May 30, 2015

A Change of Plans

I have a story to tell you. And it's not a fish story.

When we got home from our little trip over Memorial Day weekend, the floors were beautiful except for in one place...near the dishwasher. For some reason, they seemed warped.

My sweetie decided it was probably because he did the washing and the sealing of the floor so close together and a little water was trapped. If that were the case, the boards would settle down in a couple of weeks and all would be well.

All wasn't well.

The Dog Walker didn't mention that his ceiling was leaking, he just moved out onto the couch in the projector room. I pray for safety every day and I'm happy to say that the Dog Walker was at the temple when the ceiling came crashing down on his bed, with drywall and water, and insulation everywhere. It was a ridiculous mess!

My sweetie discovered that something was malfunctioning in the dishwasher and he shut off the water and took it out of the circuit. It is now sitting on the porch.

The boards in the kitchen are still warped under their new finish, and water continues to drip slowly from the exposed joists in the Dog Walker's room. We have fans going on in there 24/7, trying to dry things out and hopefully save the carpet, although we will mostly have to completely redo his room anyway.

So this is the end of the story.

I had a meeting for my Girl Scout troop planned this afternoon at my house, except that my house is a shambles. We changed our plans at the last minute and we took the girls over to Scheel's. We had to much fun riding the Ferris Wheel and taking pictures in their photo op booths.

They asked me to put lots of pics of them in my post today, so instead of showing you the gaping hole in the ceiling or the dripping water or warped boards, I'm going to show you pics of my cute girl scouts having a ball at Scheel's.

May 29, 2015

Guest Blogger: Dessert Potluck at Kauri Sue Hamilton by Elder Dog Walker

It's been a little while since I've got to tell you some more about my mission. The mission is going pretty well and my testimony is about built up. All the children at the seminaries have been blessed with their knowledge of the Gospel and they're hoping that it will be kept to them for the rest of their lives. It goes for me, the teachers, and the fellow missionaries also. It's a little disappointing that my mission is going to be done this week, but I'm pretty sure that it was a blessing that I'll never forget for the rest of my life.

Today is Kauri Sue Hamilton's last day of their school year and I wanted to finish my mission by the time their school year ended. Yesterday, at Kauri Sue Hamilton, we had a Summer Luncheon. It was also a dessert potluck, meaning every missionary was required to bring a treat to share at the luncheon. Remember the missionary story about Kauri Sue Hamilton doing a Cupcake Wars competition? You know, when my idea was to do Book of Mormon Blueberry? Well, for the dessert potluck, I thought that I could give them my prize winning Book of Mormon Blueberry cupcakes, but then another thought came in my mind. I decided to make Strawberry Stripling Warrior cupcakes. The way I made them was with strawberry and chocolate cake mixes striped patterned. And then I spread chocolate frosting on top of the cupcakes and I use half of a natural strawberry and stick on top of the cupcake and I used green frosting and drew arms, legs and a face on the strawberry. And the last part, I put a pretzel stick on the tip of the arm and it looks like a little warrior. All of you would think it's cute.

The potluck at Kauri Sue Hamilton was a blast, even though a couple of people got to try the cupcakes. We had baked potatoes, hot dogs, and chili at the luncheon and all the other missionaries brought their treats for the dessert potluck. I brought 24 cupcakes to the potluck just in case a lot of people would want to try them. Unfortunately, I ended up having to take eighteen of them home with me, but at least a few people liked them and I also saved some for my siblings who wanted to try it.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my mission and I'm pretty sure that all of you are going to love to hear my missionary report after the 28th of June.

P.S. If you want to try my idea of these cupcakes, you can. They are as good as you can imagine.

May 28, 2015

Weather in Utah

We have had the craziest weather this month! You know we are in the middle of a drought here. We didn't get hardly any snow this winter and people have been so worried about how we are going to have enough water for our gardens and even to drink.

But then May came and so did the rains. It has been crazy here! We have had rain almost every day. All the baseball and softball games keep canceling and rescheduling. Curly has to play 2 double-headers now and these guys are six years old!

Today was the craziest. I left the house with the Dog Walker to drop him off at the library and run a couple of other errands like gassing up my car. Our first stop was the high school and the Dog Walker ran a paper inside for Prima Donna. The skies were pretty clear...until he got back in the car.

By the time I got out on the road, the rain was pelting down in huge raindrops that seemed to splash back up when they hit the ground. By the time we drove the six blocks to Redwood Road, the hail had started. Marble-sized missiles smacked my car. For a minute I thought they might even break my windshield, but they didn't.

When we got to the library, poor Dog Walker had to run to the door while ducking the hail and rain. Then for a minute the hail was gone and I thought the rain was subsiding, but it was only catching its breath to blow in an even bigger storm.

As I pulled back on to Redwood (I only had about 4 blocks to go to join Drama Queen and Baby Doll at Smith's so we could both buy gas), the hail started again with a vengeance. Before I got to the gas station, the ground was covered with hail so much so that it looked like snow.

When I pulled over at Smith's, I rolled down my window and caught one which I handed to Baby Doll so she could see it. And what do you think she did?

That's right, she popped it into her mouth! "It's an ice cube," she exclaimed.



May 27, 2015

Raingutter Regatta

We had a very successful Raingutter Regatta at pack meeting tonight! I was worried that having it right after the holiday would hurt our attendance, but we had lots of boats and supportive parents. It probably helped that we had several boys getting major awards...

The Dog Walker did an awesome job as the MC and my sweetie helped run the bracketing even though technically he is not in charge of the cubs anymore. Although Curly and Sport were both there, it was weird that neither one of them had a boat to race. Now that Sport is an 11-year-old scout, he doesn't usually participate with the cubs, and Curly won't be old enough for Tiger cubs until he turns 7 in August.

We gave out all 12 hats to some very excited kids! The one girl who placed in the open class was the happiest of all except for maybe one little guy who confided in me that this was his very first hat from any of our pack meetings and he had been trying really hard!

We are slowly pulling life back together. We got the living room and the family room rearranged and the furniture feet all covered with little felt squares and baby socks. Drama Queen even managed to get the kitchen table all fixed up with felt, so other than the clutter remaining from such a huge project, we are mostly in good order.

I even managed to get my Tupperware orders bagged! Now if I can just get it delivered...

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