Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Yes, I know it's past 1 in the morning

As you can see (hopefully!), I've switched to self-hosted Wordpress. (THE NEVER-ENDING PROJECT!) I'll detail a post later as to why. For now, I need to see if this transfer truly is seamless and that you were re-directed.

New blog address: www.pleasepassthesalt.net (Much easier to remember, dontcha think?) and if you subscribe to me from my feedburner feed (http://feeds2.feedburner.com/PleasePassTheSalt), you should be good to go.

See you on the other side!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Someone pinch me, my house is clean

Still working on the never-ending project; still doing more laundry than one woman should be required to.

Andy unclogged my vacuum for me today so I finally was able to vacuum my house. I think that one thing can make all the difference, don't you? And since spring is really and truly here, I dumped out my dresser drawers and sorted out a Goodwill pile and made some space for the clothes that have been waiting so patiently in the attic all winter.

Spring cleaning will do wonders for your mood. (Or at least for mine!)

I would never have done all this today except for the fact that Nicky & Co. are coming over for a pizza supper. I honestly think that is the best motivation for getting your house clean -- invite someone over.

Try it!

Monday, March 23, 2009

A quick Monday greeting

We had a pretty great weekend and Andy and I even managed to snag a date! I AM beginning to wonder if my house is EVER going to recover from the past four days, however, what with the kids constantly tracking in leaves and dirt (Max stays mostly outside, so they’ve been out there a lot) and oh, the laundry.

(Surely it multiplies during the night.)

I’m about to go and exercise (first time in ages) so I’ve got to run but I did want to warn you that my blog may be a little quiet this week as I’m wrapping up a rather time-consuming project (more on that later) and Adelaide’s birthday is on Thursday.

Hope your day is as sunny as it is here!

Friday, March 20, 2009

A bunch of kids and their puppy

So, we've been kind of busy.

Andy and I have been talking about getting puppy for months, and some friends of ours have a chocolate lab that had a little bit of an unplanned pregnancy (if you know what I mean), and so they were giving her puppies away for free. We decided it was a great time to get what we wanted without having to pay the big bucks.



Andy went up to "see" the ones that were left yesterday afternoon and, as Dolly said, you can't go 'look' at puppies and be able to say no.

(Or at least he can't.)

So my afternoon was filled with collar, leash, treats and puppy chow shopping. (Along with the eggs, bread, and bananas.) Then I talked to my aunt who's raised a few family dogs over the years, and she said we needed a kennel to start crate training Max right away. So back out we went, this time with the whole family AND the dog.

Thankfully Andy's mom called us with internet prices while we were at the pet store and we hightailed it back to Wal*mart and got a cheaper kennel. And he's eating cheap food, too. (Wouldn't do if the dog was eating better than the family, you know.) We came home and gave him his first bath and the kids were beside themselves with excitement. I think they were driving Andy a little nuts. (Oh well, he signed up for it.)

Max did very well for his first night away from his momma. He howled a bit when he had to go outside, but he settled down fairly well and he's been sleeping a lot. He's currently snoozing out on the back deck (and the kids are all napping - SCORE!).

We ARE planning on mostly keeping him outside; our backyard is perfect for it. He'll probably sleep in his kennel in the house, though.

While getting the kennel set up:

...some love from Madeline.

Teacher, teacher! Pick me, pick me!

If you’ve been around the blogosphere for any time at all, you’ve most likely heard of the She Speaks conference put on every year by Proverbs 31 Ministries.


It’s basically a writing and speaking conference for Christian...you guessed it, female writers and speakers! Last year they added a blogging track as well and we happened to be moving across several states at the time and going just wasn’t an option then.

After attending both Blissdom ’08 and Blissdom ’09, I know firsthand the value of going to a blogging conference where information, resources, and expertise are right at my very fingertips. But what is more, those friendships formed and renewed – well, no one can put a price on that.

She Speaks for me has always been a that-would-be-so-great-but-I-just-can’t-afford-it item on a wish list. Until today.

