08 May 2008

D'oh! Random Rambles from Withdrawals

Christie broke the internet. More specifically, she broke the DSL phone line filter. It was an accident while vacuuming the house yesterday, but the end result is the same: internet down. I ordered a replacement filter at work (where I'm posting from now) but the shipping costs were ridiculous: $10 for 3-7 days, $19 for 2 day, and $45 for one day. So we'll have about a week of no internet from home. I think we might accidentally rediscover the world before internet, but we'll need the net back to pay bills and such about the time the isolation out here without the internet starts to really sink in...

When things are working again, we'll (finally) put up the post about the Renaissance Festival trip back in April. We had a blast. More precisely, we had a blast watching Elizabeth have a blast. Definately worth the trip. Probably even worth being sick for about a week after (not because of the festival, though, we just caught a bug that was going through Copperas Cove at the time).

Elizabeth has two new friends. A 2 year old girl (2 days younger than Elizabeth) moved into the house across from us. They're getting along great. And last night at Mutual a new family came in from San Diego unexpectedly with 4 Young Women (ages 12-15) who had a blast playing with Elizabeth, plus they have a girl who just turned 3 years old on Saturday (So she'll be in Nursery the rest of the year). They've been inactive back in California, but our recently returned missionary Janet Witcher found them and invited them to come back shortly after they arrived here. We're also expecting another family to move in with a 2 year old boy as well as a 6 year old girl, a 5 year oldgirl , and a baby girl(?). Our branch also has 2 baby boys due soon, so we're growing suddenly. We just tripled our nursery, doubled our Young Women, and doubled the Primary (and balanced the boys and girls). We're getting at least one solid priesthood holder, so maybe we'll get some of our priesthood leadership callings filled again.

Our temple district goes live on the 13th, and Christie will be even busier (especially when the DSL filter arrives). She went to training last Saturday. This Saturday she's going to help some members get signed up (we can start the process on Saturday). She's speaking in Sacrament on Sunday about the new program. This Tuesday she's teaching the new program for Enrichment!. Whew!

I'm still trying to get my scouts ready for summer camp. We have 10 going from 3 branches, all folded into our troop. One boy is a Blazer scout, so that makes things all the more complicated logistically.

Elizabeth is talking a lot more lately, now that she has friends she can play with. Amelia really loves table food and eats everything we'll let her. Sooner or later Elizabeth will figure this out and start giving her the vegetables she doesn't want (you should have seen her pick apart my Subway yesterday... took a bite, then starting pulling the veggies out and dropping them on the floor, then took another bite, repeat, until I caught her and swapped sandwiches back).

Job keeps getting worse. Christie found a few job postings for me to apply for that look decently promising. Of course, she found them right before we found out about Elizabeth's new friends (one of our reasons for looking to move elsewhere is for Elizabeth to have kids her age to play with at home and at church, but it seems we don't have that problem anymore). If we're supposed to stay here, either the job situation will get better or we'll find something local worth switching to. I dunno.

Well enough rambling for now.


boltons said...

Thanks for catching up with news from Texas. Glad to hear about your new move-ins and Elizabeth's new friends.

Mom said...
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Mom said...

I deleted the comments I wrote because I had so many errors, so I will try again....

James,thanks for the update, even if I knew most of the stuff. But the details from you were great! And I know more about girls' camp and scout camp!

PS I LIKE the "ramblings"!!:)