Sunday, May 20, 2012

Is it June 8th yet?

It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since we've moved to Arizona.  We arrived here in June where the days here were averaging about 106*.  We didn't think the weather was too bad, considering I heard it could get much hotter here.  Well it didn't take long for the temps to sky rocket.  I remember taking a picture of the thermostat in my car when it was 113*.  Ugh!
We moved to a community that has all major conveniences close by.  Target is only about a mile away.  It doesn't get better than that.  LOL
We brought home this cute little fluff of love in July.  Her name is Daisy Mae!  She's so sweet and ornery all at the same time.

We've visited some of the touristy places in Arizona.  One very hot day in July we drove to Apache Junction and Superstition Mountain.  There was a little museum close by that used to be the hot spot for filming western movies.  This little church was used in an old Elvis movie "Charro".

Down the road is Goldfield Ghost Town.  

I don't have a picture on my computer, but we "hiked" White Tank Mountain.  While walking we came across a pretty sizable tarantula right off the trail.  bleh! 

When we moved here I told my hubby the ONE thing I wanted to do while living here was visit Tombstone. Just recently, before he started traveling to Las Vegas for his job, we loaded everybody in car drove out there. Of course we visited the O.K. Corral and watched a reenactment. 
We went on a stagecoach ride. This is me and my goofy son.

We had such a good time.  It was perfect time as far as weather goes.  Still relatively mild out.

Now we're preparing to move...again.  This should be our last move for quite a while.  We're moving to...

 I know, I know.  You wouldn't want to live there.  I've heard it said lots of times.  However, this is where the job offer was for my husband after he retired from the Navy.  The deal has always been to train in Arizona and move to Las  Vegas a year later.  It's going to be only 4.5 hours away from our families.  We haven't lived that close to our families for a 11 years.  That was the driving factor in our decision to make the move.  I have to trust God in that we'll be okay.  So...we found the perfect house...

It's in a gated community, in a neighborhood with only 9 houses in it.  The access street is quiet with horse properties.  You would never know this neighborhood is here unless you were driving to one of the horse properties.  I think we'll be pretty happy here.  I am so excited!  
So, what makes this house so wonderful?  It's a ranch style (there's a lot of 2 stories here), 3 car garage, 5 bedrooms, nice size front porch, RED doors, butlers pantry, drop off station, big laundry room, big master walk in closet, a door from one of the bathrooms to the backyard(great for backyard parties), a big covered back patio with access from the main part of the house, master bedroom and that bathroom., and RV parking...just to name a few.LOL
I'll post pictures when we move in.  We're scheduled to close the 8th of June(notice my title).  I can't wait to get in and decorate!  
Well, this post was a lot longer than I anticipated.  I hope you all have a good week.
love, Jeanette

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Apple Tree

While we were preparing to leave Nebraska, I was worried about finding my next new favorite place to shop in our new area. I asked on A Primitive Place if anybody knew of a place in AZ that wood be what a girl like me was looking for. Well- one person answered with an awesome suggestion. It is called The Apple Tree. Girls, when I finally made the trip to this store and walked inside the door, it was instant love. I was like a little kid at a toy store. I wanted 1 of everything. It was so much fun to just walk around. In the back of the shop is a section of stuff that must be there on consignment. I found a platter that matched the dishes that I started collecting over the summer. This platter and a copy of A Primitive Place magazine are the only 2 things I walked out of there with. I was trying to be good, but I had my husband with me, too. For Christmas my dear, sweet husband came back to this shop, all my himself, to buy me a gift certificate. He also walked around the nearby antique stores and found more of my dishes(i'll post more on this later). So here is what my gift certificate went to...

A cute little gameboard. I'll have a gameroom in the new house where this will look perfect.

A small crock of fake pomegranents. Too bad only 1 pommigranant shows.

The rest... a washboard, wooden bucket, basket, 2 candle holders w/ battery candles, and another crock.

So right now I'm just stocking up on things for the new house. We aren't puting anything on the walls in this house since we know we don't have a lot of time here. I can't wait to be in the new house so I can get everything out to look at until my heart's content.

Also, I'm looking to change the name of my blog. I just don't like the current name at all. I would love some help with this if anybody has any suggestions. Maybe something like My primitive desert home??? I don't know.

Thanks for coming by.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wowsers! It's been a long time.

I don't think anybody noticed I haven't written in a very long time. I'd post pictures to kind of show what's been going on, but they're on the other computer.
The major event that changed everything was my husband retiring from the Navy. He served his 20 years proundly and it was time to move on.
We FINALLY finished the basement. Again, I wish I could show pictures. We had to hire somebody to come in and finish it. We were just in way over our heads. It turned out great. It was barely finished in time to put the house on the market. What a scary thing to do in this econemy. My husband accepted a job in another state so it was time to move, again. We've been in our current location, the South West desert, for about 7 months now, with 5 more to go. We're going to move 1 more time, then stay put for a while. It's really hard, I'm not going to lie. We had to be here for husband's training before we can move on to our final destination.
My husband and I are in the process of buying a new house in the new city. It will be finished, hopefully, as we get ready to leave here. I am super excited about it. We are going to have a lot of room to spread out. When you have 3 boys, you need that.
I've been kicking abround blog world a bit lately. I've found some new blogs that are super fun to look at. A lot of decorating blogs. Not just prim decor, either. I'm going to try and come up with a way to maybe mix prim and maybe farm decor. I found one blog that was what I might be looking for. It's called Down to Earth Style She has a lot of the rustic style that I like, yet ideas to make it all work in a brand new home.
Well, that's all for tonight. I'll be back sooner than later.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Drifts

I'm on a roll.. LOL I'm not even sure if anybody reads this little blog of mine. If you do, please give me a holler and let me know you came by.

