Sunday, November 16, 2008

My mom

For those you who don't know my mom, you should.    It is her birthday today, and even though I have forgotten her birthday in years past, I made it up to her this year, right mom?  A card, a phone call and a blog!  YOu lucky thing.  No, actually, it is me who is lucky.  For years, my mother was my best friend(sorry, Hans kicked you out of your spot).  I could call her at any time during college days and moan on her shoulder or laugh uproariously with her for hours, and I still can given the opportunity.  There are so many late night talks and much needed phone calls even now that I  have with my mom.  She is my support and really truly the crying shoulder that seems to understand when I just want to talk and when she just needs to nod and cry with me.  There are things that only she knows about me, (thank goodness), and probably some things that she knows about me that I don't even know myself yet.  I am thankful for her love and her influence in my life and in the life of my family.  From things as crazy as not going to bed until the dishes are done(and rinsing them separately, before washing them) to hanging in there and always having hope when some situations seem too far gone and trying to understand more than what is readily available.  Thank you mom, for being exactly who you are, who you have been and for the one you are becoming  I love you-
 He he he he.  I thought that HAns' story was hilarious, and all of you should rest easy knowing I would never let anyone shoot my dog.  We are up in Delta again this weekend.  HAns' folks went to Puerta Viarta??? for a week so we came up to spend some extra time with HAns.  The boys had have fun riding their bikes down the long dirt roads, adn Tonks loves running through the fields.  Gabe swears he can keep up with her, but seeing as he gets up to about 8 miles an hour and Tonks maintains a steady 20 miles an hour, I guess he can dream.  We clocked them using the Mule ( a glorified 4 wheeler with a tiny bed on it).  I've been, well, still cooking and cleaning and watching boys, but it seems easier at somebody else's house for some reason.  The boys have so much fun with their dad.  I really am just not too much fun and they get bored with me, but they are stuck with me, and somehow love me anyway.  Hans invited a couple for work out for dinner last night.  Can I tell you how unthrilled I was?  I AM NOT ready to make new friends- I don't want new ones, I like my old ones and that's that.  I am sure I can still travel to Cedar for a girls' night now and then and have a couples party every  JUly fourth with my croonies from Cedar- I am not giving up on the wonderful people that I have found and loved for the last 6 years.  Anyway, they were a nice couple, but as usual,it takes people a while to get to know my sense of humor and I managed to dump the homemade pizza halfway out of the pan- sloshing pizza sauce all over the table settings and the floor- mushrooms went flying.  Argh.  And no one even laughed.  YOU GUYS would have laughed.  I felt terrible the rest of the night.  To top it off I played the worst game of ROOK in my life, perhaps even the history of the game.  But the saving grace of the night was after they left, HAns and I stayed up and watched Redneck weddings on CMT.  I haven't laughed that hard in a while.  Oh my goodness!  Are people really like that?  Anyway, I needed a good laugh and that show did it for me.  Thank goodness for strange  people who make shows out of other strange people doing strange stuff.  

Monday, November 10, 2008


Early yesterday morning Gabe and Hiett came into our bedroom, as is customary, to color and drink hot cocoa.  While they were in there the dog did something that made Shellie yell at her and call here a "Mutt"  After she said that this is the conversation that ensued.   (WARNING:  I was being facetious)

Shellie: We should name our next dog Mutt.

Gabe:  Our next dog?

Hans: Ya sometimes Dr. Remington or Winchester get to my dogs.  (my dogs got into the chickens a lot when we were kids, hence their common early demise due to a firearm)

Gabe: (after a minute of contemplation)  What do they do?

Hans:  They are really bad dog doctors.

Gabe:  (again after a minute of contemplation)  Where do they live?

Shellie: (now chuckling)  In the closet.

Gabe gave up on questions after this.  I hope it doesn't click in the future.  I promise I won't shoot Shellie's dog.  I got rid of the chickens so that isn't going to be a issue.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Halloween was great. We all dressed a pirates. Yes I am a pirate not a hispanic drug dealer. Gabe and Hiett had so much fun getting all the candy they could. They made quite the haul. The ward put on a trunk or treat so we didn't have to walk the boys to death to get them their sugar high that would last a week. I remember when I was a kid we had to work for our candy. We would drive into Delta and walk all over town to get some candy. I think it was a calorie offset thing.

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