Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Next, our physical house needed to be put in greater order. So, I have been trying to make sure it remains that way. I clean all the dishes at night. On Saturday's I make sure that the house is straight and the food we need for the next day is easily accessible and easy to put together so that we can use our time doing family things, spiritual things, and relaxing. I have started making menu's for the week, which I always found very difficult to do before, but, when I decided to do a pattern it made it much easier. I just make sure we have 3 vegetables and a main dish at every dinner. For dessert I can cook some berries with flax meal and oats (which is a very tasty dessert especially if you add a little ice cream) or we can just have ice cream. We have found that with that pattern we eat well, healthfully, and inexpensively usually about $10-15/day for all meals for the family. Eating this way has also helped us in our quest for health and lose weight!
With Drew working during the day and doing his masters program at night it doesn't leave much time for family things. SOOOO, I have been working to make sure that the house is in order so that he doesn't need to do to many chores on top of all of his other responsabilities. Also, we need to cut back on the things we do outside of the family. Last week, we had several evening things which really threw off Anna. She gets stressed pretty easily and really needs routine and structure. So, in the evenings now she normally takes a nap from 5-7, then before bed we take our Mudgett family walk (when its not icy out), she gets a bath (unless her skin is too dry), a few stories, and then nurses to sleep. We end up having great times as a family (the walks not only help us have time together but help us keep healthy).
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Someone gave us an adorable pink bunny that has a small blanket attached. They actually make these things to become Lovey's or security animal/blankets! Anyway, Anna has grown quite accustomed to falling asleep while nursing, which I think is just fine by the way. She knows how to fall asleep well in her pram, the carseat, and while nursing. So this week I started to teach her how to go to sleep without nursing. It started yesterday at nap time (2nd nap, nap time happens often at our house). I stayed with her while she cried herself to sleep, just a sleepy cry nothing too distressing (we are not into the Ferber method, It just doesn't match our parenting style) plus, I was with her the whole time. Our goal is to teach her that sleep is a peaceful and restful time, not a scary thing that separates her from her parents. Anyway, it took her a half hour to fall asleep without nursing. So then I wondered how long it would take her to learn this new skill. Well that night, while I was nursing her to sleep, I had the idea of giving her this toy to hold while nursing. Well, she loved it. She took her evening nap holding it, and fell asleep for the night holding onto it. I even caught her sucking her thumb and putting herself back to sleep with it at one point. So, today (nap 1) I tried to channel this sleep association to putting herself to sleep without nursing and tada...she was asleep in 10 minutes, with minimal crying! I am not going to let her use her Bunny (who BTW is not named FuFu, but it just reminded me of the song, so far her name is Bunny) outside of falling asleep. She can have other daytime toys for outings etc. This way, washing the little gal won't be too tough, I will just do it while she is awake!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Here goes. This week has been huge in our house! Anna started sitting (propped on her arms, with occassionally sitting straight up) grabbing things, found her feet, and rolled over from her tummy to her back! Who knew she would do everything at once. She has been playing in her exersaucer, which I set up 2 weeks ago. She took to it the first time she was in it and even though her feet don't reach the ground, she loves it! We put something under them so she can stand on it while playing. Who knows maybe that is what helped her gain some muscle strangth. She also had her first bout of stranger anxiety. And when I left her at grandma's house for my drawing class, she cried the whole time, she is really advanced, at least in her anxiety. What can I say, I always got sick whenever my parents left!
We had our first dinner guest from the neighborhood. Alice came over last night and we had our typical Mudgett suprise meal. Which last night consisted of chicken, vegetables, coconut milk, and a little bit of spice. It was great to have her over. We ended up breaking out the wedding album to show her pictures of everyone we talked about. She is great. She really gets a kick out of Anna and Anna seems to really take to her.
Drew has been supper busy! He is in a masters program at UMUC, he works fulltime on base, and is the ward clerk! He still spends plenty of time with us though. He is amazing! He has been working on a midterm this week and still has made time for our dinner guest and tomorrow night we are going to someones house for dinner so he can fix their computer. They called last night saying their internet was down. Drew hates it when people are offline and said its a little late right now, how about tomorrow. I don't think they meant for him to come right over, last time he fixed their computer they asked him and it had been broken for several weeks. If he had known about it right away it would have been fixed in a jiffy!
