Friday, March 31, 2006

We are now living in someone else's house!!

Yay! Our closing went well today.  The documents are all signed and everything is ready to close on our new home on Tuesday.  We should have the money by Monday so we can make it all happen next week.  I'm so excited...I can't wait to have everyone come down and visit us in our new place.  Love to all! More updates later...

Thursday, March 30, 2006


I just got a call from Shaun (Real Estate Agent/Buyer of our House) and he wants to move the closing on the sell up to tomorrow! Yay!  I told him that would be fine and he is looking at moving up the purchase closing too.  It will be nice to have this all done.  If everything is moved up then I'll definitely have a couple days to paint and we'll be moved in over the weekend of the 7th and 8th....Whoohoo!

What doesn't make you stronger, just might kill you.

Or something like that. 

Last night, I made a delicious Cashew Chicken Salad on Croissant for dinner.  I've been so tired of the same old thing over and over, so we were trying something new.  I loved this new recipe.  I made a special batch for Scott though, without the nuts, because I know he doesn't like them.  He really liked it too, and he wanted seconds, but there wasn't any "nut-less" mixture left, so he made up a sandwich with the cashews and decided to try it.  Well, who knew he was allergic to nuts!  He was violently ill the rest of the evening.  Luckily, we had Benedryl on hand and he started feeling better by morning. 

So, I guess I'll file that recipe under the ever growing "Things I Like but Scott Can't or Won't Eat" category, otherwise known as my lunch menu.

In other news, we got the Home Inspection report back and the house passed with flying I guess we bought a lot of peace of mind & a 10 page report in a 1" binder...and now we'll know that if it breaks, we probably did it ourselves. 

Well, I better go...I'm sounding kind of smart-allecky and I was going for witty. Oh, well...Love to all.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Home Inspection

I went out to the house today with the Home Inspector.  It was nice to go over every bit of the building and systems with him.  I learned a little bit about some things I never would have thought to ask if I had not been there.  Everything was in good order and he was very complimentary about the plumbing and electrical sub-contractors who worked on our home.  There were a few small things that we talked about and he gave us some good ideas about what to do to take care of it, but for the most part....all's well.

It is raining here, again.  I'm glad but I am also ready for some warming up...they've just started some major road construction on the road to our new home and all the water is making for a muddy trail.  My van is covered and that is just from one trip through.  Hopefully, by the move, the dirt will all be dried out again.

The air conditioning is fixed at the school, but since it is a stormy, it's almost too cold.  I guess there just no pleasing some people.

Well, not much to say other than the Inspection update. Love to again soon.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Oh my!

My favorite thing to do as a kids was to build stadiums out of legos.  I guess I was not the only one. Click here

Heat Wave

I'm sitting in my computer lab at the school, where it's about 83 degrees.  The air conditioning is not working and even though it is a pretty nice day outside, it's a heat wave in here. One good thing is it puts the kids all in quite a mellow mood.  I am about to fall asleep, though, so I'm sure their brains are pretty mushy too.

Hard to believe it is the last week in March.  Time has been passing pretty slowly with all the anticipation of the new house...but only 7 days to closing.  10 until everything is official.  We can't wait.  We are hoping to be mostly moved in over the weekend of the 7th & 8th....and completely moved in by Easter.  (I'm sure I've said this all before but it's all I think about these days, so you all have to suffer with me.)  We've all been pretty stressed out, so it will be nice to have it all done.

In other news, Shaylie won her first soccer game on Saturday...Taylor won another one.  It's really fun to watch the younger kids play.  Shaylie was finally getting some kicks in, but unfortunately, that meant she was in the line of fire too and we had a few more tears than usual.  But she stuck it out and did a great job.  Taylor was goalie during the shoot out for her game.  She made an awesome save, and stood ready even though one scored and the other shots never came close.  Then our girls scored two to win.  Yay Eagles and Saturns!

Both girls are doing very well in school these days.  Shaylie is reading at level 4 and Taylor has been coming home and doing her homework right off the bat after school, which is saving us some grief.  They are both awesome girls! I'm very proud of them.

Well. Almost time for school to be out.  Gotta go before I melt.  Love to everyone...hope to hear from you or see you soon!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Taylor and Shaylie 2006
We have some very cute daughters, don't we ;-)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I fixed cars!!!!

The parts arrived for our car and van tonight and I put on the new side view mirror on the Toyota and changed the passenger side tail light on the Voyager.  I'm glad that the parts of the cars that were damaged were replacable.  So everything is back to normal with the cars.

