Wednesday, December 30, 2009


ToS = in spanish, a cough
ToS = to Stephan, Transfer of Service

Do any of you remember three years ago? Seriously, go re-read that first post. Things aren't NEARLY that bad right now, but the frustration with government offices remains the same. After more than a month of trading paperwork, it looks like he might just be approved for this move back home.

Good thing too. Our car still can't haul a trailer.

Friday, December 25, 2009

First Christmas

On Sawyer's first Christmas we spent a while thinking about the first Christmas & enjoying family and friends...

Santa brought Sawyer his first cold and stuffy nose, so we've been caring for him since Christmas Eve. So far so good. Daddy is monitoring his temperature and is in charge of sucking snots when needed. We have a doctor appointment coincidently scheduled for Monday and we can get some questions answered then if we need to.

We spent most of Christmas cuddled on the couch watching movies. We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and stays safe and healthy in 2010. Photos!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New New New

We have a new mailing address, a new home phone number, and new cell phone numbers. We're keeping our old email addresses, so if you need any of the new stuff, email us.

Other than continuing to put empty boxes on the curb (yes Plevna friends! The garbage man comes TO OUR HOUSE!!) and thank you cards in the mailbox (again, he comes TO THE HOUSE!! It kinda freaks me out.) we are the most mobile family in the area, visiting at least one group of people a day. I'm kinda hoping we slow down soon- we've put more miles on our car with visiting than we did with moving!

If I don't get to it: Merry Christmas blog-readers!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wait! Don't click away!

It's still us! We're still here! I just thought that a change of scenery for us warranted a change of scenery for the blog. Do you like it?

After a few hiccups we finally arrived in Mount Prospect (or, as I often call it: Chicago) Saturday night.

What kind of hiccups? Well, we had a trailer hitch put on the Escape so we could pull a small trailer with the remaining boxes. Thursday morning Stephan went to MIles City (80 miles West) to pick up the trailer from the UHaul guy. Turns out, the electricity pigtail that was put on isn't working. The UHaul-man can't let Stephan leave without the electricity working. Luckily (?) for us, there's a Ford dealer in good ole SMiles City. After another 2 hours there Stephan is told the part we need would be here in 5 days.


Back to the UHaul man. Our next option is to rent a small truck & tow the Escape. That's a great idea and Stephan almost agreed to that. However, we now travel with a rear-facing car seat and there is no back seat in a UHaul truck. The remaining option is for us to drive seperately: Stephan in the truck, me in the car with Sawyer and the dogs. This normally wouldn't be a problem except that the lack of sleep I've been experiencing makes me a great mom and an even better candidate for a mental institution. Regardless, Stephan drives another hour to Glendive to pick up the UHaul. He leaves the car in Glendive (doesn't this sound like that brain teaser about the wolf the chicken and the sheep?) and drives the truck to Plevna.

We load the truck with the last of the stuff (at about 4pm). Our good friend Gary drives me and Sawyer to Glendive (an hour away... noticing a theme yet?) to pick up the Escape. We meet up with Stephan in Wibaux ("WEE-bow") and begin driving at around 7pm.

Our triumphiant first night ended in Dickenson, ND, a mere 90 minutes away from Baker. The rest of the trip went very smoothly, ending in a triumphant return to the area on Saturday night to a house full of family and food. I have photos. I'll post them soon.

We're still settling in, finding our underware, getting the basic services like phone and internet set up. We still use our old cell phones, and if you want our home phone number just email us!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Safely in Chicago-land

We are here. I'm updating you all from the Starbucks that's 2 blocks from our house. Geeze. This is weird.

The blog will continue, detailing the reverse culture-shock and perils of a baby in the city. The web address will remain the same, but there will be other little changes.

Thank you for all the kind thoughts and prayers- they are truly appreciated.

More later!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

In Recognition...

I would like to talk about the amazing baby shower thrown for Sawyer last night, but I don't want to get the laptop wet.

Instead, here are cute photos of Sawyer from the last few weeks because my mom doesn't have Facebook and hasn't seen photos in a long time.