Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I learned so much!

I have had so much fun this last week! My sweet mother in law got tickets to Women's Conferance for me and my two sister in laws and volunteered to watch the kids. Who wouldn't take up an offer like that? We left Wednesday night and managed to get htere early enough to have dinner with my Mom who was also attending Women's Conferance and MElissa who drove down to relive memories and specialty drinks at Los Hermanos. We were lucky enough to get to stay with Grandpa's first wife's sister, Aunt Ada; who is the sweetest, nicest lady I have ever met and makes me so excited to meet the Grandma that none of us have met. Bright and early we braved the "big city" traffic and barely made it on time to the first session. Sheri Dew talked about influence then we walked and got lost before we made it to the following classes; Early Motherhood, After Much Tribulation the Lord Did Hear My Cries, and Merry Hearts MAke a Cheerful Countenance. We handpicked the classes that we wanted to attend and learned so much. I jokingly told Will, "If you aren't careful, those meetings could change your life!" HOw true that is too! I'm sure that we would have learned from any class we walked into, they were all so good. We opted to skip the closing session because we had heard from a reliable source that he was boring. whoops. INstead we went to the BYU Creamery and got ice cream and went on a shopping spree, justified by our trip up north and incentives given to us by Julie to Bath and Bodyworks and a scrapbooking store. We finished the night by eating at Mimi's and chatting and deeply discussing things that will never leave that dining room- I hope. The next morning was a bit warmer. We listened to Julie Beck speak and then didn't make it to our first class about uncluttering, but we were first in line for my Anger Management class- sure, laugh all of you who don't really know me. Which was an excellent class that helped me realize why and how and the importance of secure relationships. We then walked back up to the MArriot Center to listen to a talk about Equality in Marriage- it was really good too, and then the crowning glory! The closing speaker was President Monson! Just to be in the same room is enlightening. I loved hearing the women start singing, "We Thank THee oh God For a PRophet" occulpa, it was so tender and beautiful. ANd it is always a blessing to be told by a man how wonderful and great women are as a whole and it gives us a lot to live up to as well. Then we went back to real life, and the spiritual mood lasted about 24 hours, but I still learned a lot and have set better goals for myself. I am so glad I had this opportunity, and thanks again to my mother in law who always seems to know when I need a break. THanks Julie!

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

Hiett

Hiett
The birthday crown for the king of the day