Thursday, October 27, 2011

Who wants to come stare at my fence with me?

You know you're an adult when you get excited about washing machines, dishwashers and fences. I'm loving the new fence and if it wasn't so dang cold I'd just sit out in a lawn chair staring at it.

Like all our projects, it's not completely done. There is still an 8 foot section on the other side of our house that needs to be put in and then we need to remove the nieghbors' chain link fence and tie the rest of their fence into ours. Who knew fences could  be so glorious? A big thank you to my dad, father in law and brother in law for all the help they've put in. They hit a few snags while trying to install it but nothing too major.
It must look pretty legit because the neighbor behind us asked John last night if she could get his business's phone number so she could get a quote to re-do her fence :) that made John feel pretty good.

We'll be having a fence starring party one of these days, BYOLC (bring your own lawn chair). 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tall fences make great neighbors

After finally talking to the neighbors about putting up a fence and hinting at the fact that it would be nice if they'd pay half (which they did) we ordered our 6' vinyl fence kit.

John, my father and my father-in-law have a lot of work cut out for them. Of course I'll help when needed, but mostly I just usually get in the way. Coming soon, a picture of the finished fence...when it's hasn't even been started yet...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What's cooking?

Here is a slow cooker recipe that I love:

Creamy Chicken Sauce
  • crock pot bag
  • 4 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix or Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  1. Place crock pot bag in the crock pot. Place chicken breasts in crock. Combine Italian dressing mix, and water in a small bowl. Pour over chicken; sprinkle with garlic, cover, and cook on Low 4 hours.
  2. After 4 hours shred chicken. Whisk softened cream cheese and cream of chicken soup together in a bowl. Pour over chicken, cover and cook on Low for 1 additional hour. 
  3. Serve over pasta or rice. Really good sauce for Hay Stacks.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Family pictures minus the cat, I don't think she'd enjoy it....

Long before Winston was even born I knew we'd be getting pictures in the fall taken to document our new addition. Once he was born I waited a whole 2 weeks before I starting finding photographers I liked. Not an easy task for someone who is incredibly picky with photographers, but I whittled down my list. My list then turned into none when the lady I really wanted was going to charge me $700 for an hour's worth of pictures and the CD with all the pictures. What a crazy head, I didn't ask her to frame every picture in gold! Complaining my predicament with a co-worker she mentioned her friend does photography and I took a look. She hadn't done a lot of dogs, but had done a lot of children which really equal in difficulty to capture in film (or memory card) and I really liked her look so I booked her and got everything ready for the day.

I wasn't expecting the pictures for a few weeks so I was pretty excited this morning when she posted a few on my facebook wall. So you get the post a couple weeks early!

We got to our shooting location (3900 So. at Jordan River Parkway) and after setting up for our first shot I was wondering if I was absolutely crazy for wanting pictures with 3 dogs. Things got better though, each dog took their turn for solos and went off leash. Enna and Makoa were not pleased that I wasn't letting them run around and smell, but they behaved well enough.

And after my sister took two of the dogs I was holding and helped me get down an extremely steep hill in my 5" wedged high heels (bad shoe choice on my part, by I didn't want to have to roll up my pant legs and I haven't hemmed them yet) so I didn't break my neck we tried some good action shots.

Mary and I stood at the end of one lane and John and Natalie, the photographer, at the other and called the dogs back and forth. Enna and Makoa are a lot faster than Winston so we had to try to slow them down. Mary and I held Enna and Makoa back while John called Winston. After a few good "comes" Winston got bored and found a fantastic stick behind where I was crouching. John called him name again and when Winston turned to look he smacked me in the face with the stick. He gave me a pretty good welt and Mary thought it was pretty funny. After the shock wore off I gave a few chuckles about it too. I'm sure in the hundreds of pictures taken there has to be one with all 3 dogs together, but I didn't get any in the sneak peak she sent.

We also got a few group shots done, the pictures make it look like an easy task, but that's all a lie. John and I had to man handle the dogs to turn and sit in front of us facing the camera since you usually teach dogs to sit facing you. We'd literally grab the dogs rear end, turn them around and push their butts to the ground then smile big while me sister dance, shook keys and clapped behind Natalie so the dogs would look at her. It really got a lot of laughs out of the group.

Everyone came home muddy and tired, but I felt very accomplished. I'm am extremely pleased with the pictures so far. She did more of the dogs and less of us which is exactly what I wanted. I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. She took close to 1,000 so I'm expecting that it's going to be hard to pick out my favorites to frame and for Christmas cards. Natalie doesn't have a website but once I'm able I'll put up her facebook link. She's fantastic and was laying in the mud to get some of the shots. She also didn't care when Winston remembered she was there and had to go say hello for the hundredth time and jumped on her head and slimmed her camera. She just laughed and gave him a few loving pats until one of us could pull him off.  She was very patient with all the dogs and super sweet. I'll be using her again especially since her price is so reasonable, $125 for an hour (that's more than enough time, just look how many pictures we got. Of course some of those wont be usable, but i'm sure the number will still be in the hundreds when we get our disk) and a CD with all the pictures and rights to the pictures.

P.S. I'm not sure what the deal is, maybe because I copied these from facebook or it's just the computer screen I'm looking at, but the pictures seem very washed out. They're really not...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

And it's outta here!

Another fall project is done. I can't take much credit for it, since I mostly stood around and watched John do all the work. I got bored/tired/hot/unmotivated pretty quickly when it came to digging.
The dogs were just as helpful as me :)

After a couple hours of digging we borrowed a chain to attached to John's truck to help rip the bush out.
Here John is hooking it to the bush, but it didn't work with the first few pulls so it was back to digging. I actually started helping again...for a few minutes.
The next few pulls got the bush moving but it was still stuck pretty good. John had had enough of digging so he just moved the chain around to get a better grip.
Stuck by one root, so so close!

And it's finally out! The neighbor came over to see our progress and I asked him how long the bush had been there. He said that they moved in in 1980 (!) and the bush was there then and pretty big. It made me feel a little bad for about 3 seconds. Now we can finally order the vinyl fence...after we talk to said neighbor.