TGIF: Have a Pow-Wow (& Some Moving Misc.)

I don’t know where I first read about having a “pow-wow” with your kids. But, it stuck with me. And though it’s a little corny, it helps to open lines of communication.

Ever since the first FishBoy could talk, our bedtime routine has involved discussing the best and worst parts of his day. You probably already do this. A “pow-wow” is no different. The “pow” is the hit you might have taken during the day; the “wow” is the really cool thing that happened. It’s a great little nomiker for the end-of-the-day debriefing.

I am not as faithful with this ritual as I want to be, but I know that my kids look forward to this “tucking in” time. FishBoy12 consistently troops back downstairs to ask me to “come say good night” if I forget. It’s a wonderful way to wind down the day.

On a side note, we survived our move. Here are the pows and wows of our experience:

POW: T-Mobile is our cell carrier by which we make all our long distance calls as well as how FishPapa and I communicate during the day. We have ZERO reception at our home. I put in a service request on Saturday and the results have not been acceptable. So far, they say we need to upgrade in order to get service. Um, no thank you. That wasn’t part of the contract I signed. So, we wait for a second service request to go through.

POW: It was impossible to sign in for internet at Starbucks. Not sure what was going on, but between an energetic two year-old drinking her “coffee” and unhelpful Starbucks people, it just wasn’t happening.

WOW: Chick-Fil-A rocks on the free wi-fi scene, and the staff there were ultra-accomodating and helpful to get me online when I needed to do some house stuff via the internet.

POW: The previous tenants had their own server and thereby customized all the phone jacks, leaving us without phone and internet connectivity. See previous POW to realize my utter frustration to be home with SIX KIDS without any way to connect to the outside world.

WOW: Mr AT&T stayed late last night to take care of our phone jack issues. He went above and beyond the call of duty to take care of us. If we ever are able to separate ourselves from T-Mobile, AT&T will be the first one I call for new cell service.

POW: Packing up our old house was like the Twelve Days of Christmas. The stuff seemed never-ending. Time to do some serious downsizing. Especially since there was a typo in the document I read about the house. It is 3007 square feet instead of 3700. It’s still plenty big, just not as HUGE as I thought.

WOW: Without my two beefy brothers to help with all the physical lifting and moving of aforementioned stuff, it would have been really difficult.

POW: We didn’t do the best job including our kids in the process. We felt disconnected from them for two days while we tried to make sense of two houses and all that stuff.

WOW: My parents came down and watched and played with the kids and treated us to take-out so no one had to cook. My sister Jamie also came and helped clean, pack, and entertain children. Plus, she hosted a fine Chick-Fil-A luncheon.

POW: It was hard last night to watch FishBoy5 fight back tears when he said, “I liked our old house.”

WOW: We had a great talk about Jesus and being together as a family. He asked great questions. Five is SO much fun!

There are more things I could write about, like the smell that smells like gas in the laundry room, but according to our gas leak detector test, it is not gas. Pray that we don’t explode.

Overall, we’re fine. Things aren’t as “rosy” as I had envisioned, but we’re thankful to be in a nice, warm home with more than enough.

What are the pow-wows of your week?

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  1. Katie @ goodLife {eats} says:

    Oh wow, you have been through a lot! I hope it all goes well for you and that things look up more than down. Glad to hear that the move was an overall success. I have never heard of pow-wow before. At first I thought you were going to mention some sort of Indian dance you do with the kiddos to get all their energy out. LOL! I must be tired…it's been a long day here.

  2. What a great tradition! My pow this week was my cold. My wow was my press:-)

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I think your POW-WOW is a great idea! I always try to ask my 1st grader what was something great that happened at school that day & what bad thing hapened…of course the bad things never happen to her 😉
    My POW this week was being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism & a goiter (yuck!). My WOW was getting a packet from my 1st grader's school saying they want to test her for Gifted & Talented program.

  4. What a cool idea and catchy name!

    Are you sure you have time for my Pows and Wows? It's been an eventful week!

    POW-When we believed we were virtually homeless and were desperately looking for a home to buy as our landlord wanted us out for a month so he could lift the house and rebuild the foundation. Nothing in our price range that wasn't junk.

    WOW-After two weeks of torment, believing we would soon be living in a camper in my parent's horse pasture, our landlord decided to cancel the project until April, giving us more time to find a home to buy or rent.

    POW-My daughter's misbehavior this week. Kicking and tripping little brothers, being sassy, coloring a 6 foot by 3 foot section of wall pink as well as bed sheet, brother's face and her legs, cutting holes in her nice pants with scissors, spitting in baby's face, etc.

    WOW-Magic eraser, true forgiveness, an awesome Mother/Daughter date where we reconnected and I gave her the attention she'd been lacking during our stress.

    POW-Our best friends moved a few states away this week. Everyone in our family lost their best friend (I lost one of my two best, so one is still here in town.) The super-tight friendship that took years to form is now broken.

    WOW-Realizing that we are gonna survive this and the same amazing God who brought us such a wonderful friendship with very different people from ourselves can do it again and there is no lack of wonderful people in our church and in our town.

  5. Hi – I read your blog all the time and love it! When we moved into our house, we had a gas smell in the laundry room – it had to do with the way the drain was set up and sewer gas was coming back through the drain. We poured a bottle of wesson oil down the drain and the smell was gone. I think this might be b/c our laundry room is on the 2nd floor. I hope your "gas" smell gets better! Good luck! Your new living room looks great. Thanks for all of your great tips!

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