Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Winter Weeping

I cried- hard- yesterday for the first time since we've been here.

Actually, I cried the night we got here. But our apartment was filthy, and I had just flown by myself with the two kids and made a twenty five minute connection with the two kids, and Peyton had left to go get the cats off their flight leaving me with those same two kids, and dammit, if I hadn't had cried then I wouldn't have known who I was.

But yesterday was different. I started thinking about Spring, which made me really happy. The snow melting and the fresh air and the non necessity of putting approximately fifteen layers of clothing on yourself and your offspring to walk out the door. It was a sort of enchanting thing to think on. We got a taste of it over the weekend and it was so amazing

I thought about the city's beautiful parks and playgrounds and how fun it would be to enjoy those and share them with the children. I thought about Annie's little face lighting up and Graves getting carried away doing things he probably shouldn't on the playground equipment. I thought about how we might have met some new friends by then.

I thought about Easter and how by then, hopefully, we will have found our temporary church home and will spend that day worshiping at that special place, wherever it is. I thought about the how it will be meaningful and special and significant wherever it is. I thought about how amazing Easter is, just in general.

And then I thought about the kids' birthday. And I just lost it.

I think I'm tired. No, I think I'm exhausted (the good kind, from having too much fun). I think I'm hormonal. I think the few days of nice weather seemed like a malicious joke and I was irritated by it being followed by rain and snow and dreariness. I think I hate typing that because I know native New Yorkers are thinking "Oh, Honey". [Or not...I don't know what they say when they're being condescending. That's what charming ladies in Dixie say when they're really being assholes.]

But more than that, it breaks my heart to think about celebrating another year of my children's beautiful lives without our friends and family. I don't know why that DAY seems so ominous. But it does.

Maybe because the others seem ordinary. In a very special, beautiful way, but still ordinary. I don't feel like my parents have missed anything huge yet, especially since the children are at the age where milestones aren't like coming monthly and especially since the world is at the age where most things can be experienced and shared via Facetime.

Maybe it's because I feel like I'm denying them something and I've yet to concoct the replacement (i.e. "It sucks we don't have a backyard to swing and slide in, but you know at home we don't have a courtyard where we can play in SNOW" and "Yes, I hate that we can't get in the car and run to Target three times in one day, too, but it's awesome we can buy blackberries at a place a block from our apartment for $1 and let's be honest, you'll probably NEVER IN YOUR LIFE see a carton of blackberries for a dollar again").

Maybe it's because it's the first "event" that Peyton and I will do without the support we've always known.

Maybe it's because their parties have always been so special to me and I took for granted that it was, more than anything else, because they were times where our home was full of people who loved our children and wanted to celebrate them.

Or maybe it's because I was tired, cold, and hormonal.


We're having a lot of fun here and I know that we'll find a way to make that day a special one for the children (and because I need it to be such). And at the end of the day, I truly, truly believe this is such an important part of the story God is writing in our lives.

But sometimes all you can do is weep in the Winter.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weekly Happenings Post #256 (February 16-23)-- Working Hard and Playing Hard

Last week was a good, but exhausting week! Peyton worked a several days straight at during the week, but we had a great (though busy!) weekend.

Monday was a weird day. Maybe I was just tired from Peyton working all weekend. I don't know, but I was sort of in a funk that morning. I fed the kids breakfast, took my bath, and then started clearing out a pathway in the living room so Peyton could move the mattresses that were going in the spare bedroom that night. I organized a few things and then it was time for lunch. The kids ate and I put Graves down for a nap. He took a good one. I ate lunch and got on the computer and then did dishes and sorted some laundry. Annie and I recorded a video for Aubrey and sent it and I organized a few more things. Graves got up and the kids played a little and then it was supper time. They ate and then I gave them a quick bath and got them ready for bed. They were super fussy, but fell asleep relatively quickly. I got on the computer and sent an email and got on Twitter and Facebook.
One of my 2014 goals is to weekly email my mentor/dear friend. It was amazingly cathartic and I'm so thankful for technology. 

Peyton got home and we talked and went to bed pretty soon after he got home.

He was off on Tuesday, but we had another Winter storm, so we stayed inside mostly that morning. He got up with the kids and made breakfast and then they watched some figure skating videos while I took out the trash and took the recycling to the basement.

We got started working on setting up the extra bedroom. Peyton has gotten the bed frame in there and we put on the bed skirt and box springs and maters. We set up other furniture and organized and then has lunch. I got all my stuff in the desk and Peyton started to set up the computer. I swapped some plastic drawers in there with some in the kids' room and then had lunch. I took my bath and we fed the kids lunch and then headed out.
Finally got a shot under the co-op arch. Notice the hat on P. Some guy rolled down his window and happy hollered how Ernie is his favorite. One thing I love about BK is how people love to roll down their windows and yell- good and bad stuff. It keeps things interesting. 

