Sunday, June 25, 2006

We're Having a Heat Wave!!!!

Before I forget again, here's something else from last week, so just pretend that this is still last week's entry....

Ryan and Marcela came over for dinner on Father's Day. Brent made his amazing lasagna! Everyone loved it. Marcela even asked for the recipe. We hand made, ok opened the box, a razzleberry pie. It was a fun time. Marcela is ready to get this baby into the world. She says she can't wait for the 4th of July. When asked why she says, "Because then I can have the baby anytime." I'm sure her mom hopes that it's after they get here on July 18th. It will be nice to welcome a new baby into the family! And, one with brown hair too! (One of these things is not like the other....)

Ok, now we're coming back out of the distant past to the current past. Monday night a member of our Stake High Council came over to meet with Brent...but more on that later.

Tuesday night was my last Young Women's activity. Le sigh! It was a water fight. With the boys no less. Here are a few things I learned from the water fight. When arming teenagers with water guys, don't try to give them rules to the game. They will just end up shooting whoever they want to. Don't stand near the Bishop because he has a big old target on him. Don't laugh when the bishop gets drenched because he will then come after you with a bucket. And, finally, Washington in June is too cold for a water fight!

Wednesday was Meggy's 6th birthday! We thought that Brent might be on a submarine that day, but luckily he got to talk to her. They talked and talked and had a great time. It was fun! We miss being near you guys!

Thursday was a bad traffic day! Brent and I work in Bremerton and we live in Port Orchard (actually we live at the red #2). There are only 2 ways to get to Port Orchard from Bremerton. You can take a foot ferry, which makes it hard to drive home. Or you can drive around the water...following the green route. Well, a truck carrying two huge air conditioner units from a ship they are recycling at the yard tipped over at the arrow and closed down the road. As you may or may not be able to tell, there is no other way to drive around, so basically, we were stuck. By the time we got off of work, they had opened the road again, but the back up was INSANE! So, we went to Costco after work. Unfortunately, we didn't wait long enough and it still took us about 1 hour to get home. It usually takes about 20-25 minutes. It was stressful! But, that's the joy of living somewhere where there is a lot of water!

Friday night Brent made pizza dough. He loves this chef from Food Network named Alton Brown. Alton has a show called Good Eats. Brent LOVES this show!!! We have a couple of the DVD's and one has a pizza dough recipe. It is an expert recipe, but Brent's pretty sure he can tackle it. You have to let the dough rise in the fridge for 18-24 hours, so he made it tonight.

Saturday, Brent had to work ALL DAY. I haven't had a day completely to myself for a long time. It was weird. I did a little yard work, then headed over to the library and Farmer's Market. There was a carnival going on too. I had to parallel park. I actually did it really well. Before my mom starts saying how good she is at teaching me in's a lot easier with your own car!

Last week when we went to the market I saw these CUTE fuchsias. They had these tiny blooms! And then when I found out they were called Little Witches, I had to have one. The lady selling them only had big plants, so she said she would bring me some starts this week, so that was why I went. I also got some kettle corn and cherries. It was such a beautiful day and the market is right on the water. It was great.

When Brent got home, he made the pizzas. They turned out really good!! Almost as good as Italian Village!! Here he is with his pride and joy! Here's what we learned from the pizza. You cannot substitute a pizza peel (the wooden thing you put the pizza in and out with) with a metal pizza pan. Waiting three minutes after the pizza comes out of the oven is very hard. And, finally, Brent is an expert chef! :) (Oh and I'm glad you can't see all the holes in the t-shirt he has on. This t-shirt is from before we were married. Boys, I tell you!)

And now to today! We went to our first meeting as members of the brand new Orchard Heights Ward. It was interesting. We only had Sacrament Meeting today since there weren't any teachers called or anything. We only have 7 active Young Men, so there are a lot of Elders passing the sacrament. Brent was called as......Ward Clerk! When asked what he thought of this, he said, "I hate meetings." That's my Brent. I as yet, don't have a calling. We'll see what the Lord wants me to do now. It's kind of exciting to be in a new ward. We're starting from scratch. The bishop is going to be good. He's funny and serious when he needs to be. (A perfect combination in a bishop if you ask me.) We're really looking forward to it.

I bet you're saying to yourselves, What was she talking about a heat wave. Well, yesterday was in the upper 80's. Today is the low 90's. Tomorrow is suppose to be in the mid-90's and Tuesday, the upper 80's again. This is VERY hot up here. The church doesn't even have air conditioning. (Kind of reminded me of Hawaii, but that's another story.) Our house gets rather hot too. Luckily, we have a basement that is actually under the ground, so we can hide out here. Plus it gets in the 50's at night and by Wednesday we are suppose to be back in the 70's. I'm soooo glad the air conditioning is working at work!!!!

Well, I'm off to help Brent with dinner. We're having copper river salmon! Have a great week all!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Monday, Monday...bah dah, bah dah dah dah

Hello all! Hope everyone had a great weekend and Father's Day. Let's see, what have we done lately.

Last weekend, we bought a futon. If I can talk Brent into going downstairs and taking a picture, I'll show you. Now we have some place for people to sleep if they come and see us. Well, besides the floor. We do have a couple of nice air mattresses too. So, we are ready for the visitors! :) (I'm pretty sure Brent's not going to take a pictures, so...sorry)

I got a raise at work. It's not that much, but it's nice to know that they think I'm doing a good job. It makes me feel good, even if I don't love the job.