Spring has sprung a leak...

It's another rainy day here in St George...I think Taylor went to school in shorts today, though...we are all in denial.  It should be warming up to the 70's by the weekend, Yay!

I guess no news is good news for our house...we haven't heard from anyone since the day I went over to the ERA agency.  I'm not entirely sure what I need to be doing.  I'm going to have to track someone down again.  We haven't even started packing yet; mostly because I don't think it has sunk in yet. 

The girls are glad to be back in school.  I'm not.  I'm tired of marking my afternoons in 30 second really drags that way.  I've been trying to think of ways to make Keyboarding more fun, but I'm short on ideas and patience.  Only 49 more days of school, I think....can't wait. 

I went to the Dentist today and they adjusted my bite. It feels a little better already, so I hope that was the problem (I've been having horrible tooth/jawache).  If not, he says we may have to do some more invasive procedures to deaden nerves or something.  Joy.

Another update again soon! Love to all!

Thursday, March 16, 2006


For those of you following the continuing saga of our lives, here is the latest installment...I crunched the cars!  I was backing out of the garage last night to take Savannah (Shaylie's friend) home and to deliver some GS cookies.  Savannah's dad had just pulled up outside the house when I was backing out of the garage, and I forgot that Scott had parked the Toyota on the driveway.  I stopped to talk to Savy's dad without incident, but when I lifted my foot off the brake to back out a little further, I heard a huge scrape and crunch.  The girls say I didn't say too many bad words (oh crap!) and the dad said, Oh sorry, I should have said something....well, I should have been paying attention, I guess.  I sat on the driveway after they left and cried for about 5 minutes then we left to deliver cookies.  The damage isn't bad.  I broke the taillight of the van and the driver side mirror on the Totaled.  Scott thinks we can buy the parts and make the repairs ourselves, so we are going to try.  No dents or scrapes though so we got off easy.

With the House, I went up to the agency today to check on Shaun's daughter and find out about the appraisal on our house.  He turned all his stuff over to a team called Corby and Craig.  I talked to Corby.  I guess Shaun's little girl is in a body cast (She's 2 btw), she broke her pelvis and they are still testing for other internal damage, but she is definitely not in a life threatening situation and it sounds like Shaun is still planning to go through with the purchase of our home.  Corby called the appraiser and he says that his report is not finished but that it looks like there should be no problem with the price we've been offered, which is great!  So it looks like we should be able to go on as planned, closing on the 3rd for this house and on the 6th for our new place.   Two weeks from Monday! I'm just really glad that it sounds like Shaun's little one is going to be all right!

Mom is coming down today and we are going to the Home and Garden Show at the Dixie Center.  I'm excited to get some good ideas for my new house.  I want to see all the fun and exciting new stuff there many ideas, so little (money, time, etc.) I am hoping to at least paint the upstairs bathroom and maybe Shaylie's room, and maybe Taylor's room before we move in.  She's thinking wallpaper, I'm thinking not.  We'll have to work on it.

Anyway, a lot off my mind...I can start dreaming again, instead of envisioning nightmares of the worst kind.  Lucky for us, nothing is ever as bad as you think it is.  Love to again soon.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Spring Holden

It's warming up here in Holden.  Although, the girls have been having a winter blast sledding down the hills at the church park, even with the rocks...It's mostly sunny and pretty warm today though so I'm sure the snow will be completely gone by tomorrow...unless it storms again tonight.  I was hoping to make a little side trip up north, but I guess it will have to wait as the weather wouldn't cooperate and we're out of time.

We are still waiting patiently to hear how our house came out in the appraisal.  I got a phone call from Shaun today expecting to hear news...instead he tells me that his little girl was hit by a car in the Harmon's lot and they Lifeflighted her to PCH in Salt Lake...He is on his way up to be with her and asked us for our prayers.  Nothing like a little tragedy to put things in perspective...the good news is that she will be all right. Shaun says she is broken in some places but she isn't critical.  We are praying for them. The house will resolve itself.

We are missing Scott, but we are coming home tomorrow.  We still have tons of Cookies to deliver and Mom, Anissa and I are going to the Home and Garden show on Saturday in St. George...I'm hoping to get some good ideas for our new place (fingers crossed).

Love to all....hope to hear from and/or see you all soon...T:)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

New Ice Age?

For the third straight day, we woke up to a snow storm.  This time it is even covering the streets!

