Monday, January 28, 2008
The weekend is gone but not forgotten. It was a wonderful weekend that I had actually dreaded all week. I love it when it is nothing like I thought it would be.
Kevin and I had church business to take care of this weekend. This was the big dreaded thing all week that turned out not to be so bad. It led to many other blessings on Sunday.
My parents have been remodeling my Dad's parents' home for about a year and half. Before they moved in, they gutted the kitchen, repainted all the rooms, remodeled both bathrooms and had new carpet laid (along with many other numerous things). Well, at the beginning of the year, they started on the second phase: the addition of the new living room and two new bedrooms. My Dad is not a carpenter (he is a brick layer/farmer by trade), but he has done an AMAZING job. This is the blessing part of my weekend:)
We left the kids over there on Sunday due to our church meeting. When we went back, I got to see three out of the four of my sisters (a rare thing in itself and a pleasant surprise and blessing). My Dad, his right hand man, Anthony, my brother in law, Brock, and my baby sister's boyfriend, Brian, were all working like workhorses on the house. Kevin was dressed in good clothes and I found out later tried to get on the roof. His boots were took slick and he resorted to being the "ground foreman". This entailed handing them nails, moving ladders, taking bundles of shingles onto the roof and so on.
The five of them got almost half of the roof shingled in about three hours. It was amazing. Even little Dilon got into the action. He picked up nails, pop cans, general trash, swept out the garage where they have been cutting the wood and was there little gopher.
The blessing part (I know you are waiting for it) is so numerous. My parents are the happiest I have ever seen them. They beam with pride over their home and you can tell it is something they have dreamed about doing for years. It is indescribable to see them that happy. It was the neatest thing to see those men that were brought together through my parents' daughters all work together that way and accomplish everything they did. I have never been more proud than I was this weekend to be apart of the family that the good Lord blessed me with. Even my little man, Dilon, made his mama very proud helping out the way he did.
I will have to get pictures from my Mom soon and post them. It is truly a project that is a family's labor of love. Those rooms will be cherished each time we gather together in them.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I was painting my office this week (it is still not done and probably won't be for awhile). I had painted it navy blue two years ago. I am starting a brand new career as a Virtual Assistant and wanted something different. I read somewhere green was relaxing and a good environment to work in. Well I went to WalMart and bought a gallon of KILZ Latex 2 to cover the blue. It only did about a wall and half.
Kinsley and I left on Tuesday afternoon to go and get more. I brought home three more gallons of KILZ. Well, Tuesday in Oklahoma it was very cold. I was in a hurry and set them down on my high efficiency washer. Kinsley was in the house already and she was fussy so I tended to her. The boys came home from school and I never made it back to the paint.
Well I don't know how many have High effiency washers (the front loading kind). We have had one for four years or so and any time anything is placed on it, you have to take it off before you start it. When they spin, they sound like a jet engine and they vibrate.
Kevin started the washer (I will give him credit; he was just trying to help me out). I was working in my office and didn't think much about it. He went and bathed the baby and came to show me her hair that he had spiked up in the middle. We heard a loud crash. I told him that was the sound of paint cans falling from the washer. Sure enough, I was right.
A gallon of KILZ is the worst thing that can explode in your laundry room. When it is a thin layer, unlike paint, it dries instantly. I had just bought new brown rugs and they were on the floor in the room. Thankfully, they caught the can or it probably would have cracked my ceramic tile. But the KILZ was EVERYWHERE!!! Damon's new shoes he got for Christmas were victims. Kevin's work boots, my green laundry room walls (no it isn't the same green as the office), my ceramic tile and grout, clothes that were waiting to be washed, everything was covered.
The rugs survived. They had so much KILZ on them it couldn't dry in time. The floor was salvaged by my husband using a steam mop and knife scrapping the floor. And thankfully we found the wall paint in the cabinet. But it wasn't exactly the way I had imagined my evening:)
So I thought I would share for your entertainment and as a lesson in HE washers and dryers. They tout more counter space and we do use the dryer to store things on. But the washer must remain clear.
Oh and by the way if you see Damon, don't ask about his shoes. His father told him Mommy saw on TV where we could send them and get the scuffs removed so they would look "brand new." Something like that. BootBarn.com is sending a new pair this week:)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The first, Connor Cruse, has been fighting cancer for two and half years. His valiant fight and his family's courage are unbelievable. They have been a true inspiration to me and I pray for their continued strength and for Connor's healing daily. His website is http://www.connorcruse.com/
Then there is sweet little Morgan Snowden. She is a first grader that goes to the same school as the boys. Her fight with cancer started in August. Our local communities have rallied around her and her family, and we continue to pray for her body's healing and her family's well being and strength. Her site is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/morgansnowden
I just wanted to share these two remarkable young people's stories. You don't realize how fortunate you are until you really stop and think about what these families have gone through.
Have a wonderful Sunday!!!! Hopefully will post more later on about the kiddos....have more pics to share!!!!
P.S. I just went and checked Connor's site. Joy is Connor's Mom and her latest post is something everyone should read. It is her Jan. 17, 2008 update and it is about perspective. If you miss it, email me and I will send it to you.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Kevin's cousin, Suzi, and I were pregnant together for a time. Jacob is three months older than Kinsley. Two little cutie pies!!!!
This is a picture of all of the cousins on Kevin's Mom's side of the family. Dilon, Kinsley, Damon, Jacob and Ethan made Christmas fun and entertaining this year!!!!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
This morning at Sunday School Damon was acting up. Dilon proceeded to tell him, "Damon stop it because you know if Mommy finds out she will call Daddy and he is in a mood right now." He then proceeded to tell his teacher's daughter that it meant Daddy wasn't in a very nice mood and them being bad would make it worse. Their Sunday School teacher and her daughter about fell out of their seats onto the floor laughing.
I guess he does listen. I had told him the same thing yesterday when I thought cattle were out. That they needed to be quiet because Daddy wouldn't be in a very good mood and they needed to be big boys for me. Guess Dilon still thinks Daddy is in his "mood." Enjoy!!!!
The kiddos 2007