Wednesday, January 31, 2007
But here are a couple of pictures,
for those that weren't there :-)
The Girls givin Momma some lovin'
Some that were feeling tired and
under the weather...
Some that were running from the
camera, but found themselves stuck
in front of it anyway...
Last minute chats on the way
out the door...
Lots of Really good food!
And with the games that followed...
Pretty much, a really good time!
Tuesday we had rain, rain, rain.
That would be not because I washed the car, rather because we removed every interior door in the house and took them outside. The painter was showing up Tuesday morning to spray all the doors. Well ... we don't have a convenient garage to do the work in. So, no paint spraying. No doors. Curtains on doorways. And rain promised until Friday ... unless the forecast has changed.
We could not go to visit at Johnson's last night as I would have liked to do. Concert. So, we spent time before and after doing cleaning. The office/bedroom. I emptied the shredder 6 times, filled umpteen trash bags, more bags to donate ... and threw away shoes and cell phones. Getting there.
Today Brock has an appointment to hopefully remove his cast. I don't know that he will be castless completely ... perhaps a short one instead. He's ready! Yikes, but the dirt bike is calling his name again. He wants to ride it again before it goes. Not a good idea as far as I'm concerned.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Come and visit all and see the Marjanen house fixed up before we sell it. Its kind of funny that one would fix their house up nice just sell it, and not to enjoy it. Maybe when the kids are gone we will have every thing just perfect.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Tonite he went to a meeting. Came home with an award and a name plate. (doesn't look like a badge to me ... looks like a military name plate) He is having fun with this, hoping to get some time, hours, and training in
This is one of my "Goal Projects" for the week. It is accomplished!! I emptied all the photo albums. I can't spare the time to sort through the pictures, put every one of them in order
I, Heather, after much deliberation am voting to not participate in the exchange. I won't elaborate on my reasoning on this post - I don't want to bore anyone with the details, but would be more than happy to discuss it with anyone. After the run of this, if it continues, I would like to be thought of at that time and given the option to join. I would also like the option to join if the process of it changes.
I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!
Monday, January 22, 2007
It snowed in Phoenix yesterday!! It was raining while we were sitting in church yesterday, then it started snowing! It only snowed for about one minute, but it was pretty funny....Everyone in church was staring out the windows, and the whole church started buzzing from all the whispering! "look, it's snowing outside!" Poor Matti giving the sermon! He should have just said "and it's snowing outside, so Amen!"
My sister said it was also snowing at her house in Peoria around 2:30 in the afternoon for a few minutes. This week has been cold, and we have had lots of rain. Frans isn't too crazy about it, but I love this weather! We normally don't have real windy weather either, but last week, frans hardly did any work on the roofs, because it was so windy every day.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
If you are reading this, you are on our new blog. Our old blog got transferred to 'new blogger', and this is it. Not much different to look at it, but we just have a few more options than before. Our 'old blog' no longer exists! :)
If you look up on the blue bar above the title box that says KUOPPALAS, on the upper right corner, you will see the options 'create blog/sign in' Click on 'sign in'.
It will bring you to the screen to sign in. In the upper right hand corner it will say: "Sign in to use blogger. But first, where do you blog?" Click on 'new blogger' and sign in with the username and password I sent thruogh email.
Everything else is the same as before.
Hope this helps!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
If anyone has trouble getting on, let me know.
Dave and Jody
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Anita sent me a "Thoughts" journal for Christmas with a nice poem
that basically stated....record my thoughts about the little things
Tristan does, because as much as you think you will remember all
of the cute little things, you don't always recall them. So, yesterday
was the first day I can say that I REALLY thought I should record
something. Which is sad, really, EVERYDAY he does something worth
recording. He is definitely a little character. So, I was putting away dishes
when I had heard him playing with the little empty bathroom garbage can.
For at least 7 minutes I heard the banging of this little can and then silence
intermittently. He was taking the garbage can over his head, then waiting
for me to turn around and look at him. Honestly, I stage photos sometimes,
but in this instance, it was ALL TRISTAN! I couldn't stop laughing, my belly
actually hurt from laughing so hard. He knew this was funny and knew I
was going to laugh. That's definitely a part of his Daddy in him, doing something
to make somebody laugh. : )
The first significant snowfall of winter, we played in it. And the other is his bathtime
reminding me of "captain hook" with the drain cups in his hands. : )
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
We are experiencing the joy of a new phase in our lives. Eric is courting! We had the priviledge to have Rosie with us this past weekend. She fit into our family quickly. You will likely all be meeting her before long, but for now she is still living in Seattle. She is the thirteenth of seventeen kids; an efficient and hard worker; and loves to play games, laugh, and have a good time. We understand that this is in God's hands, but we are thrilled to have Rosie in our lives. -b
Monday, January 15, 2007
Here are a few pictures of our day in Flagstaff on Saturday. We had so much fun, and the kids did too:) It was the first time we have taken a day for just family in a LONG time. Away from home, no pictures or video to work on, no cleaning, no running errands, no cares....just us and the kids having fun. Alanys wasn't too pumped in the beginning, but she warmed up, and ended up loving it too!
