Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coming Soon

I'm starting to get really excited about my new bundle of joy, especially when I look at some of my recent newborn photos.  I really cannot believe we get to snuggle a new baby again (and wake up at all hours of the night...but I'm trying not to focus on that part).

12 weeks left.  Eeek!

The belly and I at 26 weeks (via Instagram).

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Spring Wedding

I'm finally getting around to posting my nephew's wedding.  It was wonderful to catch up with family and celebrate with the newlyweds.

I happened to catch a shot of a hot air balloon flying over the temple as we were headed into the ceremony.  'Twas perfect timing. :)

My sister-in-law put together the cutest picnic-type luncheon with personal box lunches for each guest.  I was soo excited.  They were adorable and so yummy.  Each box held a sandwich wrapped in wax paper, a pasta salad (or jello for the kids), chips, fruit and a giant chocolate chip cookie.  We also each had our own Martinellis apple juice and a bottled water.  It was perfect because we didn't have to wait in long lines to get our was already there, complete with napkins, silverware and condiments.

The reception was beautiful.  It was held outdoors under gorgeous trees.  They decorated with hydrangeas, birds, nests and candy eggs (fitting for a spring wedding...and yes I know it's pretty much fall by now).  Guests were treated to a fabulous array of chocolate fondue items, which of course the kids loved.  I was most excited about the pre-toasted marshmallows. Yummy.

My two accident-prone boys were a wreck! Dennis had a face-on collision with a water bottle (strangest accident yet) and had a major black eye all weekend.  He could barely open it, it was so swollen.  Then the next day, Q got some road rash on his chin while playing with cousins.  Never a dull moment.  Later, my niece broke her leg.  It was quite the weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Remembering My Grandma

I have been thinking about my Grandma Pat a lot lately.  She passed away about 10 years ago.  She was a big influence in my life and I have many fond memories of her.  She threw fun parties, always had some craft or two for the grand kids to indulge in and there seemed to be a fresh pie on the counter every time I visited. I loved her collection of mini Smurfs and Strawberry Shortcake dolls and the drawer where she kept her stash of Avon chap stick.  She had the coolest miniature cast iron stove, that my cousin and I would play with for hours (perhaps this is where my love of minis began).  She loved gardening, flowers, Coca Cola products and she was very creative.  She loved celebrating holidays and no one has ever made divinity like she did.  I have many memories of running to 7-11 for a Slurpee and of Easter parties and t-shirt painting parties.  We cousins loved to swing by our hands on her metal spinning clothes line until we got blisters and eat Ritz crackers all the day long.

(me in the striped pj's, my twin sisters and my Grandma...1988)

One of my biggest and fondest memories is how she influenced me to be a good person.  She was a great example of service and selflessness.  She encouraged me to read the Book of Mormon before I turned 12.  I respected and loved her very much and so even though it is a very long book (especially for a kid), I worked hard and read and read and can remember the day I went to her house and told her that I finished.  I was somewhere between 11-12 and I was so excited to tell her.  I remember sitting on her piano bench.  I think I even remember what I wore.  If I am right, it was that awesome peach satin dress that I loved. :)  And my hair was of course long and permed.  But because of her and my parents and other great examples in my life, I have a solid foundation of faith, love of the scriptures and a knowledge that I was loved by my Heavenly Father.

(around 1990 with my brother and sisters)

Another thing she taught me was to make sure I am in pictures, because she never wanted to be in them and would hide from the camera.  As a result, we have very few pictures of her and it really makes me sad.  So no matter how photogenic you think you are/aren't...get in those pictures people!  Your posterity will want to look at your cute face later.

