Thursday, December 26, 2013

Feeding my OCD for Organizing Stuff

The spice storing system in my house drove me nuts.  I had little shelf things that were intended to help make the bottle labels viewable.  But beings I didn't exactly get the height in my family, I still could not see a darned thing. Even the step stool sometimes was not enough and I would have to go pawing through the spices.  So Santa got me these Pampered Chef twirly things.  Gotta say - I LOVE IT!!! 

I can see the labels on everything.  Everything about it feeds a part of my personality that I mostly do not have time to feed.  It is a part of me that organized people love and drives less organized people nuts.  Transferring the spices to proper sized bottles, printing out labels, labeling the bottles, alphabetizing the spices, combining duplicates, and tossing aged spices brought me such pleasure.  Pleasure that was only slightly hampered by having an 8 year old assistant.  But she and I figured out how to work as a team. 

I can't believe I didn't take a 'before' pictures, but I didn't.  You would be even more impressed if I had.  Didn't know how happy this could make me.  But it does. 

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013 has come and gone.  Although too busy for my taste, we had a good December. 

Not usually one to shop on-line at the very last moment, I was forced to by the fact you cannot find short-sleeved button down shirts in stores in December, which Curt wears to work daily.  Kohl's promised delivery by the 24th if I clicked "Place Order" before midnight on the 19th.  So I did, with about 4 hours to spare! 

However, the package got caught up when UPS exceeded their package delivery limits. Oh well, we just printed off the pictures of the shirts and wrapped the pictures for Daddy-O!

The Hubster had no gift idea hints for me this year.  Nothing.  Zero.  Zilch.  If you have no hints for me, then you get underwear.  Jenna was appalled by that idea.  She really could NOT believe I was going to do that.  She would not even wrap the gift for me.  But niece Valerie didn't find it awful at all, so she wrapped the undies for me. 

The bottom right picture is Curtis proudly displaying his gift.  He also received a nice office chair for our computer table that I have he has been wanting for a while. 

Elsa's Final Hiding Place

December 25:  I thought Elsa's final 'hiding' place was so obvious, so in your face considering the activities of the day that she would be spied immediately.  It actually took several hours and a subtle reminder that she had not found Elsa yet to get her looking.  Guess she was perched just high enough to be out of view for an 8 year old. 

Bye-bye Elsa!  We are going to miss you!  See you next year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy 2nd Birthday Morty!

A Sack Race

December 24:  This morning when Jenna found Elsa, she was barely in the lead in the First Annual Housley Sack Race.  Monkey was closing in.  Pteradon was giving Monkey and Elsa a run for their money.  But poor Kitty Kitty was really struggling in last place.

Note:  I was not up when the sack race was discovered.  So when I came downstairs, I asked Jenna "what was Elsa up to this morning?"  Her reply?  "I don't really know what she was doing."  Huh? 

I said it was a sack race.  She said she didn't know what that was.  I ask you people - what have end-of-school celebrations come to if there is not a sack race???

Christmas Came Early for Jenna

Jenna enjoyed a sleep over at her cousin's house on Sunday night.  She thought it was because she was staying there Monday while mom and dad worked.  It was, but there was an ulterior motive.  While she was gone, mom and dad redid her bedroom to fit in her Christmas presents. 

A study desk and a TV.  The excitement and pure joy was overwhelming! :-) 


Monday, December 23, 2013

Elsa was here!

December 23:  Elsa was hiding out in Jenna's newly redone bedroom.  "Elsa was here!" she wrote in Trix cereal.  That silly girl!

A Sticky Situation

December 22:  Elsa and her kitty were caught sipping a bit of syrup this morning. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Stocking Stuffer?

December 21:  Elsa was all snugly and bright in Jenna's stocking this morning!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Gone Fishin'

December 20:  Elsa decided today was a good day for some R&R after her harrowing experience with the kidnapping yesterday.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Held Hostage

December 19:  Elsa was taken captive by a bunch of Army guys last night.  Luckily they were only after her candy canes!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December . . .whirrrrrr it's a blurrrrrrrrr!

