Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I'm sick...really sick with some kind of stomach bug. Spent all day yesterday in bed doubled over with extreme stomach pain. Then the very icky puking started along with other gross things I don't want to talk about. I'm on a lovely cracker/toast/ice water diet, and very little of that. Just wanted you all to know so you wouldn't worry about why I'm not posting.
Back to bed...or the bathroom!
Friday, February 23, 2007
We are officially moving the weekend of March 10th. The end of the boys 3rd quarter at school is the 9th. Then it's spring break and I will go to see Chad from the 14th-19th. Crazy timing. I talked on the phone today to a friend about how stressed and completely un-organized I feel with this move. She gave me some suggestions that flylady uses and so I got to work with my own organized moving notebook. I'm using a 1/2 inch 3 ring binder. I made a cover sheet, a room color chart, and a sheet for each room that has the room, it's color, a column for box numbers and a column for items in each box. I printed them all on cardstock so it will be more durable. I also included a floorplan sheet with color scribbles on each room to tape to the wall so that when people are bringing boxes in they will know which room to take them to. I put a pen and all the sharpie markers in a fannie pack so while I'm packing I can write box #'s on the top and all 4 sides on each box, then write the contents in my book. I decided this was the only way to keep my sanity through this move and save my marriage. (not that it's at risk) Every time we move I get so mad at Mark and usually want to smack him. I would like to avoid those unkind feelings this time around. Men and women just do things differently and women like to be more organized...and well, men don't. Enough said! :o)
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Mark and I just got back from Maricopa. We put a little money down to hold a house for us until March. Get this...It's the same basic floorplan as the other one, except the loft is smaller because they put one more bedroom upstairs, so that means my scrapbook room would be downstairs in the den/bedroom. It's still a big room and has a unique shape to it, so it will be interesting to see how I set up in there. I don't like the flooring, blinds or appliances nearly as well as the first house, but at least it's the floorplan I like. There are other things I like better. My favorite thing is the huge walk in pantry. Love that! It is such a relief to know where we are going...I think that's the "nesting" instinct that us women have. I'm still really struggling with the idea of leaving here. At some point everyday I do cry. I'm leaving so many special people and things behind and it breaks my heart, but I have to try to be strong because I have LOTS of work ahead of me and I have to keep it together. Packing party anyone??? :o)
Last night for some unknown reason I let Mark talk me into riding up to Globe to eat at ElReys again. He must have some special power of persuasion over me. It's 72 miles each way and I FROZE my butt clean off....well not OFF because I checked in the mirror and it's still there, but it was numb and I couldn't feel it. Those mountain passes are so dang cold on a motorcycle. After we got there and we had time to eat and defrost I decided heck with how I look...I'm putting on the super suit...aka super fat suit! Even if you are a skinny toothpick girl (which I'm not) you will not look good in this thing...so NOT flattering! It's all about the layers. I was wearing...
belaclava (sp?)- face smotherer
and the super fat suit
All this equals one warm, but not attractive girl on the back of the bike. :o)
I hope to catch up on everyone's blogs this weekend. Right now we are going out to celebrate Kyle's birthday. Thank you for all his birthday wishes!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Today was a very productive day....days like that feel great! Julie came over and we cleaned like crazy and did laundry for several hours before people were suppose to come look at the house, then we dropped pizza, breadsticks and soda off to Kyle and his friends at school for lunch. Today is his 17th birthday. He was so happy! Then we went shopping for his birthday presents, and had lunch together. We had Cole with us because I kept him home an extra day, but he is doing better now. This afternoon I helped Julie with some stuff, then delivered late valentines to my primary kids, baked a cake, picked up Kyle from school at 6:30 (he is taking extra classes to graduate early), had dinner, then worked on these 2 pages for Chad's birthday album. We are going to celebrate Kyle's birthday on Saturday. He wants to go bowling and to dinner as a family. My boys are all growing up so fast. I so wish time would slow down a bit. I want to enjoy them for as long as I can.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
These past few days have been a blur...so busy and so tired! My sister Julie moved back to Arizona, which makes me happy beyond words. She has been over here helping me get this house in better shape to show to prospective buyers. We are no where near done, but making huge progress. We had 3 people look at it on Monday and someone is coming tomorrow. Surely someone will want to buy my sweet house that I love so dearly.
