Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
At noon on Thursday Marly and Dean were ready to greet their guests! I took Wednesday off (while the kids attended daycare) so I was READY to greet the guests too.
We live in a split level home, which was not the design Mark and I originally hoped for when house hunting, but we are liking it surprisingly well. This cabinet and counter area is opposite our fireplace in the lower level. When guests arrived, we showed them downstairs for appetizers and drinks. Mark just added the tin tiles last week. We love the inexpensive, easy decor update!
Marly and Dean at their own personal kid table. The children's table is normally in our downstairs family room.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Well - Just the other day I located my original phone... in the freezer... with freezer burn... under frozen chicken, and at Dean's level! Oddly, it was good timing, because Mark's phone then died and he took this one!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
- Mark continues to paint trim, and the downstairs doors and hallway are complete. Today at Lowe's we picked up two Valspar samples and may have hit the mark for the colors in the lower level family room. The dark trim downstairs is now a nice crisp white like upstairs.
- I have a paint project of my own right now - a buffet purchased at one of my favorite thrift stores (the Salvation Army on University near my work). You all may not know I have a thrift store addiction. I love to search for home accesories, or items I can transform with paint, at the best bargain price. Anyway, I have been searching for a sturdy buffet and finally found one. I am nearly done painting it white, and will change out the hardware. The Ikea side table formerly in our dining area was returned last Saturday. It cost $125, plus the baskets. It was more then I wanted to spent in the first place, and especially in comparitive to the $64 I bargained for at the Salvation Army. One of them is solid wood, the other was not!
- While I was gone to Salt Lake, the kids flushed bath toys down the toilet. We called RotoRooter... then needed to call them AGAIN when it was clear the passage was still plugged. I had a coupon for the first visit. Due to an unusual customer service issue, the second visit (when the toilet needed to be removed to get the busted up squirt gun out) was FREE of charge.
- In the mean time, our bathtub faucet fell right off and water went shooting across the tub. I called our home warranty hot line, hoping this might be covered, and was told it was NOT. I e mailed my neighborhood ladies bookclub list for plumbing references, and was quickly recommended to Paul the Plumber. Paul the Plumber noted our bathtub had no access from the closet behind and needed to create this. He also suggested a high quality Moen bathtub fixture which would be scald resistant for Marly and Dean (he has 4 kids, including twins who are 4). Great! (a nice price tag was attached.)
- Before the bathtub issue was completely resolved (we needed to wait for the Moen spout on back order and had a "temporary" fix in place)....another leak related to the tub presented itself. I again called the home warranty company. Hooray!!! The problem was covered, and a another plumber was dispatched. Much to my surprise, the representative alerted me my first issue was also covered, and I had been misinformed. When Paul the Plumber is finished, I hope to submit his bill for at least a partial refund. THANK GOODNESS! A dry wall contractor (also covered) will be in next week to fix the hole in the lower level ceiling where the tub leaked. Now we have tub access there too. I also have two plumbers I could recommend.
Potty Training - All systems go! Marly and Dean pretty much picked up on the deal pretty much straight out of the gate (not counting Dean's initial 3 day rebellion). Rachel had gotten the kids Pull Ups for their 2nd birthday. We brought those to Daycare Cindy, where they have not been needed. We bought a pink and a blue package for our home, and have not used them. Dean prefers his underwear with Elmo or Cookie Monster, over the solid colored dino underwear. Marly prefers pastel hearts or stripes, and will not wear her Elmo underwear. They do have accidents, but only at home when Mom and Dad get forgetful or are not paying attention, and not in public. They wear diapers at night. Mark and I are very proud of them.
Thanksgiving - We are having Mark's family over (Parents, Kelly and Pat, and his brother Jeff). Today I bought a 19 pound fresh turkey at Costco (yes I am planning for left-overs...yes that is way too big probably), along with fresh green beans, the cranberries, potatoes, wine, and so forth. I am excited to use our china. I must have the buffet done by then. I was also able to spend our diaper dollars on a huge poinsettia plant. That was cheaper then the box of diapers.
Next Week - I am already flushed with anxiety thinking of all the things I need to complete at work and home. I want to take Wednesday off, but I have an important work event next Sunday, and another one the Sunday after. I am trying not to think about it all at 3:40 am when the rest of the world is alseep, and I lay there knowing my house is dirty, the dishwasher needs unloading, and even though I do laundry EVERY SINGLE DAY, it is never all put away...
NO PHOTOS - Flushed with anxiety and not enough time would be the reason there are no photos here of the basement painting progress, or the bathroom stripes I mentioned previously, or an individual post about being a thrift store junkie with photos of my fabulous finds (like the navy blue Stride Rite mary jane's for Marly for a $1.29 which had never been worn). I work... and I don't have time right now. I hope some day I do....
The kids are taking a nap. I should go fold some laundry... (Can't vacuum right now!)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Today as I was entering our office building to begin the work day, I saw Medflight taking off from the hospital. Instantly I was struck with how fortunate I am, and how sad I am for whomever Medflight was heading too, and praying for their day ahead and their family.
By the time I reached the 3rd floor and my beloved co-worker Stacie, I was truly choked up and needed to express this, and how grateful I am... even when stressed and anxious with my own life.
I am blessed.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
We arrived at my Aunt Jan's a little after 11 AM and met my Aunt Carol and Cousin Michelle at the Straw Hat in Buffalo Lake for lunch. In high school, I worked at the Straw Hat.
Afterwords we stopped at Carol's. I took some chairs she had been storing for me. Thank you kindly for keeping so many things for me after our house in the country was gone.
We checked out the yard where I grew up. Dad sold our house many years back to a family friend. Since Kevin bought our home site, he has added more than 5 acres of grapes!
Next we headed to Orlo's (the name of the field), where Sheldon and Mike were harvesting sugar beets.
Marly on her special lunch box perch in the tractor. I am sitting in the buddy seat. True confession... I suspect I loved my tractor ride perhaps even more then the kids did!
Dean driving. Behind him is Rich Kalenberg in a beet truck. Rich has worked for the family since WAY, WAY before I was born...
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Here at Gillette, we have teamed up with Mickman Brother's (garden/landscaping) and they have created a wonderful website for us to sell beautiful wreaths and holiday decor (tabletop items). The wreaths are $36, which includes shipping anywhere in the US. From each item sold, Gillette will receive $10 (tax deductible to you)...oh and they also plant a tree for each purchase to help the environment.
So... if you need a wreath and want it delivered to your door or delivered to some one else's for a gift - CLICK HERE to check out the web site, or place an order.
Items ship around Thanksgiving, or two to three day after you place your order after that.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Given my past history with knives and my tendency towards causing injury to myself... I quickly passed off the sharp object to others, and picked up the camera instead.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The quick update - Saturday we had my Dad, Gary and Pauline over for lasagna, then when went about the nieghborhood collecting treats.
In the mean time, I had yesterday off because Daycare Cindy was having dental work done. We had such a relaxed day. We got up, ran errands, played outside for a bit, the kids took naps, I did laundry and made supper with out feeling tired, rushed, too late, and behind. When Mark got home I was relaxed and comfortable. What a tease to get to spend this one day... then know I must go back to work as usual for the rest of the week. It is such a struggle. I understand and acknowledge being a stay at home mom is a full time job. I often wish it was my career right now, and mourned this when Marly padded into our room this morning at 6 am and crawled into bed with me. I remember doing that to my mom for YEARS!
But - Today is Tuesday, and it is back to business as usual!