Things are a little crazy at the moment. Actually, no, scrap that, things are A LOT crazy! T is down for a nap, F is doing some puzzles, Woolmerhof is at work and I really should be sorting stuff out for the move. Instead, I'm sitting at the dining room table surrounded by chaos and a sink full of dishes, writing a post. As I've said before, if I leave it til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.. right!?
Last weekend was crazy too. Thanksgiving on Thursday with our dear friends M & M and OAB was just awesome. We had the yummiest food including green bean casserole (OAB is a pro at making that!), sweet potato casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, bread rolls, gravy and this thing that Mr M refers to as "orangy." Mrs M made it and it's kind of a pudding type thing with cool whip, tapioca pudding, crushed pineapples.. and I'm sure I've forgotten something. Anyway, orangy was actually really good - apparently I have somewhat of a sweet tooth.. who would have thought!? T enjoyed her very first thanksgiving and we have some great photos of her chewing on a turkey wing. Dessert was Pumpkin and Coconut Cream pie from The Pie Guy. He outdid himself as usual! Black Friday I ordered some stuff online (and I have everything crossed it arrives before our removal on Monday!) and then we had a look at the PX just to see if there was anything of interest. Nope. We ended up at Starbucks drinking gingerbread lattes instead.
On Saturday, we picked up our settling out hire car. What a debacle! Budget in Leesville is less than awesome and, unfortunately, the only option. They'd called during the week to confirm our booking and of course, there was an issue with the carseats that the embassy had requested. Our original plan was to give F's seat to the new Aussies, as their youngest is the same age as him, and sell T's on the Fort Polk for sale page as we can't use it at home, and she's ready to go forward facing now anyway. That was a good plan in theory, in practice, not so much. Well, the seat they gave us is not only broken, but was full of old food. Anyway, we got it home and I vacuumed it and then we tried to install it. Needless to say when the front passenger seat is squished up against it, it doesn't move but in the mini van we pick up to drive to Dallas, we're going to have issues. No matter, we could make it work. The car absolutely stinks of cigarette smoke (like putrid make you want to throw up stink!) so Woolmerhof told the lady and she said, "yeah initial to say we will charge you $250 if you smoke in it, and then put it on the condition report" Uh.. okay. By the time we got up on Sunday, even after putting a ton of odour eater stuff in it, it still stunk, and so did our clothes after sitting in it! I opened the boot up to install F's carseat (that we are now taking to Dallas with us and throwing out at the airport because Budget couldn't give us a seat for him...) and we discovered cigarette ash everywhere, and pine tree sap all over the boot! WTF!? We called the customer service line to have everything noted because we didn't want to be pinged when we dropped it back. They said to take it back to the depot to get a different car because that was completely unacceptable. Woolmerhof called them at the depot this morning because he can't make it in until tomorrow. Luckily, the people who work during the week must be much more helpful as she said to bring it in tomorrow no worries and she'd sort it out and look into a new carseat for T. Crisis averted!
T also decided about 2 weeks ago that 10 1/2 months seemed to be an acceptable age to start taking steps (much to my dismay.) and in the last few days she's gone to a step here and there to five or six at a time.. and climbing.. my god that girl can climb! Argh! Not what we wanted just before a long haul flight. I guess she just really needed to keep up with F.. or get away maybe?!
Weather for this weekend and next week is crazy cold - like 4 degrees when the new guys arrive on Saturday! Eeek! It makes it kind of hard to try and pack a suitcase with a weeks worth of winter clothes for here, then a month worth of summer stuff when we get back before our air freight arrives. Can't believe this time next week, our stuff will be in boxes, and we'll be living in a hotel :( The closer it gets, the more upset I get and the more F declares "I want to stay in America!" There will be lots of tears from all involved next week :(
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! We are thankful for the most wonderful two years in Louisiana that we could have ever dreamed of, and awesome, fantastic friends.
And here's a mobile T supervising the boys detail the car for the new Aussies from the door. There was a lot of banging on the window and squealing. I'm pretty sure she was trying to say "let me out!"
Funky blanket tadaa!
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