We're livin' it up on the U.P. - that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Punkie is 6 and LOVED Kindergarten! Isaboo is 2 and she's a smiley whirl wind. We also call her Busy-Isi. This year we welcomed little Lorenzo to our family.

Life is great!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

I Found the Quarters...

Well, it has been a week and a half since we did laundry. We usually do it once a week but lately it has been getting harder and harder to do it with Marley being so mobile. Plus, I was disheartened by the quarter situation last week. But, you all know that laundry becomes forced when you're on your last pair of undies. So, today was laundry day.

We have a Big bucket of laundry soap, so I scoop a bunch of the soap into a large plastic baggy and then we keep the baggy on top of the bucket. We keep the bucket in the back of our coat closest. This morning when I reached to the back of the coat closet to retrieve the bag of soap, I felt two bags! My heart immediately jumped for joy! It was the bag of quarters!

I'm so glad we had it all the time. I also counted the quarters and we have $7.25 in there. That will almost cover our laundry for today! Hurray!

Thanks for sympathizing with us when we thought they were taken. Thanks for celebrating with us when we found that we had them all the time.
When I searched for some images to post with this good news I found the images below. Lost is one of "my shows." The top picture is one of the pictures made by the show and the bottom picture is a spoof.
AND

Notice the helicopter at the top and the freighter in the background. I love it!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Things That Make Me Smile....

Here are just a bunch of random pictures. Hope you all enjoy!
Marley got a package from Aunt Julie, Uncle Matt and Sam for Valentine's day. The penguin shirt is on the couch in the background, but Marley really loved the hat they sent.


Or maybe she didn't? No, she really did keep it on her head for quite awhile.

Here are a few more pictures of Marley with a hat on. I think she looks pretty cute in a hat.
This first one was taken on Christmas morning.
This, of course, was the rough draft of the hat for Marley's Halloween costume.
Grandma Lynie sent Marley this hat.
Becky's Aunt Kathy sent this hat to Marley.
(sorry, I can't get the picture to turn)
This hat came with a matching outfit that I never got on her while it still fit. So, before I packed the outfit and hat away I had to take a picture Marley in the hat! So cute!
The is the one and only head band that Marley has and I made it. I need to take a class or something.

Nathan and I were finally able to go to the Winter Quarters Temple, a few weeks ago. It was great! I think it was the first time we had been since Marley was born. We are trying to get back in the habit of going once a month.


Homemade Chicken Pot Pies!!! SO good!

Marley is such a big helper. A few weeks ago I cleaned/organized our bedroom closet and Marley was a big helper.
I love our couch! We didn't have a couch for the first 4 months we lived here and it was pretty fun. But, it's SO nice to have a couch. My awesome visiting teaching companion hooked us up with some of her relatives who were getting rid of their couch! All we had to do was pick it up and the Elder's Quorum Pres. helped us with that with his truck. So nice!

Remember back in December when I asked if I should talk to our property manager about our stone age dishwasher? Well, I did and two days later we came home from grocery shopping and we had a brand new dishwasher. ONE of the benefits of renting. ;-)
Inside the old dishwasher. Full of course.
The outside of the old one.
The outside of the new one. You can see me squatting in the reflection. HA!

The awesome inside of the new one!

Marley doing the splits.

"Mom, could you please put the camera down and HELP ME!!!"

I love Christmas cookies. Shalantie and I made these back in December.
Yes that is my bottle of prenatal vitamins...NO, we did not use them to decorate cookies.
This is Marley in my sequin bag.

One night when I was gone with the car, Nathan decided to walk to the library with Marley. Our books were due and we are striving to never pay a late fee. Nathan said he put this puffy coat on Marley and she didn't move the whole time. This coat was her cousin Sam's when he was a little bigger than Marley. Thank you Sam for the warm coat!!!

She also didn't move when we layed her down and unzipped.

This is what I found one morning.

Marley just sittin' on the edge of her bed.

"Mom, put the camera down and help me get my foot unstuck!"

Ahhhhh!!! Legs and arms hangin off the bed.

