Monday, February 25, 2008
Typically the children adjust more quickly than the adults. Unless there is horse poop involved and then there might be an issue. Somehow my son managed to find every pile of horse poop in that 10 acre field and fall in it. He would then look up at me and plaintively say, "Mommy, poopie, poooooopie! Poopie my hands!". Not having any hand sanitizer my only advice was to tell him to wipe his hands on his pants. Then he looked at me like I was crazy.
My daughter was not at all bothered by the mud, brush and excrement. She was Dora the Explorer! She was our intrepid guide through the dangers of a new land!
I love the next two pictures. My children were real pals out there. They seemed to instantly bond and they didn't fuss or fight with each other even once. It must be the miraculous country air right?
Ahhhhhhh! He's all tuckered out.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Truth be told, I have been thinking about this post since Tuesday night after the top 12 guys performed but I finally had time and courage to write it tonight. My friend Becky is to be blamed for all of this! She got me into it in the first place! (Check out her American Idol post at http://avellafamily.blogspot.com/). I have not always been a fan. In fact, during the first few seasons I viewed the show with a certain amount of disdain. I did not understand the schedule (What? It's on three days in a row?) and when I did manage to watch it was always the results show which is absolutely no fun if you haven't seen the performances. I also thought it was way too cheesy. As Simon would say, "It was all a bit cabaret" for my taste. During my "I'm too good for American Idol" phase, Becky would tell me how fun and entertaining the show was but to no avail. Then I got Tivo and everything changed. I became an American Idol devotee overnight. But I was still "too good" to vote until last season. I liked Blake Lewis, the Seattle beatboxer, so much that I voted for him almost every week!
There should be an AA group for this.
Hello, my name is Jennifer and I voted on American Idol.
So, are there any other secret American Idol lovers out there? It's time to come out! And it's time for me to watch some Tivo!
Oh, I almost forgot! These are the contestants I like so far. Hopefully they weren't voted off tonight!
What can I say? Totally adorable and WOW what a voice!
This girl was a great entertainer! She was so fun in a "like totally to the max" 1980's sort of way.
She is so sweet and has a beautiful voice but someone needs to tell her not to dance. Or move at all for that matter. Just sing.
I think he's the best guy so far but a tad overconfident.He was such a natural and just seemed like a sweet, mellow guy. I really liked his performance.
Too cute for words (like a little puppy) and waaaaaay talented.
I should probably put their names on here but I'm too lazy!
I still don't like the results show. Talk about cheesy! Blech.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Hmmm, doesn't sound quite right does it?
Well anyway, we signed all the paperwork at the title company today so our part is done. The current residents will close on their new home tomorrow morning and will clear out of there by no later than sunday night. Joel is meeting with the contractor on thursday to go over the final plans for the remodel of the house.
So things are in motion! Wow, this is really happening! It really hasn't sunk in yet, this is such a huge change and we have soooo much to do before we can move in. But I am thrilled! It was good to see Joel really smile about the adventure ahead. I think we have both been nervous about something going wrong and haven't let ourselves get too excited about it until today. We have wanted to let the Lord lead us in all of our decisions about the farm and were ready to accept it if we were not supposed to make this move. It has all gone so smoothly though that we are moving forward!
Oh, before I conclude I must give a shout out to our awesome mortgage lender Leon and our realtor George (they are friends from church), you guys ROCK! Thanks for everything!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
These are all products that I currently use and like.
Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwashing Detergent
I have tried several dishwasher detergents and you know what? It is really hard to find one that doesn't leave spots and really gets the crusties off the dishes. So far I like this one best http://www.seventhgeneration.com/index.php.
ALL PURPOSE SURFACE CLEANERS
Ecover Cream Scrub
This stuff is great for toilets and sinks and I just discovered on the Ecover website that it is good for stainless steal too. It cleans without scratching. http://www.ecover.com/us/en/
Seventh Generation All Purpose Surface Cleaner
This one works for counter tops and tables. I have the orange scented one but I couldn't find a picture of it.
CARPET/FLOORS SPOT CLEANER
Biokleen Bac-Out Stain and Odor Remover
My only disclaimer for this one is that it has a very strong scent for you ladies with delicate sensibilities. Men too, I wouldn't want to discriminate against my vast male readership.
Citra Clear Window Cleaner
Citrus again! Do we detect a pattern here? http://www.biconet.com/home/citraClear.html
Biokleen Laundry Detergent with Non-Chlorine Bleach
I REALLY like this detergent. http://biokleenhome.com/products/household/general.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Fabric Softener
This fabric softener has a geranium scent (not citrus, but I do make exceptions now and then) and it really does work. I have tried other eco friendly fabric softeners that were just not effective and the scent didn't last. I really like fresh smelling laundry. http://www.mrsmeyers.com/Default.aspx
One more thing about laundry, I have not found an eco friendly stain removal product. If you have one you like please let me know!
I can buy all of these products at Fred Meyer. I haven't done a price comparison for those of you who are super thrifty. You're on you own there.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
1. I have short, stubby thumbs. What does this mean for me? I find it difficult to shuffle cards, play video games and I will never win a thumb war.
