Friday, August 29, 2008

No. We're NOT having fun...

As it turns out, Thelma is indeed an escape artist. I know this, because I personally locked her in her crate yesterday before I left for an hour and a half, and I came home to find broken glass in the kitchen, open cereal boxes spilled down the hall and several shredded plastic bags and chewed up pizza boxes spread around. She'd also dumped a bowl of soggy cereal on the family room carpet, chewed up Noah's water bottle, and dragged my bathrobe and a few stray shoes into the middle of it all.

Oh, and there was another little surprise 'package' on my living room rug proving without a doubt that she actually DID ingest some chocolate the day before, wrappers and all.

Plus, the Wii is being sent in for repair, two more rooms had to be cleaned with the Bissell, and Thelma decided to boldly show my visiting teacher yesterday just how she pees on the carpet for sport.

So, I've thought up a few new names for her. Most of them are four lettered and can't really be repeated in front of the kids. One of the names refers to the fact that she IS a female dog, so at least it's accurate...

It's been less than two weeks, and the thrill is gone, people. It's long gone.

Anyone want a dog?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Are we having fun yet?

Well, we're trying.

This morning I had to drive the carpool, so I asked one of the kiddos to put Thelma in her crate before we left. I'm not sure what happened, but when Noah and I arrived home an hour later, we were greeted at the door by a familiar panting and an overwhelming smell. Thelma is either an amazing escape artist, or she never got put in the crate in the first place. The fact that the Milkbones I tossed in there were still intact is a pretty solid clue though...

Not only had she used my living room as her toilet once again, (despite us putting her outside before we left), she'd managed to pull several bags of candy and chocolate chips off the kitchen counter, and had chewed through a few of them, spreading the contents all over the house. (No, it doesn't look like she actually ate any chocolate, she only sampled a few Skittles from what I can tell.)

She'd also chewed through a loaf of bread and a tube of lip gloss, dumped all the books and papers out of my church bag, and somehow knocked down the beloved Wii from a shelf that's about 5 feet above our television. (No word on whether that's still functioning yet...)

And here I really thought we were past that curious toddler wrecking the house stage.

She sure looks cute while she's sleeping though, doesn't she?

Sunday, August 24, 2008


At least for our family, it's BIG NEWS. Here's a hint:

Yeah, I know, can you believe it?

Nate and I have talked about having a dog pretty much our entire marriage, but the timing was never quite right. Either we were living in apartments, or moving around a lot, or the kids were too little, or we had too much other stuff going on...

We had pretty much decided that when we did get a dog, it was going to be a rescued dog because there are so many animals out there needing a home already. And as cute as puppies are, we really didn't want to deal with house training and all that chewing. So, we looked online and found the Arizona Labrador and Giants Breeds Rescue.

And that's where we found Thelma:

In fact, her 'adoption' page link is still up for the time being. Thelma is about a year and a half old, so she's still got a little puppy in her, but she's pretty much housebroken, although my Bissell DID get a workout those first few days she was at our house.

She's super loving and patient, and doesn't mind being mauled by the kids. She has a tendency to wander into rooms in search of random toys and stuffed animals to play with, so we're still getting used to keeping the doors shut and putting our things away, me included. (She munched on one of my high heels after church today, darn it!)

When we first started talking about the fact that we might adopt a dog, Noah started including the request in his prayers every night that 'we'd find a dog that loves kids'. We think his prayer was answered.

We're considering changing her name, but the kids are pretty resistant. And it's hilarious to hear Noah call her "Felma" to get her to come. Zachary has probably watched one too many Scooby Doo episodes because he occasionally calls her "Velma", then catches himself, and asks what her name is again with a confused look on his face.

So, any suggestions for a new name?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

New Catalog Open House Today

Don't forget, this morning from 10:00 to 12:00 is our new catalog Open House at Jody Ahlquist's house! Please call one of us if you have any questions or need directions. Come in to say hi, get a break from the kiddos, and check out the new products!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oh, come on!

I was gone long enough to drop the kids off at school, and came home to this. You can see the lovely "No Soliciting" posted on the door, right? I mean, it's plain enough to see in this photo, so I'm sure it's perfectly visible when you're standing right in front of it.

Perhaps I need to change it to be a little more threatening?

I was talking to Zachary one day about what No Soliciting means and how we don't want anyone trying to sell us anything.

"Except stamps - right?" was his response.

"Well, not exactly," I told him. "I sell stamps. I don't need to buy any more from anyone."

"But what if they were selling the best ink pad in the whole world? Would you buy that?" he asked.

And I had to admit, "Uh, yes, I guess I probably would."

Monday, August 11, 2008

A new year, a new carpool...

