Sunday, July 20, 2008

Since the beginning of our day was so eventful, we decided to finish off with a flair! Parowan has a pioneer type celebration every year at the church park, everyone in Parowan, Paragonah and Summit are invited. Last year they had a Nauvoo theme, and this year they reconstructed Parowan Fort out of the large hay bales. INside they had a blacksmith, a cooper, a rug loom, animals -including calves to feed, homemade vanilla ice cream, and my favorite- a lady spinning yarn out of her dogs hair. No joke. Siberian Husky and Australian Shephard. She had made some very pretty dog fur hats, but it cracked me up- who IS this lady? What an idea! Waste not- want not. There was dinner avaliable and potluck cake for dessert. And there were hay rides with "Parowans old timers" giving tour like information about the houses and areas of PArowan as you rode through. I love the feeling of people celebrating their heritage like ALL of Parowan did last night. We missed the square dancing because the boys wanted to go to the park. We went and got some of Maverick's yogurt. I didn't know that my Maverick had the yogurt machine! So it was a pleasant discovery but probably one my thighs and butt could have done without. So we were a sticky mess watching out kids play at the park as the thunder clouds continue to roll over our heads as they have all week. And once again, yesterday I was reminded how blessed and lucky we are to have been able to live in this beuatiful city. I love it here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I am so proud

Gabe gave his first prayer in Primary! I'm sure it won't be remembered by anybody but me, but I absolutely loved it. He said his prayer all by "meself" as he says. Gabe was so excited to use the microphone and wasn't scared a bit! I remember being terrified of doing stuff in Primary! He did so good! And this week he learned how to ride his bike without training wheels! Again, I am impressed. He loves it. He crashes still and we help him get going, but once he starts, he goes until he tips over. We got some video, but once again, I am computer illiterate and need step by step instructions on how to post a video. And then, we hiked with the scouts, all the way to the "P" on the mountain and he was such a trooper, he hiked the WHOLE time. Hiett came too. He rode on Hans shoulders on the way up, but walked the majority of the way back. We had a great time and I am glad I've got some little hikers in the family. It's times like these that I am so happy and proud to be a mom!

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