Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Harbottles Are Moving!

The Harbottles are moving...down the hall. That's right! After searching high and low we have decided to move to a slightly bigger apartment in our building. By slightly bigger I mean an extra 50 square feet. Could you hear me holler, "can I get an UPgrade!?!" We will be going from about 350 sq. ft. to 400 sq. ft. Now I know what you're thinking...Jeremy has too much stuff. While I agree with you, we will have much more closet space for his GQ wardrobe. We also went to IKEA and bought some neat stuff. I'll post some pictures of my handy assembly skills after we move and I put everything together. That's right I will be assembling everything. Jeremy will not be helping and I prefer it that way. We all have our strengths and assembling furniture is not Jeremy's strength. I bring him along for the heavy lifting. Just don't ask him about the heavy lifting from the IKEA cart into the car and the car into the apartment. Its still a touchy subject. Today we went bed shopping and I asked the man if there was a delivery fee for the new bed. While I was annoyed that something that expensive isn't delivered for free I think Jeremy would have offered the man four times as much so he wouldn't have to bring it home himself. I don't know what his problem is. I'm a good helper. After all, I've been working out and I got me some mean strongs!
To all of you who have our current address the only thing changing is our apartment number. Instead of 205, it will be 201. We will be forwarding our mail but you know how the pony express can be. So, to all of you who come for visits, you're more than welcome to come savor our extra 50 sq. ft. with us. Don't get too excited, you'll still be sleeping on the futon.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summertime and the livin's easy....err, busy

I've been a bad blogger. I know. It's not that Jeremy and I haven't been up to anything lately. The problem is, we've been up to everything lately. This is why the blog has been neglected. Anyway, without further delay...The Harbottle's, Summer Edition:

My last day of school wasn't until June 18 but Jeremy was still taking summer classes. The next day we kicked off summer with a Cubs game. That same night we went to a BBQ with Jeremy's co-workers. I am a teacher but I have definitely NOT had the summer off. My first week of summer I went back to school to work on social studies curriculum planning. We made a trip to Michigan for my bff's son's first birthday party. I've been "babysitting" the daughter of one of Jeremy's co-workers. Last week, I started teaching a summer program at my school for struggling readers. I'll continue until August 19th, have one week off, then start teacher's professional development week, then its Labor Day and the students come back. I'm all signed up to take the GRE on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Booooooo!

Jeremy's brother and sister-in-law came with our nieces and nephews for a weekend visit last weekend. With seven people in our tiny apartment, it was crowded, but we had a great time. The weather cooperated so we were able to do lots of fun outside Chicago things. We took the kids on the L train downtown to play in the fountains in Millenium Park, we ate Chicago-style hotdogs and pizza. We ate amazing cupcakes from the organic bakery and found out the kids were bigger fans of the train and not so much the bus. On Sunday, we headed down to Lincoln Park Zoo and played at lots of playgrounds. The kids had their first taste of Thai food. All in all it was a very fun weekend.

Jeremy finished his summer classes the third week of July and has been working more. Jeremy and I have both signed up run a 5k to raise money for breast cancer research. We're in training and will be ready to run on September 25 in Grandville, MI. If you want to support either of us you can head over here: (Tonya)
OR (Jeremy)

We appreciate our wonderful friends and family who have already given their generous support. We also thank you for your monetary and/or emotional support.

We're both getting ready to go back to school soon. We're not really ready for summer to be over but we do love fall! A new challenge for me this fall, I will be teaching fourth grade this year.

After being in our very tiny (356 sq. ft.) apartment for 3 years, we're getting ready to move at the beginning of September. We will be moving all the way down the hall to a slightly larger apartment.

We hope everyone else is having a great summer!
Here's to hoping I can stay on top of keeping you all up on our super funness and all the great things happening for us.