Archive for October, 2008

TGIT

October 28, 2008

Thank goodness it’s Tuesday!  Today is the first day in well over a week that I haven’t had something to do or someplace to go.  My calendar last week was completely full and my stress level was high.  I had a progressive dinner to pull off with the YM and YW in our ward, cornbread to make for enrichment night, pumpkin carving with our friends, cleaning for a new mom of twins in the ward, potatoes to take to a funeral….and the list doesn’t end there.  Joseph’s car broke down on the way home from work on Thursday, which just added to the craziness.  Thankfully that happened on his last day of work for the week, giving it time to be fixed before he’d need it again.  Unfortunately, the mechanics were unable to figure out what was wrong with it, so it’s being picked up today (he had to bum a ride in this morning), undiagnosed, and I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t get a call tonight from him needing to be rescued again.  Friday was the annual family costume party with the Z’s, and Saturday was Hee Haw Farms with my family.  Joseph’s birthday was yesterday (and thanks to the car problems, he took the day off) and last night was dinner and bowling with friends to celebrate.  I was so looking forward to today, when there was nothing on the calendar to call me away from my need for a day of laziness. 

Ryan woke up sick in the middle of the night, and when I began to regain consciousness this morning, I was so glad that everyone seemed to be sleeping in (I was much too tired to lift my head to see what time it was).  Imagine my surprise when the doorbell rang at 8:15 this morning, waking us all up.  I was certain that when I opened the door in my jammies, there would be a highway patrolman there to tell me that Joseph and Chris had been in an accident on their way to work this morning.  Who else would be ringing my doorbell so early in the morning?  Oh, yeah.  There was something on my calendar for today.  Doh!  The power company was sending someone out, and I had completely forgotten.  Normally it wouldn’t have been a big deal.  Given that our appointment was sometime between 8-12 this morning, I was expecting that they’d ring my doorbell at 11:59.  I must have looked like a real zombie when I opened the door, because the guy apologized profusely for bothering us, saying that he likes to get morning appointments done at 8:00 so that people don’t have to sit around waiting for them all morning long.  Since when are service men so polite?  I’m certain that somewhere in their training manual it says that they are to wait until the last possible moment to get to their appointments, take their time getting the job done, and leave a mess behind when they finish, thus requiring the customer to dedicate their entire day to them.  This guy was definately not the norm in his industry.  He was done with the job in about 5 minutes and out the door, with another apology for being such a bother so early in the morning. 

I guess the silver lining to this story (aside from the shocking display of polite behavior from the servicement), is that my day of laziness has turned into a day of productiveness.  Rather than lounge in my jammies for the rest of the day, I showered.  Instead of leaving my house in a state of disarray, I’ve tidied it up.  It feels good to be done with all of my chores and know that I’ve got a good two hours of naptime ahead of me to sit down with a book and not feel guilty about the lack of productiveness that I had been planning on.  And you can bet that I’ll be praying that it’s a good long time before I have another week like the one that just passed!

Happy Birthday Joseph!!

October 27, 2008

The theme of the day at our house is “30” in honor of Joseph’s birthday. So, here are 30 things that I love and appreciate about him!

1. The long hours you put in at work to provide for your family
2. The way our kids light up when you walk in the door each night
3. The way you go along with all of my crazy home improvement ideas and manage to pull them off just the way I’ve imagined them in my head
4. The witty comments that you come up with on the fly
5. Your ability to make people laugh
6. Your math skills….our kids will be grateful that mom won’t have to help them with math homework one day
7. Your work ethic….no matter what the job, you give 110% to make sure it gets done right
8. Your relationship with your sisters….I’m so lucky to have a guy who was trained well to treat a girl right
9. Your relationship with your parents….how great it is that you can trust them with anything
10. Your relationship with my family….you fit in perfectly
11. Your loyalty to your friends….I love that you can call any one of them up and pick up right where you left off, even when it’s been a long time since you’ve talked to them.
12. Your willingness to do the dirty jobs
13. The fact that you’ll eat just about anything….a picky girl like me appreciates so much when I can slide the things I don’t like onto your plate
14. The silly songs you make up
15. The initiative you take in making sure that we have scripture study and family prayer every day
16. Your skills in being able to fix the cars and do home repairs….you’ve saved us lots of money over the years
17. The enthusiastic way you talk about your job, even when I’m staring at you with a glazed look on my face because I don’t understand anything you’re saying
18. Your willingness to help out around the house
19. The knowledge you have of the gospel….you’ve taught me so much
20. Your ability to wake up long before the crack of dawn to get to the gym everyday
21. The void you fill when you get home from work each day….everyone is happier when daddy is home
22. The way you always clean up after I’ve made dinner
23. Your ability to make friends quickly
24. The way you crack under pressure when I want you to divulge a secret or surprise you have planned for me
25. Your willingness to let me have a break from the kids from time to time to do something with my friends
26. The little gap in your top front teeth and the crooked row on the bottom
27. Your excitement to spend time with your boys and teach them new things
28. Your weakness when it comes to buying things for your little girl
29. Your willingness to scratch my back, even when I claim to be too wimpy to return the favor
30. The way you love me, in spite of all my imperfections

I hope today is a memorable one for you–we all love you so much and can’t imagine how dull life would be without you!!

5 more days….

October 22, 2008

Until Joseph turns 30…and he’s already losing his marbles:

Book Review: The Darcy Connection

October 21, 2008

The Darcy Connection
By Elizabeth Aston
287 Pages
Finished 10/20/08

Summary:

In The Darcy Connection, Mr. Collins of Pride and Prejudice is now the Bishop of Ripon, living with his wife, Charlotte, and their two daughters, who have reached marriagable age. The elder, another Charlotte, is extraordinarily beautiful, and her parents hope her looks and connections will ensure a brilliant marriage. Her sister, Eliza, while not as handsome, possesses a lively intelligence that, in Mr. Collins’ opinion, is too like her godmother, Mrs. Darcy.

In London, Charlotte’s beauty wins her many admirers, despite her small fortune. But Eliza’s wit and attempts to interfere in what she considers an unsuitable marriage for her sister infuriate her family and Charlotte’s suitor–until Eliza herself meets her match. New and old fans alike will relish this witty, romantic, thoroughly entertaining novel from a highly talented author.

This most recent adventure from Elizabeth Aston was yet another enjoyable read. Life has been busy, and time for reading scarce, so it did take me some time to really get into the story, and I had expected it to have the same predictability that her other stories have. Much to my surprise, there were a few more twists in the story than usual, and while the ending was another tidy wrap-up, it didn’t feel as abrupt to me as her other books have. And I agree with you Carla–this was one of the better ones!

I’m off to start on Extras, which I know I said I wasn’t going to read. However, Joseph just got it from the library, so as long as it’s here, I might as well give it a shot. At the rate I’m going these days, I’ll be scrambling to hit 10,000 pages by the end of the year! Can I borrow some of yours Sarah….you’ve got to up to what…over 20,000 by now 😆 ?

Total Page Count: 8335

Tackle It Tuesday–CLR Challenge

October 21, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I posted a couple of weeks ago about the CLR challenge that was coming up for Tackle It Tuesday….and then promptly forgot all about it until I got an unexpected package in the mail a few days ago–a full-sized bottle of CLR Kitchen and Bath Cleaner! I was a little apprehensive to use the stuff, because I HATE the fumes that some cleaners pollute your home with, and I was pleasantly surprised at how little odor there was with CLR. I decided that I’d start with my toughest jobs first–hard water build-up on my faucets and shower heads. The kitchen faucet was BAD. I was sure that the CLR wouldn’t work on it. However….

Before:

After:

Happy with the results I had there, I moved on to the shower head. Another success! The greatest part about this is that it took almost no effort at all….spray the stuff on, wait just a few seconds, and then wipes it off. The mineral deposits and hard water came right off with minimal scrubbing!

Before:

After:

I also had a hard water ring around one of my toilet bowls, so I drained the bowl, sprayed the CLR and let it sit for a few minutes, and then tried to scrub it off. Unfortunately, it didn’t make any difference in the toilet. In spite of that failed attempt, I’m quite happy with the CLR Kitchen and Bath Cleaner. I’ve got several other things I’m going to try it on this week, and hey–no complaints from me if it doesn’t work because the stuff was FREE!  Thanks to CLR for sharing their eco-friendly product and 5 MInutes for Mom sponsoring this great tackle!

Thank You Dallan & Kamdyn!!

October 18, 2008

The kids got a fun little package in the mail today from their cousins Dallan and Kamdyn.  Thanks guys!  The kids have already enjoyed some of their treats and had lots of fun with their flashlights!

Bunk Beds!

October 16, 2008

When I knew that the time was coming soon for Ryan to move into a big boy bed, I found a bunkbed on craigslist. It was white, which was too girly for my taste, so I decided that I’d paint it to match his room. I figured I had plenty of time to get the project done, but then Joseph got a new job and we decided to sell our house and move. I didn’t want to move somewhere, put the crib up, and then take it down soon after, so I hurried to paint the bottom bed so that we could set it up in the new house as soon as we moved…and forgot all about the rest of the bed. Now that we are looking ahead to the time that the babies will move out of their cribs (not for a while, but I’m a planner!), I asked Joseph to put the top bunk up so that I could get a feel for whether or not I felt that there was enough room to keep the boys in the small room. Moving the boys into big room means painting walls (at least the blue wall in the room Emmy would have) and I didn’t want to bother with that. He got the bed up last weekend and Ryan was so excited to get to sleep on the top bed. We set forth some rules for him to be able to sleep on top, and after just a few days, he’s back on the bottom (who’s surprised, really?). It’s better that way for now, as Owen was rather proficient at climbing the ladder and getting stuck at the top, but it was fun while it lasted! We plan to take the front rails off of the cribs about the time that the babies turn 2, and then we’ll hopefully have enough saved to buy a bed for Emmy next summer and make all the room changes. I can hardly wait to find out what kind of trouble the boys will manage to get into once they share a room!

Notice the candy cane paint job (how could you not)? Hopefully I muster up the energy to finish painting the rest of the bed soon!

A day of rememberence…

October 15, 2008

October 15th

Tackle It Tuesday

October 14, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

A few months ago, our ward did a group buy on wheat grinders. Given that I 1) had no wheat in my food storage and 2) wouldn’t have known what to do with it if I did, I decided that I needed to get learning! I bought a grinder, 50 lbs. of wheat, and the rest is history! We’ve always preferred wheat bread in our home, and I decided that baking my own bread would not only save us money, but taste soooo much better! Yesterday was bread baking day, and it was an extra complicated tackle this time around because at the exact moment that I started the KitchenAid, the doorbell rang. I had COMPLETELY forgotten that Owen had therapy that morning. So, there I stood in my apron, apologizing that I’d have to be back and forth between the living room and the kitchen while I worked on my bread. Thankfully, Christine was very understanding and Owen was distracted enough by her presence to not be hanging on me in the kitchen when he should have been doing therapy. It was a little stressful, but I finished the dough in time to spend the last few minutes of therapy with Owen. I think we’ll have to have a fresh loaf ready to send home with Christine next month when she comes to thank her for her patience!

Win a free handbag!

October 14, 2008

Not too long ago, I realized that the purse I’ve been carrying just isn’t quite right for my needs.  So, whenever I’m out, I glance at the handbag section of the store to see if anything catches my eye (and my budget).  So far, no luck.  Hopefully my search will end soon–I heard today about a handbag giveaway going on over at Handbag Planet. They are giving away one handbag every hour for 24 hours on the day of their big launch, October 15th. Entering is simple–just provide your name and email address–and they even let you choose the bag you want to win! Head on over to check it out….who couldn’t use a new handbag for FREE?!?