Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Thanks to Amy's encouragement and help from Joel, we are ready to go.

I just have to take a shower and sleep, and then we'll be on our way to California.

You all have a wonderful Christmas and take care. Signing out.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Sickness Round 2

Emmy and I both have a mild tummy bug. It's not strep, and I was able to cook and do some cleaning today, but not because I wanted to.

Today we played "cook all the perishable food in the fridge." It was a fun game and the chicken noodle soup is yummy.

I am thinking about switching to Blogger Beta, but the page you read before switching says "YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK." And that's just scary. But I think that's why people have been having problems commenting. Blogger's trying to get me for not switching.

Clean house
Do all laundry
Run two four errands: dry cleaning, Costco, library, food for M
Balance Quicken
Pay credit card bills

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A Random List

A. I am very tired.
B. I am getting sick. Sore throat and I ate something yucky the other day.
C. There has been no packing done as of yet, and no lists made.
D. I got my nativity scene up 3 days before we're supposed to leave. It's on a timer and will stay on while we are gone. I'll post a picture tomorrow.
E. We had a mini-Christmas with Grandpa today. Emlyn got a cool toy puppy and a million legos. Denali got a tricycle and a leappad. Joel got a book and I got a book.
F. I drove to Weatherford and back with the kids yesterday. I got to sing a million Christmas carols and hang out with relatives it was totally fun but made me tired.
G. I really want to make some packing lists but I'm too tired.
H. Denali is officially a big boy. We took the side off the crib and put on the safety rail. He went to sleep without any trouble; we'll see how long that lasts.
I. I am getting a massage tomorrow.
J. I tried on a dress today and it was loose rather than tight. It was a weird feeling. I also put one of my favorite dresses in my giveaway bag because it really is too big for me. But it was sad too.
K. I am so tired!
L. I really am skinnier, y'all. I've lost 15 pounds and at least one clothing size. I'm rediscovering the things in my closet.
M. I guess I'm going to go try to sleep.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Art Car Revisited

This afternoon Amy suggested that I do some art. She knows that if I don't create things regularly it is just no good for me to even try to clean the house. Or something. Anyway she suggested it; I took it and ran with it.

Here's what we had done on our car before:

And here's what I did today:

That's 2 Corinthians 4:7.

That's Hebrews 10:39.


I'm so glad I saved that bowl of compostable material in my sink for 3 days. It looks really pretty at the bottom of my trashcan.

Office on a Budget Part 4

This is the view outside from my desk. Pretty nice!

All in all it looks like we paid about $60 for all the storage in the office. Not too much, huh? Someday I would love a matching set with lots of cabinets with doors so I can hide most of the clutter. But for now it's manageable and works for us.

Advice? Just look at garage sales, Freecycle, etc for the big furniture. Then sort your projects by type and get some plastic bins for them. Just a little sorting will help things immensely.

Also always shred any mail with your name on it that you're not going to keep. We believe even junk mail should be shredded if it has our names on it.

Office on a Budget Part 3

These are my trouble spots. Even though they are technically organized they do not look very pretty and that's why I'd really like a big wall cabinet with doors to put these items on.

This shows my teaching supplies, painting supplies, and crosstitch supplies. It's nice to be able to see into the boxes, but only if you can hide the boxes sometimes.

This is pretty much mostly junk. Some of Emmy's art, a clock I need to sell, some ribbon. This is where I put stuff I don't want the kids to get into. It's supposedly only temporary.

The bin on the left is more stuff to scan and archive. So is the stack in the middle. The right boxes hold something to give away.

I probably spent about $20 on bins here. The desk was also a hand-me-down.

Office on a Budget Part 2

Below you see the other Wal**Mart shelf. I think they ran about $10 a few years ago. On this shelf are Joel's papers, our magazines and catalogs, and some computer boxes and binders. We keep only the latest issue of most magazines and catalogs, but there are some exceptions. We keep all the Consumer Reports and all of the back issues of Backpacker. See the empty shelf? Empty shelves are our friends.