I love these little hats my wonderful sister in law gave the children. They're so sweet and almost like a bonnet and they seem sort of vintage looking to me. And so great for tiny cold ears!

We went though a deep puddle and Graves's feet got wet. Thankfully, his cousin's cute hand me down shoes are still a little loose so we put his mittens on under them. It looked like little monkey feet! 

I realized that Ernie was pretty indistinguishable in the previous shot. Peyton is such a great guy. He carried a 24 pack of Cokes we found on sale in his backpack for a mile and pushed his babies the whole way. And THEN he helped push a guy's car out of the snow. I'd say he's exceptional (and I do think he is) but the rest of the way home he told me about all the acts of kindness he's seen on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan and at his store. It seems a city full of Good Samaritans.

We checked out one of the apartments we almost got and ran to Target.
"Our" Downing Street apartment (the one we loved- and then lost because we have children). It made me pretty sad for a little bit. BUT it would have taken me some time to get comfortable there and I don't think I ever would be totally at night. And we were going to be on the top floor. The steps from the street plus two flights inside. I don't think there'd be a way to get myself and the kids down safely even with just the single stroller. So confident in God's provision for us in the city!

On the way home we stopped at a local grocery store.
We finally took the kids to this store Peyton stops at every few days. They talk about "Mr. Coco" like it's a person. Graves said you have to "pull" the milk- I think he thought you milked Mr. Coco like a cow! Anyway, it was fun and while we waited outside (big stroller, tiny store) a nice older gentleman stopped and visited with me and the kids. He said he's lived in the neighborhood for forty years- he was a Pratt student nearly half a century ago, and that the children were beautiful, and then he told me how he had watched the neighborhood go from rough to wonderful (Clinton Hill has a fascinating history of going from pretty gritty to pretty trendy in the last couple of decades). I will never, ever lose my pride in the South, but people here (so far) are incredibly kind and friendly.

I started laundry and Peyton paid bills when we got home and then I started cooking chili.
First legit meal I'd cooked here!

The kids fell asleep super fast after supper and Peyton finished setting up the computer. Sadly, the WiFi wasn't working well. I unpacked more stuff and cleaned up the kitchen and put out a few decorations in there. We talked and got ready for bed. Around two in the morning someone was super loud (and super drunk in the hallway). Peyton and I both woke up. We couldn't get back to sleep so we chatted and ate peanut M&Ms.

The kids woke up super early on Wednesday- like as Peyton was leaving at seven. I fixed them breakfast and then laid back down while they ate. After that I got my bath, and got to work around the apartment. I unpacked and loaded my dresser and then I organized some other stuff in the spare bedroom.
It's starting to feel more like HOME. This is our tiny spare (it's 8 x 10).

I played with the kids some and let them color on cardboard a bit and then we cleaned up and had lunch. I put Graves down for his nap and he took awhile to fall asleep. Annie and I visited and I got on the computer and unpacked a bit more. I blogged a little and ate lunch and took a nap.
I can reach the microwave just barely, but counter space is at a premium. So there it goes!

Kitchen finally starting to look a little more "SD", too.

We had to wake Graves up and they played while I swept and mopped their room and the hall and kitchen. I unpacked some more and fed them supper.
So, Annie told me what these (no longer functional) buttons on Rocky Frog do. Red means stop, green means go, yellow is for left and right turns, and the blue Graves is pressing is "in case Bud's car catches on fire it squirts water". I realized it's connected to how's she's been fascinated with red = hot, blue = cold on the faucet lately. Funny little imaginative girl!

As always, this dude is a huge fan of his far away best friend Mickey's chili recipe. 

They got ready for bed and Facetimed with my parents. I got on the computer and blogged and read blogs until Peyton got home. We watched TV and talked about our day.

Graves woke up even earlier on Thursday while Peyton was getting ready. I actually got in bed with him for about an hour. Ha!
If you wake up before seven o'clock when your papa is leaving for work and he didn't get home until ten the night before and your momma has a headache and is little enough to wear Gap Kids, she may end up in your toddler bed with you. 

