Wednesday, October 26, 2011

things i've learned in 2 years

we're coming up on our 2 year tennessee anniversary on sunday.

1) if you don't like your old house trailer you can just pull a new one up right next to it and move
2) there is no such thing as "halloween decorations". thats just how you do landscaping down here
3) everyone hoards tires...and then burns them

4) if your truck doesn't work, throw it in neutral and give it a push down the nearest hill
5) who needs a firepit when you could use a garbage can

6) literally ANYTHING can be fried. its scary.

7) if anyone so much as sees a snowflake there will be a walmart raid and they will be out of food for 2 days

8) cigarettes are part of every families food budget

9) road rage can lead to a gun shot wound
10) you are guaranteed to see the following on any given day at walmart:
a. mullet...on a woman
b. a kid with no pants
c. a man with way too much amo in his buggy

but i also have learned a few other things. when people ask you how you are doing they really want to know. when they say "call if you need anything" they mean it. anythinhg...and sometimes get upset if you don't ask.

its ok to drive slow
tobacco season smells delicious

rain clouds mean business

lots of people live on dirt roads (including my family)

tennessee is beautiful

i love the view from my house. right now i see all the oak trees changing color out my kitchen window. i can finally see where the cliff drops off in the back yard since the trees are losing leaves.
this is all i see from every window. no houses, no traffic, no roads.
once in a while you can hear the old man across the valley singing.

so i would have to say that when we were offered this house and 2 weeks later were driving down here with all our stuff, we made the best decision ever.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I thought I could multi-task I have 3 kids under 3 and I learned that what I was doing before September 18th wasn't multi-tasking. Thismorning I did 2 loads of laundry, fed 2 kids breakfast, put away the dishes from last night, and started a blog, all while nursing Hank; and thismorning was easy.

Mothering takes a little planning.
You can't just plop yourself down anywhere to feed a newborn when you have two crazies running around the rest of the house. Bad things could happen- plastic food and books being thrown in the toilet, the garbage can being emptied one piece of garbage at a time, or Reed being hit in the head with a potty chair by his sister. So after the spankings, I sat in my chair in the middle-est part of the house and watched. Its funny how quickly little ones can go from hitting and pushing to saying "I love you brudder, give me a hug". And these moments are what keep me going.