Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
I debated about telling her the truth this year but I think she'll figure it out soon enough. The important thing I do teach is to not idolize Santa Claus - she still doesn't understand why I tell her he isn't important - but I see her grow and grow over time with more and more lessons at church about our who our Savior is.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Michael and Brooke had the baby tonight at 7:30, he weighed in at 8 lbs and 3 oz and is 21 inches long. They sent me a picture via cell phone but I had Savannah put my phone away and now I can't find it. So pictures to come later. They are still working on a name. He is so cute and I wish I could hold him.
38 is a young age to be a Grandma and I am feeling pretty old right about now.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
You see I haven't been a stay at home mom full time or even part time for that matter in I don't know how long. So after getting Savannah off to school the house would be very empty and quiet. Sure I had the pets, the housework, Jake usually in bed from working 2nd shift, and then off to my part time job but it wasn't what I was used to. My husband assured me all I was doing was very valuable, but for me I am just so used to providing away from the home it felt awkward.
I'd rather sit at the computer all day working, after all that is what I was used to (especially my brain) - so as I was online looking at grocery ads, school lunch menus, and ways to keep sliced apples from going brown in your kids' lunch pail - it hit me one day. I was shopping online for Scentsy products and thought, "Why not sell them myself? How else will I get to know people around here and make friends to help with feeling the void of no family nearby?"
I had also thought about it back when I lived in Utah but I had no time to spare so it was a passing thought. My job was stressful and I really didn't have the attitude for it and knew that a half a weekend devoted to anything wouldn't work successfully.
Well now I am excited to sell it, but the only thing is all my acquaintances are in Utah and not here. So selling long distance is not as productive, but I am very appreciative of all the support they have given me thus far. I know that eventually I will have a customer base and will get to know more people and be able to succeed, but I really wanted to do this to keep myself occupied with something productive that I also love - so I need to remember why I started this. I do love candles and making my house smell good, so I can't deny this wasn't the product.
Best thing of all, I don't feel near as depressed as I did a few weeks ago before I became a consultant. This has been the biggest benefit so far!
If you are interested in browsing the products, the link to my site is always at the top of my blog here. You can also request to have a party in your home, I will send out the tester samples, catalogs, etc and all you have to do is invite people and introduce them to the product and you will earn half off items and credits towards your own merchandise! Plus who doesn't like a party?
These wickless candles are safe in that they don't cause any possible harm with fire nor do they get hot enough to burn someone. The designs are unique and fit almost any personality. Plus they are always coming up with new and fresh ideas. I am having a hard time not buying for myself that is how much I love them. People ask me what my likes and dislikes are and I find it hard to have "favorites" of anything, but candles are the exception. Any way shape or form as long as they smell I just have a fettish.
So I started a Scentsy business...and I am learning that my job doesn't define me. It is a good feeling.
Friday, December 03, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
In other news we put up our tree this past weekend. For me it isn't a "Christmas rush" but it does only come once a year and we like to have a real tree. It has always been our tradition to get it the weekened after Thanksgiving. We found a perfect one at the lot close to our church. It smells great too!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
We were able to have a family from our church over and an elderly lady and seat them all at our dining table. We also had my nephew JJ and his family over. Savannah and the little boys had a lot of fun running around the house playing.
A friend I made through Savannah's school mate also came over for pie so if you counted all that together there was 17 total.
I think next year I would like to go to someone's house or just have something smaller. But this year was our first and so I wanted to be sure it was like having my family over. It felt great to be able to help those in need this year as well.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Muffers likes to go outside for the most part - mostly to roll in the dirt and enjoy the fresh air and sun, but she doesn't hunt like Buddy does. She has no front claws and she is mild mannered. She is curious though and does like to play with bugs and cat nip. I've never seen her pounce a bird like I have Buddy but she does make a funny meow while she watches them.
Unlike Buddy Muffers absolutely hates the dogs. She scowls at them. Buddy does cuddle up to Bear every so often - he always has, but Muffers cannot stand him in the same room with her. She tries to swat at him with her clawless paws. Bear doesn't even acknowledge what she is doing, but I'm sure he would if she could snag him.
