Thursday, June 23, 2011


It's hitting me hard folks.
I've never lived anywhere as long as we have lived here.  And just when it feels like things are coming together, I want to go.
So does Igloo.  We can't agree where though.  He wants Michigan and I want Arizona.
Isn't this view from my house gorgeous though?  Love those mountains!
Anyone who has ever lived in Utah will tell you it's hard.  Having spent seven years in Provo (off and on), we're feeling burnt out.
And I don't want to do anything but look for farms in Iowa.  It's just hard to stay motivated and on top of the housework.  How do you get over that?  I'm looking at you Mandy who hated coming back here for grad school.  Was it because there was an end in sight?
So I'm looking at vacations (unfortunately they have to wait until next year).  Everything from San Diego (via AZ to visit friends and family) to Ohio to also visit family.  Maybe having that goal to work toward will help.
What do people do when they feel this way?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Am I nuts for seriously considering this?

It's a small fridge.  Only 13 cu. ft.  I mean how much of my refrigerator is empty space?  Probably not 10 cu. ft., but still....  I just feel like it's a poor design and I like how this is designed.  Smaller often means more efficient.

Here's the inside:

Not completely sure where the milk would go.  I can remove shelves if I need to though, and I'm loving the idea of freezer drawers!!  This LG one lists at $500 on google shopping, but most counter depth fridges are $1000+ (sigh).

Of course, this will all change as my kids turn into teenagers....

Our fridge makes funny noises and some day we're going to redo the kitchen a bit and that means we want a counter depth fridge.  Shortening the depth made me think about shortening the width.

Just wondering....

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Family Update

I think sometimes I forget that I have friends and family who actually read this blog and like hearing about what my family is up to.  I just hardly feel like I have time for blogging anymore, and for some reason I try to make more of my posts about small houses than about family and I need to stop that.  I think it's backlash from being so frustrated at the small house movement and the seeming lack of families with children in it.
Okay, stepping off the soap box now.
Igloo has been working his tail off in the back yard now that the monsoons have let up.  Everything looks so much better!  We have 3 new garden beds and he's making some smaller ones for the kids too.  Work is up and down.  He has one coworker his age (the rest are almost retirement age) who is leaving for 3 months for army reserve stuff and I think it has him down.  We're both upset because of politics that are eliminating a job so his boss can't move up which means the promotion they've been dangling in front of him for 2 years isn't going to happen.  But he still loves what he does and the people he works with.  Still, I may start browsing job listings for him.  You know, for funsies.
I am....busy.  Now that the kitchen is painted it's mostly with homeschooling.  I wanted to do it over the summer and make sure this is really what we want to do next year so we've been finding our groove.  Thursday we watched a yellow spider on it's orb web for 20 minutes for science class. :)  I am really enjoying it and never knew this side of myself until now.  I really love to teach and just BE with my kids.  I never thought I had it in me, but I do and it's awesome!
I'm also building a chicken coop.  That part is less awesome.  I have been browsing plans for months and found one I like.  I cut the studs's just too big!  It is!  Maybe we should only have 3 hens instead of 6, I don't know, but I want it cut in half and every time I go out and look at it I just get really grumpy!  So for now it's just the studs framing it.  But I need to make a decision soon.
Jack is now in Tae Kwon Do and really enjoying it.  The more I watch, the more I think this is something for older kids, but it's fun to watch him be so serious about it.  The young ones just aren't that coordinated yet!  He's really excited for swimming lessons in a week.  I haven't made up my mind about extracurricular activities yet.  Some of them are so darn expensive! (I'm talking to you tae kwon do) and I don't know if I see the point at such a young age, except maybe with music or dance.  Any thoughts?

Munchkin is ALIVE.  This child is seriously fun to watch.  She is just happy to be alive.  Sometimes I think I'll lose it when she gets really hyper, but I'm really working on catching myself and trying to stay calm to help her calm down.  It's so hard to not just react to your kids!  She loves to play dress ups and pretend. She gets really into it too.  She wont answer to her own name, only if you call her by whatever she's pretending.  Lately it's Dr. Who. :)
One of these days I'll have to take a picture of her art work.  Apparently she's really good.  It's kind of weird to see her drawings next to other kids' in her church class.  I kind of think she's better than Jack.  Sorry Jack.  Maybe stick with science for now.
Tumbleweed is walking like a pro.  She loves her brother and tolerates her sister.  She also only tolerates goat's milk.  I'm about ready to put chocolate syrup in it just to get her to drink it!  Kid needs to put on some weight!  She just turned one but I haven't taken her in for her checkup yet.  Partly because school just ended and it felt a little crazy and partly because I'm lazy.
I'm hating being off milk, but she's doing a lot better and thankfully sleeping better than ever before.   She still has some bad tummy pains so I'm not sure if there's something else she needs out of her diet or if it's from me sneaking cookies.  She also reacts to cold we've learned.  Igloo isn't too happy about that since he till has dreams of dragging us off to Alaska.  Maybe Phoenix will have to do, right Mandy?
She's a very somber child.  I'm still trying to figure her out.  She loves to play and be silly, like all kids, but she just seems so sensitive to a lot of things.  She loves to swing.  It's an instant calmer for her and I wish I had known it earlier.
So anyway, that's a general update on us. :)  Hopefully I'll find a good rhythm with homeschooling and have some more time to garden, sew, and of course blog!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Kitchen Color

Wow!  Things got busy around here.  We've created new garden beds, redid some landscaping and are building the chicken coop.
Over the holiday I also painted the kitchen.  Here's the before:
 You can't really tell the color that well.  It looks whitish, but really it's more of a pasty, pinkish, old silly putty color.  I seriously felt ill with it.  I think it's the color of hospital walls.  I thought about orange (as you can see), but it just didn't sit well with me.  So for 3 years I've thought and put it off.  And finally my friend painted her kitchen yellow and I knew that was what I wanted.  It's so cheerful, but not overpowering.
I knew it needed to be a lighter shade because of the small space and for once I agree with the experts.  Normally I like bold color (I can't bring myself to paint over the green!), but lighter really does help it feel bigger.  Now I just need some new counter tops!! (someday, right?)
Also, I loved this idea.  Another neighbor painted her fuse box with chalk board paint.  Our boxes are located right in the kitchen and they are so ugly.  I have no idea if this breaks any kind of code, but it's so much nicer to look at now!

Also, I started homeschooling my son.  Not a lot, just some math, history and a little life science just to see how it goes for the summer.  He still has mixed feelings about school and I can understand that.  He misses his friends.  We're starting to meet other homeschooling families so he can make new friends, but other than that I am loving it!
As part of the history curriculum, we're looking at ancient grains.  Anyone here eaten amaranth?  I am so curious about growing it.  It's a beautiful plant and I think it might do well here.  It actually might be an invasive weed.  Still researching.  But if you're going to grow your own food, why not grow something you don't have to fret over?