Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Back to school!

I have been a slacking blogger this last week... No excuse, just laziness!

Matthew went back to school monday. 1st day of 1st grade! He was really excited and a little bit nervous about the new teacher. He had the BEST kindergarten teacher ever last year so it was a little nerve wrecking not knowing what to expect with a new teacher... He did great!

We also had some back to school cupcakes on sunday night to celebrate!


Here are pictures of the old raggy shoes that went through a rough summer
and of the nice and CLEAN new school shoes!




I have to admit that Kindergarten did not bother me at all. I was just sooo happy for Matthew to be able to go to school! I did NOT cry on monday, but I skipped a little beat for a second... 1st grade is definitely something more... I am quite certain that it is because it is an all day affair. I keep looking at the clock thinking it is time (or past time) to go pick him up, but it is never close...


What can I say? I love my Matthew!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

CLEP : CHECK!!!

Joseph is down to crunch time to finish his bachelor's degree. He only has 3 more weeks!!! This is the problem: he is missing some general credits. So his counselor told him he needed to CLEP the Analyzing and interpreting Literature class to save time and money. He was nervous about it. Literature is not what he likes... He loves to read, but not so much about poetry.

Last Friday he scheduled a time to take this test: 8am Monday. Yesterday.

He was so nervous all weekend! Anxious... Lost in thought about it.

But the test went so well; he passed! (Not that I thought he wouldn't, I am just so happy it is done!!!)

Good job Honey!

Now there is 3 more Monday night classes and an online History class to finish before then!

It's so close I can almost touch it!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Motherhood... A new perspective.

I found this article as I was looking for some help for my family home evening lesson this afternoon... It is a great article that illustrates what being a mother truly is... If you go back and read my Blog you will find I struggle at times with being a mother because it IS hard work! I just loved this perspective. Go ahead, read it!

Surviving on the mercies of motherhood

Olympics and things...

Okay so I have been slacking because I have been busy watching kids and the Olympics... Did you see the relay last night? It was sooo awesome! You can see it here if you missed it. GO PHELPS! GO USA!!! I have also been getting my fill of Volleyball which is "my" sport....

On another note, We had Stake conference this Weekend. When we got home from the "adult" Saturday night session, we realized that the neighbors had left the hose running by the window seal thus flooding the boys bedroom, again. They did this last September, the Friday before Joseph was called to the bishopric and I was SOOO mad because my in-laws were coming into town that night and I had spent the WHOLE DAY cleaning like a maniac...

But this time I was pretty livid. I mean once I can understand, but once it happens, you should NOT let this happen again! So we moved the boys to our bed and then we had to move everything out (but the bunk beds) while we waited for our landlord to get here. It didn't take long and his expression was even worse than mine. He was seriously MAD!

Once more the carpet made its way out the window, followed by the pad. The wet vac must have picked up 40 gallons of water and my earlier today cleaned house was now a complete mess.

Here is where I have a problem: our landlord will get financial restitution for this, our neighbors will have to pay up, but what about US? My house is a disaster, it stinks and I have no desire to talk to our neighbors again for a while... Joseph and I have slept in the front room for the last 2 days so the kids can have a bed outside of a cement room... I am absolutely in agreement that my landlord should get retribution but shouldn't we get something too?

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Bounties of the earth!

I have been waiting for this moment for weeks! We planted a Garden in May and I just could not wait for the tomatoes... I just LOVE homegrown tomatoes! They are so yummy and sweet!

Yesterday, I picked my first 2 tomatoes of the year. I had to control the urge of letting out a shout for joy!

Tomatoes: you are my lunch today! YUM, Yum, Yum!!! (I know I am kind of crazy! What can I say it's been a while since I've had a really good tomato!)

On a side note, we also picked our first 2 bell peppers and 3 more cucumbers!




Here is my favorite tomato sandwich recipe:

* 2 slices of whole wheat bread, toasted
* 1 tablespoon of Mayo (in my case, the new low in fat Olive Oil mayo)
* 2-3 slices of tomatoes
* 1-2 slice of onion (red, yellow or white)
* 1 leaf of romaine lettuce
* Salt and pepper to taste
* Cayenne pepper if you want to had a little bite!

This is the basic, but you can add avocado, deli turkey, cheese...
Healthy and soooooo yummy!
Especially if you can get your hands on some yummy homegrown tomatoes!

Monday, August 4, 2008

All done! No spoil!

I finished breaking Dawn las night! I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!!! I am not at all disapointed in the story line. I loved the twists of the story. It's AWESOME!!! My copy is free so if you don't have it yet, feel free to borrow it from me!

On a side note, I must admit my husband is really GLAD I am done because I barely responded to anything all day saturday... I was just too much in my book! Sorry Hon, but thanks for being a good sport!

To all of you who aren't done: Happy reading!!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

At Emily's request...

Here is a local newspaper article concerning the sculpture I participated in... It was the teacher's design. He was pretty crazy, but then he IS an artist as Misty would tell you! I am standing in front of the statue on the right... I apologize for the poor quality. I am sure I have an actual picture somewhere, but it might be at my mom's...