Today is round 2, day 2 for snow days. We've gotten about 6" of snow since Monday night. Monday morning we woke up to ice everywhere. The roads were so bad. I was so nervous driving to work. There were accidents everywhere. People not being able to just "go" after they had stopped at a sign or light. Buses were late picking up, late dropping off at school. It was just plain awful. So yesterday was declared a snow day, as is today. It is soooo cold outside (-15 windchill). Hubby started out to work about 6AM and got stuck right outside our neighborhood. Most of the outlets were blocked, so he found a way he thought he could maneuver. No such luck. He was stuck. He had his shovel with him and tried to shovel himself out. That didn't work. So he walked home to grab the snow blower to move the snow that was blocking his way, after he was able to get the truck to move. Well, finally, Mr. Snow Plow Man came by and moved the snow out of his way so he could come back home. Poor guy. All this on top of a migraine he's battling this morning. Hope you have a better day honey.
Here is what some of the drifts look like in the backyard.

Can you see the drift by the fence? I took these while looking out from my glass door. It was too cold to actually open the door.

Look by the trees. So Pretty.

Well that's it for the day...or for now LOL

Have a great day everyone.

Love Jeanette

Tote Giveaway and My Family Binder

Today, Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons is offering a giveaway for a free tote from Thirty-One. If you've never visited Thirty-One than you should. This company sells all kinds of different bags, totes, purses, and organizers in a variety of different patterns.
I have a couple of bags that I organize with. I have a pool bag that keeps the pool pass, pool toys, sunscreen, and towels.
I also have a backpack that I use during football season, or whenever, that keeps magazines, a book, paper, pen, and snacks.

Yesterday was a snow day so I was able to get quite a bit accomplished. I've been working on puting shelving paper down in the kitchen. I put some down in the cup cabinet and the plate cabinet. Looks so much better. I also was able to finish my family binder. . I posted about this a couple of days ago. A Bowl Full of Lemons is hosting a weekly organizing challenge and this week's challenge is to make a family binder. I had one about 12 years ago, but haven't used one since.

This is what I was using to store some of my papers in

Yep, just a plain ol' paper folder with 2 little pockets. Here's what it looked like when I opened it...

Sad, isn't it? So I went to Target, one of my happiest places on earth, and bought a new binder, some sheet protecters, stickers, and new ink for the printer. I went through the old folder, threw out old papers, and 3 hole punched the keepers.

I wanted to decorate the front somewhat so I had some colored paper to lable the front with stickers and a Bible verse card that I had lying around. Here's what I came up with...

The front...

I didn't take a very good picture, did I.

When I open my binder here is what I see. The pocket holds the kids school handbook. I have an empty pencil pouch. I'll fill it up soon.

Then I have some poems and prayers I put in sheet protecters.

This picture kind of shoes the different tabs I'm using...

School/Activities: holds the school menu, the schools newsletter, yearbook form, wrestling info sheet and schedule, mbr. ship forms for Roller Hockey, instrument agreement from the music store, the band's weekly schedule, letter from a teacher w/ her email on it and my sunday school class list.

Medical: this section currently holds my shot records, eye prescriptions, and a brochure from the dog's vet. I need to find his shot record. Hmm... I might add a new vet section if I buy more tabs.

Menu: I have a brochure from a Co-OP I want to look into, an old order form from Angel Food Ministries, and then I'll add some menus as I make them up.

Cleaning: I'm going to make up my cleaning schedule.

Crafts/Decorating: I see all kinds of crafts and decorating ideas out there in Blog land so this will be where I will add all the great ideas I see.

So as you can see it's still a work in progress, but at least it's started and I can continue with getting it filled and relying on my new "My Family Binder."

I hope you want to see more, head on over to A Bowl Full of Lemons. Even if you don't want to see more binders, go over anyway. Toni is so inspiring.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Home Management Binder

A few weeks ago I found this cool little blog called A Bowl Full of Lemons. This blog is all about cleaning and organizing. She just finished up with some daily challenges, only to begin with some weekly challenges. This week's challenge is to build a Home Management Binder. This binder should hold cleaning lists, phone lists, menus, and just about anything else that will help you stay organized and help you run your home smoothly. Now, I've had one before... It was okay...I just didn't use it a whole lot. Right now I have a cheapy folder with menus, phone lists, and so on. This week I'll go shopping for a cutsie binder, ink for my printer, and some dividers so I can make a really cute binder. Hopefully one I'll use.
Go on over to the website above to read more and get some ideas.

Obviously I've been away for a long time

Happy New Year everybody!
What have I been up to you might ask? Well, let me tell just tell you. I got real busy with everybody going back to school and the boys playing football, last fall.
When football starts, it's a fulltime job for me. Practice is 3 days per week, with a 4th day filled with games.
Once football was over, I had one kid playing basketball and 2 kids playing roller hockey. This took up 4 days per week, with the others left to do everything else that need done.
Next was Christmas. We drove over 1500 miles to have Christmas with our family for the fist time in like 11 years. What a blast that was. It was wonderful to see the fam, while celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus. My mother in law really made our visit extra special.
Now we have 1 kid wrestling, 1 kid playing hockey, and 1 taking a break.
While all of this was going on, we worked very hard on our son's room that we're building downstairs in the basement. It didn't help that we are so out of our comfort zone when doing anything down there. We had help with getting the dry wall up and most of it mud and taped. When we felt like we couldn't do anymore, hubby started puting out feelers and found a guy to finish the mud and texture the ceiling. It turned out so good. When we came home from vacation we painted, put down some temporary carpet, and moved the kid in. What a difference it has made having him down there and all the kids having their own rooms. There's less fighting and arguing and less clutter.
So there you life summed up in a nut shell. This next year holds some significant changes mine and my family's lives. I hope you can check back ever so often to say HI!