Saturday, July 11, 2015

Oh my!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Weekends.  They allow me to recharge, regroup, and reflect.

2) Instagram!  Love that!

From the Craft Room:

For a while now Lexi has been wanting to turn one entire room in her bedroom into a chalkboard.  BUT, we rent our home, so painting the entire wall in chalkboard paint isn't gonna fly.

So, we have been trying to come up with another way to accomplish this for Lexi.  

We thought of chalkboard contact paper.
Contact paper is great, but expensive.

Today I think we found an alternative solution.

We found Chalkboard fabric!!!!

Image result for chalkboard fabric by the yard
It's 60 inches wide, and normally only $4.99 a yard, but if right now it's on sale at Joann's.  30% off.  So, for 10 yards, it would only be like $35.00 and that just night do the entire wall!  

How cool is that???

Just think of all the possibilities!

Love it!!!

Then, there is a technique I have used in the past to attach it to the wall.  We are going to try liquid starch.  Then all we have to do is peel it off the wall and wipe down the walls when we move.

The walls stay protected and Lexi gets her chalkboard wall.
It's a win, win for everyone.

So, Lexi plans to buy the chalkboard fabric herself.

Another tip....

You can order a bolt of fabric (a bolt has 10 yards on it)
from Joann's website and have it shipped to the store of your choice, or delivered to your home.

Today only Joann's online is offering 30% off your entire order!!!! 

We are super excited to get this little project done for Lexi and we will post pictures when we do.
From the Camera:

Lexi and her friend hanging out last night.
Kyle and Morgan on her birthday.  After a long 12 hour day at work for her.  Police officers have a tough job.
From the Spirit & From the Heart:
We Are Not Forgotten!
Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught:
As a child, when I would look at the little forget-me-nots, I sometimes felt a little like that flower--small and insignificant. I wondered if I would be forgotten by my family or by my Heavenly Father.
Years later I can look back on that young boy with tenderness and compassion. And I do know now--I was never forgotten.
And I know something else: as an Apostle of our Master, Jesus Christ, I proclaim with all the certainty and conviction of my heart--neither are you!
You are not forgotten.
Sisters, wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love.
Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time!
From the Kitchen:
the best cheeseburger pie 2

Cheeseburger Pie


pie crust, standard
1 Tbsp olive oil
onion, chopped
red pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground beef
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
½ cup dry bread crumbs
¼ cup milk
½ tsp salt
½ tsp dijon mustard
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C).
  2. Line a 9" pie pan with the crust and prick all over with a fork. Cover with aluminum foil and pastry weights and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove the foil and weights, then bake for about 5 to 10 more minutes, until browned.
  3. While the crust is baking you can prepare the filling.
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed skillet, then cook the onion and pepper until they begin to soften--about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two, then add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up often.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce, the oregano, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs, and remove from heat.
  6. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and milk then whisk in the salt, mustard, and cheese, and set aside.
  7. Spoon the beef evenly into the pie crust, then spread the cheese mixture over the top, all the way to the edges.
  8. Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes, or until the cheese topping is golden brown. (Keep an eye on the edges of the crust--if they begin to get too browned, make a foil ring and cover them up for the last 10 minutes of baking.)


Serves 4 - 6 people.

From the Schmidt's:
My husband is having a hard time staying in bed and flat on his back until his next surgery Monday.  The doctor told him to stay down for the next few days, but it's been hard.  Sure, he can get up a little know, bathroom breaks and little things like that.  But, no staying up for extended amounts of time.  

With that being said, Yesterday Kevin got up out of bed because his Mom wanted to bring over his birthday gift.  I understand that.  Who wouldn't want their birthday present, right?
Kevin explained that he couldn't be up for very long and so she agreed to just drop it off.
So, Kevin and the kids watched for her to come over.
Well I guess instead of stopping at our house that looked like ours.
She managed to pull up to a house about three houses down from ours and at the end of our street.  She even walked up to the door and knocked.  She has been here many many times.
So, I'm not sure how this happened, but it did.

Kevin said, not only was he out of bed, but he ended up walking down the street to call his mother back to our house.  Then he went for a ride in with her too.  So much for staying flat on his back like the doctor instructed him to do.  
The doctor's are worried that the lead wires implanted in his back will twist and turn right now with his infection and since his first surgery hasn't completely healed.  Hence the reason for their strict instructions.  Not to mention the pain he has been experiencing and the shortness of breath.  He has no business being out of bed.  
Yet, it never fails.  Something always happens and he goes against doctor's orders.  After all, I can't be home with him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I wish I could right now.
AND I don't expect my children to "parent" their father either.
That's a bit much I think.
Sure, Kyle can pick him up when he falls, but playing parent isn't something they should be expected to do.  Kevin knows better.  He is a sucker for someone bringing gifts every time.  He was hoping for some kind of game to help keep his mind off of the pain.

Now, don't get me wrong, this wasn't anyone's fault, but what the heck was Kevin doing down the street or in the car going for a ride?
That man!

This is the kind of thing that explains why I need blood pressure medication.  

Today he is paying for this, and he is in a lot more pain than usual.  
We try to tell him.  I hate being made to be the bad guy, but sometimes I just have to be for his own good.
Some people's kids!!!!


I woke up this morning to the sound of Danielle coming through the front door.  Kyle was already gone and at the gym.  Danielle came into our bedroom and talked to Kevin and I for a bit, until I got out of bed.  Shortly after I finally got up, Kyle walked in the door.
Danielle and I ran to her bank and then came home and we all had lunch together.

Kevin staying in bed and we brought lunch to him.  We don't make him get up for meals right now.  Maybe he will be able to do that someday soon.  That's our hope at least.

