Dec 29, 2008
The two years in our new home have been a floor challenge. As you know we had issues with the floor laying but that is another subject. We now have laminate flooring on our whole main floor. And carpet on the downstairs floor and hallways, and hard wood in all the bedrooms. Ok, I have always been a Bissell fan. Looking back probably because the cost was so great, and really it was a great vacuum and I loved the tools. But... sadly to say, I have ended up buying 3, count them 3 Bissells in the last 5 years. Ok, in my mind I was thinking, well that's ok, I love new things. But....one day, one of those vacuum sales guys came knocking. I was too nice to say no, and honestly my rugs on the main floor did need vacuuming, so I said why not. Of course as set up, I was horrified at the dirt he got out of my area rugs. And then to see what came out of my mattresses. UGH! He left me in shock. But being who I am he left with out a sale too. I immediately got online and was determine to find a good deal on that Vacuum. He quoted me something in the range of $2000. Of course before he left and had called his superior I think at least 3 times, he had said he could bring it down to, I think around $1400, but of course he wouldn't be getting any commission at that price, blah blah blah, but he just wanted sales. He had promised his fiance he would sell a certain amount of vacuums before he would come home. They were apart........How sad......but your talking to me. So I wished him luck with that, but no sale. That was over a year ago, I think about him every once in a while, I hope he made it home.... :)
Anyway, I did find online the same vacuum amazingly at at last half the cost, but then I was just disgusted with that company to find that out, so that began my real search for a "great" vacuum.
I am cheap, but I am picky. This is what I wanted:
* I wanted one that could go from rug to hard floor.
* One that would never lose suction
* One with great attachments
* One that is light weight
* Has a long cord
* Easy to clean
Oh, and I didn't want to pay to much of course.......
So, after a lot of research online, I went to a Vacuum store. I really thought I was going to put some money into a good machine this time, and not go just for the price. After a long time in the store, hearing all about different brands, but really not one solid opinion. My two youngest were running all over, knocking things down, spraying air fresheners etc... I decided that maybe I was just getting the wrong type of Vacuum, and bought a canister instead. He sold me big time on the Eureka boss, and told me that even though it was cheap I would not be disappointed. Exactly the right words for me. Thinking back, he was probably thinking, get this lady and her kids out of here! So....at first I loved it. It has all the wonderful attachments that I had just recently discovered in that other vacuum, and the suction appeared to be wonderful. And it did transition great to the hard floors. And I loved the special attachment handle for the stairs! That went on good for about 6 months. I would lose suction, but that was usually easily remedied by taking it apart, and un clogging it. Now a year later, the bottom part just simply isn't sucking at all. In fact it blows out. With out that on, the suction still works fine, but vacuuming a 2200 square foot home, with a tube, just isn't realistic.
So, my husband has begged me now, to buy a vacuum that will last. Again I am on my search. He said to me the other day, what about one of those Dyson ones? I really didn't know much about Dyson. I remember seeing it with that funky ball and thinking it seemed really expensive and moving on. So today I finally went online to do some more research and found the Dyson Diva site. So, I want to be a Dyson Diva. I want to try it and let all of you know how it works. If it is worth the cost and if it will provide my wish list from a vacuum above. So I hope I hear from them. I will keep you all up to date! My only hold back, is now that I have seen the videos on the site, I have to decide if I want to wait to hear from them, or go buy one now.....
Dec 24, 2008
Dec 23, 2008
The weather has made it a long drive for him, he stayed in Spokane last night, and is going over the Idaho passes right now. He says it is pretty bad.
I am off, to make some more treats! I swear the first of the year.......................
Dec 21, 2008
Ok, I use to look at all those cute blogs out there, of women who serious post the pictures with instructions on how they have done there daughters hair, and think.....well it really wouldn't be nice to say, since now I loves these ladies!! One night I just decided that I wanted to do her hair in a way that we could wake up an go. I thought, I could try braids. I seriously and not very good at this sort of thing usually. I have never been able to figure out how to french braid. Even when I was little, my older sister would french braid my hair, she has always been good at it, even when we were both very young.
Anyway, I am now hooked! And Kjari loves it! Besides making her look like a "princess" which she loves, I have been doing her hair at night after her bath, and seriously, she has fallen asleep while I am doing it every time! She loves it.