We love the library!
I LOVE WALKS ON SUNNY DAYS!!!
Marley is passed out in this picture.
This picture is from the night we moved in to our apartment here in Lincoln. My Aunt Jan gave us a Queen bedset just before we moved. It was from her guest room and I was so excited to set it up on our bed...even after a long hot day of moving in.
It is SO awesome!! It makes me feel like a million bucks! Thank you Aunt Jan!

Speaking of moving to Lincoln...this was our view the whole way. My mom and dad pulled a trailer for us! They are awesome! Thank you mom and dad!

One day, last August I was biking in Park City with Nathan and Jill. I crashed. It hurt. I have NO idea why I'm smiling in this picture. I was seriously hurt. No broken bones which totally surprises me but, my upper legs have never recovered.

Last year we had a garden at my mom's house. This is a stack of the first of the corn harvest. I love fresh corn on the cob. I wish we could have a garden this year...we'll see.

I love to be organized. This is us trying to organize the garage last fall. You should see the garage now...SO UNORGANIZED...it's winter. We just throw stuff in there right now. But, come Spring we'll be organizing it again!!!

When we moved to Lincoln we were lacking REAL salt and pepper shakers. We found these at an antique show in the Haymarket district while my mom and dad were still in town with us and they bought them for us as a new apartment warming gift. We love them! They will always remind us of our time in Lincoln, NE the land of corn!

This is cousin Sam and Marley playing Nintendo DS. This was before we moved...but, it's SO cute!
Ok, that's it for now. I've been trying to post some cute videos but they never work. So, I hope all these pictures are just as fun. We love you all!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dude stole our quarters!!!!

Last Thursday we did laundry. When we took our three big bundles of laundry down the hall and up six stairs to the laundry room with coin operated machines, all the washers were in use. Great! We didn't want to carry our bundles back so we left our bundles on the table in the laundry room. No problem, we've seen other people do that before. Besides who wants other people's dirty laundry? We took note of how much longer each machine had (nice that they show how much time is left) and returned at the appropriate time.

When we returned all of the washers had stopped but only two of the washers were open and we usually need about four. No problem. We got two loads started and while we were doing that a young man came in and moved some clothes from one of the washers to one of the dryers, so then we had yet another washer to use. Nice!! We took note of the times again and figured out when we needed to return.

Upon our time to return we realized we couldn't find our bag of quarters in our apartment and questioned whether we had left them in the laundry room. We knew that would have been a bad idea because what is the most valuable thing in a coin operated laundry room? QUARTERS!!!!

We didn't look too hard in the apartment...thinking that we must have left them in the laundry room. But, just in case we grabbed another roll of quarters from our secret stash. Thank goodness we did because our quarters were nowhere to be found in the laundry room. And that young man had come to get his stuff out of the dryer...but, still nobody had come to move the clothes in the other washers. So, we moved our three loads to three of the dryers and then started our last load of wash.

I didn't want to think bad of that young man. I had never seen him before...didn't know him, and though I was nearly exactly sure he was the only one that had been in the laundry room since we had left the quarters in there; I wasn't sure if we still had the quarters somewhere in our apartment.

When we returned to our apartment I looked more closely and did not find the quarters. My heart became distraught because this was not the first time I had inadvertently left something of value in an apartment laundry room, and returned shortly after to find it had been stolen.

[FLASHBACK] On my mission we had a similar laundry room in one of our apartment buildings. There was a lounge area connected to that laundry room and one p-day my companion and I had decided to read in the lounge area while we did our laundry. I had taken my camera out of my bag and set it on the floor near the chair I was sitting in. When our laundry was done we packed up and I forgot my camera was there. We only left the camera there unattended for about 10 or 15 minutes before I realized I didn't have it, but when we quickly returned it was gone. I was SO disappointed!

Back to last Thursday...We finished our laundry with out any other problems but I really think that dude stole our quarters! Even though I tried not to jump to conclusions at the time it really bugged me. If those where our only quarters we wouldn't have even been able to finish our laundry...and that dude new it and took them anyway. Since then I have tried to let it go because I think there was only about $4 or $5 in the bag anyway. That's a lot of quarters when it comes to laundry but, it's not really anything to dwell upon. Right?

