Monday, June 29, 2009

What a move!

We moved into our new home Saturday, aka the hottest day ever! We had some wonderful men from our ward come help us, along with my parents, Courtney, McKenzie, and Robert's parents. I cannot say thank you enough! Especially to our family. My mom stayed and organized our ENTIRE kitchen. Literally from top to bottom, even our food pantry! She wiped out all the cabinets and cleaned our stove, she worked non-stop. Do you know how amazing it is to have the most important room in your house ready to go the same day you move in?!? Thank you, thank you, thank you Mom!! I may survive the insanity after all. My dad also came to finish the garage door and put up our ceiling fan, which turned out to be the project of a lifetime. Robert's mom, Becky, helped my mom in the kitchen and his dad, Richard, helped Robert lift heavy stuff and re-grout the master bathroom shower. What a blessing to have such an amazing family! If I can find my camera I will post pictures. The paining is done and we had our new couch delivered!! Between that and my kitchen getting organized I am not super worried about all the boxes around. It is already starting to feel like home.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Paint, Paint, and more paint!

We had a very productive weekend. As you know we got the keys to our new house next week. So I said to my dear husband, "Why don't we paint BEFORE we move in?" Great idea. So off to Sherwin Williams I went with my friend Casey to find the perfect color. I recruited my sister Courtney to come down Saturday to help. I figured we would paint all day and get most of it done. Well we started at 10 am and by 5 pm we were almost there! It was a HUGE undertaking, but we did it. Hope you are ready for a whole bunch of pictures!!

Entry/living room

Dining room

Living room

Family room

Hallelujah for Courtney!

First cove in Entry way

Me and Court after a very long day

A little preview of the almost finished dining room.

There is still a lot to be done and I have cleaners coming tomorrow and carpet cleaner coming Wednesday. EEK! I hope we can get it all done before the big move on Saturday.
Wish us luck.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Yesterday my parents came up to check out our new house. Since my dad happens to be the handiest person alive, I asked him if he could install a few things. "I'd be glad to," is always his reply. So we got there and went right to work. He installed our chandelier in the dining room, switched out our fan in the living room, re-keyed all three of our deadbolt locks, and installed a garage door opener. (FYI, there was no previous system in there, so it took hours to do it ALL from scratch!) Plus while he had a little "down-time" he vacuumed all four of our very large bedroom and the hall way! I cannot thank him enough!!

Elaine's husband Joseph came over to help him so Verne wouldn't have to do it all alone. Thank you Joseph!! He has worked non-stop while his family has been visiting family in Utah, and he woke up early from his nap to come and help us. He stayed right up until he had to go to Bishopric Training at 7 pm. I think he was running on about 4 hrs of sleep. Did I mention he had to be back for a 16 hr shift at midnight!! I am so grateful he found time to help us. Robert doesn't get home until 6 pm or later, so I am thankful Joseph was more than happy to lend a helping hand.

I called in a friend, Casey, to help with paint color selection. My mom, Casey and I ran to Sherwin Williams while the men and McKenzie were working hard. We came back and threw some colors on the wall. We finished the kitchen...

The pictures are a little blurry because I took them with my phone. Thank you Mom and McKenzie for all your help with this little project.

Tonight we are going to the temple and then picking up my sister Courtney to help us paint all day tomorrow. Wish us luck!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

For the Love of Food Storage

So there is there really great site called Shelf Reliance. They have everything one could ever want to create the ultimate food storage space. Right now on their blog they are giving away this bad boy...

harvest 72 240x300 Free on Friday: Bringing In the Harvest!

Isn't it cool!! So go over and check out their site to be entered in the drawing to win it. I know I am going to get all 5 entries done to really beef up my chances. After all, that is what we plan on using the third car garage for.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

We have a KEY!!

Last night at 9:30 pm we picked up our key to our new home! We could not be happier. Even though it was getting late and we both have to get up early to go to work, we couldn't help but go inside and check it out. (again) We still can't believe it is ours. We are literally more than doubling our living space. Our current home is just over 1100 sqft, while this home is over 2300 sqft. We are upgrading from 1 very small bathroom to three very large bathrooms. And a one car non-functioning garage to a 3 car super sized garage. We are so blessed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Has it really been 20 years!?!