So, I will not be posting my daily pics like all those wonderful talented women do, but I thought I would share a few. The great thing about alot of these looks is, I seriously put her to bed and in the morning just a little sprits and comb and she looks beautiful. Many times too, when I take the brades or twists out, her hair looks so pretty and full!
It is just too fun! Being the girly girl, I personally am, I really never thought I would enjoy this sort of thing as much as I do.
Dec 16, 2008
Here is my first favorite.
I am going to call this one:
EASY PEASY Peanut butter pleasy, (ok whatever!)
I found this recipe for the peanut butter fudge, and I added the chocolate, to make it peanut butter chocolate heaven! I am really not a peanut butter fudge fan and all! It is my least favorite of all holiday treats. But this..... I LOVE.
You simply take, two cubes of butter (a cup), and a cup of peanut butter and put it in a microwave safe bowl. Then put it in the microwave for 3 minutes. Take it out, and stir it until the butter and peanut butter blend and are creamy smooth. Return to the microwave for an additional 3 minutes, It does boil, so make sure your bowl is big enough to take that. When you get it out, (it will be hot!) add a teaspoon of vanilla, it kind of bubbles it all, just stir it in. Then pour it into a bowl of a half bag of powdered sugar and stir. It will get thick pretty fast, so just keep stirring with a wooden spoon until it blends. Then you pour it into a 8X8 pan that you have lined with wax paper that you greased with butter. I take another piece of wax paper and lay it across the top and push it all down so that it fills the pan evenly. Then I pour chocolate chips on top, and let is sit for a few seconds, it should still be pretty hot, and then spread out on top. Put the whole thing in the fridge to cool. Then just pop it out of the pan and cut! Sooooo good!
These are the baskets I threw together the night before the bake sale. I love this idea, of putting together something that is homemade and thought out, but won't break the budget. I made each of these basket including the basket themselves and grass, and covers etc... (not including the treats) for $5 to $6 a piece. We sold most of them for $15 to $20!! The mugs I put together for $1.75, and sold them for $5.
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 13, 2008
Here are each of the boys at the Christmas program duing the bake sale. Vance couldn't be in more pain I think! He hates this sort of thing! I loved watching them all!
Dec 12, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
It was alot of work. A lot of work. But...it was really worth it, we raised
du du du dum......(ok, suppose to be a drum roll, but I am tired being up till 3:30 baking and working the sale all day, cut me some slack!!)
Dec 10, 2008
I thought this was fun so I am going to all three boys:
Here is Kjellsen who will be six in a few weeks:
What is something that Dad always says to you? "I love you"
What makes Dad happy? "playing and hunting with him"
What makes Dad sad? "when I hurt him."
How does your Dad make you laugh? "doing jokes"
What was your Dad like as a child? "he liked going with his dad hunting"
How old is your Dad? "I don't know"
How tall is your Dad? "ten inches"
What is his favorite thing to do with you? "go hunting"
What does your Dad do when you're not around? "has to go on trips with out us"
If your Dad becomes famous what would it be for? "for doing a job and being so good"
What is your Dad really good at? "hunting"
What is your Dad not very good at? "nothing"
What does your Dad do for his job? "fixes the roofs"
What is Dad's favorite food? “deer"
What makes you proud of Dad? "because he plays with me"
If your Dad was a cartoon character who would he be? "superman"
What do you and your Dad do together? "go to the storage unit, and hunting"
How are you and your Dad the same? "we have the same skin"
How are you and your Dad different? "cause he is big and I am little"
How do you know your Dad loves you? "cause moms and dads love there sons"
Here is Vance who is ten and a half:
What is something that Dad always says to you? “love you pumpkin"
What makes Dad happy? “getting a deer when hunting"
What makes Dad sad? "I never see him cry"
How does your Dad make you laugh? “he tickles me"
What was your Dad like as a child? “crazy"
How old is your Dad? “33"
How tall is your Dad? “6 foot 5"
What is his favorite thing to do with you? “going on trips with me"
What does your Dad do when you're not around? “eat.....works"
If your Dad becomes famous what would it be for? “nothing”
What is your Dad really good at? “roofing"
What is your Dad not very good at? “video games"
What does your Dad do for his job? “sit on roofs"
What is Dad's favorite food? “mexican"
