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7 quick takes: new cars, pumpkin guts, and falling on my face

1. So! We are officially a Suburban Family of Dorks, as we traded in our 2001 Honda Civic on Saturday for a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan. I wish I had a better picture to show you of our actual car, but it’s been raining since we got it and hovering around 40 degrees, so no way am I standing outside and taking pictures of it. But I do have these of the girls enjoying it the day we picked it up at the dealership.

All loaded into the new ride....!

Watching Barbie in the drive thru line. NOBODY IS WHINING!

And this is a shot of our last trip as a family in the trusty (yet kinda stinky and squeaky) Civic. I bought that car myself- my very first car- when I was just 22 years old. I had just graduated from college, ready to start my first job, and only had about $32 in my checking account that day. That car was a good car.

Good-bye, Silver Beast.

But the NEW VAN? Has two tv screens, a backup camera, a heated steering wheel, I can sync my phone to the computer in the dashboard, and doesn’t even need a KEY TO START IT. The Civic had… a tape player. So. We made a slight upgrade, I’d say.

2. After a very rough couple of months for me dealing with work and early pregnancy fun, I finally launched a few sites and MAN DOES IT FEEL GOOD to have them finished. They’d been hanging around since late spring/early summer when our lives kind of exploded into a mess of hospitals and medical stuff, so crossing them off my list and moving on is a refreshing feeling. I have a few potential new projects on the horizon that should carry me into the spring up until the baby is born, and then… some time “off” (in quotes because HAAAAAAAAAAAA)

3. I sat last night, listening to the wind and rain howling outside, with candles and flashlights ready to go. I read through my Twitter stream and gasped at pictures of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath and just hoped we’d be okay. Because nobody really knew what might happen in our area! Thankfully, we woke up this morning to quiet skies (still raining, but no more wind) and we still had power. But I know SO MANY are not as lucky, and we are thinking about them all.

4. Sometime in the next few months, there will be some big changes in our house. The girls will be sharing a room once the baby arrives, so we’ll be combining their things and moving some toys and you’d better BELIEVE there will be some purging happening. I told Dan the other day that I’ll be kicking them all out of the house one of these days very soon so I can have a few hours to clean out and organize and pack away and sort and donate IN PEACE (also, in secret, so there is no protesting over keeping that broken toy that NOBODY HAS PICKED UP FOR SIX MONTHS) My hope is that once we get bunk beds for the girls’ room (!!), we can also make space for a lot of the toys to end up in there and I can maybe get some of my living room back. At least for a while- another year or so until Baby #3 is actually playing with things. I’ll take what I can get!

5. Halloween has been postponed in our area because of the crazy weather (snow expected tomorrow, what in the WHAT??) So trick or treat is now this Saturday instead of tomorrow. But we’ve had plenty of Halloween fun so far! Last week, we were invited to a Halloween Costume Party hosted by our local grocery store chain, Giant Eagle and the girls had a blast! There was pizza and a magic show and pumpkin painting and a balloon animal guy and a lady dressed like Cinderella which just made Audrey’s LIFE. She was obsessed with her all night.

Cinderellaaaaaa!!

Pinata time

yummy pizza

dainty painter

our little lefty

proud of her work

getting monkey balloons

Our little bugs

Then this weekend, Maggie and I went to a costume party at my cousin’s house and Dan’s parents came over for Steeler football and pumpkin carving!

goofball

her friend from daycare! matching!

adorable cupcakes

eeeeeeew!

PapPap is silly

pumpkin princess

watching PapPap

mature.

Maggie's design

Scary faces

So you know- even with Trick or Treat postponed for a while, we’re pretty full on festive activities around here!

6. I fell last week at work. Something about high heels and deep cuffs on pants and me in a hurry and things getting tangled up… and down I went. My belly was fine (THANK GOODNESS) but my knees and my elbow and my bloody/scraped pinky were not so much fine. And for two days, my entire body was achy and stiff. The fall itself was bad enough (nobody actually SAW me fall, but two ladies hurried out of their office to see what the commotion was so that was slightly embarrassing!) but the entire day was just lame. It started with tantrums from the girls on the way to the bus stop, almost tripping down the stairs on the way to the garage (FORESHADOWING!), running late because of a train stop, then falling flat on my face in the hallway in public. I sobbed and laugh-cried in the car on the way to pick Maggie up from school because I felt dumb and I hurt and I was mildly scared at what COULD have happened (SIXTEEN WEEKS PREGNANT AND YOU FALL ON YOUR FACE, YOU IDIOT!!), then worked that afternoon, then Dan brought me a giant burrito for dinner. Just ONE OF THOSE DAYS, MAN.