After lunch Danielle proceeded to tell us all why she went back to her brown hair color.  She had the two tone look going on there for a while...

Take a look.

She went back to this.....

I love the brown, but I love the blonde on top as well.
After all, she had to go through so much to get the blonde back on top, so I was shocked when she mentioned that she had to change her hair color back to brown.  I had visions of blonde curls for her wedding photos.  I guess that won't be happening.  Oh well, I like the brown too.  

Danielle and Brittney have a new roommate. 
This roommate is about 6-7 years younger and has been difficult.
When the new roommate moved in, she brought a cat.
She had every intention of leaving the cat with Danielle and Brittney for the entire summer while she lived in Phoenix with her grandmother.  
ASU has rules.
One of those rules is that you cannot have pets, other than fish in the student houses, unless you are in a family home.

They went round and round with the new roommate and had to call ASU Housing to get the cat out.  I guess Danielle's other roommate is allergic to cats.

Then she started to eat their food and apparently she smells and plays her music all night long and very loudly.  So, they have talked to her time and time again about all of this.
They had to all sign a roommate agreement before she could move in, stating the rules of the house.  Not to mention the rules that ASU has set forth.

I guess there have been some heated conversations between Brittney and the new roommate.  Brittney wasn't happy at all about the new roommate and she has let this person know it when the opportunity came up.

Well, I guess this new roommate thought it would be funny to put dye in Danielle's and Brittney's shampoo.  Blue dye.  
Well, the dye turned the blonde Danielle worked so hard to get a smurf shade of blue that would not come out no matter how hard she tried.

Danielle had to get the color out because her employer will not let her work for them with funky shades of color in their hair.  So, she had no choice but to dye it back to brown to get the blue out.

Believe me, Danielle was not happy!
She filed a complaint with ASU Housing and so now this roommate is on a warning.  I guess ASU Housing suggested that Danielle file a police report too because this incident could be considered some kind of assault on Danielle.  But, Danielle didn't do that.  (good choice Danielle)
I guess you only get one warning with ASU and now if this roommate messes up again, she will be kicked out of the housing for good and will never be able to live there again.  Yikes!
Why would you want to risk that?  

Crazy!  Isn't it???

Danielle will be going on vacation with Chance and his Mom.
She is going to Montana to spend a week with his family.


She is staying with their Bishop.
They already thought of that!  
Trust me, that was our first concern too.

I guess this Bishop has some awesome property with an incredible deck overlooking one of the lakes.  They plan to have a reception there too.  How cool is that??  Since his parents live in Montana they will end up having two receptions.  One here in Arizona and another there and if Kevin is up for it, we will be going too.

WOW!  I never thought about two receptions.  Much less, an out of state reception.  
Chance also plans to go back to school after they get married and Danielle finishes.  He attended a school in Montana and eventually transferred to BYU Idaho.  He is thinking about going to BYU Main Campus.  That should be interesting for us all.  
I'm not sure I'm ready for Danielle to move out of state.

Kevin, is not happy about that at all.

The other option Chance is considering is joining the Air Force.

I told Kevin we need to hope for BYU.
If he joins the Air Force he could end up out of the country!!!

Out of state is nothing compared to some place like Germany or something.  


Needless to say, Danielle has given me a whole lot to think about and the pray about that will completely take my mind off of our own situation.  I guess I should thank her for that.  HA HA!!!

After lunch Kyle got a shower and got ready to go to Morgan's house.  They were going to a Baptism for one of Morgan's friends nephews.  Long story.

Morgan is best friends with a girl named Tara.

Tara is the daughter of Kaye Miller, an old family friend and member of one of Kevin's Dad's Scout Troops.

In fact, back when they use to rank scout troops this particular troop was ranked within the top 50 in the United States.

Pretty awesome, right?

Well, Kevin's dad had the photo this troop took that was attached to the plaque that hangs in the LDS church building on Mesa Drive and Southern still today.

Kaye Miller is a retired Mesa Police Officer and he was instrumental in helping Morgan prepare for her new job on the force too.  Needless to say, Morgan is like a member of the Miller family, which works out nicely for her since she was an only child.

So, this baptism was for a little boy that is like a nephew to Morgan too.  

(I told you it was a long story)

After the baptism Kyle and Morgan were going to the pool party to celebrate.  Then tonight Morgan has to pack because she will be leaving bright and early in the morning for two weeks of training with the Army National Guard.  She's a military police officer too.
She's a little tiny girl, but super tough.  I bet I don't see Kyle until late tonight.  Then these next two weeks are going to be hard for him.

He has a lot going on over these next two weeks too.

He has another interview with one police force.
Then he has the physical portion and the written portion of another police force to go through too.

Not to mention his weight lifting competition in Flagstaff too.
Hopefully Kevin will be up for going to that.  It would be nice to get out of town together and spend some time together.  Hopefully they do not wait 7 days again to turn on the stimulator this time.

Crossing our fingers!

Lexi will also be out of town the same time Kyle has his weight lifting competition.  She has Youth Conference that weekend.  So, I guess we will have to have Danielle stay at our house and watch the dog that Saturday.  That is IF Kevin can go.  If not, it might just be Kyle going.

I hope you all are having a perfectly lovely Saturday.
Take care and we will talk soon.
From the Missionary:

One of the cool things Kevin is doing for our missionary is keeping track of all of his companions, areas, baptisms, callings, and whatever else comes with serving a mission.  Love that!
What a great gift to our son.  I love that Kevin is doing this.
It's awesome!!!!
You can check out that blog too.
The address is on the right-hand side of my blog....take a look.
Quote of the Day:
I'm learning this more and more lately.
Sometimes this can be considered tough love.
Unfortunately.  AND I am always surprised to learn
who those true friends turn out to be.
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