We put our house on the market a few weeks ago. Thanks to some very big help from the wheelers. We have already had 13 people look at the place! We had one with a second showing! We are really praying it will sell quickly. Please keep us in our prayers!
We went to the temple first time while since we have been here. It is about 1.5 hours from here. It is beautiful! We did a child swap with a woman in our ward. We went and she watched Anna, when we were done, we took her boys. It worked out very well. It was great to be there.
I have been really focused on getting the house clean and organized. I realize I need to start baby proofing and it is making me a little nervous. In a few months, Anna is going to moble and that is going to add some challenges to our life. But, it should be pretty fun!
My sister is getting married! We are very excited about it! We are very happy for her and Cliff! We hope that he likes us and that he doesn't get too overwhelmed meeting a lot of his new family on his wedding day, then spending Christmas with us. I would feel a bit overwhelmed, in that situation, but we really arn't that scary, a bit neurotic, but I think we are pretty fun!
We went on our first official date, just the two of us, without Anna. (we did have a mini date, without Anna when my folks were here, but really we were just taking Drew's brother to meet his friends). This was a date when we went out to dinner, it was Drew's day off. That was my gift to him. I didn't have any chores that I needed help with, he finished his work early, and we spend the day as a family. Then for dinner we went to a crepe restaurant, It was great! Thanks Mudgetts, for watching Anna!
Speaking of the Mudgetts (Joan and Fred) they left yesturday on Holiday. They went to the US. The will going on a cruise! A long time dream of Fred's. They are going to be boarding on Sunday for a western carribean trip. We hope they have a great time!
Thats all I have time for Anna just woke up and is calling me. Hope everyone is doing well! We are very glad the election is finally over, 2 years is way to long to have to listen to compaigning!
Monday, October 20, 2008
1) I HATE touching wet wood or if my hands are very lightly moist in any way, paper and sometime even paper towels or toilet paper. Those little ice cream cups you get when you are kid that have those little wooden spoons are the WORST!!!
2) Like my Aunt Sue I HATE mice. We have had mice a few times since we were married and they totally freak me out! I even have dreams about them in the middle of the day. The are horrible!
3) I agree with Denise on the light touch thing. But I am not as bad, I just hate being tickled or touched too lightly sometimes. It isn't all the times, I think it is a nervous system thing, sometimes it just feels weird and horrible.
4) I used to really hate whenever someone held any thing sharp like a pencil or a fork too close to my face. by too close to my face it could be across the table and if it was held at a certain angle it would freak me out. When I had my wisdom teeth removed the dentist was explaining the process and I kept squirming in my chair. When they said are you OK, I said yes, just put the pen down! The surgery didn't bother m in the least.
5) My husband has pointed out to me that I tend to eat everything with my hands. The other day we were hving spaghetti with his parents and talking about it. I said, I didn't eat my spaghetti with my hadns and he said the careful observer would note that while technically I didn't eat my spaghetti with my hands I put it on my garlc bread and ate that with my hands. For a few weeks we were earing steel cut oatmeal for breakfast, they werevery thick and I would even eat that with my hands but to be fair they were so thick using the spoon would have been quite the challenge.
6) On the topic of food, while I am now on sabatical from this for Anna's sake, I put spicy peppers in everything. In fact I have been known to carryy cayanne pepper in my purse and would use it the way some people use salt.
7) Whenever I buy something new, or sometimes even when it is a gift, I tend to feel bad about the puchase, Buyers remorse to the extreme for a few days before I end up loving it. I mean I spent 4 pounds on a shirt the other day and felt really bad because I knew I would hate it, but the I really liked it again. Please note this tendency doesn't happen with food, I can spend a lot of money for expensive food and barely bat an eyelash, go figure.
Drew lost his cell phone, we know where and when but, it was obviously taken from the spot, it is a very nice phone. The worst part is that Anna's blessing recording was on the phone. Its a real bummer. But, what can you do right? Anyway, in other news...
Drew's birthday is this week, Tomorrow actually. One thing he mentioned that he wants to do when we go back home is eat at all of his favorite places like 5 guys and chipotle. So for his birthday dinner tonight his mother and I are going to try and recreate a chipotle steak burrito. Wish us luck! Thats all I have now, I guess I need to work on my Tag...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
After we got finished at Brimham rocks (it only took a couple hours, its not far from here) we ended up having a date. We bought a pizza and then ate it in the park.
