Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
We are going to Mesa this year for a Barton Thanksgiving, and staying here for a Peterson Christmas. We are leaving Wednesday afternoon, and coming back probably Friday afternoon. I may be able to talk David into staying longer.... I don't know though. So with that, I hope everyone is thankful for their blessings, and has an enjoyable, relaxing, happy Thanksgiving! Good eating!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
After church a great family in our ward, the Sipes (hi Russel Sipes-the drywall guy), invited us over for a REAL meal of food. What a yummy meal (best that I have had in over a month), and a great time for everyone! The kids had fun trashing their house while playing with their kids; and David and I had a good time getting to know them better, chatting, laughing a lot, and playing a game that we didn't end up finishing. We will have to do it again soon. We promised that we would host it as soon as our kitchen gets finished.... May not be as soon as I wish. =)
The reason we had to leave the game unfinished is because I had a phone call this morning from our executive secretary saying that the bishop wanted to meet with me this evening. And we all know what that means........ A new calling. So I just barely got back from my meeting with the bishop (which actually was a meeting with his two counselors), and my new calling is..........(drum roll, please) Primary Pianist. I expected it, knew it was coming and was already prepared to say yes. I feel a little nervous about it. As much as I love to play the piano, I know that I am not very good, or at least not as good as the current pianist. I really am happy to be back in primary. I love the kids in our ward, and the Primary Presidency are very nice, great women. Last time I had this calling I was pregnant with Emily (so about 4 years ago.) Wish me luck!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
And in some completly unrelated news. Here is a strange and somewhat mysterious burn that showed up on Aubreys arm yesterday. You ask her what happened and how she got hurt, and she has NO idea. It is a pretty bad burn, and she isn't bothered by it at all. I knew that she was super strong and tough, but this is crazy! I am still treating it with burn cream, and keeping it clean, but how can she NOT feel that, ouch. It hurts me just to look at it. Strange.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
My parents showed up at about 11 am, and we filled some time while we waited for the walls to dry. A couple hours later my mom and dad put the sealer on the walls. Next came the paint! It was a busy day, and things moved along pretty quickly and smoothly. Here is a pic of the paint going on...... (most of the walls will be white, flat finish; the soffit and one small wall will be a wine red accent color, flat finish).
And before I completely forget, I need to write down the funniest thing that Nathan said on Tuesday. I think you'll get a kick out of it! We sure did! So Nathan had been outside, playing with his friends, when he came inside and said, "Mommy, do you know what chubby means?" I answered him, "Yes, I kind of do. What do you think it means?" (Now at this point, I was silently preparing a speech in my head about how we don't call people chubby or fat, how we don't need to say mean things to each other, etc.) And this is actually how he answered...... "It means, when you run your cheeks flop". And he contently turned around and went back outside to play with his friends. My mom and I started cracking up! How do you keep a straight face with an answer like that???? Your cheeks flop???!!!??? What a hoot our Nathan is.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
So, what is on my mind, you say?
- This last week I got some saddening news about my Uncle Jon, but we call him "Uncler". He has been diagnosed with brain cancer. My thoughts have been with him, my dear Aunt Linda, and their family right now, when emotions and feelings are running on high. I hope the best for him, and pray for the Lord's comfort and direction in their time of need.
- My dad took me aside tonight, just to tell me how much he loved me. It was a nice moment between us, hug and all. And as they drove away, back to Mesa tonight, the only thing I could find myself thinking was, "I already knew that". My dad isn't the mushy type, so moments like that just don't happen, yet I ALWAYS have known that my dad loves me. And daddy, I love you too.
- I am so grateful lately for the blessing it is to live in this great nation. I feel a wind of change coming soon that will forever change the USA as we know it. And yet, I still feel blessed and love this US of A. What a great thing to live here now, in this time, in this place.
- I feel very happy to have parents that want to help us out. I am grateful for them always, but I have been particularly aware this week of their great big hearts. My mom is always so helpful with things that just need done, like my laundry, bathrooms, holding a child, reading a story, etc. My dad is willing and ready at the drop of a hat to fix things, like my washer, my heart, electrical stuff, remodel a bathroom, etc. He is so handy with tools, and I feel like we are often on the receiving end of his skills, with his tool bag, AKA..."magic bag of tricks", that he totes along with him every time they visit.
So, that is what is on my mind tonight. I will post some progress on the kitchen later, but for now, there are my thoughts, as jumbled as they are.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
And here it is tonight.......
We got so much done in just 24 hours! First, my dad worked on the electrical on the block wall, as my mom and I put up the insulation. David continued working on patching the walls. By nights end we had all the drywall up and the first coat of mud on! We started again bright and early this morning, and most of the day was focused on getting the electical figured out. My dad had to remove a few lights, and install 5 new recessed lights, and a new box for a future ceiling fan. He worked super hard, and David helped him tons getting in and out of that attic a hundred times. Bless their hearts! While we waited on drywall mud and electrical stuff, my mom and I got both my bathrooms sparkly, and ALL my laundry washed, folded, and put away. Now, that is a feat! I love it when my mom comes to town!
We are planning on getting the wall textured on Monday night, and I will put the primer on on Tuesday, and a few upper cabinets hung Tuesday night! My mom and dad are talking like they may come back up here to Snowflake and help us again on Tuesday and Wednesday, to help hang all our cabinets, paint, and maybe start tiling. We will see how our progress progresses... hehehe!