When we got up, we all had breakfast and I took my bath. I did dishes and folded up the sofa and then I started working through the big pile of stuff on the guest bed. It was just little random stuff that all needed to go to different places. That's the hardest part of unpacking to me! I worked on it off and on all morning and then we picked up the kids' room and had lunch.
#Hardishardyo (The kids have most of their Summer stuff set, I of course have eBay and I may send Minnie to check it out. But that's altogether different from pilfering racks at the preview sale, analyzing and and discussing and discarding with your friends and your mom, and catching a late dinner with a wonderful friend afterward because papa already rearranged his schedule to accommodate your evening. Sigh. Brooklyn Flea soon. And I realize this is the most privileged sounding thing ever, but I'm keepin' it real, kay?)

AP has our food preferences pegged. She's having eggs, Graves is having a "huge sandwich" (and pretending he's "the bery hungry cat-a-pilla"), and I'm having a canned Coke and a hotdog.

I put Graves down for his nap and then helped Annie with her paper dolls. I ate my lunch, got on the computer for a bit, and then took a really short nap.
I'm so glad I got my SIL to pick up Annie's Kindermusik package for this semester. She's LOVING playing paper dolls and setting up house for a little bear. Great activity to work on during Brother's nap!

Annie and I did a puzzle and then got Graves up. We all got ready and went for a walk and then I fixed them supper.
I was so not feeling it, but when it's this "warm", you gotta get out (things I never thought I'd hear myself say). 

I folded laundry while they ate. After that we played a new Sesame Street memory game my mom had gotten them. It felt nice to be more present with them and I enjoyed that about the day. I bathed them and put them down and then read blogs a bit.
Minnie sent this awesome care package with stuff I accidentally (or on purpose because I ran out of space) left plus some fun happies. If included goofy glasses for four, Annie's sweet "breakable tea set" that Minnie had the ladies at Batte wrap (it was more protected than the china from my wedding when we received it), cute new little toys for both children, the monogrammed pillows for their bed, and this cold water head thing that makes me functional when the weather is gross. Not pictured are a couple of stroller attachments that I didn't want to deal with at the airport. Such a treat! 

Peyton's shifts here are really long (it means more days off, though, so at least in this situation it's our preference). But I've been trying to go ahead and have the couch unfolded when he gets here. I have to say- it's a great set up. The mattress is nice, it's very easy to pull out unlike those old school ones my parents had, and it has awesome built in storage. Truthfully, the worst part is having to fold a fitted sheet every morning! Now if I could just get consistent about having a warm supper ready for the poor fella!

Peyton got home and we talked and ate dinner and went to bed.

Peyton worked again on Friday. The kids slept a bit later and then got up and played some by themselves. SO nice! I got up and fixed them breakfast, but I kind of had a slow morning. I texted with a friend and got on Instagram and I let the kids watch Barney. I finally got moving and did dishes and folded up the sofa and then I sorted the stuff in one of the last boxes.
Baby Brother of a Big Sister. Think it's time to invest in some boy dress up clothes.

These flannel sheets I found on sale make me really happy. I'm not putting the normal ones back on when February is over. I'm not putting them on when all the snow melts. I'm not putting them on when I can go outside without a hat and gloves. I'm not putting them back on until I can feel Spring in my bones. 

 I put up some pictures frames that didn't need to be hung and then we picked up toys and the kids ate lunch. Graves took his nap and I got on the computer and ate lunch. Annie and I made a card for Peyton and I read my Bible and a few books I've been wanting to pick back up. Graves got up and we did a puzzle and then ate supper. They wanted to play with some bath toys Minnie had sent, so they took a quick bath and then we got ready for bed. I put them down and called my mom and went through more stuff while I talked to her. Peyton got home and we talked and ate and then I got on the computer and he watched TV.
It's been a long week, work-wise. But now we have FOUR days with all four of us. Annie and I made Peyton a card and put together this Lego Empire State Building Minnie got him a million Christmases ago (Sidenote: I love Legos. Who knew?) Annie drew all of us at Mr. Coco's (I'm holding Graves) and she drew a bowl of cereal but had me clarify in writing; "you usually make us pancakes but the pretend princesses wanted TINY circles, so I drew Cheerios instead".

Saturday was really long, but SUPER fun. We got up and all got ready to head to Manhattan for "Family Saturdays" at the ballet. Two or three things happened that made us think we might be late- the C train wasn't running, we couldn't buy my subway ticket because of an issue with the credit card, and we had to run back upstairs to the apartment twice- once to get diapers and once to get the tickets we forgot. But we made it! It was so much fun and I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, me or Annie. She was at the lowest end of the age range, but I think she got a good bit out of it. And I know she enjoyed it.
So many things to love about the island and we had a fabulous day, but it feels good to come "home" to Brooklyn.

