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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hello Maryland!

Oh my poor neglected blog!

Well we arrived safely in Maryland and are getting a little settled in. Our household shipment should be arriving by the end of next week.

The cross country trip wasn't too bad. Kayla was a pretty good traveler. Although I packed a bag full of stuff for her to do, nothing really kept her interest for more than 5 min at a time; and that's hard when she gets bored so easily! We do have a DVD player and she did watch some movies, but even that gets old after awhile! Lucas, on the other hand, is a good traveler as long as he is sleeping!! Thankfully he did sleep quite a bit on the trip, but when he was done sitting in the carseat, he was done! And he sure let you know he was done. It's hard being stuck in a vehicle with a screaming/crying baby and you can't do anything for them (stopping and taking a break is only a brief reprieve, once he was put back in the seat he was p'oed!) So I'm glad we're done driving for awhile (well except for the 3.5 hrs to NJ when we have to drop Joe off for his month of training.)

My mom and I hit Kohl's today; there isn't a Kohl's in the town I just left so this could be a dangerous thing! They had some great sales going on ... I was able to get pjs for Lucas for $4, shirts and pants for $2 and $3, shirts for Kayla for $1.40/1.80...I think I had a little too much fun shopping!

Then I had a rude awakening at the grocery store. I buy Kayla V8 Fusion. I'm used to paying $3.10 at the commissary on Holloman; I almost fainted when I saw the price at Safeway - $4.19! My goodness groceries are more expensive on this part of the country! I haven't had a chance to price compare at the commissary on Andrews, but I'm guessing it would be pretty similar.

I'm slowly getting used to more people, more traffic, more stores, more restaurants, and more prices! :) Hopefully I'll get back to regular blogging soon.

So how are we spending this new year's eve? Watching Kayla learn to Wii bowl and Wii box! She is so funny when she's punching the bag...her little butt is shaking and wiggling back and forth; guess it helps her put some extra umfph in her punches!

Happy New Year!

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50 comments:

Mom24 said...

Glad you made it safe and sound. I've been thinking of you. Sorry for the rude awakening on grocery prices. Not fun.

Julianna's favorite Wii things are bowling and boxing too. The Disney Princess game is also pretty good, and you can find it for $20 now. She might like that.

Have a great New Year.

AZ Chapman said...

glad y made it safe and sound I love the wii.

happy new year

hjoy said...

So glad you arrived Safely, you have all been in our prayers.
Happy New Year

Omaha Mama said...

I'm glad it all went okay. I'd say a little of Kayla playing Wii on video would be a good blog post!
:0)
Maybe you can order Fusion on Amazon? I don't know, I've heard prices on the East Coast are way higher, does that mean your family wages go up too???
Prayers for Joe. Prayers for your family. That '09 passes safely and quickly.

Jessie said...

I too am glad to hear you've made it to your destination...happy transitionings and many blessings in 2009

much more than a mom said...

Glad you made it there safely. I can just picture her little wiggle - too cute!

Michelle said...

Glad you had a safe (if noisy) journey! Happy New Year!

Corey~living and loving said...

Glad you made it....sorry it was hard. ugh.

Don't give up on price comparing. It is under $3 at our Walmart and over $4 at our Safeway. Sugar drinks that as well. :)

happy New year!

Nancy M. said...

I'm happy to hear y'all made it there. Babies can be hard to travel with, I know at this time I wouldn't want to have to go on a long trip with mine, lol!

Happy New Year!

starrlife said...

Welcome to the East Coast- you made it! The Wii sounds like alot of fun!

LauraJ said...

Another Wii family! Hooray! Best invention ever! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
You must get Kayla on video while playing. Too cute! My next suggestion would be getting the wii fit. That is some fun!
Have a great day. I hope your adjustment goes smoothly.

chelle said...

Happy New Year!

Glad you arrived safely. Traveling with little ones is always challenging!

mommaof4wife2r said...

i'm so gla dyou made it safely...and got some good deals at kohls!!! i was feeling the strain for you just reading about the car trip....yuck! well, i'm glad you are there, getting settled in a few days...

and i want to come and box with kayla! i think she would take me down though!

raising joey said...

Have a great New Year! I've been thinking about you guys!

Jen said...

Sounds like a very long trip. But I'm glad you made it safe. Traveling with little ones can be so very hard. We have khols and they do have awesome sales....

Finding Normal said...

Glad you're there, safe and mostly sane. I love Kohl's. Too much.

Chrystal said...

IIRC, the Andrews commissary was redone recently. If the prices are higher, and I hope they're not, at least you'll get some "pretty" to go along with your groceries. ;-)

Sue said...

Welcome to Maryland - I'm glad you made it safe. As for the $ - welcome to the East coast. LOL

Remember - you have a place to rest when you're in Jersey. I'd also love to make it easier on you to sneak a visit with him here b4 he ships out.

I hope you had an enjoyable NY Eve. We had friends over and it was nice. We haven't "done anything" in years.

Bonita said...

I've been thinking about you and wondering how things were going. I'm glad to hear you're finally there and able to begin settling down.

Bonnie said...

