Wednesday, November 4, 2009

We're not talking about it.

I found something a few months ago and I'm sure no one is going to believe me but I'll put it on here anyway. And just know that...we're not talking about it. Please pardon the dust.

In fact, lets play a game. If you want to guess what it is, leave it in the comments. The winner gets a prize.

New House= New Table

As I was pregnant with Jessi I had an issue. And yes... another one to go along with the other issues I have when I'm pregnant. I kept freaking out that we only had a table that seats 4 people and there was no other place that we could fit a bigger table even if we had one. (Now we're in a new house so it doesn't matter). But literally I would have anxiety attacks about not having a table for more people. So we moved into our new home and I sold our cute little family table on craigslist thus no table for new house. While we were shopping for a new home I had found a table at world market that I loved but it was approximately $2200.00. Oh man did I love this table. Rich of course wanted to get it right then because it was on sale for about $1500.00 and it was exactly what I wanted. We didn't have anywhere to put it though and they come put together because they're solid wood. I didn't want to have to find somewhere to store it for the next who knows how long. I said no, we'll wait until it goes on sale again and hopefully we'll be in our house by then. So...we moved in and you're not going to believe it but we sat and ate at this table, yes all 5 of us for over a month and a half because that stupid table wasn't going back on sale...take a look
Rich loved it everynight that we had to sit at that not really. And after seeing it for $1500 I was not going to pay $2200 so we needed to develop some patience. Well memorial day rolled around and my inlaws were visiting. Carol wanted a new patio umbrella from Kohls. I asked if she minded if I ran into world market first just to see what the story was with the table of my dreams. We went into find the last table with a little nick in the top on sale for $100. It was on clearance. I asked the store people what was going on and they said that the table was on clearance. I said because it's nicked and they said the set was being retired. In other words the table of my dreams was going away forever!!! There was another chair normally $129 on clearance for $24 it was also damaged. My worst nightmares were happening when all they had left was dinged up pieces of furniture on clearance. The clerk said no mam, the whole set is on clearance we have more chairs in the back and some at another store, but that is the only table and all of the chairs are $24 not just the damaged one. I was absolutely elated and of course my dear husband was too when I called him. I bought 8 chairs 1 table and another set of 4 folding chairs also on clearance for drumroll please







How often does a deal like that ever come around? I counted my lucky stars that day. Just incase you wanted to know that was about 83% off on brand spanking new furniture. I love my table.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Texans Visit

We were so lucky to have Rich's brother Ron and his wife Danielle and their 5 little (and big) girls come to our home this summer. They came the end of July and planned on staying just 2 days if I remember right. There was no way that we could pack the last 4 years into 2 days so they extended their stay in Portland which we were so grateful. We did tons of stuff and totally had a great time. They are welcome anytime. Brianne loved being a mother to Jessi, Tiffany just loved Uncle Rich and the 3 older girls were the best helpers in the world!!! Cooking dinner, babysitting, clean up, entertaining, etc. They are the 5 most amazing girls I've ever seen. Ron and Danielle are great parents. We wish that we could see each other more often. During their visit, we...
Went on a date...Thank you Tori, Caitlin and Courtney
Roasted Smore's in the backyard firepit

Played house ;0)

Slammed on the brakes to miss a dear...success!

Picked blueberries

visited the Bangerter orchard

picked cherries

showed off the kids' school and parked illegallly (who's driving this boat?)

went to lunch at Burgerville...oh my gosh isn't my baby cute. She's 7 months in this picture.

Put together the Turner Choir lol...I played, they sang lots of primary songs

Rich treated Tiffany to a midnight snack of oreo's and milk

Played "so you think you can dance" at the park across the street
Austins dance pose

Watched fireworks

Chilled out in the hot summer weather

As you can see we had a lot of fun while they were there. We are so glad they came and felt comfortable enough to extend their stay. Please come back soon!

Aunt Andrea's House

So we were honored enough to have Rich's sister Melora's kids come stay at our house for a week this summer. They are so polite and well mannered kids that I totally cried when I took them to Gramma's house for the weekend. I loved driving around and looking in m y rear view mirror and seeing all these cute little smiling faces filling my car. I'm not sure why but it was so gratifying. They all are close in age and love playing with each other, perhaps that's why it's so fun. I wish I had more patience as I would love to fill my car with my own kids but that aint gonna happen so don't hold your breath. I love going home and hanging out with all my siblings as it's totally a party now that we're all older. I so want a big family for my kids sake and I know that time goes fast and that it would be over soon if I decided to have a million kids but frankly (thanks for the word referral Gary) I don't want to have 6 kids. Thank you Keith and Melora for letting me borrow your kids for a week. I hope we can make a tradition out of this. I love them and they are welcome here anytime! I didn't take many pictures, but I did manage to get this one.

Our New Home

This year we were fortunate enough to be able to purchase a new home for our family (Thank you honey). We didn't move far, but to a much larger home where there are more children to play with and more room for us & company. Every once in a while I get choked up thinking about how much I have been blessed with. This last week I took Redden grocery shopping and drove the back roads to a store I don't usually go to for a change. As we were driving we passed an RV Park. But not the kind that people come and go for the weekend. It's right off the road and it was packed - not a single place left. Full of RV's,cars, clotheslines, grills, etc. Where you can tell people live. Not that there's anything wrong with this because atleast they have a roof over their heads but I couldn't stop thinking about how lucky I am to have the life that I do. Tears welled in my eyes as Redden told me he was thankful to have a home. When we got back home he told Rich thank you for working hard so we can have a real house. It doesn't happen very often that kids realize what they have but I hope that this lesson is something I can help my kids remember their whole lives. I thank my lucky starts that I found and married a man who would give his limbs to support his family. Love you babe. I haven't taken any pictures of our home with our stuff in it yet, but here are a few pictures for those of you who have never been here but with the other peoples' stuff.
At the top of the stairs looking toward the master and Jessi's room
Jessi's room

The Master~ Not a good angle

They boys room.

The laundry room also taken at a very weird angle. There's a linen closet in here too

The bonus room..YEAH!!! A place for ALL their crap

From the kitchen lookinig into the family room

Our agent sitting at their table writing up papers.

Living room off the entry

Looking back toward the front door

A picture of the office right off the front door taken at a very weird angle.