Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's been a while

I just read my last post and wanted to assure you that all is well.  I did get a chick flick to watch over the weekend and highly recommend it if you want a good romantic comedy.  I watched the movie, Austenland.  It is a story of a gal who is obsessed with Jane Austen novels, primarily Pride and Prejudice and is looking for her own Mr. Darcy.  She ends up going to a resort in England where everyone pretends that they are in Victorian England and relives the life of Jane Austen's Elizabeth.   

In other news, the final preparations are underway for our family Bible conference.  After co-op Bryce and I will be picking up the supplies needed, I.e. Paper products, food, cleaning supplies, etc.  Friday everyone is gathering at the church to to do the  food preparations.  I spent yesterday painting doors while others gathered to do more weeding in the flower beds and sprucing things up.  Add to all the church preparations are all of our property preparations as we near the day that we can finally start to build.  Our goal date now to pour the footings for the foundation is July 1st.   Our contractors goal for completion is Christmas.  

The days are packed and I wonder when there will ever be a break.  I miss those care free days when we can just enjoy life, but those days are very few right now.  My poor house has been so neglected, but I hope to make time tomorrow to get it somewhat presentable.  Thankfully the boys vacuum and clean bathrooms daily for their morning chores.  

So here goes....

Friday, May 8, 2015

I just need a good cry...

For whatever reason, my husband would say its hormones, I feel off.  I mean, everything is bugging me.  Everything.  My day started off wrong to begin with.  Todd got upset with me about something and even though he apologized, more than once, it set the tone for the day.  No sooner did I arrive at church when I got a phone call from the elderly couple that I help needing my assistance.  An hour later I arrived back at the church feeling guilty that once again Bryce has been left on the back burner.  Sigh...not long after I got back, I got a phone call from another elderly lady telling me about this awesome program her grand kids are in and it would be great if we approached our school to get the same program here. Another sigh...pressure....I explained that although I agree it is a great program I don't know if we could put the time and energy to spear head it.  It is a common thing that people often approach the pastor or his wife to share something they are passionate about and want us to implement it, but today of all days it just didn't sit well with me.   During the course of the morning we did manage to get all of Bryce's schoolwork done, the bulletin was printed, and all my church duties were completed.  Of course, I got a short lunch break then back to my couples house to take the wife to her hair appointment.  Finally home and trying to turn my attitude around.  What I really need is a chick flick so I can have a good cry, then all will be right with the world.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Todd took the day yesterday to get firewood for the coming winter.  Firewood season will be short this year since we had very little snowfall during the winter.  Already the woods are dry and once the temps begin to climb we will be in full-fledge forest fire season and the woods will be closed to woodcutters. Everyone is very concerned that this will be a bad fire year.  So, Todd has to taken advantage of the time now to get all the firewood that we and his parents need.  Todd doesn't go up by himself.  Instead, he goes with his dad's long time friend, Danny.  Danny is a 65+ bachelor, railroad retiree who knows every inch of the Wenatchee National Forest,and is the best woodcutter to have beside you when you are out in the middle of nowhere.  Plus he has all the tools available to make it fun and easy. Todd will probably need to take at least four more trips to make his wood quota.  Hopefully, he will get it all before the month is over.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Apple Blossom Parade

Once again it is Apple Blossom Time.  Last year Bonnie was in the parade with the Leavenworth float.  This year it is Brian's turn marching with the band.  I was so impressed with him.  Brian's job was to keep the cadence going throughout the whole parade and signal the band what song they were playing by whatever beat he played.  He never stopped playing for the whole hour long march. He was pretty nervous about the whole parade but was excited that he made it through.  He told me that hearing The Beat Goes On band cheering him on at the end gave him his second wind.  In fact, after it was all said and done he ran over to them to say hi and thank you. Band has been the highlight of this school year!  

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Beat Goes On

The high school band was invited to join the Beat Goes On band at the gazebo in Leavenworth last night.   Brian and his friend Caleb were the only band members who showed up.  They didn't realize they would be playing the whole one hour set with the group. Lol...but that is what happened.   Poor Brian.   They didn't have any music for him so he had to figure out a beat to go with. It was a great experience for both boys.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Banner Day

Yesterday was a banner Day for Bonnie.  First she got to wear her new uniform to work.  I would love to get a job in town just so I could wear a dirndl.  Lol....   In the afternoon Bonnie had an interview for a scholarship she had applied for.  We didn't know what to expect but walked down to City Hall for the interview.  In short, we found out that the scholarship was not for high school students but for non-traditional students, I.e. Those who have been out of school for a while and wanted to return.  However, the organization was so impressed by Bonnie that they decided to give her a financial gift of a thousand dollars and asked for her to attend their meeting later this summer.  What a blessing!  After we got home Bonnie went online to check out her WSU account page and found that she has $14000 in grants and scholarships from the state.  This doesn't include her DYWL scholarship nor the gift she received today.  She also has several other scholarships she is waiting to hear back from.  In short, next years tuition is paid for and over half of the following year.  Yes, it was a Banner Day for this high achieving, hard working daughter of mine.  I am so proud!