This is our new file cabinet. We got it free off of Freecycle. It's about 3 times the size of our old one and we still managed to fill it up. We keep lots of papers just in case we ever need to prove we paid a certain thing. On top is all Christmas presents. Don't you wish you could look inside?

The top drawer is current files and all our warranties and instruction manuals. The second drawer is some more files, not quite as current. The third drawer holds more of Joel's papers and our outdoors files and maps. The fourth drawer holds pictures we need to scan and archive.

This is my desk. The two cabinets on the bottom were hand-me-downs from a relative and the top is a door from another part of the house we decided we didn't need anymore. I try to keep my desk pretty clear although I am not very good at it. Currently the top holds our computer, printer, scanner, pens and pencils, weather radio and battery chargers, and whatever papers I am currently working on.

The right cabinet holds empty folders and binders, etc. The left cabinet holds our receipts and Emmy's art projects. The box below holds trash. We didn't pay for any of the storage in this picture.

Office on a Budget Part 1

I'm going to tell you more about my office, which I promised to do a couple months ago. The good thing is I had to clean it a little before I took pictures, so now it's clean. And I'm not really sure why this text is blue and underlined, so sorry.

This is one corner of the office. The two shelves are Wal**Mart little ones ($10). The recent papers are on there, as well as magazines and catalogs, binders of important things, the shredder ($40) (always out of reach of the children), Joel's box of current papers, and a container with blank notepads.

Some of those things are actually empty right now, which is amazing. It's due to the new file cabinet which I will talk about later.

Joel's box is pretty big because he is not always home when I look at the mail, and he also leaves papers out with things written on them, and I never know if they need to be kept. After a year the papers go into a different place.

My favorite part in this picture is the little vertical filing thing. It's made out of cardboard and cost about $10. Some of the categories are "Sarah," "To be filed," "receipts to be entered," "VIP," "Emlyn's Art," and "Coupons." We keep all our receipts so it's important to know where they are before we enter them into Quicken. VIP is for bills and passports and other things of that nature.

This is our rolltop desk (free from a relative). Most of the drawers are full and you can see it's overflowing onto the flat space. The good thing is you can close it and most of the mess disappears.
Some of these plastic boxes ($5 each) contain Emmy's Art Supplies, my cards and postcards, scrapbooking supplies, painting supplies, crosstitch supplies, and learning supplies like flashcards. This rolltop desk is nice but it doesn't fit our needs very well. Someday we hope to sell it and buy something a little better for all those plastic boxes.

To be continued...

Thursday, December 14, 2006


The last three days in a row our electricity has blinked off and then back on at least once each day. It's not good for our computers.

I told the city; maybe they can do something about it.

Looks like we are all germ-free. I had to clean the house yesterday for visitors so I am feeling a little better about life. Plus I got a new Anne McCaffrey book from the library. I finished it in one day.

We got a nice big file cabinet off Freecycle; it is big enough to hold all the papers in our office and then some. It's so nice.

Yesterday was Emmy's Christmas program and then party. The program was hilarious as usual.

Today I'm supposed to get my teeth cleaned but because of sickness I have no babysitter. I hate canceling appointments but a four year old and a two year old at the dentist is not a good time. So I really don't know what I'm going to do about that.

Guess I need to get Emmy some breakfast.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

More Sick.

Well looks like Denali did get this bug after all. So much for flu shots. I am home again, watching mind-numbing TV.

And feeling guilty cause I think we got some friends sick.

And feeling a little yucky myself.

And that means I won't get to go to Amy's house today, or to caroling tomorrow, or to Emmy's Christmas program, or to the Ladies' Bible Class luncheon.

Please pray that he gets better very quickly so we won't have to cancel any more engagements.

/Feeling sorry for myself.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

:) Skinny Jeans

Thanks to Angela, I have some "new" pants to wear in my skinny size. We met up today and she gave me some pants. I am loving the ones that were her favorites! Thanks! Some of the other pairs don't fit me as well but I have high hopes for them.

