Shades of Blue

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm not going to hide it. It's been a hard week. I'm missing home, and friends, and familiar patterns of life, and my own house, BIG. TIME.

Sigh. That's one of the things that makes moving so hard, I guess.

Anyway, here's a quick update on all of us here:

Jason is settling in to his new job. He has been working hard to learn a couple of new programs, such as an image editor, among other things, to work on logos, etc. Just one more thing to add to the learning curve. But there's always a learning curve at a new job, right?

I have been starting to get into the swing of things with home schooling, again. I managed to dig most of what I need out of storage. If it weren't for the fact that we have to leave our house every. single. day, it would probably be quite enjoyable. But between karate in town, and driving to the shop to check e-mail, we've got a fair amount of driving every afternoon, and it tends to eat up the time. (Thank goodness the price of gas has dropped quite a bit since we got here, due to factors such as upcoming election, re-opening processing plants, yada yada yada. It was $3.36/gallon when we got here, now down to $2.73. Yep, that's right, me Canadian hearties. Only a little under 70 cents a litre. Crazy, eh?)

We started looking at properties this week. We will likely hold off until after the election to buy, but at least we're putting our feelers out there. Things are not moving very fast right now, so we're not too worried about something being sold from under our noses, or anything.

Jude is adapting to the routine of scheduled school days. After we established certain things as non-negotiable in his head, things have been going much smoother. He and his brothers actually look forward to coming to the shop, though, because they just love to see Daddy during the day. Jude has also been enjoying his karate class, and seems to be doing well with it.

Noah is his usual gregarious self. We have attended the same church for two Sundays in a row, and the second time, he did not need any help finding his classroom--he was in there and colouring before I was anywhere near caught up. Never mind that it was a different teacher from the previous week--in typical "Noah" fashion, he just made himself at home. Also, I finally dug the costume box out of storage this week, and he has been living in his lion suit all week. This has been the source of many half-hidden smiles and giggles from strangers when we are out in public! One little boy at the library had a regular roaring contest with Noah. His mom said she thought her son had finally met his match!

Jabin is still Mr. Sunshine. All smiles most of the time. However, he is also Mr. Contrary. If ever there was a child to use reverse psychology on, it was this one. He only wants something if he thinks he can't have it, and if you offer it to him, his first response is always "no." Supposedly, this is a "terrible twos" thing, but he will be turning three in a month, and I don't see any signs of diminishment!

I am hoping that by early next week, we will have at least a dial-up internet connection at the house. Perhaps at that point I will be able to catch up on e-mails, and blogs, and Facebook, and all those things that I currently don't have access to much. I think it is this lack of access that is making me feel so isolated right now. This, too, shall pass away, right?

There have been so many things I want to post about, but they may have to go by the wayside. Just know that we are thinking about you, our world-wide friends, and miss you very much.

What shade is your world right now?

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  1. It's definitely never an easy thing for so much change! As blue as it may be, it sounds like you are doing great!

  2. Look how behind I got on my blogging friends. I didn't realize that you were moving and then had moved.

  3. I hope next week isn't quite so blue for you. I'm happy that this week is ending, and am hoping for a better week next week.

  4. Oh Talena! I'm hugging you, did you know? I can so picture Noah as his wonderful lion self and somehow that has helped me picture all of you in Arkansauce a little better.

    ... and karate? I'm so impressed with you, T! I can see you "hiyaa!ing" with the best of them soon.

    Love you.
    Miss you too.

  5. Hey, why blue? Other than the first paragraph, it sounds like you all are settling down just great...

  6. Ah, internet withdrawal sucks.

    Having been there, I empathize! (look, spelling with zeds! it's like we're back in Canadaville!) Unfortunately, you say "This, too, shall pass away"... that's not quite true. It continues to suck until you manage to strike an equilibrium between available 'net time and your need for it :) but methinks it is actually not possible to eliminate the need altogether...

  7. Hang in there with the adjustments! Give yourself time.

    Life is OK here. We're going on a family bicycle ride this (Sunday) afternoon. Yay!

  8. I might add to Talena's blog that she actually rode a horse last week!! First time in.....many..... years. And she did a fine job, too!

  9. oh wow! you settled in so fast!!
    it took me such a long time to get settled in and to figure out what was where in nashville.

    Is your husband in graphic designing?

    I have tons of questions about buying a house.. its just my husband who's going to be working in the future.. can we still buy a house!?!!

  10. Hey there Talena! We miss you guys. But it's nice to hear that your boys are settling. Can totally see Noah's happy reaction when you found the loved lion suit out of storage! That alone would make it home for him. Although blue in this case means sad, blue is our favorite colour. If we both are blue, does that mean in some way we are happy together? I think about you often and know that moving sucks, but in no time you will be making friends and making it home in your own special way. Here's a GREAT BIG HUG from me to you! Love Amanda

  11. Okay, so on Wednesday I had all these brilliantly hilarious answers typed in to your comments, then with one click, they were lost into cyberspace. I was out of time, and totally deflated, BUT! now I have dial-up internet (YAY!) at the house, so I will see if I can recapture even a glimmer of the brilliance of the original answers! :-)

    Anne - I was trying to focus on the positive. No one wants to listen to me whine on and on and on and on...

    Sarah - That's okay. I GET "being behind" right now! So there with ya.

    Richie - It's been kinda "up and down," I must confess. Hey... do I maybe get to actually meet you someday?

    Colleen - Hi, ya! :-) And thanks for the hugs. I can feel them.

    Rohini - As I told Anne, trying to stay positive. But if you guys all WANT me to whine for an entire post, I'm sure I can manage it! ;-) Some days more than others, of course...

    Logan - No kidding. How did our ancestors ever survive without the internet, seriously? Like, if you had never butchered a chicken before, where would you go to find out how to do it? Or if your cows took up tap dancing, what resource would you use to find out if there was a reason for this strange behaviour? Man. I dunno if I could have ever been a pioneer...

    Paul - Family bicycle rides sound wonderful! I have to say that one of the things I am enjoying most down here is the weather. Although we didn't go for a bike ride, we could have. I'm hoping to post some photos a little bit later of what we actually did last weekend.

    Mom - Hi, yaa!

    Grafx - My husband is not a graphic designer, although he is doing some of that at the moment, thus--the steep learning curve. As far as buying a house is concerned, the best thing to do would be to talk to your banker. Although, if you don't have a significant down payment (maybe 50%?) now might not be the wisest time to buy a house. Wait a few months--see what the election brings.

  12. Amanda--you were leaving your comment at the same time I was leaving mine! Ha! Anyway, I got your message earlier in the week--I will be calling again tonight. Hope you're home!


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