Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Carving Punkins

When we went to Hee Haw Farms a two weekends ago we bought some pumpkins to bring home and carve. We got as far as drawing the faces on them, but then they just sat on our kitchen table while we worked feverishly on the craziness that was Doba Day (and unpacking boxes we shouldn't have packed in the first place. *sigh*).

Well, this last weekend we finally had a break from the mayhem and broke out the pumpkin carving kit. Taylor loved watching Daddy pull out the "punkin guts" while Mommy gagged a lot. I don't know what it is about that gooey pumpkin slime, but my poor stomach just can't take even the sight of it.

After our pumpkins were officially gut-less, we went to work cutting out the faces while Taylor looked on in amazement. We each had our own pumpkin this year and Tay Bug is so proud of his silly little jack-o-lantern. We had a bunch of fun and love that we can celebrate the festivities of Halloween with our little man!

Oh, and here's an idea I got from one of my favorite new blogs - take a baby pumpkin, cut it in half (like you're slicing a dinner roll), hollow out both sections, set a tea light in each one, and voila - you have a set of sweet and spooky Halloween candle holders!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Someday I Will...

- Keep up with my journaling.
- Accept myself exactly as I am.
- Not have an attitude about cleaning my house.
- Grow an amazing vegetable garden.
- Love myself enough to resist eating 3 fudge bars in a row.
- Become an amazing chef.
- Have a beautiful home filled with the sound of children's laugher.
- Go back to college.
- Write a novel.
- Truly accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
- Stop giving myself guilt trips.
- Stop letting others give me guilt trips.
- Allow myself to be surprised.
- Build a treehouse for my kids (and me).
- Travel to amazing places where I don't understand a word anyone is saying.
- Learn to play the piano. Or guitar. Or cello. Or all three.
- Read every page of the Holy Scriptures.
- Stop being afraid.
- Be amazingly, recklessly spontaneous.
- Let go of the past, stop worrying about the future, and LIVE.

-- Journal entry from August 24, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Doba Day 2009

Yesterday was Doba Day at Sean's work. It's a day Sean and I look forward to for months and is a crazy, zany day when all the employees go crazy celebrating the company's birthday. Last year we had a lot more prep time and Sean - dressed as the Doba Mad Scientist - came away as the 2008 Doba Day Champion.

This year we didn't decide to do anything for Doba Day until just a couple of days before, so it wasn't nearly as spectacular than what we pulled off last year, but it was still a ton of fun! This year Sean was the Doba Hatter. I spent hours and hours making his costume, and I don't think I've used so much spray paint and hot glue in my LIFE.

Here are a few pics from the big day.

The sign I made for the hall in front of Sean's office:

The Cheshire Cat banner I made:

The Doba Hatter and his March Hare wife:

Close up of Sean's costume:

Tay Bug and my cousin Laura eating dinner:

Sean got the unofficial "Best Costume" award from the company's CEO:

They made big cutouts of Doba winners in years past. Here's the cutout of Sean from last year as the Doba Mad Scientist:

Like father, like son:

Sean LOVED playing Rock Band. I'm glad we can't afford it because I'm pretty sure he'd play this all day every day if we had it. :)

It was a great day, and we're already brainstorming ideas for next year's Doba Day!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hee Haw Farms

We've made it a tradition to go to Hee Haw Farms in Pleasant Grove every year since Tay was born. We just love celebrating the harvest season and it gets more fun each year as Taylor gets older. Yesterday was our annual trip to the farm and we had so much fun! Here are some highlights.

Taylor the cow:

Almost to the end of the haystack maze - he thought this was SO much fun:

Daddy and Tay on the tractor ride, just before Taylor threw a fit and decided he didn't want to ride it:

View of the cornfields and mountains from our seat on the hayride (have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE living in Utah County?):

Measuring up - I put the picture from this year side-by-side with the one from last year. My monkey has grown a TON!

In the pumpkin patch - this was by far Taylor's very favorite part. It was so fun!

Daddy pulling Taylor and the pumpkins in the wagon:

We had so much fun! We're planning to carve our pumpkins later tonight. I hope everyone else is enjoying the season as much as we are!

Oh, and I'll post pictures of Tay's Halloween costume soon - it's so stinkin' cute!

If you haven't already heard...

We are NOT moving anymore.

The last couple days have been a mess, but this is basically what happened. When we went to see the place for the first time it needed a LOT of work. The previous tenants pretty much trashed the place - there were holes and paint chipping from almost every wall in the house, the carpets were really dirty, and the kitchen appliances needed some SERIOUS scrubbing. The dishwasher door was completely bent and needed repair, and in one of the three bedrooms the carpet had been pulled off the carpet tacks. There was also no fridge in the kitchen but we saw one in the garage, so we just assumed she'd put it out there to replace the kitchen flooring (which she'd also promised us she'd do). She told us she would take care of all of this and the house would look great by the time we moved in.

On Friday it all went downhill. First, she called Sean Friday morning and said she was in town and needed us to hook up the utilities at the house. He was completely thrown off by this because we weren't planning on doing that until we moved in. I wasn't about to pay for two weeks worth of her using the utilities without us even living there.

