Monday, June 23, 2008

Famous Friends


This is a conversation that happened between Archer and his Sunday School teacher, Lisa.

Lisa: Hi everybody! I am sorry that I wasn't here last week, I was on vacation in New York City and I missed you all very much.

Archer: I have a friend that lives in New York City.

Lisa: You do?

Archer: Yes, his name is Conan.

Lisa: What is Conan's last name?

Archer: O'Brien. He has lots of friends that come and sing and dance for him at his house in New York.

Everyday, after Chad gets home from work, we watch the musical guest that was on Conan the night before. The above picture is Archer's home made drum kit complete with microphone in the middle.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Fathers Day

Because this is what Chad does every Saturday...

Everyone wants a piece of him, even the cat. Happy Father's Day Chad!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Why am I up at 5:50 AM on a Saturday?

Because we had our first sleep over with our cousin Jack...

I had 2 nightmares last night about my talk that I am giving in church tomorrow. The first one started when I printed out my talk and ended up with about 100 pages of miscellaneous content and my 4 page talk mixed in. After looking through the stack I realized I was 15 minutes late and so I hopped in my car to leave and it was somehow also Halloween, or some other holiday when the streets are filled with children all wearing costumes. This didn't help my lateness one bit and I showed up just as I thought church was ending, but as it turned out, they waited for me. The best part was that the entire congregation had a copy of my talk as well as embarrassingly unflattering photos of me.

The second dream I had was similar to the first in that I was running late and instead of children, the streets were filled with dogs. When I got to church late I was told that my talk would be broadcasted world wide (of course, who wouldn't want to hear my super awesome talk?). As I was preparing my notes I noticed more and more pages missing, then as the broadcast started, I knocked over the microphone. Then I unexpectedly found myself singing a song I didn't even know and I kept thinking to myslelf "What am I doing? I can't sing?! I don't even know the words to this song!" Then I regained composure and started on the talk again. Things were going well and then all of a sudden people started raising their hands to ask questions. What are they doing? This isn't an open forum! Then as I ignored the questions, people just started shouting them out. "Hey Caitlin, don't cash my check because it will bounce. I think it was number 5957." What? "Caitlin, do you prefer Cheerios or Chex?"

Then I woke up. I don't think my talk can go any worse than I dreamed, so it should go well.

PS- last time I gave a talk, the microphone was broken and I had to shout it out over the pulpit. I'm serious. Not so great when you are in an elderly ward. Our friend Tim Shaw said that Chad reminded him of a young Sidney Rigdon who was apparantly a great orator. People said I sounded like Ellen Greene. That was joke.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Onions, Beans, and an Accidental Leek

We finally picked our onions and apparently we were a little late. If the onions grow a flower then you have waited too long to pick it. Oops. My gardening habits consist of planting, weeding occasionally (maybe twice a month), making my husband set the timer on the sprinklers, and hoping that things grow. That's about it. I should have done a little more research.

One of the onions growing in the row looked a little different than the others, that's because it was a leek (a cousin of the onion). It just so happens that I have a super simple and fast recipe I really like that includes leeks with pan seared chicken. Here is the link, and instead of cooking wine I use a an equal amount of chicken broth.

We also planted some bush beans (green beans that grow on a bush) and they have been pretty good. However I have had 2 plants break off at the stem. I went to pick a bean and the entire plant came with it leaving the roots in the ground. Weird. Once again, maybe I should do a little more research, but that would go against my strict policy of simple/lazy gardening.

I originally planted this garden in hopes that it would help Archer be more inclined to try new foods (it hasn't helped at all). He will occasionally eat a strawberry if he feels like it, but the only thing he really eats consistently are the tiny leaves off the thyme plant. ?????

The kids were "helping" me outside and Della was really scooting around (which is good) and trying to eat mulch (which is bad). Here are some pics of her that I took...

Friday, June 06, 2008

Texas or BUST!



So it's official, we bought a house in Cypress, TX which is north west of Houston. We close on the 17th of this month and we should be moving the first or second week of July. Here is a little tour of our new home...

Front door and entry-way...

Kitchen...

Eating area...

Family room looking into backyard...

Stairway leading to small loft...

Upstairs laundry room (HOORAY!)...

"Grown-up" bathroom...

Bedroom (they all look the same)...

Della says she likes the new house, but she doesn't like standing here and she would appreciate some help getting down...

Park across the street...

Community pool...

This is how all of Houston looks, thick dense forest. It could be from the 5o inches of rain they get a year...
Neighboring houses... I think these start around $350,000.

So there you have it. Our new house is 3 beds, 2.5 baths, and about 1,700 sq. ft. It is definitely on the smaller end of the houses we looked at. I just couldn't go from 849 sq. ft. and one bathroom to something huge, I mean, who is going to clean all of that? On the other hand, it is very hard to have 2 kids in one room, especially at nap time. Also, the thought of not waiting for Archer to finish doing his "business" for 20 minutes while I am trying to hold it is very appealing.