We had been watching some cooking shows. Thomas loves ribs. I do not like ribs, the smell, the feel, the anything about them. I asked if he would cook them if I bought them. He said he would. I bought the stuff and he made them.
Slicing the perfectly cooked ribs.
It is all about the presentation.
Chips and ribs.
Thomas doing the honors of serving them up.
Is he going to get the perfect bite? I believe he did.
Olivia trying the ribs.
Levi even tried them.
Sean, taking the perfect bite and Elianna hamming it up in the background.
Nathan enjoyed the ribs.
I am the only one who did not try them. See the first part of the post. Most people enjoyed them, not everyone liked them, but I was proud that they tried them. Thomas even said he would make them again if I would buy the ingredients. I will take him up on that offer for sure.
While we had already started going through things and packing before vacation in anticipation of a move, when we got home on August 5th, we had to pack quickly as the truck was being delivered in 8 days, on August 13. We worked hard every day to get as much done as we could get done. Because our house was not every big and we did not have a lot of places to store things, boxes went wherever they could go, even if that meant in the middle of the room,
behind the couch,
in the basement, where we used to do school work,
in the area where we keep our outdoor toys,
our storage room,
or the other part of the basement.
The little ones loves the new play set in the family room.
I am not really sure the game, but they had a great time.
We had to cut our vacation short so we could head home and pack up our house and move to Iowa. We left on Monday, August 4th. We drove as far as we could the first day, but also tried to enjoy the ride and stop at beautiful places to see the sights. Here we are at a rest stop in Illinois, just over the Iowa border.
Really, I needed to get out of the van and walk around as I was dealing with lots of swelling at the time.
Such a pretty shot, looking toward Iowa.
Then we stopped at a rest stop to eat our lunch. Bethany was supervising the boys.
Levi supervising the girls.
Beautiful Kentucky scenery.
Olivia swore she did not fall asleep, so we took pictures to prove it.
Love this girl.
Winding roads of West Virginia. I love the drive. I will miss the scenery, but I will not miss the drive.
Levi is out. The chupa was taken away from him soon after his second birthday. This may be one of the last pictures with him and his beloved chupa.
Until next time.
When we heard they wanted to have a water fight the last day and there were some who wanted to fill up 2000 water balloons, we had our doubts. That was a lot of water balloons to do in one day. So someone suggested they start filling them earlier in the week, so that is what they did. In order to get them to stay intact, baskets and buckets were lined with garbage bags and then as balloons were added, water was added to equalize the pressure on the balloons. I believe they call that physics.
There were a lot of balloons, hahahaha, a lot of balloons. And these are not even all of them.
It started out nice, with a toss. It was nice of the big kids to team up with little ones.
And then the craziness began and the balloons began to disappear quickly. I tried to stay out of the fight and sit with the kidlets that did not want to get wet. I also guarded phones, glasses and other valuables of people who got pulled into the fight.
Even the older people enjoyed the water fight.
But the balloons were gone much to quickly, according to the kidlets. Hahahaha. For how long it took them to fill the balloons, it was over way too quickly. For the risk of getting wet, it went on too long.
Bible memorization in the background, Thomas in the foreground.
Of course the baby is in Abigail’s arms, or Bethany’s or Miriam’s or Olivia. Elianna did not even get jealous.
Even with all the hours we spent in the van, they were still smiling.
Big sisters are a pain in the neck.
I’m still here too.
No one was fussy because we were meeting friends at HuHot.
We had to sit at two separate tables, a kids table and an adult table. Not our favorite option.
Levi was much happier this time.
I have to laugh at this picture. See, the girls had the camera this night and when I looked at the pictures, there were all sorts of pictures of their food. I have no idea who they got this from. bwahahaha.
Elianna and her chicken and french fries.
She is demonstrating how to use chopsticks the proper Irish way.
Mom and Miriam in the food line.
Hanging out at the church one day.
Taking notes of things we need to do now that we are preparing to move in less than 3 weeks.
On to Iowa we go. We planned to arrive in Iowa City around lunch time so we could stop at HuHot. Yum Yum. My mouth was watering the last hour or so of the drive.
Some crazy kidlets do not enjoy the grill so they get chicken and french fries instead.
My yummy food. I could really go for some HuHot right now.
Elianna was not exited to have to sit yet again.
Levi was even more upset about the entire experience. Poor guy, he just wanted to be running around instead of sitting in a restaurant.
Later in the week, we met a friend at a different HuHot for lunch. Yes, it was still good. We had a wonderful time with our friend and her new baby boy, who I tried to steal (not really).
Levi enjoyed this trip to HuHot much more.
Uncle Ted comparing Charlie’s hair line to his own. Can’t get a good view?
Yep, Charlie has more hair than Ted.
So, while we were busy helping with Vacation Bible School and visiting with friends, Sean was busy job hunting. God moved in amazing ways to drop a job, a near perfect fit for him, in his lap. He sent out an e-mail on Monday morning and got a response back that day and had an interview on Tuesday. The interview went great, but he still worked the streets and made contacts and stopped in at companies to inquire about jobs. He worked harder than we did and if you have ever worked at VBS, you know how hard that is.
On Tuesday afternoon, we looked at houses, not because Sean had a job offer, but because he had some very positive interactions with different companies and we did not want to leave Iowa without looking at homes in case an offer came after we left. We looked at 6 different houses, 2 houses in each of 3 different locations. The first one we looked at was big, but choppy and did not flow well. It had one small bedroom (out of 3) that would fit one twin size bed and not much else. The second house by that one we looked at but only because it was by the first house. I did not think I would like it. We pulled up and liked it and the layout on the land much more than we thought we would. We looked at 2 houses in the city by our church and did not like either one for different reasons. We finally looked at 2 houses in our preferred area but they would not work out for various reasons.
I had been watching the housing market in the city for 6 – 8 months, so I knew what houses were out there. I asked our Realtor to see if there were any other houses out there that we may have overlooked now that he saw what we wanted and what we did not want. We knew more of what we wanted and did not want after looking at the houses. We decided we wanted at least 1/2 acre for sure in a quiet setting. We knew that might be hard on our budget, but we knew if God wanted to give Sean a job, he would give us a house. We could not afford to rent as rent is quite a bit more than what we could buy for. So, we did not fret about it and set up a time to look at homes again on Thursday afternoon.
Worked hard and were busy the rest of the week. On Thursday while looking at the one house we liked on Tuesday, Sean got a phone call with a job offer from the company that God dropped into Sean’s lap. The pay was right on target and Sean accepted the offer while we were in the lower level of the house. The house hunt just got serious. It was August 28th. Sean had a job and we now needed to seriously look at houses. We went and looked at 2 more houses. There was one other house that we liked, but it was above our price range and was not as good of a fit as the house we looked at on Tuesday. The two big disadvantages to the house that we liked was that it had no central a/c and there is no real basement. But, it had a big garage with large garage doors and on an acre of land. It reminded me of a cabin on the outside. There is not a lot of wasted space in that house.
So, Sean and I went out for a drive Thursday night to see how far his new job was from the house we liked and to sit and talk about housing and the like. While out for the drive, we stopped where Sean was going to be working and took a couple of pictures.
And now a serious shot.
Then we may have stopped at Culver’s to eat some cheese curds.
We did make an offer on the house that we liked, but they countered at a price we were unwilling to pay. With a job offer and start date just over three weeks away we had to cancel our trip to Wisconsin. More about that to come.