Muffers likes fresh drawn water, but not in a water dish or by way of toilet. When you are using the restroom, she will jump up to the bathroom sink next to you and meow and sometimes put her paw on you to let you know she wants a drink. So long as you fill a cup or the sink with fresh tap water she is good to go. During this summer she has been drinking in our water fountain on the deck, but now that it is cold there is no water in it.
Muffers has curly belly hair. It is the cutest thing and fun to rub your nose in. She has a pink nose and loves her chin scratched, when she is allowing you to pay attention to her that is. She usually wants to "make muffins" meaning kneading with her paws on my belly. No other belly will do, not Daddy's or Savannah's, just mine. I am pretty sure it is cause it is soft and gushy and of course fat. She usually chooses to do this while I am on the computer, why? I don't know. Maybe because she knows it is a sit still position and well Muffers hates to be bothered when she wants what she wants. She also prefers to come to you to pay attention to you and not the other way around.
Muffers will not eat anything other than dry cat food, except the one time she was out and ate dry dog food that is. She goes crazy and super hyper and funny on cat nip and loves to roll around in it. Muffers was a stray kitten who walked into Charlie's apartment when the boys and I were visiting him in Wyoming. It has been 8 years since he cleaned her up and we have had her ever since. She is our baby.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Our orange tabby, Buddy, is the youngest or our pets and is an outside cat. He meows at the door at the same time each morning to be let in. When you open the door to let the dogs go out to potty, he comes in. Charlie calls it "changing of the guards." When he gets in he'll wander around and scope everything out while meowing really loud to make sure we know he is in the house. After all is fine he eats from the cat dish (depending on what he's hunted and caught the night before - yes I have seen him hunt and eat just like a cat in the wild) and then he chooses to drink water from one of the toilets in the house. (Even though I draw fresh water every morning.) He walks around the house some more meowing, works his way in and out of cupboards in the kitchen and bathrooms (why I don't know and have no idea how he has opened closed doors with knobs - he is crafty) then finds a spot to settle usually on my bed or on the front room furniture, just so long as it is quiet. He bathes himself and then sleeps all day. We don't hear from him again until about dinner time when he wants let outside to hunt again. Just last week I caught him outside attempting to pounce on a squirrel while hiding behind a tree. He was unsuccessful and didn't bother to go up the tree after it. My guess is that he has done this before and either got bit or out ran several times and learned his lesson.
Monday, November 01, 2010
Jake and Savannah carved their pumpkins while we watch Fantastic Four in our theater room. Charlie made his famous pop corn with our new machine and built a real fire in the fire place.
Sunday Savannah and I started off our venture to get treats when we ran into her friend, Lily, who she knows from Girl Scouts. It was good in that we didn’t have to go alone.
The weather was beautiful and we were done by 5:30 – we were too full on munchies to have dinner and bake our Halloween cookies though. I guess we’ll have those tonight.
Here are some pictures:
Savannah’s bucket was overflowing. We got her this bucket when she was a baby and I just insist on her using it ever year, but I think it is time to put it up and get her a real bag.
This morning she asked me “What does November have?” and on our way to school she looked at the neighborhood houses and sighed and said, “I miss Halloween.” It is hard to explain that she doesn’t miss Halloween, it is just the experience of happiness and fun she is missing. Someday she’ll get it though.
Hope you all had a safe night.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I am really glad I got to go. I met a couple of moms and was able to get to know them. They were very friendly and nice and asked a lot of questions to get to know me too. I hope for more chances to get to know them better through out the year and I am thankful the school put together a contact list so we can easily keep in touch for play dates. What a fun fall event! Here are a few of my favorite pictures.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
We stopped at the Pumpkin Place for a bit of fun. Who can resist playing on a farm? They had pumpkin bowling - Savannah broke open the pumpkin and Daddy got a strike. We went through a corn maze where Savannah led the way out. There was a petting zoo and the animals were so cute, especially the farm kitties. We made sure to get some home made coffee and pumpkin cookies before we left too. Really makes me wish I was raised on a farm or had one of my own. (until I think of all the hard work LOL)
Monday, the next day and my actual birthday, Jake gave me a lovely candle and candle holder from Yankee Candle Company. I think he remember how excited I was when we found that store in the mall that he took notes. And he did good. He'll make a good husband someday. I was glad he chose the Thanksgiving Theme. I am not too much into Hallowe'en decorations. .
