A Week In The Life

April 19, 2010

I have followed along and looked at doing this last time Ali Edwards talked about her “Week In the Life” project on her blog, but this time I am going to do it and try and post stuff on my blog about it.  I will hopefully make a scrapbook at some point.  Anyone want to join me?  Even if you start late or don’t do the whole thing it is no big deal!  I am starting tomorrow morning and going through next Sunday.  I think this would be a good thing to do anytime!  We have different “everyday life” depending on the season.

I think doing this kind of project is awesome because if you are like me you mostly take pictures and scrapbook (if that is your thing) just the events in our lives like Birthdays, vacations, holidays etc.  I have tried to incorporate more every day stuff as I have started taking more pictures because I think it’s important to document just the normal things we do as well as the special things.

Anyway here is a link to Ali’s Blog (click here) (and here).  It tells what she is doing, but you can pretty much do whatever you want I think.  I haven’t really decided exactly what kind of album set up I will do, but I will be thinking about it this week.  I’ve been really excited about the digital/hybrid scrapping I’ve been doing so I may go buy Ali’s templates from Designer Digitals and just follow her example.  We’ll see!  Who knows, maybe I’ll get busy this week with other things and just end up with the pictures and stories I put on my blog, and you know what?  That will be just fine too!

Oh look at these pictures!  Doesn’t that precious little puppy look so  cute, sweet and innocent there with the kids?  Like such a calm little bundle of joy?  Ok, well, now don’t get me wrong, she is cute and sweet SOMETIMES.  Mostly when she has exhausted herself by the end of the day and lays limp and lifeless on my lap!

This is basically her day –

Wake up and whine until someone lets her out of the kennel (usually at 6:00 a.m., which is fine on weekdays, but weekends?  Sheesh!)

Go out and go potty, then come in and eat a few pieces of dog food.

Decide people food smells better than dog food, so she leaves most of her food and runs around the kitchen searching for crumbs and whatever anyone might drop of the floor.

Doesn’t find much food so she decides to eat the dog food after all!

Then it is cat chasing/chewing time.  Our big black cat Max hasn’t much tolerance for her so she doesn’t bug him too much, but her and our yellow tabby, Jasper, go the rounds off and on all day.  They chew on each other and roll each other around on the floor.  I don’t understand why they seem to enjoy it.  Both of them spend most of their “play” time yowling, crying or yipping in pain!

The rest of her day is spent with her other obsessions.

1.  Food:  Searching for some scrap of food she thinks you may have dropped, some food you are eating she thinks you might give to her, or some food residue left on your fingers she thinks she can lick off.  She acts like she is starving, and really she is not.  She has a little butterball tummy!

2.  Chewing:  Chewing everything she can get her teeth on!  Dillan has a book about a little black puppy called Chewie Louie.  Chewie Louie chews up everything and basically destroys the house until he finally isn’t a puppy anymore and starts to play fetch.  Well, lets just say I hope Gypsy learns to fetch soon or no one will have any socks, shoes, electronic cords, or anything left!  I am exaggerating a little here, but we have had to learn to close all our bedroom doors and not leave anything on the floor or where she can reach.

Then there is the potty training.  I am so glad we have all tile and hardwood floors because everything I have read about how it is difficult to potty train a Yorkie seems to be true.  I think we are mostly to blame for this and need to be more vigilant with her.

When she does fall asleep next to me or Dave or on our laps on the couch at night I remember that the puppy stage will be gone someday (hopefully!).

So is it worth it you ask?  Yes!  She has brought joy, fun and love into our home.  She has wiggled her way into our hearts and we love her.  Of course we love all our animals and now she is a part of that!

My Scrapbooking Class

February 27, 2010

I decided that to maybe keep myself busy (why do I think I’m not…?!) and keep myself sane during the winter months I thought I would take an on-line scrapbooking class to have something to look forward to.  So with some of my Christmas money I signed up for Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life workshop at Big Picture Scrapbooking.  She is one of my favorite scrapbookers and I have both her books.  It is has been really awesome and fun!  It has sure been more work than I thought it would be.  It’s like taking a class for school only more fun.  I spent 30-50 minutes a week with class video via the internet, and download 8-10 pages of lesson materials.  We usually have to do 3 layouts a week.  I’ve gotten all the digital templates to so I will always have them.  So cool!  It is self-paced so that is nice, so if I get behind it’s not really a big deal.  But I have tried to keep up and not get more than a week behind!

Here’s a sample of some of the stuff I’ve done.  Just click on the picture and it will enlarge it.

