Damien is back in school today, but I think he had a pretty awesome winter break. He spent countless hours playing video games and watching TV, but he also starting writing a screenplay for a movie he wants to make. It’s called “A New World” and the main character’s name is Dave. He says it’s going to be rated PG-13 because it’ll have inappropriate stuff in it. Damien has about two pages written so far and he definitely enjoys the potty humor. And as a family we went to go see Frozen II in theaters which Damien and I really enjoyed.
We went through quite the winter storm last weekend. I’m not 100% sure how much snow Grand Forks got total, but the base got 13.5 inches on Sunday. Lots of snow and wind!
We just spent our first Christmas in North Dakota and it was very nice. To my surprise, Damien is handling the winter like a champ. Scott on the other hand is experiencing “new levels of cold” lol. But overall we’re doing great. Damien has off a week and a half from school and I’m getting a lot of time off too. Now if only I had the energy to be productive…
We bought a Nintendo Switch game called Ring Fit Adventure because Scott thought it might be a good motivator for him to workout. One controller is placed in this flexible ring that you hold and the other controller goes on a leg strap. You move, pull, and push the ring as well as other exercises throughout each level. I tried it too and thought it was okay. It would be nice if I thought exercising was enjoyable.
I feel like I keep saying “this is the LAST big purchase for a while” right before making another big purchase. We took advantage of some Veteran’s Day deals and bought ourselves a new couch for the upstairs living room. Prior to this, we only had the one couch in the family room downstairs so this room was just sitting empty looking sad. It’s SOOOOO hard finding a couch because you want it to look good AND be super comfortable. We ended up picking a couch where you could pick each individual piece and they fit together. Scott wanted a sectional which would have worked well in the space, but it’s more expensive and at least some of the seats would never be used. I’ve been excited to try a chaise lounge so we picked that and two more power recliners with dividers in-between. The dividers are more for Scott who really values his own personal space. I do like the cup holders and a place to set things so it works for everyone.
So after having the new couch for almost a week, I like it. It’s not as comfortable as it was in the store and the seats seem WAY bigger too. To counter that, I have to use the pillows to make the space smaller. The chaise is DEFINITELY the most comfortable spot so I think that was a good choice.
So mid-October Damien had a random Thursday and Friday off from school so we used that opportunity to visit my family. It worked out perfectly because the weather was still nice and there wasn’t any holiday traffic. Scott packed up his whole computer so he could still work which ended up working out well. We played lots of poker, had an excellent Thanksgiving meal, and Damien and his uncle David created comics together. Such a great trip!
This was our first year trick-or-treating in Grand Forks so I took Damien up to the local mall to check out indoor trick-or-treating while Scott stayed home and passed out candy. We weren’t impressed so we came home and Scott took Damien trick-or-treating around the neighborhood and Damien had a much better time.
North eastern ND got hit with some bad weather this past weekend. Highways and interstates were closed due to icy roads and low visibility. Oh and flooding! I’m definitely looking forward to some warmer temperatures this upcoming week to melt all this snow.
This post is all about Damien and his many interests and talents.
Earlier this month we went in for parent/teacher conferences. So far I really love the school and Damien’s teacher. She’s very kind and patient and I think Damien is really thriving in that environment. Damien is doing very well in math and needs to work on his reading, which we’ve been doing every school night at home. This is turning out to be a great school year!
Damien made his first comic book! He created it in class during his free time and he had the chance to present it to his classmates which was well-received so he’s already working on a second issue. I love it because it motivates him to try to spell words correctly and it gives him the confidence to try new things.
I believe we are finally at the point where we can start slowing down and start getting into a nice routine. So far we like the vibes here in Grand Forks. It seems like a nice, friendly community. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for any activities in the local area to explore. There was a Corn Feed event in Emerado (right outside of Grand Forks AFB) that featured all-you-can-eat corn, a car show, and inflatables. We also scoped out the weekly Farmer’s Market today in downtown Grand Forks.
Damien has been in school for two weeks now and everything is going so well. Damien said that he likes the variety of school lunches better at his new school. He also has made some friends and he likes his teacher. I would say that the biggest improvement is the fact that the teacher doesn’t assign homework, only reading. THIS HAS BEEN AMAZING. So much fighting and screaming and crying over homework these past school years and we finally have a little bit of relief.
It’s been a very busy (and expensive) two months for us as we’ve relocated to Grand Forks, ND.
Damien spent two months of the summer with my parents. He learned how to ride his bike without training wheels, went fishing, and learned countless other things. Damien is very quick to let me know when he already knows something lol. Scott and I are really grateful to have had the time to pack and travel while Damien was having a great time with his grandparents. It was a long time apart, but it worked out so well.
Now that the three of us are back together again, we’ve been busy being new homeowners, buying a new-to-us older vehicle, registering Damien for school, and trying to keep Damien entertained. That last one isn’t working out so well. He HATES going to stores, even if it’s to look at something for him. And our household goods won’t be delivered for another week! I’ve also been trying to wrap my head around my new job at work. My team seems great, but I’m not as familiar with the technical side as I’d like to be. SOOOOO much to learn.
We’re still settling into the new area, but so far we really like it. I think we will be happy here. I can’t wait until the next time I get to see my parents. They’re both the best!
Two weekends ago, Scott and I babysat our niece, Sarah. I can’t believe she’ll be five this year!
June has gone by so slowly. After Scott returned from ND, we were both working hard to prepare for the move. Well about a week before the movers were projected to come, we found out that none of the companies were accepting offers until mid-July so we had to push back our move date by three full weeks. Thankfully I was able to get everything rescheduled.
Since we’ll be in Virginia a little while longer, we decided to add a couple more things to do. We already hit up our number one priority–eating at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. We ate there once before for an anniversary and we just had to have their lobster mac & cheese again. And of course their steak is very good too. Last weekend we spent a very hot day in Colonial Williamsburg. We’ve been there before, but didn’t have tickets to go into the buildings. Scott went because I really wanted to go, but I think he had a good time too.
Not pictured, but we also went inside the Courthouse to watch some mock trials. They used real court cases and real names from during that era with some audience participation. It highlighted that women weren’t allowed to represent themselves unless they were unmarried and how slaves weren’t allowed to be witnesses. Oh and how you had to attend church once a month, or be fined. Overall, Colonial Williamsburg was a really nice place to visit. Would recommend!