Monday, May 31, 2010

This and That

One of my favorite parts about our new place is the storage space. Here is Kinnie and Andrew's walk-in closet. I love how organized it looks but I know it won't stay that way, I am the worst at keeping things organized! Andrew likes to sneak in there while I am getting there jammies on. It is so big it could almost be his very own room!

We ventured down to the Riverfront Sunday evening. It was cold and breezy but it was fun to get out and see some more of this place called Omaha. It is so different being in a new place and learning about what there is to do, and where to go grocery shopping, and where to get a red box, etc.

On the pedestrian bridge. It was pretty neat. We didn't make it to the other side because we spent so much time on the bridge looking at boats and playing on the benches. It was also cold and windy but I am wondering where the bridge leads and what is on the other side of the river.

Today we went down to the river again to walk around. This was a beautiful pond with a fountain and ducks and boats.

$10 Pool. I think it will get a lot of use out of these two. A lot of families have wading pools here but we can't spend everyday using other people's pools so we got our own. Andrew liked crawling in and out of it. He is getting to be such a big boy!

Landon starts school tomorrow. It will be weird having him gone and I kind of wonder what I will do without him here all day. I am happy though for him to get back into it and for us to get into some sort of a schedule.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Omaha, Somewhere in the middle of America

We are grateful to my parents for letting us stay with them for a few days while we packed up and cleaned our house. My mom was great and took a few days off of work to help out with the kids and packing. I got to a point where I just kind of stared at boxes and things I needed to pack and couldn't get anywhere. My mom took charge and started packing boxes for me which really helped me.

The yellow Penske moving truck. Andrew could have spent a lot of time in that truck!

We are also grateful to Landon's parents who helped us make the trek. I don't know what we would have done without them. His mom was a trooper and sat in the back seat with Kinnie and Andrew in our small car, in between their car seats, to keep them entertained when they needed it. His dad was a great truck companion. Kinnie constantly wanted to be out on the swings next to our house constantly with Magga Bell. When I was pushing Kinnie yesterday she said "Push me Magga!"
This is the view we have from our house. It really is beautiful. The Missouri river runs under the freeway bridge but you can't actually see the water from our house. It is neat to know that it is there though. I am excited to see what fall looks like.

The Omaha zoo is about a 2 minute drive from our house. I was very impressed with the zoo. We went at 9:30 in the morning and the parking lot was already busy. When we were inside the zoo though we were by ourselves a must be a really big zoo.

The baby gorilla was a hit for Kinnie. She was so fascinated by this cute little guy, I was too. I love the gorillas and how human-like they are and how the big ones just kind of sit there and look at you like you should be minding your own business.

The polar bear kept swimming right up to the glass and that was a little too close for Kinnie. This is her "get me out of here" look. The polar bear would swim on its back to the window and then scratch its back on the rocks by the glass and then push off with his paws on the glass. It was cool.

They have an awesome aquarium. They had this huge penguin exhibit with maybe 75-100 penguins in it. We kind of felt like we were the ones on display how the majority of them just sat and stared at us. It was cool to see them dive into the water and swim so fast.

This was in the tunnel at the aquarium, amazing. It was pretty mesmerizing walking through it and Kinnie was pretty fascinated.

We are slowly learning what Omaha has to offer. It still kind of feels like we are on vacation but everything is going well. We are feeling homesick but we know that feeling will go away eventually with time.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Some Things I Have Learned

Nebraska is a beautiful state. I am pretty sure that right as we drove through the Wyoming/Nebraska border the scenery changed from dull to amazing. When we arrived in Nebraska it was green and sunny and cloudy and rainy all at the same time. Even though it was a straight, boring road, I loved the scenery of the farms, fields, rivers, trees and ponds.

Andrew hates his car seat now. He arches his back and cries when we get in the car. Poor guy. He did so amazing the first day, not so much the second day.

Kinnie did great other then being a little more grumpy. Her world has been turned around so I can't blame her. I am more grumpy then usual too. She watched a few movies in the car and enjoyed having "Magga Bell" in the car to keep her company. Andrew enjoyed having Grandma Bell with us too.

I hate saying goodbyes and I don't like change.

We love our new home. It is slowly coming together and boxes are slowly being unpacked. It has its quirks but there isn't anything that can't be fixed. Leaky washer, leaky ceiling, just little things that need to be taken care of.

There is no point in straightening my hair. It is so humid here and it would be completely pointless to try and make it straight, maybe in the winter I can give it a try.

Squirrels are everywhere here. Supposedly skunks and turkeys roam about freely as well. I have yet to see any of those but some of our friends see them and they live in the same place so I am sure we will encounter them at some point.

I will get some pictures up soon. As soon as I find the cord to download pictures.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Andrew was having fun with this spout (when the weather was warm)...

just like Kinnie used to.