Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vacation Rental Warning

If you ever go on vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina do not EVER rent from Midgett Realty! They have given us the worst vacation experience. The house we originally rented had live bugs running around on the beds!! And a bed that had no support under it, it was held up with wainescoating cross"beams". We were put in another house, stayed our week and now 2 weeks later are being called with an outstanding balance for the difference in rent between the original "bug" house and the house we were placed in because of an issue with their original rental home.


Monday, October 25, 2010


Our weekend went by in a FLASH! On Saturday I had gotten up, stopped at Walmart to pick up a gift and gotten Grace to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese by 9:30am. After 2 hours we were Chucked out and had a few errands to do while we were in Downingtown. Part way through the errands a totally exhausted Grace melted down in the middle of a shoe store. I had to practically drag her across the parking lot to the car while she was screaming, "Get away from me!!" "You're hurting me!!" "OWWWWWWCCCCHHHHH". It was not one of our finer moments. And the shoe store just "had" to be right next to Babies R Us where all of the first time parents were staring at us and in whispered hushes to each other saying, "Our child will NEVER, EVER do that! She must be an awful mother!" My response to them...You just wait!!

This week is filled with appointments, 2 school harvest parties ( I got stuck with making the 30 cupcakes, as if I don't have anything else to be doing) and Trick Or Treat on Friday night among all of the normal things. Friday just happens to be predicted as 20 degrees colder than the rest of the week with strong winds. Lovely. I'm still not done the kids costumes, and have no idea where else I can look for the rest of the things that we need. I also just don't want to spend any more money!!! Truth be told, I don't like Halloween. I never have. Yes, I like to see my kiddos dressed in cute costumes but after about 10 minutes of fighting with people to leave this and that alone, I'm over it.

Off to the shower I go...I'm going to try to break my record of a 0.25 minute shower!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Back At It

I haven't had wireless internet in over a year. Sad, I know. Last night I finally got it to work! I'm hoping that being wireless will help me start blogging again.

Twice a month I usually go and get a cheap manicure. It's $30 a month and something that I look forward to doing alone. Tonight I was getting my manicure, relaxing while listening to my iPod, and all of the sudden we heard a very loud thump and felt a vibration. We looked out the window and a car had crashed into the adjoining grocery store! It was an old car that didn't have airbags and the person driving didn't seem to be moving. Luckily the fire company/ems is right around the corner and came very quickly, I hope the drive is ok. I have to say that I was a little angry that my "relaxing" manicure was interrupted by blaring sirens that they didn't turn off after they parked the fire truck.

Evan went on his first field trip today and he had an absolute blast. We went to an Amish pumpkin patch/dairy farm. He got to take a hay ride pulled by 4 mules, lead me through a corn maze and found the way all by himself. I think the maze was the best part for him because he got to decide everything. He doesn't usually get to be the "leader". Grace is usually the dominant one and Evan will follow her lead no matter how much we try to intervene and encourage him to speak up. Evan also got to pick out a pumpkin, which took him a good 10 minutes to decide on which one! He loved getting me all to himself this morning and I ate up every second.

I am trying to make sense of all of my lists of birthday gift ideas and Christmas ideas as well as take stock of what I already have purchased. I think the twins are going to get bikes for their birthdays, and Grace is getting a new bike also. I would like to get the twins a kitchen for Christmas to replace the one that was ruined, which still upsets me and makes me hate this house just a little more. Grace wants an Easy Bake Oven, a Nintendo DS Lite and a Fancy Nancy doll. Luckily my Mother In-Law found the Fancy Nancy doll on sale at the Target near her house and picked it up for me. Those aren't cheap dolls!

I need to call BounceU to see if there is an open spot on Nov 13th for Grace's birthday party. I really want to do something special for her this year. I cannot believe that she's going to be 5!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Quick Catch-Up

So much is happening in the Brown house that I have zero time to put thought into a blog. I miss blogging. Here's a quick list of the major things going on in this house!

We just got back from Hatteras on vacation and the weather was wonderful!! The kids loved the beach!! Can't wait to go back next year!

Madeline and Leah talk more and more every day. They are getting to be such big girls! I cannot believe that in less than a month they will both be 2!

Grace is doing excellent in school! She really loves it, most days.

Evan loves school also. He had a rough first few days but he loves going now. Evan has his first field trip on Thursday to King Farm!

We took our house off the market on Sept 22nd. We originally planned on listing it with another realtor but think that we are going to wait until after the first of the year to list it again.

One big reason for waiting on listing the house is that Matt's company is being sold. The takeover should be final before the end of this year. He will then be working for PBF instead of Valero. It's supposed to be a great move with more job security, however I'm still leery.

Matt is still training for his new position as FQO. I think the training will be done by mid November. I'm so proud of him!