The fun continues …

I have been remiss in not writing like I should. Sherrie reminded me last week with a gentle prod, “Are you EVER going to write another family letter?” I responded that I would, and it’s taken me a week to get there.

Our house project continues to … well, continue. Within the last two weeks, we (well, almost exclusively Sherrie) did all the wall repair (including painting) for the baseboards. This week, we painted quite a few doors. The back door was replaced on Friday (yay!), and the cabinets came yesterday (double yay!). In theory, the floor installers will come Wednesday this week and it will take them three days to get it installed. In preparation for that, we have decided to take out the kitchen floor ourselves (to hopefully save some money). We think we can do it without an inordinate amount of trouble, as we’ve had to take out several tiles for the cabinets and the back door. So tomorrow, off with the tiles and down to the subfloor! We are both tiring of the project, physically and emotionally. The end is closer in sight, so that gives us courage.

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We like the new cabinets, and we have a lot of space. I don’t think we really lost any storage space. It’s different though, and so we still have a few things to figure out (e.g., how to organize the spices). So far we like it a lot. We like the end near the dining room (right end in the photo) because it feels more spacious. The cabinet with visible shelves on the end will have a glass door, and we need a piece of granite to top the open cabinet.

For my birthday, Sherrie gave me an EcoQube mini-aquarium: EcoQube.I’ve been having fun getting it set up. I bought some live plants to put in it, and some “cherry red shrimp” that are like 1/2 inch long. I’m thinking about getting one or two small fish to put in it as well.

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Sherrie made a lemon meringue pie for Father’s Day today. Look on in utmost jealousy!

IMG_2937.jpgOn this Father’s Day, I’m thinking a lot about my own father, what it means to be a father, my children as fathers, and how much popular media of late has made dads out to be bumbling fools who either don’t care or are out of touch. I am grateful for my dad and all the things I learned from him, and for his love. I hope that I’ve been able to help my children know they mean everything to me and I love them will all my heart. I hope we can each thank the men (and dads) in our lives for their love, kindness, example, and service.

Pantry pantry everywhere!

I am surrounded by everything that belongs in my kitchen pantry – it all now resides in boxes behind my couch and love seat – a very nice look! We have moved everything several times depending on what stage of the project we are working on, and decided that right in the middle of the living room was a pretty good place and hopefully they will stay there until they are all put away.

Yesterday we worked a lot of the day and have “finished” several parts of the project. We took the last of the baseboards off, and everything is puttied back up and ready to be sanded. This means that everything in the rooms we are working on is now pushed to the center of the rooms which is pretty awkward, but helpful. Tomorrow I hope to do all the sanding and be ready to paint. I have lowered my sights and and hoping to just touch up paint, but it will all depend on how well it blends. I think the color will be okay, but I am worried that the sheen might be different and give it away. If I have to paint all the walls it will be a very big painting week!

Michael left for VA again this morning. I hope it will be a good week for him – this trip can sometimes be on the stressful side for him with lots of very long days and frustrating problems. At least he gets to get out of our crazy house for a week and hopefully I will be able to get quite a bit done while he’s gone.

I am all done with my preschool job at least for now. It doesn’t feel different yet since we just got out for the summer – I will have to wait until fall to see if I am glad or not about being done. I think I will be both.

We missed going to Idaho to decorate graves this year – we stayed home and had a fun birthday party for Michael last Saturday. We were able to get our entire family together for a picnic in SLC which was so great – I expect it will become a lot more difficult to get everyone in one place as our kids get more and more involved in their own stuff. We are very happy when it happens! Thanks, Pam and family for making sure the Idaho graves were visited.

We did make it to our traditional Memorial Day picnic in my cousin Wade’s backyard. We met Kevin’s and Cathy’s families at the Hyrum Cemetery and saw my parents’ graves as well as a lot of my dad’s family graves. We do love to do that and remember the connections we have to our family who came before us. It is always a good day to connect with the Lindleys as well. It was not a very big crowd this year – I think the Jensens might have outnumbered the Lindleys this year.

With all our extra time getting used up with our house project, I have not been outside doing my yardwork. Last night I decided to go out for just a few minutes, and I found some very large weeds. I pulled as many as I could fit into my already pretty full trash can, and have made a resolution to get out there and get myself caught up. I also discovered that I have peach borers which is very bad news for our little peach tree that gives us such delicious peaches. I am not sure if that can be cured – it may be curtains for our little tree. It looks super healthy and has tons of peaches for this year though.

Here are some pictures from Mike’s birthday picnic – Rachel was teaching Esther some ballet moves, and Jared and Silas we just being cute.

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