Monthly Archives: February 2009

The Rains Came Down and The Floods Came Up


So, the Chicago Temple is closed because it flooded and has been taking 3 months or so to clean up and get running again. It opens March 3rd. However in the mean time, some ladies from our ward couldn’t wait until then to attend the temple so we went on a road trip to go to the Temple. Alexandra, Jenny and I (from the Hyde Park Ward) drove all the way to St. Louis just to do initiatories and a session. Since none of had an available car to drive three people that far, we rented a car and left at 7:30AM. Because of construction it took us 6 hours to get to the temple. Afterword we went to Qudoba and got some dinner and then headed home, arriving about 12:30AM. It was such fun to get out and go to the temple and see a new place.

Enjoy the pictures from our trip…

Getting Closer


So, it has been a while since I (the husband) have posted here. I suppose I could take a mulligan, and say that I have been really busy, and that would be not false, but the real truth is, I also am kind of boring in what I have to say. Jenny has all of these neat things she does, with nice pictures and cool stories and I just study. And I don’t study fun things like rainbows, and unicorns. I study nuclear holocaust, and terrorist attacks. However, I am making some progress professionally, which does affect Jenny (who is the real reason you all read this blog, anyway).

Today I received notice that I am on the wait-list for the PhD program for the University of Chicago. Now while that may not sound like much, or it might even just be a nice way of saying ‘I didn’t get in’ it is actually better than that. I have to wait to see if I get the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, for which I am a strong candidate. Even if I don’t get it this year, I am very happy to have gotten this far. I have applied to the University of Chicago 3 times in the last ten years, and every year I get closer to actual acceptance to the PhD program. Persistence can pay off!

Here’s to hoping I don’t have to apply a fourth time! And thanks for all your support.

Just to See What Happens


Okay, so I saw this on a friends blog, and I thought I would give it a go around.

You will get a free handmade item from me! Here’s the rules:
The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a hand made gift from me during this year. When and what will be a surprise. There’s a small catch…You knew there would be didn’t you? First, you have to post this on your blog. Then come back and leave a comment, telling me you’re in. Fun, huh? Remember, only the first 3 people to comments will receive a gift.

Okay, so I’ve been posting a lot lately about the crafts I’ve been making, but I want to know who wants what? So, if you have seen something on here that you really like, let me know and I’ll make it for you. Or just play along and I’ll make something up to make for you.

Sounds fun, I hope you play too.

Bordeom Busters


So, I’m not in school and I’m not working right now, so it’s easy to get bored here at home. I get emails from Martha Stewart for crafts and organizing. Some I like and some I don’t. I also learned about which is a great website for Sunbeam lesson helps and activities. Combining ideas and boredom I decided to make a flower pot with names so my Sunbeams can take turns. Also, this week I decided to make mini-quilts as the handout for this Sunday’s lesson.

Our lesson is about the Holy Ghost, and since He is a great comfortor and blankets usually are good at comforting, I gathered my scrap fabric and made 16″ X 16″ quilts. I wanted to make a fun design on it, but since I’m not an experienced quilter, I did square and then added the design on top. Now the sun can either stand for “Sunbeams” or “The Son of God”. Either way, the Holy Ghost is there to comfort us in time of need.

The Never Ending List


I missed my family and I wanted to help out my Mom and her ever so long “to-do” project list, so I packed my bags and flew to Boise, Idaho. During the first week we were able to be very productive, as the second week came and went things tended to slow down a bit. I think I wore us both out. We would get as much done in the morning as we could before Mom had to go to work, then I would continue on projects I didn’t need her here for. I brought a few projects of my own and started some here that I had in mind to do. Here is what we accomplished…
*load Photoshop Elements onto Laptop
*paint garden spindles
*load file with cards
*take pictures of cards to save as a template
*Live, Laugh, Love blocks
*”grand kids” for picture book
*transfer passcodes
*”joy” blocks
*”love” blocks (x2 one for me and one for mom)
*year end files
*6 Be attitudes
*FHE board
*happy birthday banner
*paint sewing/laundry room
*hang large picture in guest room
*hang pictures in my room
*babysit for brothers so they can play with wives
*attend the temple
*sew purse
*”happy birthday” banner
*and many more….

Some of the craft ones we did are shown in the slide show.

Is it lost or is it gone forever?


Okay, so it’s been one month since Husband and I have started our “become healthy” plan, by eating right and exercising regularly. I am proud to say that I have gotten rid of 2 inches off my belly (one of my biggest problem areas) and have lost 8 pounds! That’s 2 pounds a week!

Being on vacation I was worried I wouldn’t stick to that plan, but I’ve done pretty good, missed a few cardio days and over ate a few days, but I’m still losing weight and slimming down.

It’s so exciting and motivating to actually see progress, it makes me want to keep it up. I might even say that I enjoy exercising, but I don’t want to go that far just yet. 🙂

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