Friday, March 28, 2008

Camp kick-off meeting

Last night was our camp kick-off meeting. I was in charge of setting up a display table that looked outdoorsy, camp like, with stars added too since they are our theme this year. Luckily my whole living room is outdoorsy, so I just borrowed from there and took stars from around the house. When I was getting ready to go Cole asked me "Mom, why is it that no matter what theme it is you are able to find what you need to decorate with out of our own house?" Then he said "They should pick a theme that you have to buy new things....oh wait...You have everything...never mind" LOL!

I also had to make a poster. I think it's cute, but when I got there I found out they changed the theme from "like a star" to like the stars" Oh well! The meeting was very informative. It's unbelievable the amount of work for many months before girls camp even gets here by so many people who volunteer their time and talents, let alone being away from their families for the 5 days of camp. I think it will be a truly amazing experience. (minus the sleeping hours)

I got home from my meeting late, so Mark took me out for a quick bite to eat on the motorcycle. When we got home he was helping me take off my helmet. Some how in the process my helmet spun around and hit me in the mouth. My top lip is swollen, my gums were bleeding. Everything is still swollen and hurts this morning. Mark feels just terrible about it. I feel bad that he feels bad because it was just an accident with an outcome of me looking icky. I just want it back to normal quickly! Good thing I'm working around the house today. So MUCH to do here before Chad gets home. I have several emails I have yet to reply to. If you are one of them, I'm sorry. I will get to it as soon as I can.

Happy Friday! I love Fridays!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Chad...and cards

***Edited to add at 10:04 a.m. on 3/27*** I just heard from Chad. He arrived safely in Kazakhstan. He is really sick. He said his fever finally broke, but he's been coughing like crazy. Ever since he was a little kid, when he'd get a bad cough, it would make him puke. Apparently the same as an adult. Poor guy. He feels miserable and I can't do a thing for him. I hate it!!

Another birthday without my son. Today Chad turned 20. I love and miss him so much! I borrowed these pictures from his myspace because for obvious reasons I have no current ones of my own. These were taken at the Castle in of Infidel. They had to go search it to make sure bad guys weren't using it. Chad was in the first group to make sure it's clear. (does NOT make me happy) After that they decided to have a little photo shoot. He is a cute boy even though you don't get a good look at his face. Last year on his birthday he was flying to Afghanistan. Today he is flying OUT of Afghanistan. First he is flying to Kazakhstan, then to Scotland, then to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, then sweet home Arizona!!! He is "scheduled" to be home on April 2nd if all things go as planned. I can hardly wait. Even though I know he's on his way home, I have still been filled with worry. I don't know how to over come that. I guess it's the mom in me taking over. I just REALLY want my boy HOME!

I received 2 completely adorable getting to know you cards in the mail. One from Heidi and one from Teresa. This is the front of them. Their personal info is on the back. Total cuteness! Thank you so much girls. I love them and I love that you took the time to make them and send them to me. Totally made me happy! You two are now entered in the drawing to win a prize. If I don't get more cards in soon your odds of winning will greatly increase. :o) To the rest of you, it's not too late. Please send me your 4X6 cards. I would love to get a BUNCH of them. Mail them to P.O. Box 40512 Mesa, Arizona 85274. Thanks in advance!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ultimate P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N......

So, do you remember WAY back to July 30'th 2007 when I started painting my downstairs bathroom? Well 7 months, 3 weeks and 1 day later it is finally finished. Now that my friends IS the ultimate procrastination. I've had the paint and rollers sitting in the corner of the bathroom so I would see them every time I went in there in hopes that I would feel guilty and take the time to do it. Apparently I didn't feel guilty enough until last night then I just couldn't take it anymore and I dusted off the paint can and got busy. I would be so proud of myself if it hadn't taken a ridiculous amount of time to accomplish such a small task. Never the less, I am thrilled that it's done. I still have to paint the little outhouse on the shelf and add a couple of little things, but overall, it's DONE! Yippee! It took serious effort to take pictures in a room with mirrors without getting me in the picture in my purple pajamas. If I was still in my pretty purple Easter dress I might have done it, but the jammies are not so pretty. :o)One would think this cute outhouse cubbord would be filled with towels and such, but nope! It's full of photos and scrapbook supplies. :o) Little vinyl quote I got at the last CK convention.

and how cute does my picture look framed? I love it! So, I am fully aware that an outhouse bathroom isn't for everyone, but I think it's adorable!
Enough about the bathroom. One of the young women girls had a birthday this weekend. We give all the girls the same gift for 2008. A fleece throw blanket and a poster card from the YW presidency. I'm responsible for making ones for the girls who are 14 and 15. One of Emma's favorite colors is yellow, so I found this way cute fleece with yellow butterflies on it. I just cut strips all around it to make a fringe. She will love it!

