Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010!

I have had the pleasure of seeing in the New Year in my hometown on Edinburgh and have been to the street party in the Ciy Centre several times too. This year's New Years will be spent indoors but Hogmany in Scotland is an amazing time of year.


Edinburgh's Hogmanay from Edinburgh's Hogmanay on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Snowy Problems

Ben has been wanting snow for a while now. He missed the last few days of snow as he was working and couldn't play in it with the kids. The Weather Channel had said we were due for snow over the weekend and today it came. We went to Walmart to get a sledge and a snow shovel.



We were then going to go to the Disney Store so the kids could spend their gift card but first we went to look at a possible location for sledding later on. The snow was really coming down now but we went round the corner from Walmart to Cool Creek Park and drove around looking at the park and where we could sled. As we came back down a hilly bit the car skidded on a slippery bit and we lost traction for a second or two. Then we crashed into a car coming the other way. A big chunk of the front of our car was now on the ground and one of the lower lights was hanging off. Luckily no one was hurt. Our car came off worse than the other one.


We had to wait for the police to come to file a police report and Ben and the other driver exchanged insurance details. The police came quite quickly but there was a bit of waiting around to do whilst the paperwork was done. The kids got out the car and ran around in the snow for a bit. After about 30-45 minutes we were able to leave.


The driver of the other car called someone else to come out and take their kids home as their seatbelts didn't seem to be working in the front and they didn't want to risk driving with the kids in the car. As we drove away they were still there with the policeman.


Ben dropped me and the kids off at the apartment and he went to get glue and duck tape to try and tape the front of the car back together again. I had picked up a lot of the debris from the ground after the crash so we would be able to stick it all back together. He parked the car under the car port outside and set to work trying to repair it. The snow was really coming down hard and the wind chill was very cold. Luckily he didn't glue his fingers together or to anything on the car. The front corner of the car is now silver due to all the tape on it and is currently missing a light as that has to be put back in later on. The light is actually sat on the floor by the apartment door at the moment waiting to be put back onto the car!



I have my driving test on Saturday so hopefully there won't be any problems with the car or too much more snow!
If I ever am in a position to buy a new car I know exactly what car I want to get.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day


So we got a wonderful Christmas gift from the kids. We got a lie in! We woke at 7.30am! Woo-Hoo! The kids were all excited by the sheer volume of gifts under the tree and quickly set to work opening them. We need not have worried about the kids not having much for Christmas. They had loads of stuff. They even got a bike each so in the New Year they will be learning to ride them. (When they have cycle helmets too of course!)

I then got started on Christmas lunch. I was planning on making a pumpkin pie for dessert but managed to drop the pie crust on the counter and it broke into hundreds of pieces. I wasn't put off though and just put them back in the foil and then put the pumpkin pie mix on top. Ok so it wasn't great to look at but it tasted nice. The chicken was cooked perfectly. I got a chicken that has a sort of timer in it that pops up when the chicken is cooked thoroughly. The timer device looks a bit like a golf tee but it seems to work. We also had stuffing, gravy and loads of veg. The kids ate loads as did Ben.


There were leftovers and they were eaten at dinner time in the form of a chicken and stuffing sandwich.

Z and K managed to watch both of their dvds during the day too. They got G-Force and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. All in all it was a good day but next year I think I wil get prepared a bit earlier and relax on Christmas Eve rather than going to a Mall shopping!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Even though it is Christmas Eve, I decided to go against my best judgement and went to Castleton Mall to do some Christmas shopping! I am usually done with all the Christmas shopping by the middle of November but this year there was a slight delay to starting the Christmas preparations. (We moved to Indiana and have been a bit busy trying to get the apartment sorted)
Anyway, Ben dropped me off at the mall and he went off with the kids. I aimed to be done in an hour and a half and I was. I called Ben after an hour to get him to come collect me again. Turned out he was in the food court so I didn't have long to wait.
We came home and I wrapped up all the things I had bought. Then the kids had a nap as we were going to a Christmas Eve party at the home of a fellow British Expat. We drove over to Angela and Kevan's house and then followed them over to the party. A good time was had by all. K had decided to go in her Snow White outfit and between her and Z they ate almost all of the fruit in the house! I drove home and managed to get back safely and without getting lost! We put the kids to bed and then put out the gifts from 'Santa'. Then to bed. I just know we will be awake by 4am!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

BMV

Went to the BMV. Again. This time managed to do the written part of the test to get an Indiana State Drivers Licence. Passed the written test and have the practical driving bit booked for 0930 on Saturday January 2 2010.

