Ok, it really just had a big chunker of something lodged underneath it, so I removed the big chunker, but now it will only space if I hit it with my right thumb and I'm used to spacing with my left thumb so this post may have we ird spacingissu es. Ok? Ok.
We are getting ready for a trip to DC to visit the rest of the Lanes. I've been purging closets like mad, trying to find all our summer clothes that I packed up last year, locating the summer clothes I was too chubby to wear last year that NOW FIT (booyah!) and boxing up things Dean has outgrown so we can take them to our new baby nephew, Lukas, who at 2 1/2 months old, already weighs almost 15 pounds. I'm also making a Yard Sale pile for the sale I intend to have when we get back. I have a lot of clothes to get rid of, along with some general household crap we just don't use any more. There is an enormous bag of paperback books in our guestroom closet, which I'd normally take to the trade-in used book store for NEW paperbacks, but our tiny town doesn't have one. (Can you believe that???) So I figure we'll sell them for a quarter each and use the money for one new hardcover best-seller. Kidding. We'll save it until the library book sale at the end of the summer. Or we'll go to Dairy Queen for a dippy cone. Dean has also outgrown his little baby toys, like mobiles and crib soothers and the like, so we'll sell those, too. Anything we don't sell will either be donated to the church Mother's Day Out program that Dean attends or taken to the big thrift store to be sent to Hannah House.
Some of our neighbors had yard sales over the weekend, but we've kind of stopped going to them in our neighborhood, lest we learn a little more than we want to know about our neighbors. Last summer, we went to a sale down the street where they were selling underwear. USED underwear. Like, there were holes and blown elastic. Let me share a little commandment from the Book ofJen with you: THOU SHALT NOT PUT THY NASTY USED DRAWERS ON A TABLE IN THY GARAGE AND TRY TO GET PEOPLE TO GIVE THEE MONEY FOR THEM!
Traveling with a little one is always an adventure, especially when it comes to packing. Dean's little suitcase is full of outfits. When I went to zip it up, I realized there wasn't a single set of pj's, a single blanket or a swimsuit. Packing FAIL. Fortunately, we'll be taking several other suitcases, so I'm sure we can squeeze them in someplace.
Did I tell you Marcus's truck died? I did, I think. This led to severe paranoia about our surviving car's well-being, which led us to rent a mini-van for the trek to our nation's capitol. We thought about flying, but it's way to expensive, plus Dean gets airsick,which is just gross. So we're driving. I have to admit, I LOVE driving long distances with my husband. So far, Dean's a good little traveller, so I'm hoping this will be a pretty easy trip. It's about 13 hours, but we're leaving before dawn in the hopes that we can get a couple of hours under our belts before Dean wakes up ready for breakfast. We've got some fun stops planned along the way, including Pigeon Forge, TN, and we'll take our time over 2 days to get to DC.
My mother-in-law reitred last week. Of course, she went to work today, which kind of negates retirement, but now she's done. It'll be nice to have her around all day while we visit. The one down-side of the trip is that they are having their master bathroom remodeled and it's not going well. That means we'll all be sharing 1 bathroom. ONE BATHROOM. I'm very happy Dean is not yet potty trained.
We'll report back here with cute pictures of Dean and his cousins. I'm looking so forward to seeing my sweet nephew Adam and meeting the new guy, Lukas. Baby snuggles shall be had.