Thursday, October 19, 2006


Today is my baby brother's birthday. Happy birthday, Kevin!

Providential phone call... update on the fridge - I finally called Sears about the fact that my brand new fridge (that doesn't fit in my kitchen) had a dent on the side. It just so happened that when I called the large appliance department, the store manager answered. He gave me a 10% discount with no argument! Thank you Store Manager Joe!

First broken bone milestone - So I was telling my class the other day how awful it was to see Rachel's broken arm on the x-ray (she was 9 months old at the time). It was even more awful because neither Brad nor I had ever had a broken bone. I really need to learn to keep my mouth shut. Monday night Brad broke a rib at a YFC event. I'm rather impressed at the lengths to which he will go in order to avoid moving all of our furniture! He is recruiting helpers for the big move date next week, since he can't do much of anything except supervise. Ugh.

Here's my girl... she's my big first grader. She took a new bus today to a brand new bus stop - that's where she'll be when we move next week. The bus stop is about three blocks away from our new house. She was so brave going on a new bus and I met her at the bus stop and then we had an afterschool snack of ice cream - our favorite. :) She has learned to count to 100 and beyond and she loves to read all kinds of books. She checked out this wolf book recently, that she LOVED - she was especially intrigued by the picture of the wolf eating a moose. I guess she'll be the biologist. Yuck. She was very thrilled with her book of leaf rubbings, however - not nearly so gross. Her favorite series of books lately is the series about "Biscuit" the dog.

Here's my boy, using a pen as a phone. He is WALKING all over the place now, and he can walk and talk on the "phone" at the same time!! Believe it or not, my baby is going to be one year old tomorrow. I can hardly believe that a whole year has gone by... I can also hardly believe that he has four teeth that have been in for awhile, and he has four more that are poking through! Rachel had one tooth at this age.
He says, "yesh," "Ma, ma, ma, " "Da, da, da, da," "Ta, ta" (when looking at a picture of Grandpa) and "ack" for Jack, our dog. Daniel and Jack are best buddies - Jack parks himself right under Daniel's high chair and Daniel loves Jack's dog food. Another yuck.

Well, I can't seem to post the "before" pictures to go with these "almost after" pictures. They're "almost after" because we're obviously not done, but the rooms are a lot better than they were! Our first room has been painted - never mind that it's the smallest room in the house and now Brad can't really paint and we have four rooms to go and I'm feeling rather overwhelmed - our first room has been painted!!
Carpets have been cleaned upstairs...
Carpet has been ripped out downstairs...
Beautiful tile floor has been installed in the kitchen...
Current house is now listed and we got a sign out front today. Kinda sad... will be nice when we only have one mortgage, though. :)
OK I think that's all my thoughts for now. I'll post pictures of my baby with his birthday cake after we celebrate.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


Here is a picture from my Creative Memories event this weekend - it was fun! It was a great time with customers/friends that I haven't seen for awhile. I got to meet new ones, too. Creative Memories is really expanding our market beyond scrapbooks - we now have lots of new digital products that are fun to use and fun to share. :)
While we haven't sold the house yet, we have had three people look at it before we listed it (which we are doing officitally on Monday). Please pray that we get it sold in a timely manner. :)
The new/old house is coming along...the ceramic tile in the kitchen and utility room has been installed and looks BEAUTIFUL! I would have taken pictures, but the battery in my camera was too low. Grrr...
Brad has been busy painting and doing odd jobs. I have been painting trim and removing lots and lots of wallpaper! Rachel has been helping by picking up wallpaper and putting it in the trash. She's also discovering our new block and finding places to play.
So, we have my "office" painted and almost ready to go. Our bedroom and the dining room will be painted next, and then the living room, family room and bathroom will be painted after I get the wallpaper off.
My Creative Memories event went well, and now we're moving all my CM stuff to the new house. We're moving little by little - the big move will be in a couple of weeks. I'm really rather relaxed about the whole situation - it's almost fun!
Brad and I have been watching the second season of "Lost" - I really should be paying attention and then I need to get some sleep!