November 25, 2007

xmas 2007

Boy have I been busy! I have so many projects half done around here on the computer and in the house so I've been trying to finish them up. I've been most worried about making sure I'll have enough Christmas presents for everyone this year, even though our list has been almost cut in half it's still worrisome for me. So I've been working slowly on lots of things.

I've got a little teddy bear made for my brother's youngest boy, he's almost 2. I've also got him a rams coat that I picked up at a yard sale this summer that my brother will love! He's a big rams fan - he'll probably try to wear it himself! HAHA! And for the two girls I plan to get some bath/makeup stuff for them. They are almost 5 and 6 years old so they'll love the messing kind of stuff. Probably will make some bath salts and body wash for them - like this.

And for Kristy I am making a brag book of pictures. I'm doing them up all nice with all my digital scrapbooking stuff, it's harder than I thought! But she'll really like it cause they've moved around so much she hardly has any pictures anymore. Plus I've also made her a bag holder - like this. I also made me two of them at the same time! Couldn't help it, we needed them pretty bad. Both of mine are stuffed full and still have more bags left! (there's a story behind this and I'll have to explain sometime) And I also have a pair of pants that I picked up this summer for her. I had alot more clothes for her but I let the neighbor's girlfriend have them. The girl is pregnant with her first baby and all those clothes were stretchy so she'll probably really like them.

For my brother I have a shirt that I know he's not going to like - why would I do that you say? Cause he has this liking of gold colored items - not just gold like the metal but gold the color. So you think it would be easy right? NOPE! Gold as a color is a certain hue and I never seem to get it right HAHA! So I have a shirt for him but it probably isn't the right color =) I also came across a one of a kind - for Salvation Army anyway - book that I plan to give him. It's a book done by the makers of the magazine High Times, it's a collection of stories. He'll love it, if he ever reads it! He's not much of a reader.

And the last thing for their family I'm doing for Christmas is a family present - DVD's. I'm going to go through ours and see what ones they would like and give those to them. I think their going to like that alot =)

For my father in law, we're going to get him a DVD player and some DVD's. That old fart still don't have a DVD player so we're going to jump start him into the craze HAHA! I'm going to try to get a bunch of John Wayne movies for him - he's a HUGE fan of JW.

The kids have about a thousand things ready for their Sunday school teachers! And I plan to help them also make some small soaps also to give them - that should be fun (NOT!).

Darkside is exchanging names at work. They didn't do this last year so I'm not sure what we're going to do for that. But the limit is $20 so it shouldn't be too hard. I'd also like to get his boss something nice, although I don't know what! With him transferring within the company in Feb. I want her to give him a great recommendation to the next boss. I know that may not be right but it's our only source of income so I'm willing to do just about anything to keep it!

And besides the kids that's our Christmas list! Not much huh? Oh well more than enough for me! We only have about 30 cards to get out this year - usually I do about 100! But we haven't even done our picture yet! I've been putting it off so #4 is completely happy of what his acne is doing - it's a teenager type thing! Hopefully we'll do it this week though.

Well that's all for now. I need to get ready for some cold, wet, and hungry little kids =) It's been raining ice here all morning - BLAH!

later..............

November 22, 2007

thanksgiving 2007

Well it's been awhile for me here! Didn't mean for it to happen but things have been way too busy. Nothing exciting, just normal everyday life. Here's a rundown (kinda).

Didn't do the halloween party this year. We're waiting till we get more figured out before we do.

Got the wood stove in and a wood shed build. Let me tell ya those were some trying times! Last year we used 4" gas stove pipe, which although it worked, it isn't the right stuff. So this year we saved up the money to buy new black 6" stove pipe. Well it may have said 6" but it wasn't! It didn't even want to fit inside each other! Now maybe this is normal but we haven't done this before so it was a pain! Oh and two side notes. 1. a side pipe hanger (the thing that holds your pipe to the wall outside) costs $20!!! 2. wood stove pipe rain caps work MUCH better than gas stove pipe rain caps! In fact the latter of the two can be out right dangerous!

We've (the men of the house) started to fill the wood shed with all the wood. This is a long progress of chopping and stacking. Especially when Darkside's chainsaw is poop!

We've (still) not been blessed with a new arrival (baby). For me this is the final countdown and this depresses me alot. Starting in April 08 we will be past the 5 year mark between children (get pregnant after 4/08 and will be due in 2009). I know for some this is no big deal but for me 5 years between is too long since we already have older children (#1 just turned 14!!). Everyday seems to drag more and more in this struggle.

I made Darkside build a new desk that would hold BOTH of our computers - YEA! We even have a temporary type room to house them in! So now we can do our "ADULT" things during the day if needed without prying eyes. I love it!

Also I made Darkside build some shelves in our room to hold lots of misc. stuff. (mental note - stop being so mean to Darkside LOL!) They are good sturdy shelves that only cost about $4 for the screws. They definitely are NOT the prettiest shelves but they are lifesavers for me!! They are about 2' wide and 8' long and 6' tall.

The chickens are still thriving, they're still at my father-in-law's though. Between the 4 hens, we're getting about 4 eggs a day so that's good! The fil says their getting broody so it's slowing down some but we'll probably still have a hard time keeping up with eating them LOL! The other two are roosters =( And they're meaner than a wet cat! Probably because #1 used to "play" with them HA! #1 didn't understand that what he thought was "playing" was really challenging them LOL!

And besides bragging about all my Thanksgiving feast - which is looking good already LOL! - my last bit of news.

About 4 months ago we got offered the one in million chance to rent out some prime homesteading land. Prime meaning - 5 acres, in the central US, long term rental, GREAT price! And we were all ready to go, but... (there's always a but) It has it's own set of trials that we're having a REALLY hard time overcoming. We still don't know exactly what to do about that.

So in the mean time we've flip-flopped on what other options we may have. We can't and won't stay here any longer. And we've come to the conclusion that our only other option is to go back to Iowa.

Well till Monday night that wasn't even going to be a possibility. I've looked and looked for the right place & town and not had any luck. But Monday night, we found THE PLACE. You know that one place that seems like it would be almost perfect. It still might not be an option but........... we have some hope! We contacted the realtor and made an offer - now don't be thinking we robbed a bank or anything! It was one of my kind of offers that doesn't involve a bank. We've not heard back yet (sent on Tuesday) so that's a good sign, right?

I sure hope so! With this property almost all the trials of the other land are already taken care of. I'm just so excited and hopeful! But I must remember to not get too excited.

Okay, now Thanksgiving =) I'm cooking up a ton of food for us and my fil. Here's the menu:

2 turkeys
mashed potatoes
sweet potatoes
stuffing
dressing
corn
green bean casserole
cranberry sauce
brown -n- serve rolls (Darkside MUST have these or he'll cry LOL!)
cheese ball
spaghetti squash
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desserts
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chocolate silk pie
2 pumpkin pies
cherry pie
coconut/banana cream pie (only had banana cream filling!)
banana cream pudding
pumpkin mousse


WOW we're some eaters! LOL! I sure hope we'll have leftovers for a couple days! Last year it only lasted a day after. I have (of course!) sampled a little here and there and know it's some GREAT tasting food, can't wait till tomorrow!

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving with whomever you spend it with!
later.......

I want to be a bear!

I picked this up from this blog and had to share it here, it's my new goal!

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In this life I’m a woman. In my next life, I’d like to come back as a bear.

When you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that, too.

When you’re a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup…gunna be a bear.

– Unknown