(Layouts and concepts provided by Cathy Zielske Design Your Life workshop at BigPictureScrapbooking.com)

Newest Family Edition

February 20, 2010

We got a new addition to our family yesterday. Her name is Gypsy and she is a 6 week old Yorkshire Terrier. We are probably crazy I know, since we already have three cats (2 inside) and two big dogs. But look at these pictures and tell me how we could say no! Is this not the sweetest, cutest thing? And she is all that too – cute, sweet, playful, cuddly. The only problem is that she is so small that you worry about hurting or stepping on her!

The kids think it is awesome of course. The maniacal cats can’t decide if she is some sort of larger rodent or what! They look at her with “what eez this thing. What eez it and why eez it here. No one askez our opeenion.” Tucker, the German Shorthair, is like “puppies….I am not the sort of dog that has patience for puppies” and he walks away and won’t even look at her. Chance, the slobbery big black lab (who thinks HE is the lap dog of the family) just licks her and looks at Dave and you can tell he is thinking “cool, cute puppy. Can we play now huh, huh? I’ll go get my ball. C’mon Dad. Huh Huh?” And Dave? Wow, who would have thought my manly man would have been so sucked in by this cute little ball of fluff! The kids are calling him a puppy hog! She is probably going to be a spoiled girl indeed!

So that is the start of our new puppy adventures! I’m not looking forward so much to all the potty training and all that, and it was a somewhat sleepless night with the little sweetie in the kennel for the 1st time and her crying off and on. But, look at that cute little face! You would do a lot for that cute little face and a little snuggle or two from her, right?!

Yeah I know, I’ve been completely taken in too!

Family Update

February 15, 2010

Well here’s what we’ve been up to the past several months so that all of you don’t think all I’ve been doing is reading books! Seeing as how most of my posts recently have been book reviews!

We spent time this fall with Dillan doing wrestling and Hayley playing basketball. I am kicking myself for not get pictures of Dillan wrestling, but then it really wasn’t his thing I don’t think so the pictures wouldn’t have been that exciting. He mostly just had fun messing around.

Hayley had and is still having a great basketball season. After their regular community basketball season the girls were able to participate in a 5th grade team to play in the Idaho Falls community leagues on Saturdays. So she is practicing 2 days a week and going to a game every Saturday. She loves basketball, and is getting to be good! Sugar girls basketball is very competitive! They always have good teams and the high school girls usually go to state every year. It makes you feel like if you want your daughter to make the team in junior high and high school you need to get her all the experience you can. They took two 5th grade teams to the Idaho Falls games this year. Hayley will have a lot of competition I think trying out for teams as they get older.

Sydnie has been in choir this year and had several performances. She is also still taking piano lessons and getting really good at that. She is going to be a lot better piano player than me! She LOVES junior high! She is also enjoying young women activities in our ward. She is driving me crazy with the email and chatting stuff though! She keeps hijacking my phone or the computer whenever she gets a chance so she can check her email or see who is on messenger so she can chat. She really wants a cell phone of her own, but mom and dad have borrowed the idea from Uncle Nate and Aunt Anna that she has to have straight A’s first. It has been some good motivation for her!

Dave is working away as usual. Nothing too exciting going on lately. He’s just trying to get through winter, which he hates. He is ready to go camping already!

I’ve been just going along like usual. I’ve been busy reading, taking an on-line scrapbooking class, trying to keep up with running kids around to stuff, working, keeping up with house cleaning (NOT!). We have also moved into new ward. They made some changes and re-arranged the wards here and created a new one. So we were moved into a different ward. The change has been good and we are enjoying the new ward, but we have never went to church at the 1:00 time before so that has been different. I have been called to team teach the 8-9 year old primary class. It’s been great to teach kids a little bit older, since I’ve been teaching 4 year olds for a couple of years now. I also have been called to be the ward camp director. I am so excited! Sydnie is so excited too! I am really looking forward to going to camp and getting to know the girls. I loved camp as a young woman.

We had a good Christmas and holidays. Pretty calm and laid back which was very nice!

We’ll that’s my update. We are just so exciting aren’t we!

Warbreaker Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was an another awesome book by Brandon Sanderson. Not quite as good as the Mistborn Series, but still a very entertaining read. Sanderson has such a talent for creating wonderful characters. He also keeps you guessing until the end of the book (again!) about how the story will end. Another original, not run of the mill, fantasy book!

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The Poisonwood Bible The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am still thinking about this book even though it’s been a few weeks since I’ve finished it. It is a very thought-provoking story. I liked how the different chapters were the voice of the different characters. It took me out of my own little sheltered world into Africa and reminded me how fortunate I am. We just don’t really think about people and how they live in other parts of the world.

If what this book says about the politics of our country and others it makes you wonder what you really know about what goes on and if international politics is really based as much on money as Barbara Kingsolver leads you to believe. Human beings can be so cruel to each other; even our own families, like the indifferent, unkind father in this book. This book will stay with me for a while.

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