We had a nice trip up to Minnesota. We got there the day before the family reunion, and so we were very busy at the beginning. I was starting to think that we were crazy for coming. However, later on in the week we were able to relax and enjoy our time. Roger, Emmit, Preston, and I all went geocaching on day where we picked up a ton of caches. I even collected geocaching souvenirs from North and South Dakota that day! We are glad to be back home now, though!
We leave Thursday for Minnesota. In the meantime, we’re working on cleaning the house. I don’t want to dread coming home because there’s a huge pile of dirty laundry to do and lots of other things! I’m really looking forward to the trip. It’s been a long time since we all got to go on a “vacation”.
Today is Donna’s and my 7th wedding anniversary. That’s right; we’ve been married seven years! We really don’t have any plans for this evening. Though, Donna’s parents are taking Preston for the week (they were going to anyway, not just because it is our anniversary!). I think Donna is wanting to eat out somewhere or do something like that. Personally, I don’t care for eating out all that much, and I would rather have a meal at home… We will see! I’m sure we’ll end up doing something, but I don’t know what.
Yesterday we met up with my brother and his wife in Waurika for the 2012 Rattlesnake Hunt. We didn’t actually hunt for snakes (I hate them, personally). It is basically a big street carnival. Preston rode a kiddie-rollercoaster, a merry-go-round, and the ferris wheel. He had a great time with Uncle Ben! He even came home with a giant stuffed monkey, which he’s currently sleeping with!
A few weeks ago Donna and I made the mistake of telling her parents that Russell just lovesthose toy kitchens. They got him one for his birthday; it was a nice-looking blue one. I decided yesterday to get it out of the box and set it up for him in the backyard.
Two hours later, I finally finish putting the horrid thing together. If you’ve ever put together a model car, you’ll have an idea of how this thing worked. It seemed like a thousand tiny pieces all attached to each other by plastic. I had to cut each piece out with wire cutters.
My neck and arms are still sore today…
Donna and I have switched from Boost Mobile prepaid to US Cellular postpaid. Boost was great in Lawton, but pretty lousy here in Wichita Falls. US Cellular is a little better, though I’m not sure if it is so much better that it justifies the increased cost! I think we’ll have better reception in rural areas, though. That will make me feel better when traveling.
I think most people would be complaining about a weekend as rainy and cool as it was. However, since we have been in a horrible drought for over a year, I am very excited to finally start seeing some rain. This has actually been a fairly wet winter, considering winter is usually one of our driest times here in Texoma. With that said, yesterday’s rain was some of the best we’ve had in a long, long time. Donna and I were laughing because she said to Russell, “You’ve never seen rain before!” Of course she was being sarcastic, but it is actually kind of true. He’ll be two years old tomorrow (Happy birthday Russell!), and we’ve been in a drought since about the time he was born…
On Sunday we went up to the local Catholic school’s Open House to see about enrolling Preston in Pre-K. I really hope that he is accepted and that we can get some kind of financial assistance to help with the tuition. I would really like it if we can get him (and Russell when he’s old enough) involved in the Catholic school. I want him to get a great education and be exposed to the Catholic faith at school as well as church and home.
I filled out our diocesan financial aid application… Wow, what a form! I even had to attach copies of my tax return and W-2s! At the school we were told that the diocese provides assistance, and then our church provides assistance, and after that, the school itself can offer a discount. Hopefully we can get the tuition down to something we can afford!
There has not been a whole lot of news in our family since we’ve moved, and that’s a good thing. “No news is good news,” as it were. We have been busy getting involved with church. I am now in the choir, and Donna has been going to the Mom’s group. The kids are attending “school” at church two days a week. It is kind of a Pre-Pre-K for Preston I guess, and just a chance for them to socialize and for Donna to have a few hours off. We’re going to look into getting Preston enrolled in Pre-K at the Catholic School that our church supports, though I kind of doubt we will be able to afford it… I accidentally started going to a Dad’s Parenting class. I thought it was a church class, kind of a Raise Your Children Catholic type of thing, but it ended up being a state-sponsored parenting class. Woops! But I’m going to keep attending for now. I like to learn!
We’ve been living in Wichita Falls now for a full week (and a couple of days). I really like the new house we’re renting. It’s an older home, built in the 1920s, but it’s pretty comfortable. It’s smaller than our previous place, but I think we’re actually going to like it more. While I still haven’t gotten our electricity bill, the house seems more energy-efficient than the house in Lawton. It stays at a comfortable temperature, while the living room in the house in Lawton was often cold in the winter. Of course, I have no idea what this house is going to be like in the summer!
We’re almost done unpacking, so the piles of boxes have been shrinking. I had to make another run to the dumpster to get rid of a car load of broken-down boxes last night, and that helped clear out the walkways in the house a lot! Now we just have to start getting used to daily life in the new house. I don’t think we’ve been doing a very good job of keeping up with laundry, but it should get better. One of the problems with the laundry is that the dryer is outside in the storage shed; that makes it just that more inconvenient, and we’ve never been great at keeping up with laundry!
Lots of changes have taken place in my family’s lives over the last couple of months. It is all the more interesting because I did not see any of it coming! God really does look out for us, even when we think he isn’t! I’m excited about life in Texas. As I get more familiar with my job, I really think I’m going to like it, but that will have to wait for another post…