Sunday, August 24, 2008


Well, I have been meaning to write about this for a while but GAS IS DROPPING IN PRICE. It is now 3.55 here in Cedar Rapids. How wonderful is that. Anyway, I am excited to see it finally going down instead of up.

Also, we just took Neil to the airport today. So his flight should be leaving in about 4 min from Cedar Rapids where he will fly to Chicago, Germany, and then to Toulosse France. He will be there for 3 weeks. Wow. I think I will be very ready for him to come home. I will only have 5 weeks left though in the pregnancy when he gets back. So I am looking to that also. Getting it all done.

Well, school starts on Tuesday. I think we have had a good summer. We have gone swimming quite a bit. I do think that it will take Regan and Josie a while to understand that there is no more pool though. Regan today said Bever Pool and I told him it is closed cause winter is coming. Hopefully it is not right around the corner but that makes me sad that we will have to go through winter again. Hopefully it is better than last year. But I am really excited to get everyone off to school again. I find myself getting very irratated with kids not getting along with each other. And luckily it is not all the time but there are times I just say to myself that I cannot wait. It is time.

Well, hope everyone is enjoying the back to school time of year. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


HEY EVERYONE I am so excited, I have comments. Sorry Shea and Chelle and Alicia that it took me till now to see you have commented. I am very excited.

Anyway, 1 week today until school starts. I have thoroughly enjoyed my kids being home but it is the natural circle of life (which is great) that brings the fall back and school starting again. IT IS TIME!. I am ready for them to get back to school, not so ready to wake up and make lunches but I am going to try and do a lot at night before we wake up. We will see how long I stay that organized. They are outside playing right now because it is not going to be such a humid day and I just needed a little peace and quiet for a minute. I am going to vacuum and will get to it as soon as I am done this.

Neil is leaving on Sunday for France for 3 weeks. School will start while he is gone, Ridley will turn 7 while he is gone (so we are celebrating his birthday tonight) but we will do it.

I got my haircut last night and I love it. It is quite short in the back and a little longer on the sides. I feel Sassy. I really enjoy getting my haircut and finding a cute hairstyle.

Anyway, Thanks for the comments. You made my day. Shea, I saw you had cancelled the supper. I totally understand why. Hopefully we will be up next summer. There is a Calgary Marathon that Neil was looking at running in but this year it was in July and next year it says it is in May. That would not work us. Anyway, we will see what happens.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Nauvoo and other things

Well, on Tuesday I drove down to Nauvoo with the kids. There was a friend and her kids that went also. It was hot and we had a lot of kids together but it was really great. We got to sit and watch the pageant that they put on for I think around 5-6 weeks in the summer and it was wonderful. I saw it a few years ago and I really enjoy it. I love Nauvoo, I love the temple there even though the Alberta Temple will always be my favorite. I love the Nauvoo temple and all the history that surrounds it. I can remember seeing where the temple stood before they built it and then driving into Nauvoo after they had built it and it just makes you want to cry because it looks like the picture you see of back in the 1800's when the temple was there. It is amazing that they could have built this beautiful building with out all the things today that we have. AMAZING. I love it. Well, after the pageant which ends at around 10:00 p.m. we set out on our 2 hour journey home. We did not get going until close to 11:00 just getting the kids all together and settled and it is hard to stay awake but we did it. It was very worth while.

Well, things are going well. Neil has been off of work this week. He is taking a couple of weeks vacation and we have really been enjoying him. We have all gone swimming and it is so nice to have the extra set of hands. He has gone out and played football with the kids a lot, which they love. It has been really nice. He is going to be going to France again so we are enjoying him while he is home with us and not working.

Well, I put the kids to bed at 8:00 p.m. tonight. They just all seemed like they were having a rough day and when they seem sad and somewhat not getting a long I love to put them to bed early to get a great sleep. They all went down and I have not heard from them at all. Well, I saw Josie a couple of times but she went right back to bed and I have not even seen her for a while.

I went and got school supplies today and that is always an adventure. I took Austyn and Madison with me thinking they would help out and at one point I thought to myself I have really got to stick with just coming myself. But they did pretty good. The only thing Walmart did not have was pencils. They were totally out of pencils. So I will get some next time.

Anyway, we are getting ready for Back to school. Just a few weeks away. ENJOY THE REST OF SUMMER!

Sunday, August 3, 2008


There are two things lately that we have desperately been looking for. Ridley has not been able to find his Nintendo DS and Regan had lost Neil's other VW Passat Key, which I did give him in January to play with when Neil was in France and he wanted to hold Daddy's key. So really I blame Neil but anyway, on Friday I thought we have really got to find these two things that are not cheap. Well, I cleaned the TV Room and moved the couches and cleaned under the radiator and everything. Well, we did find the DS under the couch which I swear I have looked under at least 3 times. None the less, I am so excited to have found it. Then I told Madison to take the flashlight and go check for the key under all the radiators. She came running in so excited because she had found a set of keys. But Sorry Madison, it was not it. We thought nothing could have been better than finding those 2 lost things in one day. Well, at least we found one and we will keep searching for the key.

Well, this is the start of doing nothing for the rest of the summer. At least nothing that we need to get to. We are all done our summer activities. Now, Neil is home for a couple of weeks for a vacation and we are going to VEG. I think I am taking the kids to Nauvoo on Tuesday. There is a pageant going on and they love going down to Nauvoo. It will be a lot of fun. I am excited.

And that is about all we have planned. The only thing I want to do is finish cleaning the attic which I am really going through closets and cleaning or organizing the mess. I really need my sister here to tell me to throw things away, I physically cannot do it. So one day Heather we will go through my house. But I will finish cleaning the attic and I will get school supplies. Other than that we are swimming and enjoying the rest of our summer together.

I do think my kids are going to go into withdrawals when they go back to school because they do not have a fridge to run to at least every hour. When we go swimming and we are there for an hour they start dying because they are hungary. I just laugh because I tell them they are just not used to being away from the fridge. I know swimming can make you hungry but it is funny anyway.

It is quite hot here. It is so humid I really just feel like I am in a constant hot flash. And I don't even probably know what a real hot flash feels like. The dew point is very high and it makes is so uncomfortable. I feel like I am in a sauna. It is hard to breath especially after climbing a lot of stairs.

Anyway, I do hate winter, I do hate winter, I do hate winter.