Saturday, September 29, 2007

On the Road Again....

First off, I was pretty suprised that the billionaire was in the bottom two............at first. Then I got to thinking that why wouldn't he be.....he is an unknown. But I was glad to see that the model left. I don't think another week would have changed her abilities much. So I'm thinking that the millionaire goes next. Stay tuned.

Yep, Mark and I went down to Kalispell on Thursday to get another load of stuff for the house....this trip we picked up a couple of toilets, 2 pedestal sinks ( one exactly like we had in Thousand Oaks, we love it), more drywall, insulation, faucets, shower heads, a whirlpool tub, a bath tub for Michelle, 3 pocket doors....Today we have the plumber, the electrician and labor help!!! Don't ask me when we think we will move in, I am just glad we are moving forward and we are not the only ones working on the house! We are super close with the kitchen cabinets....just looking for oak wood flooring that is on the medium to darkish brown stain. Not so much red, so if any of you out there can help me out, let me know.

Anyway, we thought that if we got an early start on Thursday morning we would be able to "get everything done". I don't think so. Our many carts were pretty much all loaded when we found out about a promotion...10% off your order ( starting the following day) up to $2,000.00, so we decided to stay the night with a savings of 200$, why not. But then we learned that Lowes was having a promotion where if you opened up a credit card you would get 10% off your whole order up to $5,000.00. Well Home depot will match Lowes so I signed up for another HD credit card. Did you know that you can apply for up to 6 (six) credit cards at HD? PLUS, American Standard was having a special, if you spend $1,000.00 you get a $100 HD gift card. OK! Then there was a special with the other bath products with a $250 gift card with a purchase over $2,000.00. OK! PLUS, with the better prices in the US we saved about $3,000.00 with driving to the US. The only downside was that we wore the same clothes for two days. We stopped at Target to get a few personel items like mascara, blush, eye liner, deodorant, a comb, a small shampoo, a hair clip, hairspray and a very cheap foundation, oh and two toothbrushes. I wonder what the check out girl was thinking............?! There are some things a girl cannot live with out
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

King of the Road

I just love that song, so because of that I really enjoyed the billionaire last night along with the boxer. His style was different, don't remember the song but I must have liked it as well. I was a little dissapointed with Wayne. I thought he would have been a little more comfortable. He will get better with time I think. My least favorite!!!! the model, ewe!!!! Soap Opera star did nothing for me either and , oh, the race car driver was pretty good too. The "Bewitched " song was different. If it had to be the guys, based on performance it would be Wayne. My least favorite overall would have to be the model...never seen him before and he is not cute. But who will get voted off? It will either be Marie or the supermodel. Probably the supermodel.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

GOOD Morning!


This is what I see when I am watching for the bus and washing the morning dishes by hand (just thought I would throw that in).

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ladies Night

If it had to be one of the ladies who would you pick? I liked Jenni, enjoyed the elegance of Jane, the Cheetah girl was very good, Mel was very good as well. Josie? cute but don't think she is completely out of the woods......I kinda think it might be Marie. I know tomorrow are the guys and this all could completely change..........I am super curious about Wayne...remember that song," Daddy don't you walk so fast"? Heard it on XM last week. Wow that took me back to maybe......the early seventies? Dina, I bet you would know, help me out!

Who do you think might go on Wednesday? I'd love to hear what you all think.

Happy Birthday Nealster!





Does Neal look older to you? He turned 12 years old on Saturday so you know what that means......no more Primary!!! He completed his Faith in God award which was great, he worked hard on it. It kinda of reminded me of scouting actually, you know, behind every Eagle Scout is a mom?

Another important thing that happened, he also received the Aaronic Priesthood. Our neighbors came and also our home teacher and his wife, she just loves my Neal! So in honor of turning 12, he was able to attend his first youth activity, Stake Standards Night! Yep, they mentioned the dating, the modesty, and the "P" word as Neal puts it. He said the Bishop talked about it in his interview too. Oh he is growing up so fast.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Do They Look Equal To You?



Yep, it finally happened.................the Canadian dollar ( Loonie) hit a high today......$1.0006 to our American dollar. It quickly fell to 99.86, whoopie. So basically it is equal but prices on items are not. We live about 2 1/2 hours or so from Kalispell Montana where things are booming big time . They have a shopping center with, get this, a Target, a Ross, AND a TJMaxx right next to each other which is connected to Home Depot. Across the street? Lowes and Costco! We have been going down "to the states" to buy building materials and appliances for our home and have found that alot of things are half as cheap and plus there is no state tax in Montana. When crossing the border we pay the GST (canadian tax) and duty ONLY if the items were not made in the US or Mexico ( that kind of stuff usually is). Clothing is a different story. So with the gas prices the way they are it is still worth the time and gas to buy our drywall, appliances, kitchen cupboards and granite in Montana. We are lucky that we live so close to the border and have a trailer in order to take advantage of the US prices. My latest discovery is Old Navy.com...............we have a Montana PO box so we pay no tax and shipping is only $5 no matter how much you buy. Neal's complete school wardrobe is from OldNavy.com!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Good Morning?????

