I Hate This House

I hate this house and its laundry room actually being the washer and dryer downstairs and in the garage.

I hate this house with its small kitchen that can only fit one small person at a time.

I hate this house with its light colored carpet that shows every stain that we have ever made and every stain made before we ever moved in.

I hate this house with its lack of counterspace in the kitchen so I can’t fit any of my appliances that I use on a regular basis.

I hate this house with three bedrooms and two and half baths, but NO linen closet.

I hate this house that didn’t come with a fridge so the one we had was given to us and it’s a piece of junk that freezes everything no matter how much we turn down the temperature and now all my lettuce is frozen again and ruined. Again.

I hate this house with no storage so we try to fit as much as we can in the garage but there’s not much room there either.

I hate this house with a small garage that barely fits our two vehicles making it so we have to back out of the garage just so passengers can get into the vehicle.

I hate this house with its strip of dirt that is somehow called a yard but isn’t actually something my kids can run and play in. Did I mention it’s dirt? Well, actually, with all this rain, it’s mud. Just mud.

I hate this house with no over the stove microwave so I have to have my own microwave on the counter, taking up more of the precious little counterspace I had in the first place.

I hate this house with a fan that turns on at regular intervals, regardless of whether or not we actually have and fan, heat or AC actually turned on.

I hate this house with its townhouse-like floorplan so everything is scrunched and stacked and you don’t have room to breathe.

I hate this house with its lack of a proper driveway so we can’t even park in the driveway or we get fined by the HOA.

I hate this house with its white doors and white banister that has barely one coat of paint and chips easily and shows every. single. fingerprint.

I hate this house with its lousy insulation so no matter what it’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

I hate this house and I’m not living in it past May. At all. I’m done.

Dream House

I had my dream house all picked out. It is a colonial style with red brick and white pillars. It has a huge front yard and a huge back yard. It has fireplaces and a full basement. It has a family room and a formal dining room. It is just beautiful. It is also in Preston, Idaho.

It has been sitting on the market for a while (I happen to know the owners). It’s a totally affordable price. It’s just not where we live right now. That house screams “Sariah!” I know that house has been waiting for us to move back there because it’s supposed to be mine.

However, as in most things, this dream has come to an end. It has been sold and they close this week. I’m in mourning. Are we moving to Preston? I don’t know! Ches would need a job there, and that is a whole different discussion. As of right now, we are still in Arizona. In a rental. In a house that was supposed to be temporary (1 year) and is not anything at all what I want in a house.

The owner did tell me if it falls through she’ll let me know. ~sigh~ Is it wrong for me to hope that it falls through and to hope that the current band director doesn’t work out there so we can move into my dream house??? I’ll just keep hoping. I won’t actually pray for it.

(I’ll let Laural do that. hee hee)

Monday Morning

I wasn’t looking forward to today because it is the first day of band camp. I like having Ches around, and knowing he’ll be gone all day every day just isn’t my idea of fun. I woke up this morning and walked downstairs. The kitchen and living room are clean. No clutter, (almost) no dirty dishes, no trash waiting to be taken out. The floors have been vacuumed. The shelves, piano, and pictures have even been dusted.

It didn’t take long. Especially when I had the kids picking up their own toys and books and running them upstairs. I reorganized some books that don’t fit on the bookshelf and I cleaned up the music sitting on the floor next to the piano. Dallin and Parker helped dust (they like the Swiffer Duster. It’s “fun”.) and I did the dishes right after dinner. I never do the dishes right after dinner! I can’t wait to get the carpets cleaned.

I have become more and more anxious the past couple of years, and I can’t stand a ton of clutter. It overwhelms me and suddenly I can’t think, I can’t breathe, I can’t function. So to wake up today and see some sort of organization and neatness… Oh, the calming joy of it all!! It’s a perfect way to start the day. I feel like I can handle the kids and the laundry. I feel like I can accomplish everything on my list this week. I don’t even care that I don’t have a car and am stuck in the house. Now, I’m going back downstairs to bask in cleanliness.

