Thursday, December 23, 2010

House Tour #3

Jane's room before
Jane's room after
Jane asked for teal so this is what we came up with. The exciting part was peeling off that navy plaid wallpaper to find this pretty pink vintage print beneath it.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holy smokers, I just read my last post and changed about 300 spelling mistakes. It was a 1 am post- that was obvious.
Ok it may be strange to post bathroom pictures on a blog...

The bathroom had this cool tile on the floor and the wall but the tile on the wall had been painted and it didn't look good so we had the wall skim coated and re-painted so you can't tell there is tile there.

The bathroom also had this old school chandelier. Fancy.

The Moral of the Story Is...

Don't move (even if it is only down the street) when your mom is out of town! The last few weeks have been CRAZY!!! Tim and I are both tenacious about our simple, slow paced lifestyle. We try really hard to have a lot of family together time without the hectic, running around and being "caught up in the thick of thin things" President Monson said it this way: We become so caught up in the busyness of our lives. Were we to step back, however, and take a good look at what we’re doing, we may find that we have immersed ourselves in the “thick of thin things.” In other words, too often we spend most of our time taking care of the things which do not really matter much at all in the grand scheme of things, neglecting those more important causes. Thoreau said, “It is not enough to be busy: so are the ants. The question is, What are we busy about?” or Annie Dillard expresses it, “How we spend our day is, of course, how we spend our lives.” But, its a constant struggle because there are so many "good" things to fill our time. Anyways, Tim and I learned so many lessons this month and in the end its been a positive experience. I don't know where to begin- its been a literal roller coaster ride of emotions. Let's start with we sold our house and had 3 weeks to be out. We were looking for an acreage but that wasn't working out for us. Finally we find this adorable log cabin (exterior pictures to come). It's 85 years old and full of character and "Etsy-ness". We buy it, and move in days before we had to be out of our other house. All this in -30 degree weather, around Christmas time, with 4 kids and no parents around. I am a sissy, there's no question about that- and this was way too much disorganization for me to handle. The new house had to be thoroughly scoured for me to be happy and I found myself up to 3am cleaning the nooks and cranny's. Then full unpacking days and then weeks of renovations. Not to mention the crying. Crying. Crying. Missing everyone from my other ward. I know, its just down the street, but seriously, its almost like a different country in these parts. If I even saw one person from First ward the tears would flow. It was super embarrassing. But after a week it slowed down and then it was over. Apparently I just had to do some concentrated adjusting since there wasn't time for everything to soak in. Plus, I was so tired, c'mon.  Poor Tim. I want to move, I pick the house and then I cry for a week straight, after he worked day and night to move us in. After all that he was sooooooo patient and sweet to me. Hugging me and telling me he doesn't care one stitch about house stuff as long as we are together and the kids are happy. SO nice. He kept telling me to chill about the renovations and just do what I love to do- enjoy the kids. It was nice to have his encouragement to just leave everything and do our usual routine and spend the day with the kids because I think when it came down to it, that was the biggest stress of all. I couldn't stand the thought of all the time the renovations would take and how much more I'd rather be spending our time like we have been, just enjoying our kids in this young stage they are in. Anyways, I am rambling and most of you have already listened to all this but as I am writing this I am realizing that it is over and it all worked out in the end. I only with I  had been more grateful throughout the whole ordeal, rather than now that its over and easier to be grateful. But I really am so grateful. I know it was a blessing how well the timing of everything fell into place. And we LOVE this house. I can really say that now. We are already loving the space and the view and the location and all the other neat things about this place. Its been so nice to have our first ward friends drop in and visit and its been fun to meet our new neighbors. I have to point out here that the turn for the better started with Tim's pep talk and followed by my mom coming down and saving my life. She finally got home from Iran, took one day to sleep off her jet lag and readjust the ten hour time difference then she spent another day picking up a load of new mattresses and sheets for us, then drove down here to help me. A mom can do that like no one else. I got all the old mattresses out of here and just that made me feel tons better. Then we visited and stayed up to 5 am picking out paint colors. She is a professional at this kind of stuff. Then she went room by room with me taking measurements, coordinating colors for bed spreads and curtains. We made to do lists and reno lists and store lists and oh how a few lists will put me at peace. After that I had time to eat and shave my legs and read to the kids and all the other things that make me feel normal. Next time  I'll try to be more patient and take things a little slower. I wanted everything done and perfect and it was really unrealistic. But I have to say a lot was accomplished- we scoured the house, we peeled layers and layers of wall paper, painted, got new appliances, a new furnace, got a bathroom reno organized and ready and new bedding and mattresses and curtains up and all our picture frames and prints hung on the wall and only one last room to unpack and the kitchen cupboards painted with new knobs and all kinds of other little things. So the house is clean and organized and pretty and we are getting acquainted with all the quirks, like the creaky floors and stairs etc. but none of this really matters and I know that.  Quoting back to President Monson again,  he says, “The greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. Do not let the most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do.   Instead, find joy in the journey-now.
  Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances.  We must deal with them the best we can.  But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important-and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. 
          Our realization of what is most important in life goes hand in hand with gratitude for our blessings.  Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities.  It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend...when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us [happiness]—the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.”
Now for some pictures!

My mom gave me the idea of painting the inside of the door something fun. It turned out matching perfectly.

We painted the cupboards and my mom also thought of the idea of painting inside the glass door cupboards bird's egg blue. She told me its called "peekaboo paint". The blue makes me really happy.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Jane and Charlie and Jacob have worked really hard getting their projects ready for this Kids Market. We would love to see our friends and neighbors there. See you FRIDAY.

