Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fall Conference & Upstairs Reno

We had a wonderful conference weekend.  Darrell and Stacie, Lois and Jeff and families came for the weekend.  We were all nice a cozy in the family room!
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During the break on Saturday we walked to the park and shot off bottle rockets.  It was really fun!
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Jessica turned 12 the day before so we had another little party for her.
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Love my niece!
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Blake made this for me during conference.  So sweet!
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Some of the aftermath of conference, after some clean-up already.  Saturday night while the guys were at the Priesthood Session Stacie, Lois, Katie and I watched a chick flick and we had a yummy dessert. 
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Sunday we watched conference, ate candy, went on a walk, had dinner and sadly everyone had to go home.  It was great having them all here!

I love it when Cal does tiny detailed artwork like this snowman.  I have no idea what he made it out of...I'll have to ask him.
Oct 2 2016

Something big that happened this fall was getting our upstairs floors redone!  Funny because when you look at the pictures the floors don't look so bad.  Well, they were bad!  Trust me. We had to take practically everything out of the two bedrooms up stairs.  I finally finished painting our bedroom too...I stayed up till 4am the Saturday of conference doing just that.  We cut it close, but got everything out of there Monday morning before the floor guy came.
Oct 3 2016 (9) fresh and clean! 
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I should have snapped more pictures of our family room while the upstairs floors were being redone.  We had mattresses, bed frames, dressers and STUFF all over.  And for over two weeks.  We were slow on getting things moving on this project, but eventually put everything away.
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Good bye honey, hello dark chocolate!  Love how the floors and white trim look!  When I talked to the floor guy about the baseboards he asked if I wanted shoe mold and I said no.  I have no idea about shoe mold. 
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After looking at the rooms with the baseboards, I saw lots of gaps.  Yep, we needed shoe mold.  Plus I do love shoe mold, but thought I would just keep things easy and simple.  By that point it was kind of too late to have the floor guy also do the shoe mold without it costing quite a bit more (he did the baseboards). 
Oct 7 2016

So Lee bought a miter saw and some shoe mold, borrowed an airgun nailer, and we went to work.  I painted the molding and Lee installed it. 
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Little break from the reno....Clark did a science project where he tested batches of cookies and their baking time vs. oven temperature. Love that he can make some awesome chocolate chip cookies.  He's spread his horizons to grilling up fish and chicken...we'll have to work on some other menu items now.
Oct 8 2016 (2)

YAY!  The shoe mold fixed the problem, and does look so much better.  I finished off the project with more caulking and painting.  Who ever invented caulking, you ROCK!
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Random time:  Clark sporting some interesting play glasses at church.
Oct 9 2016

My work tools while finishing up the trim.
Oct 10 2016 (2)

Lee switched out all the ugly brown outlets with fresh, new white ones!  Insert emoticon with the heart eyes!
Oct 10 2016

A friend sent me this super cute and thoughtful card.  So sweet.
Oct 11 2016 (2)

Lastly, Christmas talk started.  I admit to initiating it.  With a goal to have all shopping done before December 1st, I wanted some ideas from the kids.  Love Elden's list.  The China bit cracks me up.  Maybe you'll serve your mission there Elden!
Oct 11 2016

New matching Christmas PJs arrived too!
Oct 12 2016 (2)

One night we came home from teaching Financial Peace, or from a date, and all the kids were supposed to be in bed asleep or pretending to be asleep.  I totally thought Shanna was awake when I first saw her, and started getting after her.  Then I realized she was asleep!  Too funny.
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Lee enjoyed lots of bike rides this fall.  Wow, we had such a gorgeous fall with lots of sun and warm weather.  I LOVED IT!  He found a mud puddle to play in!
Oct 12 2016

Someday I'll take a picture off all the stacks of copies together, but this is about 1/2 of the copies I run each week. 
Oct 13 2016

I'll do a full "reveal" of the bedrooms, but here are some sneak peaks.
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And the beauties of fall arrived! 
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Fall Arrived!

And just like that it's now fall!  Well, has been for a long time now....

As I mentioned earlier Shanna ran for treasurer for the Student Council Association.  Here she is by her poster. 