Fingers crossed that it is not snowy!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Change of Class

Tomorrow is the last day of the semester at Z's school. He has enjoyed going and really loves going by the school bus. One thing that has been a bit of an 'issue' is the curriculum. It is so much more advanced than the school he went to in the UK that he has really struggled to keep up with it all. Also you have to have turned 6 by August 1 and Z didn't turn 6 until the end of August. So, after discussion with his teacher, the Principal and Ben, it has been decided that next Semester he will be going into a Kindergarten class. This is not like the Reception class he was in when at school in the UK. It is more like a Year 1/Year 2 class. He is happy with the decision and hopefully he will thrive in the new class. The kids will still be his age so he is not going to be with really young kids. Also because of his age there won't be any 'stigma' with being held back a year. It was either going to be keep him in 1st grade and have him struggle through the year and then repeat the year again, or go to Kindergarten and move up with the class to 1st grade next August.
I do/did worry that I caused this problem for him as I decided he should go to 1st grade without properly looking at the curriculum and speaking to the school. I have put all this pressure on a 6 year old boy that wasn't ready for it. Luckily he still seems to be enjoying school and has never said he didn't want to go ro refused to do the homework. I just hope this change in class will benefit him and he will feel like he is improving and able to understand what he is being taught.
Tomorrow is Christmas party day at school and he finishes at 10.50am. Saturday will be bringing us snow!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Police and Firemen

Today started off like any normal day. Z went to school and Ben went off to work with Dan. Z had been complaining of a poorly tummy last night but decided he was better in the morning and could go to school. Anyway, I had the car so had plans to go to the grocery store to get a few bits and pieces.

I was thinking about getting ready to go when there was a knock on the door. It was the woman from next door and she was asking to borrow my phone. She looked upset and had a little boy next to her who looked around Z and K age range. I gave her the phone and stood in the doorway whilst she used it. She was asking whoever she called to come get her and her husband/boyfriend/partner who is on crutches was trying to get past her saying stuff like 'I am going to tell them you are abusing me' and was pushing her out the way with his crutches and she kept going in front of him. She gave me the phone back and I shut the door. A few minutes later the little boy knocked on the door and asked to borrow the phone again. I gave him it and left the door slightly open for them to bring it back. I sat on the couch with K and watched a cartoon. Next thing I know a police car turns up and a policeman is calling through the door asking if I called the police. I say no but it might have been the neighbours as they borrowed the phone. He knocks on the door and the woman answers and she gives the phone back to me and goes back inside with the policeman. I shut my door and sit back down with K on the couch. A few minutes later and someone is opening my door. I jump up and open it before anyone come in and there are 4 firemen stood there asking if I called for them. I say, again, no but it might be the neighbours as they borrowed my phone.

I go back to sitting on the couch and wait to see if the policeman comes back to ask me anything about what was going on. Eventually I hear people in the corridor and someone says that someone is being taken to hospital and then it all goes quite and the police cars go away so I decide it is fine to leave so I take K out to the grocery store.

We get the bits and pieces we need and head home again. I haver just got all the stuff in cupboards and am opening the apartment door to take the rubbish out and I come face to face with the same policeman as earlier. He has come back to ask me about earlier. He asks what I heard and saw. Turns out the man with the crutches had said he had been screaming and shouting for help but I didn't hear any of it. The policeman writes down everything I say but doesn't ask for my name so I am assuming that I am not going to hear anything else about it. Unless the neighbours come back and do it all again!

All this before lunch time!
I am not going out again, except to meet Z from his bus, as it is -9C but the windchill makes it feel like -18C!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Tree Hunting


Today we went to get our Christmas Tree. We had looked at fake ones pre-lit and they averaged about $280! So we decided to get a real tree. It is environmentally friendly and cheaper! We found a tree farm and decided to drive up and choose a tree.
Don't worry we measured the height of the room and worked out the maximum height of tree our room could cope with. No National Lampoons Christmas Vacation here!


