Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello From Michigan

Their last night in the house!
We moved out of our house in Evansville on Mimi's b'day so we had her a cake that night. Thanks for sharing your birthday with us.

Bubba's first mess in the new house. He decided that Aubrey Mae needed a snack as well. The big problem was that she got full way before the mess was gone so I had to clean it up.

My laundry room, which has been full since we moved in. Four days without doing any laundry puts this family way behind.

My eat in kitchen. The first time I have ever had a separate dining room. I love it. we eat every meal here and the kids eat so much better when they can not see a tv.

My kitchen

The other side of the kitchen with a view into the living room

The back patio runs the length of the house. We can't wait for summer b-b-q's.
bubba trying to decide if he should jump head first down the stairs or crawl. We had a gate up the first couple of days but he just crawled over them so we gave up. he is doing really well.

He loves to climb across this banister at the top of the stairs. I think a piece of me dies every time I catch him doing it.

Well, we made it and are moved in and are almost settled in. I will post pictures as I think the rooms are ready to be viewed! We were all unloaded on Saturday afternoon and then by 7am Clint and Brenda left us. It was a long day and Mike's b'day on Sunday, but we accomplished a lot. Mike's new boss and his family came by and had cake with us. I can not believe that I did not take a picture. I am sure my camera was lost in the haze somewhere. The kids have been great so far and by Monday morning Miss Priss was in bed with us and she looked at us and said "I just love my new home". It was a special moment. We have been so worried about the kids with this move, Bubba I am afraid has had the hardest time. He pretty much gave up his naps completely, would not go to sleep, then would not stay asleep and he had to sleep with me every night. He would not eat half what he normally does, it was so sad to watch. The night before we left Joe and Judi ever so graciously let us stay with them (Judi had watched the kids all day) and we went out to eat. On the way home Priss said "I want to go home" this was followed by crying and when we pulled into their house she started screaming that it was not her home and she

wanted to go home. When we got inside I tried to explain to her why we weren't in our home and that we were going to Michigan in the morning. She was not pleased and went into the living room by herself to snub and think about what I had told her. I thought my heart would literally break to pieces when I realized how much pain this was causing her, both of them actually. As parents you try to do what is best for your kids and sometimes the right thing is not the easiest, but it is still so hard. Luckily, she is a very resilient child and snapped out of it quickly. The kids were amazing on the ride to Michigan and I could not have ask for them to be better. Well, I am pleased to report that all the boxes are unpacked and now we are just trying to put our style on everything and settle in. This has been an interesting task since we are also getting ready to go to a week long trip to Keystone, CO for some relaxing and skiing. The kids are doing great and Bubba is back to his old self, sleeping and eating like a bear. Priss loves her new house and especially the huge basement filled with all their toys. She likes it when Bubba is asleep and we can leave the door open and she can go up and down as she wants. Well that is all I have to report for now. I will try to keep everyone posted we just got our internet hooked up tonight. Thank you to everyone for all of your love, support and prayers these past few weeks.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Goodbye Evansville

One last trip to Gatti town with Trista and Daniel. I can't believe those are my babies standing there playing games together. When did my children get so big?

Well, I guess this will be my last post from Evansville, IN. We are packing the truck tomorrow then driving on Friday. 48 hours from now we will be residents of Howell, Michigan. What can I say? Evansville has been a roller coaster of emotions from happiness to sadness and everything in between. We are so thankful that God has given us this opportunity and we only hope that we can do with what we are suppose to. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our lives these past few years we will love you and cherish the memories that we have shared. Today was a day of goodbyes for me and the kids. Tonight is the last night we will sleep in this place we have called home, tomorrow the kids will leave with Judi in the morning and will never come back. Putting Bubba to bed tonight was sad thinking that he would never sleep in his one and only room again. I am trying so hard to look at the positive and to the future at what life holds for us. So I guess all that is left to say is farewell Evansville. Thank you for all the memories.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Boxes, Boxes, Boxes

Ok here is a side story for you: on our way Saturday night from Brighton we stopped in Meijers (its like a super target) to stretch our legs and maybe find the kids a new movie. Well, Priss found something else: a Watermelon! She sat with that watermelon in her seat the whole way home and it was so small that she would forget it was next to her and start crying that she had lost it. Second story: I had put a scooby doo movie in for her and she started saying "not tha dragon mommy, not tha dragon!) I responded this isn't the one with the dragon trying to reassure her that it was not the movie that she thought it was. Well, even moms are wrong sometimes apparently. It was the dragon! She screamed and cried: she was scared! So I tried to calm her and quickly skip the episode. Once she had calmed down this is what she had to say to me:"don't tell me that not the dragon mommy, I know that the dragon!" Now I know you may be thinking what a sassy little girl and yes I agree, but I thin you had to be there for the moment and see the look in her face when she pointed out that I was wrong and she was right and basically that I was not to question her again. Oh Miss Priss we are going to have some years ahead of us.

As you all know packing is in full force at the Strain home. My little mountain goat Bubba Love, has been having a blast climbing on all the boxes. Every time I turn around he is at the top and she is calling "Bubby I come get you down" then she proceeds to try to pull him down by the arm. I think the more boxes stack up the more he will climb, he thinks he is so big climbing from side to side. Oh to find the joy in the little things like kids do.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A New Home in Michigan

So we are officially moving! After months of looking, interviewing and praying, praying, praying, Mike has a new job. We are moving (pending a few details) a week from Friday to Brighton, MI. We went up last weekend for a final interview and the kids were able to participate in a face painting/pizza party at the club. Bubba wasn't interested, but Priss amazingly loved it.
The club is Oak Pointe Country Club and we are so excited and thankful for this new opportunity. When I get all of our new info together I will get it out to you all. Thank you for all the love, prayer and support this past year. We will miss everyone we are leaving behind and look foward to visits in the future. Thank you all for the memories and we wish you the best.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


I wanted her to model the dress I made her and she was less than willing

Bubba hanging out with Uncle Kyle

HI everyone, yes I am still alive. We have been sick ever since we got home from our Christmas travels, then Mike and I had to almost immediately get back in the car and take another trip. WOO...its been crazy! Then, we spent all weekend starting my website check it out and spread the word.
I will post some new pictures soon. I have several projects I am working on right now. Happy New Year!

Oh yes and new news we are now a paci free house!