Originally Posted by Nickarolaberry
I told the realtor that they have to decide today otherwise we're moving on. I did see a house last Friday through Craigslist and although it is fine it wasn't optimal for a few reasons (location is a bit far from synagogue; there are a few weird oddities, like a bidet (!) in the bathroom which creeps me out; etc.) but it would be a totally fine house to rent and the owner seems like someone we could have a decent relationship with. So if this one falls through I think we'll just go with that if it's still available. It's like the never-ending Odyssey. I know I684 and I84 and I91 awfully well these days...
Trying to have faith and be Zen about it all, but it is not easy.
Speaking of Odysseys, I'm trying to research SUV's (we have an Ody. It sucks in the snow. We need something that will go in the snow.) and getting totally overwhelmed. I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to get the new Outback but I'm not sure if it has enough cargo room or space for the kids in general. It would be tight and no extra room whereas we're used to being able to shlep people and stuff. So I was also looking at a Suburban or Tahoe but they seem very big. And the Pilot has brake issues apparently. So I don't know. Matt needs space for his race stuff (not just his own, but as a race director he always has signs, cones, whatnot) and his bikes. We have 3 kids, one in a high backed booster and one in a 5 pt. harness. I'm thinking the only things that are going to feel big enough are the Suburban/Tahoe or something like an Explorer or Expedition but it is giving me a panic attack about the gas mileage etc.
On the bidet, you might get used to it, or you could put a house plant there. Just think, easy watering.
On the Outback: Hauling 3 kids and their stuff isn't a problem. We love ours, though I'd prefer a car with better gas mileage for size. The bike rack, however, isn't easy to fit onto the back. We have a roof box for the top that's easy to use and holds enough that we can go camping for several days comfortably (2 coolers, tent, camp chairs, etc). We've gotten a full carseat, a high-back booster, and a booster into the back, though buckling up is a little awkward.
Originally Posted by tjsmama
I'm in Ohio. On four hours of sleep last night! The flight was pretty uneventful, other than the fact that the airports and the plane were ridiculously crowded with occasional travelers. I have to admit that I'm a teeny bit of a travel snob, but seriously...some of the cluelessness and sheer stupidity that I observed today just is mind boggling.
I still find it amazing that people try to take huge bottles of shampoo through, wearing huge necklaces and bracelets and complicated shoes. Seriously, have they been living under a rock? I will pick longer lines through security to avoid being behind someone who's packed themselves with plastic bags - a sure sign of cluelessness.
Originally Posted by doctorjen
NRR - we're in Missouri. Our moving van came yesterday and it was utter chaos all day, but they eventually pulled out with our stuff. We got up very early and drove the 430 miles today, and arrived in time to stop in at the school's dept of public safety to do residency verification so the kids can register for school tomorrow. We close in the morning, register the kids in the afternoon (at 2 different schools, and will still have to do a third school in early August), and will sleep tomorrow night in our empty new house. The moving truck arrives again on Friday with our stuff. I start work on Monday July 18, so hope I can get the house at least a little situated before then!
I can't wait to hear how the new job comes together. Best wishes to your family in the move. What's your DH doing?
JenB, best for your move too. Let me know if you want me to hook you up with some locals - including some who might know some resources for your older DS. Here's to a smooth adjustment to both families.
So, our nanny finally found another job. Our contract says she needs to give us 2 weeks notice. Her last day is in two weeks, but she's taking 3 days next week for training. Ummm, that's not giving us two weeks. So I'm scrambling for summer camps for DS to fill the gap -- the poor kid is now in math camp immediately after Safety Town, and while I'm sure he'll like math camp, it's the last thing he needs and he'll be exhausted. I wanted him to ride his bike and go swimming next week, not learn more math. :lol
Anyone know why nannies appear to prefer babies and toddlers to school aged kids? My kids are EASY compared to babies and toddlers, and I pay the same. I have this sense that we get fewer people than are out there applying for the job considering our location and payrate. Is there a trend for earlier in the day (our hours are 11-6). I've actually started contacting people that post their own info looking for jobs instead of just posting my own job ad, and none reply. Is it me? Do I have nanny boss B.O.?
RR I didn't run at all while in Europe, but counted on Time On Feet, which seems to have served me well. It's HOT here, though. It was in the 60s most of the time we were gone, and we came back to 90F and humid. Blech.
Edited by Geofizz - 7/8/11 at 8:50am