After a short drive up to the farm we find that there are loads of trees to choose from. The kids are all bundled up as it is  freezin cold and they run around looking at all the trees trying to decide which one to get. There were a few pointed at that would not have gotten through the door and so were quickly bypassed.


Eventually we find one and decide it is the right height and width for our living room. I get a pot/stand thing for it and the guys at the farm take it round back to drill a hole in it for the stand and attach the stand to the bottom whilst I go to pay.

It gets strapped to the roof of the car and we head home to put it in the room and then go to get lights for it. I had already bought some baubles but no lights so we go to Meijer to get some lights and then set about decorating it. The kids love it and K gets to put the star on the top. It just fits!


Our first ever real Christmas tree. I just hope it survuves until Christmas day! Must remember to water it every so often! All we need now are presents at the bottom of it. Must do Christmas shopping. Only problem is need to do it without the kids being there and that is easier said than done!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

To Drive or Not to Drive

Ben was scheduled to take his driving test today so he could get an Indiana State driving licence. I hoped to do my written test so I could schedule my driving test but after speaking to a very miserable woman at the BMV she told me I couldn't as my Social Security Card did not match my 'primary id' as the names were not the same. I had sent off the form and copies of my id to the Social Security Administration but hadn't heard anything. Until I get a letter or document confirming that my Social Security records have been amended and I am who I say I am, I can't get a Indiana driving licence. Ben has offered to go into the Federal Building with all my documents and another completed form. Happy lady at the BMV told me I needed a 'NUMI' form and then I could do my tests.

Ben was able to carry on with his test which involved going out for a 10 minute drive and performing a parallel park. That was it. Unsurprisingly he passed. There seemed to be a bit of a 'computer says no' going on afterwards as same happy woman that had seen me, took about 45 minutes to get Ben's licence sorted out. Eventually he got a printout of what his licence will look like but not the actual licence. The BMV have to check with Homeland Security that all the visas/documents etc Ben provided them with are legal and he is supposed to be in the US. At least I now have an idea what to expect when I finally get to that point. I am hoping it won't take me 7 attempts to pass like it did in the UK though!

After finishing up at the BMV we went to the Childrens Museum again and then home for a nap before heading out to the Columbus Electric Lights Parade. We arrived after it had started but found a very good parking space by the Dairy Queen and only had to walk for about 2 minutes until we found a decent vantage point to watch all the floats go by with their Christmas lights on. We got 4 hot chocolates for $3 as one of them was only half full and the guy serving us didn't have a refill to hand. After standing watching it all for a while we went back to the car and the kids watched the fireworks from the warmth of the back seat.

As it was late I knew we wouldn't get back in time for dinner so got some food from McDonalds. mmmm. Lovely. not.

Tomorrow we are going tree hunting. We are getting a real Christmas tree for the first time ever.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tom Cruise!

I only get a mention on the official Tom Cruise blog part of his website! His verified Twitter feed asked about movies that inspire yesterday and I tweeted a reply. Didn't think anything of it. I have had 2 celebrities reply to my Tweets - Richard Bacon and Alexander Armstrong.

Tom Cruise (Ok not actually him but one of his 'people' only went and re-tweeted my post! Now it is on the Official Tom Cruise blog. Along with my photo! I am part of a screen grab of tweets! Check it out here. I think I may love Tom Cruise! (My Twitter user name is sarah1807 in case you have a problem finding me!)




This weekends activities involve driving tests, Christmas light celebrations and chopping down trees!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Our First Thanksgiving

We had our first Thanksgiving as a family in America today. Dan, who works with Ben, invited us to his parents house for Thanksgiving dinner. Z has been going on about wanting to eat Pumpkin pie as he has been learning all about Thanksgiving at school and decided that he liked the sound of Pumpkin Pie. We were told not to take anything but said we couldn't arrive empty handed so we brought a bottle of wine along with us. Dans sister was there with her husband and their daughter who is a little bit younger than K. Z and K played very nicely with her. The watched a dvd, played on the piano and played with some toys together.



