Why Farmer Freitas' Wife?
Well, my husband loves to garden and my sister likes to call him Farmer Freitas....so you know what that makes me.
We're livin' it up on the U.P. - that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Punkie is 6 and LOVED Kindergarten! Isaboo is 2 and she's a smiley whirl wind. We also call her Busy-Isi. This year we welcomed little Lorenzo to our family.
I taught Marley to call me Chef when she helps me cook. I also taught her to respond with "Yes! Chef!" when I ask her (help her) to add an ingredient. It's awesome! This title phase she's in is so entertaining.
Since the last post I've gained yet another title - Mermaid!
Today my title...name...alter ego? is Sam. Yes, I have been Sam all morning.
Marley also keeps saying, "Sam? Did you do your paperwork?"
Marley collects monsters and spiders from around the house. She grabs these imaginary creatures walks to the TV and pretends to put them in the screen. Then says, "It's ok mom I put the spider/monster in the TV." I wish I thought of that.
The office/craft/guestroom room is Marley's "work." She goes there at least once a day. She uses her scissors to cut up one piece of scratch paper (which we have a lot of from grad school). She always cuts the paper into churches and temples.
She has a different baby everyday....Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh, Funshine Carebear, a little white rabbit, one of two tigers white or orange or any one of her other bazillion stuffed animals or dolls. Everyday whatever that baby is she says in a fake sad voice with brows furrowed, "I have to take my baby to the hospital."
Marley is into making up names. The best so far....Francea (which is similar to my alter ego name Frances, but Marley doesn't know that and I guess I shouldn't be publishing it online...); Danika, and Zilnea. There are more but those are the ones that have stuck out to me.
Marley calls our backyard her garden:
"Mom! There is a dog in my garden!"
"No there isn't?"
"Mom? Can I go out in my garden?"
"Sure, put your coat and socks and shoes on."
"Mom? Can we eat dinner in my garden?"
"Not until it gets much warmer outside, maybe in a couple of weeks."
"Maybe to-mo-rrow we can have lunch in my garden?"
Me laugh, "No, maybe in a couple of weeks...in a little bit of a long time...not tomorrow."
"OH OK! I love to eat in my garden!"
The day we unpacked the truck Marley was sitting on a box and making the trundle of our old sewing machine go and in her fake sad voice she said to nobody, "My mother is dead." She didn't know I was watching or listening so when I laughed and said, "What did you say?" She got a big smile and a red face and said, "Oh, I just said, I can't find my socks!" Looks at her feet and then says, "OH! There they are!"
She HATES to get into the car seat. Loves to be in the car but HATES the car seat....no wonder after how much time she had to spend in it just driving to Mish. She gets right into the car, bypasses the car seat and heads for the front seat. When I tell her that we can't go until she is safely in her car seat her most common excuse is, "Not right now, I'm busy." (I wonder where she got that excuse from?)
A couple of days after we moved here Marley wanted to play school but I was unpacking the kitchen (busy). So she improvised and just called me TEACHER -- ALL DAY.
I kept requesting to be the QUEEN but those requests were shunned by the PRINCESS and she soon abandoned the whole royalty theme and went back to TEACHER.
Today I am DOCTOR.
Excuse me my, FRIEND just brought her baby to the hospital I have to do an emergency check up. But please remember that we are never too busy to have our FRIENDS over to have lunch or dinner in the garden....and the office/craft room/"work" easily converts to a guestroom.
That title is from a Barry Manilow song. No, I'm not a closet Manilow lover....I'm an out in the open Manilow lover. Look, I don't follow him around and see all his concerts...never been to one and don't really want to, but I do love my Ultimate Manilow CD.
We made it to Michigan! My dad drove out with me and Marley and we made it in 2 days! 1,806 miles in 2 days! When I say "my Dad drove out with me and Marley," what I really mean is he drove the whole way! He's a driving trooper! Yesterday morning he got on the train in Grand Rapids, MI and went to Chicago. In Chicago he got off and had a 3 hour lay over and then got on another train which he is still on right now. He will arrive in Provo tonight around 9:30! He loves trains so he has actually been looking forward to this trip. And last I talked to him, yesterday when he was in Chicago, he was having a great time.
This is a short post because we are busy unpacking and settling into our new home. I just wanted everyone to know we made it to Michigan safely. I have lots of stories about the trip....but, very little pictures. I had been stressed out about driving our car across the country but thankfully we made it and having my dad there and driving made it so much easier and less stressful. I was also sick (not in a picture taking mood). I did take some pictures of Marley on my phone...maybe I'll share those. We slept in Lincoln for about 5 hours at our friends' house. Two other friends came to see us there....I miss Lincoln!
I left my keys at a rest stop. And while driving back home after dropping my dad off in Grand Rapids, we slid off the road in a snow storm...not much damage to the car and we are fine but that is yet another story for another day.
Thank you so much to all of our friends and family that helped us move. SO MANY helped and supported us. We continue to feel your love and support. We have had two days of rain and snow but today the sun is shinning!
Full reports of our adventures will follow. Stay tuned!