Saturday, April 17

I did it!

Well, I did it.  I put away my turtlenecks.  I know.  I know what you are's a bit early isn't it??  After all, it's only April 17th.  Well, what can I say, I am a risk-taker!  I still have all my scarves out, however, just in case my neck complains too much.   So here's the extent of my "spring cleaning" so far. 


And after.....

It feels good, doesn't it? 
And here's the bags of clothes that are going somewhere else to take up space......yah hoo!

I decided to get new spring haircut too--

And now that my closet is clean I just have another 2,904 square feet of spring cleaning left to goodbye.

Saturday, April 10

Four Things About Me

Okay, I'll do it, Rachelle, if you say so....

~Four Things About Me~

Places I Go Over and Over:
1. To work
2. To the high school
3. To church
4. To bed

Four Movies I Have Watched More Than Four Times:
1. RV
2. The Three Amigos
3. Princess Bride
4. Most of Jim Carrey's movies

Four Places I Have Lived:
1. Noonan, ND
2. Williston, ND
3. Spokane, WA
4. Bemidji, MN
5. Someday I WILL live where it never ever gets below 0!

Four TV Shows I Watch:
(I don't ever turn the TV on myself but if someone else is watching I will sometimes watch the following)
1. Survivor
2. Antiques Roadshow
3. Extreme Makeover Home Edition
4. News
5. Does Vikings football count?

Four Places I Have Been:
1. Boston, MA
2. Canada
3. That's pretty much it.
4. Guess I need to get out more, huh?

Four People Who Email Me Regularly:
1. Bemidji Schools
2. Wells Fargo Online
3. GigDog MSN
4. Rachelle, if blog comments count :)

Four Of My Favorite Foods:
1. Pasta
2. Chocolate
3. Popcorn
4. Fruit

Four Places I Would Like To Visit:
1. Pretty much anywhere in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa, or Australia- I am not picky
2. Somewhere tropical in the middle of winter, I am not picky
3. See #1
4. See #2

Four Things I Am Looking Forward To:
1. Seeing things blooming again
2. Seeing my kids blooming and growing and changing every day
3. Getting in better shape physically (this is the year I mean it)
4. Growing in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

Tuesday, April 6

fer cryin' out loud-

Talk about embarrassing-- I'm sure you have never done anything like this (except for you, Allison) but today I had just enough time before picking Brian up after school to stop at the store to get some snacks to bring to Leanne who was at a track meet in town here and starving of course.  Got to the check out and didn't have my debit card, no check book, no cash, no I.D, nothing.  Argh.  A naked feeling.  Sheepish apology given to the clerk.  When I got out to the car I remembered I had switched purses on Sunday before church, duh!  I can't even say this is the first time this has happened.  Almost as bad as the time I drove to the Middle School after dropping kids off at the high school, going around the parking lot and then realizing there is no one in the van to drop off at the Middle School!*!  I did that more than once too, actually.  We haven't had kids at the Middle School for almost a year now.  And then there was the time.....just kidding, I'm not going to bring up any more of my embarrassing moments right now. 

Brian was kind enough to pay for a sub sandwich for Leanne and offered to go in to find her inside the Rec. Center.  It was so crowded he gave up looking and gave the sub to a friend of his and said "If you see Leanne soon give this to her, if you don't just eat it."  So I'm not sure if Leanne ever got something to eat or not, I'll find out when she gets home.

Monday, April 5

Wunnerful, wunnerful!

It was a wunnerful day on Easter Sunday.  We celebrated the resurrection of Jesus from the dead!!  We had a monsterous brunch at the Green Mill, and then proceeded home to take a nap.  It was so awesomely nice out I took mine outside on the trampoline with a blanket, the newspaper, and Isabelle, the cat. 

Later on, we had another swell meal.  I recruited some help... Landon made a cake the day before!  This was quite the deal for him, actually following a recipe.  Look how he is concentrating!  He did a nice job.
Brian made jello... he once was supposed to bring a dish to a potluck and made jello-- his friends were so impressed, and gave him a jello recipe book for his birthday.  So now he is our official jello maker!
Leanne set the table...
Bill and Bryce peeled potatoes... Heather and the kids were on their way to the cities so couldn't be with us :(
I made pull-apart hot cross buns...but I left out the dried currants because they didn't have any at grocery store(?) and didn't have time to go around town looking for currants!
...and regular dinner rolls...
We also had gourmet yellow-fleshed Idaho mashed potatoes...yum!
Bill grilled some pork loin chops with garlic butter...
...and peas...
and Brian's amazing jello with lots of strawberries in it...
and we were so full we had to wait until later to have Landon's Lemon Poppyseed Cake was delicious.
And then the Easter egg hunt!  Did someone say teenagers are too old to hunt for Easter eggs?  Not mine.
Leanne and Richie, getting eggs out of the bird feeder...
Richie is a college friend of Landon's-he's from Liberia and we were really glad he could join us.  Beyond them is our neighbor's corn field to the south where the honey wagon as Bill calls it has been out spreading freshness this past week, and unfortunately for us we have had nice breeze from the south!
This one didn't get quite in focus...but he was only pausing a moment during the egg hunt frenzy.
Then later on we played The Farming Game with friend, Jake, and then a couple more friends came so Bill and I let them take over our farms and we went to bed! The game kept going until close to 1 a.m. but I was fast asleep by then!
Wunnerful! Yay for a good God, good food, good family, good friends and chocolate Easter eggs.

Thursday, April 1


I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene,

and wonder how He could love me, a sinner... condemned, unclean.

For me it was in the garden he prayed: "Not my will but Thine."

He had no tears for his own griefs- but sweat drops of blood for mine.

He took my sins and my sorrows, He made them His very own;

He bore the burden to Calvary, and suffered, and died... alone.

How MARVELOUS, how wonderful!

...and my song shall ever be:

How marvelous, how wonderful... is my Savior's love for me!