Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things.
I have to say that the real baby is much more squashed in me than that little graphic baby is on the sidebar. (S)he pokes up knees and heels all the time and increasingly presses on my bladder. I am ready to go, but still have plenty of things I can do while waiting. When Mom and Janet first arrived, I was feeling anxious to get the baby out the next day, but I am content to wait until the right time.
Here are some things I have written down on scraps of paper that haven't made it out to the blog until now:
We got ants in our car, presumably from having food everywhere on our vacation trip, and one time when we were buckling in, Jonathan exclaimed that he had an ant crawling in his ear. I couldn't see it, but he said it was far down and wiggling. I told him it was probably just a phantom feeling after one had crawled in and out. However, a day or two later, Jonathan came up to me and said, "Mommy, I removed a dead ant from my ear!"
When we were at the Maggie P, the boys were playing on the top bunk with Aunt Janet's supervision. She then needed to leave and formally announced her abdicating of responsibility. Not 5 seconds later, we hear a big clunk. Noah tried climbing down (but only actually fell the last foot or so because Jonathan was holding onto his arm.) Jonathan's explanation for how it happened was, "He wanted to do it by his own accord."
8/12 - Jonathan counted backwards from 19, his own idea, and with no help.
I am starting to get used to the idea that this new house is my own, and not just someone else's with my furniture in it. We are starting a compost pile, and there are a lot of local corn husks and cobs in it already. Jon keeps clunking his head on low ceiling pieces, especially in the basement and coming in on the porch. I'm not sure if there's anything we can do about it.
We have running hot and cold and drinkable water! Jon hooked up my brand new front-loading washer two days ago and installed the dryer yesterday. Hooray! The washer really does dry things better and the dryer has a shorter running time. Jon looked in two stores for an umbrella type clothes line without success, but we'll get some kind of line out sometime. For the moment, I'm using regular detergent in the washer, but being careful to use a small amount. I drew a line on the cup for what seems good. It has not sudsed up too much. Otherwise, he detergents cost twice as much (and effectively four times as much since you only use half the regular amount.)
Breakfast time! Even when you live 5 minutes from church you can still be late, and I want to avoid that.