On Saturday, we got a patio set for our nice deck. We haven't put it together yet, but then again, it hasn't been really warm out there yet. The breeze is coolish!

In honor of Father's Day, here's a picture of my parents. Aren't they cute?? All kidding aside, I love my dad. He's the best! :)

Have a good day!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Do hummingbirds hum because they don't remember the words?

Wow, only a couple of days between blogs this time. I'm amazing!

I may have more time on my hands after this week. We found out today that we are officially in the new ward - Orchard Heights. We are excited about this new change. It will be fun to get to know some more new people. And, as I said, the ones we're getting to be friends with are in the new ward. The sad part is that no, Court and Brad are not in our new ward. This is the 4th time we've lived near by each other and not been in the same ward. Court and I lamented over the phone today. But, we decided that it is probably better because then we can't be anti-social.

At any rate, that means I'm released from Young Womens and Brent's released from Ward Clerk. Our new bishop is probably Brent's age, so that will be interesting getting to know him. We are going to spend Father's Day in our current wards, then start going to Orchard Heights on the 25th. That will give the new bishop time to get all the callings filled.

We are still having fun with our hummingbird feeder. But, apparently we are the only ones around with hummingbird food because they go through a batch every three days or so. Brent calls them the little piggies. They really are! But, it's fun to see them at the feeder every 2 minutes.

Sorry to disappoint you, but I have no pictures for today. Sorry. Just wanted to let you know about our new ward. Should be interesting!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Hello Again, Hello

Yes, that's right. I'm actually writing! I know it's been FOREVER! Sorry. Life just sort of got away from us.

Our Memorial Day weekend was good. We worked in the yard. That's pretty much what we've been doing. We went and saw X-Men 3. Not the best movie we've seen in a long time! We LOVED the first two, but this one was really disappointing! Now, we're just waiting for Pirate's 2! That should be exciting.

I really can't remember much else, so I'm going to jump forward to this last week. Last Friday the Mia Maid advisor had a sleep over at her house. And, since I'm still trying to convince the girls that I'm cool, I went. Well, Marcie's son got sick and she had to take him to the hospital so it ended up not being a sleepover, which I was REALLY glad about, but we did have fun. (Marcie's son is ok. He had sores in his mouth and was just plain old sad.)

Saturday, we worked out in the yard. We worked so hard, we were sore. But, it's getting better. Not as quickly as we would like, but...

This is part of our front yard. We are trying to get all the plants that are planted in the wrong place, weeds and ivy out. It will look good when we're done though!

Sunday was an interesting day. Brent had an early meeting because it was Fast Sunday. He usually gets home at about 9:45a. It was about 10:45 when he got home. And I had to be at church at 11:30 for BYC meeting. He said, "We had a lot to talk about." Anyway, we go back to church and I go to my meeting. Just before Sacrament Meeting starts, Brent and the Bishop were talking and when I walked up, they stopped, so I walked off again. Then Brent comes up to me and says, "You're being released." I said, "Why?" And he said, "Because they are re-arranging the wards next Sunday and we're in the new ward. The Bishop told me I could tell you so you weren't too surprised." I thought that was really nice of the Bishop! I mean, I knew about 10 minutes before everyone else, but...

So, this Sunday, we're getting put in the new ward. It's going to be called Orchard Heights ward. That sounds nice, huh? I have to say, I'm somewhat sad though. I just got this calling in the Young Women and was just getting accepted. Oh well.

All the people that we're starting to become friends with are going to be in the new ward, we think. They live really close to us, so we're hoping. We're also hoping that Court and Brad will be in our ward too. They are 2 blocks out of the ward we live in now, so...maybe. Maybe not. We'll see on Sunday. So, to sum up...we've lived in this house for 3 months and we've been in two wards. :)

Tuesday night, the young women were making pajama pants for camp. Since there were only 2 leaders there, I had to help them. Now, I am not a sewing genius. I can kind of sew in a straight line, so it was going well until it came to the pockets. I got confused and told them to sew their pockets on the bottom of the pants. Luckily, we figured it out before they sewed the pants together, but I was quite embarrassed! At least I can laugh at myself, right?

Last night Brent had two meetings at church and I had to go to the last one too, so I went with him early. I was just sitting there reading and our social worker walked up and said hi. She was teaching at a meeting. Funny huh? We do meet her at that church, but it was still funny.

So, there you go. That's pretty much it. Nothing too exciting! Here are some pictures to show that we've been doing some stuff.

This is our rock wall that we really didn't know was there when we moved in since it was covered in ivy.

My summer bulbs are finally coming up! It got kind of cold right after I planted them, so I was getting worried, but now they're going crazy! I can't wait until they start to flower! They might be hard to see, but they are there!

Here are some of my pretty flowers! Court and Brad gave me the pot for my birthday a couple of years ago. It looks nice with the petunia's right?

Oh, I almost forgot two very exciting things! The first is that my parents are coming up at the end of August, beginning of September to visit us. It will be fun to see them. But most of all, it will be fun to show them our house!

The second exciting thing is that Court and the kids are coming back in 5 weeks. Brad will probably be extended in San Diego and both Sarah and Chloe are going to be in school, so they're coming back when he can drive with them and fly back. We're excited to have them back!

Have a great week! I'll let you know what we find out with our new ward!