Monday, September 15, 2008
After lunch we walked a bit further and found the viking museam, after a quick stop at Starbucks so Anna could enjoy her lunch, we headed to the museam. She was ok at first but ended up not really liking the place. I wasn't that impressed either, it seemed more like a ride at Disney than a Museam. I would definitely say it wasn't worth the money, but my opinion might also be influenced by trying to calm an unhappy baby in a dark tunnel on a ride. Not ideal.
After the Viking Museam we walked around town a bit more. We found an open air market and I bought some strawberries and a few other things. Then we walked a bit more. My mom found a fudge shop and got some tasty fudge. Then, we headed back home.
That night we got Thai food (take out) and ate at the house. It gave Anna a breather. She really was a trooper the whole trip, we certainly took her a lot of places for being so little!
After they settled down for a long autumn nap, we went to base to pick up Drew from work and then went out to eat with Joan and Fred, and Dan. We ate dinner at a local pub (the Claro Beagle). It took 45 minutes just to get the food - longest it has ever taken! It probably happened because the men folk were trying to catch the 8 pm showing of batman. They made it there at 8:30, so we figured they had plenty of time. That's right, they literally have 30-40 minutes of previews and comericals before movies. In actuality they missed the first 4 minutes of the movie, but they still found a way to enjoy it.
Meanwhile, the Ladies went out to a place called Betty's tea room. It is, in my opinion, very Jane Austin. The waitresses wear very old fashion high neck uniforms and have ivory medallions on their necks. There is a piano player, and they have all kinds of yummy treats. It was a lot of fun. Anna and I spend a lot of time hanging out outside as the noise was a little overwhelming for her. But we enjoyed our time outside, and once she drifted off, I was able to go back in and enjoy my hot chocolate and lemon lime cake!
1. I, Kimberly Ann Knowles Mudgett, am now the official holder of a chip card. I was added to Drew's British bank account while I was in town with my parents.
2. We went to a great cheese store, they stock over 200 kinds of cheese, right in our very own town. Talk about a fun way to waste money!
3. Drew and I went out for the first time on a date by ourselves without Anna when all of her Grandparents watched her. We had done things while Anna was being watched by Joan before but never together on a date kind of thing. (OK really we were just taking Dan to hang out with his friends, but it counts)
4. Anna had formula for the first time because I ate some VERY spicy food and realized it was really hurting her, so she had formula. She liked it, and so did I (see #3)
5. My parents luggage arrived safely (they just didn't leave on time, but they were still able to make their connection). Oh, and contrary to what some might say, like the customer service agent my dad talked with on the phone, their flight was not cancelled.
6. We had to say goodbye to Uncle Dan as he went back to Iraq to finish his deployment. We love you Dan!
As for the rest of the trip see the individual entries.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
A few weeks ago Drew and I were Joking as we walked out of an appliance store where we were in search of a toaster oven. The 20 somethings who worked there said Oh you mean a foreman Grill (no we mean a toaster oven). The older man who worked there knew what we were talking about but said they didn't carry them and suggested we try another appliance store (which also didn't carry them and thought even after a description that we must have meant a foreman grill). Anyway we walked outside and drew joked to me that we would take our slider cards, get in our horse drawn carriage, and look elsewhere for a toaster oven. That is how people react as though we are asking questions and using the technology from another century.
So here is where my frustration begins in trying to get one of these new fangled chip cards. We have 2 British bank accounts. The bank account we have on base, even though it is a British account in pounds and everything doesn't offer chip cards. The other bank account "we" have (its really Drew's account) won't add me on because I have no proof of address. That's right, they will accept proof in the form of a bill in your name sent to your address but my name isn't on any of the bills (at least not so far) because I don't have an income. Being married to someone who wants to add you to their account to which they have proof of address doesn't count. It will take a little time to get a proof of address so I have to be patient use Cash if places don't take "slider cards" that is simple to poke out with my card on base, but I just need to make sure I don't run out of cash like I did this morning as I tried to buy some butter and cream at one of the only stores I have come across who doesn't accept Slider cards. Luckily, I dragged Anna outside looked through the change in my car and found the 3 pounds I needed to make my purchase. So for now I need to really pay attention and do like my mother always told me, make sure to carry cash just in case you can't use your card.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun! Copy this entire post and paste into a new post or email that you can send, change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then post it or send it to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you.