I hope I can be like her.  I hope I can serve and give like her and be supportive and fun for my grandchildren.  She is definitely an inspiration to me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Day Phoenix Flooded

We had an epic storm and resulting flood here in the Valley on Monday. It was so epic...schools closed, which NEVER happens here for weather, so it was awesome.  There were many roads flooded and therefore people couldn't get to school.  The freeway my hubby takes to work was totally covered in water and left many cars stranded.  He worked from home that day.  Cul-de-sacs, greenbelts and washes were filled with water.  Our greenbelt was a raging river earlier in the morning.  By the time we realized school was out, I was already on my way trying to pick up the carpool.  It was slow going as I had to pick the roads carefully and traffic was crazy.  I got the call cancelling school, and decided to pick up Miss B from early morning seminary (a scripture study class for the youth) since we were right by the church.  We picked up her and two friends and headed home.  Again traffic was insane with all of the road closures and it took us a bit to finally get home.  Once we were there, the two little boys immediately changed into swimsuits and headed to the greenbelt to play in the water.  The raging river had subsided to a nice giant puddle by that time.  They were extremely happy.

It will be a day we never forget for sure.  In other neighborhoods, people were jet-skiing and kayaking in their washes and parks turned lakes.  Craziness.

Miss B and I did some wading and enjoyed the beautiful overcast day and all the water!


Mr. C didn't get in on too much of the action because he recently sliced his thumb open during a dangerous Unload-The-Dishwasher-Accident.  One bowl decided to break in his hand somehow.  We're still not really sure how.  So he had to get five gruesome stitches.  We call it Frankenthumb now.  Or at least I do when he makes me look at it.  Blech.  He had to keep his stitches clean and plus he's a homebody anyway, so he enjoyed the day reading and enjoying a relaxing free day.  He is quite ecstatic that he gets out of dish washing duty for awhile though.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

DIY Filing Cabinet Desk

I have been working on a new computer desk for the kids for quite some time.  I had one boring black filing cabinet taking up space (but useful for school papers and bills) and so I decided if I found a second to match, I could make a desk and add some storage space at the same time.  I scoured thrift stores for awhile with my measurements in hand, and finally found a filing cabinet to match.  Which was more difficult than it sounds because I happened to have one that was taller than most of the others I came across.

After I found the match, I took the pair outside on our dead grass (yes this was way back in February) and washed them, removed the hardware that came off easily, taped off the rest and applied a nice coat of Kilz Primer.  Next up I used a Rustoleum yellow spray paint.  I usually prefer Krylon, but I couldn't find a yellow I liked in that brand.  

For the desk top, I bought some wood planks and had the hubby cut, sand and attach them together according to my measurments.  He added wood bracers underneath at just the correct spacing so as to keep the filing cabinets in place...if that makes sense.  When we were sure it fit, I stained and sealed and then we didn't even attach it to the cabinets, just laid it down and presto...insta-desk with built in storage.  Aweome.  Notice the tiny desk behind.  Blech.  I was so happy to change that out.

I had a red floral valance above the desk and it didn't work anymore with the utilitarian desk, so I thought and thought and researched and couldn't find a curtain I liked/was in my budget.  I finally decided to make my own striped fabric. I had a canvas drop cloth hanging around from another project and washed, ironed and measured it to size.  Then I cut it and measured for my stripes and taped them off with painter's tape remember to tape on the inside of where the white stripe will be).  I ran a credit card across the tape to get a good seal and made sure to paint carefully away from the tape to avoid leakage.   I just used some regular navy interior paint from my paint collection.  I probably should have mixed it with a fabric medium, as it turned out a little stiff, but it works fine for my purposes. I gave it 2-3 nice coats and when it was fully dry, I washed and ironed it one last time.  Finally, I sewed a simple curtain rod pocket at the top and hung it up.  It was a little longer than I wanted it, so I added rope ties to hold it up.  Also, the window is not centered on the drives me batty.  So I just decided to center the desk on the wall and not worry about it anymore.

My father-in-law gave me an awesome working retro typewriter, so it sits up there for funsies.  I love it...although it's out of typewriter tape, so I need to find some because it's so fun to type with.

I love how the whole thing turned out.  Their desk sits up with mine and the antique desk in the loft.  It makes me smile every time I walk by.
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