Monday, July 30, 2012

I'm a Mormon Monday: Patience, endurance, and attitude

 Welcome to I'm a Mormon Monday!  The great thing about having a blog is that you can do whatever you want because it is yours.  I decided Monday is going to be "I'm a Mormon Monday".  I am thinking this will be a good time to share beliefs, concerns, and life experiences.  One of my favorite thing about blogging is meeting new people with similar beliefs that I have learned so much from.  I am hoping for some group participation on this so don't let me down people! :)  If you are interested in guest posting let me know.  I have some friends in mind that I am hoping will be willing to share experiences that we all can relate to and learn from each other through sharing.  You don't have to be a Mormon to guest post or to join in on the conversation.  You just have to want to share something that can positively help others.  I would love to hear from other faiths.  The "I'm a Mormon" part will be when we compare our beliefs. :) 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bain Declutter: Because sleep alludes me...again

*I am officially labeling myself an insomniac.  I never sleep through the night and I am okay with that because if I wake up I can go back to sleep.  My problem for the past couple...few...I have lost count is the falling asleep part.  I am going to buy some Tylenol PM tomorrow...

*I know why I can't sleep.  I am a night time interior decorator. Every time I lay my head on my pillow to go to sleep I start to decorate "our" house in my head.  I have tried to pick out the actual paint colors and have even gone as far as going to Lowe's to price the paint with my "final" decision on paint it feels more definite, and I still can't help but decorate it every night in my head.  I tried showing people my ideas hoping that it would help but it didn't.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Frustration is...(a short list)..Followed by a serious change in perspective...

1.)...trying to buy a house in short sale. The whole term "short sale" is misleading.  Now I know it is referring to the fact that the bank is going to let the seller sell the house for less than they owe and call it good.  So they are "short" what they need to pay off the mortgage.  Obviously there is a bunch of paperwork and things like that but you would think that the bank would be ready to get rid of it. The poor sellers of "our house" are a few days a way from foreclosure-LITERALLY.  We are trying to do them, the bank, and us a favor (we get it for a great deal-they don't go into foreclosure, the bank doesn't have to give it away!) by buying it!!!  We even upped our offer so we thought the bank would jump on it!!!  We were supposed to hear on Tuesday.  Aaron keeps reminding me we have supposed to have heard from them several times and haven't so why am I surprised that we didn't hear this time?

These are a few of my favorite things...

1.  Boxes that the UPS man delivers not even 48 hours after you ordered (free delivery makes it even better!) them full of homeschool curriculum!

 I can't stop looking through them...and then I put them back in the box so the newness doesn't wear off!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Markers+ cousins=fun outside in the hot, HOT, heat.

Some how I forgot to post these pictures from last week:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ketchup Day & A Brain Declutter all wrapped up in one...

*The inventor of these new dip or pour Heinz Ketchup thingies at fast food places should win the Noble Prize.  It is pure genius.

*I feel like I just haven't posted enough pictures of one of my favorite faces lately so this picture does double duty. 

*Notice the crocked glasses.  They are super glued together...We are anxiously waiting for the eye doc's to call us to say Jake's new glasses are in...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things: Cheap above ground pools that are worth their weight in gold...

It is hot here in South Carolina.  Hot and humid.  The kind of humidity that makes 80 degrees at 7:30 in the morning make your stomach feel yucky because it is like stepping into a sauna.  You should feel the 95 later in the day...For those of you who don't have the distinct honor of living in the South you may not know the feeling.  In the summer we have a thunder storm just about every day in late afternoon or early evening because it is so humid.  That is why my favorite things this week are the pool in Matt and Erin's backyard and the pool in the Martin's back yard.  We are getting to the point in the summer that if you are going to be outside you had better be near (or in) a pool.  

One good thing about all the sweating we do down here in the South:

All you have to do is walk out the door to break into a sweat in July (pronounce it Jew-lie in your head so it sounds Southern) and August (and June, September and sometimes even October and May...) so I am sure all sorts of calories are being burned with out even trying.  At least that is how I a make myself feel better every time I put on make up or do my hair only to melt before I even make it to the car. :)

What are some of your favorite things?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ketchup Post:: And this is the rest of the story...

Nice ketchup picture right?  That my friends is a picture of a perfectly roasted and slightly burned (just  the way I like it) Ballpark frank, which in my opinion are the best hot dogs ever.  Summer is just not summer without hot dogs roasted over an open flame...with Heinz ketchup on them of course...and again: I am not endorsing their politics just their amazing ketchup.  I am endorsing it unofficially of course because they have no idea I have ketchup (get it catch up) posts on Tuesdays.  I am sure if they did they would send me a life time supply of Heinz ketchup that I would happily accept. :)
Any way this weeks catch up post is on the rest of our 3 week vacation to NH/VT.  Here are a few pictures and  words of the rest of our trip...or at least the parts of it I remembered to take pictures of.