I think that I have high hopes for this weekend. Probably too high! We have to remove three lights from the ceiling, patch them, and put a new box in for a new ceiling fan/light. (My dad is a pro at electical, so that is HIS job). We have to dismantle the smoke detector that has never worked and get a new one, in a different spot. I am also planning to get the sheetrock hung, taped, mudded, and textured. And possibly.... a few cabinets hung. =) We will see. I will take pictures and keep you posted.
We were originally planning on being completly done by Thanksgiving. With the help from my parents, and a good weekend with the kids dealt out to a few friends for babysitting we can focus hard on the task at hand and just might make it! Cross your fingers for us! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Here is a shot of my family room.... The cabinet that you can see in the picture is what will be my new kitchen cabinets. And of course, my new fridge, in the middle of the family room! Topped off by my piano jammed in the corner, unusable =(, and the kitchen clock above.And here is the rest of it, stacked all over the office. I am straightening it up a bit today, so I can walk around in there! What a mess this job has become! And this isn't even the worst of it.... I will blog about that next time! I feel more and more like we have bitten off far more then we can chew. David is being a good sport, and is really putting in alot of extra energy, effort, and hours in getting my kitchen up and running again. It is taking longer then I had hoped, but isn't that always the way it is with construction???
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
- Met the end of February 2001, first kiss was the end of March =)
- Engaged July 23, 2001
- Married November 10, 2001 in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
- 1st apartment. Windscape Apt #2026
- Honeymoon baby! Nathan Reese born, August 31, 2002
- Moved down the complex Apt. #1093 to a two bedroom, Jan. 2003
- Moved in with my parents while our house closed, three weeks.
- Bought a house! Condo #294. March 2003
- Aubrey Sue born, December 10, 2003
- Decided to move to Snowflake. Moved in with in-laws March 2004.
- Surprise, we are pregnant! (Aubrey was just 11 weeks old!)
- Moved into rental double wide. June 2004
- Emily Jo born, December 19, 2004 (45 minute labor, at 36.5 weeks)
- Bought a home! Highland Drive.
- Lots of pediatric therapy for Emily (speech, music, physical)
- Betsy Ann born, November 11, 2006
- Surprise! Pregnant again! Jay Clayton born, December 15, 2007
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Yes, I know, it looks pretty gross. I have a super cute theme in my kitchen of red, white and black with cherries. I have lots of fun accents, but you can't really see them in the river of old cabinets, nasty color scheme, and the lovely tile, everywhere. And yes, that last close-up pic of the cabinets are as clean as they will get. If I wipe them down at all, the paint just comes off... talk about quality =).
The range is still in great shape. It was here when we moved in, and was the nicest part of the kitchen. BUT, the range that my parents offered us it twice as nice, with a flat top (no more foil mom!), and a double oven feature! I already feel spoiled with just my fridge and range update!Here is some of the demo in process. It is quite fun bashing those cabinets and tile with a sledge hammer. I must have some pent-up frustrations! You can see the water spicots, and ice maker jimmy in the first picture. And what you don't see in the second picture is a LARGE mouse nest that I found under the cabinets. It has no signs of any active use, thank heavens, but there are large amounts of "mice rice" and padding-stuff. I about threw up, and left the clean up to David. YUCK! I am not looking forward to what I will find in the rest of the demo. 50+ years of kitchen definitely left some "treasures" to find. I will have more updates for another time.... that is about as far as we are now.
This weekend we are finishing demo, fixing/capping off some plumbing and electrical, and doing our last minute shopping for the rest of our flooring, counter tops, back splash, and paint colors. It will be a busy, yet productive one! I am SO grateful to be married to a very handy man. I love that David is able to complete this project 100% on his own. He had many talents, and I love him so much for giving me my anniversary gift (Nov. 10th for 7 years) and Christmas gift early this year.......... a NEW kitchen!!!!!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Here is our annual Peterson Halloween party. That night Nathan was a 'karate kid'; Aubrey a frog; Betsy a dog; Emily is Tigger; and Jay is also a dog. Those two dog costumes have seen each one of my children through a Halloween. The cute girl in the pink is Ellen, who is Eva's youngest.
For the actual day of Halloween, Nathan wore the Tigger suit, and Aubrey and Emily were princesses. Betsy and Jay were still dogs. David also dressed up in a huge mountain man coat thing that looked a little scary.... yeah, Betsy and Jay cried. We must live in a super popular neighborhood because I ran out of candy just about 20 minutes into the evening! In fact, we resorted to passing out candy from our own kids bags until David got back from an emergency candy run. It ended up being okay, and the kids had a great time, even giving away their own candy stash. I estimate that we got at least 250, maybe 300 trick or treaters! I will plan on being better prepared next year!
We are now in the process of the demo of our kitchen. Our "new to you" cabinets are awaiting installation on our back patio. I have already swapped out the fridges, and am busy working on getting it done. We have spent a fair amount of time at random fast food drive thrus, and am looking forward to a healthy, home-cooked meal again soon..... I hope!
If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear. David and I will be doubling our efforts on getting ourselves right with the Lord. Better at reading our scriptures, praying, food storage, etc. Now is the time to prepare to meet God.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I hope that John McCain can pull through, and grasp the White House. No, I still don't like him much, but I seem to be liking him more and more because ANYONE is better then Obama. He just makes me nervous with his stances on abortion, taxes, foreign affairs and "spreading the wealth". Also his associations, YIKES!