Friday, February 22, 2008

Our pup has arrived- meet Tonks

Call us crazy, or stupid, one of the two, but either way we are a glutton for punishment. We thought about getting a puppy for a long time and then one of our favorite breeds that we are always watching for came along at a fantastic price so we decided to get a puppy a little sooner than we really anticipated. So, we have another Wiem, but this one is altogether sweet and quite calm compared to her uncle that it so happens was the other Wiem we owned a few years back, the infamous Dutch.
In reality she is my pup Hans gave her to me for a combined anniversary/Valentine's/get the house done present. so I named her Tonks, but her registered name will be Bell's Sweet Baby Girl. I know they have nothing in common, but hey, I liked both and I usually call her Baby Girl anyway. I wanted a girl to even out the odds a little bit, and they are generally smaller and a little less hyper in this breed. She is just really a cute puppy and I can say that at the moment because she is sleeping soundly in the recliner. But she already seems adjusted and is great with the kids. HIett follows her around yelling "puppy, puppy, puppy" in a higher than normal pitch, and Gabe is a such a good animal person. He pets her and brings her toys and also reprimands as is needed. We have suffered only one scratch and not a single bite yet! Of course it has only been three days.
So I have a pampered, slightly spoiled big dog who assumes she is a lap dog, but with those beautiful blue eyes who can resist?

Monday, February 11, 2008

What a weekend!

We started the weekend off with a bang! Hans and I celebrated our SIXTH anniversary on Friday. Holy Cow. Growing up I had planned on barely being married at this point in my life, but here I am 25, married for 6 years and two kids to boot! Not to mention a house and soon a puppy to join our crew! We feel quite accomplished. A lot has happened since we first met in August of 2001 at Snow College; some good, some bad, a little stress, and a whole lot of happy.
Sharisa and Kim took the kids, not only for the eveningm but for the WHOLE night! Whoo hoo! We got a square 8 hours of sleep without any interuptions and it was wonderful! We ate out at Applebee's, thanks to my Aunt Karen, and then headed home for a night of games and questions about each other. It was my turn to plan what to do, so it was a little boring. But February is a little cold for a starlit bonfire up the mountain, so I had to improvise.
Saturday we woke up at a leisurely eight thirty and then drove into town to get the boys. We continued on to St. George for a day just spent with each other not worrying about building or packing or unpacking. And it was great! We went to a few pet stores to get stuff for the pup and to look at fish. Hans has a thing for fish. We ate lunch at a park and then played and played. OUr boys have absolutely no fear! Slides, strangers, ladders, whatevent he case may be, there is no apprehension or comprehension of what could happen to them. What trusting kids. We stopped by the temple just to look and walk around. Last, we stopped by Aaron and Brandy's for a visit with them and sweet Daxton. We are excited for them too! They are expecting another little bundle of joy. Our family just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I love it. The boys had a great time playing with their cousin, and as always we loved visiting. On Sunday it was my sister, Steph's birthday so I had an excuse to call and bug her. It is always so fun to call and chat with hera dn we always stay on the phone way too long- usually until my kids start screaming. HAppy Birthday Steph! Other than that, we went to church then just relaxed and Gabe watched his "Jesus movie", and I made a really gross stew with potato dumplings. YEECh. It was pretty bad. So we had brownies and ice cream to round up the perfect weekend!

THis is the last time I will talk about my house, I promise! But here is the grand tour for those who don't get to come and see

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