The kids tried a bit of everything and had a choice of desserts. There was pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate pie and pumpkin cake. Z tried a bit of all the pies and K just had a bit of pumpkin pie. We even got a 'care package' to bring home of some left overs, including pudding! We ate a lot but not too much that we were stuffed and feeling uncomfortable. They were a lovely family and it was very nice of them to invite us to share their Thanksgiving day with them.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Indiana State Library




We went to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis the other weekend and had lots of fun. We have become members of the museum so we can now go as much as we want for the next 12 months. Santa is due to arrive the next Friday after Thanksgiving and in early December a Barbie exhibit is due to open so we will most likely go back for that. We decided to give the Indiana State Museum a try today. All in all I think I prefer the Children's Museum. Does that make me a child?

We also were given the option of joining the State Museum but decided that the kids were probably a but young for it and we were more likely to go back to the other one. They are very close to each other geographically but the State Museum seems a bit more grown up and has lots of stuff to read. If you are only 4 and 6 years old then that is not a fun day out!



They did enjoy, however, the sandwich from Jimmy Johns and the ice cream for dessert at the South Bend Chocolate Company Shop. Although K did want to eat her ice cream via a straw and it wasn't really possible due to it being frozen!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Carmel Christmas Lights Switch On





The Carmel Christmas Lights were switched on today so we went along to have a look at them. We didn't line up to see Santa as we would still be waiting now, but did get some balloon animals. K wanted a reindeer hat and Z wanted a candy cane. We took some pictures of the lights but somehow managed to forget to take a picture of the big tree! We will go back and get one. Watching it all get turned on made me realise that we don't have any Christmas decorations and we will need to go and get some after Thanksgiving.


After we watched the lights and wandered around the stalls that were there, we went home to get ready for a party at David and Sian's house. (They are the expats who have been so lovely and helpful to Ben and I since we arrived) We met loads of people whose names I am sorry to say I forgot almost as soon as I was told them! Their house is gorgeous and K and Z had fun playing on the Wii and generally staying up late! I agreed to drive home so Ben could drink. First time driving at night and I didn't have a clue where I was! No sat nav to get me back, just Ben giving me directions. Managed to get back to the apartment in one piece.



We also got a sofa today. Donated to us by a friend of Sian. She was moving to a new place and couldn't get it in the new apartment. No longer sitting on car seats in the lounge! Woo-Hoo!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kids Treat

The kids have been good most of the week and I had been promising them they could decorate cookies at some point. So once Z had done his homework I set the frosting and sprinkles on the table and let them loose. I will admit I did a few myself and some have been left undecorated as Ben is not particularly keen on frosting. The kids enjoyed it and I just home the fact that I let them taste 1 each will not mean they will be on a sugar rush for the rest of the evening!


                 I think I may need to limit them to 1 a day! I also think I may need to buy a vacuum as there may be some sprinkles on the carpet! I really am my own worst enemy at times!


I could make my own frosting and it would probably not be as sweet, but I really couldn't be bothered and the ready made stuff is so much easier. Plus I left my cake recipe book back in the UK and that had all my frosting recipes in it.                        


             

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Vaccinations

Z does not like having vaccinations. In fact I would go as far as saying he hates having vaccinations! He threw a hissy fit both times I took him to get a dose of the Hep B vaccination he needed for going to school in America. He hears the word vaccination and seems to automatically think about needles. Understandable I guess. Each time he has had a vaccination I have been with him. However he was scheduled to have a dose of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine at school today. No parents were allowed to be in school with their child when they got it done. All Elementary students were getting them done this week and the High School kids have had their postponed for a little while until they have enough doses in. The vaccine that Z would get would either be a jab in the arm or a nasal spray. I would have no idea what he would get until he came home at the end of the school day. If I am truthful I was expecting a call from the school saying he had gotten hysterical and they couldn't give him his dose. No call came. I waited for the school bus at 2.45pm and off he got. He seemed quite happy. I thought maybe they hadn't done it after all. So I asked him about it. Turns out he did get it done. He had the nasal spray and he found it funny as he had to squish one nostril then the other and it made him talk funny! He is due another dose at some point as all kids under 10 need 2 doses but I am not sure when that will be. Although I am a bit more relaxed about it as he is likely to get the nasal spray again and he didn't mind it at all. Relief!

2nd Times A Charm

Last time I ventured out in the car I got lost. Twice. Today I went out with specific tasks in mind and I knew I needed to get them done as Ben will have the car Thursday and Friday as the guy who he car pools with is off work on those days.

