Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Our Scrapaway is over and once again I am longing for the next one. I spent the entire weekend making an 8 x 8 baby album for Charlie's cousin. I'll be sharing a few pages here and there. There are 20 pages total.

Look at this darling boy sitting on the breezeway steps. He was waiting to go on his sleepover to Mrs. Schwarz's house. I had her girls and she had my boys for the night. I don't know exactly what the boys did, but the girls danced, watched a movie (Space Buddies), played in the sandbox, made fans with cards, played play-doh and painted. Whew! I'm tired just typing all that. They were all thrilled to be able to sleep on the blow-up mattress in the livingroom. All four of them were able to sleep on it sideways. Although, I think Annie started out on the bean bag. I was exhausted by 10:30, so I went to bed while 3/4 of them were still awake. Kaila couldn't take that much fun. I think she was sleeping by 9:00. They were all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed by 7:00 a.m. I look forward to seeing what type of trouble the boys can get into next time ;)

Today I'll be cleaning 'til my heart's content. The appraiser is coming for our refinancing. There's wayyyy too much cleaning to get done in one day, but I'll see what I can do. We're still under construction. Charlie's working on the mudroom. He put a coat of color on it last night, but isn't sure if he'll need another coat or not. It looks so good. It's surprising what a coat of paint can do.

We're still preparing for the arrival of our calves this weekend. Charlie's been working on their shelter. It's painted red. Guess whose idea that was. Oh, and the chicks will be coming in two weeks as well. Blake will be taking care of those.

Speaking of animals, Motor (our hamster) is doing very well. He's just cute as all get-out and very active in the evening. He has to sleep downstairs because I can't sleep while he's exercising.

Here's a layout I did for my sketch blog. I have several more two-page sketches in my arsenal for the upcoming months.

I'll be able to scrap a lot more, due to the fact that my scraproom is ALMOST ready. I am soooo excited about that. I'll be working more on that this weekend.

Kaila was screened for Kindergarten last week. She did VERY well and is excited to go to Kindergarten. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like to be by myself all day for 5 days straight. It will be weird, but I'll TRY to get used to it :) That's still 4 months away.

That's about all that's going on here right now.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

I have so much to share this week!

These first three pictures are the last pictures taken at our old house the day before we closed. They were taken with my cell phone. I know they're not perfect, but I just love them.

Introducing...Motor-Rhino-Robo, Motor for short. He is the newest addition to our home. He is a Syberian Dwarf Hamster. How stinkin' cute is he? I'm not a big fan of mice/rats, but I HAVE to tel l you that this little guy is sooooo stinkin' cute! I even hold him. He keeps the kids busy and loves to crawl all over the place. He has to sleep in the laundryroom, because he makes a lot of noise at night. Other than that, he's a pretty easy pet to take care of. I'm hoping he lives for a little while anyway. I've heard that they die fairly easily. We purchased this little guy on the 15th of April. The first store I went to didn't have any that were ready, so Charlie stopped at another store and they had Motor. I didn't want to wait, so Charlie got him for $16. Who knew hamsters were so expensive?

Our next big excitement for the week was Nick shooting his first turkey! I was shocked...completely. Charlie just sent me a photo message with Nick holding the turkey. I was so happy for him. Charlie did a great job making sure I had plenty of photos to scrap!

My last surprise for the week was getting yet another photo message with the kids standing the unsightly tree that was blocking the front of our home. I came home and asked, "Who put that house there?" Amazing! This tree was over 80 feet tall and 150 years old. Charlie's Mom, Dad, and Cousin Bobby, along with the kids helped clear away this monstrosity. I had no idea they were going to cut it down, so I didn't have to stress over it. :) What a bonus!
I was on my scrap weekend, which I spent creating a baby album for Charlie's cousin's baby shower on Sunday. It's an 8 x 8 album filled with 20 pages. All she has to do is add photos and a couple lines of journaling. What a job! I'm not sure I could create albums without pictures for people all the time. It takes a bit longer. It's a cute album and I'm sure she'll like it. Mission Accomplished!
Well, that's about it for this post. We'll see what this week has in store!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Biggest Egg - Smallest Egg - these are the two extremes we've had in our egg endeavors as of late. The large egg actually had 2 yolks, whereas the small egg had none. The large egg was delicious...so says Nick. It was his first double-yolker that he had the fortune to be allowed to consume. Lots of yumminess moans came out of him, let me tell you!

There's so much other excitement around here that I just don't know where to start. So, I'm just going to start with last Thursday.
Thursday - Volleyball - Charlene and I thought that would be the last night, but doggone it...we won! So, we have to play again this coming Thursday. Don't hold your breath for anything else. We'll have fun and that's that.

Friday - I was supposed to go to Michigan, but I just couldn't leave the house like that. Not that it's much better now, but I did accomplish some things - Made Bread - Chicken Dip - Caramel Dip - Laundry - Packed. Not only that, but my DH started the drywall in the mudroom. He's a good worker. Needless to say, the finisher started mudding it today. We should be painting by early next week.

Saturday - left for Michigan at 8:06 a.m. Great trip - beautiful. Good kids. We made it in time for the Easter Egg Hunt at my sister's house. Then we traveled to my parent's house for the night and to attend church on Sunday.

Sunday - Great service - Turkey dinner - yum! I stole some old photos from my mom. Ahhh, she's not doing anything with them anyway. Sunday Afternoon - visited Grandparent's and played some Scrabble with Grandma. Good times. Sunday Nite - Wendi's for dinner/smores/movie - fun!
Monday - Back to PA.
Whilst we were away, DH finished my scraproom so that I can move in. Wahooooo! Now to find the time to clean it out and move scrap stuff down there. Can't wait. I just LOVE that man.
I found out today that a friend of mine from highschool, James Fisher, passed away from complications from his disease. I'm so very sad for his family.

Tomorrow it's back to physical therapy for my stinkin' elbow. It sucks. I just don't have time for this. Also, Blake has given me permission to pick out his hamster, Motor, tomorrow at the pet store. He doesn't want anyone to play with him until he gets home. He's been waiting sooooo long for this little rodent. I hope it takes a while for him to die. I have explained that he will more than likely not last too long, but that he can always get another one.

This coming FRIDAY is my big scrap-a-way retreat. I can't wait. I rarely get to scrap, so it's sooooo peaceful to get away and accomplish something. I have a lot of supplies, People! I need to use them.
It's good to be home :)

Sunday, April 05, 2009

We're just busy as all get-out over here! I can't believe we're already into April! Holy Moly! The kids have been taking swimming lessons and still have 4 days left. They love it, especially the little ones. Kaila smiles the entire time and Blake just looks like a fish. Nick is doing very well and should probably be in level 4, as opposed to level 3. It's very hectic, but oh-so-worth it!

Charlie and his Dad went and butchered the pigs to put in our freezers on Friday and we spent a good part of the day packaging them on Saturday. Can I just say how fantastic it tastes??? OMG! Yum! It will be so nice to get pork out of the freezer that you know how it was butchered/packaged. Fresh - to die for!

We just celebrated my fil's 65th birthday on this beautiful day, but his birthday isn't until next Sunday. The kids had a blast. I took 163 photos. Here are a couple from our awesome day. Kaila took the picture of DH and me ;)

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