GONE!  Here are the photos he took (it’s completely crazy, I know):





And, finally clean:


Our backyard and trampoline are bruised and battered, but salvageable.  And it wasn’t lightning afterall – it was carpenter ants.


So, remember the bathroom?

By Moriah on May 22nd, 2010

We went from this:


To this:






(I usually have white yarn bath mats but they get dirty-looking so easily. I finally got some darker ones at BB&B.)

The new tub:


The crumbled wall I showed you at the top of this post (looks a little different now):




That’s right! I finally got my lazy rear into gear and painted the trim in the bathroom. It’s not a perfect paint job (still some problem areas from the silicone caulk) but hey, it’s DONE.

Back to life, back to reality

By Moriah on April 27th, 2010

I took my mom to the airport today (snuffle).  I didn’t mention, however, that she got a $300 voucher for giving up her seat on the way here.  (More trips to come!)


Last night I went out with a few friends for my birthday.  Nothing like stretching a birthday out for a week!  I had a great time and I hope they all did, too.  Forgot to take photos though, unfortunately.

The house we stayed in at the beach had three bedrooms, and my middle girls slept in the one with the double bed.  My end goal has always been to get them to sleep in the big bed here together so that I could move the baby into Adelaide’s crib.  Since M and A were now used to sleeping together from our week at the beach, I decided there was no better time to just do the transition immediately when we got back.

Adelaide tends to sleep sideways.  But overall, it’s going fine.  Most importantly, the baby has done FABULOUSLY.  Slept both nights, ALL NIGHT, which is a first for her, with no crying (thank you, paci).  I was pretty sure she’d sleep all night if I moved her out of my room (all my other babies did that), but I was nervous about doing that transition while also transitioning the other girls.  I was nervous they’d wake each other up and then wake the baby up.  (Also, our sound machines are coming in REALLY handy right about now.)

This morning I heard Arianna crying around 6 and I ran in and popped the paci back in, just to see what happened.  She immediately fell back asleep and slept till like 9.  You have NO IDEA how thrilling this is.  :)  (Well, maybe you do.)

Also while we were gone, I got my consignment sale check in the mail.  In case you were wondering if all my sweat, blood, and tears hard work had been worth it, the check was for $287.  So yeah, WORTH IT.

And, just for kicks:


(Trying out my new lens. Unfortunately the flash fired before I caught it and she moved a little out of focus. But her expression just makes me smile.)

Don’t you wonder what they’re thinking sometimes?

An open letter to Dirt Devil

By Moriah on February 26th, 2010

Dear Dirt Devil:

It’s not that I’m ungrateful for the new vacuum you recently bestowed upon us, especially since we had only filed a warranty claim on our old hose. I appreciate the gesture, really.

But here’s the thing: I would never in a million years have bought this piece of crap new model. Why, you ask?

The reasons I bought the original Cyclonic Upright: THE PUSH BUTTON-RETRACTABLE CORD. This is worth its weight in gold. I despise the manual cord-winding on the new model.

The hose right on the front with a touch-button release and brush bristles built in, no attachments necessary. The hose even pulled out seven or so feet. (The new model? Came with about 4 separate attachments. They don’t even really store well on board. And the new hose falls out of the machine randomly and so you think you’re vacuuming but you’re really not. Frustrating and annoying.)

The old one lays almost flat; I could almost vacuum under my bed. This new model barely goes past a right angle before the front lifts off the floor. The whole thing is much more cheaply made (and also? is over a $100 less than the one I paid for. Yeah.), and the wheels are plastic and look like they’ll break easily. The old model was sturdier.

And the little details…the old model had an on/off button right on the main handle. The new on switch is on the bottom and tucked in very inconveniently, which causes me irritation right from the start.

The old model had automatic height adjustment for carpet pile height and hard floors; this one you have to stop and turn a dial when moving from carpet to hardwood (which I will have to do constantly in this house of hardwoods and rugs). Also, the old one you just step on the front anywhere and the handle is released; this one you have to step on an actual button. Generally inconvenient.

So, all that to say, I’m very very very disappointed you discontinued such a great vacuum and replaced it with such junk. Bad move, Dirt Devil, bad move.

For now we’re vacuuming with our old beloved Cyclone, spit-shined and fixed up with electrical tape. You can have your piece of junk warranty model back.

-Moriah, an unsatisfied homekeeper

DPP Day 8: (Cheater Post) Girls’ Room

By Moriah on December 8th, 2009

I mentioned back in November that we were in the process of re-doing the girls’ room. Andy’s parents had brought a new-to-us crib that his dad graciously painted white.

Today the rest of the furniture came! (Which was a total surprise because I never did get a shipping confirmation.) And, conveniently, my folks still had a few hours before their flight so my dad was able to put it together. (Thanks, Dad!!)

Before photos can be found here and here.




(Please excuse Pooh’s state of undress.)

The bed is actually a twin-over-full bunk bed. We didn’t put the top on because we don’t currently need it and we also don’t have a twin mattress yet.

Madeline and her mama are thrilled.

Where I left off

By Moriah on November 17th, 2009

I realized after I hit publish yesterday morning that I failed to mention we got home from shopping Saturday night, three of my kids still crying, and I realized I didn’t have a house key.  I wasn’t about to re-buckle everyone and drive to Andy’s work just to get his.

So instead I did what any rational woman would do and asked the neighbor to come over and remove the screen and storm window on the one I was pretty sure I had left unlocked. (I had.) We sent Drew through to go unlock the door. I was very glad to climb into my bed that night.  (Especially after staying up to do several loads of laundry.)

Sunday I took Arianna to church for the first time. I kept her in one of my slings and she slept the entire morning. EVERYONE commented on her hair.  (All four of my babies were born with a ton of hair so it seems the most normal thing in the world to me.)

My brother and sister-in-law came over to spend Sunday evening with us.  Pizza and ice cream, great conversation and funny kids.  What could be better?!

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