Busy Week

Nathan’s parents arrived on Wednesday night. It was nice to have family here. The kids were so excited and completely wore out Nana and Grandpa. Grandpa found a few things to fix at the house here and we’re thankful for that.

Thursday night we had some excitement here in Franklin. With hardly any warning at all, a tornado touched down. Here is the track of the storm:


Owly Images

We live near the intersection of Downs Blvd and W. Main St. That’s just a little south of where the storm started. We were driving home from the center of the town just a little after 7 when we heard tornado sirens and emergency vehicles appeared.

Unfortunately, the siren went off AFTER the tornado touched down. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries even though is went through a park where many children were playing basebell. A scoreboard went flying and cars were flipped over. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to be there.

Here is a link to photos.



Super Brothers!

I snapped this photo this afternoon. Ethan was playing a game and Isaac snuggled right up to him. I can’t get over how much these boys love each other. I’m so glad that have a built in best friend. I hope they stay close. At night, after we tuck in the boys, Ethan will often sneak down off his bed and read a book to Isaac. Ethan asks Isaac, “What are we”? and  Isaac says, “Super Brothers!”. He also says, “Best Brothers Forever!” Melts my heart.

2012 Goals- April 22 update

I was supposed to post this last night. We were thrown off a little because Isaac needed stitches. He’s okay!

So, here’s my progress:

1. Have people over for dinner 9 times.

No progress there yet. Need to get something on the calendar this week.

2. Plan a fun event for the kids weekly.

Last week we had some friends over. The kids were very happy!

3. Track all the food I eat 4 out of 7 days a week.

I tracked 1 day. Better than nothing, but not great.

4. Find/Make and follow a housekeeping schedule.

Still looking.

5. Memorize the book of James.

I’ve started this one. I have the first 5 verses memorized!

6. Read 10 books.

Currently reading “After the Boxes are Unpacked”. I would love to finish that this week.


How are you doing?

The Saga of our Screwed-Up Gas Bill

We put the gas bill in our name last month. We didn’t know that we had to do it because the section on the utility agreement that we signed said “NA” for gas.

Anyway. I get it switched to our name, paid the mgmt company $20 for the bill that they had received and then set up our rent payment to cover the final bill that they got that covered the days between that bill and when we put it in our name. Another $28. Sort of high for a short time period, but I didn’t really think much about it.

When I set up the gas, I told them they could send the bills electronically. I kept waiting to see one. I finally checked online. I almost fell off my chair when I noticed that it said our current bill was for $84! Yikes! That’s a crazy high amount of money to spend and it was only for 18 days of use. I called their customer service number and they agreed that something seemed wrong. They said someone would come out and re-read the meter.

Let me give a tiny bit of background on the last three bills. Actually, I have no information on that $20 bill except for how much they asked me to pay them. I’m dying to see a copy of that bill because I really want to know what the meter reading said. The second bill (final one before it was put in our name) was for $28.75. It said that the previous reading was 747 and the current reading was 764. The bill that made me have a heart attack said that the previous reading was 764 and the present reading was 846.

This is what our meter looked like yesterday:

If you’ve never read a meter, you take the lower of the numbers between where the arrow points. Yesterday’s meter reading was 0746. That was confirmed by the meter reading who came.

So, let’s recap:

The bill for $20, I have no idea what they said that reading was. I need to see a copy of that bill.

The bill for $28.75 said we used from 747 to 764.

The bill for $84.10 said we used from 764 to 846.

Yesterday the actual reading of our meter was 746.

Does anyone else wonder along with me what the meter reader was smoking for the past readings?

We don’t have a new corrected bill yet and the bill for $84.10 will be past due on the 1st of May. Do I have to pay that? It seems like I shouldn’t have to. And that $28.75 we are sending with our rent this month? I shouldn’t have to pay that either, but I don’t have new documentation to send to our management company. If I send them that money, they will need to give it back when they get reimbursed for being billed incorrectly. I guess I could send them the photo of our meter, but that isn’t really official.

The cherry on the top of all of this is that we realized, over supper last night, that the only thing that runs on gas in our home is our fireplace. Hah! We have not used it except for a few minutes one day shortly after we moved in several months ago!

5 Years

Do you ever think about how quickly life changes? 5 years doesn’t sound like a long time in some contexts. In others, it’s huge! These are photos from April of each of the last 5 years.


April 2011

April 2010

April 2009

April 2008

April 2007


Kindergarten- Brought to you by the Letter S

In some ways, I feel like I’m brand new to teaching again. Audrey is so very different than Ethan. I know that my way of teaching Ethan is not going to work as well with Audrey. She gets frustrated when she can’t do things the “right” way. I need to be much more methodical and give Audrey more time to learn and more opportunities to do things she is good at.  I do come with some confidence I didn’t have before. I know that this time is about Audrey progressing.

I love that she is excited to learn. I hope I don’t do anything to take that joy away. Audrey-girl, you’re going to learn so much!


Not Too Late

I’m pretty sure I’ve never been successful with New Year’s resolutions. Most of them, I had given up on by this point in the year.

Lately, I’ve been inspired by reading the “Finish Year” posts on Jon Acuff’s blog. Every week he gives an update on Sunday of how he is doing on specific goals. I’m going to jump on that bandwagon almost  1/3 of the way through the year. Why? Because I’m not giving up on the last 8 months of 2012.
Hour Glass

(photo credit)

This is what I want to accomplish by the end of  2012.

  1. Have people over for dinner 9 times.
  2. Plan a fun event for the kids weekly.
  3. Track all the food that I eat at least 4 out of 7 days a week.
  4. Find/Make and follow a housekeeping schedule.
  5. Memorize the book of James (include kids in this if possible).
  6. Read 10 books.

There are other things I would like to accomplish and that I may or may not do, but I thought I would limit this list to specific things that are easy to measure. What’s on your list?

3 Months

Nathan has finished his 90 day probation period for work. That means he has vacation and sick time and he is eligible for the health coverage and a few other benefits from the company. We have a new appreciation for people who have to pay their health insurance completely on their own with no employee contribution. For our family of 5, we’ve been paying over $800 a month during this time period. That was very painful! We will still have to pay a substantial amount, but not that much.

Our home in MN will be rented out as of the 1st of May! Finally!

I’m still having a hard time believing that this is “home”. I think some of that has been having the house situation unsettled and also living in a smaller place here makes it feel “temporary”. I would love to have some close friends here also. That takes time, unfortunately.

Audrey is really wanting to do Kindergarten. I’ve done some stuff with her. I’m thinking of doing more structured stuff with her starting next week. Ethan is wrapping up his 1st grade curriculum. Isaac spends his time alternating between charming us and driving us crazy 🙂

I have become soft with this warm TN weather. The temperatures and dropped and I’m freezing to death. What’s with these 40 and 50 degree temperatures?

That’s all the news that’s fit to print…