Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Work on the House Continues

Bret and I have been working like crazy this week, trying to
get the middle section of the house done ( or atleast
part, the tiles for the bathroom and laundry room
will be done later)
Anyway, Emily wanted a mural in her playroom
of an ocean scene. I was told by a lady at church
that these murals are hard to install
and she was RIGHT! They are next to
impossible to work with. While you try
to smooth out the wrinkles, it tears very easily.
After we got it up, it did look nice. But, during
the time we were putting it up, I was sure
getting aggravated. Oh well, it's up and Em
has her mural.

This was before the glue dried completely

The playroom before we started the mural

The hall way after getting it's second
coat of paint and getting the laminate
down. I have been painting doors
and trim for days. They are almost
ready to go in.
That's it for now! I don't have much time
will be more to come in a few days.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Eight Questions I have been tagged by Susan at ByGrace
to answer these eight questions. I am to answer
these eight questions, propose eight new questions
and then tag eight bloggers to answer mine.
It sounded like if I can figure it out, I'll give it
a try.

1. What is your favorite main dish to eat or cook?
Well...that is kind of a hard one...since I love so many things.
But here goes, TO EAT...I really LOVE bbq ribs, but I
have never quite perfected cooking them. ( My husband
can make delicious ribs on the grill, though, so that works
for me. TO COOK... there is nothing like turkey and
dressing with all the fixin's. I inherited a baking pan
that belonged to my husband's Grammy McAllister, and it
makes the best turkey! I also love to make homemade spaghetti
sauce (Grandma Pallotta's recipe) Emily really loves
this sauce because it has "no lumps". It really is delicious!
It takes all day ( or most of the day) to cook!
You see, we having been living out the microwave for
over a month now. :/

2. What was your favorite pet, anytime in your life?
I guess the nicest answer would be to say the three
cats that we now have, and we are quite attached to
them, but my husband and I also had a house dog named
Sheena for about thirteen years that we really loved.
She had the sweetest disposition and did so well in
the house. She never had accidents or got into mischief.
She just stayed around where we were and kept us
company. She died when Emily was just a baby.

3. Do you have unreasonable fears?
Yes. I know it sounds crazy, but I am just
about terrified of semi trucks! Before my
husband became pastor of our church, he was
a youth pastor at a church for almost ten years.
Our church was over an hour away and we spent
much time on the interstate driving back and forth
to church. I cannot tell you how many times we
were almost run off the road by trucks!!! Now, I usually
bring a book with me in the car, so I don't notice
the trucks as much.

4. What do you love the most about your spouse?
There are so many things, he is wonderful! :)
But, if I have to choose just would have to
be how much he loves the Lord! He was saved
when he was eighteen years old, and since that
day, he has always lived for the Lord and put Him
first. In all the years that we have been married, he
has been a godly man with character. He is the same
man at home that he is in the pulpit! He has taught
me so much about what it means to be a christian!
He is the most dedicated christian that I know and
I just wish that I could be more like him.

5. Are you more of a follower or a leader?
It depends on the situation. For instance,
in our church, we have ladies that are perfectly
capable of taking care of certain things, and have
been doing them for many years. When my husband
and I came to our church, I did not feel it necessary
to "take over" and do these things my way.
However, when the situation dictates that I need
to lead, I can. I usually just "play it by ear" and do
whatever is necessary at the time.

6. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
It's funny...someone else recently asked me
this question. I have several favorites but I guess
my most favorite would be the book of Ruth.
I love the romance, for sure, who wouldn't???
But mostly, I love how it portrays our hopelessness
and how the Lord directs our paths to get us to
our kinsman Redeemer.

7. Is there a skill or hobby you'd like to learn but
have never done it, for whatever reason?
Well, quite honeestly, I can't think of anything
that I have wanted to try that I didn't try atleast
once. But there are a couple of things that I have
tried a time or two, without much success. These
things I would greatly love to master.
~ Quilting ~ Several years ago, I had a great aunt
who lived near by and wanted very much to teach me
the art of quilting. I was a young married woman and
felt that I was much too busy, what with keeping
the house, gardening, and such, to take the time.
OH, HOW I WISH I WOULD HAVE! She no longer
lives near me, and I think I will always regret not
having taking the opportunity. (Also, she needed
the Lord, and this was a failed opportunity to have
introduced her to the Savior) :(
~ Driving a "stick" or manual transmission
I have tried this on several occasions, but believe
me, I am terrible at it. I remember on one occasion
I drove my husband's car while he was at work, and
almost never made it home because it kept "dying"
on me. So, when Emily learns to drive, she is going
to learn on a stick!!!