Later that day, I came home from work to find my hubby in the kitchen whipping up a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Bless his heart, he wasn't feeling well as he had pulled a muscle in his back, but he still knew my one birthday wish. I guess my dad always made sure there was cake for every birthday no matter how old or small so that is why it is important to me. Savannah gave me one of her stuffed animals and my husband spent almost two hours finding the perfect card that brought a smile to my face. They lit the candles and sang happy birthday to me in the dark. I made the perfect wish of course.
My mom sent me a lovely set of dishes. One of the cup handles were broken so she let them know and well now I have two sets. Good for entertaining, so I'd better get to inviting people over yeah? People that don't have to drive over 1500 miles that is.
We have our housewarming party this weekend so it will be good to have extra plates, but not sure if I want to let them use them they are so nice.
A call from my friend Jodi, a card in the mail from my sweet ex-co-worker at DWS, Aubrie, and about 60 happy birthday's on Facebook later, I'd say all in all it was a great birthday! Thanks everyone!
We did have to purchase some shelving and a freezer, but this is what we have so far.
I know it is funny to be so excited but when I was working full time I never took the time out to try this, nor did we have a freezer! So now that our freezer is full and we have plenty of food for a month out, what I get to do now is purchase solely what is on sale whether we need it or not! Bad thing is I think we will be tempted to eat more cause we have it.
Only thing is, is that I can't pass up a good sale now. This week Shopko has some amazing things for dirt cheap. I hope I can get there before the others and what I save in the grocery budget I will be able to use for other items on sale that we need.
Yeah I get excited. Working these past 10 years has made me appreciative of the things I didn't get to do at home when I wanted to, so I am enjoying the moment!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
So the house in Utah isn't sold yet and there are still some things we need to take care of, but all in all I am enjoying life here in Wisconsin. I do miss my family and wonder if they will ever get to visit us or when I will get out there to visit them, but my nephew, JJ and his wife and kids are coming out for Thanksgiving. I am excited for this.
We have also set up our small housewarming party. We don't know a lot of people yet, but those that we do we want to have them over to visit. Church has kind of been on hold for a while, Charlie has had to work most weekends and with the move and all we've only been once so far. Savannah loves Wednesday night Blastzone activities and I have signed up for the women's Bible study on Tuesdays so we are working our way slowly into the weekly events.
Speaking of Savannah she went to her first bowling game with the other kids in her school, she loved it - well lets say she loved the socializing and the snacks. I swear she is on a growing spurt lately always so hungry! She is also signed up to start Daisy Girl Scouts next week.We found out that one of the girls from church attends her school so I am happy that she will be able to attend church with some of the girls at school too, so this is something that we didn't get the chance for out in Utah being that everyone is pretty much LDS and all those in the same neighborhood were only those who would end up in both church and school together.
I start a new part time job next week too. It is a long term temp job until April working as a Data Entry clerk. I am excited cause it will be the hours I want and will still be able to take care of Boo's in the morning and continue to take her to school as well as get some stuff done around the house too. No more babysitters! In fact I am signed up for the PTO and am baking and cooking next week for the parent teacher's night. I may even be helping out in the library soon too.
I am keeping positive during this large change. We found that Jake will not be able to stay at his job as permanent as we thought, but we stay hopeful that he will still find something soon. Charlie continues to work hard at work and with his overtime we will do fine, so I really appreciate all he does. Until our house sells we are kind of stretcthing things now that my income from Utah has ended and we are back to a budget, so I am really thankful when he gets the chance to work extra even thought it takes a toll on him.
The fall colors out here are awesome! I guess cause there are millions of trees everywhere. I really need to get my camera and take some pics. I hope you all are excited for the new fall season. HAVE A GREAT DAY!