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House in Arkansas May 31, 2007

Filed under: Life — michalelhall @ 3:33 am

I am posting some pictures of our house in North Little Rock.  Yes, North Little Rock is its own town.  It is seperated from Little Rock by the Arkansas River.  It is all right there together.  When we say we are moving to NLR people get a little confused.  If you ever send us mail, you will have to put North Little Rock as the city.  We are close to listing our house.  Should be listed by Friday.  It is sad that we have done all this work on our house we are moving out of.  We should have done it while we lived here and been here to enjoy it.  Oh well, hopefully all we have done will get our house sold quicker and for more money than if we sold it as is.  Enjoy the pictures!

Shore Point front

In Arkansas, you just throw your trash on the lawn…

Shore Point bedroom 

Under Construction…

Shore Point sunroom 


Shore Point backyard



Ashley’s Finally Blogging! May 19, 2007

Filed under: Friends — michalelhall @ 4:39 am

Ashley– This is for you! I have you on my blogroll now! Everyone go look!  You know Ashley always has something funny to say!


Tag – Your it!

Filed under: Life — michalelhall @ 4:30 am

Well, my friend Becca tagged me last week so I am supposed to let everyone in on seven random facts about myself.  So, since I am one of the last to respond to her (Laura – I have not seen yours yet) here goes my randomness.  Here are the rules. Each player starts with seven random facts about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about the seven things and the rules. You need to choose seven people to tag and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment that they have been tagged and to read your blog.  I really don’t have 7 more people to tag but I guess I will do the best I can.

 1. I was a pre-med major in college.  Yes, I was going to be a doctor.  Then I met Tom, fell in love and wanted nothing more than him as my husband and to be the mother of his children.  Actually, I never did even finish school.  Sometimes I regret that fact, but I do not regret not becoming a doctor.  I can’t imagine myself doing anything but what I am doing right now.

2. Tom knew he was going to marry me before we had our first date.  Our first date was a birthday dinner for me.  He bought me a diamond necklace for my birthday.  It was a small diamond drop pendant with a gold chain.  He showed this to his mom and she said “Isn’t that a bit much?” and his response to her was “No Mom, I am going to marry her!”  He did not tell this fact to me until after we were engaged.  Don’t you just love a man who sees what he wants and goes after it?

3. My 9th grade year in school I had a skiing accident and almost died.  The doctors told me that if I had fallen any other way, I would have broken my neck and killed myself.  I had a cerebral skull fracture at the base of my neck.  I had to be air flighted home to Amarillo from Colorado. Now who can say they have actually broken their head? Now you all know what is really wrong with me!  The next year I was skiing again.  Now that I am a mom, I can only imagine how terrifying that whole ordeal was for my mom. 

4. I was such a tomboy when I was young.  Who would have thought that now.  There was only my sister and me, so my dad didn’t have boys to help him with all his stuff.  I was more than happy to be with my dad in his garage fixing things.  I was also quite fond of dirt and bugs.  Some time in the 6th grade I discovered boys and the tomboy in me became history.  Anyone who knows me now knows I am a little high maintenance.

5. Along the lines of Ashley and Becca, I will tell about my Barbie tales.  I had every Barbie imaginable.  I always loved to play with my Barbies. (Maybe I wasn’t such a tomboy after all) I especially loved the suntan Barbie.  She would get a suntan when you put her in the sun.  I also had the Burger King Restaurant for Barbie.   

6. Every Christmas my sister and I would sleep together in her room on Christmas Eve (she always had a bigger bed than me).  She would always wake me up in the middle of the night and we would go see what Santa had left for us.  That is such a great memory for me.  One Christmas I got a Big Wheel from Santa.  I decided to take it for a test drive through the house.  Now remember it ‘s the middle of the night and Big Wheels had those things in the wheels that made that clacking sound.  Well, needless to say I was quite successful at waking up the house that Christmas Eve night.

7. I am horrible with money.  Well, let me rephrase that – I can spend it very well.  Just ask my friends, I love to shop.  It is the saving and keeping up with my receipts that I am horrible with.  Tom takes care of our money.  He fuses because I am always losing my receipts and then they don’t get entered in the computer.  He is really very sweet about it all.  He just knows that is how I am.  I try really hard, but usually there are a couple missing at any given time.  The funny thing about all of this is the fact that the Lancaster’s have put me in charge of the money at school.  I am responsible for collecting all the tuition, lunch money, field trip money, etc. at the school.  I have done a pretty good job of that this year, so maybe there is hope for me yet.  At least Tom is hoping I can change.

 Well, these are random things about me that maybe you did not know.  You may not want to know them now, but you do anyway.

 I tag Amy (she’s getting back from China tomorrow), Ruth, and for the fun of it, Rodney.  He is the only guy I know that might actually do this.  Sorry Laura if I stole him from your list.

Have a great weekend.  I wil be trying to clean my house and get it ready to get on the market.  We need someone to come in and paint our bathroom and bedroom.  Have any of you used any painters and would you recommend anyone?  We are looking for someone to pay and just get it done.  Let me know.


PODS May 9, 2007

Filed under: Life — michalelhall @ 4:06 am

In the process of getting the house ready to sell, we decided we needed to get some of our stuff (or junk) out of our house. We looked into renting a storage building and then I came up with the idea of having a POD (portable on demand storage). The PODS people will deliver this thing to your house and you can fill it at your convenience. Well, one Saturday morning our POD came. They delivered it at 6:30 in the morning. Which, those of you who know me well know that I usually do not get up until at least 10:00. Later that morning I got up and went to take a look at my wonderful idea and thought “this won’t take us very long to fill”. Well, a week later we were still trying to fill our POD. The thing just kept growing and growing. Monday was our deadline for them to pick up our POD. We decided we had had it long enough. We worked all day Saturday. Got up and went to church on Sunday and came home and worked. I have never filled so many boxes in all my life (or at least since the last time we moved). Tom kept saying “I need more boxes!” Finally at 2:30am, I had enough. The POD still wasn’t full but I had to get some sleep. I had to go to work on Monday morning. So, I left Tom to finish. He finally came to bed at 4:00am. The POD still wasn’t completely full, but he deemed it full enough. I determined Tom is an excellent packer of a POD. I think he could have gotten our whole house in that thing. But at last, Monday morning came and they came to get the POD. This time they showed up at 6:45am. They were not supposed to come until at least 8:30am. It is a great relief to get all that stuff out of our house. Although at the time, I was not so happy about it at all. I was cursing the POD and kicking myself for my brilliant idea. Now, I just have to get my house back in order, finish some some painting, and then we will be ready to get our house on the market. I love my house and it is sad to see all of my stuff that made my house a home be pack up. All my family pictures are off the walls. The nic nacs are in boxes. It is easier on me to sell my house when “my” stuff is not all over the place. I just pray that the next family that moves in here will love it as much as I did. We have a great neighborhood and great neighbors. I pray all of my precious stuff makes it to Arkansas. Tom came up the stairs as the POD was leaving and commented on the man’s driving skills (or lack of skills). So this is the next chapter of our moving adventures. Tom is in AR now and the kids and I will go this weekend to look at schools and get house stuff done. Until next time…