Monday, January 26, 2015

January 17-23: In which Mom realizes she doesn't like popcorn

January 17.  I woke up Saturday morning and started painting right away.  I was able to get a first coat of paint on nearly everything, but my arms were so tired I left the ceiling for Bryce.  He thought we should go ahead and paint the whole ceiling, even the part that wasn't blue.  However, once he started all the popcorn started coming off.  It may have been because there was some old water damage, but whatever the reason it was a mess!  We now had a bigger project than we bargained for.  The hardest part of the day was readjusting my expectations.  I had wanted to finish painting the new office by the end of the day.  I settled for having my bed set up on our new bedroom.  We did get the popcorn removed and the rest of the first coat on.  All in all, it was a productive day.  (I will try not to think about what a mess the house is.  You can see below the kitchen, the front room and the rest of our bedroom.)

January 18.  Thank goodness for a day of rest.  I taught gospel doctrine and then we came home and did our best to relax in the mess.  It was our turn to host the Norman family dinner, but will all the chaos I asked if Char would host.  It is so nice to have good sisters.  We ate elk steaks, funeral potatoes and yummy cheese biscuits.

January 19.  Monday was Martin Luther King Day.  We decided not to sand the ceiling and just paint it after realizing that we had exposed ourselves to asbestos.  So I started with the first coat on the ceiling.  

Ed and Cyndy were kind enough to take the kids for the afternoon and leave their truck.  This allowed me to make a trip to IKEA and buy the new desks.  My friend Karen met me there with her little boy and we were able to have a nice lunch and some fun shopping.  When I got home I painted a second coat on everything and declared the painting complete.

Meanwhile, the kids ate lunch at McDonalds.  Abby came home for a nap and the boys got to go to a 3D Imax moving at the planetarium.  Fun.  Fun.

January 20.  By Tuesday morning all the paint was dry and I moved in the file cabinet and some boxes.  While the boys were at school Abby played trains.  I also managed to get the first two desks built.


January 21.  Wednesday afternoon was a beautiful day.  The kids got to try out our neighbors jeep.  They all loved it!  I also got the last of the desks built. 

On Wednesday, Bryce participated in a pitch with Wild Hair Technologies at the StartSLC pitch competition.  It was his first pitch where he was part of the team.

January 22.  Thursday I realized that I have wonderful neighbors.  Lisa (my visiting teacher) helped me move all three book shelves downstairs after I dropped Kimball off.  While Abby took a nap, Sierra picked up both boys from their respective schools.  Then Veronica watched my kids while I worked.  Last, I accidentally locked myself out of the house and Audry came to my rescue.  Such a busy day, but such wonderful friends!

January 23.  Friday morning, these little monkeys woke me up.  Kimball had piano lessons and Mom and Dad had a date night.  We went to dinner and then bought some new sticker books and activity books for the church bag.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 10-16: In which we start changing the rooms in our house

January 10.  I spent most of Saturday in bed being sick in bed.  For dinner we ordered pizza and Bryce got root beer floats.  Stan declared it a "great day!"  Maybe Mom should get sick more often.  Just kidding.

January 11.  I stayed home from church with Abby to try and finish recovering from my cold/flu/sickness.

When Stan got home from Church he was pretty excited to show me his new CTR stuff: a ring and a crown!  This big boy is no longer a Sunbeam.

Kimball had been looking for several days for his "crystals."  When he finally found them he put them in the fish tank.

January 12.  Mommy had a meeting at Lisa Lokken's office with the Office of Services Review that reviews DCFS.  It was an interesting meeting.  In the evening, even though it was Mommy and Daddy's anniversary we headed up to Grandma's and Grandpa's to watch a little of the college football championship game.  Mommy must love Daddy a lot.  Ohio State blew out the Oregon Ducks which made Daddy sad, but it didn't last long.  (We are planning a make up anniversary date soon.  We were supposed to go out over the weekend but didn't because I was so sick.)

January 13.  I had another meeting on Tuesday.  This time with the other directors of the PDA.  While I was gone to Provo the boys built a snowman with the our favorite neighbors.  (Yes, that is a baseball as a bellybutton.)  I think it turned out great!

January 14.  I have spent some of the week packing up my bedroom to get ready for some moving and painting.  We have decided to move the kids into the bigger bedroom downstairs; to move us from that room, upstairs to what is actually a master suite; and to turn the smaller bedroom downstairs into the office.  The only hiccup is that the new office will need to be painted.  The previous renters painted the whole house a nasty blue grey.  The only room that didn't get painted before we moved in was the small bedroom.  Well, that is about to change! 