Stranger Danger

I’m not a morning person. I think we all know that. It’s just not pretty to wake me up too early. However, I have three little boys that repeatedly wake up much earlier that I would like. Normally I can get them a snack or a cup of milk, turn on the computer or a movie, and I can go back to sleep for a good hour with no problems. Aiden is at the age where he takes care of himself, and I like it that way.

This morning was a typical morning. I was sound asleep, Ches had gone in to the school before anyone else woke up to get some work done, and Aiden and Dallin woke up and started to play. I thought I could hear Star Wars talk, so I assumed they were playing Lego Star Wars or one of the many computer games they found websites for. The sun was shining, and I could hear some landscapers outside that the HOA hired to trim trees and such. Aiden and Dallin are having a lot of fun and their voices are getting louder and louder. It’s annoying, but I’m too tired to get up and tell them to be quiet.

After a while, I realize that Aiden and Dallin aren’t on the computer. I don’t hear the TV. They are still talking, and I hear them yelling things about our vacation and I can hear voices talking back to them. Now suddenly wide awake, I get up and find the two boys at one of the upstairs windows, talking to the landscapers. It wouldn’t be too big of a deal, except for what Aiden was telling them. And by telling, I mean shouting. For the entire neighborhood to hear.

Aiden told them we are going on vacation, exactly where we are going on vacation, what we are going to do on vacation, and the day we leave for vacation.

I was livid! These men seem nice enough to talk to my boys while they are working (they talked about trees and Star Wars and such, too), but they are strangers and who’s to say one of them isn’t going to come back and see what stuff we have in our house while we’re gone? Or anyone out for a walk? Now I’m going to be worried the entire time we’re gone. If Aiden wasn’t so young, I’d be tempted to leave him home from vacation and let him deal with any intruders!!! ARGH!

These kids will be the death of me.

And That’s What The Fire Extinguisher Is For

Dallin and Parker have been having a lot of fun in this new house. ¬†They like to take toys and blocks and balls and stuff and throw them down the stairs. ¬†They drive cars and rubber duckies down the stair railings. ¬†They put all the building blocks in the fridge yesterday. ¬†Dallin actually SAT in the fridge today. ¬†And they like putting things in the oven and taking it out. ¬†It’s fun to pretend that they are baking, apparently.

I remember a post from Heather waaaaay back when (a couple years ago, I’m thinking) when Little Red used to put things in the oven and she got used to checking the oven before she turned it on. ¬†Melted cars do not make for a happy Little Red, if I recall correctly. ūüôā ¬†Anyway, I started to kid with Ches that we were going to have to start checking the oven before we turn it on, just in case.

Oh, how I wish I had done that tonight.

Dinner was late, as seems to be the case lately. ¬†It was 7 pm and Dallin and I had just returned from the grocery store. ¬†I decided it was too late to make tacos (besides, I forgot to buy more tortillas and we only had two left. ¬†And yes, I know that I could make them from scratch, because they are that easy, but I didn’t want to make the effort. ¬†Like I said, it was too late already.). ¬†So I turned on the oven to preheat and pulled a frozen pizza out of the freezer. ¬†Then I set about making some juice. ¬†

I had all the water in and was getting a spoon to stir it up when… Huh. ¬†What’s that smell? ¬†Like burning plastic??

I opened the oven to see two plastic balls that are supposed to be in the tub for bath time (oh great, I just realized it was supposed to be bath night tonight, too. ¬†Crap). ¬†One of the balls was sitting right up on the element… and it was on fire!!!!!

I yelled and screamed for help. ¬†Ches came down the stairs pretty quickly. I pulled the fire extinguisher out from under the sink, then exclaimed, “I don’t know how to use this thing!!” ¬†Ches took it from me and in a flash, with just one puff, put out the fire.

That smoke from the extinguisher does NOT taste good. My throat felt very yucky.  Still kind of does.

So now we have this residue all over the kitchen and the inside of the oven is completely white.  So much for frozen pizza for dinner.

Ches and I set about cleaning the kitchen (good thing is was mostly dirty dishes out!!) and getting rid of any extra residue so we could make dinner.  The kitchen really needed cleaning anyway, so I guess this was as good as an excuse as any.