After the ballet, we got pizza at a little place a few blocks away and then walked around Midtown (the area around Times Square) some. Peyton and I then decided to find the "weather star". We had to walk ten block back from where we had just come from, but we found it! Sweet Annie was ecstatic.
Annie has this New York City book that she and I both love. As we were getting ready for the move, I made it regular read in a rotation with a few others about the city. For some reason, she quickly fixated on this page with the "weather star". Anytime anyone would ask her what she was looking forward to, she'd saying "building a snow man and seeing that weather star in Manhattan". It's a very old book and we honestly weren't sure the star even existed anymore. It was obviously with great joy that Peyton and I were able to show her this today. (Especially as she's our kid who is not as easily impressed, doesn't emote as much, ect- see next picture.)

Y'all, he legit thought he was seeing the real deal. Look at that gaze. He was enamored. 

After that we headed home. The subway was super crowded and Graves and I had to go in a different door (same train car, though) than Peyton and Annie. It scared me really bad until I found them in the crowd at the other end of the car. I know I'll learn to navigate it, but right now I really depend on Peyton to know when we need to get off, ect.

We got home and fed the kids a snack and then Peyton played with them and I started straightening the apartment, which was a big mess. We let Annie have her "rest time" for thirty minutes because she really wanted to play with the bear paper doll stuff and I played with Graves and then we fed them and bathed them and put them to bed. Peyton fell asleep he was so tired during all that I got sort of frustrated. We had our first big argument since we've gotten here and I was pretty upset. We talked after the kids went to bed and I just lost it.

I've said before that he has really high standards for people and that can be hard. But I wasn't really being fair, either, and I started comparing him to other men who I feel like just idolize their wives and saying I felt so worthless. I was so, SO tired and just hysterical and saying dumb things like "Are you glad you married me? Do you really love me?" and then "Do you wish I'd get hit by a bus?" Hahaha. I told him I might not cook dinner as well as other women, but I thought I was "very brave". I told him about how I was terrified on the subway that we'd miss our stop and end up in the South Bronx or somewhere and not even have money for a cab and Graves and I would be stranded there all night. Or forever. And cried some more.

We talked it out and made up and went to bed.

Sunday was busy, too! We got up and got ready, but we took our time a little bit (Peyton was so sweet and let me sleep late). We got going a little before lunch and headed to the library. It was a good walk, but it when we got there, they were doing passports. We had half an hour to kill before it opened to the public. We let the kids play outside the library and Peyton called his dad. Once they opened, we dropped off our books and checked out a few things and then headed to Target- another long walk. We got groceries and ate a few before heading home- which was about a mile.
 I told Peyton to grab some diapers and he came down with one of those huge boxes. One day I'll get smart and Prime that crap. Or well potty train our kid. 

As soon as we got home we had to get ready for church. Whew! We got ready and headed to the subway. Peyton and I got in a small disagreement because we were running behind and everything was super stressful and I didn't do something right. UGH. We got past it and really enjoyed the service.
Worship at Trinity Grace Church (Park Slope) was wonderful! 

The kids were SO tired and when we got home, they ate and went right to bed.

Peyton and I ate and I took some laundry to the laundry room and took the recycling to the basement. I changed the liter box and cleaned the bathroom floors. We ate super and I switched over the laundry. Peyton and I watched TV and then I got the laundry and folded a little and then went to bed.

We've had a good week so far this week, but it has gotten super cold again, which is a bit of a bummer after the nice weather last weekend! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Weekly Happenings Post #255 (February 10-16)-- Setting Up House

Yucky crumbs on the floor! Hopefully, we'll have our permanent set-up worked out by next time. 

We were on our own on Monday after a great weekend with Peyton. The kids slept until about 8:30 and then we got up and had breakfast. I texted our land lady to see about a couple of things and she ended up saying that someone was coming to put guard rails on the kids' window. I was ready to get it done, but I knew I didn't have time to get a bath. I cleaned up the cat litter in the bathroom and did a few other things and worked on a blog post while the kids played.
They found General in the tiny closet and decided to move in with him and snuggle. Graves is literally laying on him like a pillow. General loves like a dog, not like a cat. He's so patient and sweet.

The guy came and worked on the window and then I took a bath and we had lunch. I just felt sort of "off". I put Graves down for a nap and he never fell asleep. He also ended up doing some "painting" with the contents of his diaper. So frustrating, especially since I don't have access to a washing machine the way I do at home. UGH.