My mission today was to get to Chase to open some kind of bank account and then to Walmart so I could get some Christmas cards to mail to the UK and get some more dinner plates, bowls etc as we only have a 4 piece setting and if we have guests then we will have fun at dinner time. (We are due a guest next weekend so wanted to get the plates before then as I would be likely to forget!)

So off I set with K in the back of the car. I didn't even bother with the Sat Nav this time. I left it in the glove box. I had spent a good 10 minutes or so on Google maps before we left looking at where we were going and at what point I had to turn and tried to remember landmarks or store names near these points. What do you know, 4 minutes later I was pulling into the car park by the bank! I got there. No diversions or wrong turns! Woo-Hoo! We went in and I sat down with Amanda who took me through the process. I think the whole process took about 20 minutes. K was entertained during this time by drawing on a pad of paper. She actually managed to write her name backwards. She got each letter correct. It was like mirror writing and she did it without a mirror! I was very impressed! I think I would struggle with that.

When we left there I drove down the car park a bit and parked outside Walmart. OK so I could have just walked down to the store but I knew I was going to be coming out with a dinner set and didn't want to carry it very far back to the car! I think we spent about 20 minutes in the store but most of that time was having a debate with K about what color umbrella to get. It has been raining quite a bit here over the past few days and the only umbrellas we have are a kids Dora the Explorer and a kids Scooby Doo umbrella! Not really fitting for an adult to use. Especially when you are waiting in the rain for a school bus to turn up. I'll give you 1 guess who did that this morning!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Driving In the Car

Today Ben left the car keys with me so I could 'go for a drive round the block and the car park' so I could get used to driving the car. Once Ben was off to work and Z was at school I put K in the car and decided I would try to get to Chase so I could open a bank account. Notice I say 'try'! I put on the Sat Nav and start driving down the road. I had a vague idea where I wanted to go to but thought the Sat Nav would help. Of course it can only help me if I have programmed it properly! I quickly notice that although the map is showing me where I am and what direction I am going, I am not hearing the annoying woman;s voice telling me when to turn etc. By this point I can't sort it out as I am driving and there is no where I can pull over. So I keep driving. Eventually I find somewhere to turn around and we head back in the opposite direction. I pull into the car park at Target and decide to go in to get some bags of potato chips for the party we are going to at the weekend. When we come out K decides she wants to go home and have lunch. Off we go. I still haven't sorted out the Sat Nav and continue on the road and decide I know where I am going anyway. The apartment complex should appear on the left any minute now. Wait a sec. Why is it on the right?! Oh good grief! I have taken the wrong turn. Again! When we go full circle and we end up back at the apartment I park the car and decide it would be safer to stay at home in case I was to get lost again and not be back in time for Z coming back from school! Ben has the car tomorrow so my next expedition may need to wait till Wednesday. I do need to get to a bank though. Even though I did get lost. Twice. I managed to get out in the car by myself and drive around. Me in an automatic car on the other side of the road in a foreign country! I am quite pleased with myself if I do say so!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What A Weekend!

This was the first weekend that we were all able to get out and about as a family without having to walk everywhere. The kids were very pleased about that!

Saturday started with me joining a local Weight Watchers club. The meeting starts at 8.30am so I don't miss out on any of the weekend and first thing in the morning has to be the best time of day to be weighed! Once I was done with fat club I wandered over to Barnes & Noble book stores. It was great. So many books to look at and I could quite happily have wandered around there for ages! I picked up a few books for the kids, some bits to help Z at school, a magazine for each of the kids and a magazine for me. I am waiting for my B&N membership card. I can save upto 40% on some things with it!


Once I was done buying stuff there, Ben and the kids came to pick me up and we went to Meijer to get some groceries and things we needed for the apartment. Once we had everything in the cart and I worked out what coupons we could use, it was time to pay. Over $220! But that was with savings of over $25 and we had not had a chance to do a big shop and buy big items and lots of cans etc since me and the kids arrived. Meijer is open 24 hours a day for 364 days of the year! As we were so long in the store the kids started to get bored and started repeating over and over again that they wanted to go home. So we got a sandwich and drink in the cafe and then headed home. We packed everything away and let the kids watch a bit of Monsters V  Aliens for a bit before we headed out again. This time to Target so I could get a few electric items we needed. We didn't have a kettle, toaster or  mixer (for when I am baking). I also wanted to get an electric toothbrush and Ben needed a new headshaver. I pop into the store and Ben goes round to Sian's house to drop off something she had loaned us that we didn't need anymore. I was merrily going round the store filling my cart and then headed to the register to pay. All going through happily with no problems until the guy scanning everything asked me for id!

