2006-06-24

Travel?

Yeah, so this nifty new look reminds me that we are leaving in a few days. I suppose that means I need to drag some suitcases out and think about what to put in them! Thankfully we always travel light going to the US...coming back is another story! Although every year we live in Europe we learn to live and travel a little lighter.

So Meg is done with school, and her hair is all cut off. I am hoping this summer will be a good "re-set" time for her and that she will start school in the fall with less shyness toward her new classmates as well as motivation and determination to learn more Spanish.

Nic had his tooth pulled yesterday and the spacer thing put in. I could hear him crying after they gave him the shot. I hated that. But they said he calmed down after that and was really good. He came out cheerfully with a glove blown up into a balloon. He's a little trooper.

Last night Troy and I had a date, thanks to Jonathan, who volunteered to babysit! We rode the bus into the center of the city and saw X-Men 3. I'm so glad to be living in the city again. I love it. It's great to be able to experience Europe more...living in suburbia isn't quite European! I love taking the bus; it's a great way to learn what's out there and people watch.

We've all bee enjoying the pool on our lunch break. It's heated just enough to make it blissfully easy to get in, but not so much that it's not refreshing.

This afternoon we are taking the kids to see Over the Hedge for their end of school year treat. We're all looking forward to it.

Well, I should get back to unpacking my office boxes and making sure laundry is caught up so we actually have clean clothes to pack!


2006-06-20

The Dentist

Can you believe I have taken each kid to the dentist once by MYSELF? :) On Friday I took Nic. He was a big boy and went in all by himself. They took impressions of his teeth, cleaned them, gave him a fluoride treatment and I think filled the small cavity. The dentist (a very nice woman) came out thrilled with him, said he had been "un encanto" (a delight). She gave him a big kiss goodbye. I love that about Spain! He did great, although something like did made him queasy. He came home, started eating his oatmeal and upchucked everywhere. Poor boy. This Friday he has his final appointment when they pull the tooth and put the spacer thing in.

Today I took Meg to the same clinic and saw the orthodontist, also a very nice woman. She took one look at Meg's mouth and said there was no doubt she was going to have to pull teeth. Contrary to my husband's opinion, Meg and I have small mouths, with too many teeth. Thus, "buck" teeth. They gave us a quote for 2 years of braces; it'll be around 2500 euro. I honestly have no idea what braces run these days, but that didn't seem too bad to me. So if we can get the money together she'll get braces in the fall. Poor girl.

In other news, I only have to drive Meg ALLLLL the way out to school one more day. Her field trip was supposed to be tomorrow, so that was going to be her last day although school officially ends on Friday at lunch. But today when I picked her up I found out that it got changed to Thursday. So I'm going to keep her home tomorrow and Thursday will be her last day.

Troy finished putting up lights in our place today. That's one of the quirks or renting here...you have to provide your own light fixtures. Thankfully we found some at Ikea for 9.99 euro. When you have to put 7 or more lights up, it adds up.

Meg also decided today while we were waiting for the bus that she wants her hair cut short again. I think hair brushing is taking its toll on her :) The boys both need haircuts anyway, so I guess tomorrow will be haircut day. She also was quick to ask if we could go swimming tomorrow since she wasn't going to school :) Both kids love the water.

Anyway, gotta go to bed! Don't worry, still working on the moving post :)


2006-06-18

Sunday

It's a wonderfully normal Sunday today even though we still have boxes to unpack and things to put away. Troy, the kids and the dog just went out for a walk. We got our ADSL on Friday and I got the wireless to work on Saturday so we feel connected to the world again. Several friends may be stopping by today.

I will still have to do a couple of posts about the move. Too long to go into now though.

The first week here was a bit scary and overwhelming. Summer is usually sort of a slump time for our church, so it felt a bit risky having just made this huge move. But I think we're past the worst of the panic and back into hope :)

Note to self: Try not to plan a move just a couple weeks before furlough! Although despite our lack of planning ahead, God is providing and things are falling into place for places to stay, vehicles to drive etc.

More later...am going to enjoy the Sabbath!