When he got up, we did laundry and played. We did Facetime with my mom and ate supper and got the laundry and then called my dad back to talk to him before bed. They did not want to get off the phone and Annie ended up crying and saying she wanted to go back to Mississippi. It was so sad. I finally got her calmed down and got them to bed and they both said they were hungry. Graves finally did fall asleep, but not before AP threw his paci over the gate so he'd stay awake and watch her do acrobatics on her bed. She kept crying and saying how hungry she was and I finally gave her four carrorts in bed and she went to sleep. Peyton got home and we talked and I blogged some and then we went to bed.

Peyton was off on Tuesday and we got a good productive start. He took a ton of cardboard downstairs to be recycled and I finished cleaning the floors in the last big room we had left. We got bathes and ate lunch and then put Graves down for a nap and talked and played on the computer. We got him up and got ready to go to Trader Joe's around 3:30. Of course, by the time we got bundled up and across town we hit it right during the five o'clock rush. SO busy.
What a sweet cold-natured bandit! 

He said her hands were too cold to hold. She told him "I just want to be close to you and hold your hand, Bud." He shook his head. She said "I can put on my mittens". He obliged. 

We came home and started fixing the kids supper and then Peyton ran to a local grocery story to buy produce. We gave the kids baths and put them to bed. I had an awful headache and went to bed supper early (like right after the kids at nine thirty).

Peyton was also off on Wednesday and it was the big day when our stuff was going to get here. We had a few glitches (the move in pass couldn't be located and they brought the wrong moving cube and we were just praying ours was in the warehouse here). It was really stressful there for a few. Anyway, Peyton spent several hours (along with mover, who moved the heavy the stuff) hauling our stuff up to the apartment. I started unloading boxes and checked on the kids on and off (they played in their room pretty much all day- it was convenient I could keep handing them toys they hadn't seen in weeks). We finally got everything into the apartment and took a break around two for lunch. 

We got back started and I hung up kids' clothes and Peyton unboxed and sorted things into their general area. Peyton put together a little cabinet for the kids' room and then I fixed the kids supper and worked on boxes in the kitchen. We got them to bed and Peyton picked up burgers and fries for us. We talked and ate and then I tackled some more random boxes while Peyton put together a bookshelf. I took a bath and Peyton put together the kids' little table and then he took a bath. We chatted and went to bed super late. 

The kids woke up around 8:30 on Thursday. They played and had breakfast and I got on the computer and did a few things. Then I got busy! We spent all day inside. The kids spent all day in their room actually, but I don't think they minded a bit, they were so happy to have all their stuff! It was actually the most pleasant and sweet they've been since we got here. They've done GREAT with a really limited amount of toys, but I think they were so happy to just get back in their groove with dress up clothes and such. Anyway...

I unpacked most of my hanging clothes and found places for them. Ha! I got through another big box and found a couple more boxes of books and stuff for the kids' room. 
I love how Annie's bed turned out!

We cleaned up their room and I organized that stuff and then it was lunch time. After lunch, I took some measurements and worked on unpacking a big suitcase. I figured out a strategy for my Summer dresses (they were in one of the busted boxes) and reorganized a few things and then we picked up again and had supper. We brushed teeth and read stories and then Facetimed with Cookie. I put the kids to bed and called my mom and got on the computer.
Their room here is actually a good bit bigger than than in MS (as someone on FB figured out, they got the master bedroom). I kind of freak out sometimes at night when I have to hunt for them. Anyway, I found Graves sitting up in this box with his little head flopped over. Obviously, I moved him, but I had to take a picture first!

His bed would be up the next day, but until then...sister snuggles!

Sweet text from Cookie-- just what I needed. Word of affirmation are totally my love language. 

 Peyton got home and we talked and went to bed. 

We had another good day around the apartment on Friday. Peyton was off and we got up and had breakfast and took baths. Peyton got ready and left to run by his store, get some groceries and stop at the hardware store. I unpacked several more boxes- the rest of my clothes, a few more things for the kids' room, and some decorative things. I fixed the kids lunch and Peyton got home and we all went outside and played in the snow. 
We got to really enjoy it since our cold weather duds arrived!

When we got in, Peyton worked on a bookshelf and the kids had a snack and then it was naptime for Graves. We unpacked our books and I organized the homeschool stuff. We got Graves up and fed the kids dinner and bathed them and then it was bedtime. Peyton and I had a fun night- we got take out and Peyton hooked up the TV and we watched a bunch of episodes of SVU. 
Happy Valentine's Day to me! My sweetie got me take out and hooked up the TV. Let's be honest, it was a perfect date in my book. I'd say we're old, tired and boring but this is kind of a huge adventure we're having here. 

