His First Visit To His New School

Kyle starts school in just a few days!  He will be starting 6th grade at a brand new school, in a new school district.  

Friday, May 31, 2013

The in-laws are moved in

The in-laws arrived on Wednesday night around 10:40pm.  They did not expect to arrive so late, but they ended up leaving much later than they expected.  The hired movers took 6 1/2 hours to load their U-Haul.  The movers were slow and one of the guys had no idea what he was doing.  They plan on complaining to the company that sent the moving guys. 

The in-laws stayed two nights in our second bedroom.  They were able to get their apartment keys yesterday and they started moving in a few of their things.  My mother-in-law set up their bathroom so that they could shower in their shower this morning. 

The U-Haul arrived yesterday and the movers moved all their stuff in today.  They even helped transport and unload their things into the storage unit they rented. 

They are exhausted and trying to get settled in. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New school next year

After two years of attending his current school, Kyle will be attending a new school next year.  Since we moved, it put us in a different zone. 

I wanted to get him enrolled into the new school before school ends because it would give me one less thing to worry about.  I tried calling the elementary school closest to us and after being transferred to the Pre-K EC teacher and then having to call back, I asked if we should just come in.  We stopped by and I was able to speak to the head EC teacher and she was able to determine that he would not attend their school.  She gave me the number to her supervisor at the main office/district office. 

I called the number from the parking lot since Shannon has a cell phone and we were already out and about for this purpose.  Anyway, she took down Kyle's name and address and looked up what school he will attend.  She said she will email the principal to let him know.  They will set up transportation too.  She gave me his teacher's name and said I could call her about a week after school ends to meet with her if needed.

I feel better that he will be ready to attend his new school.  We even drove by the school.  It is an elementary and middle school on one campus.

I was also informed that they use the same program as his current school. 

Back at school

After staying home on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and having Monday off, Kyle is back at school!

Kyle was really excited about returning to school.  He was getting bored.  I am glad he will be attending school all this week.  Shannon is working on Friday, so his mom will help get him to school that day.

My in-laws are moving on Wednesday.  They are driving up on Wednesday and their neighbors are driving their U-Haul for them on Thursday.  They will be staying with us on Wednesday and Thursday night for now. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Washer and Dryer

Our washer and dryer is here!  I love it!

Not only that, they were delivered on time.  They called me a little after 9am to say that they will be here around 9:30am and they were on time.

While they were installing it, the maintenance guys came by to change our filter and do pest control.  One of the guys asked, "Did you buy those?"  I said, "Yes!"  He said, "Wow, those are nice!  They are better than the ones we use."  I think he was referring to the ones the apartment complex rents out to residents!

Kyle loves sitting in front of the washer and watch the clothes spin around.

 Our old washer also had a window that he could watch the clothes spin around.  Now he can watch both the washer and dryer through the window! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The mountain of laundry

I couldn't stand our mountain of laundry anymore.  I decided to do two loads of laundry today!  Kyle helped me along the way by carrying the laundry detergent, the basket or the keys.  He loves helping and he loves going on walks, so it was perfect. 

Our washer and dryer are supposed to be delivered tomorrow!  I am so excited. I also earned over $60 in cash back just from shopping online. 

Work = Money = Missed School

Shannon was asked to work today, Thursday and Friday.  He is working split shifts, however, that also means Kyle will be unable to get to school.  Since we moved, we are driving him to school. 

Shannon said that he'd rather earn money and have Kyle miss three days of school.  I hate that's he's missing school, but we do need the money!  Shannon won't be taking any extra day shifts at work until after Kyle is out of school. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I ordered them online

This afternoon, I did something I never thought I would ever do.  I ordered a washer and dryer online!  They will be delivered on Thursday!  I am so excited and can't wait for them to get here.  We have a mountain of laundry to do too.

I ended up getting a front loading washer and both appliances are Energy Star rated. 

When I asked Shannon for his opinion on what type of appliances to get, he said it was up to me.  I went with front loading because we discussed the benefit of using less water with each wash.  

Everything is new and exciting

Last night was our first night at our new apartment.  I did not sleep well because Kyle didn't want to go to sleep.  It didn't help that he was excited about being in a new place and running around.  I also think having soda a few hours before didn't help either. 

The phone rang a few times last night as well.  First, he was called in to work from another manager with the company.  He was asking Shannon to cover another security contract.  He is working 3 hours this evening, as well as Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!  Since he is working the rest of the week, we won't be able to take Kyle to school.  I was really thinking of getting a cab to take him to school in the morning but the expense of it and cabs are so unreliable here. So, Kyle will be missing school the rest of the week.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Almost all moved in

While Kyle was at school, Shannon and I moved all of our furniture into our new apartment.  We had to be at the new apartment at 9am for the cable guy.  We were told he would be there between 9am and 10am.  While we were waiting, Shannon went to pick up the U-Haul.  Thankfully, it was less than a mile away, so he walked there.  While he was gone, the cable guy did show up (around 10:15am) and connected our internet service. 

We arrived at our old apartment just before 11am and got to work loading the U-Haul with our furniture.  It was extra muggy and humid so after carrying a few heavy things to the U-Haul, we were both dripping with sweat!  The weather wasn't nice, it wasn't hot or cold...just really muggy and overcast.  The humid just made us sweat.

It took us a good hour or so to load our furniture.  It took another half hour to hour to get our things unloaded.  We have been unpacking and trying to get settled in this evening.  Kyle is excited and very happy about our new home. 

