Saturday, August 02, 2008

Breaking Dawn

Don't worry, there are no spoilers here.  I'm just wondering if anyone else has finished and what they thought of it?  Loved it?  Hated it?  Still deciding?  I think I'm still deciding.

Friday, August 01, 2008

One Last One - For Today

Ok, last post for today.  And it's just all the other random stuff that has been going on in this last month.

As many of you know, Randal had had his tonsils out on Tuesday.  Just wanted to let everyone know that he is doing well - still in a lot of pain and milking it for all it's worth!  :)  It's ok though, believe me, when it's my turn, I will be too!  The hospital is very nice and the staff we worked with were all very helpful.  It's nice to know for when it's baby time.  Anyhow, we've appreciated all the help we've gotten here in Ames and the prayers from everywhere else.  Blessings and babysitters!  So, THANKS!  We love you all!

Also, I finally got a calling - 2nd counselor in the Young Women's.  Which means I am in charge of the Beehives (12-13 year old girls).  I'm pretty excited, as I've never worked in Young Women's.  There is no teacher so that means I also get to teach the Sunday lessons - which is what I am really excited about!  But, if any of you have any ideas for activities and other stuff I can do for my girls, let me know.  It's been awhile since I was 12.

The baby is doing well and kicking alot!  He's pushing on my bladder and making it hard to sleep - just preparing my for post-partum, I'm sure.  We still haven't settled on a name though.  Maybe he's just trying to motivate me to pick one out already!

Israel is just the same as ever.  Talking and running alot.  He's very smart and we're trying to get him into pre-school here for the fall.  That way he can have friends to play with during the week when I can't do too much because of new baby.  We'll see how it all turns out soon enough!

Our Iowa House

Ok, here are a few pictures of our house now that it has been mostly unpacked and decorated. Thanks to my mom and dad! They came for a visit over Pioneer Day and stayed for a whole week. They did what they do best! Daddy unpacked and organized my garage, by office, my laundry room and some of the basement stuff too! My mom made everything pretty! I am seriously so blessed!

So, the basement still has yet to be finished, so sorry, no pics of the family room or our bedroom. And no pics of Israel's room yet either because he still doesn't have a bed. Soon, though! So, basically you just the front room and dining room and guest room.

The coffee table

The bookshelf by the front door

View as you walk in the front door and look to your left.  
(Our front room.)

View #2 of our front room and out the front window.

Our dining room - I love these built in shelves and cabinets.  So handy!

Our china cabinet.

Dining Room - Big picture.

Guest Room - these pics were hard to take because of the way the room is shaped.

Guest Room

Guest Room - that's my great grandmother's quilt at the bottom of the bed. - LOVE IT!


Ok, so we've been busy and that's why I haven't posted.  So here's my fourth of July post - a month later! (almost)
For Fourth of July our ward and the other Ames ward had a pancake breakfast that started at 7:30am!  We got there around 9.  Still lots of food left though.  Israel had a blast playing on the playground with all the other kids and Randal even took him on an adventure to walk down by the river.  They were hunting for "Iowa lions."

After the breakfast, we went downtown (Main Street) for the parade.  That was a lot of fun.  They threw candy to the kids and lot's the paraders handed out popsicles - my favorite!  We tagged along with another family from our ward so we would get to the good spots and have someone to hang out with and other kids for Israel to play with.  Deborah (the mom) was a lot of fun - they lived in AZ before Iowa and so we've been able to talk about restaraunts and other stuff we miss about AZ - like BULLET BARS!!  I was shocked that she knew what a Bullet Bar was.  Ahhh....  I miss you Shamrock Farms!

After the parade we came home and napped so that we could all be awake for fireworks.  Some people in the ward told us that the two wards kind of have a designated spot where everyone meets to watch the fireworks together.  The show was supposed to start at 10 and we got there around 9:30 or so.  It was already dark, but somehow we were able to find the spot.  So, we got to sit with more people we know and I didn't have to worry about who Israel was playing with.  Apparently though, people usually start showing up at the designated "Ames Wards Spot" around 8:30 and then they play games and stuff until it starts.  So, next year we'll probably come earlier and enjoy the festivities.  Overall though, it was a GREAT Fourth of July!!