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Lego Temple

Recently my Husband was asked by his Mom, who happens to be the Stake Relief Society President, to build a Temple out of Lego’s for display at the Women’s conference this last Saturday.  I took pictures as it was being constructed. Normally you could not make a better request of my husband.  But a combination of sickness and work stress made it a bit less fun, but still every bit as rewarding, as it might have been.

First, the girls made a model for their dad to work off of. 🙂

IMG_20140924_220929_591Next my husband made Moroni and the top of the spire.

IMG_20140908_103206_842Next the base was started. It lived on the freezer in the garage for a while.

IMG_20140921_172651_428Then it lived on my kitchen table.

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And my sideboard

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The spire came on and off several timesIMG_20140925_064348_609At one point he modified-quoted Homer by saying “Somethings wrong, there are Lego’s here, but I don’t want to build them.”

I have one, not so proud moment during the construction on this Temple. It was the point at which I crept into my boy’s room while they were sleeping and stole their white Lego’s.

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We have two Angel Moroni statues, one yellow unmodified Lego’s and one that I painted gold.

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Finally it was done!IMG_20140927_240749_195

This involved multiple trips to two different Lego stores, and one trip to a slightly strange guy’s house, (Husband went, not me) that I met at a Lego store who collects and sells Lego’s.

I’ve been asked how many bricks are in this Lego Temple.  I don’t know, you are welcome to go count them if you like.

Here it is before we moved it to the event.

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Here it is being displayed at the Women’s Conference.

 

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I’m glad Husband got to do it and we got to be a part of it!

Providing

I work.  We all work, but I have a job away from home which pays me money.  So, in that way I provide for my family.  Somehow that is not as fulfilling as you would think.  I used to not work.  I worked, just not at a job that paid me money.  It was much more fulfilling.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take the afternoon off work (the one that pays me money) and take Lunchmeat to the dentist and then my wonderful mother-in-law watched him and Peanut so Cake and I could can three flats of tomatoes which she had gotten for us.

Cake worked with me for an hour or two then she got bored and played computer games after regretting not being at granny’s house, but I labored on.  In the end I had twenty four jars of canned tomatoes in various forms.  I ran out of jars…

This morning as I was wiping down the jars and putting them in my cupboard I was overtaken by a feeling of truly providing for my family, it was a very spiritual feeling.  I don’t know why it was so different from going to work and getting a pay check, but it was.  I guess reporting running and database work just isn’t spiritual for me.

I prayed and asked the Lord to bless my efforts that the food I had made would be good for my family.  I just sat there staring at the jars filled with this feeling of accomplishment and love for my family.  What a blessing it is to be able to provide for my family in what ever way I can.  I am grateful that I am able to learn skills that will make me more able to provide for them in a variety of ways.

The Father Son Relationship

The Father Son Relationship is a special thing to behold. There is just something wonderful about the thing that a Father and a son share that can’ be replicated in any other arena.

For example-

Lunchmeat and Husband where spending some time together this evening, doing something that they do together quite often.  They were looking through a Richie brothers auction magazine.

In case you don’t know who Richie brothers auctions are (I didn’t for quite some time) they are purveyors of heavy equipment, or anything else for that matter, but mostly they auction off heavy construction equipment.)

So, as I was saying, they were looking through the magazine for the upcoming auction together and Husband would say, “look at that, that’s cool, what is that?”

And Lunchmeat would Jump in the air and shout, “A DOZER!”

And Husband would say, “That’s right!  It’s a D8 Dozer.  It’s not as big at a D10 Dozer, but it’s REALLY big!  Now, what about this machine over here, it’s really cool too, what is it?”

And Lunchmeat will respond with a fist pump, “A CRANE!”

And Husband will respond, “That’s right! It’s a link belt 175 ton crane, very good….”

You get the idea, they go on like this for some time…it’s quite fun to watch.  I can’t say that I’ve learned anything about heavy equipment from these interchanges but I know that Lunchmeat has and I LOVE to watch them do it.  I love the bond they have together.

Flashbacks

So, I’ve had the wonderful blessing of being able to be around a lady has she has joined the Church.

It’s been so amazing to see her as she has been Baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. I’ve really enjoyed talking with her and listening to her experiences and I love that fact that she want’s to hear about my mission experiences.

