Friday, August 14, 2009

Finally back to blogging and a lot to blog about!

I am back!!

I finally have some time now to blog. I have missed every one's blogs so much. I will start reading your blogs again. I don't think I can catch up on everything I have missed. I will do my best. 

Anyway, the last post I did was a month ago and I said I would only take a week off. Well, that week turned into a month. Moving was a lot of work and I didn't have the Internet for a while. When we moved it was unexpected and not planned.

This was the reason we moved!

This is what is inside that bottle. It is called a German cockroach. 
I know they are just bugs but to me they are one of my worst fears. I know in some states you have no choice but to have them but not in Utah. You only get them if you are dirty. Well, they had started to tear apart the apartment next to us to make a laundry room and I guess they hit a nest and they started to come into our apartment. They didn't spray correctly so we decided to move. 

It took us 3 weeks to move all our stuff because we thoroughly checked things and put things in bags instead of boxes. We opened up electronics, appliances and toys to be sure we didn't bring them. I washed everything that could be washed and I decide to keep track of how many loads of laundry I did. I did a grand total of 50 loads, no joke. I have to say it is nice to have a washer and a dryer now!

We moved into a house. We don't own it. We just rent it but it has been a lot of work getting it together. It is such a great house. I love living here. Of course there are a few things I don't like. I don't like wood paneling and most of the house has it but oh well, it is a house. 

Here goes the grand tour:

Starting with the inside.

Laundry room.

I love that my stone wear dishes fit up on the top of the cabinets.

I love the bricks.

I love the kitchen. 
I don't mind the wood paneling in this room because it makes it look like a log cabin.

Here is the main bathroom.

Kurt's and my room.

Living room.

Living room again.

Ayla's room.
I love her room!

This is the master bedroom bathroom.
We put Kurt's dresser in there.

I loved what I put on top of the dresser.

This is the master bedroom but we turned it into the theater.

Now the yard needed some TLC.

My family and Kurt's mom came over and helped us clean it up. We filled a whole dumpster. 

Lane even helped.

Here is the before picture.

Here is the after picture.

Going around the house.

I just want to thank my family and Kurt's mom again for all their hard work.

I love family. I don't know what I would do without them.

Now I want to catch up on a few events that have happened.

1st, I hit my year anniversary of blogging on the 17th of July. Yeah me!!

Next Ayla turned 17 months.

She now weighs 21 pounds and is 31 3/4 inches long. She is getting so big but not big enough yet to fill her daddy's shoes.

Here are some of her firsts and accomplishments.

*She knows where her nose, belly and ears are.*

*She says "No" a lot now.*

*She knows how to make dog and cat noises.*

*She has learned how to push her bike forward, while she is on it.*

*She has learned how to color.*

*She went swimming for her first time.*

*She played with a hose and ran through the sprinklers for the first time.*

*She tries to count.*

*She signs for milk.*

*Her daddy took her to the zoo for her first time.*

*She can get up and off the couch.*

*She is getting better at stairs.*


It was my mother-in-law's birthday. 
Happy birthday Mom! I love you!


We had my family Lagoon day last Saturday. 
And yes, that is me on the Catupult (sling shot, that shoots you up 278 feet in the air at 4 G's) and Marion's boyfriend, Monty's nephew, Colton who rode it with me. Well, I rode it with him. He had gone on it earlier with Monty and wanted to go again but needed some one to ride it with him. 

I don't know what I was thinking. I thought I was done with extream rides, aparently not. It was a blast! So fun!!

My dad and my sister, Marion.

I love Lagoon!


Last but not least, our sweet little nephew, Kurt turned 1 on the 8th of this month. We will be celebrating it tomorrow. I made a cake. I will blog about it later.

Well, that is all floks. That should have you caught up with us. Now if I could get caught up with every one else. Wish me luck!!


Cherie said...

Heather welcome back! You have definately been missed. In fact, I checked your blog just 2 days ago...:D
I would have had the same reaction to the roaches. Ick!! I also would have bagged and laundered everything!! Good job!
Maybe it was a blessing because now you guys are in a house and that is awesome. It looks like you have so much space and I love how you turned the master into a theatre - very clever!
The yard will be a blessing too. Alot of work but then you reap the rewards!
Your little Ayla is growing fast - her room is adorable. I love how she is peeking out of the tent!
Have a wonderful weekend - it has been fun to catch up with you!

Leah said...

Oh I just LOVE your new home. Yeppiee no more yucky apartments! Isn't it nice not having someone upstairs, downstairs, next door? I think you have done such a good job getting everything unpacked and put out. I know you didn't have a whole lot of time to pack up and leave.......but you have done a great job on your new house. Your yard looks amazing too. I could sure use your family at my house for a week. They are such good people and hard workers. I just love your family. I promise I will post pictures of my new house soon. =) I am so happy you are back blogging. can't wait to see baby Kurts cake. I bet you did an awesome you always do. love you tons.

Nanette said...

I missed you!
Love the house!!! So happy you have a place of your own.
Can't wait to see little Kurt's cake.

Ann Marie said...

I missed you four!!

Sorry we couldn't chat so much at Mary's party..but I am hopeful you'll be at Suzanne's and the Twilight party! :) I have a darling picture of Ayla with the balloons.. I'll have to send it!

The house is WAY better than you said... Like I said.. if you hate it bad enough--the paneling could be painted white! :)
It has alot more room than I thought too!

Cross my fingers that all goes well.. and no more ROACHES! :)

Thanks for the tour~

QuintonandChristy said...

Thanks Heather! I missed your blogs! I love the house, and the after pics of your hard work on the lawn look great. Glad everything got moved, I would move too with the bugs, ew!

Miss Megan said...

I can't believe you had to clean, wash and take apart EVERYTHING before you moved. What a job!!! But I love your new house, and even if it's not your dream home, it's perfect. (My home still has a long way to go as well - especially in the remodeling department). I especially liked seeing the before and after picture of the yard. Great work! Glad to see you blogging again!

amber hawkins warren said...

WOW that house you're renting looks huge! I am glad you like it and I'm glad you got away from the bugs. But I miss you in our church.

T. L. C. said...

Holy Smokers NOW a comeback!!! I adored seeing all the pictures!

I would move too!!!! And your new home is so sweet and I loved all that you have done! LOVE IT!

Ayla is still my favorite red head :)

Suzanne said...

Welcome back Heather! You did a great job with the house and you did a great job to make sure you brought no friends with you! Change is good! Keeps us on our toes! -Suzanne

Nancy Face said...

Yay, the house is great! It looks huge! :)

Cockroaches are common here, and they can be about 3 inches long, EEEK! Just yesterday I woke up when it was still dark, flipped on the kitchen light, and there were TWO of those monsters on my countertop! EEEK! :0

Emily and beau.......ardie too said...


Elizabeth said...

Fun Fun Fun. I love the new house. You will have to have us over sometime. hahahha,,,just kidding.