The boys had cold cereal for dinner and Ches and I had bagged salad.  At 9 pm.

I haven’t set fire to anything in such a long time! ¬†I was doing so well!! ¬†Or so I thought. ¬†When I said so to Ches, he said, “Yeah, pans aren’t good enough for you anymore, so now you’ve moved on to the oven.”

At least he got amusement out of the entire evening.  And now I know how to use the fire extinguisher.

The Not So Secret Life Of Bees

The other day, about 9:30 am, the doorbell rang. ¬†Ches was at school, getting some work done, and we don’t know anybody, so I was a bit confused. ¬†And I was in my pajamas. ¬†Well, it was a neighbor who noticed something odd at the corner of our house, upstairs by the roof, and thought we ought to know.

It was a swarm of bees.  Big bees.  Lots and lots of bees. 

Not good.

So I called Ches at school and he called the management company. ¬†We had an exterminator at the house that afternoon. ¬†The sprayed a bunch of chemicals and said the bees weren’t getting in the attic (yay!) but it looks like they were getting in the wall. ¬†They used some of that expanding foam stuff to close the hole. ¬†Apparently there were actually two spot where the bees were congregating.

It’s been a few days, and most of the bees are gone. ¬†Hopefully the queen is dead, because that should take care of the rest of the hive, or so we’re told.

The scariest part to me is that there have been all these reports around the valley of some swarms of mean, vicious, attacking bees. ¬†People and animals are getting seriously hurt because they end up in the wrong area and these bees start attacking them and stinging like mad. ¬†I’m scared of that happening to us, so once I saw those bees I freaked just a little bit.

Things are fine, now, and mostly I’m just glad that we are renters. ¬†It’s times like this (and like yesterday when the handyman came to do some little repairs around the house) that it’s nice not to be a homeowner and have the financial responsibility of that kind of thing. ¬†When something goes wrong… we make a phone call and it’s taken care of. ¬†As much as I want to own my own home, I’m not looking forward to having to take care of all those little things that come up. ¬†Water heater breaks? ¬†I have to pay for it. ¬†Leak in the roof? ¬†I have to find someone to fix it and I’d have to pay for it. ¬†So yeah. ¬†Sometimes being a renter is the best thing in the world.

We’re In! (And Other Randomness)

So we’re in the house. ¬†yay! ¬†We still have boxes everywhere and it feels super chaotic here, but that will sort it out soon enough. ¬†The kitchen is a lot smaller than my last few kitchens, so I’m trying to get it all set comfortably for me. ¬†That’s probably the hardest job right now. ¬†At least we have an actual pantry here.

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Dallin is having the hardest time adjusting. ¬†The first couple of days he kept saying he wanted to go home now, and when we said “But this is our home now” he would start to cry and yell, “No! ¬†It’s not home!” ¬†He’s doing better, and last night was the first night he didn’t wake up screaming and freaking out in the middle of the night.

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We got our phone and internet hooked back up on Tuesday. ¬†It’s nice to feel connected to the world again, even if all the phone calls we’ve received are from telemarketers.

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My stepmom’s father passed away last weekend. ¬†The viewing is tomorrow and the funeral is Saturday. ¬†I feel awful that we can’t be there, all because of the price of gas. ¬†Lancaster is definitely within a day’s drive from here, so it would be do-able, but we just plain don’t have the money. ¬†Money sucks.

What’s that quote? ¬†Something like, “Money only matters to those that don’t have it.” ¬†How true that is.

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We rented some movies recently with a gift card a friend gave us. ¬†We read about the story of Noah and the ark for Family Home Evening on Monday, then planned to watch “Evan Almighty”, but the kids were horrible and we sent them to bed. ¬†Ches and I watched the movie. ¬†It was really cute. ¬†Definitely good for a family. ¬†Steve Carrell is hilarious. ¬†I’m really starting to enjoy his work (I’ve ever really watched him before and no, I don’t watch “The Office”. ¬†Flame me later for that, ‘kay?). ¬†I especially liked the scene where Evan starts telling God that this isn’t in his plans, then he tells God what all his plans were and God starts laughing. ¬†It made me think of one of my favorite quotes: ¬†“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” ¬†It has certainly held true in my life.

