8.31.2010

Our Nomadic Lifestyle Is Coming To An End

How we managed to fit everything into the car is anyone's guess. But we did. And my parents are lucky, because had things not fit, I would have left one of the girls behind. True story. And it really would have been a toss up on which one to take with me ... the whiny one or the whiny one. Okay, let's be honest. Don't tell my parents, but I may have even considered leaving both behind.

My fancy shmancy car has a DVD player. With wireless headphones. So, in theory, I'm able to listen to my own music or talk show on the drive, but when the girls want something, need something, or must have something that VERY minute, they yell to me. Or cry to me. Or bicker to me. They obviously can't hear how loud and annoying they are when they're tuned into their own movie. Nor can they hear when their brother needs something. I spent a majority of the drive down to Southern California breaking up fights. Handling minor crises. Talking through clenched teeth.

I think next time I'll wear the wireless headphones.

The drive back down to Orange County was uneventful. Albeit long. We decided to stay in a hotel for the last few days before we move into our rental home on Sunday. A bit more convenient to have our own space. A lot more considerate for all parties as we spread out and unwind. And it's great practice for us to get used to living in close quarters... for the rental house we'll be living in for the next 9 months is not that much bigger than the hotel suite we're staying in.

Five days until we move into our house. Seven days until school starts. Seventy-two days until we see Matt.


19 comments:

mosey said...

Glad you got there safely, tempers and children intact. (and not left by the side of the road which is sometimes where I contemplate leaving mine)

x

The Bald Guy said...

OMG! How did you fit all that in the car? Amazing!

Jack said...

Your profile cracked me up, the line about being slightly meshugah especially. That would make me completely meshugah.

American in Norway said...

Girl.... you are one tough cookie...but as always, you get all done.. good on ya! :-)

Crystal said...

Jill, I want some of the wireless head phones, as well!!!! Your day count downs were very exciting and I am so glad all is coming together. It has to be good to back home : ) you are in my thoughts and prayers~

Suzanne said...

I encourage everyone to click on that photo above to see the large size. I can't believe how much you fit into that vehicle!

I'm meshugah too.......a meshuga goy.

By the way, I looked up the meaning of meshuga on Ask Moses dot com.

- Suzanne

Lisa said...

72 is only a little more than 2 months, right? here's hoping it's speedy & the new place is great!

Mom24 said...

I love the expression on Grady's face. So cute!

Congrats on making it as far as you have. I'm sure you're very excited for school. 72 days until Matt, not soo bad. Hope it flies.

Bfiles said...

boy do I sympathize. Hope you'll breathe a big sigh of relief on sunday (well, after some unpacking is done).

jill said...

You are super mom! I am sure your husband is very proud of you! Enjoy settling into your new home.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I can't believe that you are actually taking time to blog right now! Super woman indeed. I also love "the whiney one or the whiney one." I often refer to the twins as "Screamy and Shrieky" or "Grabby and Snatchy". The possibilities are endless.

Emily said...

I am impressed you were able to fit everything and still see out the back window. That is awesome.
Hotels, although not your own, come with maid service -which is almost as good.

Kat said...

The whiney one, or the whiney one. HAHAHA!!!! I can relate to that!

Let the countdowns begin! I hope the last countdown goes the quickest for you! :)

Ann Imig said...

Thank THE LORD for portable dvd players.

DelhiBound said...

72 days? Time for a paper chain!!!

San Diego Momma said...

Wait a minute.
Are you allowed to wear headphones while you drive?

Not that THAT was the point of this post...but I'm wondering.

In other more related and heartfelt news:

Yeah on the various countdowns!

Loukia said...

Seriously, wow. You're so amazing to be doing this all with three children. GOD I complain when I'm home for a day with my boys without my hubby there. You put things in perspective for me, and I think you're inspiring. :) Glad you arrived safely! AND WOW all that stuff... wow wow wow!

CaraBee said...

You are one busy lady!

Honestly, how did we survive before cars had dvd players? I'd put them up there with the wheel and sliced bread.

Best of luck with the move!

Scary Mommy said...

You are my freaking hero. Seriously. You are amazing.

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