We stayed up too late on Friday and the kids were up early on Saturday. Peyton went to work and we got our day started. We had breakfast and then I took a bath and went through more stuff in the guest room. I made up the bed and we played some more and then straightened their room and then it was lunch and nap time. Graves took a SUPER great nap and I got on the computer for a bit and ate lunch then took one myself. I had to get up to help Annie with a few things several times, but it was still so nice. I sent a friend a FB message and then we woke up Graves. They played and I folded laundry and organized some more and then we picked up their room again and got ready for bed. We read stories and then Facetimed with my mom and dad. Peyton FINALLY got home and we set up Graves's bed. The evening had seemed SO long, even with my nice nap. I think because I'm not used to him working so late on Saturdays and because I had to keep the kids up so he could fix the bed. They didn't go to bed until 10:30 and Peyton fell asleep shortly after. I watched TV and went to bed around midnight. 

There's still just not a church option I feel like I can manage (we're going to visit two in our neigborhood soon) so we had a low key morning on
Sunday. I actually ended up laying down in AP's bed while they ate breakfast (they were still eating in their room because the rest of the apartment is a mess). I took my bath and did a few things around the apartment and then played with the kids some. 
Bud has a bed!

We cleaned up and had lunch and then it was naptime for Graves. He took another good nap and I listened to a podcasted sermom from the our old church from the previous week and blogged. Annie played and then we got Graves up and went out to play in the snow a bit. 
So glad to have my Winter stuff- especially nice warm boots!

I fed the kids supper and we got ready for bed and then read and Facetimed with Minnie. I put them to bed and talked to my mom on the phone and then ate supper. 
It's plastic packaged pasta, but I cooked something!  On my stove! In my own pot! (Sidenote: nobody tell Mick, but I've never really cooked with gas before and I almost scorched my flippin face off oogling too hard at the (clearly not) nonfunctional knob. What'd you expect from the chick who got the Mace in her own eyes the day her mom gave it to her?)

Wait, does this mean we have to stop toking up after this kids are in bed?

Peyton got home and we watched some of the Olympics and talked and went to bed.

What a week. We've already done a lot more to get "settled", but we have a ways to go. It is nice to see the place starting to look more like us and I'm just SO glad all our stuff is finally here!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Over at Belles and Beaux...Feelings from the First Two Weeks

Someone mentioned that they were having a hard time keeping up with both blogs, so at least initially I'm going to link here when I write there. Valentine's marked two weeks we've been in Brooklyn and I wanted to share some of my feelings:

Feelings from the First Two Weeks

Monday, February 10, 2014

Weekly Happenings #254 (February 3-9)-- First Adventures in BK

Well, we still don't have our stuff from the moving cubes. I was really sick about it (I'll get to what happened in a minute), but I tried to be positive-- I mean our stuff was fine and I knew we'd have it eventually. Honestly, this week wasn't so bad. Peyton was off a lot and that helped a ton because we weren't even in the apartment all that much. Plus, in a way it worked out well because it's given me time to really deep clean before all our stuff gets here and is in the way. And I think it's helped me sort of just relax and enjoy our first adventures with Peyton rather than think about how we should be "home" setting everything up. 

The kids slept nice and late in Monday. So nice since we had been up late working on putting together the couch. Poor Peyton had to get up EARLY for work. Anyway, it was snowing when we got up. The kids ate breakfast and I worked on a blog post since I had the computer out from the night before (since we don't have any furniture the laptop and the router just have to sit on the floor, so we've been unhooking them when we aren't using them; also, we were having to plug the computer into the router since we didn't have wireless yet). I hopped in the tub and thankfully Graves visited with me the whole time (we also don't have a gate yet and I didn't want to leave him unsupervised). We all got dressed and went out to play in the snow.

The kids didn't last long since we didn't have our legit snow clothes yet, but we did meet our adorable three year old twin down the hall neighbors and I had a positive interaction with some friendly security guards.

We came in soaking wet. I decided since we had clean towels it was as good a time as any to bathe the kids. Annie was upset we didn't have any bath toys but we told stories and after that they had lunch. We watched some guys shovel the snow outside our window and them had rest time.
Snow removal is so enthralling! 

I made Graves lay on the couch for an hour. It was hard, but we did it (and we needed it). I mostly laid with him, but somewhere in there I ate my lunch. After they got up, we did play dough and worked a puzzle. I browsed Anthro on my phone and we read a few books and all three colored, per Annie's request.
The kids (and I) were getting kind of restless and I was so ready for our stuff to get there on Wednesday. Ha!

I cleaned this really filthy area by the stove and scrubbed the refrigerator and fixed the kids supper.
Another night, another Supper In Transition. For what it's worth, I could eat Ritz and peanut butter every day for a month. 