Anyway, I have decided to forgive that dude...if he took our quarters. He must have thought he needed them more than we did. And I think he MUST have needed them more than we did if he was willing to take what was not his.

SO, why am I bloggin about it...who cares? Well, I just felt like it. And if I can warn the public about how risky it is to leave valuables unattended in a laundry room than it was worth bloggin about.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ebony and Ivory...PSYCH!!!

So this is not only mine and Nathan's favorite commercial...it's a commercial for one of our most favorite shows. Enjoy!



Yes. We love Psych. It's so funny and the characters are quarky...and it's a good clean tv show...imagine that...oh wait! You don't have to, they post the episodes online!

Here's the low down...according to Wiki. I'm trying to convince Nathan that naming our first son Wiki is a great idea.

"Psych is an American Comedy-Drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network. The show stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara, California Police Department (SBPD) whose "heightened observational skills"[1] and impressive detective instincts allow him to convince people that he is psychic. The program also stars Dulé Hill as Shawn's best friend, straight man, and reluctant partner Burton "Gus" Guster, as well as Corbin Bernsen as Shawn's captious father, Henry."

They also have a great theme song. A number of times, I have thought about looking up the words to the theme song...so for this post...I did! Thank goodness for the internet...SO much great "research" information at our googley and yahooy finger tips.

The song is "I Know You Know" performed by series creator Steve Franks and his band, the Friendly Indians. Again, Enjoy. And make sure you enjoy it more than once. Once to read the lyrics with the song and once to watch the video with the song.




These lyrics are from Yahoo answer's "best guess."

yes,
In between the lines there's a lot of obscurity,
I'm not inclined to resign to maturity,
If it's all right, then you're all wrong,
But why bounce around to the same down song?
You'd rather run when you can't crawl.

I know, you know, that I'm not telling the truth.
I know, you know, they just don't have any proof.
Embrace the deception, learn how to bend,
Your worst inhibitions tend to psych you out in the end.

I know, you know,
I know, you know,
I know, you know,
I know, you know.

One thing I noticed since, now I know the lyrics...everything that is going on in the clips from the show go along with the lyrics! GENIUS!

One more aspect that I TOTALLY love about this show. Shawn always comes up with some crazy off the wall cover name for Gus. Below is a clip of the nicknames. And by the way I LOVE the way Gus says Shawn so the last half is a bunch of Shawn's by Lavender Gooms...I mean The Candy Striper Nicknack...I mean Gus.



Anyway, so I could go on all day about this great show...but I think that's enough.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pay It Forward!

I've never seen this blog post before but just read it on one of my friend's blogs. So, here it goes...

"The Pay It Forward Exchange is based on the concept of the movie "Pay it forward". I will send a hand made gift to the first three people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join the PIF exchange. All the gifts will be made and posted out sometime within the next month (I changed that from "year". A year is too long. But it would make the next sentence make more sense). How exciting to not know when your surprise package will arrive! What you need to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. This Exchange is only open to those with active websites or blogs. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PROMISE TO POST THIS SAME 'PAY IT FORWARD' MESSAGE ONTO YOUR BLOG, WHICH MUST BE ACTIVE IN ORDER TO PLAY. YOU WILL PAY IT FORWARD TO THREE PEOPLE WHO COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG. I'd love for you to join me! Will you? Other comments are welcome, but only the first three will be my Pay It Forward recipients."

Comment away!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Eatin' Good!

Marley is a good eater. She'll try ANYTHING! And even if she doesn't really like it she will try it again, right away, though hesitantly, she will try it, right away.

So far her favorites are apple sauce and meatballs. Not necessarily together but those are her favorite foods.

She is really into grunting and dancing and performing any other gestures to get us to get that next spoonful in her mouth. I tried to capture some of this on video but as usual, once the camera is on her, she acts differently. She is eating meatballs, and boy does she love them. Before she even swallows she is anxious for me. You can hear her sort of growling. It's cute.

I tried to post another video but, it is having troubles. I'll try to post it right below this one.

Nevermind. I can't get it to post. Maybe I'll try another day...but, today I'm just going to be grateful this little 25 second video posted.