I cracked up when I saw this picture of Alanys, she looks like a ref yelling "touchdown!"
I am sorry my posts are always so long...I don't know how to make my pictures smaller like Anita does!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
The picture of Frans' finger is just to give you an idea of how long the tracks can get over night! And if you look closely, you can see the termite at the end of the track trying to reach frans' finger! Gross!
The last picture is just to show you how they treat your house. They drill these holes all the way around your house, put the treatment in(I didn't watch them do that), then patch up the holes. I should not see any more signs of termites after 90 days....and I have a two year warranty. At first I was embarrassed to say we had them, but it does not matter how clean/new your house is, they will go anywhere. Aren't they nasty?
We had an awesome day yesterday, we left in the morning and went up to Flagstaff to play in the snow....boy was there snow!! And it was COLD, but tons of fun...the kids had such a ball:) I will post some pictures of our day soon.
In other news, we spent an enjoyable day today at Marjanen's. They had a lot of the youth over (that went on the Lake Powell trip with Jari and others), and Bruce & jody Barber, and Juha & Annette Marjanen over for a bbq, and to celebrate Jari's birthday. Was a lot of fun, and got several games of Settlers in after everyone else left. And that is always a good time. Anna and Tia came over to spend the night, and the girls didn't get to sleep till midnight! We stayed way too late! Am hoping they all sleep in in the morning!! (wishful thinking I'm sure!)
Well, I am off to bed myself....(Jari told me today, that he can always tell my posts, because they are the only ones done at 1:00a.m.!!!
Happy monday everyone!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Please would everyone make some comments and lets make a decision.
I'm okay with the recipe thing, but to be honest, I don't have any special recipes. I could try to make something up though. I'm fine with ornaments for everyone. Or another idea could be draw names and make it "white elephant" or regifting - somthing you got as a gift, you give to someone else. I have many wedding presents, I haven't even used yet as no where to put them - ha ha.
What does everyone else think?
Friday, January 05, 2007
Home Depot is our new home away from home. Guess what that means anybody? HUNDREDS of feet of trim is up in the house. Tonight the floors were started. We decided that they needed something. Will post a new pic of the living room when it is complete. It will be beautiful ... my hubby is such a crafty guy! Last week we did the living top to nearly bottom. I feel like I now live in a world void of color, but the room feels bigger! And ... I am still struggling with picture frames. I love pictures of people. I usually have framed photos everywhere. I have run out of spaces for them. I keep moving the pile from floor spot to different floor spot because I can't decide what to part with.
Last Tuesday we played like it was vacation from school. These photos are actually taken at 12:30 a.m. Jari, Alyx, Brock & I played several games of Settlers. Tia had friends over to celebrate her birthday and they had "hair stuff" going on in the living room at the same time. Fun times!
Today was garage sale day. Considering my usual luck with sales ... today was a boon. Let's hope for great success tomorrow. Jenny and girls came and spent the night last night ... setting up the sale, visiting and munching Valentine candy 'til much too late.
Must go get Alyx.
Have a great day/week/month/year all!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
my mom has always wanted this picture and so laurie gave it to her for christmas along with this WONDERFUL poem, it made my mom cry when she read it. i don't know if who have heard it or not but here it is...
up on the rooftop of this barn we all stood pulling out nails from the delicate wood
I told them "save this" 'cause i knew in my heart theses were memories, not wood we were pulling apart
Grandpa's hands were like iron, all callused like bone he worked the foundation setting stone upon stone
he built up a fortress to feed and keep warm the animals we raised "up north" on the farm.
the red paint has faded and turned almost gray from the time it was weathered to protect all the hay.
The pictures for you to hang on your wall and have it spark memories by some, or by all.
when you glance at the barn in this old wooden frame remember the wood and from where it whence came.
Nail by nail it went up by grandpa just once..... nail by nail it was preserved by eric, brian your sons.
Merry Christmas Becky!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Lots to learn but i'm having fun already and looking forward to enjoying these next four years.
The Chief was pleased to hear that Eric has been "lobbying" me.
I'll give you all a tour of the council chambers next time you come to town! -e.