Monday, November 26, 2007

Back In Natch

I realize I've mentioned this before, but just in case you missed it... We live in Natchitoches. But you don't pronounce it that way. You say it "Nack-uh-dish". Weird, I know. Just in case you were wondering...

We arrived home from Florida on Saturday evening. The eight-hour drive felt even longer, especially when the kids needed to stop frequently for potty breaks (much to Kelly's dismay!). We did make it, though, and we look forward to spending much LESS time in the van than we have in recent days.

Claire & Nolan started at their new school today. It's called Oasis of Love Christian Academy. When we first considered the school, I couldn't say the name with a straight face. Claire danced around singing "Oasis of Love" this morning as she was giddy to begin her day. Nolan was looking forward to his day as well, though was a bit more quiet. I have to admit I'm nervous for Nolan. He attended school all day before, but he & I were in the same building! It took quite a while for him to adjust at the beginning of the year, though Kelly was gone and I'm certain that had a lot to do with it. Kelly & I dropped them off this morning, along with their mountain of school supplies. I asked Kelly if we could try to avoid moving during the school year again, as it's hard to find all the "necessities" long after school has started. We've had to buy new backpacks, lunchboxes and uniforms as everything we already owned was "contraband" (Kelly's words!). I'm still searching for the right color sweatshirts!

With Kelly at the office and the kids at school, that leaves me... well, all alone. Not something I'm used to. I drove all around searching for those sweatshirts, but the shopping choices in Natchitoches is limited. I got a haircut and took a driving tour of the town. I explored downtown a bit, got a coffee and am now at the library (still no internet at home).

I'm in the beginning phases of a job search and hope to find something at the University. I should enjoy my time off, but I get bored & lonely. I need something besides laundry and unpacking boxes to keep me busy!

What else... Claire is playing Upwards basketball and has her evaluation tonight. She excited to be part of the team and can't wait to get started. Nolan is looking forward to going to the games and cheering on his big sister. Claire learned to ride her bike without training wheels this weekend and is now "free" (her word)!

This week is Kelly's final week of fall practice until the players break for 5 weeks. Then the real stuff starts. Let's just say that a Division 1 schedule is a bit more rigorous than what he's used to. Plus the fact they can start playing as early as February...

Okay, that's it for now. I know you're dying for more, but you'll just have to wait. Have a great week!


Anonymous said...

So great to hear what's going on with you all. We missed you at Thanksgiving once again, but made your green bean casserole and enjoyed it with fond memories of our Thanksgiving dinners together in Waconia.
As I'm sure you were, we were especially thankful that we don't own a home in Waconia this Thanksgiving =)
Can't wait to hear more about your new life in LA.
Laila, for the Bechtles

Erica M. said...

Hey angela! I am always reading your blog and I always have fun reading it. I have started one too. take a look when you have a chance. Miss you!


Anonymous said...

It's always so fun to read of your journeys--kind of makes my life seem mundane!! We have a "new" Angela now at RMC--but NOT the same as you!
I hope this transition into "settling in" goes smoothly for you all. Love, Sara Strickfaden

Missy Eagen said...

Thinking about you guys... Hope you are doing well and most of all hope you enjoying the warm!!! :)