Michelle,
We are so glad to have you in this area. I am in MD alot and Kohl's too!
Please do contact me when you have finally settled so that I can meet you and you can meet my Bonnie.
(Ann R from DC) ann45don@yahoo.com

Karen said...

I'm glad you made it safely and you're getting settled in.

I'd think the commissary prices would be cheaper than regular public's prices. Here's hoping anyway!

Me said...

Happy New Year! :) I'm so happy you guys had a safe trip!

Trace

A Life Full of Love said...

Glad you made it safe and sound. Kayla and Kali would have a blast playing the Wii boxing together, too bad you guys don't live closer. She loves that game.

Happy New Year!

nichole said...

So glad you all arrived safely on the east coast. Welcome to EST :)

Happy New Year to you all.

My name is Sarah said...

Glad you are safe in Maryland.

Laura said...

Happy New Year!!!!

So happy to see you back to the blog, and safe! It's not the same without your post:)

Pray your next few weeks of adjustment go well for you all.

Noel said...

I am so glad that you made it safely to MD.
Happy New Year!

Kim said...

Glad you made it to Maryland safely. My hubby was born in La Plata. Of course, we aren't too terrible far from there. I think about 5 hours. Yes, I agree food prices are crazy! Auldi is my new best friend....they even beat Wal-marts prices.

mum2brady said...

So glad you made it safe and sound. Praying it's a good of place as New Mexico - you had such a great group of friends there!

Ouch on the V8 - I think we pay about $3.50 and it's always painful :) They have the pomegranite kind in a two-pack at Costco for a better price - don't know if that helps you or not. WTG on the deals at Kohls - that's wonderful!

Take care and have a happy year in 2009!

Monica said...

So, happy you had a safe trip. Adam loves wii also! Wishing you a blessed 2009 in your new home!

Kari said...

Glad you made it safe and with your sanity in tact :) I've been to Maryland a few times. You are way closer to us now we might even have a hope to meet one day :).
Tristan loves Wii boxing and the bowling he is catching on to as well. I'd say every 3 out of 5 tries he lets the ball go. LOL

Laura said...

Welcome back! Glad to hear you made it safe and sound. :)

the three amigos said...

Glad to hear you're all moved and getting settled!

Bailey's Leaf said...

Welcome to the east coast! When my sister moved to Maryland, we had a rude grocery awakening. Yes, prices are much more expensive there.

We just Wii'd yesterday! I wasn't too bad at the bowling, though the baseball was a little hard. The butt thing? K- was doing it too! -- hee hee!--

So glad that you are all safe and that the family will be able to soon develop a new sense of normal.

Nancy said...

So glad to see you've made it safe. That had to be a tough journey.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

jennifergg said...

so glad you made it safely!

xo

Jeanette said...

Glad that you made the trip safely. We did a 13 hour trip to NM a few years ago and McDonalds was our best friend.... playscapes for the kids and cold drinks for us. Enjoy your new home!

Overwhelmed! said...

I'm so glad you made it to Maryland safe and sound! It's nice that you have your mom to shop with now. And Kohl's is awesome! :)

Keep us posted on how things are going.

Anonymous said...

glad to hear you made it safe and sound. I live 3 minutes a way from a Kohls. The prices are great in that store! My kids love the wii too. It sounds so cute how kayla plays it!
love ya,
mimi

Denise said...

Welcome to Maryland! I had to laugh about the prices! I am always going to Safeway because I don't have time to drive up to Bolling or Andrews. However, when I am able to make those commissary runs -- I am horrified how different the prices are -- for the meat especially. Anyway, welcome to the area! It is expensive but there are so many wonderful and free things to do here, I hope you find the time to check them out!

Blessings,
Denise

joan said...

Glad you all made it safe and sound. Hope you have a wonderful New Year.

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

I love wii bowling! Kayla can come play it with me! :)

AZ Mommy said...

I'm so glad you made it!! In May we drove from AZ to Tx, my son was about 23 months. That's when his love affair with Dora started, ick!!

The Girls' Mommy said...

Welcome to MD!!!!

Chris said...

Happy New Year! Glad you made it to MD safe and sound. Can't wait to see some video/photos of Kayla playing Wii (hint, hint)

Beck said...

I'm so glad you guys are there safe and sound! Groceries are fairly high here, too - it was pretty shocking when we moved.

Tanya said...

I'm so glad you had a safe trip! We got quite the shocker when we moved to ND too - the prices are alot higher than in WA. Especially for fresh fruit - I guess that's why I've become a coupon clipper ;)

Joy said...

Glad to hear that your travels went okay. Traveling with kids is always an adventure.

Our food costs here in MO are way more than NC but I had just thought it was because we are not near a commissary. Hmm... I wonder if it is just the area?

Good luck settling in!

Michelle said...

Welcome back to Maryland!! Glad you arrived safely. When you get settled let me know if you would be interested in a meet up. I can't remember exactly where you are living but if you are near Andrew's we are not too far away. Happy New Year!

Tarrah said...

I'm so glad you made it over here safely. That was one far drive for you guys. I'll be praying for a smooth transition in this rough time