Monday, February 12, 2007
This morning we went for Brittany's first ultrasound. The George genes prevail...she is having ANOTHER BOY! :o)
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Today was bitter sweet. The for sale sign went up in the yard. This has been really difficult for me emotionally. We've had 3 people look at the house so far, even though it's REALLY not in look through condition. We also lost the rental house. We were approved for it, but didn't have the money to get in it yet, so he had to rent it to someone else. I do understand that, but I'm sad. :o( We're still looking in Maricopa because it's more affordable.
My friend Cindy came by today with this HUGE basket of yummy goodies. I was SO surprised and touched by that. She had heard what I've been going through and wanted me to know she cared. What could be better than loving supportive friends?!
The kittens have decided that their new favorite place is my bedroom window. They love the wind on their face a the high view for bird watching. I find them here all the time, so I have to pull the blinds up to keep them from crawling in them....they are so cute!
Cole had blue and gold banquet for scouts on Thursday night. It was an aloha theme. They always have a cake decorating contest. We planned on making a cake that has a beach and ocean scene, but I couldn't find the plastic hawaiian people anywhere. While searching through Wal-Mart a mere 3 hours before pack meeting I spotted the sand pail and decided on a new plan. We baked a double cake, cut it up, frosted each layer, stacked them in the pail, then topped it with crushed graham crackers so it would look like a bucket of sand. Poked the shovel in and set in a couple of sea shells. The kids scooped it out with the shovel. They loved it! Cole won for most creative.
oh oh oh! I just got a text from Chad. They moved him to a new squad. He said he will call me Sunday with details. Yippee!!!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
One year ago today I started my blog. While browsing through the past year of my archives, my heart was so full and I found myself feeling so grateful for deciding to do this thing I thought was so crazy. Now I LOVE LOVE LOVE blogging! I can look back and be so thankful for preserving so many memories. A few were sad, but most were very happy fond memories. If any of you have time to kill you want to take a quick browse through my archives and see what all you've missed. No...you don't have to read everything, just get a glimpse.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Aarrrggg! These pirates are my boys favorite set of salt and pepper shakers. They were my grandma's. I did end up with a few out of her collection. In totally I only have around 30 sets so far. They really are fun and cheap to collect, so I always have my eyes open.
I have guilt...yes...buyers guilt, because I'm on a shopping diet. Last week I bought photoshop elements 5.0. While I was at Sam's Club grocery shopping it sat there on the shelf, so lonely because it was the last one. I swear it was talking to me. "Jolene...get me out of here...take me home. I can teach you so many new things. We'll be fast friends." Then it leaped into my cart and hid under the croissants so I wouldn't be tempted to stash it on some random shelf while finishing my list. It then hurried itself into the cashiers hands and over the bar code beeper and leaped back ito the cart. It felt kind of like saving a poor little puppy from the pound. It took several days to get the courage up to actually open the box. Yesterday I installed it and that's as far as I've gone. I'm too scared to try it. I need help! I wish someone would come over here and help me. If I play with a picture and I totally make a mess of it does that take the place of the original or is it a copy? Same question if I turn a picture to black and white...I'd still want a color version. I know NOTHING about this program and I hate not knowing....makes me feel less than smart.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Mark...5 months old already
Mark, Brek, baby Mark and Marks mom, Sharon
Today is one of those days that you hope you always remember, because it's one of the significant events that you celebrate with family. We blessed baby Mark today. For those of you wondering what that means, in my faith...The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints aka Mormons, baptism happens when one turns eight years old so as infants, we give them a special blessing at church. Most of the time they are younger than 5 months. It's a very special occasion for families, and a time that we all get together and celebrate the birth of the child. Today in church baby Mark was given a blessing by his Grandpa Mark. Usually it's done by the father if he holds the Melchizedek Priesthood. Brek does not have that yet, so Mark did it. Hopefully when the next baby comes, Brek will be able to bless him or her. It was a lovely blessing. Later, Brek did get up and share his testimony. The spirit was here today. After church everyone came over and I fed them a huge feast like I always do. I would love to share pictures of my beautiful delicious spread, but they ate it before I could get a picture. I did take some other pictures today, but I had Coleen's camera in hand, so I don't have them. It really was a special day.