Thursday, August 13, 2009
But as exciting as all this is, and after waiting for so long to get this done, Mike and I may not even be able to live in it. Right now we're kind of like so many other people. Living paycheck to paycheck, hoping and praying that the car doesn't break down, or the animals don't need to go to the vet, etc., etc. So Mike has been trying to find a better job and he has found one that would be absolutely amazing, only it would require us to relocate to Louisiana because it would be insanely ridiculous to travel that distance every day. He's already taken a test (this is an experience that I MUST blog about when I get a chance, btw) and found out that he meets the requirements for the position. Now, we're just waiting for him to get called in to interview. We have been praying that he gets this job, but also praying that we'll be able to keep on keepin' on if he doesn't. So if y'all would throw some prayers out for us too, or if any of you might know anyone with Shell Oil maybe put a little bug in their ear, it'd be awesome!!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It is still extremely hectic in our little household. The kids are still here and I do believe that the cousins have decided to just live here as well. Construction (well, deconstruction, actually) has officially started on the cottage. They are tearing out ceilings and insulation that was still inside, and replacing windows and doors. I have one pic of the outside now, but I want to wait until the new windows and doors go in to start doing some before/after posts. So exciting!!
This past weekend, it was Mike's daughter's choice of "family activity". She decided to do 4-wheeling. Mike's sister and her husband loaded all the "toys" up and hauled them out to their land for our day of fun. My fun was actually at the end of the day when all the kids actually wanted to go to bed instead of the usual staying up all night!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
This is what we did on Saturday. Or attempted to do anyway. The fish weren't biting, the crabs didn't want anything to do with our delicious chicken necks we were trying to feed them, and Mike couldn't even manage to catch any bait fish. And it was so stinkin hot we just decided to pack it all up and come on home.
And today, I made this blueberry pound cake. It was absolutely wonderful!! And so simple to make!! For any of you that might like to try it here's the recipe:
1 yellow cake mix
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup oil
2 cups blueberries
Mix first four ingredients. Coat berries in flour and fold into cake mixture. Bake in a well greased bundt pan at 325 for one hour or until done. For glaze, mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla (or 1 to 2 tsp lemon juice) and 1/2 cup hot water.
I made the entire amount of glaze using lemon juice and it was very good, but it makes a lot of it. I think the next time I will only make half of the glaze.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
For an update on the cottage, it's being rebuilt on a very SMALL budget, but I got an exciting little tidbit of info yesterday. We may be getting solid cherry cabinetry and granite counter tops!!!! The contractor is a friend of ours and her brother is friends with a guy that does cabinets and counter tops. So keep your fingers crossed!! I was just excited that I would finally have my own kitchen and would have been happy with plain old laminate, so needless to say, I am just beyond excited about this little possibility!! We've also decided to acid stain the concrete floor in the kitchen and living room so I can't wait to see how that turns out.
Also, the kids are here and their cousins have also been staying with us. So we now have 3 adults, 2 teenagers, 2 children, and 2 dogs living in this house. There hasn't been one dull moment all week, but it has also gone much more smoothly than the previous summers. I am so relieved about that and hope it stays that way!!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I've also been getting things ready and sort of cleaned up for this weekend. We have my brother and his wife and daughter coming down for the weekend, Mike's aunt coming in to spend the week, and his kids coming in for the rest of their summer. I'm really stressing that one, because by the end of August my nerves are always shot and every one's attitude is soured. But that is a story all in itself, and I'm sure many of you will see it unfold!
But anyhow, I just wanted to jump on here and let y'all know what's been going on and I promise I haven't quit! I will start posting again just as soon as I remember where I put my camera. Yep, that's right. I have no clue where the last place I had it is!!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
They were so excited about catching crabs and the baby fish.
The following two pictures are just a tad bit disgusting. The first is some dead fish that none of us knew what it was and the second is a sting ray that looked like it had been attacked by some crabs.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
After work this afternoon, I went out and worked on my tan. I should have remembered to take my camera because I could have got some better pics there on the beach. There was an adorable little boy who kept yelling "Biscuit!!" for no apparent reason and wandered over my way to tell me I had a strange suit. Then there was the flock of seagulls that I was almost devoured by when I got out of my car. But it was a beautiful day!!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
This is the first one which was given to me by Vicki M. at My 2009 Project 365. For any of you that don't follow her blog, I highly recommend it. The things she can do with just her camera (she doesn't do any type of editing) never cease to amaze me!This award was given to me by Vicki at Another Day...Another Rambling . The rules for this award are as follows:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
My nominees are:
mcdougall photography: the blog
My 2009 Project 365
A Snapshot of Her Life
Tina's 365 Project
Andy C-Project 365-2009
A 365 Project: Photography in Image
A Photo A Day
Dot's Photoaday Spot
One photo a day for a year (2009)
RALLENHILL Project 365
Mari's Recipe Blog
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
I'm also posting another pic from yesterday of my nieces. I can't even describe how much I love these girls!! Right now, the red headed one is going through a stage where she absolutely will NOT smile to take a picture. She either makes a goofy face or frowns! I think it's because she has recently lost her two front teeth!! Or maybe she's just starting to act like her daddy, my brother (in the background)! LOL