THEN we met her in person to do a walk-through of the house. Most of what she said was only to me since Sean was in the backyard with a whiny toddler. She told me that she hoped the previous tenants would come back some time and clean the house, but if not then I would have to clean it. When we told her about the broken dishwasher she went over to it, pushed on the door a bit, and then insisted that it worked (it didn't). I asked her about getting the kitchen floor replaced and she got all flustered and said she'd have to talk to us about that later. She then looked at Sean and said, "So you can repair all the walls in the house, right?" I could understand if she would compensate us for doing all this work, but she had absolutely no intentions. The straw that broke the camels back was when she said, "Now I'm assuming you have your own fridge, right?" Um, no. We don't have our own fridge. Typically when you're renting a place your LANDLORD supplies the fridge, along with ensuring that you're moving into a place that is LIVABLE. Basically what we got from our meeting was that she won't be fixing anything in the house - now or ever - and we simply can't afford to do that. That's why we rent - so that if something breaks the landlord fixes it.

Am I being a snob about this? I don't know, but when Sean and I left the house on Friday we had some serious doubts. Those doubts were reinforced when she kept calling us over and over again yesterday after we'd told her we changed our minds. She's super pushy and to be honest every time I talk to her I'm happier that we won't be living in her house.

A lot of people have been really apologetic about this whole situation, but honestly we feel fine about it. Obviously it would have been better if we'd have just waited to see how our current manager handled the obnoxious people living below us (they got evicted last week) and didn't jump to the conclusion that the only answer was to move. That being said, the only feeling I have right now is thankfulness and relief.

So the plan (for now) is that we just stay put until our lease is up next summer. I think that things have worked out the way they should, and in the end my family is happy, healthy, and we have a roof over our heads. That's all that matters, right?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Good News

We are MOVING!!!

I am so incredibly, overwhelmingly excited about this! I know to most it may seem a bit spur-of-the-moment, so I'll explain what's been going on over the past few weeks that led up to this.

About a month ago some new tenants moved into our building in the unit below us. They seemed nice enough at first, but things started getting really frustrating after a few days. First of all, they smoke. I wouldn't take gross offense to this if they followed the rules and lit up on the sidewalk, but instead they were smoking right under our windows. Ick! They listen to loud, bass-pounding music the majority of the day (I can hear it right now as a matter of fact), and when they're not blasting their music they are fighting. Like screaming obscenities and throwing things kind of fighting. They also have all these creepy people coming and going at all hours of the day and night that have made us feel very unsafe in what once felt like a very safe area.

Because of all of these things, Sean and I prayed about it and decided it was time to move on. We started looking at apartments and houses for rent but were so disappointed with the places that were in our price range. Then one night I saw a listing for a 3 bedroom house for rent in a REALLY nice area of Orem. I almost looked past it because I figured it was either a basement apartment or really run-down because of how little rent they were asking for the place. Luckily Sean called on it anyway and it is exactly what the listing stated it was - an amazing split-level home with a huge fenced backyard. There is a small studio apartment in the basement that our landlord keeps for herself when she's in town, which is not very often.

So, we took it! The best part about the place (aside from it's excellent location) is the fact that she'll let us do pretty much whatever we want to the place! We plan on painting shortly after we move in, and she's even letting me pick out the new kitchen flooring!

To say we're excited is an extreme understatement. We're hoping that this will be a place we can stay in for years to come, and a place we'll enjoy living and growing our family. I don't have any pictures of it yet, but here's the image from Google Street-View:

The only bad part about moving is.... well... moving. I'm not looking forward to swimming in cardboard boxes for the next few weeks, but hopefully this will be our last move for quite some time.

The one thing I'll miss about this apartment is all the friends I've made in this area. This ward has been the first we've been in that I have felt really welcome. There are so many women that I love in this area (you know who you are) and I hope we can continue to stay in touch. Of course it's not like we're moving that far, and I'll continue to go to our book club and play group whenever I can.

So long story short - I may be MIA in the blogging/online world for the next month or so while my life is turned temporarily upside-down. I'll be happy once we're settled and have recouped the outlandish moving costs and life is back to normal. Until then, wish us luck!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tay's Current Faves

I apologize for not updating this blog much in the last little while. A lot has been going on lately with me opening my Etsy shop as well as some other exciting news that I'll blog about later.

To make up for it, I decided to do a little list of all the things Taylor loves right now. Here goes...

Taylor's Favorite...

- Thing To Wear - NOTHING! At least once a day Tay asks if he can "be nudey for a while," and then once he's down to nothing but his socks and undies proceeds to prance and jump around the living room rejoicing in his new freedom.

- Song - Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer (from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack). Really. Like he absolutely can't get enough of it. I need to get a video soon of him jamming to this song. Cracks me up every time.

- Method of Exercise - Leaping from sofa to ottoman (and back) pretending to be some kind of toddler super hero. This is my favorite pic of him in action:

- Things To Say - As most of you know, our little Tay Bug is quite the chatterbox. A few of his recent expressions that make us laugh until we cry are, "It's no use" (used mostly when in the bathroom trying to go number two) and "Sorry about that" (used mostly after flatulence has occured).

- Color - He fluctuates on this almost daily. We have it narrowed down to red or purple ("betause dat's Gramma's favorite tolor!")

- Toy - Bandi (a.k.a. Bambi). He received his stuffed Bambi clear back when we were potty training and it's his current obsession right now. He can't go anywhere without his Bandi.

- Dinosaur - This is pretty much a no-brainer when you ask any two-year-old boy; he puffs out his chest, balls his hands into little tiny fists, and loudly proclaims, "A big T-WEX!!!" He's pretty much obsessed with all-things dinosaur at the moment. Thank goodness for this show:

Well, there you have some of Taylor's current favorites. I hope to be blogging more, but may be a bit slow for the next month due to aforementioned exciting news that I'll blog about later.

(Don't you just love a cliff-hanger?)