Thursday, June 26, 2008

Anna is born!

*Guest Blogger Drew reporting*

At 00:50 GMT Anna Kimberly Mudgett was born! She & Kim are healthy and happy! They are getting along very well & should be out of hospital by Saturday. Pictures and future posts will be along once Kim is a bit more mobile.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

We finally bought a car and...

We finally bought a car!  We bought a used ford focus, a 2005 with 18,000 miles on it.  We have been in a rental focus and its pretty nice.  The safety rating was 4 stars for children and adults, which is better than the Yaris.  Its also a little bit bigger.  We bought it for 6,000 pounds, which is $12,000 cheaper than the Yaris.  Pretty good deal.

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

its official and the smell of pooh...

Its official.  We signed our lease yesterday.  We love our landlord, she is so sweet.  She is very excited about the baby and even said she has daughters if we ever need a babysitter.

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

So many things...

Sorry, it has been a while since my last post.  It has been challenging because we have had to pay for our internet access while at the hotel and it wasn't cheap.  We could use it for free at Drew's parents  house but, it gets tricky to write when so many interesting conversations are happening! 

 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.