At the end of the movie I told Ches,”I sure hope God is like Morgan Freeman’s portrayal of God. ¬†He’s kind, loving, and really funny. ¬†I’d like to think that is was God is really like.” ¬†Both of these “Almighty” movies (Evan and Bruce) just make me happy to have some faith. ¬†Probably silly, but still. ¬†That’s just me.

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In case anyone was wondering… yes, it is hot here. ¬†And yes, it’s going to get hotter. ¬†How do we stand it? ¬†We have air conditioning. ¬†And we drink lots of water. ¬†And eat lots of ice cream and Otter Pops.

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I’m all signed up for The 3 Day walk. ¬†I’m working on my personal page (I thought it was all set up, but I guess not). ¬†You can visit it at¬†http://08.the3day.org/goto/Sariah.Sharp¬†

Feel free to make a donation online, or just keep up with my progress. ¬†I’ll be keeping a blog there, as well as on my personal fitness/weight loss blog (“So Long, Fatty!”) that will mark most of my journey through training and fundraising.

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Ches just told me that some friends of ours who are moving to Wisconsin are loading their truck tonight. ¬†I didn’t think they were leaving until next week!! ¬†Anyway, looks like we’ll be driving out to Tempe tonight. ¬†Aiden has to at least say goodbye to Carter!

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I’m thinking of setting up an email account for Aiden. ¬†He has enough long-distance friends now. ¬†He loves letters — both giving and receiving — but is horrible about sitting down and actually writing. ¬†He loves being on the computer, though. ¬†I don’t know. ¬†He’s only 5, but if I monitor it well, maybe it could be a good thing? ¬†I don’t know. ¬†I keep going back and forth on this.

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Well, back to unpacking and such. ¬†Fun fun fun. ¬†ūüėõ

Random Friday (I Know It’s Been A While)

Tonight we get to go to a fundraiser at church for the Young Women and Young Men.¬† They are raising money for Girl’s Camp and for Scout Camp.¬† There will be a burrito bar for dinner, followed by a dessert auction.¬† I signed up to make a dessert because I really don’t think we can afford to bid on one, so I can contribute this way.¬† I hear the people in our ward are very generous in their bids.¬† They’ll pay upwards of $80 for a cake!!¬† I even heard of one guy (who recently passed away) who enjoyed this fundraiser so much every year and he wouldn’t hesitate to drop a couple hundred dollars.¬† Wow!!

What dessert am I making, you ask?¬† Well, that’s the tricky part.¬† At first I was going to make Nanaimo Bars, because who around here (besides our Stake President, who is from Calgary) has actually ever heard of them, much less tried them??¬† But I don’t have the time to make those.¬† I’m trying to keep my house clean, after all!¬† My second idea was to make Lemonade Ice Cream, which is really Ches’ specialty.¬† It’s basically a graham cracker crust with pink lemonade mixed with vanilla ice cream, topped with some scattered graham cracker crumbs.¬† It’s really, really good.¬† I think I have the time to make that… I just need to get some ice cream and let it soften a bit.¬† Not a problem in our weather! ūüėČ

My third idea was just make a cake and decorate it kinda cool.¬† So I made two round cakes, and I have to go to the store to get some¬† milk so I can have pudding instead of frosting in the middle.¬† For decorating… I was thinking of putting little bees all over and President Hinckley’s “Be’s”.¬† I was debating whether to just frost it or try this yummy marshamallow fondant that I found a recipe for.¬† I think I’m still going to go for frosting because it’s easier.¬† Maybe I’ll make the cake (since it’s already baked) AND the lemonade ice cream.¬† Mmmmmm.