2. I cannot whistle. Hard as I try, it is just not going to happen for me.
3. I am a mirror talker like Amber (okay, I got the link thingy to work for Sarah but it's not giving Amber any love http://skywardjourney.wordpress.com/). I have practice conversations in the mirror that I never have with anyone in real life. Weird?
4. I must straighten the covers on my bed before I can get in and go to sleep. They have to be perfectly even. A tad OCD perhaps?
5. I can't count the number of times I have seen The Sound of Music. I love that movie and I can sing a rousing rendition of "My Favorite Things" (very loud and I suspect off-key on the chorus).
There you have it! So, time to play! Tag you're it: Becky, Daiquiri, Nikki (these girls are linked over on my sidebar, I'm tired of fighting with my stupid link button), my husband (he already said no but I think he'll come around), and hmmm, I'm running out of people who actually read my blog for sure.... How about anyone else who wants to participate! Anyone? Anyone?
Feel free to leave a comment (hint, hint)! :0)
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Conspiring against us no doubt.
Party animal. Hmmmm. Perhaps he's not so bad after all. Kinda cute really, maybe I'll keep him around.
"My Little Pony"
Peace at last.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I grew up with a variety of music, a little bit country and little bit rock n’ roll, as the saying goes. My dad liked old time country western music like Don Williams, Merle Haggard, and Emmy Lou Harris. My mom on the other hand was firmly entrenched in 1960’s-1970’s pop-rock. She taught me to do “the twist” to the Beach Boys and we listened to her Herman’s Hermits record over and over again. I remember swinging on the school playground singing at the top of my lungs that song by Barry Manilow, “I write the songs that make the whole world sing…” and belting out the Roy Clark version of “Your Cheatin’ Heart” (at my parent’s request) when I was 8 years old.
I went through a Beatles obsession when I was in high school. I even had Beatles posters hanging up on my closet door and I would jump around my room lip-synching “Can’t Buy Me Love” into my hairbrush. My favorite teenage pastime, besides reading geeky sci-fi fantasy books, was sitting next to my stereo with a finger on the record button of the cassette player, creating mix-tapes from Casey Kasem’s Top 40 countdown.
Whenever I hear a Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley song I think of my first kiss with a boy named Josh and the song “It Must Have been Love” by Roxette brings back my first heartbreak. To this day almost any song from the 1980’s brings on a serious case of nostalgia! Who couldn’t love “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco or “Take on Me” by Aha? I’m only slightly kidding! I currently have many of these songs on my iPod (I love my iPod by the way)!
Joel and I have a dating soundtrack all our own. We used to go for long drives in his 1973 Ford Maverick (okay, 1971 Maverick--I stand corrected, Joel) listening to Steve Miller Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Eagles. We had a little “retro” thing going, before retro was cool. Joel was also into the Christian “hair-bands” like Stryper and Holy Soldier (oh my). We also loved U2 and The Violet Burning.
So enough about me! I’m curious about you! What are your favorite songs from childhood? What memories do they bring back? I really want to know! Tell me, tell me tell me! Please? Remember, I just shared my really embarrassing list of music with you. Pretty please?
Friday, February 8, 2008
The herbs are growing nicely as well. Basil is so lovely don't you think?
Oh dear. While we have been lavishing our attention on the vegetable babies, our human children have run amuck!
This one has some serious attitude and blackberry stains on her face.
Please don't turn us in! At least we feed them, you can see the evidence all over!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
This is the worst winter we have had in the 8 1/2 years we have lived here. Most winters we are lucky to get an inch of snow and it usually melts later in the day. Despite the snow Joel still has carrots he digs out of the garden. Yum!
I'm not sure why I took this picture. I just thought the fire hydrant looked cool covered with snow and I was impressed with the size of those snowflakes!
Do you think we should have put the Sit N' Spin away for the winter? Oops.
Today we have sun and beautiful blue skies. There is still hope!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
First Miss N & Z man helped daddy sort the soil pods onto trays. Water is added to the tray and as the pods wick up the moisture, seeds are pushed into soil. When this is done we place clear plastic lids over the top that act as a mini greenhouse. After the starts are big enough we transplant to larger containers and they will eventually be moved outside and planted in the garden.
N is very serious about her job. She is all business.
Seed pods are creepy don't you think? Makes me think of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
These are basil and oregano starts that need to be transplanted into separate pots.
N & Z love to help daddy with his projects. Sometime I will have to post pictures of them peeling apples for applesauce and placing fruit on the drying trays of our humongous homemade dehydrator.
Look at these sad little tomato corpses. Casualties of the destructive tendencies of my 2 year old.
The survivors soldier on. And they want justice!
He looks innocent doesn't he? Not like a plant murderer at all. Don't let him fool you.
Uh oh. He's beginning to lose interest in our project. Time to start goofing around.
I think the Body Snatchers have already been here. He's not mine, I swear. Time for a break! You people have no idea how hard I work!
N actually deserves this break. She's been working non-stop!
We have a lot more work to do but its a start!