Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

     Happy New Year to one and all. I have been horrible at keeping up posting to my blog and I am so sorry about that. With us building our new home pretty much every waking and sleeping moment has been consumed with it. I didn't realize when we made the decision to build a new home so many decisions would have to be made. We are currently in the phase known as framing and our builder has sent us pictures weekly of the progress, but as anyone who reads my blog knows I am not very good with my computer and pictures so I will see what I can do, I may post a picture and then again I may not. Its kind of nice that he takes a picture in the same spot so you can see what has been done. It doesn't look like much in the first picture, but then when you see the latest one you notice a diference. They have framed the basement and hopefully they will start on the main floor soon. Then we will be going up for a visit to make sure the framing was done correctly. If we didn't go up and then noticed something later it would be far harder to correct. I can't wait to go up there. They have snow right now, isnt' that exciting? I have always lived in California in the valley so snow always excites me. I know people who live in snow probably don't like it that much but I really hate the hot weather here so I will be giving up the much disliked hot weather for cold weather. Like I tell Roger, at lease with cold you can always put a coat on or a blanket but in hot weather when you get down to skin there isn't much you can do about it.
     I have once again deactivated my Facebook account, figured there wasn't any better time than the first day of the year. I have done this many times before and I always go back and reactivate it but I am really praying this time I can just leave it behind me. I did like keeping track of my kids and grand kids but there have been less pictures of the grand kids as time goes on. They are getting older so there aren't as many cute little things to post about . Jennifer and Chris have busy lives, Kaitlyn turned 10 last October and Dylan will be 13 this coming March. Our little babies (our doggies) are getting all grown up too. Molly turned 13 this past September and Mandy turned 7 in November. I am really wanting to get another puppy but with the house stuff going on I think it's best to wait until
after we move.
 Okay so I put the pictures up but they are kind of out of order.
 this picture above is the third picture our builder sent us.
 The picture above is the second picture our builder sent us.
 This picutre above is the first picture our builder sent us.

 The picture above is the most current picture with the framing in the basement. I will try and keep more current with what is going on.

     I pray everyone has a very blessed year ahead of them, I am choosing to find Joy in the journey we are currently on. I pray daily that everything goes smoothly. I have started the countdown and we have started going through lots of things here and there.  We have less than 5 months but we are praying it goes pretty quickly, though I am sure  we will wonder where the time has gone When moving day comes.

"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Finally got the picture thing figure out...........

My wonderful husband fixed my picture problem so I am now able to show you the pictures I've been wanting to. The first picture is of a home just right inside of the subdivision. This is not our new home just one of the many homes I thought were pretty and don't ya just love the pretty blue sky with the white clouds, I just love them.
 One of the homes when you first enter the subivision, not our new home just one of many beautiful homes that have already been built there.
 The entrance to our new subdivision, it has this on both sides of the entrance. I thought it was so pretty and yes it has the pretty clouds too.
This is a picture of a home that our builder built in Idaho Falls, Idaho and the owners were gracious enought to let us take a look at the inside. We both loved it, pretty much everything about it. We loved the floor plan and most of the colors. Our new home will look very similar to this but different colors on the outside. I really love the big giant front porch and they had it decorated so pretty. Can't wait to have my own front porch to decorate each holiday season.

So there you have it, not many pictures but it kind of gives you and idea of what our new home will look like. The main floor is 1782 square feet and the basement is 1600 square feet. The basement will have 2 bedrooms 1 full bathroom,family room, a storage room, mechanical room and a cold storage room. The main level will have the master bedroom, master bathroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, walk in pantry, laundry room, mud room, full bathroom, office and second bedroom. We are having tile in the entry way that looks like wood flooring and then carpet in the living room area.

I am so excited to be moving to this new home, it is a home that both Roger and I picked out together and that makes it very special to me. I have lived the past 17 years in a house that  Roger and a former girlfriend of his picked out and that has always bothered me. Roger has tried to re do anything I wanted but we are both happy with the new home that we are having built. Neither of us has every owned a new home where everything is what we picked out together and new.  When we met with the builder Jake and his draftperson Robyn she made a great suggestion about doing the walk in pantry a little different and it almost doubled the size of it, she has a good eye for things like that.
I also have to tell you about the design lady that Jake introduced us to  who took us around to all of the places to pick things out. She was just wonderful. She was so cute and bubbly, she is our daughter Jennifer's age and she was so patient and nice it was almost unbelievable. The first day we left our motel room around 8:30am and didn't get back till almost 5pm. We first met with our realtor Jed in Rigby to go look at lots, we picked out a lot after a lot of going back and forth from Idaho Falls, back to Rigby but we are happy with our choice of Rigby for our new home. The subdivision is about 45 new homes, all will have 3 car garages and  be at least 1600 square feet on the main floor. We originally wanted an acre of land but it is so expensive to fence that much land so the lot we ended up with is a little over half an acre.Since we have the doggies we wanted to make sure nothing could come on our land and hurt them. The doggies  did very good on the trip even mandy she didn't get car sick once!! We will need to go back up to Idaho at least one or two more times while they are building and then the last time for good to move there. We are hiring a moving company to  move our stuff, but we will do the boxing up of everything. We are hoping for a move in date of early to mid May of 2017, but you never know. Seems like something always comes up to derail our plans.

Praying everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Blessings, Joann

"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Picture, yes just one!!

