Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pioneer Day Week

This week has been a very full one, so here's another list.

1. Sick kids. After a hike last week Saturday, Kenny was a little sick. I have no idea with what, except that he ran a fever for a few days and threw up once. Since it wasn't a consistent fever (or very high), we didn't take him to the doctor. He slept a lot and is now okay. Joseph has whatever it was now, so he's sleeping a lot and really grumpy. Sick kids are tough.

2. Temple. We were assigned to do sealings on Tuesday. I got my family names printed in the nick of time, so we got them all done. I forgot how good it feels to do names I recognize.

3. Work. It was shorter this week, so that was nice.

4. Yard work. We have 2/3 of the rocks cleared and are about an hour away from completing the side yard! I'm so excited, because it looks awesome!

5. Pioneer Day. We went to the Scout breakfast, then the parade. The kids are napping now, and we're going to hit the fair after dinner.

6. Reunion. We leave tomorrow for the Belcher Bash. I'm excited. James had a big part in planning it this year, and I look forward to meeting more of his relatives. I don't look forward to camping. I'm not a big fan. We'll see how that goes! And yes, I need some pictures once in a while. Oh well.

7. Harvest. I got my first zucchini from the garden! I am more than pleased. Lots of tomatoes will be coming soon, as well as a lot more squash and some peas and peppers. I guess that Vernal dirt isn't so bad after all.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Busy Week

It's been a crazy week so far.

1. Yard work. We've made lots of progress, and it's really starting to look good (though half done in the part we're moving the rocks from).

2. Projects. I have a whole list of things inside the house that I've neglected, but now that Katie sleeps predictably and goes to bed at a decent hour, no more excuses!

3. Temple. I did baptisms for 7 family names. One is an aunt who died last year. (Well, great-aunt, and she was 95!) I and one other girl were the only ones there. It was pretty nice to get VIP treatment.

4. Fun date. I picked up some really random things that I've never eaten so James and I could try them. We played a game where we had to guess their names and country of origin. It was tough! I had bought a few lychees, a beet, some chili paste (sambal oelek), a chayote squash, a kohlrabi, and a parsnip. We enjoyed the lychees (those spiky ball things, which taste somewhat like grapes) and the parsnip, which has a very unique taste. I can't wait to try the rest! They're waiting in my fridge. There are still a few things at the grocery store I have yet to try. I like pretty much any produce, so bring it on.

5. Work. By work, I mean me helping out my visiting teacher. She has a second job cleaning trailers (she's a single mom and works super hard!), so I'm helping her out for 2-2.5 hours once a week for the summer. It's a tough, disgusting job, but I do get paid a little bit. It's the first time I've earned anything since 2009, but I'm not doing it for the money, since I won't earn much more then $100. I tolerate it. It makes my house look really clean in comparison.

6. Babysitting. Tomorrow, I will have 4 additional kids from 12-5. It should be an adventure. Their family is going to babysit our kids when we have a sealing assignment at the temple next week.

7. Library. We've been doing the summer reading program, and there is an activity every Thursday. The boys love it, so we're going tomorrow.

8. Katniss is used to our house. She is a very low-maintenance cat - my favorite kind of pet! Occasionally she meows outside our door when we're trying to sleep, but her previous owner let her sleep on the bed. Not happening in this house!

9. I have a tan!

10. I reached my 2nd weight loss goal! I have 8.7 lbs. left to get to my last goal.

11. And shopping. That's nothing new, but it does take a chunk out of my day! I've been trying to spend one-on-one time with Joseph, so taking him with me has really helped. I loved going to the grocery store with my mom when I was little, so I'm glad he is the same way. He provides hilarious commentary.

Thank goodness that's it! :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Eating an Elephant

They say that to eat an elephant, one must do it one bite at a time.

Two projects of elephant (or perhaps dinosaur) size are going on right now. One involves yardwork, and the other is family history.

First, the yard. It's half grass, half river rock (the giant ones, much bigger than gravel) in the backyard. We own a slice from the back corner of our grass to the front - a triangle shape - that was just desert/dirt when we moved in. The goal: move all the river rock to fill in that side yard, then plant grass. So far, it's slow going, but it's good to see progress. We've spent many hours of July outside, so we are all getting nice tans. Once the grass is planted (seed, since it's 1/10th the cost of sod), James is going to build a dry river bed. It will look SO COOL! Next summer...and then, I will take pictures of it. for now, the half-done-ness bothers me a bit. I like to get things done, and quickly, but some of those rocks are 8 lbs. apiece. One rock at a time...

As for family history, I've been lax over the past few years. I have repented and found many new people who need their work done already. I can't say enough about It has come a long way over the past 3 years, and it in no way resembles what it looked like in 2000 when I started using it. I just can't believe it's been that long! I hung up my big pedigree chart as motivation to keep going. When I die, I am going to fill out that front page (9 generations) or die trying! :)

I feel like all I've eaten so far is the elephant's little toe, but hey, it's better than nothing.

Friday, July 4, 2014

5 Years

James and I celebrated our 5th anniversary yesterday by going to Salt Lake City for FantasyCon. It was so much fun! I can't believe it's been 5 already, but I look forward to many more to come. The boys stayed with their grandma while we took Katie. (Next year, no pregnancy or nursing baby is my goal! Haha.) But she was an angel.

Pictures are worth 1,000 words, so here are some.