Saturday, May 19, 2007

We made it!

We arrived in Germany safe and sound yesterday. Our flights all went really well, the layover was neither too long nor too short, and our luggage all made it, as well. Even the kids were pretty good for the most part. Everyone slept well last night, though I expect some jetlag to kick in today, which makes for people waking up around 2 in the morning unable to go back to sleep. :p Hopefully that won't be too bad. We're excited to be here, and the kids all are doing great with my parents. :o)

Friday, May 11, 2007

California, here we come!

Dave finally got the "official" phone offer from Aerospace yesterday, FedEx should bring the papers to sign soon. He's going to start June 11th for a 6-week internship. This came as quite a surprise, as we weren't really planning on internships this summer. But a guy from the company contacted him and told him they were still interested in having him come work there (they made an offer after we graduated MIT in 2004). Dave told him he's not graduating until next year, so the guy asked if he'd be interested in doing an internship. After talking it over, we decided it would be a good thing to do, so Dave could get a feel for whether he would like to actually work there. Seeing as CA is such an expensive place to live, we thought it would be a good idea to try it out and see how we like it before committing to move there. They are actually paying him really well for the 6 weeks, too, so it's a good way to add to our savings for moving next year. The kids and I are getting back from Germany July 2nd, we'll spend the night at an airport hotel and then fly out to CA on the 3rd. It'll be a bit crazy, but oh well. Should be a fun summer! :o)

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


As of this week, I have officially reached my 10% Weight Watchers weight loss goal! In the last 3 months, I have lost 15 pounds (6.8 kg). Only 5 pounds to go to my ultimate goal. That may take me a while though, as I have a strong feeling going to Germany is not going to be good for my diet. I'm hoping I'll at least be able to maintain while I'm there, and then start losing again once we get back. :p

Thursday, May 03, 2007

It's finals week...

...I can tell because the internet is down pretty much all day. This happens every semester. I guess I shouldn't complain, because we don't have to pay for high speed internet, but come on. It's annoying! If I want to get anything done online, I have to do it before 7:30 a.m., or else I need to wait until after 4:30 p.m., when it generally comes back on. I haven't talked to my family all week because of this (we use Skype to video conference). I guess I could call, but skype is free, sooooo... Tomorrow is the last day, after that our connection is hopefully going to be more reliable again. Done ranting...

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Powerstruggles, oh my...

My boys have always been pretty obedient kids. Sure, they throw tantrums sometimes, or pout, or are defiant. Nothing out of the ordinary. Kaylee is a different story. I've never been a big believer in parenting books, I think most of them are worthless. I'm more into instinctive parenting, I guess. Common sense? (yeah, I know, that could be scary) Now I'm seriously conisdering a trip to the library to see if I can find any good books that address power struggles. I really don't know how to handle them, I guess my instincts are failing me in this area. :p I know that Kaylee needs to be able to "win" every so often, she's just trying to find her boundaries, and learn what is and isn't acceptable behavior. With the boys it was pretty easy to show them what works in our family and what doesn't. Kaylee always bursts into a tantrum whenever I say no. I try to let her make her own decisions, and I try hard not to say NO all the time. There are certain things that just need a NO, though, and she's fighting those hard. I really don't want to get into this cycle where everything becomes a struggle. But somehow this one isn't coming easy to me. AAAHHHHHH!!!!!