Saturday, November 15, 2008

We've had a busy week!

First, the movers came Monday and picked up everything we've bought while we're here to ship it back to Italy. It was a lot- shopping and getting everything in order was a big job. I bought clothes for the kids for the next year and a half. I bought some birthday and Christmas gifts for next year too. I bought sheets and a comforter for Love Bug's "big girl bed" (which were pink and purple princess themed- what a girl!) and got some things for potty training. I also bought all our favorite toiletries and food items, enough to last the rest of our tour in Italy.

So, now you're probably asking... why, Abbey? Why would you subject yourself to three horrible months as a crazy consumer?

1. The shipping was free, arranged by B's job.
2. Clothing, even for children, is three times as much in Italy
3. Most favorite toiletries and food, even if available, are twice as much in Italy.

So, as you can guess, I saved a lot of money. Even shopping major sales, I know how much I've spent on clothing and toiletries in Europe. I've calculated some of what I saved, and trust me, it's very worth it. Plus, this means I will do very little shopping in the next few years, which makes me very happy!

We also said goodbye to our babysitter on Monday. She has been coming over a few times a week, for a few hours, to help me with the kids. Her mother died last weekend, so she had to go home and won't be back until after we leave. Please pray for her, that she has peace and comfort in her mother's passing.

Both kids had a check-up this week as well. Love Bug is 80th percentile in height, and about 70th in weight. Dragonfly is 95th-99th across the board... what a bruiser! Both are completely healthy and doing really well- thank God for all our blessings there.

I had my six week check-up and have healed really well. I've lost 35 pounds so far, but hope to lose about 35 more. I gained 45 during the pregnancy and never lost the extra 20 from Love Bug, so I have some work ahead of me. B had such a great time running the Rome marathon last year, that he planned to do Paris this year, but he's decided to take off one year and postpone it until 2010. What a great husband! This means that he can watch the kids for me, so I can focus on losing the weight I gained over the pregnancies. Let's just hope I have the will power.

I also had more testing to figure out the source of my hypothyroidism. I feel great, so please pray for me that it's nothing!

I've got another busy week ahead, getting ready for our trip to see family during Thanksgiving. We'll be distributing Christmas gifts that week, so I'll need to get all those in order. Then, we'll be heading back to Italy just one week after that. We're having a big Christmas party two weeks after our return, so I'm excited to get home for that. I'll try to check in with your blogs tomorrow and leave some comments when I can!


tootie said...

Good to hear from you! It sounds like the kids are doing well - so glad to hear it!

I'll keep you in my prayers that the rest of the moving prep goes smoothly.

Cheri said...

I can so totally understand about spending money to save money! Especially when the government is paying to get it to you. The amount you're saving on shipping costs alone...!

Glad to hear you are all doing well!

*carrie* said...


Enjoyed reading your update. How fun it will be to open all those "care packages" once you get back to Italy. I love shopping ahead and feeling prepared!

Jacquie said...

Oh my that would have been a shopping trip I would have loved!
Go you :-)

bren j. said...

Wow, so much busyness right before you have to go back, but I guess that's just how it is. Whenever we go Home to Canada (which I realize is not NEARLY as far as Italy) we always end up leaving the shopping right till the last day and it drives me crazy. Your foresight is truly inspiring. Here's to safe travels and free shipping!