Monday, February 26, 2018

Captain's Log: Month 94

February: Our first full month back in North Carolina. It's weird to think about it that way, because it feels like we've been here a lot longer. But I guess that makes sense - we lived here before (albeit a different part), so it feels like we're coming home.

Jason started work at the beginning of the month, and his schedule is much better than it was last year. He works twelve-hour shifts, but only like four of them a week, so he has at least three days a week off.

Charley really likes our new house and our yard.

Ellie has continued to enjoy her new school. She loves riding the bus, and I really enjoy walking her to the bus stop in the morning, especially on the mornings Jason is home so Zelda and Sue can stay home and I get to have Ellie all to myself for a couple minutes. It's already starting to feel like spring; the bushes are putting out leaf buds and we see and hear lots of birds on the morning walk. I want to start bringing our binoculars so that we can look at birds while we wait for the bus.

(If it's raining I drive and wait at the bus stop in the car. Sometimes while waiting for Ellie's bus to come after school I get bored, resulting in pictures such as the one above.)

I've been reading War and Peace since the beginning of January and I'm getting sooo close to the end. (I've got like 300 pages left in my print copy/10 hours left on the audiobook.) I love it! It's an incredible book and I would recommend it to absolutely anybody. I feel like it's the foundation of everything and I can't believe I haven't read it until now. If you want to read it, I'd recommend the Maude translation.

My mom came to visit us at the beginning of the month;! We had so much fun with her. She played with my girls the whole time she was here, and it was wonderful to get a break and be able to focus on other stuff while she took care of them.

Here's Sue cheesing it up for Grandma:

This next picture's blurry and the lighting's not great, but look how happy she is to go to Grandma:

We went to the kid's museum with Grandma, too:

Suzy has realllllly loved coloring this month. She colors on papers all day long, and on herself, and on walls...Sigh. But it is really cute when she makes a little scribble on a paper and shouts, "Ta da!"

She was actually sick with a cold or something at the beginning of the month. For a couple nights in a row she ended up cuddling with us in our bed for a little while after her sisters had gone to sleep.

She still had good spirits, and expressed them by making me sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" with her about eight hundred times. (If I ever stopped, she'd demand, "'Gain! 'Gain!" {again, again})

Daddy brought donuts home one morning:

One day this month Ellie and Zelda appeared from the playroom in the following outfits and told us they were pop stars. They had "pop star names" too - something like Gana and Bobo.

And everyone played in the back yard a lot when the weather was warm:

Our little lion.

This chubby little baby girl is mine. And I love her so much and want to eat her up.

Charley hears something in the grass...

And pounce!

I can't remember what Zelda colored herself into this time. A tiger, I think. Her eyes mesmerize me.

Oh, it almost slipped my mind, even though it's a big thing - we got a new car.

It all happened rather unexpectedly. Ever since we moved back to North Carolina, Jason's been saying that his car (a rusty old beater, a 2001 Ford Explorer) had been making bad, concerning noises. Then one night (actually the 13th, I remember) his car broke down on his way home from work. He was stuck in a city about a half hour away. Luckily we got AAA before our move, so he was able to call them and they towed him to a nearby Ford dealership.

Since it happened just a few weeks after we moved here, I didn't know who I could call late at night from church, so I loaded up the girls in our car at home at 11 pm and we drove out to rescue Jason.

The next day the mechanic called us back to say that it would cost something like $1500 to fix the car - but it was really worth barely more than that even if it was fixed. So we traded it in to the dealership for a 2014 Dodge minivan. So we're minivan people now! It really is very functional with the girls and I'm pleased at how it all worked out.


  1. Spring! I'm jealous. We have snow with more coming... I love how Sue scrunched her nose when she smile. The other two are getting so big!

  2. Thank you for sharing this with us! You have so wonderful girls! And a green garden!! Here we have snow and it is soooo cold!!
    A lot of greetings from Austria!


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