 So here I am at 11pm still trying to get my pictures from my phone to my computer. I can see the pictures on my computer but when I go to add an image to a post they don't come up. I did get this one picture, which is of the rock that will go on the front of our new home and I have no idea how I got it on here. I will still try and get some more pictures on here if I can. I have been up since 5 this morning so I am headed to bed with a great big old headache from all of this picture drama. Blessings,Joann

"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This post has no pictures, not because I Don't have any but they are in my phone and me being the non computer friendly person , I have no idea how to get them out and put them on my computer.
Update on moving to Idaho. We went up to Idaho this past month, we bought a lot for our new home and met with our builder Jake!  We picked out the floor plan and his draftperson Robyn helped with making a few changes here and there and both Roger and I are happy with what we chose. We ended up with a lot that is a little over half and acre and are we glad we did I couldn't even imagine the cost of putting a fence around an acre of land. The 6tenths we ended up with is costly enough. I do have pictures of the land and a house we looked at that is very similar to the one we are having built. They are hoping to break ground the first week of November with and estimated finish time of May 2017.  I am real excited and I of course think of nothing other than our new home , I think of it daily. It will be so nice when it is finished and I can't wait until we can move in. The part I am dreading is the actual move, the packing and all that entails. I am going to start some serious packing and going through every single item in this house and rate it's priority to us. We are packing everything but are having an actual moving companyto move everything. We are planning on putting our current home on the market this coming springtime. If I can figure out this picture thing I will post again in the next few days. Our new subdivision is called Auburn Hills in Rigby Idaho. We don't have an actual address yet but should have one as soon as we get the building permit. Praying everyone is having a blessed day and week.

"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Friday, August 5, 2016

Idaho Falls, Idaho--here we come!!

 molly and mandy all tuckered out on the motel bed.
the falls right across the street from our motel.
 another view of the falls, they are right in the middle of town!
 mandy and I on the beltway next to the snake river.
 molly,mandy, and I in Idaho falls.
 Our motel in Idaho Falls.

Roger and I have been talking about moving out of California for years now. It is finally going to happen, hopefully in the next year. His work is letting him work from home no matter what state we live in. So we went on an adventure to Idaho Falls, Idaho.They have a beautiful town a quarter  of the size of the town we currently live in and their weather is way better than here. We may even see snow wouldn't that be glorious. We are planning another trip up there this fall and if all goes well we will be starting the process of building a home up there. We plan on putting our home on the market this coming spring and to be in our new home God willing by summer time. I am very excited about it but my does it take a lot of time coordinating things and my stress level has been pretty high lately. I am going to start the process of going through every cabinet and drawer and closet . We are only moving that wich we find absolutely necessary. I will keep everyone updated on our progress as time allows.

"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday first day of the week......

My friend Katy over at the country blossom blog posted recently about her planner and though I don't have a planner like hers I do have chore lists. I have spent all this morning and part of the afternoon, okay it was basically all day going over my lists and redoing them. I finally have them the way I want them but they are in my computer so I still need to print them out. I have also started following Flylady again, I don't care for all the emails but I do like the way it is set up on facebook. 
I have also taken some advice of Katys I got from a letter she sent me and today earlier I went to a local gym to see the details for joining. I am going to give it a whirl and pray a whole lot that I enjoy it so I won't be blowing our money.  I really liked the place it was suprisingly cool and not too smelly. They have lots of equipment and the nice lady who gave me a tour was really nice and not judgemental at all. I would like to go there just for the treadmill but may go try some of the other things. We will have to see.
Roger and I are trying to plan a vacation for this upcoming September. Sometimes I feel like there is just too much to do to get ready. We are taking the dogs with us and oh that will be it's own type of fun!!
Today is Monday and before I used to clean the living room on Mondays but I have changed so now today is the bathroom cleaning day. It's kind of nice doing it first day of the week just to get it out of the way.
I have gone to the library, post office, gym, walmart and came home. Been home since about 12:30 and now it's after 3pm its getting hot outside so I may need to put the AC on. It's only supposed to be around 95 today so no more100+ days for this week at least that's what the weatherman tells us.

I will stop writing now so I can go get something else accomplished. have a great week ahead.
Blessings, JoAnn

"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A regular ordinary Tuesday here in California

Today is Tuesday. There is nothing too special about today its and ordinary day around our home. The doggies are snuggled on the bed and I am trying to joyfully keep my home.
The temperature is supposed to get to around 107' yes you read that right kind of hot isn't it ? Tomorrow it is supposed to be hotter can that be 107' seems pretty hot to me, anyway I have the AC on and I'm not going outside if I don't have to. I do however need to keep my eyes on the dogs when I let them out. I don't want them out too long in this heat.
My homekeeping, well that is a whole dreadful story all it's own. Right now the keeping of  my home isnt' going that well. I guess I am the problem ! There have been many things that I think have attributed to my lack of homekeeping but really in the end it is my own fault. In order to be a good homekeeper I need to do things daily in my home to make is an enjoyable place for my husband to come home to. I want to do my daily chores joyfully as unto the Lord. It is very hard for me to remember this. I am thinking of putting a reminder of this on my refrigerator so I will see it every time I walk in to the kitchen.
This past week we well I should say Roger has been working very hard on turning our old master bathroom. We are turning it in to a closet. We went to the closet place and they came out and measured everything and we have a tentative date for the install. We also went to home depot to order our carpet and are hoping it gets here in time for the closet people to come and install our new closet system. I am very excited about it and can't wait though I have to. I will post pictures of it after it's all done as right now it's not that impressive looking.  .

"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5