1. What is your occupation? currently full time mother, formerly recreation therapist.
2. What color are your socks right now? barefoot
3. What are you listening to right now? silence
4 . What was the last thing that you ate? whole grain eggo waffles
5. Can you drive a stick shift? yes - ish
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? burgundy
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Joan Mudgett
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? of course she is the bestest!
9. How old are you today? 29
10. Favorite drink? white cranbury peach juice or honest teas honest aide (pomegranate blue)
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? Ay sport with someone I know playing or any professional sport in person. We got to see David Beckhams first soccer game in the US. He played for about 5 min.
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? um, once maybe twice. Drew saw a thing of hair dye that said it was 100% intense and we had our doubts, after experimenting we came to the conclusion that at least on dark hair it is more like10% intense. Maybe it would be more intense on a blond.
13. Pets? Only sometimes, Annasaurus rex
14. Favorite food? love food, tired of typical frozen meals, /i like tres leche cake, crispy tacos and hawiian heystacks
15. Last movie you watched? the man who knew too little, newer version it was hillarous!
16. What do you do to vent anger? take deep breaths, talk to drew, pray
17. Favorite Day of the year? I LOVE thanksgiving and Christmas, also when the weather is just right, sunny and warm, not too hot!
19. What is your favorite, fall or spring? Spring
20. Hugs or kisses? getting hugs, giving kisses
21. Cherry or Blueberry? blueberry pancakes Cherry everything else
22. Do you want your friends to email/reply back to you? if they would like to
23. Who is most likely to respond? Dad
24. Who is least likely to respond? Drew
25. Current living arrangements: In a house with my daughter and husband.
26. When was the last time you cried? A couple days after I brought anna home from the hospital, drew and I got nervous about SIDS and thinkung about it made me sad
27. What is on the floor of your closet? folded sweatshirts and sock basket
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? just posting, not sending, every member of my family since they were all around before I was
29. The friend you have had the shortest that you are sending this to? Ummm, not that I am sending it ti her but I am going to have to go with Anna.
31. What inspires you? people that strive to help other people and seeing examples of it like on extreme makeover home edition. Also the scriptures and my family
32, What are you afraid of? my family or myself getting seriously sick and dying. ditto
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? cheese
34. Favorite car: ummm, I like new cars, any one I can afford!
35. Favorite cat breed? dog
36. Number of keys on your key ring? 3
37. How many years at your current job? 5 wks
38. Favorite day of the week? Saturday or Sunday
39. How many states have you lived in? 2
40. How many countries have you been to? 8-1ish
41. Today's date and time: August 5, 2008 1:37PM gmt
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
In other news Anna was registered and now has a birth certificate, which we mailed away on Tuesday along with our passports and marriage certificate, in order for her to be an official American. She should get her passport back in about 2-3 months! Her picture looks really cute. After she gets that back, we will just need to mail in our passports again and get her a visa, at which point we are free to travel!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
We also bought a fridge freezer today. Out here most of the houses only use mini-fridges!!! So our place has a hook up in the garage, right off of the kitchen for a regular size (by regular, its still smaller than American fridge freezer).
We also got a bottle sterilizer/warmer and a baby car mirror.
We are getting ready for the big day which might be before her due date. The doctor mentioned the possibility of inducing early because she is concerned the baby might be too big because of my gestational diabetes. They are going to do a scan on wed to look at her size and decide then. It would only be a week early if anything anyway. A week and a half tops, if they decide to induce directly after the scan which, they wouldn't do (its usually something that needs some scheduling.
Our stuff should be arriving from the states into customs on June 25th, then hopefully it won't get held up and will be delivered shortly thereafter. We are getting a bed delivered on Tuesday so we are going to move into the house that night anyway. Drew is ordering a TV and some computer monitors as we speak. So things are really getting squared away!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Now for the second part of my title. Harrogate is surrounded by farms and even though it is a fairly big city some days the whole place just smells like animal excrement. Its the strangest thing. You walk around and wonder if you stepped in something all day long. I am not sure if it is a rain thing or why it happens but it is certainly something that isn't a thing they advertise as a tourist attraction.
Drew went to get the loan today for the car. We are going to give it a few days before we make the final decision. More on that later.