My bubble has burst! I know we live north and are in Canada where it seems it is always cold and windy, but after all it is only September 19th!!! My head is having a hard time getting around this.............Boy am I glad we have an adventure planned for November 29th......just purchased our tickets to Nicaragua to pick up Brad............I hope it is super sunny and warm............everything opposite of this!!!!

The forecast for today called for rain with a few flurries.....whatever!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Marriage Tag!


Jolyn tagged me!



Where did you meet your husband?

I met him at my apartment...he came over with his roomate to "meet the twins" with the urging of his roomate....he had just broken off an engagment......we were in the same ward at BYU in the summer of 1980. He had seen me at church while sitting with his then fiance, so he knew who "the twins" were.


What was your first date?
Nothing very romantic....BYU 13 Stake Fireside with Mark E Petersen....when he called to ask me to the fireside I really wasn't sure " which Mark" it was....I was glad when I opened the door.




Where was the first kiss?
I don't really remember our first kiss and it bothers me. It might be in my journal but it is packed away. I would imagine it was on the door step of my apartment at The Regency, apartment number 103 I believe.




Where did you get engaged?
In my apartment at BYU! It was Valentines Day 1981. We met in September of 1980 and by November-ish I knew I loved him....a miracle for me because I never dated a boy longer than three months.....I would tire of them or they would do something that bugged me and that was all it took....He came by with two cards...one a typical VDay card and the other was a VDay card with a special question inside. I had a feeling he was going to ask me on Valentines Day so I had previously been thinking and praying about it so I would be ready! He had been looking at rings earlier but didn't get one until we could go together, secretly I wish he had the ring with him at the proposal.



Where did you get married?
We were married in the Hawaii Temple on June 27th, 1981.



How did the reception go?
It was nice.....in the cultural hall of the Hawaii Kai Chapel....it was a luau complete with the kalua pig, lomi salmon, and all the fixings....had musical numbers, hula dancers, and the Hawaiian Wedding Song....I just love that song. Mark's parents, 1 brother , 3 sisters and an Aunt and Uncle came over, along with some of my small extended family. A wedding in Hawaii is a great reason to take a trip...I hope some of my kids get married there! Mark loved getting up at 6am the day of his wedding to get that pig in the ground!





How was the honeymoon?

Honeymoon was nice. We stayed our first night in Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiian....a friend of the family had connections...we stayed the remainder of the time on the North Shore at Kuilima, which is now Turtle Bay. We met up with Mark's family at the PCC one of the days but mostly went to the beach.....we only stayed there for 2-3 nights. Then it was off to Alberta to live with his parents in the basement ( yes, where we are right now) for the summer before heading off to BYU.


I tag my niece Stephanie! You're it!

Every Little Bit Helps...






We all try and do our part, big or small. Michelle is stapling a plastic barrier between the garage and house, Mark is up on scaffolding with a huge hose blowing insulation into the attic, Neal and Lou Lou are loading up the machine with the insulation, Chris and Sean are preparing for window installs and I am the official picture taker!! See our vaulted ceiling in the kitchen and great room area? Yep, that was a fun drywall experience.

House Update!







We are getting there, bit by bit.The last couple of weeks have been very productive, drywall in places, electrical in most spots, windows in, plumbing in a few places, stairs, and most important we have a heated basement floor! Well not quite yet, but everything is in place. The tubes will carry warm water so we will be toasty warm.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

How Can I Not Try This?


Yes, I know it is only September 11th, but it might freeze tonight so I picked my tomatoes. My friend told me that if I pick my tomatoes when they are green, put them in a cardboard box and cover them with newspaper they will ripen. But as I was dumping them into the box I realized I could enjoy them GREEN! So here is the healthy version of the Fried Green Tomatoes recipe and we are having them with our dinner tonight. Wanna come?
INGREDIENTS:
4 to 6 green tomatoes, cut in 1/4-inch thick slices
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup water
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
PREPARATION:
Sprinkle tomato slices with salt and pepper on both sides. In a shallow bowl mix beaten eggs, milk, and water. Put the all-purpose flour in a shallow bowl. Dip each slice into egg mixture, then into flour.* Dip each slice into egg and then into the flour again.
Arrange tomatoes in large, shallow, greased baking pans, or bake in 1 pan, in batches. Tomatoes should not touch. Bake uncovered in 400° oven 20 minutes, turning halfway through.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

There She Goes................