It's been a very busy week!  Well actually, it's been a very busy month!  We have:
  • Attended a birthday slumber party (Jenna)
  • Seen the Endocrinologist (Jenna, with Curt and Shelley)
  • Seen the doctor (Shelley, for a very sore ankle)
  • Goes to Awana with her friend Amy every Wednesday (Jenna)
  • Attended the Healthwise Holiday Party (Curt and Shelley, luckily on a Wednesday so a baby-sitter was not necessary)
  • Gone to a school Christmas Program (Shelley, to see Jenna perform)
  • Attended Western States Automation's Christmas Party sleigh ride, cowboy dinner at a cabin, and magic show when we got back to town (Curt, Shelley and Jenna)
  • Hosted a cousin sleep-over
  • Gone to the dentist (Jenna, with Curt as her driver)
  • Attended Mama Jo's Daycare Christmas Party

And in between times,
  • Worked full-time
  • Attended school
  • Did homework, homework, homework
  • Finished up the Christmas shopping

Whew!  And we still have another two weeks of December to go.

Jenna's growth progress was excellent for these last four months.   We are almost out of her medicine and have no news about when it will be on the market again.  However, I did see a post yesterday on the web group I belong to that said Increlex (Jenna's medicine) will be back on the market in Europe the last week of December.  I know Europe and the USA are not the same, but it feels like reason to have hope we will be able to get Increlex again soon! 

If I don't 'talk to you' again before then, Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

Hiding in the Pantry?

December 18:  Elsa was hiding in the pantry holding a note for Jenna today. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Little Naughty

December 16:  Elsa was a little naughty.  She left Jenna a note . . . . on the bathroom mirror!  Jenna was concerned that Elsa used Sharpie markers.  Sure hope 'she' didn't make that mistake!  :-) 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Elsa's Jam Session

December 15:  Elsa was rockin' the electronic keyboard when Jenna and Valerie found her this morning. 


Saturday night niece Valerie had a sleepover.  The girls played and played with Elsa.  Sadly, she had a terrible fall over the railing from the top of the stairs.  Luckily both girls are medically trained and they were able to perform emergency surgery on Elsa.  She quickly recovered and was back to her adventurous ways by Sunday morning. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Little Snooze

December 14:  Elsa was exhausted and taking a little nap this morning.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Elsa the Gymnist

December 13:  This morning Elsa was found swinging from the Jenna Den doorway!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

December 12:  Jenna found Elsa sitting in the middle of the produce plate on the kitchen counter. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Story Time

December 11:  Elsa was reading a story to a herd of friends this morning. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


December 10:  Elsa and her furry friends were deeply involved in a game of Catopoly when Jenna woke up today!

Monday, December 9, 2013


December 9:  Elsa and her cat friends were sliding down the stairway handrail when J-Bear found them this morning!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Flying Elsa

December 8:  Elsa took a whirl on the ceiling fan in Jenna's bedroom. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Card Shark

December 7:  Jenna had a sleepover birthday party Friday night.  When she returned from 'staying up way past midnight', she found Elsa had a little party of her own.  Elsa and her friends played cards all night long! 

Vandal Elsa

December 6:  Elsa was on the kitchen counter making herself some hot chocolate on Friday morning.  Who knew that Elsa was a Vandal fan, too?

Elf Antics

December 5: Jenna found Elsa making S'mores by our fireplace!

Elsa the Elf

December 4:  Elsa took a little bubble bath in Jenna's bathroom sink.

Elsa the Elf

We started a new Christmas tradition at our house this year.  Elsa the Elf has joined our family.  I learned about 'Elf on the Shelf' last year, but I couldn't get my poop in a group enough to do it last year. 

Our elf isn't an official 'Elf on the Shelf'.  Ours is an 'Elf on the Shelf' knock-off.  And our elf doesn't give Santa behavior reports.  Our elf just surprises Jenna with different antics each morning.  And a few coins, which is much to Jenna's delight.  

Still didn't quite have my poop in a group this year, being we didn't start on December 1.  But in life you just gotta deal with the parents you were assigned.  :-) 

Here is Elsa the Elf on Day 1, which was December 3rd for us.  

Monday, December 2, 2013

And the winner is.....


We have decided to return to Hawaii, our honeymoon location, for our 10th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Trip next March.  We are going to Oahu this time.  We have rented a condo on the North Shore near Turtle Bay. 

And we are thrilled to say that our two nieces, Valerie and Amanda, will be joining us for the trip!  Telling the three girls that they all would be going with us was so fun.  There was squealing, screaming, dancing, throwing themselves to the floor and rolling around with glee. And the girls were pretty happy about it, too.  (ha ha!) 

This will be within view for a glorious week in a mere 111 days (yes, I counted!)