On a bit of a sad note. My parents went a cruise leaving out of Italy. The airline lost their bags so now they are on their trip without anything. I hope that they get the bags back soon. It will make for some interesting stories I am sure. Hopefully they will keep in good spirits and enjoy themselves. They are on the cruise for their anniversary and it is a bit ironic because they ended up grabbing the wrong suitcase for their honeymoon so they didn't have their stuff then anyway. It is a fitting, yet frustrating reminiscence.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Driving test - I passed a written driving test that the base requires you to take within 30 days. I was really suprised because it is a hard test. The hardest part is trying to understand what the british mean in their highway code. English is pretty different out here.
Car - we bought a car, a very cheap car $400. It has passed its MOT which is an annual requirement for cars out here to make sure they are up to snuff. standards are pretty high. It has passed the MOT until March. Cars which pass this are worth at least $1000. It will be a good car for a while anyway, its a bit difficult to drive as Drew has told me. I won't actually be driving it, its a stick and I have only driven once out here anyway. He will be using it to get to and from work. Also, our rental car will need to be turned in by the 20th, so even if it were only to last a few weeks its cheaper then renting a car! It is a 1993 Vauxhall astra
New car ~ we have decided to purchase a new car for our family car. we are most likely going to buy a toyota Yaris. We are going to get everthing we want in the car, it will be nice to have a little bit of luxury in our car for once!
Car seat ~ our car seat came in today. I bought an american car seat and travel system because Drew had said we would be buy an American car. Not 5 minutes later, he said that maybe we should get a british car. I think we are going to keep it anyway, then Joan and Fred can use it in their car when they want to take Anna somewhere. Also, it will still work as a travel system. Now, I just need to find a british carseat for our new cars.
Dining room table. I found a free dinning room table for our new place. I need to get chairs for it. I am really glad I didn't bring our table because their isn't that much room available to keep it in. It is also pretty cute! Its a round table that has a hidden leaf inside! The owners got it at an auction and only wanted the chairs. On base their is a weekly newsletter where people sell/give away things. I think we will really luck out with it!
I wish I had pictures I could show, but our camera cord isn't here yet. Supposedly it should come into customs on June 25th ~ not sure how long it will take to clear customs but we hope to have our stuff before the baby comes.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday night we started our house search. We found a very cute 3 bedroom home ~ and get this, it was build in 1990! The appliances are all new within the last 2 years. there are 2.5 bathrooms and the neighborhood is fabulous! It is a town house with a nice yard. We have a garage, which is too small for a car but perfect for a storage area. It even comes with a washer and dryer which is rare for out here. We won't have a dishwasher but, we haven't had one for a long time anyway so we are used to it. In one of the bathrooms there is an awesome tub! I am so excited, I want to move in today but, first I have to head up to the housing office for them to draw up our lease. We should probably be in there within 2 weeks (granted we can get a bed by then). We won't have our stuff yet but we will have everything we need that we have brought with us. I don't think I will be able to post pictures until our stuff arrives because we packed our camera cord, but if we can find a new one before then I will definitely put them up!
Today I am off to get set up with a doctor. Things are starting to get set up!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Our rental car was also at the hotel when we arrived, however, it had they key to a large van instead of the car, so the reception people took care of it and got us the right key. Drew has been doing very well remembering all of his left side driving.
We also bought a cell phone today it can use skype and we get 4000 minutes of skype a month for free! We still have several things to do to get settled but for right now it seems like we are on vacation! Drew is even off on Monday because it is a British Holiday as well.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Drew and I went in to see the diabetes nurse and Dietician yesturday. She developed a meal plan which although it takes some planning it isn't too complicated. So I started the diet last night for dinner and today, so far my blood sugar has been higher following the diet than what I was doing before! Go figure!
Anyway, I called back to the clinic and spoke with another diabetes nurse today and he saidif my numbers were better before to go back to what I was doing. He said we can't go off of what we think should happen but to go off of
what actually happens. I told him that I would try and continue the diet this weekend and see what happens. What a strange experience!
Friday, April 18, 2008
! My good friends from growing up, the McGraws
Starting from the left, Sister Reed, Kate Despain and Sharla Shelton(Back row), Denise and Margaret Keisling front. (Back right corner) Laura Brewer-Heilig
Now Drew and Anna will have matching shoes!
From left to right, Erin holding Emiline Wheeler, Alyssa Wheeler, Mom, sister Kelley, Janet Howell.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Lat night we had a strange but tasty dinner. It was root beer stew. Allyssa Wheeler had made it earlier in the week - just kind of throwing things together. Ours was a little different but still tasty. You just use some crushed or pureed tomatoes and a glass bottle of root beer as your base. Who would have thought!