Tuesday, April 29, 2008
He has had a couple phone interviews and one that we are currently waiting on to hear if it will be a no or if we will go onto the next step. There are a few other things pending too and maybe another phone interview with a different church next week.
Where??? You might be wondering. Well. Everywhere. Nothing in Arizona unfortunately, although Rand has given his resume to our church (CCV) and another bigger church in the city just in case. With every "maybe" that comes up I start researching the place, trying to find something to grab a hold of and love about that place, so that I can imagine myself there and be "okay". Some places are harder than others. Some places I would know people, some places would have great scenery and weather, some places are within driving distance of Wichita (Rachel's new home town as of this summer). :) Can't get too carried away for fear of disappointment, but I know that God has the next thing out there somewhere for Rand and He is making us wait....just like He does. I'm sure I can make the best out of anywhere we go whether it be the PNW, the Mid-West, or the East Coast.
In the meantime, Rand is working right down the road from our house at a resort called Cibola Vista doing Engineering (security, maintenance, landscaping, etc) to give us more time and no rush to land a job and no need for me to get a job. Bless his little (big) provider-heart. He would literally do anything to take care of us. He would even go back to water-delivery boy like the good ol' Portland days.
SOOO, that's where we're at. The kids don't really have a clue. They are just happy as clams living every day to its fullest. I'm trying to be like them. No worries. God takes care of the birds of the air, the flowers of the field, and He takes care of us. I hope within the next couple months we will know more, but if not, we're still here, having fun and basking in the sun!
Monday, April 28, 2008
I thought maybe today was the day we would hit 100, but it looks as if we still have a little more time before the triple digits of summer. Still, it was hot and I cleaned the pool out AGAIN and set the hose in to fill. Sitting down to dinner I remembered the hose....just as the water began to spill over the edge. The over-filled pool was too irresistable, so the boys had a little after-dinner-swim. (oops, I forgot to make them wait 30 mins.)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
So the bug was captured and released behind the neighbor's house where the children discovered an entire nest of these things. Lovely. We've been finding them everywhere, including in our swimming pool. (Poor thing didn't make it). As we speak, the kids, (mine, plus the neighbors 2, plus one that lives down the road) are outside screaming and yelling about this little (well, actually big) creature. One little Stink Bug can provide a lot of entertainment. Oh my...
They're out there yelling, "It's shooting it's STINK POWER!!!!!" Ah, boys....and one girl, and one mommy.
Here are some pictures of today's Stink Bug.
You should click on these pictures. You can see his pincher mouth!
One little boy is even protecting his privates, just in case! You never know what a bug might do.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This was an easy, fun project. Again...found it in cyber-land.
I traced dinosaur shapes onto freezer paper and then cut them out with an X-acto knife. Then, I ironed the freezer paper stencil onto the T-shirt and used fabric paint to dab on the color. After it was dry I peeled it off and set it with the iron. Easy!
It was my first try and the paint bled, but little 4 and 2 year olds don't notice stuff like that.
What is with the cheesy grins all the time now???
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Remember how I went to the Goodwill to get "practice" material for sewing? Here is a pillowcase turned into a reusable grocery bag, lined with some other cheap material that came from somewhere else. This thing is solid. I could carry home a lot of canned food in this bag. So, with this little project, not only do I "REDUCE" the number of plastic bags polluting the earth, I also "REUSE" an old pillowcase that I would have normally never bought to dress my pillows. Now if only I can remember to take this bag with me to the store! The pattern came from this website dedicated to reducing the use of plastic bags. I added the lining to make it a little sturdier.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Anyway, like I said, I think I could go on and on. Right now I am finishing up packing and getting ready to go. I'm both excited and dreading it. Mostly I'm glad to see my family and be with them as well as get a very much needed break from the kids! I'll arrive late tonight and stay until Wednesday. Hopefully I will get to see as many of you (that are there) as time allows!
Pray for us. We will need it.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
It's supposed to tie in knots at the shoulders, but my boys are too big for it, so I added buttons! Got to break in my button-holer.
