Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Putting it in writing...

I've been putting off writing about our departure from Brooklyn for awhile. Partially because I've been busy, but mostly just because I'm so sad to face the reality of it. I'm in full denial, which isn't too hard because we still aren't really settled anywhere else! (Warning...this is kind of a long explanation.)

I guess we've known this was coming for a long time. Jake signed up for and studied for and TOOK the California Bar Exam this summer so we'd pretty much decided to move to California in March or April. Even then, we kept the possibility of staying in New York in the back of our minds. We really loved living in Brooklyn, despite all the difficulties. Once Kate joined us though, we knew our apartment was too small and it only confirmed our decision. If we would've stayed in NY it would've been years before we could afford a bigger place and our place was too small, too loud, and too high (It was impossible to get 3 sleeping kids up 2 flights of stairs!). We spoke with my parents and decided that when our lease was up in August we would move to Missouri to live with them until Jake found a job in California.

At the beginning of the summer, Jake and I decided it would be best if the kids and I went to Missouri to stay with my parents for a few weeks while he was busy studying for the bar. He was planning on being gone a lot and was also worried about the kids' lack of a schedule making his studying more difficult. So, we left with my parents at the beginning of June when they came out for Jake's graduation. At first, we were sure it was a mistake and that the kids and I should cut our trip short. We missed each other and Jake was studying a lot of subjects he'd just finished studying in school. Then the harder courses started and life switched into high gear. We decided he would come to Missouri for the 4th of July and we'd decide then when the kids and I should come home. By then he was really stressed and we decided to keep things the way they were until the test. So the kids and I stayed in Missouri, planning to return to NY for the month of August.

In the past when we've come to my parents, the kids have taken to it very easily. I think they could tell this time it was different and they had a very hard time adjusting. When we got here, Jackson and Sydney were terrified of even going outside (weird because we spent our lives outside in NY). They never went to bed at a normal time, despite my efforts to PUT them in bed every night at the same time. Mid-July the kids finally started to settle in. Taking all this into consideration, Jake and I decided that we shouldn't try to take the kids back to NY only to bring them back to Missouri while we await bar results and a job, so the kids stayed in Missouri while Jake and I met up in NY to pack our stuff and send it on to MO.

So basically, the kids and I "left" Brooklyn in June. I said goodbye to most of my friends at a baby shower for a friend saying, "We'll be back in July for 2 months, I'll see you then!" In a lot of ways, I'm a little grateful for that because I'm horrible at saying good bye. But I also feel a little unsettled about the whole thing. We just slipped away with very little fanfare...almost like we never lived there. Very sad, since it was such a happy time for us. I just hope we make it back there soon.

Now we're living temporarily with my parents here in Moberly, Missouri. Most likely we'll be here till the end of the year. Jake doesn't hear whether he passed the bar or not until the end of November and most firms will not hire lawyers who have not passed the bar unless it is as an intern and we cannot make enough money on an intern's salary to live in CA! So Jake is currently working as an intern in Columbia (30 miles from here) and we are enjoying living with my parents. Jackson and Sydney love living with Grandma and Grandpa but they miss NY a lot. Jackson asks to go to the park almost every day but then when we get to the park he realizes it's not one of his favorite Brooklyn or NYC parks and he's not really interested. Every time he sees anything to do with NYC on tv he yells..."that's New York where we live!"

We're trying to make the best of this interim time till we move to CA so Jackson has started preschool and will soon start flag football. We don't want him to miss out on all these developmental milestones while we wait to get settled. It works out great though...this preschool is perfect for Jackson; he has a small class so he's getting a lot of personal attention, it's really inexpensive and it's only five minutes from the house.

So there you have it. We bid Brooklyn adieu and we're in flux here in Missouri until we can complete the transplant to CA--hopefully the San Francisco area. I'm working on a "Farewell to Brooklyn" post, coming soon. We'll keep you posted as new events come about. We could luck out and get a job sooner than anticipated. Jake's resume has really been impressing lawyers around here so I'm sure it won't take long for someone to pick him up in CA. Until then, we'll enjoy being around family again while we can.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tagged

I've been tagged by Celeste. The Rules: Answer the questions using only ONE WORD. Then tag four others. I'm going to tag Cheryl, Pam, Kendra and Tricia-Brittany-Heidi (it only counts as one name if you hyphenate it, but I expect all three to do it).