More Quotacious

Eli, "The entertainment in Vegas was top notch."

Our Honey Bear Family

We don't use any white sugar at our house, instead we go through pails and pails of honey. We use honey for everything! Tea, toast, cookies, pancakes, bread, granola... I often find Jacob sneaking in the honey pot. While in Banff, I found these Honey Stinger energy chews. They come in a few flavors and they are so so good and 95% organic. They have an easy to use website where you can order a case for $22.50 Below I have copied the ingredients.
Cherry BlossomPomegranate Passion FruitOrange BlossomFruit Smoothie

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mark and Mariah have Muchness

I meant to blog about this a while ago- before we moved and I lost control of my life! I just loved these costumes. Jared was the illustrious Nacho and Mark and Mariah were a cookie with milk! How adorable is that?!! I love the straw part on Mark's costume. This cute couple got me this thoughtful book, which I LOVE.
Creating Your Backyard Farm: How to Grow Fruit and Vegetables, and Raise Chickens and Bees (The Green Home)
Mark also informed of this little tidbit of information:
You can now order deep fried chicken with cheese and bacon in between. Mark called it and I quote,     "The Colonel Sanders, attempted murder." He also said they wanted to try it but it was sold out. 


Am I allowed to quote myself?

Tim came home from eating a roast beef dinner with his work faculty, and I announced:
"You smell like a ward party."

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The best quote yet.

Last night Eli and Jennifer came over. Its so fun hanging out with them. I've been waiting my whole married life for when I could spend time with my brothers as married couples and its just as fun as I knew it would be. Here's the best quote ever:

Eli, "Smells like my boat, and my boat is really moldy."

He's super observant. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Family Pictures

Heather at Silverline Photography is brilliant. We are painful to work with but somehow she managed to get us all of these pictures without the bagfull of marshmallows to bribe the kids, showing in any of them. It was a miracle. I was too lazy to edit the album so every last shot is included (which means all 25 million of of me with my eyes closed. I know Amy, its so annoying) but whatever.


In case anyone needed proof that Timmy did some rock'in out in college, here's the link (this is for Tracie). Thank you Jordan.



Jane had a drink of water and said,
"Well that went down to my bladder fast."

She effortlessly applied our lesson from yesterday on the digestive system...

At our devotional this morning I started with a story from the childhood of George Albert Smith. The story was about a rotten egg and Jane interrupted me by saying, "This George guy is weird, I can tell already."

We hopped in the car this morning to go over to Tracie's but the battery was dead. We've had the nastiest weather- crazy cold, snowy, windy so we couldn't walk over either. Charlie, in frustration says, "Who is doing this? (making the weather so unbearable) Is it Satan?"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Besides moving...

We've been nurturing our little avocado plant we started from an avocado nut.
 Look at these big, lush leaves already.
This is from Theodore's funeral.
 After a lesson on the water cycle, we started this evaporation experiment. Just a jar of salty water and some dark colored paper and a few days.
The only good thing about moving out is the abundance of cardboard boxes which translate into hours of   playing adventures. Don't ask me why all four of them plus a pillow and Scarlet's prized possession dolly are all stuffed in one box. Looks like torture to me. They even had the lid over them for a while. Needless to say, Charlie came out kind of sweaty :0)


RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

My idea of a fun friday night is watching these RSA videos. It was hard to pick two for my blog because they are all good. Just the drawing is satisfying. Thanks Naomi. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

All I want is...

Its been fun thinking about my dream house over the past year (hence my small accumulation of house pics posted here) but now that our house is sold and its actually time to choose the next one, it proves to be a precarious process. Is it really too much to ask for a small wooded acreage with a long winding drive way, garage, workshop, and situated by a creek or pond, not too far out of town, with a charming old farmhouse that is in new condition and large enough for homeschool but not too big, with a greenhouse and barn and wood burning stove and high ceilings and lots of built in bookshelves? My parents have deserted us- well our house sold on such short notice that they couldn't have known- but nevertheless, they are on the other side of the world, literally, and we've needed them endlessly since they left. My dad gave me three pages of notes to study on his way to the airport and my mom gave me me needed peptalks on house shopping and design, and after that Tim and I were on our own (well I guess thats not all true, we did still have Tobin our brilliant and thorough advisor). But, the learning curve has been significantly steep which has been good for us. Dragging kids around house shopping was fun the first 25 times, but things went down hill since and the next thing I knew I was passing Mr Big bars around the car!! I will never recover from that. Anyways, we have found several acreages we like and made several offers but nothing has panned out for us yet. Its really emotionally draining. My heart can't take the excitement followed by the breaking much longer. I am trying to not care so much, what's a house anyway? At the end of the day its just a house. Right? But then I realize its where I spend 22 hours of my day and where most of kids' memories will be located. Then my heart gets attached again, followed by the torturous waiting and then nothing. 

Teacher Teacher

Charlie made this cool bouquet of apples for his teacher.

You need a small, wide mouthed jar (I found the perfect one at the BB), the all you have to do is put the pencils (not the eraser end) in the core of the apple (go in the bottom, not the stem side). Tie a ribbon on and VOILA.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Falling for festive frolicks

Our annual fall leaves pile. I guess this is our last one since we are moving.

Holy smokes, fun dad.

I made my first circle skirt- the fabric is cut out like a donut. You are supposed to be able to make 3 skirts in an hour... This one took me four. I did add some extras, but still.

The good news is that Jane really likes it. Its comfy and twirly :0) And yes, the lace, elastic and fabric and felt was all found at the good old BB.