I will have to majorly adjust the pattern in order to make one for Brendan. I think this would fit cousin Jayden perfectly! :) Watch out, Rach, I'm going to be bringing you all my sewing rejects! Just kidding, Royal.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Oh, and here's how I caught the kids while I was mopping the floor. They were staring at a bug.
I love them! :)
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Let me give you some history on the topic. My mom is the queen of crafts. She would disagree with me, or at least challenge me for saying it, but it's true. She does crafts like crazy. Besides sewing, she knits, weaves (like with a big loom), makes pottery (like with a wheel and a kiln and everything), cooks like there's no tomorrow, and she likes to paint, not to mention the countless "experimental" craft projects we have done since I was a kid (like marbleizing paper).
Sadly (or maybe not so sadly), I was born with her curse of not being able to stick to one craft. I just jump around from one thing to the next and leave lots of stuff unfinished. Knitting the second sock or second mitten is nearly impossible. My mom has sewn as long as I've known her. I never have. I clearly remember jamming up her sewing machine a couple times and pretty much never touching it again. I just never understood that bobbin thing! :)
Well, not sewing really does limit you in the craft department. You can make a lot of stuff with a sewing machine. SOOO back to what I was saying, I told Rand I wanted a sewing machine for my birthday and I set off to research exactly what I should get. There is a lot of info and a lot of people out there sharing their opinion to anyone who will listen about how to go about buying your first sewing machine! I changed my mind several times about what to do. Get a cheaper, basic one since I've never sewn before and who knows if the thing won't just sit in the closet most of the time? Get a basic model "nice" sewing machine? Get a refurbished older model "fancy" sewing machine? The options were endless. I read a lot of reviews on machines and decided on one and ended up getting a different one at the last minute. Keep in mind, my budget for this thing was not limitless. So, here is what I got: Singer Inspiration 4212
It's definitely not the best thing on the market, but I think it can do what a person like me needs it to do. I've got a warranty for a year in case I totally damage the thing, and a Singer dealer right down the road for repairs I might need. I have to admit I was swayed by the Martha Stewart endorsement advertising on the Singers. Can't help it.
I've already jammed it up real good with the bobbin thingy but I got it worked out! :) And, I sewed a couple straight lines for practice.
Be watching for my first project! I guess I'll have to sew myself something when my actual birthday rolls around.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
After looking a little further I found that I actually still had a TON of that paper that we marbled 5 years ago. Oh dear. Can I really justify making more when I have so much in my paper box? Hmmm. I think I need to think of a craft to use my marbled paper. Better yet, I think I'll chuck all the paper I think is ugly and make some more better paper. (Not "more better" like the bad grammer more-better. I mean some more paper that is better!) :)
Any craft ideas for this stuff? I really have a ton of it. Here is just some of what I have!
Anyway, I have been looking at all sorts of crafty people being crafty and today I got sick of it. Enough! Time to BE crafty. So I stole an idea that I saw somewhere else and thought it was cute. Can't tell you who or where the idea came from, but know that it is NOT mine. Well the idea wasn't mine, but I did create it myself in my own clever way.
Here's what I mean by clever....
I have had a huge, great piece of watercolor paper for about 4 months. My mom has a lot of art supplies and I was planning on using it with her, but I ended up using her paper. So I've got this paper but no water colors......except I do have watercolors! The kids actually have watercolors. You know the little pack of paints with the little ovals that comes with the little paint brush, and they always forget to rinse it and so it because a muddy mix of black in every oval?
Well, I decided to use those because it was all I had to go with my great paper. I really don't have any great markers or pens either (most dried up last summer in the storage garage). BUT, the kids have crayola markers, so I used those.
Despite creating this mainly with children's crayola art supplies I think it turned out pretty good. Now I'm starting to clean out my craft room closet so I can actually start creating some stuff with my own supplies!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Anyway, this one was about something that I'm totally into. HOMEBIRTHS! I know some of you are pregnant and some of you are VERY pregnant, so if it's going to make you think twice about even having a baby, don't watch it. :)
Everyone else should at least watch this trailer. (Guys may not find this as thrilling as the moms out there)
You can watch the whole thing on netflix if you have an account or order it from the business of being born website.