Jo-Lynne, who is my designer of choice and whom I had a BLAST with at Blissdom, AND is speaking at She Speaks, casually mentioned in her post today that Lysa TerKeurst and Proverbs 31 Ministries are offering one scholarship worth the cost of registration for the conference this year.

So, wala! Welcome to my entry post. I want to go because there is always room for improvement with everything we do, this side of heaven. Blogging just happens to be my current outlet. I want to go because I want to hang out with Jo-Lynne and Emily again and whoever else I met at Blissdom that will also be there. I want to meet the fabulous Lysa, and hear Boomama and THE Big Mama talk about all things blogging.

But this conference in particular? THIS is where blogging intersects with Christian ministry and faith-sharing -- admittedly something I don't do very often. (Maybe this conference will teach me to be more bold?)

Andy had mentioned a while back maybe we could try for me to go but the fact of the matter is, we still can’t justify the cost. At least this way, I’d get to go without a hit to our checkbook. And all Andy has to do is survive the weekend with three small kids and a new puppy.

No biggie.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Because we are NUTS

Look who came to live with us today!


Meet Max.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

How to have fun when your mom bans you from the mudpit that is your backyard


[jump on the bed in your underwear]

And let’s not even talk about the clean-up session that prompted such a ban.

(Also? I scrubbed Drew’s feet entirely too many times yesterday. The kid has a thing against shoes.)

So I, for one, am thankful today is much drier. And sunny.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Who knew "th" could be so hard?

On Sunday after church we were all sitting at the table eating leftovers and Andy started asking the kids about what they had learned in Sunday school.

“The boat.”

Andy: “The boat? What about the boat?”

Madeline (in the most condescending, you’re-the-dad-you-should-know-this voice and gesturing with her hands): “When God? was sleeping in the boat and the funder came!”

(Yes, we died laughing.)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Unbelievable

Alternate title: IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!

Alternate, Alternate title: The Key that is Dead To Me

So I mentioned I found my original set of spare keys – the very last van key we were down to. My keys were found two days after we paid $213 for a locksmith to re-key the van and get a brand new key.

Now, Saturday morning Andy had all three kids buckled in and ready to go to the children’s museum. He stuck the key into the ignition and… nothing. The car wouldn’t start.

Tried again. Nothing.

{heart, sinking to floor}

We were sure it wasn’t the battery and most likely not some other starter-related parts because the engine would ALL BUT turn over. Maybe the timing belt? Dunno.

So we called USAA and found out we have roadside assistance. Great! They called a tow, who showed up in less than 30 minutes.



That would be my van, strapped to a tow truck, about to he hauled off. Sniff.

Andy decided while the mechanic was solving our transportation problem, he’d be the fun dad and take Drew and Madeline to the museum in his little car. I sidetracked Adelaide with milk, her blanket, and a nap, and went on my merry cleaning way.

A couple of hours later, Andy calls and says they can’t find a THING wrong with our van.

And then they had asked him, “Are you sure it’s not the key?”

The key. Right. He WAS using that old key, the one I had just found.

Turns out we had assumed (wrongly) that the new key was coded to the car – but apparently it was a whole new code. And so the old key no longer works.

(Dear Old Key, you have cost me a whole lot of money.)

Anyway, so we had the neighbor run over (Adelaide? asleep?) so we could go pick up the van and pay them a whopping $157 for telling us there is nothing wrong with our car.

When I happily jumped in my van later to run to the store (alone!) before Andy headed out to work, the first thing that hit me was my van suddenly smells like an ashtray.

I paid $157 for my car to smell like an ashtray. Thanks, Gator.

(Real name, true story.)

Total cost of the Key that is Dead To Me: $370.

Let it be a lesson to you.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

At least the grass will be greener

And here it is, a dreary, rainy Saturday morning. At least the coffee is fresh and hot. And Drew has been making me smile all morning with his sweet words and thoughtfulness towards the girls.

(Can’t say the same for Madeline. Ahem.)

Andy agreed to take the kids on a daddy date later this morning so I can give the house and laundry my undivided attention. Being home in a very small house for a week with three kids sure can mess up a place, you know?

