We have finished decorating our living room. Scott wanted a newly decorated room for his birthday. Really that is just his way of saying let's use something we were going to purchase anyway as his gift and kill two birds with one stone. He is not one that really loves getting gifts. He is more of the giving kind. We went to Thomasville and picked out all our furnishings and the only thing he really liked was a leather chair. You will notice that it is not in the picture. I just had to have some continuity in the room and I traded it out for a chair that matched the sofa. I feel bad but I just had to have something match. I promised him I will get him a big leather chair for our family room. He was a good sport and hid his disappointment well. He was also very patient when I told him I wanted to put down hardwood floors too. They are so pretty and make the room very elegant. I love them. They were certainly a bigger job than I ever thought. We had to get the floor ready and then when the staining and sealing process began we had to spend a night in a hotel. Our house was quite smelly for some time. But again, well worth it because they really are so pretty. I just have to finish accessorizing and it will be complete. I am taking my time with the accessories. I want them to be my taste and it takes time to find little treasures to put around. The room turned out beautifully and should last us for many many years.
Yes, it is true. I have finally turned a half century old. On January 29 I officially turned 50. I have been referring to myself as 50 years old for about two years now so it was not too bad to really turn it. Mary and Tracie, at work, decorated my office door and wall with balloons and funny sayings. One of them said "I would rather be over the hill than under it." I think that sums it up well. I had a fun party with my beloved family members. It was great. I truly wished my Whitney and Kellen could have been there but you know that school thing keeps getting in the way. There absence was felt. I have had many ups and downs in these 50 years of mine, but here hoping for another great 50 more!
Another late post! This is my little class where I volunteer. They are one of the first grade classes at Hillsdale Elementary. Their teacher is Ms. Amber Johnson. She is a great teacher and does a great job with the children. We all had a very fun Christmas party on December 21, 2011. We played bingo, decorated sugar cookies, bowled, and playede a fun game with Ms. Johnson. The children were all very excited and had a great time. Ms. Johnson and I gave the children Christmas presents and they were all so excited about getting presents a little early. I also made Ms. Johnson a quilt. I love paper piecing and so this quilt was school themed, of course, with a pencil, two hearts, two buses, an A+, books, 2011-2012, and an apple. It was very fun to make and I was excited to give it to Amber as a thank you for all she does for her class. I love these little children.
Josie decided that she was ready for a new more mature bedroom. It has been bright pink and green since Whitney lived in that room. Shauntel and I painted and decorated the room for Whitney as surprise about 10 years ago and so it was time to redo it. Josie decided she wanted an African theme. It started out as just cheetah and then evolved into a whole African design instead. We still have a few finishing touches, an elephant table and cheetah spots on one wall. Other than that, it is all finished. We painted. Jeremy Beck came and installed new base and crown moldings. Carpets were cleaned and then the fun part, decorating. I love how it turned out. Josie picked really fun decorations and bedding. It was a fun project that only took about one week to complete.
This is a late post, but better late than never. We had a great Christmas this year. We had my brothers and sister over, and their children as well, with the exception of Ben who is serving an LDS mission in Oklahoma. This made Grandma Orgill very happy. It has been a couple of years since we were all together. David and Jennifer came with their boys as well. Ryan roasted a prime rib and it was delicious. I made rolls. Grandma Orgill brought baked potatoes and shrimp cocktails. Everyone else brought salads or desserts. It is always fun to get together and enjoy each others company. The children enjoyed opening their Christmas Eve gift from Grandma Orgill, which of course is always p.j.'s. There was much noise and laughter so the night was a success.
Christmas morning was spent at Shauntel and Ryan's. It was so much fun to watch J.R. and Shyann open their gifts from Santa. Shauntel refinished her wooden kitchen from when she and Brad were young. Shyann didn't much pay attention to it. She was excited to get a panda purse and swim suit because this is what she asked Santa to bring. She will get more excited when she is a little older I am sure. She does play with it though. J.R. got an I Touch. He was very happy because now he can play all his games whenever he wants or at least when he is not grounded from it. We had a great breakfast of eggs, waffles, bacon, and usual. Again, there was a lot of noise and laughter so another success.
We had Whitney and Kellen for the holidays as well. We spent lots of time visiting, skiing, going to the Maverick for Diet Dr. Pepper, and going to dinner. It was a busy time filled with lots of fun. Scott and I love it when they come home. We really do miss them but are so proud of both of them with their schooling pursuits. Hopefully, Whitney will get a residency here in Utah so we can see them more often.
Opening of the P.J.'s
Grandma Taking Pictures
Playing the IPad
Playing with the Ipod Touch
Cooking and Eating Breakfast
The holidays are very busy and hectic but I am so thankful that I get to spend them with all my children. I pray that as time passes we will grow closer to each other even if miles may separate us. I have learned how important it is to be kind and love one another. Forget the perceived character flaws and just love each other always!