Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I turned the boiler on last week and everything is working just fine. It was endlessly fascinating the first couple of days to walk around the house and feel the heat emanating from the hulking pieces of metal. The radiators hiss and clunk and sometimes it sounds like there is a swarm of bees. There is a pleasant sauna-like smell in our house, too. It's better than some of the smells that sometimes waft through our air:)

Tyler is gone this week to a trade show. We are leaving for Goshen to spend Halloween with the Kreuter clan. My mom's birthday is on Halloween. We are going to Michigan City to the outlet mall, as well as attempt a cousin picture with a 6 year old, two 2 year olds, a 10 month old, 7 month old, and a 3 month old baby. How well do you think that is going to go?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

For some time now, I have been looking for fabric to make cafe curtains for my kitchen. But the sad truth is that I will probably never be able to decide on how I want to decorate the room. My tastes change constantly and I don't want to put time, effort, and money into something that I won't even like next month. I went onto ebay to look for some fabric and now I really can't decide. There is just too much to choose from. Do I want a kitschy look or a retro look? Do I want my kitchen to be modern or classic? Who knows. Fortunately, the kitchen redo is far in the future. For now, I just need to focus on getting the stained yellow and orange cabbage roses off our bedroom wall(after we paint bedroom #4).

I just looked at the thermostat and it said that the temperature in our house was 60 degrees. Shouldn't I be feeling cold? I am just wearing a long sleeve shirt and a light jacket. Before I had kids, my fingers and toes would turn a dead gray (Reynaud's syndrome) until I rinsed them under warm water. But my hormones or circulation must have changed for the better, because that rarely happens anymore. I am nervous about turning on that boiler. What if it blows up, or sprays steaming hot water out of all the radiators? Our heating guy checked it out last month and said it was good order, but still... I will just have to wait for Tyler to get home. Besides, none of us feels really cold. Will still rips his socks off or sits his bare bottom on the cold tile floor of the bathroom. BRRR!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tyler is going away on business for a few days. I made some delicious chicken soup, which will last us a couple days and after that, I will be surviving off of yogurt and fruit and chocolate. I hardly ever cook when Tyler is away, and it's always a nice break. Another thing I don't do as regularly when he is away is cleaning the house. Our house is usually fairly clean, but when he is gone it goes down a few points on the cleanliness scale. This week I plan on doing some visiting teaching, and patching and maybe even painting the ceiling in the toy room.

This evening while Tyler was packing and I was changing Maggie's diaper, we heard Will start to count and he actually counted to ten. I have been trying to get him to count with me, but he usually only makes up to two or three and then gets distracted. Perhaps ignoring him is a better way to get him to do stuff.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Will is watching The Lion King for the first time right now. I keep on hearing gasps and noises as he watches it. It always cracks me up when he reacts to tv. He is such a big boy now. A few days ago, I was following him up the stairs and he didn't even need to hold onto the railing. He took each step without any help. Every day, he adds new words to his vocabulary. He's been pretending to be BUzz Lightyear quite a bit, lately, as well as some other characters. One of the things that I like to do is to ask him what he did yesterday to see if he remembers. It always amazes me to hear him ramble off a couple things. When he went to Nanny and Poppy's the other day, I asked him what he did. It included: Grandpa, barn, kitties, Patch, apple tree picking, tractor, Poppy pumpkin, Nanny cookies. Every time he sees an airplane, he thinks it's my dad flying over us. I wonder when Maggie will start talking. I hope it's not too soon, because even though they have such sweet voices, sometimes Will wears me out with his talking. But, I need to enjoy it because in a few years, they won't want to talk to me at all.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Tyler had a few errands to run this morning, so he was nice enough to take WIll. Maggie and I sat down in front of the tv with a bag of Kissables and a pop and watched PBS. We watched a couple of carpentry shows and I have decided that I want to be a carpenter when I grow up. I can just see myself turning out beautiful and useful pieces of furniture from the workshop. Maybe I can travel around the country to art fairs and sell my pieces. I will be featured in numerous home magazines and will be sought out by the rich and famous to make unique masterpieces. Or, maybe I will just plop down in front of the tv in my lazy-boy and eat candy with my baby.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


The saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure," is so true. I went to Goodwill this morning to look for some cheap plates to put under house plants. As I was browsing the store, a rocking chair caught my eye. I hustled Will over there and sat myself in one of them. It was as comfy as could be. Only $75 for the pair of them and they weren't even falling apart. I walked away so I could think about it. I watched jealously as another woman rocked in them. It was then that I knew I must have them, even if it meant knocking her down and stealing the tags away from her. Fortunately, she walked away and I scuttled back and tore the tags off. So, now we finally have some porch furniture.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

wedding reception

Last night we went to my cousin Brad's and Amanda's reception. It was held at his parents house. They had pulled pork and ribs along with the usual potato salad, etc. The ribs were so delicious that I went back for seconds. There is something very primitive about eating meat off the bone with your hands. There is really no other way to eat ribs or chicken wings. I think that is why Tyler hates eating that kind of stuff. He hates getting his hands dirty. I, on the other hand, have no problem eating stuff with my hands. Bonfires also seem rather primitive. Maybe that's why those kind of parties are always popular. Everyone is mesmerized by the jumping flames and crackling logs. We weren't able to enjoy the fire for long, because by 8 Will had pretty much had it. Maggie was already asleep. I didn't even get to roast any marshmallows because the fire was too hot to get near.

This morning, Will awoke at 4 and I barely heard him leave the room, but I heard him call for Yammy and I realized he was going to wake up my parents. Fortunately, I was able to stop him in time. He went back to sleep after that. We are planning to leave this morning so Tyler can catch up on his homework. We won't make it to General Conference at all, but it's ok because we were never able to focus on it much now that we have a couple kids. We will just have to read the Ensign really carefully next month.

Friday, October 3, 2008

The picture people

We went to Mishawaka yesterday and got Maggie's 6 month pictures done and some fall themed ones with both kids. I don't know if Will behaves better for pictures now that Maggie gets all the attention at the photographer or if it's just because he is maturing, but he was really good. When I was putting her diaper on after naked butt pics were done, she peed all over the white vinyl mat. It cleaned up easily, but makes you think about all the other yucky baby messes that have been on those surfaces.
Tyler made it to Goshen safely from his weeklong trip to the northern states. Tomorrow, we are going to the Pumpkin farm in the morning and then to the bonfire at night.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


In response to comments from the last post, let me know when you are coming to visit and I will make some creme brulee for you.

Today, we came to Goshen to visit my family and also attend the wedding reception of my cousin Brad and his new wife. They are having a bonfire on Saturday, so I'm going to gorge myself on toasted marshmallows. Tyler is traveling in Minnesota and Wisconsin and he is going to meet us here. My Dad is a pilot and he picked us up in "Dappa's airplane" today. Will was in little boy heaven as we took off. He talked nonstop and looked around at every little detail of the plane that no adult would ever notice and asked what they all were. After we were above the clouds, I put him in his own seat and buckled him in. He quieted after that, no doubt pondering the wonders of air flight, as well as very successfully picking his nose. Cousin Ethan and Auntie Tracey came over for some Manstinko's grinders and then we decorated Halloween cookies. I did not get to use my Wilton cake class skills, though. The cookies are looking pretty rough, but at least they taste good. Then, Will got his first taste of playing with Play Dough. They have made a huge mess, so I better get out there and help Yammy clean up a bit. Also, my beloved HGTV is on, so I must watch.