Wednesday, March 31, 2010

a new roof

so we have a new roof. it took a lot of money, a lot of time and a lot of very nice people but we got it done. For those who were not here let me fill you in on our little adventure.

Mike and I needed a new roof. We were told when we baught the house that we would need one within a few years but that is what you get with foreclosures. We were also told by our inspector and another contractor that since the roof was not leaking and it only had the one layer that we could do a cover over for a much cheaper cost. fast forward 3 years and that brings us to last week. I picked out the shingles and the color and had mike buy and bring them home. It hurt a little paying that much money for tar but it could have been worse. We then asked family and friends to come over for a roof raising party. This was actually kind of fun (not the roofing part but the party part). We had Mike's parents staying, they brought their camper, and his brothers, their kids and amber. We really enjoyed the family time and getting to talk with everyone. It was my job to clean, help feed everyone (hope you all liked the peanut butter pie) and to watch the kids. Everyone else (below the age of 40 and over the age of 13) was up on the roof. We also had some great friends come over and do a bunch of work too. We lucked out so hard by having a couple of friends from church that had done roofing before their missions and without their knowledge we would have been in some trouble. Well, everyone got mostly done by saturday night the problem that came up was that it started storming so we had to find tarps and bricks to cover the house and wait until sunday to finish it off. The ox found himself in that hole and needed to get out, so we justified the sunday work. Well, After taking link to the ER (decided to bust his head open chasing older brother) I come home to find that our elders quarum from chuch decided to show up and help finish up the roof. I was very happy but also looking around me at the not so clean (lots of kids and I was gone for 2.5 hours) house and thinking holy crap I hope no one in relief society hears about this. Overall, it was a long, rough, uplifting and great weekend. We are poorer in the pockets but richer in friendships and family. Also, it is really nice to drive down the street and see our new roof shining for the world to see. I am so glad that is over for the next decade or so. Now to finish the garden.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

We have a date!!!!!!

I got the call from DHHS that there had not been any appeals from the old foster family and that the courts had approved our petition to adopt and set a date for us. I also happened to realize that it has been a year now since we first put our name in the running for our two little ones. I am so excited and cannot wait for the big day. Now I need to start planning that party...Amber, you got any ideas?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring is in the air

or at least I hope it is. We spent this perfect weekend out in the yard. I know, it doesn't sound like a lot of fun to do yard work but after months of the coldest and wettest winter that Arkansas has ever seen (at least in my time) it was worth the work to be outside. It was so funny to look around while we were outside and see people emerging from their houses with looks of awe and wonder, basking in the sun and listening to the birds singing songs of praise to the spring fairies. The kids had to be reminded what grass and trees and even warmth was as they played around the yard. Mike and I felt the stress of the week melt away with each sunray that touched us as we laughed and talked and dreamed about what our hard work would bring. Seriously all prosing aside it was great. We built our raised garden bed last weekend and have been clearing out our fence line that is just overgrown with all manner of vine, tree and weeds. We are getting so excited about planting our full garden after our failed plans last year. That is what happens when you get the call that two of your kids are ready to meet you. All plans are thrown out and you start hopping through the DHHS Hoops. This year we started early with our plans, just in case. Now we are just waiting for it to get warm enough to plant our little seedlings and then research recipes for all the veggies we are growing. I am also going to try my hand at canning too. This is what we are going to try and grow this year for those of you that are interested.

Tomatos
Bell Peppers
Hot Peppers (different kinds)
Okra
Cucumbers
Squash
Maybe Zucchini
Carrots
Green Beans
watermelons
Later in the summer we will plant some pumpkins (Oldest son seems to think he is charlie brown and wants a pumpkin patch)
We will also plant onions and garlic too

If you have any other veggies that do well in the Arkansas area let me know. I am willing and able to try anything. (garden wise)