Yesterday my twin sisters turned 20! Wow! Time has gone by way too fast. I can still remember the day they were born. We lives in San Jose and my dad came and got me from school telling me the twins were born. I was so excited to have two new baby sisters. They have been so entertaining over the years. I have loved watching them grow and develop into the beautiful and talented women they have become. I wrote a blog two weeks ago about darling Courtney. Oh how I love her! So I thought I should tell you a little about Carli.

Carli was born a free spirit. I can remember from the time she was tiny being so independent and daring. She has always had a love for adventure and never wanted to stay put. She has an enormous heart and is so quick to forgive and move on. She can make friends so quickly and can make anyone feel welcome. I love and adore my once youngest sister. She has been such a light in my life and has always kept the mood happy in our home. I am so grateful Heavenly Father sent her down to be my sister.

Happy Birthday Twiners!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

UP and away

In the spirit of spontaneity, we decided to go see UP for FHE Monday night. All I can say is if you have yet to see it go NOW! It was such a wonderful movie. Now I know why it has received such high marks from all the critics. It is a truly compelling film that will make you laugh and cry. (I think both Robert and I shed more than a few tears.) We will be seeing it again and would love to own it once it is available on DVD. That says a lot since we very rarely buy movies. I cannot say enough good things about it. Seriously, so see it today!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Not room enough to receive it...

We have been so truly blessed in the last week. Robert has been interviewing for an amazing job over the past two months. One of the hangups they were having is he could not work past 5:30 pm on Wednesday's, since he is serving as the YM President in our ward. They often have nights where they will be staying a little late and wanted him to commit without prior obligations. Thursday we got a call from the Stake President's office asking if we could come and meet with him. We went in and the called Robert to be the Elder's Quorum President. So he will no longer have nightly obligations during the week. Friday he received a call from the company that he got the job!! He is super excited and can't wait to start next Monday. So within a 24 hr period he had a new calling and a new job. What a day! And on top of it all our house is supposed to close this week. We did the final walk through last Wednesday. All of this puts us one step closer to achieving our dream of welcoming children into our home. We are so grateful and know our Heavenly Father has truly poured his blessing upon us. We literally feel like it says in 3 Nephi:

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house; and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it." 3 Nephi 24:10

Friday, June 5, 2009

Nationl Doughnut Day

Happy Doughnut Day everyone! I love doughnuts. I wish we had a descent doughnut shop close. I guess I will just have to make my own. In the words of Homer Simpson, "Mmmmm.... doughnut...."

Thursday, June 4, 2009

What we really do at the Farm...

Taste Panels. Yep, we get to "sample" new food ideas and get "paid" in Foster Bucks and treats. The Foster Bucks can be used at our Foster Farms restaurant. So basically I get free samples of really tasty new products, free candy/snacks, and a free meal at the cafe. It really is a wonder I can keep my girlish figure! Oh how I love working at the Farm.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The creativity gene

I was born into a wonderful very talented family. My sister Courtney was given the creativity talent from our Heavenly Father. She can reuse anything and turn it into a work of art. I never creased to be amazed by her. From painting to sewing to jewelry making there is nothing she can't do. Last night Elaine went to get her hair done by Carissa. (Who is amazingly gifted with hair.) While we were there I noticed Courtney's newest creation in jewelry making laying on my sister Carli's wrist, button bracelets. They are adorable and one of a kind. Court was kind enough to come by after work and make one for Elaine and me.

I love it! She has tons of different funny buttons she can put together in any combination. These were ones my grandmother had given her from a collection my great-aunt Evelyn had when she died. So they even have some sentimental value. I am going to make an Etsy shop for all of her little bursts of creativity. So stayed tuned for that.

Courtney LeLe I love you and am so grateful you are my sister. You are not only extremely gifted you are so beautiful inside and out. You have the kindest heart I have ever had the privilege of knowing and are a shining example of Christlike attributes to all who surround you. Thank you for being who you are and making me want to be better.