Wednesday, January 26, 2011


What a difference a day can make. I took the kids for a hike in Corvallis yesterday, in the sunshine, then headed to Papas Pizza to use our free pizza coupons. Amazing to have them sit and do their schoolwork now two days in a row without arguing, so so nice. I think I just needed to get outside, oh and some much needed vitamin D was awesome also! Tonight is Kidmo so Don and I get our weekly hour and a half date! Starbucks and some quiet are in order!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where I use a lot of punctuation

Wow, it's almost been three weeks since I posted last, that's a long time huh? =)  Well, something that we've been struggling with since the first week of January is we received a letter from the workmans comp board denying part of Don's claim, they've only approved the elbow but denied that the back, neck, and shoulders is work related. Soo, we ended up having to hire an attorney and file an appeal (the hearing isn't until April 8th.) Luckily an attorney in a workmans comp case is no charge unless we receive a settlement which we aren't looking for anyhow, we just want the state to see that his pain is work related and help us deal with getting Don better.  Needless to say it's been a bit stressful here along with the fact that I currently only have one daycare family (I have an interview Thursday with a new family that would also be part time but still its something.)  We have been spending time lately looking at camping stuff for the potential of being able to purchase some kind of trailer this spring, it's been fun, and free (yeah) Of course we've found quite a few dream trailers but we must bring our reality into the mix, we hope to find something to fit seven to eight people so we can bring grandmas or friends along.  It seems to be the only way we will be able to go on vacation with our kids and it was something I really enjoyed doing growing up with my family.

The kids are all doing well, losing teeth, building legos, painting on the carpet (ugh.) We still don't have our desktop back, we went to pick it up in Salem and found that somehow in their shipping they broke the front faceplate to the whole thing so they are sending it back again to repair that. I am a little concerned that if something that harsh happened to it that the interior repair they did may not actually still be fixed, we will see.  So we are continuing to use Don's laptop and I have a few pictures on my camera and some video but will have to wait til we get our regular computer back to upload them to the blog.

Hmm, I am rambling, just doing a little catchup on some of the highlights or lowlights, you decide. Hope you all are doing well.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Don's at it again!

Our neighbor asked us to make her daughter birthday cake this year and I think it turned out so awesome! Leave it to Don to outdo himself yet again. Oh and he's letting me download pictures on his laptop, woohoo!

Couldn't leave out the dog =)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

What's been going on!

Well obviously our Christmas was great, then my mom left the 30th and later that day so did our desktop computer =(  Don was surfing the web and it shut down so we tried a few more times and it kept doing the same thing. Then we praised God that we had purchased an extended warranty for our computer that is set to expire the end of March! So to Salem and the trusty Geek Squad we headed. They took the computer along with $100 because of course I am horrible about saving pictures to anything but the hard drive and I couldn't be certain what was or wasn't on the computer. Yes I will figure it out after the picture thing when we get it back but for now I know all my pictures are safe and on disc!!!! So needless to say I am thankful for Don's laptop but will not be adding any pictures to the blog until our regular computer gets back (I don't want to have to figure out how to save those somewhere also) So anyhow we have been busy with schoolwork, cleaning, enjoying the sunshine when it decides to appear and also continuing to have Don home nightly! Continued prayer in that area is still requested =) Oh and I got to go to a movie all by myself!!! I followed the example of a friend of mine who also goes by herself often. It was a much needed break and an awesome movie. HARRY POTTER ALL THE WAY! =)