Sitting next to her in church gave me mission flashbacks.

It’s been wonderful to feel the Spirit that comes along with new converts and to remember all that is unique about the gospel even down the little things the terminology we use (like I Stake isn’t wood nor do your eat it), like the fact that RS activities don’t cost anything to attend, and what  a Fireside or a Devotional is.

It’s amazing when you stop and think about how much NEW someone coming into the church has to take in, we take so much for granted, in the words we use and the way we talk about things. I hope I will be able to help make things a little bit clearer for my new Sister and I’m grateful to be able to bask in her joy of having the Gospel new in her life!

Courage

Blogging is an interesting thing.  You are putting personal things online for anyone to read.  Once you post it, it’s out there; you don’t control it any more.  The internet is a living creature that once fed does not return and you never know what will happen.

I am very careful about what I share.  I don’t share things that are too personal.  Not only am I a security freak, I’m scared.  Not that anyone besides people I know and trust actually reads my blog.  But I still can’t do it, I just don’t think I could take an off the cuff comment, made innocently I’m sure, about some things.  I’m not brave enough or strong enough.  So I just don’t write about those things.

I have been thinking about this for a while.

Several people I know who have blogs have more courage than I do. They share things that I would be scared to share.  But I am extremely grateful that they were brave enough to do so.

Several of my friend have had some significant trials that they blogged about.  Some of the things that they have shared are extremely personal.  Not only about physical trials, but emotional ones as well, sometimes both. I was grateful to be able to read their experiences and learn from them.  I hope that they know the thing that they have shared and the way they have dealt with them, their sharing of how the Lord had helped them through trials, has helped me in ways that I have never said.  I’m sure their words have helped more others in similar ways then they know about.

The Church has been talking for a while about how we need to have a positive influence on the internet.

 

These Women Do.

 

I just wanted to say Thank You and I Love You!

 

Please Keep Sharing!

Old House (A.K.A Rental Property)

I thought I would do a run down of all the projects we did in our old house (well, not ALL the projects, but all the big one’s or one that I consider important)

We repainted the front of the house and replaced the garage door

(Keep in mind this before picture is about six years before we redid it so it looks WAY better (not that it looks that great) here then it did before the re-do, six years in the hot sun will do a LOT of damage.)

This is one of those bang–for-your-buck, I-wish-I-did-this-years-ago projects.  The repainting took me about an hour and a half and the garage door was WAY cheaper that we thought it would be and it make the house look SOOOOOO much better.  The picture just doesn’t do justice to how much better this make the front of the house look.

Talk about a different space!

I think the only thing that is the same in this room is the ceiling fan, and that is only because we didn’t live there quite long enough for me to get to it

If I had to pick a favorite thing out of the things we did in this room it would have to be the floors (but that encompasses many rooms so I get to pick another) so I would pick the paint.  We HATED the Apache White that was the color of the WHOLE HOUSE when we got married.  We had finally replaced it everywhere but in our closet when we decided to move and rent out the house.  I LOVE the red that we picked.  It was fun, bright and was a great offset to the dark floors and furniture we have.

On the floors I have some advise for you.  If you buy a laminate from somewhere (like IKEA) and when you are installing it you find it is softer then you hoped or you are thinking, man, I really wish that this had a higher gloss to it, I would really recommend you do what I did right before we turned it over to renters.  We babied our bamboo floors.  We are realistic and know that no one else will, so I got one gallon of minwax high gloss wood floor sealer/protector and spent about two and a half hours applying it.  The floors shine like a soldier boots and are just as hard as they are.  If we ever need to add another coat we just buff it with a fine gain sandpaper and put on another coat and it will renew the shine and reharden it up.   I wish that we had done this the day we installed the floor.  Oh well, live and learn.

Also, a word to the wise, if you buy wood floors as dark as we did, be prepared to dust mop them daily to get rid of the dusty foot prints from people coming in and out.

I know it’s a night and day shots, but that’s also the difference in what we (Read Husband) did.

The old fence got a lot worse and eventually fell down.  The grass was actually really great at one point, I took this picture after we had not been living there for a while so we were not watering it every day.  We did have a wonderful neighbor who kept it alive for us though! (Thanks Jen!)  The little garden we had was fun.  We had nuclear jalapeno’s, crazy tomato plan that lasted for two years and produced more tomatoes then I can count (which it’s killing me I can’t find a picture of!), among other things.  It’s amazing what you can get out of a little garden.  The yard shade was great.  It’s what made it possible for us to have a yard.