She had to give a speech in front of most of the student body.  Considering we didn't work on it, she did pretty well.  Sadly she wasn't voted in, but she was excited she gets to be on the council regardless.
Sept 19 2016

Our actual anniversary day came.  Lee had a few fun presents for, a purse and a fun necklace. I got him one thing: a wallet.  So creative of me!
Sept 21 2016

I love this necklace!  It has an initial for each of my kids.  The lighting is weird in the picture, making the circles look aged, which they don't look like in real life. I've had fun wearing it many times already.
Sept 22 2016

Field trip season is in full swing too.  Elden and I went to Carter Mountain where they have an apple orchard and a vineyard.  So pretty up there!
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I thought this was funny.  Isn't it illegal to make moonshine? Not sure about that as I don't drink alcohol, but I really thought it was. 
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It's a LONG bus ride to Carter Mountain, over an hour.  These two were tuckered out.
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The Washington, D.C. temple was closed for maintenance in September so we headed to the Raleigh Temple that month.  It works great because we got to spend the weekend with brother Daniel and his family.  And we got to see our good friends that moved away, boo hoo!  So great to see Risa and her family.  Funny enough we were next door neighbors way back at Ricks College!  Years later we ended up in the same ward.
Sept 24 2016 (2)

Clark and his cousin Anthon.  They are both getting so tall!
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We brought our bikes down and went on a fun bike ride on the greenway, about 10 miles I think!
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That night Shanna, Haley and I attended the General Women's Session with Amy and her daughters.  They had fun little service projects lined up before the broadcast, and pie for dessert.  We thought they were serving dinner like last year, but nope.  We were pretty hungry!  The broadcast was really good, but sadly I was in and out the last talk or two.  I am reading them right now though.
Sept 24 2016 (10)

This is out of order, but on our trip up....ahh sisterly and brotherly love....
Sept 24 2016

On the way home we brought another passenger with us: my Grandma Ruth's sewing machine and table!  I don't want the sewing machine, but I love the table! I am going to sand it down and restain it.
Sept 25 2016

For our pack meeting in September we did bottle rockets.  I procrastinated, like I almost always do, and looked up the day before on how to make a bottle rocket launcher.  I started getting really stressed.  There was no way I could make one, let alone be done by the next day!  Lee came to the rescue and made one for me!  And it worked great.
Sept 28 2016

I bought 15 bottles of pop and let my kids go to town drinking it after school.  Next time I'll just have each cub bring their own pop bottle.  They decorated the bottles then launched them.  They went over 50 feet in the air.  It was pretty sweet!
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One night for family home evening Shanna showed us how to dye our hair with food coloring.  Lee especially was intrigued.
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We started on more home projects!  The last big one: our bedroom and the upstairs floor.  I was dreading doing this room because of all the nooks and crannies. But Lee helped me paint it which was a HUGE help.  We are really slow getting everything back in place but maybe soon we'll have "reveal" pictures!
Sept 27 2016 (2)

The kids received some fun postcards in the mail from my parents who are serving a mission in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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For some random snippets.......The kids enjoyed the many nights of soccer.  I enjoyed that Lee took them! 
Sept 27 2016

Shanna participated in "dress-like-a-cow" at school one day.
Sept 28 2016 (2)

This shirt reminded my of Lois.  This is one of her favorite sayings.
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Clark was quoted in the newspaper about his music technology class.  He and Cal have created some fun songs.
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And here is the room all primed and ready to get two coats of paint.
Sept 29 2016 (2)

These are all EMPTY caulk tubes.  EMPTY my friends.  This is what I used just in my bedroom alone.  Lots of gaps!
Sept 29 2016 (7)

One date night Cal had with Lee they played a game he created...and had cookie dough for dessert.  I admit we eat raw cookie dough.  I LOVE the stuff.  Thankfully we have powered eggs for the times when the kids want cookie dough for their date dessert.
Sept 29 2016 (8)

My bread over-rose when I was up painting one afternoon.
Sept 30 2016 (2)

Shanna switched out the front tire on her bike and put on a small one.  So hilarious!
Sept 30 2016 (3)

These two are quite the buddies and I love it. 
Sept 30 2016

Happy Fall!