8. What is your decorating style?
In all honesty, we've never had a lot
of money to spend on decorating per se.
I have, more often than not, bought most
of my stuff from either the thrift store or
yard sales. This being said, I do have styles
that I prefer, or that just seem to suit my taste
better than others. I am a COUNTRY GIRL
despite what my honey says ( he says that I am
a city girl who just happened to be raised in the
country) and I am a SOUTHERN GIRL!!
So, really, I have to say, that my taste runs to
very simple, country things. I really like some
of the "rustic" things, but it doesn't have to be.
In other words, the more contemporary stuff
is definitely NOT me! Emily loves glass tables
and shiny black furniture, you, know the really
contemporary stuff ~ her taste is REALLY different
from mine. ( She really may be a city girl stuck in
the country!! ) :) I love oak cabinets, frilly lacy
curtains, and comfy cozy furniture that it's okay
to put your feet up on.

Now, for my eight new questions.

1. How old were you when you became a christian?

2. What did you want to be when you grew up?

3. What is your favorite beverage?

4. If you could take a trip anywhere, where would you go? Why?

5. Do you have any special memories with your grandparents? Share one.

6. Who is your favorite author? ( this of course, does not include the Bible ) :)

7. Is there a special hobby that you and your husband enjoy doing together?

8. What is your favorite dessert?

Well...that's the easy part! Now, let's see if I can figure out how to

"tag" someone.

I would like to tag

And since Emily wanted a chance to do this, I

am also tagging her and one of her friends.

If you decide that you are going to take
part, would you mind leaving a comment so
I can read your answers.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

House Update

I cannot believe how long it has been since I have posted. But in
the days since my last post, our family has moved from our old house
into our new one. (actually, we are living in the master bedroom and
bath ~ it's kind of like living in a motel ) LOL! Anyway, we did manage
to get moved. We have been working like crazy, trying to get as much
done as we can, but it just takes time. We've also started back with
our homeschooling, started the Tuesday after Labor Day. This is
the latest we have ever started, but since we were right in the middle
of the move, we had no choice really. This, in itself, makes the work
on the house move at a slower pace. But, in a few weeks ( I hope!!!!)
we will be done, and it will all be worth it.

Earlier this summer, while having her teeth cleaned, our family
dentist did some x-rays on Emily's teeth and found that she
had an impacted tooth that simply had no room to come in.
He recommended that she see an orthodontist to see how
to best deal with the situation. After seeing the orthodontist,
he sent her to an oral surgeon who removed four of her
permanent teeth. It would seem that she had too many
teeth for what space she had in her mouth. With that taken
care of, she has now gotten her new braces (atleast part of
them) She only has them on her upper teeth for now~ later
she will get the bottom ones. He said her overbite is too bad
to put them on right away--said she would be biting the bottom
ones off. She hasn't minded them too much, just had very
minor pain so far.

I thought I would post just a few pics to bring you up to date
on where we have been and what we've been doing. Please
be patient...we are working as hard as we can to try and
finish this project, so I don't have as much time as I used
to have to blog. Soon, things will get back to normal.

Emily's pretty smile...with her new braces!
You can't really tell, but they are purple and lime green!
As always, my Emily chooses vibrant, lively colors!
New outside view of our house. The outside
is close to being done. We just have alittle
more painting to do. Of course, our yard is a mess
but we will get that eventually, once the inside is

This is my absolute favorite thing about
my new house...the front porch. I just
love, love, love it! I love to sit
out on the swing in the morning,
sip my morning coffee, and read my Bible.
It is so peaceful here.
My honey working the sheetrock in our
new living room

Bro. Jay, our deacon, came over to help my
husband with the sheetrock work. We are
so thankful for the time and effort he has put
in. We have never put in new sheetrock
so we were alittle unsure of how to do it,
but Bro. Jay knows how and makes
it look easy.

Emily's new laminate floor is about
3/4 done. We still have to put
the trim down and paint her door
but then her room will be finished.

Emily's new border, cats!
I really didn't want to use a "theme"
because at her age, she likes a different
thing every week. But, she will always
LOVE her CATS! The room was
just sooooo bright, what with
those just needed something
to break it up a bit. I think the border
was just perfect.

A teeny peek in the closet in the master
bedroom. It is amazing how much this
room "shrunk" once we got our stuff in
it! It looked so big before! Hmmm... I guess
we still have too much stuff!

The new master bath. Notice my coffee pot on
the vanity. Since I do not have a working
kitchen, I put my coffee pot in the
bathroom~ you know, kind of like
when you're on vacation in a motel.
It's kind of weird, I know, but it works
for me! As long as I have my morning
coffee, the rest of the day will go fine! ;)

Well, that's it for now! Hopefully, there
will be more pictures soon as we make
more progress. Please keep looking,
even if I don't get anything posted for
a week or two!
I will try to do better, though, I promise! :)