Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The wonders of Mylathion

Our dog has been suffering from a sever case of ear mites. Well, maybe we have been suffering more than her. Her ears reek like something has died inside of them and she constantly scratches them and shakes her head. Hans calls it the helicopter. It has gotten so bad that it wakes me up at least once an hour and it has got to stop! So we browsed the internet and it said that the medicene that you can buy for mites which we have tried unsucessfully, contains bug killers like Sevin and others like that. So lucky for Tonks, and us, we had a bottle of Mylathion in the garage. I firmly believe in home remedies when the store bought stuff doesn't so anything. We diluted the stuff put it in a spray bottle and she recieves treatment once a day. It seems to be improving. She even seems happier- she walks with a spring in her step, but she does try to run away whenever I approach he because she thinks I am getting ready to spray her bugs. So, yea for stuff you find in the garage you can use on household pets!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

OK. So I probably won't change even the template- but I am planning a major overhaul of our blog in the next week. You know, new pictures, new lists new THINGS, so you can all quit being bored with our blog. Hans is creating his own politically charged blog and I WILL be hurt if he recieves more comments on his than on this one. Just joking. I think my sweet husband got tired of me complaining about not knowing anything that was going on in anybody's life- Katijo didn't even know I was pregnant! - so he went out this last weekend and bought me a laptop. Which makes me laugh- because we have no money- but I guess my sanity at having some sort of connection to the world is worth the price we paid. And truthfully we were planning on getting one with our tax return. Enough- I have to go to bed while the house is asleep; I never know how long it will last! See you soon!!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Can I tell you what I just did?

My mother in law asked me to make pie crusts.  NO big deal, I've made them before and am ususally pretty good in the kitchen anyway.  But when I went to check on them a few seconds ago, they had shrunk.  Not just a little bit.  A whole bit.  Like the sides that I scrunched with my fingers were down on the base of the pie pan.  HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN???  Wow.  Anyway- that isn't really why I am blogging, I just thought it was a great opener.
   Life has been, well, busy.  The holidays were fun.  Hans got the days after Christmas and New Years off, so we had some even longer weekends to spend together as a family.  We spent lots of time sledding, laughing and building snowmen.  I hope I don't teach our kids bad habits, but I throw snowballs at them and laugh my head off when I actually get them.  It doens't happen too often.  We were able to spend Christmas with all of Hans' family(with the exception of a brother-in-law who is over, er, under sea right now with the NAvy)  We had a lot of fun with a Fiesta themed Christmas Eve party which included the selling and bartering of Mexican souvinors from my in-laws trip to Puetro Villarta.  We all laughed and ate and opened WAAYY too many presents.  It is always fun to spend the holidays with family.  For New Years, we went to a party with friends and laughed some more.  We are so thankful for the friends that we have and that they still include us even though we are gone and soon to be goner.(I know that isn't a word- more gone, is that right?)
I would get more pictures on here but I am pretty hopeless with this computer so I leave the pictures up to Hans.  You can get mad at him all you want. I better get my shrunken pies out of the oven and try to fill them, with something!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fun Holidays

I will let Shell talk about the holidays when she is here this weekend.  This is a picture of a snow man that the boys and I built a few weeks ago.  Gabe was so excited to have Frosty in our yard.  He even said in a prayer "Please bless that when people see my Frosty and his hat that they might remember that he was a live one day."   Hiett on the other hand just kept taking bites out of him.  I guess he tasted good.  It was a fun day.

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