We still have clothes, dishes and food at our old apartment.  We have the place until the 26th, so we plan on moving everything else and then doing a quick cleaning. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Buying the big appliances online

Shannon and I were talking about what washer and dryer to purchase.  I would love to get an "energy star" washer and dryer.  I also asked him what he thought of the front loading washer vs the top loading washer.  We decided the front loading washer uses less water and our clothes would get a better wash with the front loading because of the way it spins.  With the top loading, you would have to fill the water level all the way to the top and there is no guarantee that the clothes at the very top will get washed. 

Plus, with the front loading washers, it sounds like you can really stuff them and they have a huge capacity.  That is helpful with bed comforters, sheets and other big loads.  

We're hoping to get a front loading washer.  Although, I do hate that I would have to stoop very low just to load the washer.  I could get the stand but those are usually an extra $300 or so, each. 

Also, Shannon is finally open to the idea of buying the washer and dryer online through the shopping site that I use to earn cash back on online purchases!  I told him that I would need to go to the store first to look at the models and then decide which ones to buy and make the purchase online.  Hopefully we can go later this week. 

Our washer will no longer connect to our kitchen faucet so I have been hand washing our clothes for the last few days.  We did use the laundry facilities at our new apartment earlier this week.  I am really wanting to get a washer and dryer for our apartment quick! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Changed Major Twice

I am looking at returning to college to earn my Bachelor's Degree.  This week, I changed my major twice!  Although, I won't be able to start until June.  I need to print out some forms, sign them and then scan/email them to the school or fax them.  We won't have our printer hooked up until after we move and even then, that depends on when Shannon will get around to setting up the printer. 

My original major was Sociology.  Earlier this week, I changed it to Social Science but then I read the description and courses for the Psychology Degree and that seems more interesting to me even more so. 

I am still against "loans," however I have been wanting to earn my degree for some time now.

Washer and Dryer

We still need to get a washer and dryer.  We tried looking at used appliances but realized we really don't know what we are getting with used.  We don't know the history of the appliance.  Plus, we don't have the protection of a warranty that comes with a new washer and dryer. 

We just feel more comfortable buying new from a reputable store. 

For the first few day or weeks we are in our new apartment, we may need to use the laundry facility in our building.  I definitely don't mind and it's not a long walk from our apartment. 

I would love to get a front loading washer because of the energy savings and the use of less water.  I would also love to buy "made in America" appliance.  However, both front loading and "made in America" are usually expensive.  We looked at washer and dryers a few weeks ago just to get an idea of prices. 

U-Haul on Monday

Next Monday and Tuesday are our moving days with the U-Haul.  We just found out yesterday that our apartment complex is repaving the parking lots on Tuesday and Wednesday, so some areas will be closed for parking, which means our parking lot may be full.  We are worried that we may not be able to find a close parking spot for the U-Haul, thus we may have to carry our things farther away from our apartment to the parked U-Haul!  We're hoping that most cars will be gone during the day since people work during normal business hours. 

On Monday, we are scheduled to pick up the U-Haul at 10am.  However, we do have to meet the cable guy at 9am at our apartment.  We hope to move as much as we can on Monday while Kyle is in school.  We only have a few hours to do our moving because he comes home around 2:40pm or so (when the bus drops him off). 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Pink Polka Dot Plant

Earlier this week, I finally threw all of my plants away that I had in soil.  I kept my air plants.  I knew I needed to get rid of them for our move.  I already miss my plants. 

Yesterday, we stopped by Time Warner to return our cable box.  While we were there, I saw two plants in the back of their office near a window.  One was a peace lily plant and one was a lime green color plant!  It looked like a philodendron!  I even pointed them out to Shannon.  I already have plant-fever! 

Today, Kyle came home from school with a Mother's Day gift he made at school.  I received a Pink Polka Dot Plant in a cute clay pot that he painted blue with dots and other decorations on them!  It is so cute!  I put the plant in our kitchen near the window and as we were getting ready for bed, Kyle brought the plant in the bedroom and put it on our nightstand!  I tried putting it back in the kitchen, but then he brought it back into the bedroom.  So, we have it on our nightstand! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Second visit to new apartment

Yesterday, we decided to take Kyle over to our new apartment for the second time.  This was his second visit there and this time, he saw more of our stuff there.  He saw his blankets there and we showed him where mommy and daddy's room is and where his room is.  We also showed him where his bed will go and he grabbed a blanket to lay down.  It was cute. 

He loved visiting the apartment.  He ran around into every room and saw our things in various places.  Hopefully he understands we are moving.  I think he's used to us moving every so often. 

On our way home, we asked him if he wanted french fries.  He quickly responded verbally with "french fries" and he also started moving his hand and arm over and over again every time we asked.  We wondered if he was signing "french fries."  So, when we got home, I looked up how to sign "french fries" and lo and behold, he was signing it!  You can see how it is signed here

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Apartment Tour

Here is a video we made today while visiting our apartment. We made it for the purpose of showing my in-laws since they have not been able to see the inside of their apartment. They are going to get the same apartment type as we are. We wanted to give them a video of what it looks like inside.

Our apartment is two bedrooms, one bath, with a den, 1100 square feet with a washer and dryer hookup.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Early morning message

We received a call from an anonymous caller this morning at 1:15 AM.  It woke both Shannon and I up!

As we listened to the message, I realized that I want to record it to post on youtube!  I feel bad for the woman and I hope she finds the guy.  I just hope she didn't give out OUR number to the authorities.

She obviously has the wrong number.