Friday, May 30, 2008

Kyrie and Brielle's play room

I am so excited about this post. This project has been in the works for such a long time it seems, so I'm happy to have it over with. Not to mention the mess cleaned up. Brielle was threatening to paint it for me if I didn't get it done. Honestly, I can't believe that I painted this much for a little play room, but the girls absolutely love it, so I'm glad that I did. The girls begged for a fairy room, ( what's with the themed rooms, and what happens when they grow out of it?) I thought easy enough. Maybe a couple fairy pictures, some baskets...I definitely wasn't planning on a project this big, but it just morphed into it and took on a life of it's own. I found the little fairy wall stickers on eBay of all places and that started the whole mess. The oak tree scene was kinda copied out of one of our favorite books. FYI I had no idea how to paint a tree, it was a little scary there for a while, I'm still not completely happy with it, but not willing enough to fix it right away. I'm sure it's good enough for who's using it. Maybe it's just me, but I'm never happy with my own work. Don't ever be a perfectionist....
Anyways, the bookcases and toy chest also had to be painted white, they used to be black and brown. Painting about ten zillion coats was not the funnest job! Also there is a little canopy in front of the window that's kind of hard to see. Just perfect for a little reading nook.
As I'm sure you guessed, Kyrie wanted to help me paint the scenes the entire time, which I let her a little bit. She painted the entire hollow on the tree, it was also her idea, so I'll give her 100% credit. The girls put all the stickers on the walls by themselves, in fact they about had heart attack when it was finally time to put them up. I was afraid that they would rip them, but they did
a great job, I hope Kyrie feels proud that she took part in this project and feels inspired to keep
drawing, infact she told me today that she likes drawing more than watching TV. hooray! I hope it stays that way.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Please help

My brother Jason was recently in a horrible accident, and for anyone interested in donating or just want to see how he's doing, he now has a blog. You can find him at Thanks for any of you that can help.....

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fess up...

Ok, so it's about time for me to come clean, I haven't really felt bad about my actions, but there are a few people around here giving me some grief so I'd thought I'd share the latest incident....I was at a barbecue a couple of days ago, at a friends house that just happens to be a light drinker. He knows that Kel and I don't drink, and is very hospitable in every way. Well, I spent the first half of the evening outside with the kids, and obviously didn't get the memo that some of the food was tainted. So little innocent me, go in the house (all by myself at the time)and grab a bite of cut up was in a bowl, with what looked like a ton of watermelon juice. I remember thinking hmmm, that's one juicy watermelon. I took one bite and knew something wasn't right. My friend walked in the house at that moment with the biggest look of shock I have ever seen in my life. Oh my heck, who thinks of this kind of stuff, putting alcohol and mixers in with watermelon? Needless to say I was very disappointed. But the jokes did not stop for the rest of the night, Saying things like wow, em you're really relaxed, and she'll sleep like a baby tonight, I am still being asked about my hangover from the next day. Very funny. I can't believe it, I can no longer say, I've never touched the stuff. And oh by the way, it WASN'T that good....

Friday, May 23, 2008

the little things in life...

So I've been in a lot of deep reflection these past couple of days, as I think about and continually pray for my oldest brother who has been in a traumatic life changing accident. He fell some 20 odd feet off his scaffolding after a gust wind came and blew it over. Sadly he landed on his face, and completely smashed every bone. Considering the circumstances he is doing very well. Nothing else in his body was damaged, which I feel to be a miracle. He doesn't seem to have any brain damage, and is recognizing those around him. He has had a trying time through recovery, but we feel very lucky to have him still with us.
The thing that I keep thinking about and that always gets me is why does it take an event like this for me or us, to truly realize how much we love and NEED those around us. I have never lost anyone really close to me, but have caught a little glimpse at the pain and suffering of those who have. How hard it is sometimes to accept the reality of the moment, but I know that God permits or sometimes wills things like this to happen to teach us something. I believe that he has a reason for everything. He truly is Great! I have felt and extreme surge of gratefulness for all the little blessings in my life. These little things may sometimes be easy to forget but are an important part in our happiness! I am so grateful to have a amazing family full of love and support, and also to have truth and light that always leads me towards my Father in Heaven! And Jason, we would really miss you if you weren't with us anymore!