I had a hard time getting the kids to settle and rest but I finally got them to sleep. I laid on the couch for a bit and then blogged until Peyton got home. I went to sleep pretty soon after he got here. 

The kids slept late again on Tuesday for some reason. Actually, Graves got up early and I fed him a banana and he went back to bed! Whatever works! 

I actually almost got through with my bath before he woke up at ten (Annie was up and playing quietly). Anyway, we had breakfast and I cleaned out the liter box.
Good Morning/Good Evening! 

They had four Little People and several different sized pieces of cardboard. They'dassembled the scenery and were starting the production. So proud of their creativity! 

We played inside for awhile and then Annie wanted to go for a walk. We walked about thirty minutes and then came home and rested.
Beautiful Brooklyn 

Again, I can't wait to have their room set up. The kids played and I cleaned the floors (we still didn't have a table so there were crumbs everywhere) and then had supper.

"This is me and Bud getting married". We've loved all this cardboard for coloring. Also, Graves told me yesterday that he was pretending to be "Coney" and Annie said "you be Coney Prince Charming" and he said "Okay, you be Cookie Cinderella". So sweet!

I realized something last week. One perk of having your floors redone (as we have in most of our MS house) that I never thought of is that you only ever have to clean your own dirt off of them. Also, depending on how much you clean, you're only ever cleaning, like at most, a month of junk. And again: it's your own people's dirt. This place is like sixty years old and Peyton thinks the floors are about that. And I feel like I'm cleaning about that many people's grime. I think I may be starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, though!

Perks of empty cabinets- Annie told me she was Darth and Graves was General! 

We read some and then I put them to bed. Rough night again. I remembered that on Saturday I had laid down and told stories with them and so I did that and they finally went to sleep. I got on the computer for a bit and then Peyton got home and we found a burger place to get take out from. It was SO good. We went to bed late after we ate.

Peyton was off on Wednesday and we were supposed to get our furniture and all our stuff delivered. We got up and took baths and then worked on putting together the kids' beds. Peyton had gotten two white ones and I had wanted a black one for Graves so that was stressful.
Oh look! Another piece of furniture! 

Anyway, we had lunch and called to see if the delivery was on time. We didn't realize that the window they gave us wasn't for the four hours they could be here but it was for when they could arrive. They were running so late we knew our "moving pass" (the co-op requires the pass to open the gates, let security know, ect.) was going to run out and plus the guys Peyton had hired to help weren't going to be able to come so late. UGH. We rescheduled for the following week and discussed what to do with the rest of the day. We got ready and all walked to Target and got some things.
Love these three!

This girl walked two miles in the snow and slush (with her whole family) from her apartment to Target and back.

I cannot wait to tell Graves about the day when he was almost three years old and I carried a baby gate a mile in the snow in lame synthetic leather boots BECAUSE THAT WAS THE PRICE OF MY SANITY. 

We got home and ate supper and got the kids to bed. I scrubbed the floor on my hands and knees in the tiny extra bedroom and also reorganized our suitcases. Peyton called about the wireless Internet we couldn't get working and I blogged and went to bed.

Peyton had to work on Thursday. I got my bath while the kids played in their room and then we had breakfast. We played and started laundry and then all colored some.
Took the kids to the janky dorm laundry room. The more I can teach myself to manage by myself with them the more fun things we can do on Peyton's days off. Also: we took the elevator to the basement, but we walked back up to the third floor because so far STAIRS! Are Graves's favorite thing in Brooklyn. So bonus points for me. And, as an aside, they are just obsessed with their harness things. I don't make them wear them in the building. 

We went back down to the basement and put the laundry in the dryer and came up for lunch. We got our laundry and I put the kids down for a nap.
Laundry bags, baskets, ect. are in the moving cubes. Because obviously. Backpack works, though!

Creative cardboard of the day: Annie made herself a computer. She even drew an apple on the back of the screen like Peyton's laptop.

I was so enjoying actually being able to put Graves in his room. 

No idea why I didn't get Peyton to buy this instead of cleaning tools the first night we were here. Graves rested for an hour by himself (whatever that means) and then at the hour mark I let Annie go in with him. They were sitting on the bed playing with Little People. Definitely beats making them both lay the couch for half an our and them both ending up in timeout for getting up, which is what I had been doing since we got here. I ate lunch in quietness, texted my sister in solitude, and enjoyed a few minutes of not having to share Peyton's sleeping bag with anyone else.

Too bad I spoke too soon.  These rascals decided to intentionally teetee in the (cardboard) car they had made but declare it was an "accident". Guess it was a long trip. Still worth it for a few peaceful minutes and I was ready to laugh then about the moments that I know I'll laugh about in five years.