Laurel is off to start her 2nd year at BYU-Idaho. We are letting her take the car down this semester and we'll see how it goes. Her "sweet Lexus" ( used, at a really great price) as she calls it, doesn't have snow tires so this is a trial run. I am a little nervous for her because I about spun out (I just mentioned that incident to Mark last week, didn't think he needed to know right after it happened.) in the driveway and almost hit the side of the garage so I know how jumpy the car can be.

We are going to miss her!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Release Date!



We got the official call from SLC with Brad's release date of December 3rd. It looks like Mark and I will leave here on the 30th of November to get him, stay a few days in Nicaragua then head straight to California so he can report on Sunday, December 9th. We can't wait to have him home again!

If you look close enough you can see one of the girls doing "bunny ears" on her sister. It seems that all kids, no matter where they live, are exactly the same.

Monday, September 3, 2007

If I Could Talk to the Animals




Counrty living brings country critters for sure. It seems that lately when we look out the window in the morning we see animals that don't normally belong in the front yard. A cow, some horses, and last night three deer. In fact Laurel was in the basement yesterday afternoon, noticed a shadow and was wondering who would be doing bunny years, she turned around and low and behold it was a dear with his nose practically pressed up against the window.

Chuck Wagon races are held in town every year, we find them so entertaining. These grown men, sometimes women, riding these miniature wagons being pulled by miniature horses around a track. A family friend, Emily Brown from Agoura CA, was visiting us(Clark)a couple of weeks ago and found it amusing also. But not as amusing as the picture she took of the woman beside us with a knarly nasty mullet! Should I not have said that! At least I didn't take a picture of her on the sly. Emily is so funny! Hi Emily!!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

I have been TAGGED!


Jobs I have had:
Telephone solicitor
Baskin Robbins
Dental assistant
Front desk at a dental lab

Movies I never get sick of:
Cinderella, the one with Brandy
Wizard of Oz
Sound of Music...I know I know. I guess I like musicals because they keep me awake.

Places I've called Home:
Sunnyvale California
Tracy California
Honolulu (Hawaii Kai)
Provo Utah
Drayton Valley Alberta Canada
Huntington Beach and Thousand Oaks California and now...
Leavitt Alberta

Favorite TV Shows:
Dancing With the Stars
American Idol
Everybody Loves Raymond


Favorite Vacation Spots:
Hawaii.....I know I know, I need to branch out.


Favorite Web Sites:
I don't have a favorite, sorry.


Would you bungee jump?
I don't think so, that is a silly question for Marilee Cahoon


Favorite Cereal?
Cocoa Krispies, I could eat the whole box, ok maybe three bowls full consecutively

The last thing I ate:
A piece of a Canadian candy bar, Eat More.


The Last Person I talked to on the phone:
Hello, my sister Lou Lou, who else!!!!!


What I am listening to:
Laurel typing on her computer.


Eye Color:
Blue


Summer or Winter:
Summer, so why am I up here in the cold North?


Scary or Happy endings?
Happy


Tag YOU are it! My darling daughter Laurel!

1 down with 38 more to go!

Lou-Lou's husband Chris and their son Sean are here for two weeks helping with the house. This is what they did today!!!! Am I happy? You bet I am!!!

Laurel's Day!

Laurel turned 19 years old on Thursday! We have enjoyed having her home this summer, she returns to BYU-I on the 9th and we will miss her. I was hoping she would "blog" her day but since she has not, I will.

It was a hard day for alot of people in the community, it was the funeral of the litle girl, Macey, who died in an accident last Saturday. The funeral was very nice and so appropriate for a little girl. The family called her their Christmas Angel because she was born on Christmas Day. The family had heard Laurel sing a hymn in sacrament meeting last summer and remembered how she sounded like an angel so they asked if she would sing at the funeral. The song was written by a woman whose nephew died in a car accident years ago and Laurel really did sound like an angel. I hope she will record it someday, it was really beautiful. After the funeral this little girl was carried in a horse drawn wagon pulled by her grandpas and surrounded by her cousins followed by a white carriage with her parents and grandmas and following them were 20 horses ridden by family members in their white shirts to the Leavitt Cemetary about 1 mile away. It was warm, with a slight breeze, peaceful and quiet and could not have been more moving.

After the funeral we had a scavenger hunt for Laurel where at the end she found her "prize money". Money is a great gift for "a girl who has everything" right? We then grabbed our passports and headed for another country to have dinner. Cardston is not known for their eateries. It was fun and different and AMERICAN!!! The funny thing about her birthday was that as soon as we walked in the door Neal and Michelle went to bed and Laurel went to lay down for awhile, it was so funny. I think with this being the first week of school along with the funeral they were all tuckered out. This birthday picture was taken last night and she even lit her own candles!