Monday, May 19, 2008

More than my weight in dirt....

A few days ago we got a dump truck load of dirt, and well, I can honestly say that I haven't been this exhausted for quite a while. Previous to this little delivery, I have spent countless days leveling, weeding, separating, and countless other outdoor cleaning activities, so we can get ready to lay
sod in our back yard. Why so much dirt? you say? Well, I guess there is a little too much sand out here, and countless of our neighbors have actually had to rip out dead grass, and start over with a good layer of dirt. Lucky for us, we didn't have to learn this the hard way! And you all will be shocked, we've actually met a lot of our neighbors(thanks to Brielle, she walks right up to everyone and starts chatting so I'm basically forced to meet others. That's a good thing!) and they have given us some good pointers on how to escape this downfall. Everyone also finds out that Kel works for Carmax, and just can't help asking him the 2o questions.
So as you can imagine I have had plenty of trips back and forth to the back yard. And also a couple of dirty little kids. But it's ok, I'm getting a good workout! Who knew composted manure could be so much fun?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Big changes up ahead.

As many of you know, I have been homeschooling Kyrie for this past school year. And honestly most of the time we are doing well. Some days we get a lot accomplished, other days not so much. Which I think would cause some stress among educators, but for right now, I'm OK. I think that playing and using the imagination is a big part right now for little kids growth. I've wanted her to enjoy learning, instead of being forced into it, and thus pursue it on her own. And I in no way think that she is behind at all, but I have noticed a few things that I'm a little concerned on right now. Most if which is her clinginess to her mom, and her confidence levels. And a lot of times she just doesn't want to listen to me at all. So for these reasons, and a few others, I have decided to enroll her into a Charter School this upcoming year. By the time we moved here, we had missed the lottery where they draw names to see who can go, so I placed her on the waiting list. Well, things panned out, and there was finally and opening for her. I guess there are a lot of Charter Schools out here in Colorado, this particular one was actually founded by a homeschooling mom. There are a couple of unique characteristics about this school that I really like. They supposedly take on a classical approach to learning, teaching good fundamentals and values. They use the CORE curriculum, and during math and reading, they are put into groups according to their level, so whether she is ahead or behind, she will be in the right place for her. They also require parents to volunteer a certain amount of hours, which is great, then parents are actually required to be a part of their kids education.
Well, anyways, I don't want to bore you too much, but as you can probably tell, this has been a big internal debate, but for right now I feel really good about it. And if things change, we can always reevaluate and go from there.

Friday, May 9, 2008

A few projects

Alright, I know I said that I would post these pictures of a few of the projects that I have been working on a long time ago, but here they finally are. I've really had a lot of fun during the process, even though it's been a ton of crazy hard work. I'm just the type that really enjoys seeing the result of my labors. Kelly's really not, so I have done most of these projects all by myself, except for some of the digging in the backyard. But I must say that I'm really pleased with the results. Hope you are too. Here's the first one and my favorite, Kyrie's and Brielle's bedroom. The paint on the walls through out the whole house is two-tone tan and white. And sure, it was fine in the rest of the house, but in this room is was so bland and boring, it had to be my first painting project. Kyrie loves her new bunkbed (She originally wanted her own room, but these girls still get so scared at night they are sleeping in the same room).
Kyrie has been asking for days to paint in her room, I thought it only fair that she get the first paint on the wall. After that they had to leave the room. And trust me it was hard to keep them out. There were numerous times sneaking in. And did I mention that all the walls are over nine feet tall, not very fun! And oh, yeah, I hate textured walls!

The other big helper.

This room is so refreshing now, I absolutely love it. We are going to decorate it horsey style to match her bedspread. And I'm sure that I have enough horse memorabilia to fill it up completely.

