Monday, June 28, 2010

Nothing to say that is interesting

What are you up to this summer? Traveling? Staying home? Cleaning? Remodeling? Hosting?

I think I am doing a smattering of all of the above. I do plan to take pictures of the new fence soon and the new bathtub walls and soon, the new kitchen countertop.  What could you be taking pictures of?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thanks for helping

A question from a reader that I need your help answering:

"What is a boy welsh name that means bright or shining that isn't too strange?"

Today is the day!

Today I got the Starbucks giftcard in the mail so today I randomly pick a post and a winner!!

The winning post is:


The winning comment is:

Seriously? That is a lot of posts. You should do something fabulous for it. Rachel

Congratulations, Rachel! Enjoy your coffee. :)

An interesting bit of information,
I am at Rachel's house right now and I had her pick numbers to help me decide the winner and she ended up picking the post and then her own comment without ever knowing what was going on. Fun!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'm going to be off line for a week starting tomorrow. See ya!

500th post coming as soon as I get back!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Faces or Up Close and Personal

I was going to post the other day and blogger wouldn't let me blog on and now I can't remember what it was about.

The girls got haircuts today. Claire's is basically the same but a little shorter, Elaina got a blunt cut just a little above what her hair already was and Eily got a bob. It's a little boy haircut but she totally pulls it off. Do you wanna see a pic? Well, I will stop typing and go get the camera and load the pictures on this computer. Hang on a sec................................

Here's Elaina's hair. It it a little wild and sweaty in these pictures. Such is her look these days.

Check out The Grass in her hair. We are a clean family, no?

Here is Eily:

Claire wouldn't take a normal picture so she doesn't have any photos for this post.  I'll post a Face Post that includes her here in a minute or two.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Fences, Fevers and Fun

We got a much better estimate on the fence. He can do the fence, the bathtub wall and the dishwasher cabinet for about the same price that the other man was going to do the fence. And we know he does good work because he just finished building an addition on my brother's house. I'm very, very happy about this.  He should be starting this next week. !!!!

Eily is sick. She and Elaina just seem to be trading their sicknesses back and forth. And it's only ever a fever. Jason and the girls are at church all day so it's just me and Eily keeping up the homefront. The staying home part is actually a good thing as far as the cleanliness of the house goes. It was so bad here. We were having to step over dirty clothes on the floor and the sink was (still is) full of dirty dishes. I'm waiting for the dishwasher to get done so I can reload it and I've started in on the laundry. Other than those things I have the house picked up once again. I also clipped and organized all my coupons. It's been a productive morning.

I have one week at home before we leave for Harmony Hill. The girls and I made a paper chain to represent how many times they have to sleep before we leave and every day we remove one link. They LOVE it. It really seems to be growing shorter awful fast. Guess time flies when you're haveing fun!!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

You know what this picture means!!!

This is how it's going to work this time. I am going to post a few times in the next week or two. Then I will randomly pick a post to be the "giveaway post" and the people that commented on that post are eligible to win a $10 Starbucks Giftcard!!!! So get commenting.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Back in the saddle again

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day. Mom! I just realized we never put the flag on the porch. Man. I hate that we forgot that. That's the best part.

Anyway, we went to Mom and Dad's house and the girls swam and the puppies played and the whole group ate. Then we left and two chillins went to sleep on the ride home and the other went down as soon as her special bed was put together. (She had acquired a fever during the festivities.) It was a simple night. It was lovely.

A few weeks ago, Mom and I went around to a lot of stores in the area and priced the lumber for the privacy fence that we are hoping to have built. The lowest priced store had an estimate of $1000 and that was with an over-estimate of how many feet of yard we are going to cover.  When we got home last night there was a job estimate from our neighbor (that we have been waiting 2 weeks to get. grrrrr). He wanted to give us a bid for the fence and we told him that was fine but we were going to go with the lowest priced bidder. Do you know what his quote was?!!! $2650!!!!! Excuse me, mister, but I happen to know that the lumber is less than $1000 and that is a lot of moolah for labor. Especially when we are only working with $3333 and have a long list that we want to be able to check off.   Do you think that was reasonable? Am I way off on what to expect when it comes to paying for labor?  I have another man coming today and I really hope that his quote is much lower.

Jason built us a raised vegetable garden a couple of nights ago. I'm very excited about it but once we got the frame we realized that we don't have any dirt. It seems like dirt would be an easy thing to get but apparently not. By the time we get all of this figured out it will probably be fall.

What should I cook for supper?