Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

I woke up to an absolutely beautiful sunrise this morning. The picture doesn't do it justice! What a great way to start a day!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Home Decor

We've lived in our house for just about 2 1/2 years now and we're still working on getting the decorations up. I had Brad help me clean out one of the closets and was able to convince him to get out his tools right then. So we're are a few steps closer to looking like we live here. :)

Thanks Lee and Melody for the signs. (They've been out of the box for years. Now people will actually get to enjoy them.)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Facts in Five Featuring Frad -- I mean Brad.

Melody tagged me to do a post on facts about your husband. So I'll attempt to get these right. Brad never reads the blog anyhow so I'm probably safe. :)

Five things Brad Loves:
1. Karen
2. Camille
3. Our families
4. Beating Karen when they play games
5.Traveling with Karen

Five things on his "to do" list:
1. Get the yard done
2. Get out of debt
3. Get the yard done
4. Go to Australia
5. Make the yard look pretty for his wife.

Five of his favorite snacks:
1. Gummy Bears
2. Cinnamon Rolls
3. Rocky Road Ice Cream
4. Apple Sauce
5. Homemade strawberry jam

Five things you might not know about Brad:
1. He'd prefer to live in a warmer climate
2. He's super frugal
3. He's an Assistant Scout Master
4. According to Big Brain Academy his brain is bigger then Karen's
5. He makes really good Mac n' Cheese
Five places Brad has lived:
1. Rigby, ID
2. Rexburg, ID
3. Brazil
4. Chesapeake, VA
5. Provo, UT
Five Quirks:
1. He loves to wear socks all the time!
2. Doesn't think puke is as bad to clean up as poop. (ewww)
3. Keeps his things super nice & clean(he has toys from childhood that are practically brand new) 4. Loves to go shopping on Black Friday--bright and early
5. Secretly he likes it when we wear matching outfits or shirts Five people tagged:
1. Kaitlyn
2. Kacie
3. Karlie
4. Cynthia
5. Rachel

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Aunt Linda

I'm lucky enough to live approximately 4 miles from my Aunt Linda (Which out here in the country makes you neighbors.) It's fun to run into each other at Broulim's or walking at Rigby Lake but best of all we like when she just decides to drop by. The other day she dropped by bearing gifts, which was totally unexpected and we'd let her in even without gifts in hand. She doesn't have any grand kids so when she see some cute little thing that she just has to buy Camille is the lucky recipient. (Fine with me I don't think there was ever a thing as too many Grandmas.) She said someone was selling these darling little hair bows at work the other night and she couldn't resist. Linda works at the hospital so she brought them over in a biohazard bag, which I totally got a kick out of. But the best part was the note inside. Like I'd really think she'd give us a used biohazard bag. Needless to say we love the bows and are so thankful for the kind and thoughtful people we're surrounded by.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pepe La Peu

Last night at about 10 to 10 Brad and I were laying in bed waiting for the 10 o'clock news to start when all the sudden we heard "BANG, BANG, BANG!"

Brad jumped up "What the heck...." and ran to the window.

I doused the lights so he could peak out unseen. (Yes, quiet often we peak out our windows from the blackness inside so the neighbors don't know we're spying.)

Then three more gun shots, "BANG, BANG, BANG!"

We couldn't see anything from our room so we ran to the front room, "BANG, BANG, BANG!" There were people in the field across from our house with lights and guns.

My first thought was, "They are shooting our neighbors cows."

"BANG, BANG, BANG. Yeah, you got him!"

"Brad, what are they shooting at?" but even as I asked an overwhelming smell answered my question.

Our house smells HORRIBLE. The wind was blowing, only as it can in Idaho, slamming the smell into our house with incredible force. It was hard to sleep. Brad and I covered our heads with the blankets but that wasn't enough. I ended up getting some Victoria's Secret lotion and rubbing on my hands and by Brad so we could muffle the smell.

Why why why does someone shoot a skunk at 10 o'clock at night right in front of my house? And may I add, this morning I looked out to see if there was a carcase visible only to see another skunk sulking by the body of the dead one. I'm guessing this isn't over.

Friday, October 17, 2008

You should get one of these!

My Brain Hurts...

This game is great but it makes my brain hurt.

Monday, October 13, 2008


My favorite is when they are talking about AIG.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Thriftiest Family in America

There was this thing on Oprah yesterday (Yes, I'm a housewife ofttimes Oprah is on at our house.) about the thriftiest families in America. I was really impressed by Stephanie Nelson, The CouponMom, she took Oprah's cameras shopping to show how much you can save if you shop right.

"With coupons in hand, Stephanie hits the store and fills up her shopping cart with $127 worth of groceries. "Don't panic," she says. "That's not what we're paying." As the clerk scans coupon after coupon, the total falls lower and lower—until it hits $37.16, a 71 percent savings!"

This lady is saving $90 a week on her grocery bill. I want to be more thrifty! I want to be in better control of my budget. I'm sure it takes some practice. (Stephanie's been doing it for 15 years.) Here's a link 5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries By Stephanie Nelson

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Smarty Pants

We've really been working with Camille on where her nose is. She's pretty good finding it. To our surprise she also knew some other body parts that we hadn't ever practiced with her. Apparently, she really observant. What a little smarty pants.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Harvest Time

I've always liked the first part of October. Probably because it meant we were out of school for a week and a half or so for Spud Harvest. Yup good ole Idaho where you get time off to help with the harvest. In elementary school it just meant more play time, in high school it meant money making. I have to say working in the potatoes wasn't my favorite job but having drove potato trucks on my resume actually helped me in a job interview. They said it grabbed their attention and made my resume unique. So I'm grateful for potato harvest and grateful that I no longer drive potato trucks.

Speaking of harvest, I dug up some of the carrots we planted this year. They are delicious! Nothing like a carrot fresh from the garden. Brad's Dad complained about having to plant the carrots. Said they were too labor intensive but I think he's singing a different tune now that we are enjoying the bounty.
This carrot grew through some metal thing that was in the ground. Which I think is pretty cool.