*Edit… I suppose I should write a warning label…WARNING- this blog post may take you an hour or more to read, side effects may include laughing hysterically at our antics, being envious of our complete cool-ness, and maybe a few serious things to ponder… proceed with caution, and don’t forget to leave a comment with your accolades for the author… she’s a pretty stellar chick.
I can’t believe I’m writing this!
For all you dweebs that voted and didn’t leave comments– you’re lucky you’re getting an update! The votes are in and it looks as if I’ll be updating the blog that Dave started. And how you can tell Dave started this and not me? Because “majorpaynes” would not have been my name or address of choice. But since I’m too lazy to start my own cooler-named blog, we’ll stick with “majorpaynes”.
Things are still chugging along here. We’re still at Dave’s parents house and I’m still bordering on losing my mind daily. I’m tired of not having all our stuff. I’m tired of living out of one bedroom. Its really getting old. Why are we still here you ask? Well, being that the U sent us that lovely letter a couple weeks back, we’re basically stuck until they make a decision. It sucks, but we’re grateful to have a roof over our heads… granted it sucks when we have little to no privacy and are at the mercy of Dave’s parents and their guests, but I guess its a good thing we have a car…
Speaking of our car! We’ve had some pretty good times in that thing recently! It’s been too long since I’ve updated this blog and since Dave claims that NOTHING happens when he’s with us, here are the long and eventful things we’ve done recently. Apparently, Dave’s been asleep through all of the adventures! (either that or he’s hired a stand in… ask him)
At the beginning of April we went up to Rexburg ID for a friend’s graduation. Christine and I have been friends since I was 16 and I lived with her family for the summer before my senior year. Her parents and all six of her siblings came out from Oklahoma and Kansas to watch her graduate! It was very nice to see all of them again, as its been since 2003 since I’ve seen some of them. It was also nice to just get away from life for a few days. We had a hotel in Idaho Falls fo two days and were able to relax and spend some quality family time. The girls LOVED having a king size bed for all of us to fit in. They were both excellant on the way there and back! Here are a couple pictures from our adventures!
Christine with her diploma!!!!
YAY! Christine and me.
Our family with Christine
We found this AWESOME place to eat at… its called, “Da Pineapple Grill” it was SO good! Dave had sushi that I’m assuming was good, but I hate fish so I have no idea… I had a mix of pineapple chicken, sweet ‘n’ sour pork and teriyaki beef- it was ALL amazing!!!
We also found this place… it was alright… not great by any means. They had this candy shop attached to it though. I got a few things for Easter, but when you make your own stuff, very few things can compare… the candy was just “alright” too…
And of course we went to see the LDS temples there. Both are beautiful buildings. From our hotel room we could actually see the Idaho Falls one!
Rexburg at night…
Idaho Falls… we saw a LOT of brides that day!
The girls on our last night there- they were pooped!
And lastly… Dave is a closet mass murderer of butterflies… this is just one of the many. Tori was very concerned as to why Daddy was killing all the butterflies. Pssh- Killer!!!!
A couple weeks ago we also had a fun filled Sunday!
It was a beautiful day and so we spent the majority of the day outside!
We went to Hogle Zoo with the girls
then to White City Park(Charli slept in the car for this stop…)
Then finished for dinner at The Mayan. Tori and Charli were both captivated by the Mayan and the divers there. A few years ago we went and it was pretty stupid. Apparently they’ve changed it around a bunch, and this last time was world’s better than our previous visits! One of the divers even came up to where we were eating and did a special dive for Tori. They both loved it! Here are a bunch of pictures…
We also went and saw “Monsters Vs. Aliens”. The movie proved difficult as both girls were pretty worn out from the day’s activities. Movies are also hard for Tori to follow, as they move pretty quickly. Her birthday was the first movie she saw in the theatre and since we got there late, we ended up sitting way to close. This time we were in a bigger theatre, and she was able to see a lot better, but about 45 minutes through it, she was done. Overall, it was a nice Sunday spent together.
Speaking of Sundays, this is a topic I’ve long wanted to discuss and we’ve had a few inquiries about where we stand. Sundays in the LDS church are considered the Sabbath where you go to church, and only do church-y things(obviously polar opposite from our eventful day the other week). No shopping, no recreational activities- strictly spiritual. Before we moved in Dave and I had some reservations concerning the fact that we do not attend church at all. Dave’s parents and siblings, and my parents, are all devout LDS. We were both raised that way, but have chosen to not practice it, as well as not raise our girls this way. This is not to say that spirituality does not exist in any form in our lives. It does. But to both Dave and I, it is a very personal matter, and personal choice. Very seldom will you hear anything on this blog about the beliefs that Dave and I hold. Why? Because we don’t feel the need to preach to anyone, and again, its a personal matter. We also don’t feel the need to justify our actions or decisions, regarding what we do personally and with our family, with or to anyone. Since we’ve lived with Dave’s parents, there has been some flack that we’ve taken for not going to church and not living the “only true gospel”- but thankfully, its not from anyone that matters. We are so grateful to Dave’s parents and have a greater respect for them based on the fact that they know their boundaries. Never once have either of them said anything regarding our inactivity, and I’m so thankful that our relationship can be stable, even though we have our differences. There was a time with Dave’s side that we had very little contact based on the way that Dave and I were treated. I’m so happy that his parents can respect us enough to respect the decisions we make. Its made living here a lot more pleasant than I expected. Its just one of the many things we’ve been extremely grateful for in recent months.
Soooo, now that we’ve discussed that, we can move onto something a little lighter! While my cooking escapades have been fewer, I still manage to get at least a few things in a week. Sunday April 19th was Rose’s birthday! Dave and I put a little shindig together on the Friday night before her birthday. I invited Rose’s mom and Dale’s parents and sister Darla, all over for a surprise dinner for Rose… only it wasn’t a great surprise because I had to get some things together the night before… but, in all, it was great! We had chicken cordon bleu, green gunk salad, broccoli salad, home made rolls, and garlic and chive mashed potatoes. And of course the cake pictured below…
the supplies and fillings(milk,dark, and white chocolate ganaches) and the cake!
In my defense here, any errors can be blamed that I had TWO little helpers throughout the entire process… and one of them decided to rake her 3 year old little fingers through out different sections of the finished product… it was a long day!
And for a last few updates…Tori has gone nearly a whole month with NO ACCIDENTS overnight! (well, there was one… but only one!) For some reason, the overnight thing has been a real challenge for her. We’ve been most impressed with Tori because the condition she has with her eye affects so many things, one being potty trained. Kids are often potty trained really late, but Tori was within a normal range- if not a little early. She’s been potty trained for over a year, except for overnight. She’s just always had an issue when we put her in panties- she’ll do fine in a pullup and have no accidents, but the first night she’s in panties, she pees everywhere! Its incredibly frustrating, especially when we have to get up in the middle of the night! Well this past month we told her if she went a whole week in panties at night with no accidents, we could go to Chuck E. Cheese’s! SHE MADE IT!!!! And no only did she make it, but we’ve been going strong for three weeks! (Save the one little accident when she was sick…) Here are a couple pictures from her reward night out!
Oh yeah! AND… Grandpa and Grandma took Charli to Build-A-Bear for a belated birthday!
So thats the LONG update guys… see why Dave should do some of these? Because every time I write, its catching up from at least a month ago and they turn into 4 hours of work, which results in a short novel! Too bad for you suckers that voted for me to update!!! Until I write again… go find yourself another good read!
Hasta La Vista BABY!