Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Yesterday was Trav's 30th birthday! How can we be this old already???....
On Sunday night we had a party for him (and for the kids. You know how they love party hats and balloons), we had a bunch of friends anf family over and it was nice to have everyone over for cake. Last night we went to Applebees with his family ( we are loving having his parents home!) Besides catching a yucky cold, I think the past few days were fun for him. 3o only comes once! We love you Travis/Daddy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Here you go Jessica... the inside scoop!

My friend Jessica wanted to see some pictures of the inside. She and I have been friends for 15 years, so she knows how crazy I really am- yet loves me anyway!
I had so much fun painting and decorating & finding killer deals! My favorite is probably my fridge. I almost had a heart attack when I found it at a yard sale for $40.00. I've always joked with Travis and my friends that the Lord leads me to good deals, because he does, there's no other explanition to why I score all the coolest things( I even say a prayer before leaving for my "yard sale day"), but it really works, he really does lead me!
My other favorite is my black & white checkerd floor that I've wanted forever. It makes me happy every time I'm on my hands and knees washing it. The pictures are further down...

Monday, October 22, 2007

G-ma & G-pa Berthelson are back from their mission!

Well, G-ma & G-pa Berthelson arrived home safely late last night from their 2 year mission in Virginia. We just came home from "their" house after a 4 hour visit. We are SO thrilled to have them back, and yes, we can't wait for G-ma's cooking again!
They brought home with them a tiny dog named Jenni. It weighes 1 pound right now and I have to admit, is adorable. I ACTUALLY PET A DOG TODAY folks, yeah I know, kind of hard to believe, but she's about the size of your hand and really cute.
The kids and I loved seeing Gramon and Grandpot (as Daisy calls them). We are so proud of them for taking 2 years out to serve the Lord, they are incredible people and I am so blessed to be apart of their family.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fixing the House...

Last month was pretty crazy for us as we bought and fixed up our first house!
We have so much more respect for those who do that kind of work for a living, or those who have just survived it. We are in love with it now. It was a ton of work for us, who know nothing about how to fix a house, but luckily the projects were ones we could do ourselves. We had fun ripping out all the old, nasty, pee infested carpet, taking down wall paper to find ugly wood paneling behind it, refinishing walls, retexuring walls, removing a corner of brick were a stove used to be, painting the fire place, painting the inside of the house, removing the ugliest wood fan you've ever seen, replacing light fixtures, adding my black and white checkered floor to the kitchen, replacing all the carpet, removing the dishwasher, adding a new one, ripping out the kitchen sink and adding a new one, adding base boards, removing and adding a new front door, removing old blinds and putting up new ones, adding doors, painting wild flowers all over,decorating, removing trees, removing a lot of rose bushes and taking too many trips to the dump. Then we were able to unpack! It was difficult with the kids at our feet EVERY second, a nursing baby, work, church, tristin starting school and normal life- but we survived it.
Audra was right, some days you do go to Lowes/Home Depot 5 times a day! Luckily, we just have to repaint the outside in the spring, and get new windows.
We are loving having a place to call our own and the kids love the huge back yard.
Heavenly Father blessed us beyond belief...

Ode to Audra

One of my best friends convinced me to start my own blog. (Thank you Audra!) I have never been one to follow the crowd, but to me, this was still something I could call my own, yet feel apart of something as well.
My other best friend Jessica and I were talking about how we all need a witness to our lives and it's true. I guess I have felt so lost for so long that I needed this outlet. Now- I have a way I can share my life with you, my goofy habits, pictures of my beautiful family, my passion for writing, my love of art and my joy for life.
My hope is that I will spend less time cleaning and more time embracing what is most important.
My hope is that I will learn to sit down, relax, write and share my life with you. It's true, we all need a witness to our lives, thank you for being mine...