 We all had fun opening the  boxes from Amazon full of books and games.  It was like Christmas in July.  As I just typed July I thought it in my head like a Southern person would pronounce it.  You Jew-lie.  See I am so a converted Southerner.   I read a couple of their new books while I was there and even took one home with me to finish. I am done with it and it was great.  I am putting it in the mail tomorrow Tina. :)

 We washed, sanded, and painted doors, walls and baseboards.

 Here we are getting ready to roast the hot dogs on the first camp fire at Tina and Allen's new home.  It just so happened to be Allen's birthday too.  Not a bad way to celebrate.

Tell me that doesn't look absolutely amazing.  It only would have been better if we had some of Papa Harmon's famous hot dog chilli. 

 This is a picture for Mallory, my cousin.  She has the most adorable picture of her yellow lab Dakota looking up at her while she took a picture of her in her first snow.  Mallory has reenacted the picture now that Dakota is bigger.  We had spent the previous night with Mallory, Nicole, Aunt Julie, and Uncle Gary...and of course Dakota and saw the sweet pictures again.  This is Jake's version...on a hot day in July with no snow....But if he were a dog I am almost positive he would be a yellow lab. :)

We needed a picture of us together and the only way I could hold it (along with the stuff in my other hand) and push the button, was by holding it upside down.  It is better upside down than it is right side up, so I thought I would just leave it that way.

Grampa Smith and Aunt Shelia came over to see the house and have lunch with us.  I did manage to snap a couple pictures while they were there.  I forgot to take any pictures on lots of other occasions when we saw relatives so I figured I better take some the day before we left!

 We decided to go to the local yummy pizza place for dinner on our last night and the boys were very excited that there was a TV right above us that had the Disney channel on...Looks like even Aunt Tina was enjoying Phinneus (sp?) and Ferb.

 I wanted to take a picture of the TV to show what they were so mesmerized by and talk about perfect timing!  I love that it says "Your're Watching TELEVISION".  They totally were watching if they had never watched it before.  And there was no sound so how exciting can it really be?

After that we went and had some "wicked good" ice cream.  For those who don't know: even though the rest of the nation...and possible the world, stopped using "wicked" back in 1986 New England (especially NH) never stopped and as far as I can tell don't plan on it any time soon!  I like it NH.  If it ain't broke don't fix it.  Everything else from the 80'sis coming back so I am sure wicked will too.  In fact I am going to to my personal best to get in going here in SC again!

Friday, July 13, 2012

C.S. Lewis is a genius. I know this because I read: The Screwtaper Letters and Til We Have Faces

C.S. Lewis is a genius.  Imagine me saying period at the end of the sentence not just typing the "." itself.  I can't wait to read his other books after reading this one.  Besides The Chronicles of Narnia (which are obviously amazing), The Screwtape Letters  and Til we have faces, A myth retold are the only books I have read by Lewis.

The Screwtape Letters is letters written to a brand new tempter from his uncle Screwtape.  Screwtape is leading his nephew in his new job as he tries to claim the soul of a young man for their boss The Devil.  It is so interesting and I couldn't stop reading.  Here are just a few of the quotes that I loved from the book:

"Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,"

"They anger him because he regards his times as his own and feels that it is being stolen.  You must therefore zealously guard in his mind the curious assumption 'my time is my own'. Let him have the feeling that he starts each day as the lawful possessor of twenty-four hours.  Let him feel as a grievous tax that portion of this property which he has to make over to his employers, and as a generous donation that further portion which he allows to religious duties.  But what he must never be permitted to doubt is that the total from which these deductions have been made was, in some mysterious sense, his own personal birthright."

"The basic principle of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils.  That would be 'undemocratic'.  These differences between pupils-for they are obviously and nakedly individual differences-must be disguised.  This can be done on various levels.  At universities, examinations must be framed so that nearly all the students get good marks."

"Children who are fit to proceed to a higher class may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma-Beelzebub, what a useful word!-being left behind." 

"In a word, we may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when I'm as good as you has fully had its way.  All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish.  the few who might want to learn will be prevented: who are they to overtop their fellows?"

Til We Have Faces is a myth retold.   I have never really gotten into studying Greek mythology so I hadn't heard the story prior to reading Lewis's version, so I really don't have anything to base it on...but I really enjoyed it and loved the lessons and morals it teaches.  I am not going to retell the story here but if you want more information on it Amazon gives you all the information you need.  All I can add to what they say is there is just something about the way Lewis writes that just makes you want to read, and learn, and soak it all in.  If I were to make a list of people I want to meet in Heaven C.S. Lewis would definitely be on it.

