Monday, November 30, 2009

They grow up so quickly.

I took this picture at Thanksgiving:


It's a lot like the one I took back on Christmas in 2007:

Spencer just keeps growing. Never mind the impossible fact that he was once small enough to be carried around on his mom's hip--I can't get over how we were the same height when I started dating Cody!

It shouldn't surprise me. This is Levi and Mom on Christmas day last year.

Levi was once baby-sized:

Now look at him:


I've known Levi for a while, so I'm used to him growing and changing over the years. But still! He was under 5' until 2003. Crazy.

What I'm trying to say is this: I dislike you guys.

Seriously.

Enjoy reaching the stuff on top shelves for the rest of your stinking charmed, tall lives.

I feel bitter today. Sorry.

I'm not sorry. I'm going to make you reach and carry things for me.

Love,

Your Really Bitter and Short Sister(in-law)

Dear Fall Decorations,

I just don't know that I can let go of you yet.


You have brought me joy.


You have made me feel crafty.


You have made fall look better than it really did.


Do you really have to go?

Love,
Jen

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Good day


I am thankful that Dad buys me Starbucks, helps me deal with men, and wears a cowboy hat.
I am also thankful that he is smoking brisket tomorrow night for Thanksgiving supper.

I am thankful that Mom never pierced my ears when I was a baby.
Is that weird? Because I don't want pierced ears, and I was thinking about that this morning.
(Also, I'm thankful for Erin Ann. Hi Erin! We love you.)
And thank you for hating the same vegetables I do and making the dressing.

I am thankful for Laine's emails, the way we can take turns being the oldest, and her hair.
Her hair makes me happy.
I am thankful to Grandmother for her pies, trips to Fred's, and word finds.

I am thankful that Robert loves home decorating.
I also like his mock-serious face and the fact that he likes Laine better when she's off Adderall.

I am thankful that Sara is hosting Thanksgiving supper at her house this year.
Very impressive.
I am thankful that Chad enjoys being a part of our family, and that he's funny.
And that he seems to remain impressed with Sara.

I am thankful for Levi, just in general.
He's probably the coolest brother ever, and I'm very thankful that we'll be eating chicken strips together in a few short hours.


I am thankful that I get along well with my mother-in-law.
I really like her and she's a lovely lady.
Other people are jealous that I have her as a mother-in-law.
Sorry, but I find that really gratifying.

I am thankful that Casey answers my invasive questions.
Usually with a straight face.


I am thankful Spencer puts up with my Internet harassment and the past 5 years' worth of clumsy jokes about drug use.
I am also thankful his Amish beard is gone.....for now.


I am thankful that Dallas is one of the coolest people we know.
He's priming baseboards for my parents here.
I'm really thankful they get to have so much Dallas in their lives.

I am thankful the sun is shining.

I am thankful I am going to see a crazy amount of family tomorrow.

I am thankful that we're leaving work early today.

I am thankful that you read this. Is that cheesy? Yes? Okay. I am thankful you read this and tell me in real life that you liked it. I appreciate comments and 'Like's on facebook. You brighten my workday, make me feel funny and/or interesting, and I enjoy hearing from you.

And lastly, I am thankful for my lovely husband and the fantastic gift he gave me last night:


The entire bed to myself.

He slept on the couch and I slept through the night almost completely uninterrupted.

It's a great day.

(And no, he does not know that I took this picture.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Still thankful

That's right. I'm drinking too much Mountain Dew and listening to Nickelback. I am officially surly. It's just been one of those months.

Ants attacked. Cody's car broke down and was exposed as an absolute dud. I keep feeling sick. Some strange fat man keeps rolling into the middle of the bed and he elbows me in the back every night. We took on more debt after buying a new car. We have mold in the walls.

Some people cope with prayer. Starbucks. Reading the Bible. Spending time with family. Going for walks. Fighting with a spouse. Impulse shopping. These are all great things.

That's why I did all of those things in a twenty-four-hour period and rounded it out with drinking too much Mt. Dew and listening to Nickelback.

Unrelated thought: if you need a song to play when you light your unity candle or do the unity sand or whatever at your wedding, Nickelback's "Never Gonna Be Alone" would be perfect.

You're welcome.

Sometimes I like to think I've moved past the lowbrow rhyming couplets and post-grunge chords. But I haven't. I'm a redneck. We drink our Mt. Dew and eat gas station chicken and listen to Nickelback.

In the middle of a mock-fight that was turning into a real argument this weekend I even yelled at Cody, "Hayyy! Now listen, Cody Lee Roy. I am tahred and mah accent is thick. So you just hush!" I waved my finger at him wildly as I gave this speech and then stalked off while he chuckled.

Which brings me to the things for which I am thankful.

I am thankful to have an easy-going husband for when things get stressful and I react strongly.

