Sunday, August 30, 2009

From Dust We Came...

And unto dust we shall go.
If that is true,
I think someone died on the landing above our front door :)
(I'm alittle behind on the house cleaning)

I have a friend who recently did a post about catching lizards and dust bunnies. We haven't had very many lizards, but we have the dust bunnies! I think it's time to spring-- oh wait, too late for that, I mean, fall clean. The pics. may not represent the true situation :) More dust to the naked eye, than the camera. In order to clean that landing, it's two steps. I have a brush with a really long handle- just lean over the railing, sweep it off and let it fall to the floor below. Then go downstairs and vacuum it up. Why do they build such spaces (dust catchers) in homes anyway?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Date Night

Ron planned our date night for tonight. We will both leave work early. I will leave the store at 4:00 and pick him up about 4:15. Our date will include dinner...

in the car- sandwiches, that I made this morning. Then 4 hour shift at the peanut butter factory from 5:30- 9:30. Do you think our date nights could use alittle excitement? :) We might get to stand next to each other and put lids on jars, put jars in boxes, or sort peanuts.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy B Day

Now that I have 3 computers that I use, for 3 blogs, 1 website, and FB - life is complicated to have the right pictures that I need on the right computer, at the right time. This picture was the best I had on this computer :) You are just lucky that all of the baby/childhood pics. are at home :) Recently we celebrated A3's graduation- today is the day to celebrate her birthday! The big "25"! Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Silver Hanger Blog

I now have The Silver Hanger blog. Please add it to your blog list and share it with your friends. I will do my best to keep it updated with exciting "store stuff". Plus I will try to get creative and add more items to the "basic blog" that it is now. The address is simple-

Sunday, August 23, 2009

True Happiness

Here is a cute picture from our trip to Utah.
True happiness is Aud in one hand and his IPhone in the other hand :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thorny Home Security

Early in the spring we got off to a good start with a garden and the grass and the plants in the yard. Then we started having problems- soil problems, bug problems, water problems etc. These resulted in a bad garden and big brown spots in the grass. There is one thing though that grows profusely by the front door. It could be called an "attack bush", since we don't have an attack dog to guard the front door. If I had known when I planted it how it would grow, I would have not planted it where it is. It started out as a few innocent looking bushes, in small pots, with bright pink flowers on them. Little did I know that among the blossoms would be huge thorns. Needless to say, Ron has to keep trimming it just to keep it from grabbing anyone who comes to the front door. And the worst part is that it rarely ever blooms any more- just a huge thorn bush!! So if you are ever at the garden center looking at cute bushes with cute blooms- think twice before buying them :) It's called a Bougainvillea.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Graduate

The Boys



Big O and Papa

Here She Is

"The little princess and the petes"


To make a long story short, we came home last night to a malfunction that burned up the electrical connection for the air conditioner-- so no air conditioner. The technician was able to get it working late last night, but needs to come back today and install some new parts. It was 90 degrees upstairs at 10:30pm. It was 87 at midnight, by 6:30 this morning it was 78. With the air conditioner playing catch up- it cooled down about 1 degree per hour. Needless to say we didn't sleep very well. I am definitely spoiled when it comes to modern conveniences. I have pictures from our trip to post later. I need to get to work this morning. (I need to go see if the air conditioner at the store is working- it was struggling last week, too :) When I talked to WE and A2 last night, they had already been back to work all day on Monday, while the rest of us were still traveling. They said this week is back to "same old, same old". I told them that's what we are here, too- only "same oldER".

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Little Kids

Ron says we are off today to see Jdawg, Nickelman, Big O, and the Little Princess!

Oh, and the big kids, too :)

Happy A to C and M

Happy Anniversary!

Older, wiser, better.

This is a big one- 10 years! Congratulations.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Graduation for Al

When all of the kids were at home and we would plan a vacation, I would always get stressed out trying to get everything ready to go. It seemed like my job was "everything"- from being sure that every ones clothes were ready, packing the bags, packing the food, being sure arrangements were made for taking care of the animals, cleaning the house, some times even packing the car (although Ron mostly did that one). When guys get ready for vacation, they just throw a few things into "one" bag and they are set. I still had to pack the clothes bag, the bathroom bag, the shoe bag, the hair accessories bag, the towel bag, the toy bag, the snack bag, etc. All of those bags that Ron used to hate putting into the car, unloading and reloading into the car :) Some how things are worse than normal traveling with 5 girls! Anyway... things are simpler now?! Right? The kids are all gone- just myself to pack for. The house still needs to be clean when I leave, but not much mess when 3 old people live here. (I love coming home to a clean house) My only complication now is the store! It takes mom and I several days to get it ready to leave for vacation. So, today is my day to get all of my personal packing and prep. done- tomorrow will be work and the last few arrangements for the store. By 9 o'clock on Wednesday morning, I will officially be on vacation. Little known fact, number 1, about our trip is A3 is graduating from Brigham Young University on Friday. We are so proud of her and her accomplishments. She didn't exactly get the fashion design degree that she started out with- but she will have a Bachelor of Science in Home and Family Living. The big plus of switching schools was, she also got her MRS degree. (Micah we love you too :) Because of going on a mission for 18 months and transferring from OSU to BYU, it took a bit longer for her to finish. But, she made it! Congrats. We love you. The picture is from her graduation from high school- soon we will have pictures from her graduation from college. (little known fact number 2- all of our kids and grand kids will be there except Alex, Nathan, and Jared. A1 is coming with just Owen) We are all looking forward to a "non wedding" get to gether :) Gotta go...lots to do today!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Happy A to A and D

Happy Anniversary! You are amazing.

Yes! 1 year! We will bring you the (freezer burned) cake next week :)

This month is anniversary month- 3 within 9 days. We love celebrating the fact that all of the kids are married.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy A to A and A

Happy Anniversary to Alex and A1

Alex was telling us that he has been out of town for every Anniversary except two. Both of those years they were buying a condo or a house. At least he was there for the most important one, the wedding day :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

They Moved the Cheese

My store is closed on Sunday and Monday, but most Mondays, I am still there working. Last Monday, I was there making jackets. Today, I should have been there making skirts. Instead, I actually took the day off and stayed home most of the day. I also did alittle shopping at WalMart and at Randalls. Besides the fact that I needed a few things, I went to WalMart just to see how they have remodeled. I think I remember a book called, "Who Moved My Cheese?". That's exactly what happened at WalMart- everything got moved! Ron always hated going there because he could never find what he needed- now it will be totally hopeless! Anyway... back to my day off- I decided it's a good thing that I go to work everyday. Because today, I spent way too much time on this computer! My brain would be mush for sure, if I spent this much time at home every day.

PS- Speaking of items for sale...did you notice a new blog on my list? A friend in Dallas makes soap to sell. I wonder which is easier making jackets or making soap?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Live and Learn

We had fun! We spent time with WE and A2, but...

The first thing we learned this weekend was don't go to the famous "Schlitterbahn" water park on a Saturday, during the summer! Way too many people there! The wait-in-line-time for the "Master Blaster", the best water ride in the world (?) was at least 2 1/2 hours. (I am sure WE will have more to say about that :) Does standing in line all day count as quality time spent with the kids?

The second thing we learned... spend one night in a cheap Days Inn and the next night at the bed and breakfast means almost anything is good :)

Actually the bed and breakfast was good. I'm sure WE and A2 will agree, of course we gave them the room with the whirlpool hot tub in their own bathroom! (But they also said the bed was good) Breakfast was outside- made to order waffles, sausage, and juice. (Perfect... nothing with milk and one option was choc. chips in the waffles)