We also had our little sandbox.  I have a love hate relationship with that sandbox.

I loved that my kids had it to play in.  Pretty much the rest was hate.  We always had sand in our bed, no matter how hard I tried to get it off my kids before they came inside.  It was just too close to the back door.  There was always sand EVERYWHERE.  Which was awesome with my aforementioned dark floors.

The back yard itself was wonderful because the way our house was it was shaded thought most of the day, which is great.  Once we had done some of these things the back yard (when it wasn’t too hot) was like another room for us.

I think that this was the first thing that we did to the house after we got married.

We redid this closet.  The space on the right can actually be used as a desk and had a drawer set (which we took with us).

You can’t see it very well in this shot but there is a set of shelves over the doors.  My mom’s idea.  Most of the changes in this room came with us.  Lots of decorations, lots of toys, lots of kid stuff.

The best thing that Husband ever did, and again I don’t know why we waited so long to do it was this.

I know it seems a small thing but floor lamps and children DO NOT MIX!

The Master is next

I know, your thinking, Jenny, it’s not any different, you painted the trim white and changed the carpet, I thought you said you hated that paint color and replaced it everywhere.  I did!  But then I did again.  I repainted it with the help of my wonderfully helpful sister-in-law (Thanks Amber!) because I didn’t know how into Purple, light blue and grey renters would be.  Plus the paint was flat and it needed some SERIOUS touch-up.  So much so that it was just easier to just repaint the whole thing and call it a day.  And it just so happened that we still had a TON of that hideous color in our garage.  I will give it props for one thing, that is some good paint.  The can said Wal-Mart but it only took 1 1/2 coats to cover my seriously dark purple.  I was really impressed.  Next time I buy paint I’m going to try getting it from Wal-Mart and see how it goes.  Also, I learned from that experience, unless you are painting something you have no way of EVER EVER EVER touching, don’t paint in flat.

Speaking of purple, here are some pictures of it when it did have the purple wall.

One thing that Husband also did that if you are looking carefully you will notice is that the ceiling fan in this room has a chain and plugs into an outlet.  Husband fixed that.  That was a wonderful day to be able to look up and no more chain!

We also did some stuff in the bathrooms like

This and This!

Sorry, no before shots on these.  We had your standard faucet and your standard teeny tiny tri-fold wooden old and falling apart medicine cabinets.  We saw these on sale at IKEA (my favorite store) and we bought one set for our bathroom and another set that goes along the whole wall of the other bathroom.  It made an AMAZING difference.  Event though they are bigger then the old ones it made the space feel bigger and doubled the storage. in the bathrooms.

  And last, but not least.

The Kitchen

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I really think it is here.  Wow, the old kitchen almost makes me depressed.

Here are some more shots of the new kitchen to brighten me back up.

The thing that I learned the most from the kitchen re-do is that taking just a doorway out can have a HUGE impact on a room.  You can see from the before and after shots the wall that was taken out and the  pass-through that was also added.  Just taking that wall out and being able to move the fridge over a few feet made a HUGE difference in the functionality of the kitchen it was quite astonishing.

So, I guess that’s it.  We did a lot of stuff to that house in the eight and a half years we lived there.  A lot of memories of living there.  A happy start to a marriage, three babies came home there, life has rolled on.  I’m happy that we have completed all of the thing we wanted to do with it.  That bring a sense of completion with it that very fulfilling.  I’m also happy that we still own it so that we can continue to care for it has been so important to us.

That’s not to say I’m not excited to live in a bigger place.  I AM!  I will show you how that’s going soon.

So what is your favorite thing we did?

What has been the favorite thing you have done to YOUR house?

What lesson’s have you learned in your DIY?  I’d rather learn from you then the hard way like I did on some of my projects.

More Faith

Last week Peanut came into the room and said, “Did you hear me Mom?”

“No, what were you doing?” I said.

“I was singing, and every song I sang Heavenly Father gave me more Faith.  I’m gonna keep singing and singing and He’s going to keep giving me more and more Faith.”

Best Sunday Morning Ever.