Thursday, December 30, 2010

For you Kev!

Ok, son, this is the gray paint in the kitchen, most of the time I like it, sometimes I'm not sure. Maybe the cabinets are a little too yellow for the gray. And the countertops have to go, but then I may as well just re do the whole kitchen. I guess it will wait. I would have put this on this morning for you, but if you look very closely by the front sink you might be able to tell the dishwasher is new. Yes, today we had a project. I got 1 new dishwasher, I will get a second one for the island when life slows down a bit. I like the dishwasher, I have given up on expensive dishwashers and bought the same one that we have in the condo, I'm on my second load of dishes and it's doing a great job. You can't tell in the picture but it's stainless and yes the other one is still white but I'll get to it eventually.
The nook, I haven't found valances that I like yet, maybe I'll get a chance to make some, maybe not (Vineman training starts Monday, great excuse right!)
I really like the new dining room paint, I really hate the dining room carpet, I was thinking as I moved Kyle's new bike out of the picture, how much carpet we could have bought with the money we spent on bikes this year! Do you like the anniversary flowers dad got me? Can you tell what the vase is?
The laundry room, the pic's a little dark but so are the walls. Really it doesn't look quite this dark, I like it especially with all of the white cabinets on the wall you don't see.

The new floor in Brad's room.
Thanks for getting all that wall paper stripping started, and thanks to Brent for finishing it, it was a lot of work! I hope you like it.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Random fun pictures

Christmas Eve at the temple with Brent

Bri and Sarah too

Craig made a book for me celebrating my Ironman!
Craig's Christmas present--thanks Kev!
Nana's angel on my tree.

The dining room getting painted while Craig and I were out of town!

These are from last month, but just got downloaded today, thanks guys for being there.

Big brother teaching little brother what you can do when it rains in Southern California.

Christmas 2010

Blogging from (Craig's new) iPad would seem simple, convenient, fun and of course would have that cool, cool factor. Well you see it seems you can't really blog easily from blogger without an app. So here goes my first try with blogpress, let's see if we can get a picture or two in here.

Brent's Santa present--How did Santa know?

Yahoo we had Brian and Sarah here with us, we are happy to share them with the Kenison and Cannon families. Although when it comes to meals what do you vote bland tamales at the Wright's or raccoon, beaver and python at the Cannon's? No I'm not kidding, check Bob C's blog.

Ok this has a story and video to go along with it. I'll see if it works.

Brad's longboard is looking like another trip to the ER soon. Santa!

REVIEW OF BLOGPRESS: Now I am typing from the regular computer. Blogpress was fairly simple for a non-IT savvy first time user. Things I couldn't figure out without an investment of too much time were posting a video, I think I may have to take it our of iphoto first, don't know, maybe not. I could go to a screen to center pictures although I didn't, but not find a screen to center text. I'm not saying it's not there, just that I didn't find it on my first post. I like things that are intuitively easy. I also wanted to post a link to Bob C's blog and wasn't sure how to do that, so if you are interested here is the ultimate brave foody's blog link. I also could not delete the spaces between text and pictures. Someday I think I may take a class on real blogging.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Go, Fight, Win!

We laughed, we cried, we loved, we hugged, we told stories, we prayed, and did I mention there was joy, always joy in the knowledge we have of the plan of salvation.

We love you. Keep fighting!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Reason to Whine

The morning after IMAZ I had the option of going down to Tempe Town Lake and registering for 2011 IMAZ. No way...I was not going anywhere near that park. IMAZ sells their slots first to the currently registered athletes on Saturday (no thank you, I had enough to think about with the 2010 race looming). Next you can go to the park on Monday morning, the volunteers have priority registration, following the volunteers anyone onsite can register. Open slots are then put on at 12:00 noon. It was a little after 12:00 as we were driving home I began to reconsider, maybe I will do IMAZ again in 2011..............too late, it was sold out! So, here it is my 2011 albatross (something that causes deep concern and anxiety) Vineman full, a trip to wine country to do what? These are my deep concerns about Vineman: 1) It has a 16, not 17 hour cut-off 2) It's in July, in California, the run could be killer hot 3) The bike course looks spectacularly beautiful, but I did love that flat Beeline! Training starts January 1 with Don Fink's "Be Iron Fit" plan. This plan calls for a yet to be determined oly in May and 1/2 the first week of June. And as for my current training plan...........does wallpaper stripping and painting count, I haven't been to the gym lately and have eaten my weight in See's candy.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I am sad to report the tree is still in the bucket in the garage!
But we are making great progress!
The house has been a little overwhelming, thank you to Brent for all of his continued hard work. The floor they put down in Brad's room looks amazing and is done except for the base shoe. The kitchen paint is coming along and we had a little the midst of all of our mess my friend Lisa sent me a message, "I am bringing you dinner."! Lisa did not even know what was going on at our house and while I was at Home Depot buying more paint, base shoe, a light cover (ha, broke this one too!) nails, and who knows what else, dinner showed up at our house. Thank you so much for the yummy spinach lentil soup, rolls, salad and cookies we are so appreciative. Our goal is to be done by Thursday, Craig and I are leaving on Friday for a little quick trip to Provo to visit Grandpa.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Kevin-Look What You Started

Kev decided awhile back that the blue plaid wallpaper in the laundry room and the little bathroom had to go. Bless him, he didn't know what he was getting into, how long ago was that-some months anyway, he got the stripping done but not the paint. Now since Brent is home for a few more weeks he asked if I would like him to finish the job. Yay! The laundry room and bathroom are now painted and look really great. I would post a picture but there is still a little more clean-up to do, so I will get that up soon. In the meantime while I have slave labor at home it seemed like as good a time as any to get that new floor put down in Brad's room. Tee hee, again Brent volunteered and he and Craig are hard at work as I type:

I think the box said this was a five hour job if you were inexperienced-we're now going on about 12 hours and there's quite a little bit more to be done. It will look really good when it's done. And maybe I should think of something extra kind and nice to do for them. So I have been stripping more wallpaper, the yellow in the kitchen is almost gone except for some places I can't reach even with the ladder, and the dining room is about half done. I will never again in my life have wallpaper, what was I thinking. I never really even liked it that much, I am almost positive that when the decorator showed up with it, it wasn't what I ordered. Oh well, as soon as its done Brent said he would paint for me this week and I will see what I can do to put Brad's room back together again. Needless to say the entire house is a disaster! We have a busy holiday time ahead of us with Brent's farewell and Christmas and lots of work. The Christmas tree is sitting in a bucket of water in the garage, soon....soon....the tree must go up.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010