 J Golden Kimball once said, "If I had a house in St. George and a house in hell, I would sell the house in St. George and live in hell."  :-D  I wonder what he would think of this weather.  Something along the lines of something freezing over. ;-)

 Well, if Tonya's plants weren't done in before, they are now.  At least our lawn is getting all the water it could possibly need.  It was just starting to green up. The sad thing is driving around town and seeing sprinklers running at people's houses. I hope this ends soon.  So much for starting to bike with shorts on.

Snow Girls

Snow Persons

These are the snowgirls that Taylor and Shaylie made this morning. ;-) The girls have walked up to the school to try and slide down the hill.


Snow in St. George in March

We woke up this morning and what did we see, frozen popcorn falling off the apricots trees.  Spring has brought us such a shocking surprise, trees freezing their pedals off before our eyes....

I am very happy our tree is usually three weeks behind the rest in budding, as all the other trees were blooming this past week.  I think this is going to kill any travel plans.  I feel bad for all the baseball teams that are in town for the spring break baseball tournaments.

Friday, March 10, 2006

It's snowing

March 10th and it is snowing in St. George.  So much for Tonya's flowers in the front area.  I am beginning to think that it is never going to warm up here this year.  Taylor says that "it is silly that it is snowing in March." Cedar City has over a foot and the DWS office up there is running with only a couple of people.

And to think that Tonya, Taylor and Shaylie were going to go to Holden today. Not going to happen. ;-)

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Blah, Blah, Blog

Well, I just got done checking everyone's blogs again, with no new news I thought I better post one of my own so nobody can blame me for the same. 

Both the balls are officially rolling on our MOVE.  We are waiting anxiously to see if our house will appraise at the offered price.  If not, we may have trouble...but I am confident.  All the comps in the area were selling for about what we got....but that doesn't mean we aren't praying for a smooth ride.  We are sure that our new house will appraise for more than what we are paying since we are getting a super deal on it, but one never knows.  If all continues to go well, we will close on our sell on April 3rd and on our purchase on April 6th.  That gives me about 3 weeks to get everything organized and packed and coordinated to move.  Can you tell wlhat I've been thinking about every waking moment?  I think I need another project to take my mind off of all this madness....Oh, yeah. I already have one...

 Girl Scout Cookies are here!  I believe we are picking up our cookie orders tonight at girl scouts, or if not tonight, then in the next couple days.  That will definitely keep us busy for the next few days.  We want to get everything delivered by this Friday, since many people will be gone for Spring Break.  If you ordered cookies from us and are far away, we will have to get them to you as soon as we can.

Speaking of Spring Break:  We girls are thinking of coming up to Holden for a few days over the break.  I haven't visited in a long time and I also want to maybe take a trip to Spanish Fork to see my friends' Bobbie and Tiffany's new homes.  And, I need a new we would like to visit. Let me know what you think, Mom! 

Love to everyone! Write on your Blogs!  I need to know  what you are all doing, every day, every minute! I love you...we'll blog again (sooner than you)!

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

If we didn't have bad luck...

...we wouldn't have any luck at all.  Yesterday, we had to replace our water heater in our house.  It sprang a leak.  Why couldn't it wait for one or two more months?  Well, that was an expense I didn't want to have, but maybe saying that there is new water heater will help with the home appraisal, which I believe is Thursday.  Hopefully it will go well.

Saturday, March 4, 2006


New House

We sold our house today! If all goes well, we should be moved into our new place (picture above) by Easter Weekend.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that all the financing, appraising, and general paperwork will be completed with little (no) trouble at all.  We are so excited about this move...we will be sad to leave our neighborhood and school, but we are excited to have this new adventure.  We can't wait to have everyone come and help us celebrate this new change in our lives.  Pray for us, and keep your fingers crossed.  Love you and hope to hear from you soon...

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Maybe Good News...

I don't want to say anything to jinx it, so I won't...but we may have good news in the next day or so.  Tee hee!

Shaylie and Taylor both had good news with their report cards.  Taylors was full of 4's (A's for us old-school people) and Shaylie is now working on the first-grade level reading list and sight words.  Way to go, girls!

Grandma J...we got your check. Thanks!

We are getting very busy with soccer and school, not to mention everything with the it's hard to fit in time for everything, but Spring Break is coming up and I think it will be a welcome vacation...if only we were going somewhere....maybe in the summer.

 Love to everyone! Hope to have more good news soon....tee hee.