Tuesday, August 5, 2008

More Busy-ness

I love summer! I would love to have a lazy summer but it is impossible for me sit that still.  So here are some of the things that have been keeping me busy.


Family Home  Swim-time


So I sorta missed the registration for swim lessons. The competition to get into swim programs around here is fierce!  So the poor girls are stuck with me and Aric this summer.




Aric is by far the better instructor, I  just teach them not to breathe in or swallow water and then dog paddle like crazy.





John Adams Marathon

IMG_0624Our good friends the Nebeker's let us borrow their John Adams DVD's.  There was a series on HBO and they released all seven  episodes onto DVD.  They were awesome! I love history and I especially love the history of our country.  It is really amazing how our country gained it's freedom and we owe so much to our founding fathers. It has only deepened my gratitude for the constitution and for those who were a part of bringing it to pass.  So worth the 10 hours of watching.


 Cris Crowder's Wedding


I drove five hours round trip so I could be there for two hours. I had to be there, mostly for Karen but for Cris too.  It was totally worth it. He is "My Karen's" oldest son and I used to baby sit him. His cute little wife, Natalie gets to baby sit him now.


Midnight Release of "Breaking Dawn"


Amy and I were totally there at 11:53pm, we decided to forgo the "party". Good thing because when we got there it was clear there were some serious die hard fans dressed in prom dresses or as vampires. And we were definitely not part of that crowd. I am happy to report that it was about 50/50 when it came to the general fan base that showed up. (50% teenagers, 50% twenty/thirty somethings.) I am 479 pages into it. I am thoroughly enjoying it, although I must say I don't think it is appropriate for teenagers...but that's just me.


Ward Service Project



See that guy on the ladder....that was me just moments before I started taking pictures.

Aric Got a New Car

It's time to say good-bye to "Whitey" as the girls so loving called her...


...and hello to "Blackie"



At first Eden was not okay with Aric's new car.  She was at the dealership with Aric trying to talk him out of getting the new car.  But once she had her first ride in Blackie , it was all good.  She was happy to find out she could still roll down the window in the back seat.


Can't say "No"

...exceptions: Aric and my kids.


Here I am making alterations to Stephanie's (my friends daughter) wedding dress.   I have to include both of these pictures because Eden took one and Maya took one. It would not be fair if I only used one.  Maya reads my blog so I have to be on top of stuff like that.  Oh and here is Stephanie in her dress that now fits her properly.


IMG_0628 I've also been helping my dear friend Ashley (the one who wears her shirt inside out when she goes shopping for vinyl) do some serious remodeling of her bathroom/laundry room.  No pictures of us ripping out sinks and destroying the hideous purplish/pinky tiles and no pictures of us tile shopping with four kidsIMG_0629 at Home Depot or Lowes. I'll let your imagination run wild on that one. But here's a taste of what it will look like finished. I had to throw that old tile in there just so you can see the difference.

And...I swap paint services with my hair dresser for hair services, so I was painting my heart out. My hair is in some desperate need of service so I painted a giant vaulted living room. Luckily it was only one side and some touch ups on another. Still it was quite a bit of work on a very high ladder.

Olive Garden and a Movie

No pictures of this but I used my $4 off OG coupon and we had free Batman  tickets from all the General Mills cereal we bought so we took advantage of the cheap date. The Sampson's drove so we didn't even have to pay for gas, we just had to put up with Mike. (Just kidding Mr. Sensitive) We snuck in a ridiculous amount of goodies and enjoyed the show...it really was a great show.

Maya Graduated to Blue Books!


Maya has worked very hard to pass off  her orange piano books.  Today she graduated to the BLUE books.  She is so excited and I am very proud of her.

I think I covered it all.  In case you hadn't noticed there is no mention of cleaning my house. We have been in a "laundry as desperately needed" basis and "keep the sink empty so the house doesn't stink" mode.

I love summer!


Lindsey said...

Looks like a GREAT summer to me! I am glad you are having so much fun! :)

The Hansen Clan said...

You are amazing! Thanks for taking care of all of us and making our out-dated homes look so much better :) I noticed however that you didn't mention our new boyfriend that we met at Lowe's who "knows color" and was so anxious to help us out. I love you Jess!

The dress looks amazing!

Erin said...

HOLY. COW. Those are some serious accomplishments! I would be feeling pretty darn good if I got oh, say, two of those things done! Further evidence that you are amazing!!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

wow, you have had a busy summer! Okay... now I am feel lazying AND guilty! ha ha :)

Melissa-Mc said...

I'm glad you are making the most out of your summer. I will have to try those John Adams DVDs while I am recuperating.

Summer is NOT the time to clean your house. Too many fun things to do.

AMY said...

I never want summer to be over.

The movie was great! I just wish I hadn't eaten so much at dinner so I could have enjoyed the contraband. Mike and I did kife your "good and plenty" (to enjoy later)

Monica Kay said...

oh my gosh i know!!!!! i am SO excited for this job!!! it's gonna be hard at first, but it's totally gonna be worth it.

we (me and chris) are SO EXCITED to come up there!!!! leah (i think) is bringing her boy too...so i hope you have room for one more...but you should probably call and talk to her to make sure...

i'm so excited and i LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

calibosmom said...

Whew! THat is some fun crazy stuff you've been up to. My kids have gotten way more out of teaching themselves how to swim than from lesson anyway! I LOVED the John Adams series...HUGE fan! I'm also loving that dress you wore to the wedding.

Munchkins and Music said...

Cool post! I love summer!!!

Ilene said...

Busy bee!

Yeah, the book is a bit much for young teens. The baby's name in the book is so annoying. I cringed every time I read it. So there was a lot of cringing.

The tiles are very cool.

Lauren in GA said...

You are indeed busy!! And impressive!

I think the girls are pretty happy you and Aric were their swim instructors...and there ain't nothin' wrong with a little dog paddling...it works :D

I like Blackie! I think it is pretty cute that Eden was so devoted to Whitey :)

You look beautiful in your sewing pictures. How do you do it, girlie!

Meghann said...

Okay, okay, okay, so now I REALLY understand why it took you, like, 3 days to call me back. You definitely were one busy chica. I forgive you.