Monday, January 24, 2011

maybe, possibly




This just might be my very first passport photo, to go in my very first passport.
Maybe this very first passport will be used for a flight that I might take to help a sister of mine & her four girls get home to Amman Jordan.  This flight just might take me to the heart of France where I could possibly have a 2 hour layover where maybe I would buy some of the most delicious & beautiful macaroons one could ever taste & see.  This very first passport might possibly take me on a new plane bound for the Middle East, where I might meet the nicest French flight attendants who just might help carry bags, tell us how wonderful our little ones are & maybe want to know everything about where we're from.  And maybe when we land and get off the plane this very first passport might possibly get it's very first visa. Which could possibly, finally make this girl a world traveler,
maybe.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

my home


It is time for me to move.  I've been saying this for at least 5 years now so don't read into that.  The husband and I had a 5 year plan to stay in this house and move on, but this home is the only thing that doesn't bring out the husband's ADD- go figure.
But as much as I want out, when I really think about it I do love this house.  We've had so many great things happen here so I guess I'll show you some things I'm loving about it.

(super randomness is about to begin)

First off the location is awesome.  Other than living at the entrance to the neighborhood I live almost right across the street from the dumpster & the mailboxes. I know you don't understand how awesome this is but trust me those suckers shlepping their trash up the street through the snow can only dream about living in such close proximity. Plus the garbage truck has entertained my kids on more than one occasion.  The garbage man should sell tickets to the neighborhood kids- he'd make a killing.
 But the best part by far is that I have a park as my backyard.  It is so nice to let the kids run free & check on them from my kitchen window. And the view is always gorgeous, Lehi has the best skies around.

these are taken from my back porch
     


Speaking of my backyard, this past summer I finally got my grow boxes in, thanks to my in-laws & my dad.  No thanks to my husband, it was the one thing he was supposed to accomplish before he left.
I grew some awesome tomatoes, yummy carrots, delicious lemon cucumbers, sweet sweet peas but mostly eggplant- lots of eggplant, but the cutest little eggplant ever.
it's all about the square foot gardening.

   


Inside I've been changing some things and hopefully will finally get this house to be a little bit more the way I want it.  At the beginning of the year, one of those times the husband was away, I painted a chalkboard on a wall in my kitchen.  I highly recommend doing this it was easy & the kids love love love it.  And it helps with homework. 
here Lily is teaching school- so cute




Another project was the floor & also after the husband left.  And boy was it a project!  Scraping up the subfloor was a Nightmare (with a capital N!) Luckily I had my super awesome, amazing friend Carolyn show up to help and thank goodness she did I was about in tears, she saved my behind!
THANK YOU CAROLYN!!! I LOVE YOU!!! (and if I ever do move you are coming with me!)
  There were about five million staples, I'm not sure why the builders thought it was necessary.  By the end of the day our hands were numb and arms were jello.  So I made the executive decision that I didn't care how much it cost, the flooring guys were going to do the rest.  
Oh yes and we found mold! stupid builders



But once the new floor was in it was all worth it because it is beautiful & I love it & it's so much better than the ugly tile-then-carpet-then-linoleum.


But one of the very very best things about our home is our awesome neighbors.  We live next to one of the best families there ever was.  They have blessed me in so many ways.  I adore the Hostettors and when or if we ever move I'm going to insist I pack them up and take them with us.
This day in July they had invited Lily & Kail to a Bees game.  





Oh and I made some blueberry crumble muffins once, they were so good I ate almost every single one
& no house is truly a home until you make blueberry muffins and eat them all



But I'm sure I could pull myself away from this wonderful place if you waved a garage under my nose
A garage, a garage- my kingdom for a garage!