I apologize for slacking when it comes to blogging. Things have been a little crazy. Eric is in California for almost 6 weeks. He took my laptop and my camera with him. Notice how I said "my". I gave him the camera for his last birthday and he bought the laptop :) I unpacked my desktop computer and set it up on my dresser top. My lovely children think that it is the funniest thing to push the big blue button while Mommy is typing. Needless to say, I don't get much time online while they are awake.
We are all missing Eric. Anika keeps saying "Papa's coming home tomorrow" and "Papa's on the airplane". We call him all the time and put him on speakerphone so it's like he's here. He even got to cuddle on the bed with the girls last night. They put the phone on the pillow. He's had some fun at the beach and the mall when he's not busy working. The girls and I are going to drive out there next week for a visit. Wish me luck on the drive! I'll need all I can get.
It has been very warm here in New Mexico. I am not at all ready for 80 degree weather. I've spent the last 2 days going through the girls' clothing. I have sorted out what is too small and too warm, filled a couple bags for my niece, filled a couple bags for the Airmen's Attic, and am trying to sell some of the nicer items. Emily is starting to wear some size 18 month clothing, but most of her sister's 18 month things are overalls, turtlenecks, and fleece. Thankfully we got a box of summer hand-me-downs from their cousin. All 3 of us are wearing sundresses as much as possible.
I am on week 5 of no shampoo. I think week 3 was the worst. I was almost ready to give up. I just kept it in a ponytail all the time and it was kinda gross how the hair would stay up after I pulled the rubber band out. It's feeling pretty normal now. At first I felt like I needed to wash it with baking soda every few days, but now I can go a whole week in between. I also stopped using soap on my arms and legs and where I am using it I am washing less often. I still shower just about everyday, but only soap a couple times a week. My skin is much softer now and less dry.
Yesterday I had a tax appointment on base. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. I was terribly disorganized and forgot to take the girls social security numbers and the closing papers from our house purchase. I had to take the kids with me and they were pretty awful. They bickered over toys and wouldn't be quiet. Today I went back in with the forgotten papers and we finished it up. Our refund is enormous and now we need to decide how much of the money is going where. Some of it will go to savings and some to the mortgage and maybe some to the girls' college funds. Maybe Eric can get that expensive bicycle he wants so he can ride to work a couple days a week.
Anika is a little sick this week. She has been nauseous, had a sore throat, and today had a fever. Her friend next door had the same thing so the 2 of them rested together today while I was taking care of the taxes. I must admit to enjoying the naps she has taken the last 2 days. She stopped napping a year or more ago and I have missed the quiet time.
The timer is going off for my banana bread so I must run. This doesn't feel complete without pictures. Maybe I can borrow a camera this weekend.