Got to eat at Freebirds. Man they have good burritos.

Then I took dinner to a family. The wife was 30 weeks pregnant with baby #2 and passed away suddenly. One day she was fine, the next day she had preeclampsia. I cannot even imagine what the father is going through. I always think if you get past 20 weeks you are good to go. Not so here. Please be in prayer for this family.

I am so thankful for my blessings.


Well looks like Emmy is still sick, and she went to a birthday party yesterday. Sorry to all those moms and kids.

Now Joel is sick too.

I have to go sing at church for about 6 hours. Hope I'm not sick.

Wish Joel luck as he watches 2 kids while sick himself. I don't wish that sort of thing on anyone.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Today is Better

Got some chores done.
Don't feel so sick anymore.
Did a couple errands.
Making headway on the Christmas cards.
Cooked a yummy lunch in my new wok.
The wok is a Christmas present from sweet Joel.
Not sure if the lunch was so yummy cause I was so hungry, or if it really was yummy.
Going to get out of the house by myself later.
Tomorrow also.
Not feeling so skinny but that's okay.
My kitchen was really clean for about 5 minutes.
Going to take a small rest.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Looks Like it's the Flu

Well she hasn't kept anything down since dinner, and she's still throwing up every half hour. Guess it's the flu. I'm hoping it's a strain that Denali was vaccinated against. Here's praying no one else in our family gets it.

We are watching a TON of TV. Denali thinks he's hit the jackpot.

What's That Smell?

Time for another round of the popular game "What's That Smell?" This time it is...


In a bed, then later on the linoleum (thank God).

Emmy is sick.

If it's just twice threefour times, can we still hope that it's mild food poisoning and not a virus? Can we?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

It Happened Again

Somehow, once again, I am overbooked.

There are just so many neat people to visit with, and fun things to do (like cleaning my house), that I just find it very difficult to cut back.

At least when we are in CA we will have lots of hanging out time. At least that's what I tell myself.

Mostly because all you cool people won't be there to distract me (and Heather, and Lori, and Emily, and Kathy).

I'm off to take the trash out.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

What's That Smell?

Let's play a round of "What's That Smell?"

You've just returned from dropping your daughter off at preschool. Luckily it was a quick trip because you left the burner on, drying off the cast iron skillet!

You failed to burn the house down this time, but just wait. You'll succeed eventually!

Monday, December 04, 2006


Yes, I do believe that is my son wearing a princess pullup.

It's so beautiful, too!

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Last night I babysat 3 extra kids. It was really fun. The older 3 (Emmy and her two friends) were very helpful as far as cleaning up was concerned, and they all played really well together. Our Christmas cards are handmade this year and the oldest one (6) helped me a whole lot with them. So if your card from me has exceptional child's writing, it's not Emlyn's, it's this other little girl's. We put them down at 8 and they all stayed in their beds and went to sleep. Amazing.

Now I just have to write about 6000 cards. Let me know if you want one.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Ziggy Marley Concert

All right, the famous pictures are here. I bought this dress over Thanksgiving break and it was a surprise to Joel, along with the necklace and shoes. I was very excited to wear it on a date, and it looked really good. The only snag is that we went to a reggae concert, so I should have really been wearing a rasta outfit. But Joel (intelligently) didn't tell me to change so we were a little overdressed.

This dress is a size 14!

The concert was really good. The opening act was "Sky," a female singer who's been the lead singer for Mochibe (sp?). She was awesome. There was lots of pot and the music was really loud and they sold out. Aside from those things the music was really nice. I'm glad I went, even if I was wearing a completely wrong outfit.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Exciting News

This just in:
Due to a very good friend (Kim) offering (did you hear that? she offered!) to babysit tonight, Joel and I will be going to see a concert and I will be wearing my hot new dress. Tune in tomorrow for pictures.