Do you know what time it is? It's Back To School time! Don't these kiddos look thrilled?

Zachary started 2nd Grade. Woo hoo! And this is our new carpool for the year, Justin, Zachary, Noah, and Tate. It's gonna be a fun ride!

Last week, Noah's preschool started up again. He's thrilled, of course, and always asks each morning (weekends included!) if he has school that day.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

When in Utah...

As busy as I was at the Stampin' Up! Convention, I still found the time to stop at one of my favorite Utah hangouts - Sconecutter. Sconecutter is a chain of fast food restaurants that serves sandwiches on, you guessed it, SCONES!

There is a Sconecutter close to Taylorsville High (go Warriors!) where I attended, and I grew to love the turkey sandwiches and spicy fries served there.

(Looking back, this probably explains my lack of a prom date and my subsequent long history at Weight Watchers...but that's another post!)

I've been eating my same order at Sconecutter for the past 20 or so years whenever I happen to be visiting Utah. I always get "a turkey on white with cheese and lettuce, an order of spicy fries, and a Diet Coke".

I was actually a little shaken a few years back when I visited the location in St. George, Utah and they informed me they'd switched to Pepsi products.

PEPSI products?!!

That is so wrong. You just don't mess with tradition.

So, here's my dinner from that evening, and while I sat there, Oingo Boingo's Weird Science played, and for a moment, it was almost like I was back in high school.

(Well, except this was the location on State Street, not Redwood, and back then, I believe the trays were orange...)

Oh, and I found I can no longer eat this entire order, which is a really good sign!

My husband Nate is also a big fan of Sconecutter, so I sent a picture of my dinner to Nate on his cell phone. Remember how he was in California with the kids and his family? Well, in a jealous rage he texted back, "You suck!".

What a sweetie! I love that man!

If you are originally from Utah, or currently reside there, you already know what 'fry sauce' is. However, if you don't happen to be hip on Utah culture, you probably are unaware that fry sauce is a combination of mayonnaise and ketchup (because I guess french fries and plain ketchup aren't fattening enough?) and is readily available in most Utah fast food chains. In fact, fry sauce was offered in McDonald's restaurants in Utah up until 1999!

So, if you happen to wind up in Utah, (hey, you never know, it COULD happen!) stop in to one of the 11 Utah Sconecutters, and make sure you budget enough of your Weight Watchers points to try your very own scone sandwich and some of their fry sauce. It's a Utah tradition!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Stampin' Up Convention - Celebrate 2008

Like I mentioned before, I flew to SLC for the Stampin' Up! Convention because I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. This year was really special because Stampin' Up! is celebrating it's 20th anniversary.

I checked in on Wednesday and picked up my convention bag which contained 3 brand spanking new stamp sets, and the gorgeous new Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog. (It's so AWESOME, by the way! You NEED one, seriously! Call me, I'll hook you up!) Afterwards, I boarded a shuttle bus and headed out to Riverton to see the 300,000 square foot Stampin' Up! home office and distribution center. It's amazing!

Here's just a tiny part of it:

Also in the home office are rooms displaying various Stampin' Up! ideas and products, like this:

And this:

Earlier this year, Stampin' Up! announced a new line of products called D├ęcor Elements. The word 'happiness' in the photo below is part of this line. It's self-adhesive vinyl art for walls, windows, or other hard surfaces.

The next 3 days were spent attending classes, learning about new products, and of course, stamping. I was happy to run into Jody Ahlquist from back home, and we hung out together.

On the last day of the convention, we were given another stamp set, the brand new Ronald McDonald House Charity set. Each year, Stampin' Up! designs an exclusive stamp set to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year's set is called Say It With Scallops, and it's super cute! UPS generously donated the money to give these stamps set to all the Convention attendees this year.

Attending the convention was so much fun and I really enjoyed hanging out with other people as crazy about stamps as I am (and some a little bit crazier...).

Jody Ahlquist and I are holding an Open House at her house on Saturday, August 16th from 10:00-12:00 to share the new catalog. Please join us to try out some new products and just have fun! Call me for more information, and hope to see you there!

Where the heck have we been?

Well, I'll tell you!

On Sunday, July 27th, we took a little vacation to San Diego. We got there Sunday night, and went to Legoland on Monday.

On Tuesday, I flew to Salt Lake City, BY MYSELF to attend the Stampin' Up! Convention, and Nate stayed in California for the rest of the week with the kids and hung out with his family at a timeshare they own there. Together, they went to the beach, attended a Diamondbacks game at Petco Ballpark, played at Boomer's where they rode bumper cars and batted in the cages, and Nate's grandfather even showed the boys how to fish.

Kind of crazy, huh?

Here are some photos from our trip:

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