The poster board is done in yellow too. We always choose their favorite color to do it in. I really like how it turned it. Who knew I'd look cute as a paper head. :o)

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Ours was great. We went to church, then came home and fed 25 people really yummy food and enjoyed visiting with each other.
Before I go, you have to check out this video of my nephew Kayce and his friends who were bored one night. Just teenage boys being goofy. It's pretty funny. Kayce definitely has loads of personality. It's 7 minutes of your life you'll never get back, but it made me laugh, so I thought ya'll could use a laugh too. Laughter is good for you! Check it out then come back and leave me a comment. You know how I LOVE to hear from all of you. YES, I mean YOU! :o)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

More birthday fun & presents...

My mom and 2 of my sisters took me out for my birthday. We went to lunch at the farmhouse in Gilbert. Such a cute little area. We ate outside because the sun was shining and it was beautiful! We were all commenting on what a nice day it was, THEN we suddenly got massive winds. The wind was blowing so hard, we had to change tables to get a little bit out of it's path. It's hard to try to eat lurch and not eat your own hair as it's blowing into your mouth. :o) Across the path is the brownie connection that have a large variety of yummy good! (but very rich) I couldn't eat a whole one. Julie and Coleen, I am NOT posting the pictures we took of ourselves...they were BAD! You'll thank we later.If you look closely you can see a little boy through the railing of the fence. During lunch he beat the heck out of a piece of lattice that had fallen over in the wind with an aluminum bat. I think he's the grandson of the owner. We couldn't believe he was doing it. I had to take a picture for proof of what REALLY happened to it....LOL! For those of you still covered with snow, I thought some beautiful spring time flowers might help. Hopefully spring will come to you soon.

Mark and I ate my birthday dinner at Joe's Real BBQ in Gilbert. I love this place. My favorite thing it the loaded baked potato with pulled pork on top. So good and very filling all by itself.
They have this John Deere Tractor inside. I have always wanted a tractor. Old, new, I don't care. I love them!

Friday night and Saturday on Main Street in Mesa they had tons of old cars. They were beautiful! Everyone was allowed to "cruise" main street just like the good old days. Stuff like this make me grin from ear to ear. So fun! I wish they did this every weekend, or at least once a month.

This cute Sunday outfit complete with shoes and purse was a gift from my sisters. I love it and can't wait to wear it. Thanks girls!

I got a new set of salt and pepper shakers to add to my collection. They remind me of kindergarten because we did an art project and we had to draw and color grapes. The kids in my class thought my grapes were the best. (weird what things you remember)

This picture is dark. It's a frame that looks like bark with 2 black bears on the sides. When we re-take family pictures I will put one in there for my front room, but until then I plan to make a sign in it for girls camp. It will say...

"Warning...Grizzly bear sleeping here.
Complimentary ear plugs.
Trust want them.
Sincerely, the Bear"
(thanks for the idea Wendy)

These I got at my favorite store on Main Street, Vintage Charm. Such cute things in there. If I keep them in the front room I will fill them with little pine cones. If I move them to another room I will fill them with lemons, nuts, or something...who knows yet.

This pine swag I got in Payson. It has little pine cones and a rusty metal bow. It look great above the window in the front room.

Mark also got me a hand mixer. Remember I burnt up the motor on my old one when I was making sunshine cookies. I also got a new electric can opener. Mark threw mine away before we moved here because it rarely worked right.Finally the red milk can. We got this in Payson too at an antique shop. I have forever wanted a milk can, but they were always too expensive. This one was really cheap, so I was thrilled to find it.
See what I mean about a bunch of presents that are not extravagant, but make me smile.
Gotta fly. I have a house that needs my attention. It's feeling and looking neglected.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

40 and feeling fine...

That's not bugs on my windshield. That is SNOW! Mark wisked me away for an overnighter to Payson for my birthday. He even arranged for a substitute to teach my young women's class. Boy did we ever need the get away, even for only one night.He thought it was funny to lock me out of the car while it was snowing. get out of the car quick, teeth chatter, take a picture, get back in the car with the seat warmers on.

We stopped in at Kholls Ranch to warm up by the fire and check out their cabin rates for future reference.

On top on the was very cold, snowy and windy as you can tell from my hair.

Mark scaring the heck out of me by playing around on the edge.
We are both 40 years old now and have decided that we are not over the hill.... We are sitting on top of the hill and the view is spectacular! There is so much to do, so much to look forward to. Pretty exciting!
It was so cold the waterfalls froze. It was 31 degrees up there. It looked pretty cool. I have decided that I really like to SEE the snow, but I do not like to be cold. Let me look at it while sitting someplace warm.
On the way down the mountain coming home we stopped to see the wild flowers. I love them so much! It was like 50 degrees there, but still windy and cold.

We pulled into the driveway to find a special treat left for me by the young women and the other leaders. The sign says "40 reasons "Y" we love you Sister George. Happy Birthday!" There were 40 Easter eggs scattered all over the front yard.
They also left this way cute gardening angel which I love with a card that they all wrote the sweetest things in. Made me cry!
Inside all the Easter eggs were starburst with strips of paper that listed the 40 reasons they love me. I can honestly say, they made me feel very loved and special. I appreciate and love them all so much!

There will be more to come on my next post. Shopping was involved. Nothing extravagant or expensive. Just things that make me smile. It's now 1:16 a.m and I'm exhausted. My birthday was wonderful!!! :o)