I know, I know this post doesn't exactly give a whole lot of info. but I just had to get the word out how much I enjoyed these books and I only have a few minutes!!!  I thought if I put some words from the author rather than my own you may actually be interested enough to read them!  (I had a couple quotes form Til we have faces but the book marks got pulled out.)  Just take my word for it: you will love these books!!!

Have you read any books by C.S. Lewis that you think I should put on the top of my list to read next? 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Home again, home again, jiggidy, jig, jig, jig.

My mom used to always say that when we got home.  We are home after 3 weeks of being in NH and VT.  It was fun, stressful at times, and long.  Too long to be away from home but we are already missing all our family up there. But we are happy to sleep in our beds.  Happy to see Aaron, Sadie, Nana, Papa, and now Della (we are excited to see the rest of the family but it hasn't happened yet-we just got home last night).  Jake just rode off with Della and some other kiddos on a golf cart.  Yes, we live in the kind of neighborhood that he can do that and it makes my heart so happy.  The last time we lived in a neighborhood like that he was too little to go by himself. Life is good in SC.

While we were up North my mom was telling someone that Tina's heart is up North and mine is in the South.  So true...Not just because I married a good ole' Southern boy but, because I claim the South as my own. Because I can't imagine another home.  When it is 105 with really high humidity I think I want to go back up North but I really...don't want too.  I would like to take out all the states in between there and here and stick them somewhere else so I could be closer, but I want to stay put.  In one of my favorite movies, Sweet Home Alabama, they say you can have roots and wings too.  It turns out mine are both in the South now.  My roots used to be in New Hampshire where I was born and "raised"...technically.  But I think the raised part really happened down here in the South.  It is where I found out that Jesus Christ is my Savoir.  It is where I fell in love.  It is where I had my first dog.  It is where I had my baby.  It is where I really grew up and still am.  My wings brought me here and the roots have been planted.  I am not going any where...

Jake just yelled up that he is going to Della's.  So much for the errands we were going to run.  They can wait.  Having a cousin that lives around the corner and is your best friend is more important anyway....Home again, home again, jiggidy, jig, jig, jig....

Sunday, July 8, 2012

True story...

I saw this on Pinterest and instantly feel in love with this quote:

So true.  So, so, so, so true....
That's all for now.

Well...maybe one more thing:

I am excited to tell you about the books I have read on our trip...that will be coming soon.  They were all amazing.  I mentioned the two by C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape Letters, and Til We Have Faces) but I haven't mentioned the third one yet...or maybe I have...I can't remember.  But any way: it is hysterically wonderful and I highly recommend it.  It is by Christopher Healy and is called The Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom.  It is a perfect family book but, I am going to do a little review of it (because I LOVE it so much) so I won't get into it too much right now.

I do think I am going to take a reading vacation where I just go some where, by myself, for 2 or 3 days (by myself) when it is rainy and cold... (by myself) and I think I want to wear a flannel nightgown (even though I don't have one so I better get one before I go on this myself) so it should probably be in the fall or winter....Any way I am going to load my Kindle (even though mine is broken.  I will have to get a new one soon because I can not live with out it....) with a few books and eat nothing but buttered popcorn sprinkled with garlic powder and drink French vanilla hot myself. :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Some more things we have been up to in NH...(and a few of my favorite things)

We have been....

*Greeting my sis and her family as they made it "home"
*Enjoying playing Lego's with cousins
*Eating creamies...and yes it was cold enough to need sweatshirts
*Enjoying the wildlife.  We have seen deer, a bear, a lynx, a raccoon, groundhogs, turkeys, and a mole
*Playing outside
*Making journals out of some of my favorite things: composition notebooks & mod podge

*Have I mentioned Lego's and...
playing outside?
*Swimming at Camp...
and fishing

...and swimming some more...
...and kayaking...
....and all other things water related that is fun.

*Enjoying a little R&R all by myself at Camp for a night (first time ever)
 *Laying in the sun (a shot of the view while a cloud went over.)
*Looking at flooring, after going to Tina's first (for this pregnancy) ultrasound.  She is 14 weeks along-Congrats!!

*Eating yummy food in our hometown...
along with a creamy topped with "jimmies".  That is what they call them up here in NH.  Not so much in VT.  I never knew it was a NH thing.
*In case you need proof that sprinkles are in deed called jimmies and yes they are so worth the extra 50 cents. :)

*Checking out L.L. Bean and it's giant backpack.  I saw a cute jersey scarf that was navy blue and white stripped and it was on sale!  I was excited until I saw that the sale price was $35.  People are crazy.
*Grocery shopping

*Celebrating the 4th of July.  We spent the first half of the day in NH going to a parade and then the 2nd half of the day in VT at Camp.  I didn't even take my camera out my bag at Camp but Tina did so I will post them later. 

 (make a note Aaron: I want a black Yorkiepoo.  This is full size!)

 We even knew someone in the parade! Hey Barb!  :)