Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Damn Teenagers!

It may be unfair to blame teenagers, but I figure they're the most likely culprit.

When J left for work at 6:40am, all was well at our house.

At 8:15 when a friend of M's got to our house to get a ride to school, we discovered the back window to my car had been shot out. I imagine it was probably teenagers driving by.

I called the police, and they were out within 5 minutes to take a report (wow, gotta love living in a small, relatively crime free town!).  The officer told me that I was the 5th report in 2.5 hours. I wouldn't be surprised if more reports trickle in as people leave for the day.

Not only are the destructive vandals, but they don't have particularly good aim. They missed their first shot, so I have a paint chip/slight dent a little bigger than a pencil eraser.

I go in a couple hours to have the damage fixed. The glass place quoted around $200 for the glass.  I'm annoyed about that, don't get me wrong. I'm also mad because my two race stickers are ruined, and of course won't be on the new glass.

My dirty dash sticker (which my friend has offered to replace. He had the contract to make the stickers in the first place, so he can easily make another one).

My Undead Race sticker.

Updated to add: When J got home from work, he got a better look at our truck, and saw that they'd tried to shoot out the windshield on it as well. We found at least six shots had been taken at it, so I'll have to get that repaired. When I called the police to amend my report, they told me that in Clinton and Roy alone, there had been 30 reports of similar vandalism.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Bed Switching

I am the worst mother in the universe. Why? Because my 6.5 and 4.5 year olds are still in toddler beds. Well, they were. S started complaining that her head AND her feet were touching the ends of her bed (whoops). I had been putting it off because I am still madly in love with Z's race car bed, but I finally admitted it was time.

Many moons ago, we bought a set of bunk beds for K & M. They were sometimes used together, sometimes apart. We recently decided to bring the beds together again, and have S & Z sleep in them instead.

S & Z's "new" bunk bed.

K's daybed

So, we bought a beautiful daybed for K off of KSL. I am really quite tickled with it.

M's new loft bed
Next, we built M a loft bed. Space is so tight in his room that we felt this would be a good use of space. J and his dad designed and built the bed. I did a good bit of the finish work.

Everyone seems to be pretty thrilled with the new sleeping arrangements except for S, who initially said it was ok to let Z have top bunk for the month of January, but found the actual practice to be quite contrary to her wishes.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chicken Blog

I know that I got incredibly boring to just about everyone (yeah, all two of you) who read my blog when all I posted about was my chickens. I decided to start an entirely new blog where I can talk about them as much as I want.

If you happen to be at all interested in my chicken ramblings, you'll see a link to it on my "links" column.

I want peacocks now, but J says I can't- he'll have my committed if I try. Funsucker.

I *DO* have some golden laced wyandotte eggs in my incubator, and it looks like I have 7 healthy chicks developing. They should be hatching on Saturday. Woot!

Sugar Free January

I decided to do something rather drastic for January after discovering a few days ago that I had regained almost half the weight I lost in 2011. Yikes!! I have decided to go sugar free for the month of January.

Now, I'm not that meticulous, so I'm not being completely crazy about it. I know that sugar is added to many foods in surprising ways. I'm not too worried about sugar found in whole wheat bread, bbq sauce, peanut butter, or taco seasoning (?! Yep, there's sugar in there), etc.

I'm simply avoiding the obvious sugar foods- I am not eating any cakes, cookies, candy, soda (sob!) or ice cream.

Today marks the beginning of day three. I was kind of overloaded on sweets in December (hence my decision to do it for January), so I haven't missed that sort of thing at all yet. I DO miss my Mountain Dew though.