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Brandon and I have been married for almost 13 years, have two beautiful children, soon to be three! We are adopting from Ethiopia and couldn't be more excited to start this new chapter!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Trailers for sale or rent...

Sometimes I hear a song and think of my Grandma and Grandpa Fannin. My grandpa passed away a month before Brandon and I got married (10 years ago), and my grandma in December of 1996. A song that I absolutely love and brings back such strong memories of them that I get teary is "King of the Road" by Roger Miller. Don't ask me why this song gets me, but it does.

Gone are the days of riding in the back of their Suburban, yelling, "You okay back there Sadie?!", referring to the old travel trailer they had. Gone are the days of getting up at 3am to get in the car to drive to Soap Lake to get our vacation started. Gone are the days of peeing in the garden because it was too far to go to the house.

They did, however, leave behind lessons that we won't soon forget...spontaneity, famous "Maudie" sayings such as, "Better out than in...", "You have to have pants with pockets or they aren't any good", and "Your feet are like ice." But best of all, my grandma instilled in me a love for garage sales! Every Saturday we would get up and go see what treasures we could find. Rain or shine, that was what we did. 

Many times she would let us stay home from school on the Monday following the weekend that we were with her to keep her company. She liked to spend time with us, taught us card games like crazy, and always had 7 Up or Ginger Ale on hand (with salt added to it) in case we got a tummy ache.

I still love to garage sale and still drink 7 Up with salt in it when I have an upset stomach.  I love memories....thanks, Rog.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Just stuff

It has been so long since I've written here. I really must be better at this. While I don't have a lot of new information right now (at least nothing earth-shattering) there has been "stuff" that has been happening. We had our fingerprints done at the Department of Homeland Security. This was serious business. They took away my travel wine bottle opener though, just like they would if it were the airport. But the wait was no problem. We were in, we were out. Easy-peasy! We are still waiting for CIS approval. Hopefully that will come soon. We also need ANOTHER employment letter from Brandon's employer. Apparently the notary's commission expiration on her stamp was incorrect and the secretary of state detected that mistake and now wants a new letter. Of course it would have to be THAT piece of paper that was the hardest of all to get in the first place! Sigh....

On a brighter note we did switch the kids' rooms around. The were re-painted and Nolan's room now has bunk beds - exciting!! Nolan's room (now, originally was Madelyn's) had two closets so we figured that would be much better for the boys.

On August 3rd I was in a car accident. The trusty van refuses to die so it's in the shop being repaired, even as I type! We should hopefully have that back by the end of the month. I hope we never have to deal with insurance again - what a pain.

We are going camping this weekend and also for Labor Day. As much as we enjoy camping we haven't really been able to go on too many camp trips this year, due to Brandon's work schedule. I hope that's not the case next summer. I miss it when we don't get to go!

I guess that's about it for now....will write more as I learn more!

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