I think that I'll get some canvases to paint these silhouettes onto to repeat the pattern throughout the room.
This was once my old battered up table. It had all sorts of scratches and stains on the top. But with a fresh coat, well almost six coats of paint (primer, paint, varnish, topcoat) it looks brand new. And as a bonus, I felt so lucky when I found these chairs where the legs match perfectly.

This is one of my favorite pieces of furniture that I got to buy. And the clincher for the deal. I love it's country character. It not only matches the kitchen table, but doubles as extra seating in the living room.

Holy cow, I think that this is our biggest project yet. We've started trying to level it out, so we can eventually get some grass back there. And oh my goodness, there is a lot of dirt to move. You can't really tell but I've started building up the flowerbeds in the back along the fence. we plan on planting alot of trees for privacy.
Don't look at the mess, I have yet to organize our loft/school/computer room. It's slowly coming along. Kel and I had a fun time trying to agree on something that matched both our tastes. And I was so proud on myself on rearranging these curtains to make them fit this room. I sewed them about 4 years ago, and wondered if I would ever be able to use them again. I personally love the little bit of girly toile on the walls. Still need to get a few decorations to pull it all together, but that will come.
And there you have it, just a few of the things that have kept me busy for the past couple of weeks. And I'm sure that I will find plenty more to be continued :)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Standing out

We went to church for the 2nd time now. I tell you I hate feeling like the odd duck out, which is usually often, but I still hate it. I have a hard time warming up to people. I really thought about going out of my way and introducing myself to others. And it ended right there. I waited til someone came up to me before I started talking. They even mentioned how "quiet" I was . Grrr, how annoying I find myself sometimes. Funny thing though, after the closing hymn the two girls I was sitting by commented how nice I sing, and one wanted to know if I would join their little women's singing group. They get together every Tuesday to practice. I guess it's funny because just when you are feeling overlooked, is probably the exact time that you stand out the most. Darnit, I'm caught in the middle of this weirdness and don't quite know how to feel. I just hope it's over soon.

As for the others, Kel has actually had an easy time meeting and making friends. Of course he does, he's good at everything that he actually wants to do. And he's committed himself to being a part of this ward. He had a hard time in Maryland, because he was barely ever there. But things are very different now that he doesn't have to work on Sundays. Which I am very grateful for. Kyrie went to Primary without any hesitation. Of course Kel did have to have a little talk with her previous, and also a little bribe of a five scooper ice cream cone for dessert (a very small one). But it's worked for now, and she is trying very hard to be brave. Hopefully I can meet some moms with kids her same age. Brielle is of course quite the opposite to Kyrie. She went to Nursery without any qualms. Well last week that is, this week she fell asleep right at the end of Sacrament, and slept for two hours, even through all I tried to do to wake her. She woke up to find that it was time to go home and that she couldn't go to class. Then she started bawling hysterically, to point that she could hardly breathe. She was sooo sad. She kept looking for her Nursery teachers all through Sacrament, and asking me it that was her of the teachers was a little elderly. Sad, now she has to wait a whole week to go to class.

I've been waiting patiently for it to green up here and actually look like spring. I don't think that it ever will. I'm so darn spoilt coming from Maryland, where compared to here it looks green all winter long. Here it just looks like dirt. I've been dying to get out in the yard, and plant a garden, but it's been so windy, it's still cold. But I've decided that I just need to brave the weather and go and get some tomato plants before they are all gone. I hear it's quite the gardening community out here. My neighbor said she would help me out if I needed. We'll see how it goes. I may still have my green thumb yet, even with this dry sandy dirt.

Yesterday, we went and bought our first gallon of paint. Ahh, I'm so nervous. I don't know why, your talking to the girl that mixes her own paint up when she doesn't like the color. Right Jacquie? Painting should be old hat for me. I guess it's just different because this is my house and everything has to be perfect or it will drive me crazy. I've lived here almost two weeks and I still have hardly any pictures on the walls. I usually have everything up in a day or two. Too much pressure. I crap out under pressure. Maybe, I'll give myself some advice, and just let it go. Silly me! Tomorrow I will post some pics of what I have been working on lately....