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The first people to view the house came yesterday.¬† Their realtor told me the house shows well and I did well staging it and stuff.¬† Yay!¬† I just got a call today and another realtor is bringing over some people this afternoon.¬† Yay!¬† I really, really want my friends to be able to sell their house easily and quickly.¬† As long as we still get to stay until school is out (which, apparantly, is going to be part of the contract.¬† Our friends told us we can stay until June 1st).¬† It’s so nice having a clean house and being proud to show it off!! ūüôā

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I’ve been reading some opinions on the matter and have pondered the issue a lot recently and I have decided that on the issue of abortion, I am Pro-Choice.¬† I know.¬† Shocked, aren’t ya?¬† Let me explain.

I am against abortion and I would never encourage anyone to ever have one.¬† I believe there are way too many other options out there for an unwanted pregnancy.¬† HOWEVER I do not think it is a good idea for the federal government to come in and make laws on something that is much more of a moral issue than a social issue.¬† A woman has to have the right to make choices for herself.¬† She must accept the consequences (good or bad) of that choice.¬† I believe that there should be restrictions of different sorts (such as not allowing third trimester abortions, etc.) placed on abortion, and that it should be a state’s decision, not a federal decision.

Again, I am not “for” abortion.¬† I am still Pro-Life in that I believe that it is not just a fetus inside a woman’s body, but a human being that can feel pain and should be given every chance at life, but I really don’t like the idea of the federal government stepping in and making that decision for everyone.

By outlawing abortion and saying it is only legal in certain circumstances just means there will always be loopholes and fraudulent cases brought about.¬† I believe that kids should be taught about birth control AND abstinance in school.¬† Not just one or the other.¬† Kids need to understand that having sex means there is a very real possiblity of getting pregnant.¬† Oh, and that birth control and whatever forms of protection you use doesn’t mean you won’t get pregnant, either.¬† The only 100% sure-fire way of not getting pregnant is to NOT have sex.¬† That needs to be seriously pushed.¬† And yes, I understand that kids will still have sex, and for that I whole-heartedly want them taught to use protection.¬† They need to be taught both.

Well, I have more opinions on this matter, but I’m not very good at making my points clear.¬† I just wanted to throw some of that out there.

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We have some new favorite websites in our family.¬† Aiden is really enjoying Rebel Friends because it’s all Star Wars stuff for kids.¬† He has taken the Jedi training test and is an official Padawan.¬† He really tries to use The Force here at home, too.¬† It’s really funny.

I am enjoying Hulu.¬† You can watch full episodes of TV shows and can watch full movies.¬† Now, they don’t have everything, but they do have classics, so you can watch the most recent episode of The Simpsons or How I Met Your Mother, then watch something from The Cosby Show.¬† Good stuff!¬† Check that out.

Dallin and Parker enjoy Kneebouncers.¬† If you have really young kids that want to play on the computer, check this out.¬† It’s got different activities with cool sounds and visuals.¬† The kids press the keys and stuff happens.¬† At the age of a kid like Parker, isn’t that what they want?¬† To see a reaction?¬† So anyway, it’s fun for them.

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Ches had an orchestra concert last night.¬† First the middle school orchestras played, then Ches’ high school group.¬† It’s really fun to watch this little kids and know that in a few years they will be Ches’ students.¬† They’re so cute.

The instructor for the beginning groups had the kids stand up by rows so that parents could take their pictures.¬† She said in one group, “Okay, back row, stand up.¬† Smile nice.¬† Your parents want to see you looking happy!”¬† One kid was so short he looked like he was still sitting down, so he stuck his bow straight up in the air so his mom could see him.¬† It was so cute!¬† I was laughing.

Another kid, as his group was getting on stage, walked confidently across the front of the stage with that cool strut that teenagers often use.¬† Oh, and he used his bow as a cane.¬† That cracked me up.¬† Probably not the best thing to do with a bow, but still.¬† It was like he was saying, “I’m in orchestra and I am cooooool.¬† I make this look good.”¬† (Think of that in a very Will Smith sort of confidence.)

Ches said after the concert one little girl came up to him and, in the sweetest little voice, said, “You’re a really good conductor!”¬† She was like worshipping him.¬† He loved that! ūüôā

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I heard Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the radio last night.¬† That song makes me all warm inside.¬† Reminds me of being in high school.¬† Am I wierd?¬† About that, I mean.

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If you could only have ONE book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?