And I never did hit the grocery store yesterday, so that also needs doing. (Preferably alone.)

Drew has preschool spring break next week. I understand the teachers’ need for a break, but surely not for the kids and especially not for the mommies! Hopefully next week will be sunny so we can actually have some outside fun. I don’t know about you, but I need bright things to look forward to and we’ve been seriously lacking in that department recently.

Oh. My other big goal for the weekend? Taxes, start to finish.

Friday, March 13, 2009

And here it is, Friday

I know I've been light on the posting this week but there just hasn't been much going on. I took the kids to church (by myself) Wednesday night but other than that, we've been home. Andy takes Drew to school, so I didn't even have to leave to do that. I'm sure today I'm going to be forced into grocery shopping (and unfortunately not something fun like going out to lunch).

Other than that, we've been doing some pigtails:


And making playlands out of my bed:


Who knew there were such adventures to be had?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

By the way

I found my keys. They were stashed in the girls' box of hairbows. We're thinking Adelaide.

I'm so relieved - but it was a very expensive way to get a spare!!

So get to clickin'

It's my day to post at Chic Critique. Today's topic? Eyebrows.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

And the week's nearly half over

I’ve had almost no motivation to blog this week and so I haven’t. (Odd for me, I know.) It’s been really warm here and we’ve been spending most of our time outside and at the park.

And thus I’ve been reminded of one of the things I loathe about summer: the necessity of daily baths. (A true exercise of a mother’s sanity.)

(Case in point. Tonight, while I was running around collecting fresh pajamas, they dumped in what was left of the tissue box. Shredded, nasty, dissolving stuff.)

(Also, Drew’s feet were so dirty they probably warranted a pumice stone.)

One of the shining highlights from today was getting to meet Sarah from Genesis Moments for breakfast. (We originally met at Blissdom.)


Thanks again, Sarah!!

Other things I've been up to: inhaling a box of Girl Scout cookies Andy has yet to find, not doing the laundry, and reading a funny (but crude) book. You?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

But today? Was glorious.

It's been a little bit of a bumpy weekend around here. I already mentioned losing my only van key - we even had a metal detector guy walk around the premises with no luck. I'm thinking my keys are in the house somewhere. But Adelaide's not telling.

We also misplaced Andy's paycheck. When it rains it pours, so to speak. We did eventually find it yesterday, slipped down between the passenger's seat and door of Andy's car. Not exactly a door he uses often, you know?

And Friday night I had tried to take a quick trip to Walmart but it ended up taking THREE HOURS due mostly to traffic. (I think there had been an accident.) We are about 3 miles away, to give you an idea of how outrageous the time spent was. I was blocked in on all sides and totally helpless. And I felt badly because I had left my girls with Nicky and it took so much longer than expected. All the kids were STARVING when we got home.

And then we lost an hour. You all know how that was.

But this morning we got to church almost on time and had an impromptu lunch invitation with some wonderful friends. We even got a Sunday nap and some fresh air at the park.

The weather really has been divine. Tonight we ate our pizza (a long-standing Sunday evening tradition in my family) outside:




One thing is for certain, I'm already loving all this extra daylight.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Don't forget!

Daylight Savings is tomorrow - don't forget to Spring Forward your clocks!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Stuck

I am discouraged and very frustrated. Nicky and I took the kids to the park yesterday and I threw my keys in our lunch bag, in the possibility that Andy might lock the house when he left for work. When we got home, my keys were nowhere in sight.

Yeah. I lost the one and only key to my van.

I’ve looked everywhere. Searched through my kitchen garbage even, in case Adelaide had tossed them in. We’ll keep looking today, but probably we’re going to have to get the car towed and rekeyed.

Which is not cheap, in case you’re wondering.

I feel badly for Drew because his blanket and all his cars are locked inside. And so are all the carseats, on a more practical note.

All these things we don’t even think about and take for granted every single day!!!

***Edited to add: I'm now $213 poorer but I've got a new key. So we can all go to church on Sunday, which is something.