Friday, November 21, 2014

Moon Journals.....

So the first grade classes at Adam's school are keeping moon journals. Okay, fine.  I like science related topics.  Not a problem. We have to keep it EVERY day...okay, annoying, but again, I get it and not surprising, we are VERY religious on homework.  But seriously, they picked the WORST month.  First, the moon is only up in the morning (in the daylight...unless of course I want to get Adam up at a 4 NOT).  Second, it has been SO cloudy that we can never see it anyway!  So I did figure out when it is up (thank you, internet) and have been watching that to make sure we hit it each day....but then I go look and we can't see a darned thing.  So FAIL on this assignment.  Just whining.....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nuke Map

This is a map where you can pick a location and "drop" a bomb and see what happens.  Kind of cool in a demented way. It was created by a historian (a trained one) and it is a cool site. 

I have a confession....

no, it isn't that juice...sorry....but the truth is I make horrible brownies. Just do.  Doesn't seem to matter what I do.  So like the  boxes of brownie mix my grandmother gave me.  Still I can't get them to bake properly!  Grr!!! But I found this site online and I really like these incarnations...I did the caramel brownies and cheesecake brownies.  But still, I cooked like almost 20 minutes extra, still under done in the middle and the caramel was burning on the edges.  Brownies hate me!

Whiskey Pork Chops

Ray just loves this recipe.  I wanted to find a good marinade for bone-in pork chops so we could grill them. This is a winner.  Now this can be used on chicken, steak or pork, but we've been using it for pork chops.  I am not a huge pork chop person, but try to work them into our meals as Ray likes them.  This is something I can say I actually like.

Whiskey Pork Chops
Modified from
1/2 cup whiskey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup oil (they said olive, I've used both that and vegetable oil)
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp. salt
1tbsp pepper
4 bone-in pork chops
Mix all ingredients in marinate together.  Pour over pork chops.  Marinate for at least 3 hours.  Grill pork chops.
Serves 4.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Root Beer Cookies

I actually made these awhile ago (just getting around to cleaning off my computer!).  I made them with Ray in mind, but he didn't really like them so they aren't something I plan to repeat.  They are okay cookies, but you don't really get the root beer flavor in our opinions.


I read this post recently and I love it because I so get it...this is me!  I totally feel that so many people don't get that "work at home" means I actually have to work at home.  They just get the at home and the rest goes over their head.  I have a lot to do each day, with the kids, with the house, with my work....and because I work at home, work never leaves.  My students call at random times...every day of the week...I have to pretty always be on call. Most of the time this isn't a big deal, but sometimes it is quite annoying. That's actually why I was fighting the smartphone trend (I lost...we got them when we moved...pretty much had to get a decent plan)...I didn't want to be able to do stuff for students when I was away!

Office Hours

This is a neat article about how office hours are obsolete.  I love this and totally agree with it. Now this isn't suggesting we stop meeting with students...just that we don't need to schedule times.  I feel that office hours are useless to me, being an online professor.  My students aren't even usually in my time zone.  Most have families and full time jobs.  Random times each week won't help them. They need to schedule their times based on their schedule.  So I tell students to just send me a couple of times and I'll make one work. I also answer emails and texts all the time.  When it used to be harder to get professors (before email and texts!) you  needed that time to get ahold of we are just a click away!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Downstairs Family Room

Downstairs bathroom

Crawl space - both box springs are over there (bunk beds don't need them) - again TONS of storage!

Gaming closet!

Family Room

Ray's area

Gaming area

TV area

Cool new coffee table with riser
Laundry room


Ray says the new garage is bigger than our last house!
Ray's shop area

Garage with both cars

Tons of storage!

Bonus Room and Pantry

Bonus room - we are just doing exercise bike for now, but it will be something...eventually....

Pantry closet - again tons of closet space!


Our study - this is our library!

My desk!

Front door - again lots of closet space!


I love our new kitchen! Tons of counter and cabinet space!

This is the first time we've been able to expand this to full size!

This has lots of hidden gems like this pull cutting board!

And a special flip out drawer for sponges and whatnot!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Master Bedroom

Our bedroom

Ray picked this color - I would have went lighter - but I have to give him credit, it looks awesome!

Upstairs bathroom - there is an extra door into the master, which I'm sure will be nice later. 


For now, the other room is their playroom. 
That table was mine and Billy's when we were little.

That toybox was Uncle Billy's, we just repainted it.  That little two drawer dresser was in my room as a kid and we painted that as well to match. 

Boys Bedroom

We have three bedrooms, but the boys elected to keep sharing for now (eventually I'm sure they'll want separate rooms).  They wanted bunk beds so here they are, courtesy of Grandpa.

Andrew likes to climb up and share the top bunk with Adam.

Our House

Our house, mountains in background

Backyard - they left us a firepit and picnic table (plus another table that is put away for winter). We also have a nice storage set and covered  area off the garage, so there is TON of outside storage.

Our neighborhood


Adam's class did something with yarn to make spiderwebs. Well, he wasn't clear on instructions but wanted to make some. So I looked up some simple instructions online and voila - spiderwebs! We actually made four, two of our house and one for each Grandma and Great's.
Painting the plates

Finished product

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy 80th!

Visiting Great on her 80th birthday (today)!

Our View

Our view out the kitchen

First Guest!

My friend, Tamara, was visiting and ended up being our first guest!
Playing Mystery of the Abbey


Moving In

So we moved everything in, then we actually stayed at my parents an additional week because we didn't have Internet.  So I spent that week unpacking before we even moved in, which definitely helped with the boys!
The boys were so glad to see their toys...pack them away for about 3 months and they all seem new!

Riding my trike in the garage

Using the new, cool, coffee table with the riser lid!

One of my first projects after moving in (so I'd already unpacked most of the house)...sorting books!
Ray's first project...sorting our games!

Working on New House

Pictures from working on the house

Just a few boxes for the recycling!

Great Grandpa did a lot of painting!