I am thankful that Cody can generally understand what I'm saying when I am tired and my accent is thick.

I am thankful for faith, hope, love, the Bible, Starbucks, family, The Container Store, gas station fried chicken, Mt. Dew, and Nickelback.

I am thankful to have these lovely little pumpkins to brighten my desk.

I am thankful for my new favorite shirt, which cost $3 at an OshKosh outlet store in Florida. It's cute, it's happy, and it's a pleasant reminder of my vacation.
I am thankful that I was able to take this:
and turn it into this:
What? You thought I was going to put my newly washed clothes back in the Closet O' Mold? You're funny. No. I bought this, and assembled it, and Cody moved my air filter, and viola! All of our hang-up clothes (the ones that aren't at Mom and Dad's) are away from an outside wall.

I felt very handy. I did it using only my hands and these tools:
And I'm thankful (again) that I've got Mom's camera and that she has pictures of Jack's wedding so that I can tell you that these two in this picture right here:
are now the parents of Avi Rose!

You can't help but be thankful for babies and happy parents (and hope she doesn't dislike Laine).


And pumpkins.

It's fall and I'm thankful for pumpkins.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekend thankfulness

I have a lot of reasons to be thankful, especially after this weekend.

I'm thankful that Mom let me use her washer and dryer for 10 straight hours, and fed me, and talked with me, and laughed at my mood swings, and let me dig up some of her bulbs (which I then left at her house!), and let me leave some of my clothes at her house.

I'm thankful that Dad is going to 'fix' our shoes.

I'm thankful that my nice husband drove out after a full day of work so that he could carry my loads of clothes back to his car.

I know it's terrible, but I'm kind of thankful that Karen wasn't feeling well and let us play with Dallas the entire day.

After a lifetime of searching, I'm thankful that my mom has finally found someone who loves pruning her flowers, bushes, and even trees.

I'm thankful for games.
I'm thankful for fun, and buddies, and sidewalk chalk.
Even though I'll never, ever, ever move back to the country, I'm thankful that my parents raised us with plenty of room to grow and explore and enjoy the outdoors.



I'm thankful that Dallas has an inquisitive mind and a love of doing things.
I'm thankful that sometimes we have adventures together. (I'm holding a fern frond and an acorn to take back to Gail. We later also gathered up a really big oak leaf and a walnut shell.)
I'm thankful for nature and beautiful temperatures and God's creation.
As many problems as our little rent place has, I'm thankful for our home.

And my amazing decorating skills.





I'm thankful for a lovely Sunday brunch.
I'm thankful that at least one of us got a good night's sleep last night.

You could probably figure this out, but I'm also thankful that Mom loaned me her digital camera. My week will be well-documented.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Friday, happy list.

Happy Friday!

It's time for a happy list.
  1. The weekend will be here very soon!
  2. Last night, I started making some more pumpkins.
  3. I have leftover macaroni and cheese and okra for lunch.
  4. I saw an Iowa quarter this week and discovered the motto "Foundation in education." I intend to ask my Iowan brother-in-law why he uses so many double negatives if that is the case. I meant to ask him last night, but he asked me to Thanksgiving lunch, then Thanksgiving supper, and then kicked me off the phone in under 4 minutes so I didn't have the chance. He even managed to begin berating me for going to Wal-Mart after 8 p.m. until I told him I was there with a friend. I felt loved.
  5. I bought some more foundation last night. Foundation is really great for covering up what your skin actually looks like. That sounds like a dumb and shallow thing to say, but for right now, I would prefer you not see what my skin actually looks like.
  6. The sun is shining today.
  7. When I checked my email this morning, my mom had sent me this article. I would have seen it anyway, but it was more exciting to see it in an email along with Mom's ideas and suggestions.
  8. This is currently my favorite picture of Cody. Laine took it back in August. It's very...him. I would like to point out that he has clearly lost weight since then. Yay for being fit!
  9. My husband is Rubenesque. It's attractive. He seems concerned that I would use this term for a man, but still. However you want to describe it, he is handsome and that makes me very happy.
  10. The cold has yet to kill my solitary marigold plant on the back porch. It's a nice spot of orange cheerfulness at our back door.
  11. I finally remembered to buy gum. I love gum.
  12. Last Sunday my parents were in the area and they came by to see us because I didn't feel well and Mom had never met my house. I made her look at all my arts and crafts and she dutifully praised each project. She genuinely seemed to enjoy the banner in the hallway of these pictures.
(Photo by Brian)

These are against a green satin ribbon (yes, I still have tons of green ribbon left over from my wedding) with blue knots. It's cute.
13. Thanksgiving is less than a week away!
14. My birthday is less than a month away! I will be 27. I'm such a big girl.
15. Arts and crafts.