What on earth had I bought that required me to show id?! Only thing I had was my UK driving licence and this just confused the guy. Usually he would be shown an Indiana State driving licence and they have barcodes on the back that can be swiped through the till but mine didn't so he would have to manually enter my date of birth. Trying to explain to them (a supervisor turned up to assist) that in the UK we show dates as day then month was more complicated than it really needed to be! What was it that needed me to show id? It turns out it was because I had gotten a packet of regular Tylenol and Tylenol Cold medicine!   I had decided to get them as a 'just in case' precaution. That'll teach me! Once he was happy I was allowed to buy it all he rang it all through. Again it was just over $220! I have never spent that much money in one day before! By the time I got home I was done for the day and just wanted to sit. Sunday was going to be spent walking so I wanted to rest!

When we were done with breakfast on Sunday morning we told the kids what their treat for the day was going to be. We had been teasing them all week but never told them what it was they were going to be doing for the treat. First off we were going to look at a few furniture stores as we hope to buy a couch of some description soon. Although Ben has come up with a novel idea for seating in the lounge. He has taken the back two seats out of the car!

On our way to one of the furniture stores Ben told me to drive for a bit but in doing so I managed to miss a turning and we got lost so I pulled into a car park and we swapped over so he could navigate the rest of the way! Once we were done looking at sofas (I think we may have found one and will probably go back next weekend to buy it) we headed onto the treat. We went to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

It is 4 floors of different things for kids to look at and touch, move, feel and play with. At different points in our visit the kids dressed up as dinosaurs, lobsters, seahorses, dogs and a charater from Star Wars Clone Wars! The loved it and walked for ages around all the floors and looking at all the exhibits. There is more stuff coming later this month and they still have to decorate for Christmas and Santa is due November 27th so I think we will definitely be going back! You can get membership for a family for a year so when we next go I think we will go for that and we can use the tickets we bought for this visit towards the cost of the membership.


Friday, November 13, 2009

School Differences

I have learnt that there are some differences between Z's school in the UK and his new school here in the US and not just the accent!

Then: Leave for school 0845 and walk to school for school to start 0850.
Now: Leave for school 0740 on bus for school to start at 0810.

Then: Homework once a week. Usually one of following examples, draw a picture, write a few sentences, add a few numbers and similar.
Now: Homework every day until Thursday with a spelling and math test on Friday.

Then: Basic reading, writing and maths (so it appeared) with PE twice a week.
Now: Monday reading, writing and math. Also PE & Music.
         Tuesday reading, writing and math. Also Spanish & Library.
         Wednesday reading, writing and math. Also Art.
         Thursday reading, writing and math. Also PE
         Friday reading, writing and math. Also Spanish.

Then: School finish 1530 and walk home.
Now: School finish 1435 and get bus home.

Then: Weekly general school newsletter from school in bookbag.
Now: Weekly class newsletter and general school newsletter in bookbag. Email school additional newsletter with activities in school and community. Phone messages with notifications (todays was about the H1N1 vaccinations)

Then: School photo mid way through the year.
Now: School photo mid way through the year and school Yearbook at end of year.

Then: School report card towards end of year
Now: School report card towards end of year. Plus school online system to which parents can register to see childrens grades throughout the year.

Then: Lunch brought from home, ordered and paid for week in advance or go home for lunch.
Now: Lunch brought from home or chosen at school and paid for via account that can be credited online.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cars and Buses

Last night Ben picked up our new car. We are now the owners of a gold colored 2002 Kia Sedona minivan. We need to get it insured and get new plates for it but at least we don't have to worry about crossing 60 lanes of traffic to get to the nearest store and making the kids walk for almost an hour!




This morning Zackery got the school bus for the first time to go to school. He got on the bus at 7.40am and got back from school at 2.40pm. Today he had his school photos taken for the school year book ($36) and we paid for his book rental fees ($98.12).


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