Monday, July 21, 2014

Week #1 Down Under

We've made it to Adeladie, South Australia and we're slowly but surely figuring things out.  This past week has been full of setting up and getting organized: groceries, cleaning supplies, buying bikes, touring the Uni for Ryan and Gilles Primary School for the boys, walking EVERYWHERE and enjoying the 50-60 degree winter temperatures.  The first few days were chilly and dreary but I keep reminding myself that this is winter and it's only going to get warmer and warmer during the five months we are here.  We still don't have internet at home, so updating pictures and blogging is difficult to do.  But until our wireless supplies show up, I'll try to update as frequently as I can. Don't give up on me!

Ryan and I have our regular email up and running ( and Caden also has an email address now ( and he LOVES hearing from folks back home.

Here are some pictures from our first week in Adelaide. Cheers!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sweet Sixteen

How much do I love my husband (of 16-years as of today)?  Enough to make him a from-scratch coconut cream pie that required FOUR trips to the grocery store (I went three times and I sent Ryan the last time because I was too embarrassed to be seen again).  But he really liked it, so it was worth the time, and the gas, and the money and the time.  Did I mention the time?

It was definitely a SWEET SIXTEEN anniversary for us this year.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

First weekend of....

Happy first weekend of SUMMER for our USA friends and family and WINTER for our Australian-friends-to-be!

With officially three weeks to go before we leave, we still need: a place to live, our VISA's, and our packing done.  No problem, right?  We do have lined up two great Simpson alumni that are going to stay in our house while we are gone and that is a huge relief.

If you were going overseas for 5 months, what is one thing that you wouldn't leave home without (clothes & underwear don't count)?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

one month


I think it is officially time to stop making lists and start crossing things off the lists....

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sneak Peak

I hope to put an entire album together tonight will ALL of the pictures from this past weekend, but here are a few of my favorites in the meantime....

Monday, June 2, 2014

calling all tooth fairies....

It took a LOONNNGGGG time, but Bryson finally lost his first tooth and he couldn't be more proud or excited.  He noticed it was loose last week, but I tried to warn him that it might take awhile for it to be ready to fall out (more than just hours, like he originally thought).  I had only been home for ~30 minutes and all of a sudden I heard Bryson yell something from the basement.  I thought he yelled "snake" which immediately made me run to the steps.  But he was already running up the steps, tooth in his hand and blood dripping out of his mouth. He is NOT a fan of blood, so I took him to the bathroom to try to stop the bleeding as soon as possible.  He started crying even harder, but I quickly realized they were happy/excited tears.  His smile was so wide that the bloody saliva was pouring out of his mouth!  What a precious little boy he is.

Bryson really wanted to ride his bike up the street to show Caden what happened, but I convinced him to wait because I was afraid he would wake up nappers at that house.  Our new plan....we're not going to say anything and see how long it takes Caden to notice!

p.s.  Please notice that his forehead looks MUCH better.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bad, Bad Mommy

Our otherwise fantastic weekend kind of ended with a thud tonight...  All four of us were playing basketball in the driveway: Caden & Mom  vs. Bryson & Dad.  I was guarding Bryson and was being EXTRA careful to make sure I didn't step on his toes or knock the ball out of his hands or block his shot.  Do you see where this is going?  Bryson shot the ball and followed his shot like any good player should do.  I went under the basket, went up for the rebound and swung both of my elbows down hard to secure the ball, you know like any good player should do.  Well, it just so happens that my elbow swinging down was exactly the level of Bryson's forehead at the time and I smacked him HARD.  How hard?  It's been almost two hours and my elbow still hurts.  But my poor little opponent faired even worse.  The bruise and knot appeared within seconds and he was in tears (obviously).  We went inside and watched one of his favorite shows while I held ice to his forehead (and ocassionally my elbow, I won't lie!) and tried not to think about what I had done to my little baby.  I FEEL AWFUL!

At first Bryson didn't want to look at it, but once we assured him there was no blood, he looked and shouted back to me, "whoa, that's big!".  I asked Ryan to take a picture and Bryson thought I should write down what I did so that I will remember to never do it again.  After Kickin' It (the boys current Disney XD show obsession), a bath and a bowl of cereal, he said it felt fine and didn't want any Tylenol.  I wish I could heal as quickly...

I'm afraid the pictures don't really do the bump justice, but this gives you an idea: