Tuesday, November 20, 2007

OUr sincere apologies to any and all we have neglected

OUr life has become completely absorbed by this little project called a house. We really have not dropped off the face of the earth, although it feels like it. I even forgot my mother's birthday! I am completely ashamed. It made me realize that if I could forget that then I probably not been the greatest friend, sister, daughter, acquiantance( or wife and mother for that matter) in the last few weeks. I am soooo sorry. We are gone a lot. I generally take the boys out there first thing in the morning ( when Gabe doesn't have school) and do whatever I can do until Hans gets there around 4:30 and then we come home at dark. So. I still love you all, please still be our friends when this is all over.
IT has been amazing seeing the help we get from people that Hans has worked with in the past. The quality has been amazing. I am am so thankful that Hans is a good people person and made good impressions on all these contractors so they would want to help us the way that Hans had helped them out when they were building. I am also grateful for friends that have helped teach us stuff, especially Vance and Jake Church. My dad loaned us all sorts of equipment and Hans' folks came down to help for a whole week to try to "dry us in". Kim has been out there almost as much as we have and we thank the Lord for him and all the others who have helped us out. Without you all our house would not be built. So, thank you.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Hey all you y'all out there!

JUst for a heads up and information newflash and so you don't feel bad that you weren't invited; we are having a large scale roofing/siding party on this Saturday, the 10th of November. Any and all who want to come are invited, but please, do not feel obligated. Lunch and snacks will be provided. AND you can come walk through my little house. Kids are also invited. There is lots, LOTS of dirt to play in, tons of room and there will be plenty of adults there to keep a watchful eye. According to the weather there will also be Hot cocoa or gatorade served. IF you come please bring a hammer, we only have so many. We hope to see you there! It will be a blast!

Monday, November 5, 2007

I have a new, beautiful niece!

Meet Brynlee. Liss and Drew had a surprise come on Saturday when they weren't expecting for another little while. But they sure are glad that she is here. Both mom and daughter, and dad I will add, are doing great. Of course Brynlee couldn't come while I was up last weekend, so we skipped stake conference to drive up north again to see the little darling. I like being able to go for a little drive now and again, and to be close enough to see family if we feel like going. I don't mean to rub it in, Steph and Jared. I am sure I held Brynlee enough for all of us in the few hours we were up there. Well, she sure is a cute addition to the family. This is way too much posting for me in such a short amount of time. Don't get used to it.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Cousins, friends and family!

Here is a slide of all the sweet people that let me butt into their lives for a little while this past week. Watch out, maybe you are next! I had so much fun with them all. For those who don't know, Jennifer is my friend from high school who I roommed with at Snow and loved every minute of it. The other Jen is my oldest sister nad look a like. THose are her kids in the cousin picture. Riley is Kath's son and Kath is that gorgeus girl who has been my best friedn for 15 years now. Wow. She's put up woith me for that long? Liss is my adorable, younger pregnant sister who I laugh way too much with. And that great looking couple holding my kids in the last frame are my folks who I love very much.


We had such a great time celebrating this year. We started early by going up to my mom's for the cousin party they have every year, and had a great time. The kids bobbed for apples, ate doughnuts on a string, had a bat pinata, and even went early trick or treating with some help of some favorite neighbors. When we got home from our little trip, it was really HAlloween. Gabe got to go to his preschool's halloween party where they all dressed up and painted pumpkins and danced around a witch cauldron. While Gabe was at school, Hiett and I went to the play group party which was fun too. For dinner Kim and Sharisa came over and had lumber jack fingers, gross jello and eyeball eggs. When it came time to trick or treat that night, Gabe didn't want to go, saying he had already done it at Grandma's, but we finally convinced him and we all had a great time. We are still trying to recover from a candy overload!

WELCOME to our new home

We got moved in settled a few weeks ago, but it has taken me longer than I thought to get back into my groove. I hadn't realized that I HAD a groove, maybe it was more like a rut, but anyway, I am comfortably back into it and that is that. So, I am sure that you are all curious to see what exactly we moved into. You have to promise to not be jealous!!! Really.... everybody seems to think that I mind terribly our new home, but I don't mind it that much. I am with Hans, the boys have their dad and unlimited roaming space and so much more family close by, I would make the trade again anyday. Not to mention the projects that I am planning that will keep me busy for quite some time. Ready?
Well, the power plant pays for all of their employees to move within 40 miles of the plant so they packed us up and shipped us off. This is the truck arriving. It was huge! Our stuff only took up about 1/3 of the truck!
Hans and I are still in debate about what is happening with the exterior of the house. I want to get some paint and paint it, then get a good color match and do the shutters differently. The porch will be fixed- it sags in the middle and threatens to collapse whenever you step on it. I want to put a little roof over it, a simple little peak that stretches back to the trailer, that would hopefully break up the ugliness a little bit. we will probably be here for 21/2 to 3 years so I want to make it look like a home for us.
OK- let me explain that roof looking thing. Nevermind- can't explain it. But I am going to try to put little support strut things off from it to support a new piece of wood that will make it look like a beam instead of a chintzy shingled roof inside of a house. And that is faux brick paneling. he he he. I have never seen it before. I giggle when I see it. The next pic is the kitchen dining combo. The floor is newish lineolium, so that is good to stay. But the wallpaper is falling off and so I am going to practice my tiling and do a medium dark greyish tile and then strip the cupboards and paint them a white. The door knobs will be replaced too. Hopefully this will work with the mustard yellow stove- this trailer is 30 years old, so it is very 70's with the wood paneling EVERYWHERE!!

UNGH. The paneling is sooo dark! This hallway could use a coat of paint. Hans' grandma is skeptical of us painting the paneling, truthfully I am too, but this is so drab I have got to do something! The light fixture is going to be replaced so my dad doesn't hit his head everytime he comes over. Well, for that matter, most of the light fixtures will get to be replaced soon.

I saved the best for last!!! Our bathroom is horrid! Seriously- I don't mind it, it just makes me laugh it is that ugly. The floral nasty green print coordinates with the yellos tub, toilet and sink. The linoleum is the same shades and that crazy design you could sit and stare at for hours trying to figure out the pattern. A new sink is already in the works. A new shower curtain already bought, and so many plans floating in my head. Wall paper off, new linoleum, tiling another backspash, paint the walls, build a frame around the mirror to make it the focal point. So much to do. Will I get it done in my 3 year time limit?? Oh and the kicker, the washer and dryer are in the bathroom! Convienent!!!
We had such a fun Halloween! It got kicked off with an adult( that sounds naughty!) Halloween Party which was fun as it always is to get together with all of everybody. I love seeing all the costumes and wish I knew which file Hans put them uner so I could post them. Beau and Bonnie won my prize for best dressed- Beau looked hot in that eyeliner and black nail polish. Anyway, then on Halloween we had a bunch of the kids over for a little party and had a great time- I did anyway, I hope the kids did too. We went trick or treating in the "old ward" just to say hi to some folks we hadn't seen in a while. The boys had a great time. Tait slept through it all in his comfy bear outfit and Hiett only fell down two sets of stairs with his AWESOME hoomemade batman mask. I don't know how much longer I will get away with homemade costumes but until then- $6 always beats out $20-40 in my opinion, and I think the kids have more fun being "creative". HA ha. We had a great time and the candy is almost gone already- I swear I haven't helped too much!

My happy boy

My happy boy
How can you not smile when you see that!? Tait hung out on this blanket while we were fishing on Monday- he loves to be outside- and it's a good thing since that's where we are most of the time!

Our hike

Our hike
Yes, that is the road down there. We found this trail off the road up the Five MIle Canyon. We have loved the red rock scenery that is so prevelant in the Parowan area

Birthday Boy riding his new bike

Birthday Boy riding his new bike
He loves riding with Gabe on their"motorbikes"

The swinging of the pinata

The swinging of the pinata
Gabe is the only one who inflicted any damage at all

Argh MAtey!

Argh  MAtey!
Me and my pirate buddies- we had so much fun. Sometimes I really wich I were still a kid ro everyday was a birthday so I had a reason to be all creative and fun


The birthday crown for the king of the day