7. Just over a week from now, I’ll be on my way to New Orleans for The Blathering. SO! EXCITED!

8 Comments

  1. Melissa
    @sempremelissa

    I had a Civic as my first car, too! Was so proud to buy it myself after college. Can’t believe 1) it’s been 11 yrs since college graduation, and 2) I now have 3 kids and a minivan (both of which I swore would NEVER HAPPEN! lol).

    We are still in limbo with our room situation while my MIL is here, obviously, but it gave us more time to think about bunk beds and now we’re not sure what to do… Andrew is a climber and I can just foresee him falling while trying to climb up to Oliver’s top bunk. :( So it’s getting even more complicated, if that’s possible… lol

    Looooove your girls’ Halloween costumes. They could not be more cute, OMG.

    Hope you have an awesome time with everyone in New Orleans! :) Maybe I’ll actually make it to the Blathering next year…!

    Oct 30 11:17 am


    • Melissa
      @sempremelissa

      Ha, my page froze, but I guess it posted after all?? You can delete this one since I added a P.S. to the next one anyway. ;)

      Oct 30 11:20 am


  2. Melissa
    @sempremelissa

    I had a Civic as my first car, too! Was so proud to buy it myself after college. Can’t believe 1) it’s been 11 yrs since college graduation, and 2) I now have 3 kids and a minivan (both of which I swore would NEVER HAPPEN! lol).

    We are still in limbo with our room situation while my MIL is here, obviously, but it gave us more time to think about bunk beds and now we’re not sure what to do… Andrew is a climber and I can just foresee him falling while trying to climb up to Oliver’s top bunk. :( So it’s getting even more complicated, if that’s possible… lol

    Looooove your girls’ Halloween costumes. They could not be more cute, OMG.

    Hope you have an awesome time with everyone in New Orleans! :) Maybe I’ll actually make it to the Blathering next year…!

    P.S. Glad you & baby are okay after the fall. Heels are evil. :/ Be careful, lady!!

    Oct 30 11:19 am


  3. Michelle
    @notraisingbrats

    I love their costumes. I am hoping with all of my might that beggar’s night gets postponed until the weekend here but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Boo.

    Glad you are OK after the fall. I’ve done that a time. Or two. Fell down the stairs twice when I was pregnant with Emery.

    Oct 30 11:58 am


  4. Jesabes
    @jesabesblog

    Oh my GOSH. Just over a WEEK??! I have some serious packing to do.

    I love the girls’ costumes. We’re having trick-or-treating here tonight and I’m about ready to move on from Halloween. We’ve done lots of festive stuff. I need to stop eating candy.

    Oct 30 12:08 pm


  5. Anne
    @annabellespeaks

    I’m glad you survived the fall! I fell spectacularly at 14 weeks pregnant (in a parking garage) and again at 28 weeks pregnant (crossing the street) and OH HOW SORE WAS I. I guess because all muscles and tendons are so stretched out to start with it is easier to pull things wrong. Hope the soreness goes away quick.

    Oct 30 12:40 pm


  6. keli hoskins
    @kelihoskins

    So many changes!!!! You will love the van, I’m sure. I definitely love the ease of mine. Notsomuch the size of it, though. I still struggle with how BIG it is. But it’s so easy with three kids, I don’t mind, LOL.

    It’s funny, we currently have separate bedrooms for all the kids, and we are planning on having separate bedrooms in our next house [if we ever sell this one, lol] but I totally foresee the girls wanting to share a room at one point in their lives. Emma already asks for Lucy to sleep in her bed all the time – ummm, NO. Heh. So I think this transition will be really a lot of fun for M and A. And bunk beds – woohoo!! I recently saw a blog where they split the bunk beds and put the top half on the floor … if you’re not ready to have the high bunk, yet. :)

    Enjoy the cleanout – this has actually made my life a zillion times easier. We have MOST of it in storage, but I guarantee you, most of that won’t come home when we finally do move. I’ll just be taking it straight to Goodwill. ;)

    Oct 30 4:09 pm


  7. Lea

    We bought an Odyssey when I was prego with number 3, and I love it so! I never knew it at age 20, but minivans really rock. :)

    Also, I used to have a Civic, and it was my very first car I bought on my own, too, right after college. And I was also 22 incidentally. I adored that car, and it was so good to me.

    Happy Halloween!

    Oct 30 9:51 pm