January 15.  I got to spend the morning with Abby while the boys were at school.  I have discovered that she will eat peanut butter from the jar, although she won't eat bread.  I'm just happy to have found a protein source for her.  She also chose to play with the remote control tarantula.  She is usually scared of it.

On Thursday afternoon, my good friend and neighbor, Sierra, helped me move all of the bedroom furniture out of our room.  After Bryce got home we were able to get the kids set up in their new room in time for bed.  It is such a brighter and bigger space for them.  (Bryce and I slept on a blow up mattress in the soon to be office.)

January 16.  Friday was the big day to get started paining.  Ed and Cyndy gave us some supplies and some primer to get started.  Stan was my helper.  By the end of the day I was able to get two coats of primer on everything, which is a lot because part of the popcorn ceiling had been painted the awful blue.  It was a long day and I was so tired by the end.  Bryce and I plopped the blow up bed in front of the TV and watched a fund Norwegian film called Ragnarok.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 1-9: New Year, New Beginnings

I like new beginnings.  Whether a new year, a new school year or even a new week, everything seems fresh and full of possibilities.

It's nice to begin a new year on the blog having successfully posted each week of the last year.  Now I realize that I didn't exactly post each week on time, but they all got done.  I have been working on putting them in an album to print and it's such a pleasure to review all the fun things we did this last year.  It has helped me be so grateful for all my many blessings.

I am looking forward to posting each week again this year.  So without further ado . . .

January 1.  After spending a fun evening at the Kopaigora's we spent another night at Grandma and Grandpa Hansen's.  Bryce was anxious to watch the two college football bowl games.  I, on the other hand, was worried about the increasing mountain of laundry and the lack of time actually spent in our home doing said laundry.  So on the first day of the new year, I went home by myself and had a lovely, quiet, but very busy few hours.  Not only did I work on laundry, I was able to finish one of Abby's birthday presents.  I painted a wooden cradle and made some bedding for it.  I am happy to say she LOVED it.

I headed back up to the Hansen's where the kids were able to play some more with their friends, Dad was able to watch football, and we all had another nice holiday together.  After dinner we sang to Abby and she got to open a present from Grandma and Grandpa.  It was a Little People pet shop.  It was hard to take it away from her so we could go to bed.

January 2.  Friday morning we rushed home so Mom could work and then clean the house.  We had over our friends the Chamorros for pizza and Abby's birthday.  (Have I told you how much I love the Thai Chicken Pizza from Papa Murphys?  Mmmm.  Make sure you get it with pineapple.)  Her cake was a little unusual: blue and red with chocolate icing and orange and purple sprinkles.  Can you guess who chose it?  Yup, the boys.

January 3.  Saturday was a busy day of chores.  We took down all of the Christmas decorations.  One of the jobs was to make Abby's crib into a big girl bed.  She was pretty excited to be able to get in and out by herself.  Mom was less excited when it came to bedtime and convincing her to stay was a bit tricky.

January 4.  Sunday morning was the first Church day of the new year and for us that means 9am church.  Wish us luck.  The nice part is having the whole afternoon at home.  Mom started working on the yearly photo album from last year's blog posts and Dad did a little sledding with the kids.  Bryce tried to build a sledding ramp, but there just wasn't enough snow.  The next day, Bryce told Stan that he should pray for more snow.  Stan laughed and said, "Jesus doesn't care about that."  Ha!

January 5.  Monday was Kimball's first day back at school.  He says he didn't want to go back, but I think he will be glad to be back into a routine.  I know Mom will be.  For Family Home Evening we had a lesson on the steps to get back to Heavenly Father and Jesus.  Each colored paper represented a step: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, Temple and Endure to the End.  Stan insisted that I take a picture of him standing on each one.  (I've only posted 3 here).  Then he wanted to know if we could do it again next week.

January 6-8.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were busy days--school, preschool and work for mom.  We tried to get back into the swing of things.  We had our neighbor Oliver over on Wednesday and the kids spent several days playing with the tinker toys.  Funny how they were playing with last years Christmas present rather than this years.

January 9.  On Friday, Mom had a presentation to a board of Juvenile Court Judges.  The night before she was feeling sick, but made it through.  However Friday afternoon was spent watching the LEGO Movie twice.  Stan thought Darth Vader should lay down next to me to help me feel better. It's not much fun being sick, but at least I have nice kids to take care of me.


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