What makes you proud of Dad? “That he is strong”
If your Dad was a cartoon character who would he be? “a loony toon”
What do you and your Dad do together? “hunt”
How are you and your Dad the same? “we're both tall”
How are you and your Dad different? “He has a gun and I don't”
How do you know your Dad loves you? “he says pumpkin alot”
(as you can see Vance is a jokster)
Here is Gjori who is 9:
What is something that Dad always says to you? “I love you”
What makes Dad happy? “having time with us"
What makes Dad sad? “When he has to go away”
How does your Dad make you laugh? “jokes”
What was your Dad like as a child? “nice”
How old is your Dad? “33”
How tall is your Dad? “seven foot, maybe eight”
What is his favorite thing to do with you? “hunting"
What does your Dad do when you're not around? “do work”
If your Dad becomes famous what would it be for? “helping sick people”
What is your Dad really good at? “listening to jokes”
What is your Dad not very good at? “stoping doing paper work”
What does your Dad do for his job? “roof inspector”
What is Dad's favorite food? “I would guess turkey, no, no deer"”
What makes you proud of Dad? “having fun with me, playing games, lots of things”
If your Dad was a cartoon character who would he be? “whoever the top star is”
What do you and your Dad do together? “have fun”
How are you and your Dad the same? “both nice”
How are you and your Dad different? “different height"
How do you know your Dad loves you? “I don't know”
Dec 6, 2008
Ok, these are apsolutly horrible pictures. My battery charger is still coming in the mail to my camera, so these were taken from Kjell's cell phone. But as you can see it is done!!! Ok, we still have trim to do all around, but after having ply wood and hard lanolium for the last two years in the dineing room, I am so happy! We have had to wood in the living room the whole time, but I added pics so those who wanted to see and haven't been here could see how the two rooms flow together.
We just painted in the dineing room, so no pics hanging yet and sorry we have the undecorated tree up, but anyway! I am so happy Kjell got this done before he has to leave tomorrow! :(
We will miss haveing him home, he was home for two weeks and that is the longest he has been home in one stretch for a long time. Thank you honey for finishing the floor!! I love you!
Dec 4, 2008
Dec 2, 2008
Dec 1, 2008
Nov 29, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
Funny, but I am really happy right now. Wierd how that is though, how the busier I am the happier I am. Odd, I know but
So, I am busy, nothing new. But promised myself I would get on here and post something!! Vance and I have made a committment to each other to read The book of Alma and write in our journal everyday for the next two weeks. So, I am honoring that commitment, so if I don't write here I will write in my journal, but this seems for some odd reason easier! Who knows!
Our primary program is over and it was amazing! It was wonderful. I forget how much the spirit always steps in and makes it great! It feels good to have that behind us, and ready to move on as a new presidancy!
Gjori's birthday is this Saturday, I am on it! I am usually so last minute, but we have a party planned and he is sooo excited. The very best part is Daddy will be home!!!!! YEAH!!!!
I am babysitting today, so have to run! Kjari has to be watched!!! I will have to post the funniest picture of her in her camo pants with a tutu, she dressed herself in. Sooooo her! A little bit of sweet, with a lot of rough!!
Oct 13, 2008
Multi Grain Indulgence:
4 Cups whole Grain Oats
1/2 cup ground Golden Flaxseed (just so you know, Walmart has this really inexpensive, I add it to everything)
1 cup Almonds
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup prunes
1/2 cup natural brown sugar
2/3 cup honey
3/4 cup virgin coconut oil (Hear in Great Falls, you can get this at A Healthy Horizon on 10th Ave)
1 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 X13 pan. Using a food processor, pulse oats until they become a fine flour. Remove oats until they become a fine flour. Remove oat flour into a large bowl and add whole wheat flour, salt and baking soda. Pulse almonds into a fine meal and add to dry ingredients. Wisk dry ingredients to combine thoroughly and set aside. In food processor, pulse the prunes until they become a paste. Add honey, sugar, coconut oil and eggs to prune paste in food processor and mix well. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients. With a large spoon incorporate wet and dry ingredients together. It will take some muscle, but you can do it. Pour thick mixture into greased pan and press down evenly with greased fingers. Bake 20-25 minutes until edges start to brown. Cool and cut in to small squares. Enjoy!