1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Your significant other? Jacob
3. Your hair? brown
4. Your mother? hard-working
5. Your father? hard-working
6. Your favorite thing? family
7. Your dream last night? jealous
8 Your favorite drink? diet-coke
9. Your dream/goal? weight-loss
10. The room you’re in? Kate's
11. Your hobby? blogging
12. Your fear? birds
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? California
14. What you’re not? perfect
15. Muffins? blueberry-streusel
16. One of your wish list items? car
17. Where you grew up? Moberly
18. The last thing you did? nurse
19. What are you wearing? jeans
20. Favorite gadget? camera
21. Your pets? kiddos
22. Your computer? old
23.Your mood? stressed
24. Missing someone? new-york
25.Your car? stroller
26. Something you’re not wearing? lipstick (isn't that the new "buzzword") :)
27. Favorite store? Target
28. Like someone? Jackson
29. Your favorite color? red
30. When is the last time you laughed? 4:00
31. Last time you cried? 9:00

Friday, September 5, 2008

Our growing girl



Our little Kate is getting so big! It always seems to happen so quickly. She's such a sweetheart. She seems to be growing out of her collicky phase and becoming a much more pleasant baby. She is also jabbering a ton...buh's, wuh's and ma's. Such a doll.

Sheep!!

Who would've guessed it...the World Sheep Festival, right here in Missouri! Well, when a festival like that comes within an hour of you, you really have to go. So we did. In the tiny town of Bethel, Missouri (population 129) we watched sheep sheering, pet Angora rabbits, ate lamb burgers, ate kettle corn, and watched a sheep dog herd some sheep. There's nothing like sheep to bring you back to your roots...if your roots are found on a sheep farm.


A lamb ready for a hair cut.

A world champion sheep shearer.

This border Collie showed us how to keep sheep in a tight formation and direct them into a pen across the field.

Jackson and Sydney pet the Angora rabbit, held by a 12-year-old rabbit expert.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Preschool

Tuesday was Jackson's first day of Preschool at Timber Lake Christian Preschool. We tried to do Joy school last year and if you may recall from my posts then, it didn't work out. Most of the other kids in the class were older and more mature and he just couldn't sit down and pay attention. This time around, it seems we've found a winner. The school is structured so that there are a lot of activities. There are learning centers around the classroom and they keep the kids rotating so that they don't get bored. The first day I walked to the door to pick up Jackson and looked in the window. Everyone was sitting in a circle on the rug listening to a book...everyone but Jackson. He was in the back "wrestling" with his teacher. Miss Sandy said that Jackson was good the whole day except when it came time to sit down and listen. Though this is pretty typical for an active 3-year-old, I was definitely disheartened after last years' experience. The one difference this year was that Jackson seemed to like it and wanted to go back. He always fought me on going to Joy School. So Thursday came, time for school again. Jake and I talked to Jackson a lot about listening to his teachers and being a leader by being the first to do whatever the teacher said. That afternoon when I picked him up, Miss Sandy said he did much better. She said a couple times he said he didn't want to do what she said, but he did it anyway. I feel good about this and Jackson seems excited, so that's the most important part. Also, after only 2 days, he's already writing letters! If we write his name he can write the letters directly underneath on the paper. He's really working hard.

Right before school, Jackson proudly displays his new Superman backpack, complete with school glue in the side pouch.
Jackson putting his backpack in his cubby hole. (Yes, the top name says "Breanna" but the one you can't see says "Jackson".)

Jackson and his teacher find his name and put it on the board next to his picture to show that he is present.

Another milestone that I don't have pictures of...Jackson had his first dentist appointment on Thursday right after school with one of my high school friends, John O'Loughlin. Jackson was super scared when we got there, but he sat on Jake's lap and did great! So now we're over that hurdle...no more fear of dentists!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Jackson Paparazzo

Here are a few shots Jackson's taken over the last few months. Yes, he really did take these shots. You can tell he took them because they were shot low to the ground or in odd lighting. It's funny how his uninformed eye comes up with such interesting photos (as though he intended it that way; he's lucky just to aim and hit to shutter button). There's even a self portrait. If you look closely, he's captured some interesting information. For example, Sydney's inspection of Kate or Jacob showing off his best side (Jacob says he looks like Squidward). His picture of the grass was taken while pressed up against the screen which you can see if you look closely. As for what Jackson did to get Kate to look at him the way she did in the first two shots, that's a mystery that I'm trying to recreate. I'm still laughing about those pictures. Makes me think of Young Frankenstein when the Frankenstein Monster was being electrified and you could see his skull. Adorable. Perhaps you wonder how I came to that conclusion. I don't know. My brain is Abie Normal.