 I love this because there is a picture at my parents' house were I am giving Cookie the exact same "you're out of your mind" look. Sweet little menaces.

They had baths and then we ate supper.

They were eating supper on the counter and I looked over and saw this. Suddenly he doesn't look like Trouble with a Capital "T" anymore.

And he spent the rest of supper with his arm around his best girl. When we intentionally had them close because we hoped they'd BE close, I never imagined what an intense love it would be. This whole thing is infinitely easier because they each have their best friend here and even at such young ages I think they find tons of security in each other.

We colored and did play dough and then I read to Annie. Graves said he was tired and got on the couch and fell asleep. Ha! I put Annie to bed and read some blogs until Peyton got home. We talked and went to sleep.

Per a blog reader's suggestion, I've been using this plus lots of elbow grease on the floors and I think it's really working. I've finished the tiny guest room, the kitchen, and both halls, plus I scrubbed this nasty area some sliding doors are on. So...only two rooms to go! I may be lazy, but there's a definite advantage to small spaces. A friend and I used to have a running joke about being able to almost vacuum our entire houses using one outlet. Less than a thousand square feet is even better! 

Peyton had Friday off and we got up and got ready for the day. We got a slow start, but left for Ikea before lunch. We took the subway and a bus and got there right as we were ready for lunch.
First family subway ride!

When you're a Southern boy in Brooklyn (without your POD) you wear your sister's leggings under your jon jon.

We ate hot dogs and pizza and then tried to figure out a few things we needed for our second delivery. It took a good while. By the time we checked out it was late afternoon and both kids fell asleep in the stroller. Crazy! We decided not to wake them to get on the bus and walked about half an hour to the subway. It was a cold walk, but not awful!

So today we took the subway and a bus and walked about a mile. Plus, Peyton pushed/pulled the double stroller through this mess. The AT ain't gonna be no thing for that boy.

Adventures in Redhook (a more industrial area of BK).

We got home and just relaxed and I started some laundry. Peyton helped me get the kids to bed and then he went out for groceries. I folded laundry and we talked and rated music on iTunes, haha and then went to bed!

We got a slow start on Saturday too but headed out before lunch again.
I got smart and wore Peyton's hat and scarf (and SmartWool socks)!

We walked all the way to the big public library. We stopped on the way and had lunch at a DELICIOUS Mexican place. We got our library card activated and checked out a few books and then rode the bus to Target and got a few things.
So awesome! 

That baby with the bunny on her back doesn't look like she's about to be five! And Graves was so excited about the dinosaur sheets he's holding!

Look at all the white! You can't really tell but there were some people sledding at the park in Fort Greene. No worries, though, the Farmer's Market was still going on as well!

We walked home and all took naps! When we got up it was supper time. The kids ate and Peyton talked to someone on the phone about some Internet problems we were having. Peyton bathed the kids and I started cleaning the inside of the cabinets. Then I discovered the tops.

At first I thought they were brown and I'd just give them a quick wipe down and throw away the million year old roach bait up there. Nope, they were white and three hours later you could tell it. 

All sparkly! Five years ago I bitched and moaned because Mr. McFrugal didn't hire a cleaning service to take care of the disaster zone mess he and his two roommates created in his (by then our) house by not really cleaning for a solid two years. I was so entitled. I complained a ridiculous amount about cleaning up after two of my FRIENDS and the man I loved. #Hardishardyo but this has been eye opening. Reminding myself constantly what a privilege it is to live in this great city and how fortunate we are to have found affordable housing in a neighborhood I think we'll love. 

We got the kids to bed and I finished cleaning and washed some dishes. I got on the computer a bit and we went to sleep.

Sunday was really nice. We ended up going to The Brooklyn Tabernacle at noon. It was a great service. Such amazing worship and really good preaching about giving a "soft answer" in a wrathful situation. It made me so nervous (it would anywhere but BFUMC and this place is HUGE, so understandably more so), but we dropped the kids off and they did great. Graves actually wanted to go with us at first but then he kept saying "too loud" and told us he wanted to go to the nursery.
The beautiful (and lively) Brooklyn Tabernacle. The walls practically shook! 

After church, we ate lunch at Subway and then came home and rested. After that, I cleaned UNDER the cabinets and we had supper. Peyton took the kids out to watch the snow fall and we got them to bed. I got on the computer a bit and went to bed myself.

I'm so, so glad we're on the home stretch (fingers crossed) before we can really totally finish moving in and get into some sort of routine. One more day!