Saturday, August 23, 2014

17 years and a week ago...

...Aaron and I were doing this:
It was August 16, 1997 and we were just babies!  It was what I am sure was the hottest day in the history of the world.  We took maybe 3 or 4 pictures outside and called it good.  It was a pretty great  day.  To celebrate Jake spent the night at Nee and Papa's and we headed to Bronco's for our favorite Mexican food.  We rented a movie, Drive Along, and laughed at the jokes and cringed at some of the language and cruder jokes and then slept in on Saturday morning.  Then Aaron...
Went and got some Krispy Kreme doughnuts and I tasted my first ever carrot cake doughnut....
...which was delicious.  Happy Anniversary to my best friend and me!  Here is to 17 more and then on to eternity!

You may be spoiled/lucky/blessed if...

1.)  You find the perfect table cloth that ties together all the random colors in your dining room and it was at Walmart.  Walmart = cheap. 
2.)  If you have been wanting a laminator (and you homeschool...why do I not have one already?) and an awesome one, that is usually $81, goes on sale (it may have even been a one day sale-that is how lucky I am) for $17.99 and you order it and get it within 48 hours because you have Amazon Prime.
3.)  If your Aunt moves to SC and asks you if you want an adorable cabinet that is perfect for your Vintage Kitchen in your adorable Vintage Home (not sure why I feel the need to capitalize that but it is my blog so I will) and will make the perfect base for your future island.
4.)  If your sister sends you a box of IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) DVD's, teacher manuals that go along with the educational DVD's and....
...books that you can use to educate your child.  One of the books that isn't showing is also a grammar book!  All of which would have cost you $200+ but were free because she loves you and doesn't need them and you do.
5.)  Your husband is in the Bishopric and is present when the Bishop says he is going to throw away this old huge dry erase board that is no longer needed at church any more and your husband says not to throw it way because his family can use it and the Bishop says okay...! And yes that is a run on sentence who's only punctuation is a period at the end...again: my blog and I don't care if you are judging me....but stop if you are.
So, the question is am I spoiled, lucky, or blessed?  The correct answer is all of the above.

Random Memories That Must Be Documented

I love my Shark floor mop thing.  It reminds me why I am a germaphob and went from never wearing shoes to always wearing flip flops.  That was the dirt from just one room-the kitchen.
Remember when I said I needed to do laundry?  This was the "hand towel" in our bathroom.  I kid you not.
 My car washer...
 My favorite goofy face...


Best snack ever.  One serving of microwave popcorn (there are individual bags for that) and sugar free strawberry milk.  Perfection....well if it was a huge bowl and had real sugar it may have been better but at least I didn't have to feel guilty about any of this...Oh.  I forgot to mention this is skim milk. :)
Yes gas is now under $3 a gallon in SC. 
When we had to fly out home quickly because Aaron lost his pinky, we had to pack only what we could take carry on.  When Aunt Sheila's truck got to SC last Monday I was excited to be reunited with my clothes.  My favorite Navy blue shirt is right on top and I have been wearing my 2 favorite pairs of comfy pants all week.
As of last Sunday our whole house was clean and picked up.  I won't go as far as to say it was organized...I am working on that...but our spare bedroom is going through a make over right now.  What once looked like this:

Will soon look like an office/homeschooling room.  Aaron is the one who wanted a spare bedroom.  We don't have a whole lot of over night guests but since he doesn't ask for much I gave in.  Now that he is, on occasion doing paperwork at home rather than driving to the office he is game for having a better space to do that in.  So now our house that was all tidy now looks like this:

The living room...yes that is the front door.
The hall way.

It is a work in progress and the house is a wreck...but it will be worth it!  The old spare bedroom will soon be revealed and look amazing!!!!  I can't wait!

 Also  random but very important:  I feel very domestic when while cooking taco meet for dinner I cook enough to freeze for two more meal and I also make enough Spaghetti sauce for 3 meals (one to eat and two to freeze).  That is called multitasking and most moms rock at it.  This mom does.
 One last random thought for the day: you know you really love your table cloth when you use place mats over it, when it is just your family, because you don't want to stain it.

Happy Anniversary & A 1st Dinner

On Sunday, August 17th we celebrated 2 things: Mom and Dad's 46th anniversary and Aunt Sheila's first dinner out Our Vintage House.  That is my official pet name for our house. 

And this picture is just because I love my dining room.
Isn't it the cutest?
And I love my kitchen...
...and fruit pizza!  And yes those are SC peaches that are in season and delicious as we speak.  Heavenly!  Especially when paired with berries.  What could be wrong with any of that?
The Fam.
And it was a first for Aunt Sheila trying Peach Cider.  She can cross that off her bucket list. :)
We had grilled chicken that was marinated in my favorite: Yoshida sauce  (I like to cut the chicken breasts in half length wise and...thickness wise?  Not sure the best way to say that!  I like to make them little and skinny for maximum marinating),  twice baked potatoes and green beans.
A picture of the happy couple and...
playing Blurt made the night one to remember.

Aunt Sheila is now from SC

I know have an Aunt that lives in SC.  As of August 13, 2014, not all my aunts live in VT.  Aunt Sheila arrived with my mom and dad a week and a half ago and has been settling in every since.  Jake and I went over before she got home and got a few things ready for her arrival.  We are so glad she is here!!!!1







Jake is now officially taller than Nee, but not me..yet.

First time opening the door with her key...

It had been a while so she had to check it all out and remember what it all looked like!

Darn!  I missed the hug of happiness! 
I never thought I would have an Aunt living in the same town as me!  It only took 38 years to come to pass. ;)

More pictures I have been posting of Jake...

I have been posting a picture of Jake every day counting down the days until he turns 13.  Here are the days I haven't posted here on my blog....I looked back and realized I haven't kept up with it since August 6th...Pitiful.  I am officially catching up people!!!!...But they may not be in order.

















I love all of these pictures!!!  I am some how missing some days and I will try to figure out which ones and post them also.  I can't believe my child is almost a teenager!!!!